1. By allowing workers’ brains to refuel and experience life outside of their cubicles, companies will see an increase in productivity and creative output.

    Why the U.S. needs to ban work email after hours

    Germany is onto something



  3. The week’s best editorial cartoons

    Artists take on the Israel-Hamas cease-fire, Burger King’s Canadian defection, and more


  4. The 10 best networking tips for people who hate networking

    If you think networking seems sleazy or awkward, we’ve got you covered


  5. vengvaD paQDI’norgh tay yIghojmoH!

  6. TheWeek.com is hiring!

    TheWeek.com is looking for a self-motivated journalist to write and edit short articles, promote these articles on social media, and help curate the homepage. This writer will work an overnight shift, from roughly 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. (exact hours TBD), working with senior editor Peter Weber to keep the site humming in the wee hours. Some background in journalism is required, as are solid writing skills and good news judgment. Knowledge of popular culture and familiarity with what works on the internet are also indispensable. A sense of humor is a plus. If you fit the bill and are interested, please send a résumé to weber@theweek.com

  7. Did you hear?  Women have recovered all the jobs they lost during the Great Recession.  But the labor force participation rate of women is significantly lower than men, and plateaued years ago.

    Here’s everything else that’s wrong with the “reverse gender gap” employment narrative.


  8. I am aware it is highly unusual for undergraduates from average universities like (BLOCKED) to intern at (BLOCKED), but nevertheless I was hoping you might make an exception. I am extremely interested in investment banking and would love nothing more than to learn under your tutelage. I have no qualms about fetching coffee, shining shoes or picking up laundry, and will work for next to nothing. In all honesty, I just want to be around professionals in the industry and gain as much knowledge as I can.

    I won’t waste your time inflating my credentials, throwing around exaggerated job titles, or feeding you a line of crapp (sic) about how my past experiences and skill set align perfectly for an investment banking internship. The truth is I have no unbelievably special skills or genius eccentricities, but I do have a near perfect GPA and will work hard for you.

    A young finance major looking for an internship wins over hotshot investment bankers by admitting in his cover letter that there’s nothing special about him.

  9. Watch out, birthers. There’s another wild theory taking hold of the internet — and it’s already won the endorsement of Jack Welch.


  10. The problem: Saudi Arabia has an increasingly educated female population. About 60 percent of college graduates in the country are women, and 78 percent of them are unemployed, according to recent surveys. But the country’s ultra-conservative laws and customs forbid women from mingling, much less working, with men.

    The solution: Build an industrial city that will only allow women. The female-only zone is scheduled to open inside the Eastern Province city of Hofuf next year, with more ladies-only areas to come in Riyadh, the capital. 

    If the goal is unleashing the female workforce, “a segregated city will never be as productive or creative as one where the free exchange of ideas among diverse converging people is allowed,” says Sarah Goodyear at The Atlantic.

    A guide to Saudi Arabia’s women-only city


  11. In this corporate ‘sink or swim’ environment, people fear being laid off or underperforming and being passed over for a promotion, thus they feel obliged to perpetually work, even while on vacation. We have begun to take on a level of subservience that is cringing. We fail to assert our need to take time off from fear of losing our jobs and our livelihood, in spite of the fact that doing so would be beneficial to us and to our employers in the long term.

    -Michael Janati, The Washington Post

    Is it time to cap the workweek at 40 hours?


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