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Metropolis is a column about the intersection of technology, business, and cities.

It’s not Instagram, but it may as well be. Tucson, Arizona, flaunts its star-filled desert sunset landscapes, taunting you with the thought that this could be your backyard view. Northwest Arkansas sells itself with a thrilling picture of…

Number Crunch

41%: That’s the share of respondents in a 30,000-person global survey of workers conducted by Microsoft’s Work Trend Index who say they are considering leaving their jobs, as reported by Bloomberg.

The survey found that 54% of workers say they are overworked, and 39% say they are exhausted. Their bosses…

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Dear Readers,

At Marker, we’ve chronicled the professional whiplash of the past year. Some people’s careers have soared throughout the pandemic, while others have lost their jobs or businesses. Some started companies or fundraised for the first time, while others struggled to balance working from home while running a homeschool…

Object of the Week

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Object of the Week is a column exploring the objects a culture obsesses over and what that reveals about us.

It looks like a parody, and a rather dark one at that: The Fisher-Price My Home Office play set includes a fake laptop, headset, latte cup, pretend phone, and “4…

Off Brand

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When Slack started 2021 by suffering a mass outage on the very morning most of the remote workforce revved up their computers after a long holiday break, it seemed like the ultimate business nightmare. Twitter went nuts. Virtual teams had barely reunited before being disconnected. The ultimate black eye for…

Number of the Day

26 — How many more minutes of TV work-from-home professionals and managers watch daily during work hours this year (Nielsen)
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26: That’s the increased number of minutes that professionals and managers working from home spent watching TV during work hours, as of October, according to Nielsen. A spike in daytime viewing (defined as 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) was expected early in the pandemic era when offices closed abruptly and…

Some words of wisdom from author Susan Orlean who makes the case for looking presentable to enter into productivity mode. “It’s hard enough to delineate home life and work life,” she writes. “I can’t think well unless I’ve showered and put on something decent.” Turns out, Orlean may be onto…


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