Why ‘lean in’, if laziness works as well?

Hard work is harming not only sleepless executives but the companies that employ them too

It is best to fire a wrong hire quickly

If a mismatch is fundamental, there is no such thing as too quick

Why a happy:grumpy ratio will not work

There are better ways to gauge employee contentment than just asking

Group of Business People Working on an Office Desk

My solution to unanswered email anguish

Not responding is a sane response to inbox overload but it breeds insanity on the other side

UK bicycle

Can l lean in after falling off my bike?

A black eye is not the best start for my non-exec director interview

How to strangle corporate common sense

The fear of being found out is just one reason why the rot sets in but entrepreneurs offer hope

Facebook is daft to call users ‘people’

The company’s creation of a dedicated ‘empathy team’ does not amount to an emotional awakening

Golden Flannel of the Year Award

Under Tim Cook’s leadership, Apple succumbed to drivel

Scheduling time to ‘think’ is brainless

The AOL chief executive’s directive is in need of a rethink

Beware Twitter eulogies to a boss

Alan Rusbridger’s exit shows how our aversion to brown-nosing has got lost along the way

Why are we still so awful at email?

I detect two new trends are emerging in greetings, both bad. Sign-offs are getting worse too

Kellaway v Brûlé on workplace design

Lucy visits Monocle to inspect its new manifesto for business

Overworked and uninspired - the misery of the middle manager

Few covet the job of middle manager, and who could blame them?

Eavesdropping will cure your itchy feet

We sometimes envy the trappings of other people’s jobs. But the work itself? Never

City bullyboys are as boorish as ever

The chatroom banter of the forex traders shows little has changed in the banking culture

Losing fear is liberating – and dangerous

Work anxiety tends to decline with age, but watch out for the complacency catch

Constantly canvassed for coffee

Great ideas can sometimes come from a chat with the unlikeliest of people

Extreme exercise fad has gone too far

Sport does not broaden an executive’s worldview. Virtually everything else does

Time for recruiters to flirt with Tinder

If it works so well for dating, why not for hiring? All dreary formalities would be swept away

Wanted: employees who get things done

Employers should specify ‘being conscientious’ as the top skill they are looking for


Lucy KellawayLucy Kellaway is an Associate Editor and management columnist of the FT. For the past 15 years her weekly Monday column has poked fun at management fads and jargon and celebrated the ups and downs of office life.

In her 25 years at the FT, Lucy has been energy correspondent, Brussels correspondent, a Lex writer, and an interviewer of business people and celebrities for the Lunch with the FT series and the FT Weekend. Prizes include Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards 2006, Industrial Society WorkWord Award (twice), Best Commentator, Business Journalist of the Year Awards 2007 and the Wincott Young Financial Journalist Award. Her first book, Sense and Nonsense in the Office, was published by FT Prentice Hall in 1999. Martin Lukes: Who Moved My BlackBerry(TM) (2005) and In Office Hours (2010) were published by Penguin.

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