Lucy Kellaway

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Gallup’s findings suggested that ‘having a best friend at work was a more powerful indicator of workplace outcomes than simply having a friend or even a good friend.’ Photograph: iStock

My best friend left the Financial Times a few weeks ago. She wanted to leave, and her departure, after a long notice period, was expected. But it came(...)

There was no Christmas slowdown in Lucy Kellaway’s school Photograph: iStock

Christmas is a time for journeys. There was the one Mary went on with her husband to Bethlehem a couple of thousand years ago. There was another jour(...)

Ted Hegarty, antiques auctioneer, Bandon, Co Cork

With interest rates for bank deposits at historic – and dismal – lows, many savers and investors are seeking alternative investments. Property, the st(...)

Arianna Huffington: last week David Bonderman interrupted Huffington, his fellow Uber director, to make a crass joke. He got his facts wrong.  There was nothing for it: the 74-year-old billionaire had to go. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

Last week David Bonderman dropped the mother of all clangers. In the middle of a discussion about Uber’s sexist culture, he let slip a crass joke abou(...)

Paul Romer: ordered his staff to write more clearly, shut them up whenever they banged on interminably in presentations, and insisted all reports were short and lucid

The story was one of the saddest I have read in ages. The World Bank’s chief economist ordered his staff to write more clearly, shut them up whenever (...)

“Amy’s voice has an agreeably low timbre and is smooth as velvet.”

The Financial Times gave part of my job to a robot last week. For years I have been making podcast versions of my column, but now I am faced with sti(...)

Who’s got more energy?: Younger colleagues end the weekend less fresh than they started it; an older person turns up feeling perky after a spot of gardening. Photograph: iStock/Getty

A couple of weeks ago I sat on a panel to discuss a subject dear to my heart: what people in their 50s and 60s should do with themselves professionall(...)

“Our message to executives who crack up is that it is their fault for not having enough of something that has become the corporate world’s most fashionable virtue: resilience.”

There are few jobs with less appeal than being the chief executive of a big company. The work is intolerably stressful. It is lonely. You never see yo(...)

Prof Robert Kelly  with his wife, Kim Jung-a, and their children Marion (4) and  eight-month-old James, at a press conference after a video of the children crashing Prof Kelly’s Skype interview with the BBC went viral. Photograph: EPA

It ought not to have been especially interesting. All that happened was a man sat in his study at home in South Korea and did a live Skype interview f(...)

“The brutality of death is a disrupter of habit – it stops the living in their tracks.” Photograph: Getty Images

In November I wrote an article inciting people of a certain age to jack in their fancy jobs and join me in training to be a teacher at a tough London (...)

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