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Building a Tech Career in Prada Hot Shorts
What does it really mean to dress for success?
So You’re Hiring Your First HR Lead
How to get someone who "gets it".
So You Want To (or Have To) Roll Out Transparent Pay.
All your toughest open salary questions answered.
Burning Out? Treat It Like a Brain Injury
After suffering a brain injury, writer Emily Key discovered recovery was a lot like treating burnout. Here's how she healed.
Immigrants Are an Important Part of the Tech Economy. Here’s How To Actually Support Them
Four key ways employers can help newcomers succeed.
Why Your Workplace Should Offer “Spiritual Days”
A perk that encourages whole-human belonging.
How Is Corporate Pride Faring in a WFH World?
Our tips for celebrating remotely– minus the rainbow washing.
How to Bootstrap Your Startup’s HR (And When Not To)
How much you can get away with on your own, and how to do it.
What's It Like to Be Poly and Out at Work?
Non-monogamous folks spill on how they navigate benefits, parties and judgmental coworkers.
How "Girlboss" Became A Slur
For the girlboss, feminism was a brand building exercise rather than a show of solidarity.
What Does Indigenous Reconciliation Look Like At Work?
Métis HR & DEI consultant Stephanie Bergman talks to us about her experiences (and best advice) as an Indigenous woman at work.
A writer reflects on how her time in construction shaped her identity.
Is Ergonomics Maybe Bullshit?
We talk to Jared Blake, prolific chair-sitter and co-owner of furniture store Lichen NYC, to get the unvarnished truth about office furniture.
Can a Worker's Co-Op Thrive in Big Tech?
We speak to Hypha, an anti-capitalist worker's co-operative, on how they work.
The Invisible Work of Caring
LinYee Yuan, creator of MOLD Magazine, reflects on how the critical work of caring shows up in her life.
Against Representation Without Transformation
Visibility is important, but we should be demanding so much more.
The Death Of Rest
A brief history of Labour Day and the vacation days you never take.
Mark Townsend Believes We Can Get Better
Decades into an overdose epidemic, the revolutionary harm reduction activist is still fighting.
Mandy Harris Williams Knows You’re Listening
The pop star intellectual uses glamour to ship criticism to the masses.
How The 9-5 City Failed Women
Despite decades of research, gender inequality in urban transit has left women behind.
What It's Like To Be Diagnosed With ADHD As An Adult
I've always had a brain with the "zoomies". It took me nearly 30 years to find out what that meant.
Can Are.na Make The Internet Calm Down?
We interview the co-founders of Are.na on growing a social platform that feels less like a firehose and more like a garden.
How A Correctional Officer Left Prisons For Mental Health Work
After 25 years in the Ministry of Corrections, Penny MacLean realized she needed to "go upstream."
Why I Gave Y Combinator Their Money Back
An interview with Heather Payne of Juno College on her "ungrowth" vision for the future.
Toxic TV Bosses: Why Does Bad Feel So Good?
Our enduring appetite for dysfunctional workplace shows is somewhere between self-soothing and sadistic.
Holiday Cheer, Pandemic Style
Are you ready to navigate the office party in these *unprecedented* times?
Weirding Work as the Climate Changes
Foresight strategist Sam Venis shares the unexpected ways work will evolve in response to the climate crisis.
Losing Our Ambition: Is This The Year We Resolve To Work Less?
Writer James Greig reflects on the futility of New Year’s resolutions and what it really means to commit to anything other than work.
Why I Start My Work Days With Scent
Strategist and scent educator Tracy Wan shares an unexpected ritual that helps her focus.
Can We Fix Restaurants?
The future of restaurants might depend on rethinking the work that’s done inside of them.
How Does It Work: People Consultancy Bright + Early
Our version of a Proust Questionnaire, created to reveal the inner workings of interesting companies and their people programs.
Why Prison Labour Doesn't Work
An explainer on how inmates are made to work and why they shouldn’t be.
How Does It Work: Blockchain Cooperative Informal Systems
Get to know this member-driven co-op with a soft spot for baby swag.
Retirement Is Changing. What’s Next?
Are DAOs, collective living and "returnships" on our retirement horizon?
Don't Bleed At Work
Menstruators are the canary in the corporate coalmine. What can we learn from them?
Can You Keep A Secret? Here's What Goes Down On Blind
The anonymous work social app is changing worker-company dynamics everywhere.
Work Friends: The Jobfather Is Getting 500 Black People Into Tech
Jermaine Murray is changing the tech industry one new hire at a time.
Why Office Workers Are Chasing Their Barista Dreams
Unpacking the growing ambition to ditch the desk job and get behind the bar.
Why Is LinkedIn Like This?
Despite its cringe-worthy earnestness, LinkedIn has remained a ubiquitous companion to our changing work lives. Why?
The Case Against Reference Checks
When deciding if a person is the right choice for the job, your decision should not rely on an external party.
How Does It Work: Co-Star
Inside the AI-powered astrology app where employee perks include free birth chart and tarot readings.
Kim Kelly On Unions, HR And Remembering Our History
The journalist and organizer talks to us after the launch of her new book Fight Like Hell.
In This Economy?!
A conversation on paying people in a recession, with Compensation Consultant Trisha Neogi.
How Does It Work: The GIST
Inside a women-owned media startup where sports fans of all genders thrive.
Cripping Time At Work
Katie Walsh explores disability at work and the idea that your worth cannot be determined by the schedule on which you operate.
Introducing CheckedOut, a Professional Network for the Emotionally Fatigued
You're clicks away from quitting your fast-paced marketing job and raising alpacas in the Andes.
How Does It Work: Feeld
Inside the alt dating app with a "post-breakup makeover" budget.
The New Jobs Shepherding In The Remote Work Revolution
Corporations' awkward shift to remote work has spawned a new industry devoted to easing the friction.
Career Progression Is Different When You’re Disabled
Disabled people often can’t—and don’t want to—abide by standards of professional life set by non-disabled people.
Four-Day Workweeks. How Are They Actually Going?
(And how to do them right.)
How Design Thinking Can Fix Your Workplace
We speak to designer Linn Vizard about using service design to build better HR.
Where Did All The Babysitting Jobs Go?
The seminal teen job seems to be going extinct.
Abortion Workers Are Facing Their Future
In the USA, abortion clinic staff are grappling with what to do next for work.
Out Of Tens: This Meeting Trick Helps Us Build Psychological Safety
We've tinkered with lots of ways to work. Out Of 10s has stood the test of time.
The Problem With Productivity Books
From Lean In to Can’t Even, why corporate self-help books won’t save the workplace.
What Does ChatGPT Mean For HR?
We talk with the Bright + Early team about all things AI.
Americans Returning To Work Postpartum Have it Rough
Working caregivers in the US are faced with abysmal parental leave policies. Here's how they handle it.
Work Friends: Wordle Editor Tracy Bennett Makes Problems You Can Solve
We interview the New York Times puzzle editor about her career path and perspective on games.
So You Want to Date Your Coworker
New, realistic rules for office romance.
Am I My Parents’ American Dream?
Navigating the guilt and gratitude of being a white-collar child of blue-collar parents.
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Early is a work magazine for real life, produced and supported by
Bright + Early
, a modern HR consultancy focused on building better workplaces.
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