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How the world of work changed in 2016

How the world of work changed in 2016

From bogus self-employment to automation, this year has been a turbulent one for UK workersIt has become popular to write off 2016 as one the worst years in recent history. In the world of work there
I’ve got this great business idea – but no clue how to turn it into a reality

I’ve got this great business idea – but no clue how to turn it into a reality

The secret to making your vision come to life is to surround yourself with the right peopleQ: I have a great idea, but no idea how to execute it. What do I do?A: You need a consigliere. the mafia term
Is it ever healthy to think of your colleagues as your family?

Is it ever healthy to think of your colleagues as your family?

Many companies encourage people to think of those they spend their 9-to-5 with as family – but a new book warns against blurring the boundaries of work and homeWe spend almost as much of our waking
Google’s snooping proves big tech will not change – unless governments step in | Arwa Mahdawi

Google’s snooping proves big tech will not change – unless governments step in | Arwa Mahdawi

News that the company tracks users even when they forbid it shows that technology giants do not take our privacy seriously. They must be regulatedEvery move you make, every step you take, Google is
I’ve no idea what I want to do when I leave school

I’ve no idea what I want to do when I leave school

The world is your oyster, says Sharmadean Reid – and a mix of the humanities with technology is perfectI’m about to go into my final year at school and have no idea what I want to do. I enjoy the
Will Elon Musk's 120-hour week stop us worshipping workaholism?

Will Elon Musk's 120-hour week stop us worshipping workaholism?

The Silicon Valley drive for corporate efficiency – all 24/7 schedules, bulletproof coffees and five-minute meetings – has long been lauded. Now the wheels are flying offLast week, an emotional Elon
Will Elon Musk's 120-hour week stop us worshipping workaholism?

Will Elon Musk's 120-hour week stop us worshipping workaholism?

The Silicon Valley drive for corporate efficiency – all 24/7 schedules, bulletproof coffees and five-minute meetings – has long been lauded. Now the wheels are flying offLast week, an emotional Elon
Here’s how you solve class bias in the media, Jeremy: ditch CVs | Fraser Nelson

Here’s how you solve class bias in the media, Jeremy: ditch CVs | Fraser Nelson

Jeremy Corbyn is right to demand more diversity. At the Spectator we don’t look at CVs, and the results are extraordinary • Fraser Nelson is editor of the SpectatorJeremy Corbyn may have a point
Don’t hide the menopause – celebrate its creative power | Marina Benjamin

Don’t hide the menopause – celebrate its creative power | Marina Benjamin

Menopause Cafes are springing up across Britain as women spread the word about how productive later life can beStraight out of university, landing a job as a junior curator at the Royal Museum of
Should I jeopardise my career to move abroad with my girlfriend?

Should I jeopardise my career to move abroad with my girlfriend?

I love her, but feel she may be asking too much by wanting me to move from Japan to the USI have lived in Japan for several years. My career in academia is going well and I have a promising and stable
Horrible boss? UK workers to reveal all in job quality survey

Horrible boss? UK workers to reveal all in job quality survey

Poll comes amid concern record employment masks poor-quality, insecure jobsBritain’s worst bosses will have nowhere to hide under plans to survey the quality of jobs in the UK by tracking how workers
Horrible boss? UK workers to reveal all in job quality survey

Horrible boss? UK workers to reveal all in job quality survey

Poll comes amid concern record employment masks poor-quality, insecure jobsBritain’s worst bosses will have nowhere to hide under plans to survey the quality of jobs in the UK by tracking how workers
Four-day working week for all is a realistic goal this century, unions say

Four-day working week for all is a realistic goal this century, unions say

TUC chief urges firms to ‘share the wealth’ from technology to cut hours and reduce stressAdvances in technology mean that a four-day week working week is a realistic goal for most people by the end
‘How many tears in a bottle of gin?’: Why job interviewers ask such terrible questions

‘How many tears in a bottle of gin?’: Why job interviewers ask such terrible questions

‘Brainteaser’ questions are now widespread in job interviews – but is there any point to them other than narcissism?How many cabs in New York City? How many tears in a bottle of gin? These aren’t just
When worlds collide: does 'reverse mentoring' work?

When worlds collide: does 'reverse mentoring' work?

Can young workers teach their elders anything about careers, politics and getting the most out of life – and vice versa? Two Guardian journalists give it a tryCoco Khan, 30, has worked for the
Why is it so hard to climb the career ladder at a charity?

Why is it so hard to climb the career ladder at a charity?

With organisations afraid to take risks, upset the status quo or invest in staff, there’s no room at the top for new facesAfter five years in the charity sector, Laura Fox* admits trying to climb the
New-builds suited to working from home | Letters

New-builds suited to working from home | Letters

Most UK tenancy agreements continue the Victorian practice of restricting or prohibiting home-based work, writes Dr Frances HollissGary Porter’s idea to transform council housing (Self-build plan
Should I dress more smartly for work?

Should I dress more smartly for work?

We live in an image-obsessed world, says Sharmadean Reid. But there are dangers in being too decorativeDoes it matter what I wear to work? I like to be comfortable but occasionally catch a glimpse of
I had to quit my hospital job when I resented patients who got better

I had to quit my hospital job when I resented patients who got better

I couldn’t watch people get the all-clear after my mum was diagnosed with terminal cancer in my department Working in waiting list administration can bring its fair share of bad days. Bed shortages,
Britain is chronically overworked. A four-day week would liberate us | Owen Jones

Britain is chronically overworked. A four-day week would liberate us | Owen Jones

Free-market fundamentalism hasn’t freed us – it has trapped us. It’s time for the left to embrace a workplace revolutionWe are unlikely to spend our last moments regretting that we didn’t spend enough