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Dotcom warehouses have created armies of ‘pickers’ but their bosses insist they are not robots

Publicity is free with no PRs

Some companies prefer to eschew public relations professionals and do their own press work

City network launched for family guys

Fathers face difficulty asking for flexible working hours

Monica Kurnatowska with her husband Geoff and children Feliks
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Stay-at-home dads helping mums fly high

More fathers are braving spasms of insecurity to help women to emerge as breadwinners

‘Thanks for the Feedback’

Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen have written a sensible guide to receiving criticism and praise

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Part of office life, but not colleagues

Cleaners are central to the debate on a fair wage in rich economies

Ayse Kocak, CEO of GC Aesthetics, the only female head of a breast implant maker
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A female face of breast implants

Ayse Kocak argues that her job selling silicone enhancements is helping other women

The sacrifice for secret footage

Filming human rights abuses comes at a big cost to the family

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Seven words for sword thrust

David Peterson invents languages for sci-fi and fantasy dramas such as ‘Game of Thrones’

Business Life

How the decision gurus choose

Leaders in the field discuss how they make important choices in their own lives

Homework and homesickness

Ophelia Colley is a guardian for Chinese children sent away for schooling in England

March of the white-collar army

Katherine Prudhoe is both management consultant and civilian face of the military

Shazam: The app that calls the tune

Music identification app is one of 10 most downloaded apps for iPhone. Now it aims for $1bn flotation in US

Kicking footballs into the future

The head of soccer innovation at Adidas tries to anticipate how the sport is changing

Get to grips with Felix the Feeler

Wider engagement can help stamp out sexual harassment

Risks and rewards of newly legal high

The legalisation of cannabis in some US states has been a boon for a venture capital firm

Tales from an overworked City

Dozing in the toilet: the gruelling life of bank interns and juniors

A call for equal child-rearing rights

How men can help women put in more hours at the office

Shrinks with cash on the couch

Financial psychologists help clients understand people’s attitudes to money

Covert lessons for corporations

Emma Shaw uses her experiences in the British secret services to protect her business clients from spies


Emma Jacobs
Emma Jacobs' new column Working Lives takes a look at thriving and dying jobs amid the economic downturn. She also writes features and interviews across the paper, including for Weekend and UK news, but with a particular focus on Business Life, exploring business culture and entrepreneurship.

Jacobs has been at the Financial Times since 1999, working on UK news, companies, markets and

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