I Was Addicted to Black Friday Shopping — Here’s How I Gave Up Temptation and Saved a Ton of Money

I used to think Black Friday was an awesome deal. You wake up early, get doorbuster deals and walk away with items at a fraction of the cost. Sure, you deal with angry people who haven’t had enough coffee and massive crowds fighting over the latest toy craze, but you …

Facebook bug prevented users from deleting their accounts

Until just a few days ago, some Facebook users could not delete their accounts — the option to do so simply didn’t work. After VentureBeat reached out to Facebook regarding the issue, an engineer was able to squash the bug. Every few months, there’s a new Facebook scandal that results …

Busy people tend to make healthier choices and enjoy more self-esteem

Busyness is often thought of as a modern day affliction, but it can also help you delay gratification and make decisions that benefit you in the longer-term, according to new research from the global business school INSEAD. In a new paper, Chattopadhyay and his co-authors, Monica Wadhwa, Associate Professor of …

OECD, UN Environment and World Bank call for a radical shift in infrastructure thinking

The OECD, UN Environment and World Bank Group have this week called on leaders of G20 countries to do more to enable a radical shift of investment into low-carbon, climate-resilient infrastructure as a way to limit the impact of climate change. Delivering a new report, Financing Climate Futures: Rethinking Infrastructure, to …

New interior design collective launches in Manchester

Mix Design Collective in association with Bruntwood, part of Mix Week Manchester, is a brand-new workplace design event that will celebrate the best national and international design products. Created by Mix Group, home to Manchester Headquartered, award winning Mix Interiors magazine and Out There Events, Mix Design Collective will see …

A changing world with inbuilt human obsolescence defines first day of CoreNet Global

The  forces that are changing the world, from AI and the current digital and technological transformation, to the short and long-term implications of Brexit, provided many of the key lessons during the first day of the CoreNet Global Summit in Madrid. Opening speaker Anders Indset (session pictured), a business philosopher …

'Wreck-It Ralph' sequel will take on the darker side of the internet

Don’t let the bright colors and peppy music fool you: Ralph Breaks the Internet knows damn well the the world wide web isn’t all “roses and sunshine,” as co-director Phil Johnston puts it. “We have to give due to the darker side of it,” he told an assembled group of …

Here’s what we know about the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL: Everything

Google’s upcoming Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones might be the most leaked devices in history (except for that time someone from Apple left an unreleased iPhone in a bar). It’s a given Google will make its new flagship phones official at an event on Oct. 9. Mashable’s Raymond …

Majority of office workers discontented with workplace environment

The vast majority (97 percent) of office workers in UK feel frustrated by their workplace environments, with many feeling the need to escape office life as a result. A new report from Staples has discovered that one-in-five (22 percent) end up browsing LinkedIn job ads for something better when they’re frustrated. As …

Does Your Work Give You Paid Time Off to Vote on Election Day? Here Are All the Companies Spearheading the Movement

Patagonia stores won’t be open on Nov. 6. Instead, a sign will hang from the front doors of the nationwide retailer, reading: “When the polls open, we close.” The company, best known for its outdoor clothing and gear, will close all stores and its California headquarters on Election Day in …

The Spring 2019 issue of Work&Place is now available

  We have today published the  latest Work&Place issue for Spring 2019. As always, it offers a diverse compilation of timely and provocative perspectives focused on the intersections between and among work, the workplace, technology, culture, and business strategy. You might start with Rob Harris’s call for shooting the messengers in …

UK workers demand better remote working options, claims Airbnb report

UK employers need to provide more flexible and remote working options in order to attract the best talent, according to new research released by Airbnb for Work. Airbnb’s Future of Work report, the first of its kind from the platform, has revealed that the modern trend of remote and flexible …

Staff are still largely sedentary and want benefits that will help improve wellbeing

Despite the fact that a large number of employees continue to be relatively sedentary during their working day, there a growing demand for benefits that could help them achieve a healthier lifestyle, claims new research from Personal Group. More than 40 percent of employees surveyed want health insurance to be …

London remains preferred destination for global corporate real estate investors

London is still the world’s top destination for investment in commercial real estate despite ongoing uncertainty about Brexit, well above both Manhattan and Paris, the next two biggest markets, new research claims. Around£16.2 billion was invested in central London’s commercial offices in 2018 compared with £14.3 billion in Manhattan, £12.1 …

Watch the Oculus Connect 5 John Carmack keynote live

Yesterday was the first day of Facebook’s annual Oculus Connect developers event, and it delivered on quite a few hardware and software announcements: Oculus Quest and Oculus Go updates, plus new software announcements. Today is Oculus CTO John Carmack’s day to shine, and you can watch it live online! Today’s second keynote …

No more blank slate, lots more workplace choice and some other stuff

The Christmas and New Year break can prove a burial ground for content. This is a shame because there is as much great stuff around at this time of year as any other. And just as much casual dross. The workplace sector retains its tendency to consume and parrot comfortable, …

European research network sets out to discover exactly how the Internet is bad for us

A pan-European network to tackle problematic internet usage officially launches today with the publication of its manifesto, setting out the important questions that need to be addressed by the research community. As the internet has become an integral part of modern life and its use has grown, so too has …

You Could Save Up to $150 a Month With Lyft’s New Subscription Service. Here’s How

Ride-hailing companies have been coming up with schemes to ditch your car for good, and Lyft seems to be dead set on that. Starting today, Lyft is launching an “All-Access Plan” for riders across the country where they can subscribe to a monthly plan for a set amount. The Uber …

Basic income experiment increased wellbeing but did not encourage people to find work

Giving jobless people in Finland a basic income for two years improved their self-perceived wellbeing but did not lead them to find work, researchers have concluded. In the trial, from January 2017 until December 2018, 2,000 unemployed Finns were paid a monthly flat amount of €560.  The aim was to see …

TUC calls for a complete ban on zero hours contracts

Zero-hours workers are more than twice as likely to work night shifts than other workers, according to new analysis published by the TUC. The analysis shows that on a range of key measures, zero-hours workers are having a tougher time those in secure employment. The TUC is now calling on the Government to …

Pokémon Go earnings pass $2 billion as it introduces its first new Pokémon

Pokémon Go has just reached two big milestones. The mobile AR game has now earned $2 billion, according to Apptopia, a third-party provider of app data. The location-based game has also introduced a new Pokémon for the first time, the mythical Meltan. Pokémon Go became a phenomenon during its launch in the …

Majority of UK workers sit at their desk between four and nine hours a day

The majority (81 percent) of UK office workers spend between four and nine hours each day sitting at their desk, equating to an average of 67 sedentary days per person each year, claims a new survey from Fellowes. Nearly half (45 percent) of office workers polled said they sat at …

You should do your holiday shopping now. Yes, now.

This is You Won’t Regret It, a new weekly column featuring recommendations, tips, and unsolicited advice from the Mashable culture team. Come December, malls and stores will be packed full of people looking to find the perfect gifts just in time for the holidays. The whole experience of shopping for …

Disability and age discrimination are top concerns for UK employees

More than half of employees say the inclusion of disabled people is an area that requires the greatest improvement within their organisation; with the diversity of age groups coming in a close second at just under half. This is according to the latest findings from Wildgoose’s Diversity and Inclusivity in …

Go Home On Time Day highlights one of the least discussed workplace issues

Today is National Go Home on Time Day (in Australia at least) and the 10th annual report by The Australia Institute’s Centre for Future Work published to coincide with it estimates that Australian employees will work 3.2 billion hours of unpaid overtime for their employers this year, worth an estimated $106 billion …

Digital transformation and an uncharted future for workplace design in 2019

In some way, humans have touched every single thing on this planet. We’re stepping into unknown territory. We’re changing everything. Think about that. Now, think about digital transformation. New technologies are changing how we interact with our environment, how we work, how we play and how we live. Tech tools …

Learning to learn will be key skill in new world of work

A joint report by the Secretariat of the All Party Parliamentary Group on AI, Big Innovation Centre, and professional services firm KPMG has been published, identifying the key skills individuals and organisations will need if they are to survive and thrive in the unfolding future. The report finds that jobs …