Clark Pilita

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It turns out that if people can choose which days they work at home and which in the office, a large number will stay home on Mondays and Fridays. Photograph: iStock

Since this column always appears at the start of the week, it was troubling to come across an academic study the other day suggesting workers are at t(...)

‘I’m not a cat’: Rod Ponton in a Zoom call for a  US court session in February. Photograph: Judge Roy Ferguson/394th District Court of Texas/PA Wire

On days when news of the pandemic is especially bleak, I sometimes think of Rod Ponton. He is the Texas lawyer who logged into an online court hearing(...)

A woman  receives  the AstraZeneca vaccine at Lichfield cathedral, UK, which has been converted into a temporary vaccination centre. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP

How did you spend your last Sunday afternoon? If you are of a certain age and live in the UK, there is a fair chance you did what I did and found your(...)

A Covid-19 certificate of vaccination app on a mobile phone

At the start of this month an Israeli chief executive named Udi Ben Shimol logged on to a video call with bosses from cities across Europe who all wan(...)

The average worker now sends and receives about 126 business emails a day. Photograph: iStock

Whenever I check my emails, a number appears in the top right-hand corner of my computer screen that used to fill me with a horrible sense of despair.(...)

Wisconsin snow storm. When researchers combed through the biographies of 1,188 board members at the 100 largest US companies,  they found just three directors had specific climate expertise. Photograph: John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP

Not that long ago, I found myself on a video call with a group of business people where a man who once ran a very large company said something unexpec(...)

What if an employer wants existing staff to be injected and some refuse? Can they ban them from the office or shop floor? Or force them to switch jobs? Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

What would you do if your boss announced the latest perk at work was free breakfast at the Waffle House? How about the chance to win a TV in a raffle(...)

A bad meeting is like a virus. By failing to produce good decisions, it often requires another meeting to be held, then another and another. File photograph: Getty

At the start of every working week, millions of people worldwide prepare for something they do endlessly, joylessly and badly: a meeting. It was awfu(...)

‘At some point after the lockdowns started this year, I found myself signing off work emails differently.’ Photograph: iStock

Last week a 14-word email landed in my inbox from someone called Greg who did not like a column I had just written about green investments. “Grass is(...)

Some companies are rewarding employees for longer working days by giving them more time off. Photograph: iStock

On the first Monday of this month millions of people woke to a beeping alarm, rubbed their eyes and plodded off to get ready for another week of work.(...)

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