Best of UX May

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An amazing multi-part, long-form article about lessons learned in the workplace.

NYT MAGAZINE: THE WORK ISSUE

REIMAGINING THE OFFICE

What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team
Like most 25-year-olds, Julia Rozovsky wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with her life. She had worked at a consulting firm, but it wasn’t a good match. Then she became a researcher for two professors at Harvard, which was interesting but lonely. Maybe a big corporation would be a better fit. Or perhaps a fast-growing start-up. All she knew for certain was that she wanted to find a job that was more social. ‘‘I wanted to be part of a community, part of something people were building together,’’ she told me. She thought about various opportunities — Internet companies, a Ph.D. program — but nothing seemed exactly right. So in 2009, she chose the path that allowed her to put off making a decision: She applied to business schools and was accepted by the Yale School of Management.

Meet Is Murder
They’re boring. They’re useless. Everyone hates them. So why can’t we stop having meetings?

Failure to Lunch
The lamentable rise of desktop dining.

Managed by Q’s ‘Good Jobs’ Gamble
Forgoing the gig-economy model, a start-up bets on a strategy that puts cleaning-service workers on a professional path.

Rethinking the Work-Life Equation
It takes more than just policies to make a workplace truly flexible. The whole office culture has to change.

The Robots Are Coming for Wall Street
Hundreds of financial analysts are being replaced with software. What office jobs are next?

The New Dream Jobs
What a survey of millennials might tell us about the workplaces of the future.