Workday Reading

The Edition: No. 275

“The rioters called me a ‘traitor,’ a ‘disgrace,’ and shouted that I (an Army veteran and police officer) should be ‘executed.’

“What we were subjected to that day was like something from a medieval battlefield. We fought hand-to-hand and inch-by-inch to prevent an invasion of the Capitol by a violent mob intent on subverting our democratic process.” — Aquilino Gonell, U.S. Capitol Police Officer testifying at the hearing on the January 6th Riot.

+ Breaking free from a “9-to-5” Culture.

+ Summer clearance at LOFT. Snagged these Lou & Grey sweatpants.

+ Why the Olympics uniform rules are sexist.

+ WFH Outfit: A striped shirt + green chinos + Nisolo huaraches

+ How to pitch yourself to a prospective employer.

+ I replaced my Ugg slippers again. They just make me absurdly happy.

+ Make Magnolia’s Banana Pudding in this chic apron.

+ I bought this taper candle wreath to dress up my dining table.

+ Is this the best way to combat burnout?

+ Relaxed Date Outfit: A knot-tie dress + stacked wood bangles + black sandals

+ America needs to talk about miscarriages.

+ This cool Ann Taylor work blouse is on deep sale.

+ A comprehensive update on Britney Spears’ conservatorship.

+ Plus-Size WFH Outfit: A green pointelle sweater + tank top + navy joggers

Long Read. What this woman says she learned about American men as a translator for a matchmaking agency is fascinating.

I need a little something lighthearted after the morning I’ve had.  So how about a video of a dog being reunited with her 12-puppies after they were all rescued?  Yeah, that should do it.

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  1. Audrey M says:

    Re miscarriages: Nebraska created a mechanism for parents of miscarried children to obtain a birth certificate for the child. A literal way to acknowledge who it was that was lost.

    July 27, 2021/Reply
  2. E says:

    That article about the translator for the matchmaking agency was so shocking, and yet, not shocking. I guess the only shocking thing was hearing men express the misogyny they act on in such a direct way.

    July 27, 2021/Reply
  3. Shannon says:

    I’ve been through many fertility treatments and two miscarriages.

    I keenly remember my husband returning with me from the ER on a Sunday and going to work the next morning. The second time, he drove me home from a D&C, tucked me into bed, and had to log into work.

    Unreal and inhumane.

    July 27, 2021/Reply
  4. pam says:

    I found the 9 to 5 article interesting – though if you take any lunch time then 9-5 is not an eight hour workday. What is frustrating is perpetuating the myth that people actually only work “9-5”. My entire professional life (30 years in in finance and accounting) I have been an “exempt” employee and i have not ever had a year where my average work week was 40hours. It is always more. For the last 20 years it averages more than 50 with periods of 60-70 not uncommon. Yes I am well paid; but the per hour earnings are very low when all the hours are considered. Since the pandemic – even worse. Yes I have flexibility about when I work my 10-12, 14 hour days – any time I don’t want to sleep is OK with my employer. They are fine with sundays and saturdays too. I don’t really think 9-5 has been the pattern in higher level white collar jobs in the US in a really long time. 🙁

    July 27, 2021/Reply
    • allison says:

      I interpreted it as 9-5 culture means being in the same location 9-5, not only working 9-5.

      July 29, 2021/Reply
  5. pam says:

    sorry – more reflections. on the asynchronous it can certainly have the benefits the article states; but there is also something to be said for being down the hall from someone, walking to their office and having a quick exchange to resolve something in 10 minutes. Instead of sending them an email or text and waiting for them to respond, and then a few more hours passing before you can reply; and repeat – or waiting two hours to see if they respond to a text asking if they are available for a video chat… hours pass before the issue is resolved through exchanges in document comments or texts or emails. all could have been done in a 5 minute convo in person. My company is moving to hybrid and i am hoping, though it will be messy, that we will be able to get the best of both approaches.

    July 27, 2021/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I’m finding I get a lot more done with 1/2 days in the office. I also find that I do need some time with my co-workers. Projects go smoother and faster that way for the reasons you mentioned. Waiting for email returns slows things down.

      But there are things I like about working at home.

      July 27, 2021/Reply
  6. Lauren says:

    That puppy video was so sweet!

    July 28, 2021/Reply
  7. Kate says:

    I’m a little worried about the conversation regarding abandoning the 9-5. My concern is that in the hope for more flexibility, and abandoning the restrictive 9-5 mindset, we will also lose it’s benefits, which is a concrete space for work and a space around it for non-work (already too little, in my view – work is more than half our time even in the most advanced economies).
    I can’t help but think of the generation who fought FOR the 9-5, as an improvement to the reality of the working conditions.
    Even in a 9-5/10-6 type job, I’ve always thought about and prepared for work outside of those hours.
    Basically I am ready for more flexibility, more freedom, and for work to demand less of my time.
    Without worker protections for that, I fear moving a way from the 9-5 just means we’re ALWAYS (potentially) working.

    July 28, 2021/Reply
  8. Jamie says:

    Yes to this burnout strategy! I do this kind of thing too. And its what has helped me survive though I’ve never put it in these specific terms. For me, it also includes camping, an activity no one has any time for anymore and where you’re unlikely to have cell service and can engage in the activities on this list. One time while doing this kind of thing I thought, “Why have I become a person I do not even like?” I try not to let that happen anymore.

    July 28, 2021/Reply