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Cubicles: The little office space that could

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-01-06 09:27

Anyone who works in an office is bound to have complaints – the bad coffee, poor fluorescent lighting and rows of bland cubicles as far as the eye can see.

That’s exactly what New York Magazine contributing editor Jennifer Senior is celebrating in the magazine’s latest edition with what she calls “an ode to the cubicle.”

“No matter how you dress 'em up, even if you put volleyball pits in between them … they’re sort of the office pig, no matter how much lipstick you try to apply.” But Senior also defends the cubicle – “they’re still your nest in a larger home.” And what’s really important, is what the cubicle signifies: The experience of working in an office with co-workers instead of working alone at home or in a coffee shop.

“It has this deep psychological meaning for people,” says Senior about office work. One benefit of working alongside colleagues on a regular basis? A little friendly competition.

“Even if you compete with them, competing is not bad, right? They make you work harder and they make you see what’s possible," she says.

Yet regular office work is going away. According to Intuit, “roughly 40 percent of the workforce will be ‘gig-ing’ it in some way, unaffiliated," Senior says. Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich and others say that number is probably accurate.

Even as freelance work becomes more common, Senior says we should still be concerned about contingent workers doing blue-collar jobs. They tend to be worse off financially than their permanent counterparts who do the same job.

 

Syria family's scars begin to heal

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-06 09:09
Physical and emotional scars of injured Syrian girls begin to heal

The legal issues in the Ched Evans case

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-06 08:53
The case of convicted rapist Ched Evans, and his attempt to get back into professional football, has raised many issues.

Dutch journalist detained in Turkey

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-06 08:45
A Dutch journalist, Frederike Geerdink, is detained briefly by Turkish police over her alleged support for Kurdish rebels.

Medicaid's Western Push Hits Montana

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-06 08:43

After sitting out the first full year of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, lawmakers in Montana are now talking about a limited expansion.

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VIDEO: Salvage team on ship rescue plans

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-06 08:38
Bram Sperling, a member of the team planning to salvage the Hoegh Osaka grounded in the Solent on Saturday says there is some damage to the ship and experts are deciding what to do next.

Driver tells of OAP crush horror

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-06 08:34
A lorry driver accused of causing the death of an 88-year-old woman tells of his horror at realising he had driven over her.

Nadal suffers shock defeat in Doha

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-06 08:31
World number two Rafael Nadal makes the worst possible start to the new season as he loses to Michael Berrer at the Qatar Open.

Stricken cargo ship 'to be refloated'

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-06 08:24
A cargo ship which is stranded in the Solent after it was deliberately run aground could be refloated on Wednesday, salvors say.

Yarnold to make skeleton return

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-06 08:24
Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold will return to the British team for the third World Cup event of the season.

Afghanistan's pace-setting president seeks results

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-06 08:20
Afghanistan's new President Ashraf Ghani lacks a cabinet after his first 100 days in office - but his style is markedly different from his predecessor, reports Daud Qarizadah.

Palermo 5-0 Cagliari

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-06 08:17
Gianfranco Zola first game in management in Serie A ends with his Cagliari side being humbled 5-0 by Palermo.

Going Dry: The Benefits Of A Month Without Booze

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-06 08:15

Even a brief breakup with alcohol can impart measurable health rewards, a small but intriguing experiment suggests. Indeed, the concept of a dry January is gaining traction in the U.K.

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Germany Turns Off The Lights To Protest Growing Anti-Islam Movement

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-06 08:05

A group calling itself Pegida has protested since October against Germany's asylum and immigration policies. The German political and public mainstream has responded sharply.

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Cyclist crash 'joke' tweeter sacked

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-06 08:04
A man who tweeted that he had knocked over a cyclist but could not stop because he was "late for work" has been sacked from his job at a stockbrokers.

Palestinian Sentenced To Three-Life Terms Over Murder Of Israeli Teens

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-06 07:59

The killing preceded a 50-day war in Gaza last summer. Hussam Qawasmeh was sentenced by a military court and also ordered to pay $63,000 to the victims family.

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Fire engine crashes into building

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-06 07:45
A fire engine crashes into a building in London's Canary Wharf financial district, leaving three members of its crew injured.

Iraq Inquiry 'needed more staff'

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-06 07:37
The Iraq Inquiry may have completed its work quicker if it had had more resources to begin with, a minister suggests.

Female suicide bomber hits Istanbul

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-06 07:34
A female suicide bomber blows herself up in the Turkish city of Istanbul, injuring two police officers, reports say.

VIDEO: Muslim drag act 'gets death threats'

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-06 07:33
A gay Muslim man from west London who dresses up and performs as a woman in a nightclub says he faces regular death threats from fundamentalists

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