By TONY SCHWARTZ and CHRISTINE PORATHMAY 30, 2014. From the New York Times, Sunday Review
Editors’ note: We hope you’re not totally miserable at the office tomorrow, but if you are, here’s one article from the archives that may explain why.
THE way we’re working isn’t working. Even if you’re lucky enough to have a job, you’re probably not very excited to get to the office in the morning, you don’t feel much appreciated while you’re there, you find it difficult to get your most important work accomplished, amid all the distractions, and you don’t believe that what you’re doing makes much of a difference anyway. By the time you get home, you’re pretty much running on empty, and yet still answering emails until you fall asleep.
Increasingly, this experience is common not just to middle managers, but also to top executives.
Our company, The Energy Project, works with organizations and their leaders to improve employee engagement and more sustainable performance. A little over a year ago, Luke Kissam, the chief executive of Albemarle, a multibillion-dollar chemical company, sought out one of us, Tony, as a coach to help him deal with the sense that his life was increasingly overwhelming. “I just felt that no matter what I was doing, I was always getting pulled somewhere else,” he explained. “It seemed like I was always cheating someone — my company, my family, myself. I couldn’t truly focus on anything.”
In America today, compared with 50 years ago, three times as many working-age men are completely outside the work force
In light of today’s U.S. Presidential election, let’s take a moment to reflect on what is truly meaningful.
Here is an OP-ED piece posted in The New York Times by the Dalai Lama and Arthur Brooks
Dalai Lama: Behind Our Anxiety, the Fear of Being Unneeded
In many ways, there has never been a better time to be alive. Violence plagues some corners of the world, and too many still live under the grip of tyrannical regimes. And although all the world’s major faiths teach love, compassion and tolerance, unthinkable violence is being perpetrated in the name of religion.
And yet, fewer among us are poor, fewer are hungry, fewer children are dying, and more men and women can read than ever before. In many countries, recognition of women’s and minority rights is now the norm. There is still much work to do, of course, but there is hope and there is progress.
Here is a CNBC interview with Elon Musk with his look into the future of robotics.
Catherine Clifford Friday, 4 Nov 2016 | 2:19 PM ET
Computers, intelligent machines, and robots seem like the workforce of the future. And as more and more jobs are replaced by technology, people will have less work to do and ultimately will be sustained by payments from the government, predicts Elon Musk, the iconic Silicon Valley futurist who is the founder and CEO of SolarCity, Tesla, and SpaceX.
According to Musk, there really won't be any other options.
"There is a pretty good chance we end up with a universal basic income, or something like that, due to automation," says Musk to CNBC. "Yeah, I am not sure what else one would do. I think that is what would happen."
Here are a few facts about coworking you might not already know.
In 2005, there was exactly one coworking space in the United States.
Emergent Reseach has compiled a study of coworking spaces around the world. As of 2016, the number of coworking facilities stands at around 11,000 with 976,000 coworking members worldwide. By the year 2020, this number is expected to increase to just over 26,000 coworking spaces and just over 3.8 million members.