How to Take a Proper Vacation

As we get ready for the new year, many of us will be traveling for the holiday season.  Many of us will be traveling to see family and friends, some will go to vacation somewhere splendid, and a lucky few … Read More

Letting Our Hair Down and Opening Braid Up

How many times have you just wanted to know what’s going on with a project? And how many times has the answer been hard to find? And if you’re a leader, that problem increases exponentially as you oversee dozens of … Read More

Organizations Should Optimize for Employee Learning, Too

Many job hunters, new and mid-career alike, are familiar with the idea of “optimizing for learning“.  We agree with this!  However, organizations and employers don’t match that – whether they’re in OKRs (objectives and key results) or in dreaded annual performance reviews, … Read More

Spend More Time Working On Your Real Job

“So what do you do?” “I’m a senior account manager at a small marketing firm.” “Cool, what does that mean?” “It means I write the marketing plans for our clients and work with our internal teams to do the things … Read More

Make The Job You Want But Legally Protect Your Side Project

One of the founding principles for Braid is that people deserve to be happy at work.  This means that people should be able to choose their tools, their work environments, and their hours – taking care of ourselves at work is … Read More

A Humble Vacation Proposal

Right now, it’s the middle of August, meaning that many of us are in the midst of a hectic, whirlwind, all-too-short summer vacation. For many of us, this August sojourn is our only opportunity all year to unplug and refresh, … Read More

Working Better Leads to Living Better

It used to be that a person would go to their job and be able to come home and leave their work behind to spend time with their families, their friends, and their passions. Now, we don’t just bring our … Read More

New Year, New You, New Work

Many of us make resolutions in the new year to improve some aspects of our lives – some may choose to work out more, some others resolve to pick up a new skill or hobby, others make plans to be … Read More

How to Survive the Office Holiday Party

As we enter into the holiday season, it is a time for mirth and merrymaking.  For some, December holiday season is a something to look forward to all year – a time to finish things off, to celebrate a year’s … Read More