We see it all around us in our friends and families, and indeed in ourselves. It seems like just about everyone is unhappy and unfulfilled with their jobs. People are working way too much. We all know people who have become increasingly unavailable to their families and friends.
What Jeff Bezos and the team at Amazon have achieved is unprecedented in the world of retail. However, if the New York Times portrait that ran over the weekend is accurate, what Amazon needs is not better people willing to work longer hours but rather more robots willing to work tirelessly, 23 hours a day, 7 days per week.
I think the varied, polar responses from current and former employees show how much a person's Amazon experience can vary by team, role, level, time period, etc. I know plenty of people who are happy at Amazon.
I found myself divorced, on anxiety medication, with disappointed children angrily clamoring for my attention and love. But at least I had my bank account, right?
The ways in which businesses benefit from offering paternity leave are so clear and proven that corporate leadership has to dig its collective head way, way down in the sand to miss it.
Amazon chose not to be interviewed for the story. In the antiquated thinking of crisis management, a target should sit down with its attacker to "tell its side of the story."
Simply using the word "together" can have a profound impact on how work teams operate. New research by Priyanka Carr and Gregory Walton shows that using social cues that signal an invitation for folks to work together can fuel intrinsic motivation even when people work alone.
For the Maker Movement to grow up it's going to need to incorporate some of this organizational common sense. I'd be thinking hard about how to connect makers and the things they make, with the people who need them.
Despite months of rumors to the contrary, it now appears that Apple is not launching a TV service this year. And for Apple fans, that's great news. Let them take their time. If they can revolutionize TV, that'll be awesome. If not, we'll just have to be happy with a new iPhone every year or two.
While it's easy to simply give in to our lizard brain and either reactively grumble and moan or instinctively defend hard-charging corporate culture, moments like these provide a chance for us to reflect on our own leadership values.
What makes the Amazon hamster-cage halfway plausible as a model of the future? What allows its architects and the successful employees to believe in it?
No one wants more government and you can't legislate morality, but obviously, there is a growing movement in Congress to at least make the FMLA fair and equitable and put value on the backbone of America's success -- people who work.
Amazon makes it pretty simple even if you don't have an address. The hard part is know what town you'll be in the next few days. This post ori...
For reasons I've never been entirely clear on, when the newspaper industry began its slow decline, the very best version of the professional journalist was compared to the very worst version of the Internet blogger, and somehow--perhaps we recently watched All the President's Men--we all went along with it.
$1.40 is almost three times what I earned for my last traditionally published novel--a paperback original for teens released in 2010. The book sold for $8.99, and I earned a 6 percent royalty. That came out to 54 cents per copy.
Actor & Kid Philanthropist Gabe Eggerling stars as Bailey Burke in Amazon's new pilot seri...