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Anthropology in Practice

Why do we need to have so many meetings?

A model of my calendar for the week of Oct. 6. Client details have been removed, and meetings classified by function.

These days my calendar is a source of stress. My morning routine of reviewing my appointments for the day during my commute often leaves me dreading the coming workday—and frantically looking for 15 minute blocks that I can hold to catch-up on email or return phone calls if needed. It’s not uncommon to find myself [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

How will today’s technology change our concept of “work”?

View of New York City at night from the 30th Floor of the Millennium UN Plaza. Photo by Luigi Crespo. Click on image for license and information.

Change is hard. We meet it with some trepidation and skepticism. This is certainly true when it comes to technology. Each wave of technological advancement has changed the economy; and in each age where it has done so, the there has been a ripple effect. For example, did you know that one of the reasons [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

Why Aren’t We Talking About Burnout?

Creative Commons by Pedro Moura Pinheiro. Click on image for license and information.

In offices throughout the United States, workers are anxiously looking to the coming of Friday. For many of you—myself included—Monday meant a return to the office and a reinvestment in wage/paid labor. By this point in the week, you’ve hopefully hit your stride and are comfortably settled in your work week rhythms, and you’re probably [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

Creeping Connectivity: Work and Life in a Hyper-Connected World

It’s 10:30 PM on a Sunday night. I’ve finished folding our laundry and just started the dishwasher. As on most Sundays, S and I just finished watching The Walking Dead. Although while he was fully focused on the plight of the characters, I did what I normally do: half listened while I scanned work emails [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

When and Where Is It Okay to Cry?

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A few weeks ago, an article appeared in my LinkedIn feed that asked “Is crying acceptable in the workplace?’ I’ll save you the click thru: the short answer in this piece is no. While emotion is a part of life, the article concludes it isn’t rewarded in the workplace because it suggests weakness. A quick [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

The Culture of Coffee Drinkers

Ed. Note: It’s “Food Day” on the SciAm guest blog, and bloggers around the network have also been sharing their thoughts on our relationship with modern foods. A year ago, AiP ran a series on coffee. It took on a life of its own, and spurred several follow-up discussions, which you can read here. In [...]

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Observations

Men’s Offices Harbor More Bacteria Than Women’s

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What is the dirtiest thing on your desk? If you work in a typical office, it’s not actually your computer mouse or your keyboard or even your desk. According to a new study, published online May 30 in PLoS ONE, it’s your phone—but your chair’s not far behind. Before you drop that receiver or leap [...]

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Shift Workers in Dangerous Industries Most Likely to Be Short on Sleep

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It’s always nice to get the full recommended seven or nine hours of sleep every day. But life—and work—often gets in the way. And getting too little sleep can decrease attention and short-term memory and can also alter rational judgment—in addition to increasing the risk for some diseases and making it harder to lose weight. [...]

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