Steve Jobs has joined Lenovo. Well, almost.
Actually the truth is only a little less outlandish. Ashton Kutcher, the Hollywood star of Two and a Half Men, who recently played the Apple co-founder in the poorly-received biopic Jobs, is the Chinese computer group’s latest recruit: a product engineer. Read more
A recent blog post in the Harvard Business Review raised the one of the most annoying and common problems of modern day office life: the “‘busy’ humble-brag”.
Everyone, just everyone, complains about how busy (or tired) they are at work. No one can even be plain busy – they are “slammed” or “buried”, writes Meredith Fineman, a publicist. Each employee, she says, is locked in a competitive battle of hyperbolic one-upmanship.
Ms Fineman’s favourite humble-brag (a brag because, of course, it also shows your importance) was “that of a potential client who apologized for lack of communication due to a ‘”week-long fire drill’. What does that even mean? Does this mean there were fake fires, but not real ones, all week? Does calling it a ‘drill’ mean that everything is okay? Is your business in flames? Should I call someone?” Read more
The revelation that candidates for a job at Currys, the UK electronics retailer, were asked to dance as part of the interview process, recalls David Brent’s worst excesses. But at least the mythical manager in The Office chose to humiliate himself.
As 21-year-old graduate Alan Bacon told the BBC: Read more
In today’s Working Lives feature I spoke to four novelists who quit banking and law to write. A few found their former careers fertile subject matter for fiction.
After the financial crash, some writers addressed the issue raised by Sir Howard Davies, former director of the London School of Economics and chairman of the judges of the Man Booker literary prize, who complained that there was a dearth of British novelists showing any interest in business. Out came John Lanchester’s Capital, Sebastian Faulks’s A Week in December, and Justin Cartwright’s Other People’s Money. In the US, Jonathan Dee’s The Privileges, and Union Atlantic by Adam Haslett featured bankers. Read more
To be chief executive of a multinational tech company, even one whose sales are declining, rarely merits the description “underdog”. Yet this is how Henry Blodget, who heads Business Insider, refers to Marissa Mayer, in her first interview since becoming chief executive of Yahoo a year ago, which features in the all-important September issue of US Vogue. Read more
Tim Armstrong, chief executive of AOL, has apologised for firing Abel Lenz, creative director at the company’s Patch, in front of 1,000 co-workers.
It comes on the heels of a leaked recording that was published by Business Insider, in which Mr Armstrong is heard dismissing Mr Lenz in strong terms followed by an awkward silence. The recording went viral. Read more
The battle to get Jane Austen’s face on banknotes was seen as a victory for women campaigners. It also triggered a debate that feminists were too focused on trivial issues rather than the more important effort to gain economic parity with men.
However, there have been a series of interesting pieces of research on female work in the post-crash era that are worth reading. Read more