Brigid Schulte is an award-winning writer and journalist and director of The Better Life Lab and Good Life Initiative at New America, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington DC. The Lab uses the power of data, transparency and storytelling to redesign work so that its sustainable, effective and fair, reimagine gender equality for a fairer, more human future, and rewire social policy to meet the needs of diverse 21st century families. She was a staff writer for the Washington Post and Washington Post magazine for nearly 17 years and was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and two children. She grew up in Oregon and spent summers in Wyoming, where she did not feel overwhelmed.
Rediscovering Berlin: Two teens, two visits, 35 years apart.
Paid leave is inevitable. The U.S. should learn from other countries how to do it right.
I confess: I’m a sucker for life hacks. Who doesn’t fantasize about getting work done faster and getting more out of life, especially when, after rushing around all day, you’ve barely made a dent in your to-do list, emails keep pouring in, and that one big project you’ve been meaning to work on gets kicked […]
For years, as director of the Work-Life Center at MIT, Kathy Simons pushed for flexible work policies, family-friendly benefits, and could cite chapter and verse the research on how taking time off to recharge improves workers’ outlook, productivity, and health. (In case you’re curious: One long-term study found that men and women who don’t take […]
Flexibility, collaboration, and autonomy are workplace strategies intended to give workers more predictability and control over their work and home lives. Instead, they’re often extending the workday into an unpredictable, 24/7 everydayathon, crowding out time for meaningful, concentrated work with endless meetings and overflowing inboxes, and spurring ever greater work devotion in order to live […]
(CNN)We’re drowning in email. We check it incessantly — more than half of American workers check email at least once an hour. And at night. And on weekends. And on vacation. The compulsion to constantly check, respond, clean out and keep on top of an overflowing inbox is actually making us stressed out, distracted, miserable […]