Workplace

The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Evolution Of The American Office: Nikil Saval's "Cubed"

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From the early days of counting houses, when office jobs were looked down on but were still considered a refuge from factory work,  to the modern day cubicle. We talk with author Nikil Saval about his new book "Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace."

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  • Nikil Saval - an editor of  n + 1, a print and digital magazine of literature, culture, and politics. "Cubed" is his first book.

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The Exchange
12:55 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Are N.H.'s Workplaces Family-Friendly Enough?

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A new national report finds New Hampshire and plenty of other states sorely lacking when it comes to supporting new parents. This comes amid a larger, national conversation about “family-friendly” work environments: what that involves, what’s reasonable and what isn’t, and how some of these policies affect productivity and the bottom line.

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All Things Considered
5:25 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Granite Geek: Stand In The Place Where You Work

The workplace is changing a lot these days – for example, the coworker who used to sit next to you in the office may now telecommute, and work from home part of the week.

Or, the person who used to sit next to you may now stand next to you. Standing desks are a growing part of the office, and that now includes the offices of the Nashua Telegraph.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Attention Turns To Millennials As They Enter The Workplace In Droves

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With this generation of young adults coming into its own, we look at who they are and what motivates them.  Some say they’re entitled, obsessed with technology, and have short attention spans - but others say Millennials are highly creative, dynamic and more open to new ways of looking at society.

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Newscast
5:01 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

N.H. House Passes Bill That Would Allow Workers To Discuss Pay

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New Hampshire employers could not prohibit their workers from discussing how much they are paid under a bill passed by the House.

The House voted 183-125 Wednesday to send the Senate a bill that allows employers to pay workers different amounts based on such factors as seniority, merit, production and education. Supporters argue the bill is a step toward ensuring men and women are paid equally for comparable work.

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Word of Mouth
12:52 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Micro-Tasking: The New Digital Sweatshop?

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Every day, the internet is inundated with more information, and more data to be to be categorized, organized, scrubbed, and filed away in a timely manner. Millions of miniscule tasks need to be performed each day to keep things running smoothly. Computers can do some of this mind-numbing work; other tasks are done piecemeal by hundreds of thousands of people for almost no money; Amazon Mechanical Turk is a marketplace for this kind of work. Ellen Cushing is staff writer for The East Bay Express, she wrote about the work called “micro-tasking,” which pays a pittance, drawing comparisons to working in a sweatshop.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Employee Satisfaction In 2013

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We’re continuing our series “How We Work: Five Years Later” by defining “employee satisfaction” in twenty-thirteen.  During the recession, many people held onto their jobs even if they were unhappy, and many employers were unable to go above and beyond the basics. But now, there’s more attention to this issue, whether it’s flex-time, good benefits, or better pay, and how these improvements affect productivity.

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Word of Mouth
1:50 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

What Would You Prefer, A Bonus Or A Raise? A Study Points To The Better Incentive

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Do employees work harder when they are paid more?

A new study out of Harvard set out to answer that question and came away with some interesting conclusions. One, that employers should consider not just what they pay workers, but how. Offering cash bonuses increases employee productivity more than raises in  salaries, even if the amount of bump is exactly the same.   

Duncan Gilchrist is Ph.D. student studying business economics at Harvard, and one of the authors of the study. 

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Word of Mouth
10:05 am
Tue November 19, 2013

How To Find Fulfilling Work

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Is there an adult out there who has not, in a moment of fatigue, insomnia, or on a particularly hard day at work, looked around at their life and asked, “Is this it? Is this what I want my life to be?”  Even people who have plenty of money and status and work in their industry of choice may find themselves fantasizing about a job that engages their spirit. A new book from the School of Life series sets out a practical guide to negotiating the myriad choices, overcoming the fear of change, and finding a career that has meaning. Roman Krznaric is a founding member of the school of life. He advises organizations from Oxfam to the UN on using empathy and conversation to create social change. He spoke to us from Oxford, England to talk about his new book How to Find Fulfilling Work.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu September 26, 2013

An Update On Breastfeeding

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The practice has increased, but women who want to breastfeed still face barriers at work as well as out and about in public. We’ll talk about some of the research on this subject, as well as questions about where and how moms can do this and how much accommodation the workplace should have to make. 

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All Things Considered
4:40 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Dispute Raises Questions About How Employers Accommodate Breastfeeding Moms

A story in the Boston Globe this week highlighted the difficulties employees and workplaces sometimes face when it comes to policies around breastfeeding. 

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Word of Mouth
11:33 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Word Of Mouth 06.15.2013

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Don't fear the ides of June, the Saturday show is here! Our can't miss mix of the best of the best of Word of Mouth.

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Word of Mouth
9:29 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Is Social Net Speech Protected?

From demanding access to employee Facebook profiles to soliciting job applicants via Twitter, the disparity in company policies surrounding social media are a marker of both its newness and its influence in our lives.


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Labor Day Special
9:00 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Women at Work

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The Exchange takes a break for this Labor Day special from Life Stories Radio: Women at Work.

Three women with vastly different jobs each take microphone and recorders in hand to chronicle their daily work. A pastor from a Chicago church, a seasonal farm worker, and a longtime judge all tell their own stories and reflect on what their work means to them.

Word of Mouth
11:51 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Putting Your Paycheck Out There. WAY Out There.

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The popular website glassdoor has thousands of people posting their salaries, reviews of their companies, and other juicy corporate tidbits online for all to see. Does this mark the end of salary secrecy? And what do companies think about it?

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