1. Vacations are increasingly being squeezed by our inability to disconnect and the pile of work we return to after the holiday ends. And our colleagues who stay behind aren’t faring much better. Scrambling to cover for absent employees, they try to keep productivity up even as someone crucial to their process is gone week after week.

    Why we should all vacation at the exact same time

    There’s even a scientific term for it: “collective restoration”


  2. The best desserts to eat at your desk

    Give your lunch dessert the respect it deserves




  5. "Despite lawsuits, the unpaid internship has come to seem like an inevitable fact of life. Some entry-level jobs, we hear, are too glamorous to pay. We learn that most young people, while eager, just aren’t prepared for the workforce. We are led to believe that the economy is still too weak to hire them; businesses want to pay, but budgets simply have no room.

    These three givens are actually myths, understandably embraced by employers, yet, more mysteriously, accepted as fact by the rest of us. So allow me to dispel them one by one.

    Phoebe Maltz Bovy, in The 3 big myths propping up unpaid internships


  6. 26%; 25%

    The percentage of survey respondents who have hooked up with exes over the holiday; and the percentage who think the best time to reveal secret feelings for a coworker is at a holiday party.  Yikes.

    Survey: ‘Tis the season for having sex with old flames and ruining your office reputation


  7. 50%-150%

    The potential increase in world economic activity from the free flow of workers across borders.

    How open immigration could double the global economy




  10. fastcompany:

    It’s Monday. You’re probably trying to stay motivated. Here are a few tips that will help you be productive today:

    Have a great week!


  11. Yeah!
    — The word that gets you ahead at work, at least according to a new study from MIT.

  12. 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.

  13. Only in America:

    Verizon claims to have caught an employee — “Bob” — outsourcing his daily coding duties to China so he could spend his time browsing Reddit, watching cat videos, and surfing eBay.

    (Source: theweek.com)