Gervais on harsh new world of work

The Office creator and the universality of existential crises

AKHM2B Wapping Dispute 1986 London England
©Richard Mildenhall/Alamy

Changing world of work challenges us all

Notebook: I have been constantly surprised by the entrepreneurial spirit of ordinary people

Chris Puckett interviews the crowd at the MLG Major in Columbus, Ohio

Meet Chris Puckett — video gaming host

Commentator performs at live gaming events all over the world

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger and internationally renowned life and business strategist Tony Robbins discuss their feature documentary "I Am Not Your Guru" during AOL Build Speaker Series at AOL HQ on July 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/FilmMagic)

Review — ‘I am not your guru’

Phenomenon of charismatic motivational speaker is worth absorbing

A PA to the wealthy or famous must be trustworthy, reliable and understand the work is not 'super-glamorous'
©Brian Saffer/ FT

Private PAs to the rich and famous

No ego, a tough skin and the ability to say ‘no’ are essential

14 JUL 2016, BERLIN/GERMANY: Dipl.-Ing. Martin Neumann, Expert, auticon GmbH IMAGE: 20160714-01
©Marco Urban

Staff with autism can offer rare skills

Some people on the spectrum excel at IT

Saskia Nelson, owner of Hey Saturday an online dating profile photography company, photographed in Battersea Park, London this afternoon.
©Charlie Bibby

Dating websites spawn Cupid’s helpers

Turning a profit by helping in the online search for love

Julia Hartz Co-founder of Eventbrite (established 10 years ago and now the largest self-service ticketing and registration platform for live events. At their offices in Hatton Garden. For Biz Life. Working lives.
©Anna Gordon

Box office gold — Julia Hartz, Eventbrite

Making ticketing easier and working with her husband

Music shops
©Brian Saffer/FT

In defence of piped music maestros

In-store DJs explain their maligned trade

Brexit anxiety takes hold in the City

Risk, uncertainty and worries about exclusion cast long shadow

Farming soap opera awaits Brexit verdict

‘The Archers’ adviser on Europe, subsidies and rural life

Retired sports stars eye business careers

Former athletes land consultancy work but are they any good?

‘Pimp State’, by Kat Banyard

Selling sex should never be considered a respectable trade, argues a powerful polemic. Review by Emma Jacobs

Anger management

To be heard above the constant noise, people have to proffer ever more extreme opinions

‘Out of the office — see you next year’

The prospect of longer-lasting careers is tempting more people to take gap year breaks

Book sales boost the translators’ role

Rising popularity of non-English fiction brings glory

A wake for entrepreneurs’ dead dreams

Memorial service for start-ups mixes celebration and postmortem

My mother pioneers a quickstep to ageing

Reaction to older ravers proves social lives are split by age

City firms hire parenting consultants

Busy professionals seek advice during office hours on their children’s health, sleep and education

Policies to help transitioning workers

Organisations are rethinking their approach to transgender staff


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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