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When star performers leave, research shows it can lead to turnover contagion — especially when company leaders fail to motivate or inspire. (Shutterstock)

Is quitting contagious? Depends on who else leaves and who’s in charge

When our colleagues quit, are we more or less likely to quit too? Is quitting contagious? Research shows it depends on the departing employee’s performance — and what kind of manager is in charge.
Some workers aren’t that excited about a return to the office. Antonio Sanchez Albacete/EyeEm via Getty Images

Employees are feeling burned over broken work-from-home promises and corporate culture ‘BS’ as employers try to bring them back to the office

A divide is growing between workers and management over the return to the office and other issues.
The East India House, 1928. From ‘A History of Lloyd’s,’ by Charles Wright and C. Ernest Fayle. Macmillan and Company Limited, London, 1928. Photo by The Print Collector/Getty Images

How the needs of monks and empire builders helped mold the modern-day office

The coronavirus epidemic has made us all rethink our workspaces. But the needs of the times have always influenced the office space – whether for the colonial empire or a growing commerce.
Architect and designer Florence Knoll Bassett poses with her dog, Cartree, in this photograph circa 1950. Courtesy Knoll Archive

Florence Knoll Bassett’s mid-century design diplomacy

Knoll is best known for transforming the design of America’s corporate offices. But she was also on the front lines of a State Department effort to promote American ingenuity and capitalism abroad.
The study showed that boosting the office temperature a little can save energy and keep office workers comfortable without sacrificing their cognitive performance. Mami Kempe / The Conversation

Chill out. A slightly warmer office won’t make it too hot to think

Our study found that office workers performed just the same, whether the air conditioning was set at 22°C or 25°C. But making that tweak can cut energy use by 18%.

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