Graduate recruitment  now  often involves team exercises, “panel interviews, ordeals and other assorted pranks”. Photograph: Getty Images

On the same day last month my daughter and I got up, put on our best clothes and went off to be interviewed for different jobs.She, a recent graduate,(...)

Reality bites: the Apple logo may be one of the most recognised in the world but most people are unable to sketch it accurately. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Here is a test. Find a pencil and a scrap of paper and draw the Apple logo. Easy, no? Now compare your sketch to the real thing. If you are like me, o(...)

The super-anxious cannot wait more than two minutes without retuning to the desk to ask if the receptionist has forgotten to announce their presence. Photograph: Getty Images

It is mid-morning on a Thursday and I am sitting hunched in the reception area of my office building. I am trying not to attract attention as I am en(...)

No matter how much my children think I am making a poor fist of bringing them up they can’t get rid of me. Parenting is for life. Jobs are not.

Around the time I returned to work after the birth of my first child I went to visit a lawyer friend who had also just had a baby and had decided to s(...)

Chief financial officer Patrick Pichette didn’t resolve to leave Google right away. He went back to work, and then three reasons for quitting came to him. Photograph: The Irish Times

When Patrick Pichette last week posted a letter on Google+ to say that he was resigning as the company’s chief financial officer to go backpacking wit(...)

Appy days: there’s a Smartphone app for everything now, including one to tell you how you did at a meeting

Most managers are bad at lots of things. Self-knowledge. Talking intelligibly. Listening.But the thing they are worst at is doling out feedback. As a (...)

Richard Dawkins: a prolific thirdpartybragger. Photograph: Don Arnold/Getty Images

Last week Harris Wittels, the man who coined the phrase “humblebrag”, died at the unconscionable age of 30. In his memory I’ve been sifting through so(...)

“Lean in”, urges corporate queen Sheryl Sandberg (above). Meanwhile, at least one very successful female  has discovered workplace  laziness has major benefits. Photograph: Pascal Lauener/ Reuters

The other day I had a drink with a university friend who is one of the busiest women I know. For years she has been holding down a big job in a big(...)

Twitter appears to have changed how we work forever. Yet on closer inspection, Twitter has changed nothing – all it has done is speed things up a bit

Ten days ago a hitherto unknown Texan teenager by the name of Cella tapped out a tweet that read: “Ew, I start this f*** a** job tomorrow”, followed b(...)

Happy employees, it is claimed, are more likely to do the right thing than unhappy ones

At Wells Fargo, managers have dreamt up a new ratio to track alongside such banking stalwarts as provision coverage and capital adequacy. It is called(...)