To Vacay Or Not To Vacay

More than half of Americans (54%), according to Project: Time Off, ended 2016 with unused vacation time although that was slightly less than those (55%) who did the previous year. Americans had 662 unused vacation days in 2016, which represents $66.4 billion in benefits, or an average $604 work time donation to employers.

Some won’t vacation because they are apprehensive about their employment. However, those who take 11 or more vacation days, as reported in the Harvard Business Review, are 30% more likely to receive raises and be promoted. Continue reading “To Vacay Or Not To Vacay”

Googling The Future

Anyone concerned about the digital future should welcome the recent record-setting fine of Google by EU antitrust officials.

Google had been accused of using its search engine, which reportedly has 90 percent of the market, to prioritize its own online shopping service. As a result, the use of the Google service increased dramatically — 45 percent in the UK, for example — while the use of its competitors’ services decreased — 85 percent in the UK, and these changes, according to the European Commission, cannot be explained by other factors. Continue reading “Googling The Future”

Laing On Loneliness

I don’t believe the cure for loneliness is meeting someone, not necessarily. I think it’s about two things: learning how to befriend yourself and understanding that many of the things that seem to afflict us as individuals are in fact a result of larger forces of stigma and exclusion, which can and should be resisted.

Loneliness is personal, and it is also political. Loneliness is collective; it is a city. As to how to inhabit it, there are no rules and nor is there any need to feel shame, only to remember that the pursuit of individual happiness does not trump or excuse our obligations to each another. We are in this together, this accumulation of scars, this world of objects, this physical and temporary heaven that so often takes on the countenance of hell. What matters is kindness; what matters is solidarity. What matters is staying alert, staying open, because if we know anything from what has gone before us, it is that the time for feeling will not last. (Laing 2016, 281)

Laing, Olivia. 2016. The Lonely City: Adventures In The Art Of Being Alone. New York: Picador.