Nine to five: great way to make a living

Only a strict routine can stop our jobs silting up our lives

An office tower at night in Chicago
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The workplace – prison or sanctuary?

From dark 19th-century quarters to Silicon Valley playground, the office has long divided opinion

My future as a middle-aged grad trainee

If I changed career now I would put my back into it like never before

Think you work hard? Bet you don’t

The disease of overwork is partly in our minds and it has a bearing on how stressed we feel

In defence of sycophantic wage slaves

Luke Johnson is wrong. Flattery is crucial to survival in the corporate world and beyond

My top tip: ignore all other top tips

Pieces of advice are positioning statements that tell the world about the values the issuer holds

Public speaking and removing my jeans

Your performance is only the half of it. The rest is down to the early dynamic with the audience

Have you heard that gossip is good?

The true value of such morsels has nothing to do with the subject and is all to do with purveyor

Big Brother can watch me work any day

So long as everyone knows they are being monitored and why, it is not such a bad idea

Illustration by Luis Grañena of Trevor Nunn
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Interview with Sir Trevor Nunn

Trevor Nunn, a giant of English theatre, is currently rehearsing his West End production of the bunny-boiling ‘Fatal Attraction’. The scene is set for an off-stage encounter

Small talk makes a big difference

If you don’t chat, people don’t like you much. So if women keep quiet at work, it matters

To rent or to buy?

‘It has nothing to do with money, and everything to do with culture, emotion and family’

Five apps for unfocused minds

I don’t want to go cold turkey on cyberloafing. I just want to learn moderation

Success tips from Eton and a Tiger Mum

Now we know why so many dyslexics and people who lost a parent young make it to the top

Colleagues and bosses are not your family

The idea that employees are part of one big, corporate family is delusional

I want to put my office on a new diet

I am ditching al desko lunches. Anticipation, ritual and smugness point the way ahead

This is a golden age for office workers

For privileged professionals at least, working life is better than it has ever been

Men should get over loss of face

Women may be more resilient, as we don’t take minor slights as a heinous attack on our egos

Gongs for the year’s greatest guff

All winners of the 2013 Golden Flannel Awards are exceptional, original, giants of jargon

More turkeys than crackers in the post

Jamie Dimon’s holiday display of over-the-top happiness sets my less than perfect teeth on edge


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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