| Aug 29, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Even if you're off, Labor Day seems an appropriate time to think about work. Not so much the stresses and drags of it all, but the actual things we do as working people.
Most of the time — either from busyness or as victims of rote behavior...
| Aug 18, 2014
I went to Mexico and read a book by a Canadian author that made me think about work in America.
My vacations tend to be kind of weird that way.
With a week off, I felt the need to unplug from the screens that dominate our working lives, so I settled...
| Aug 3, 2014
| 10:00 PM
I'm sitting down while writing this column. That's a pretty daring move on my part.
You see, I recently spoke with James Levine, author of the new book, "Get Up! Why Your Chair Is Killing You and What You Can Do About It." He schooled me on the scary...
| Jun 30, 2014
The term "work/life balance" has become ubiquitous, yet most American workers remain decidedly unbalanced.
That's not to say there aren't companies doing the right thing by offering employees flexibility, paid leave and other accommodations. Those are...
| Jun 15, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Hillary Clinton recently told Diane Sawyer of ABC News that when she and her husband left the White House in 2001, they were “dead broke.”
That was, to put it mildly, an ill-advised statement, given that the Clintons had earning potential few...
| Mar 24, 2014
The past four columns have been more serious than consumers of my worldly workplace wisdom have come to expect. Perhaps it's a sign of maturity, or maybe an indication that I've begun viewing the working world with greater reverence.
| May 19, 2014
Most workplaces have at least a few people who seem to have risen up the company ranks solely on the power of their own incompetence.
They're the co-workers we look at and say: Who the heck made him boss? Who put her in charge of this project? What...
| May 5, 2014
Donald Sterling — the for-now owner of the Los Angeles Clippers — has set the bar for awful bosses at a height where the air gets thin.
His racist comments to his girlfriend — recorded for all the world to hear — earned him an...
| Apr 28, 2014
I may be America's most-beloved workplace advice columnist, but I am not a master of efficiency when it comes to work. I'm easily distracted and routinely succumb to the siren song of social media.
(I'll give you a moment — it's always hard to...
| Apr 14, 2014
When I envision the idealized workplace of the future, there are three things I see:
1) I'm not wearing pants.
2) I'm not physically in the workplace.
3) I'm on my couch.
Sadly, our modern-day work culture continues to discriminate against pants-...
| Apr 21, 2014
Communist Party leaders in a county in southwestern China recently received an interesting list of "10 Forbidden Behaviors."
I first read about this in The Washington Post, but several news reports have detailed the new rules for Pengshan County...
| Jun 1, 2014
| 10:00 PM
If I could command every working person in America to do one thing, it would be: “Give me the rest of that doughnut.”
If I could make a second command — after I finished the doughnuts — it would be: “Please be yourself.&...