Thirty years ago, being a stay-at-home dad merited a spot on the news. But we’re still not talking much about men’s careers post kids.
With nooks and crannies to help you get creative with your positioning, you’ll no longer have to choose between sitting or standing while you work.
First standing desks, then walking desks. Now this?
Productivity seekers intimidated by treadmill desks can now thank the Kickstarter gods for Cubii, an elliptical desk companion. Much like the fitness machine found at your local gym, Cubii is a low-impact way to feel like you’re doing exercise. And, unlike treadmill desks, which can cost upwards of $1,000 and barely fit in a cubicle, Cubii slides right under your desk and retails for $350.
It’s a pretty simple concept: To deter the effects of Sedentary Death Syndrome, just pedal. It comes with an app to track progress. (Of course it does.)
Cubii has received more than $80,000 in funding, exceeding its Kickstarter goal.
Let us count the ways this is absurd.
“Asking for a “peak” day—Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday—shows that your request is about productivity.”
“You know that saying, absence makes the heart grow fonder? Well, here’s another saying. Constant presence makes you want to grab the nearest cup of bleach and drink it.”
Open office? Cubicle? Why not both? Herman Miller’s Metaform furniture makes the question of workspace layout obsolete. Now you can morph your desk from a conference room to a cubicle, any time you want.
“People don’t break wind in elevators more than they have to. Venting anger is an emotional expression. It’s similar to emotional farting in a closed area. It sounds like a good idea, but it’s dead wrong.”
“The reluctance to take action often comes down to simple math. A company may decide its action based on whether it’s a bigger financial risk to lose a key person or to settle a few sexual harassment claims. When the individual starts to cost the company too much money, then there’s new incentive to take action.”
“The gender gap in pay would be considerably reduced and might even vanish if firms did not have an incentive to disproportionately reward individuals who worked long hours and who worked particular hours. Such change has already occurred in various sectors, but not in enough.”
“For starters, crying is not always a bad thing. In some cases, it is the absolute best thing you might do.”
Apologizing unnecessarily puts women in a subservient position and makes people lose respect for them, says executive coach and radio host Bonnie Marcus. Sylvia Ann Hewlett, founder of the Manhattan-based think tank, Center for Talent Innovation and author of Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Talent and Success, says using “sorry” frequently undermines our gravitas and makes them appear unfit for leadership.
It’s not like women don’t know it’s a bad habit. So, why do they do it?
Who is going to need a cubicle when you can find space to work almost anywhere?
There are plenty more studies to be found extolling the stress-busting and productivity benefits of carting your four-legged friends into the workplace. And adopting a pet policy might just be the best way to attract the kind of talent your company needs, and it may improve your current employees’ productivity as well.
But just how do you set up an inclusive pet policy that will work for everyone in your organization?
Here are some tips on how to work alongside Fido and attract top talent, all without ruffling any feathers:
“67% of women put career success high on their list of life’s goals, versus 60% for males.”
There are hip workplaces, high-tech workplaces, and old-school buttoned down workplaces. Then there’s funnyordie new headquarters, which can only be described as funhouse chic.