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Is it Legal to Overwork Hospitality Workers?

Laws designed to protect employees would, you’d expect, ensure that each person has sufficient time and money to both survive and enjoy their life, and that employers not providing these things would be investigated and forced to change. But we all know this isn’t always the case. People in my …

Would You Like a Living Wage with That?

There is a horribly widespread belief that the people who serve you french fries, sell you tickets at the local multiplex, pour your morning cup of coffee, and ring up your purchases at every high street shop somehow don’t deserve a living wage. Customer service work is generally perceived to …

Automatic Reply: I’m Good Thanks, How Are You?

It was just your average Thursday morning. I was on route to my plush office, overlooking the Thames, to work alongside people I genuinely care about, and make some money to buy a few nice things. In theory, everything was fine. Yet there I was, crying on the tube, not …

Stop Forcing Me to Drink with My Co-Workers

There are lots of things that I expected when I first started working in an office. The endless tea runs (which I avoid like the plague). The pointless meetings. The daily battle not to go to town to buy lunch when you have a perfectly good sandwich sitting on your …

We Need to Keep Talking About Unpaid Internships

I remember learning about internships in high school. During many college campus tours I was constantly touted to about that particular school’s amazing internship program by overeager student tour guides and how 9 out of 10 students completed at least one internship during their time at school. I was always …

You Don’t Have to Be a Girl Boss

I’m not ambitious. It’s one of those things that I’ll always admit with the tiniest bit of shame–it feels like a flaw or a shortcoming that I ought to keep hidden. My lack of aspiration definitely seems like it should be kept secret. Ever since I was young, people would …