Flowers and candles are set up as a memorial in front of the entrance to Hartford Distributors following a shooting Aug. 4, 2010, in Manchester, Conn. Eight employees were killed by a former worker. Douglas Healey/Getty Images hide caption

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Global food giant Nestle is among several major employers that have announced increases in family leave benefits this year. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Peer reviews can be helpful for a company, but they can also prove problematic. akindo/iStockphoto hide caption

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That little red "message" light may not be as ubiquitous in offices as it used to be. Photo illustration: Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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A "shared" workspace at the Atlassian office. The company installed heat and motion sensors to track when and how often every desk, room and table was used. Atlassian hide caption

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Workers try to remove some of the 11 million gallons of oil spilled by the Exxon Valdez off Alaska in 1989. The ship's third mate may have been up for 18 hours before the accident. Rob Stapleton/AP hide caption

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Engaging, mentally stimulating work is good for the brain, scientists say, whether you get paid to do it or not. Running a household can be as mentally demanding as running a company. iStockphoto hide caption

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Work partners Jon Chintanaroad (left) and Mike Prestano are all smiles now, but founding a tech startup together threatened their friendship — and their business. April Dembosky/KQED hide caption

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NPR senior Washington editor Beth Donovan walks on a treadmill desk in her office in Washington, D.C. Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption

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Eating at your desk day after day? Research suggests "staying inside, in the same location, is really detrimental to creative thinking," says management professor Kimberly Elsbach. 145/Tom Grill/Ocean/Corbis hide caption

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