After Hours: What to do in March 2020

What to do and read this month.

Credit: The Brickman

Block Party

Lego blocks have been used to build models of everything from the Millennium Falcon to the Statue of Liberty. Now Australian Ryan (the BrickMan) McNaught, one of only a dozen certified Lego professionals in the world, is using them to make buildings: models of 20 iconic sky-scrapers for a Telus World of Science exhibit. Towers of Tomorrow With Lego Bricks includes Toronto’s CN Tower, New York City’s Chrysler Building, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the Tokyo Skytree and more. Until September 7, public admission $18.10-$27.15, children under two no charge

Read This

“Overload arises because firms ask more and more of fewer and fewer employees,” writes Erin Kelly, Sloan Distinguished Professor of Work and Organization Studies at MIT, and Phyllis Moen, who holds the University of Minnesota‘s McKnight Presidential Chair in Sociology. Overload: How Good Jobs Went Bad and What We Can Do About It, due out mid-March, shows that this not only affects workers but also harms organizational performance through burnout, turnover and reduced quality, creativity and collaboration. Basing their conclusions on pilot studies with a large U.S. company, the pair recommend that employers focus on results rather than time, allowing staff to decide when, where and how to work. Princeton University Press 328 pages, hardcover, US$29.95