Office Schmucks, and Other Industry News

Our weekly roundup of workplace news from around the web.

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  • The Atlantic talks to a psychiatrist for advice on working with difficult colleagues, because “it’s not just people’s feelings that are harmed; it’s productivity and the bottom line, too.”
  • “When George Shultz was secretary of state in the 1980s, he liked to carve out one hour each week for quiet reflection,” reports the New York Times, who thinks you’re too busy. “Shultz, who’s now 96, [said] that his hour of solitude was the only way he could find time to think about the strategic aspects of his job.” (We co-sign that, by the way.)
  • And in another another great NYT article we bookmarked this week: “A lot of animals have jobs in New York City these days: therapy dogs at nursing homes, four-legged explosives detectors nosing your luggage at the airport, cats on mouse patrol at the corner bodega, not to mention holdovers like the carriage horses of Central Park. But there are countless others whose duties are less formal and more about making the workplace a nicer place to hang out.”
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