Monica Parker

Founder and workplace behaviour guru at HATCH Analytics

Ex-homicide investigator, organisational behaviourist, speaker, author, workplace nerd, status quo challenger & founder of HATCH Analytics guiding businesses through change.
The Unbearable Ennui Of

The Unbearable Ennui Of Email

This is not to say that the relationship between email and the average knowledge worker doesn't need a bit of rapprochement. Workers in the UK are using almost the equivalent of their paid leave, 29 days, on sorting through their inboxes.
12/01/2017 15:39 GMT
Ground Control to Major

Ground Control to Major Tomato

With all the listicles of "World's Coolest Office Spaces", it's easy to forget that many of us work in places that I would describe as precisely that. Perhaps not quite as hostile as space (although take the last biscuit and office politics can get brutal). The office can be grey, solitary and most certainly deprived of any sign of flora, unless the salad languishing in the company fridge counts.
20/01/2016 10:48 GMT
Never Skype Naked and Other Life

Never Skype Naked and Other Life Lessons

There have been small lessons (like learning the hard way that it isn't clever to Skype in your skivvies). And there are the big lessons that might make the difference between making it from one quarter to the next.
02/03/2015 11:14 GMT
Don't Be a

Don't Be a Turkey

I sailed for a week in Turkey last summer and it was the best holiday of my life. I found the people to be lovely, open and kind. My heart breaks for what I fear will be a difficult point in their political evolution, as they struggle to carve out some very basic freedoms for their people, one of which is certainly a free internet.
11/04/2014 11:35 BST
I Gave at the

I Gave at the Office

Despite this, I can't blame people for feeling a bit bah-humbug about holiday workplace charity. I find giving very personal. It's a bit of a tinsel laden minefield. How much do you give? Anonymously or not?
24/12/2013 10:01 GMT
Open Up, Save a

Open Up, Save a Life

I think vulnerability and shame are deeply human emotions but the expectations that drive shame are organised by gender. For women it's "Do it all, do it perfectly and never look as if you're working very hard" - which is a disastrous set-up. And for men it's "Don't be perceived as weak".
09/09/2013 11:29 BST
FOMO: Fear of Missing

FOMO: Fear of Missing Out(look)

My name is Monica and I am an Outlook addict. It has been 60 hours since my last login. I haven't taken on this abstinence in the desire for greater work-life balance, or to improve my wellbeing, I've done it because I have to. I am on holiday, sailing along the Lycian coast, and withdrawal is setting in.
14/06/2013 14:45 BST
Leaving Employees in the

Leaving Employees in the Cold

A Cornell study found the optimum temperature for productivity was approximately 25°C. But someone - Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg included it seems - always persists in the belief that "the cold keeps you awake!" Awake maybe, but shivering with mukluks on doesn't seem to say "high performance office" to me.
02/04/2013 21:23 BST