Car-valeting, Knightsbridge-style

As a child, one of Gurcharn Sahota’s favourite pastimes was cleaning his dad’s car
©Charlie Bibby

Gurcharn Sahota ditched accounting to polish Ferraris

Martin Root at his desk. Photographs on Martin's desk of his partner and his family on his 40th birthday. Photograph: Rosie Hallam
©Rosie Hallam

Pictures that paint a thousand words

Photos displayed at work have psychological significance

Hashtag clubs bring comfort and clout

Being part of a community of like-minded people — even virtually — is beneficial

Intense induction: Joshua Penman, a music composer who found a job as a programmer after a Ruby on Rails course
©Thor Swift

Coding boot camps and career U-turns

Demand for programming skills is luring people to retrain

Child’s play: Lauren Picarello with her daughter Annie at ad agency T3
©Ben Sklar

Office pass, vending card . . . baby

Some employers let staff bring their infants to work every day

Boxing promoter, Frank Warren and his son George. Photographed in the garden of the Goring hotel, London.
©Charlie Bibby

Fighting talk on winning new audience

Boxing promoter Frank Warren wants to reach more viewers

The riff: Aesthetics and annual reports

Purely functional design is just fine for financial documents — anything more is an irritation

Tammy Erickson, left, Mark Fields and Kay Trainor
©FT Montage/Getty/Rosie Hallam

Strategies to soothe disrupted staff

The art of people management when a business is under attack

Stand-in stands out: Melanie Griffith and Sigourney Weaver in ‘Working Girl’

How to stand in for your absent boss

Holiday cover can be a poisoned chalice or a chance to shine


The riff: robot skills honed on Minecraft

Learning machines and coping strategies for humans they threaten

The reverend on a showbiz mission

Brazilian-born vicar Peterson Feital has a grand plan for workers in London’s creative industries

The silent anxiety of the sharing economy

Fear of failure and existential panic stalk the self-employed

Illicit pills for the hyper-competitive

Prescription-only is no deterrent for some seeking an edge at work, despite the health risks

Purveyors of a place of greater safety

Panic rooms are latest buy for the security conscious

Video games on the gender agenda

Six women discuss their work in a male-dominated industry

Workplace bullies’ weapon is a smartphone

Email and social media make potent threats easier

Review: ‘Two Awesome Hours’ by Josh Davis

It is counterproductive to force your mind to stay focused

A brave ascent from childhood abuse

For David Tait, climbing mountains spares others his pain

A reel change without losing a frame

Linda Pike passed on the dying art of film projection to her son

Paid to advise on the ‘right’ nursery

Wealthy Londoners seek outside help to smooth their infants’ rise


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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