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Trends are slightly moving in the favor of females who want to lead.
Companies are competing more than ever for the best and brightest workers. This year, we’ve been seeing a growing recognition that this requires creating a better workplace that goes beyond traditional job perks.
The likes of Amazon, Google, and Bank of America are building elaborate offices and happiness tracking programs, while others are focusing on ways to help their employees spend more time out of the office.
We’ve talked to an interesting cast of characters this past year–from a professional slack liner to a bike messenger turned spinning instructor. Proving that inspiration comes in unexpected places, here are our favorite lessons. By Miles Kohrman
At Fast Company we love eccentric, exciting characters and helping you work smarter.
So why not combine the two?
Take some time this week to read through my ten day program about how to have a more successful, happy career and life. The truths you will discover over the ten days, if you choose to read a lesson a day, are simple to explain and profoundly difficult to practice.
So, consider the pursuit of happiness and success in work and life – a journey. These practices will get you started on that journey.
These tech companies made headlines in 2013. Here’s why they probably won’t next year.
The tech world trades in potential. Shiny new devices and services come with the promise to change things, make other things easier, and become a regular part of our lives. But for every company that succeeds in any of those goals, many more do not. Here are nine companies that had a lackluster 2013 that will most likely result in a very quiet 2014.
This year was all about turning traditional office models on their head–and occasionally, bringing them back to basics. Chairigami made headlines for its office furniture made completely out of cardboard, no assembly required. Meanwhile, Seattle’s Bullitt Center, dubbed the greenest office building the world, finally opened, and an office building in Tokyo began growing 200 species of fruit, rice and vegetables on its roof.
The worst kinds of career gaffes are those you do unintentionally. It’s easy to see why reaming out the boss or taking an unscheduled vacation might get you into hot water, but more subtle self-destructive behaviors can be just as damaging. Here are a few to watch out for.
1. You’re all business at the office