| 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.
| 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...
| Jan 27, 2014
I begin this column with a controversial declaration: I, Rex Huppke, America's most-beloved workplace advice columnist, am unabashedly pro-cookie.
Yes, after years of speculation in the conservative workplace blogosphere, I am formally acknowledging...
| Feb 10, 2014
President Barack Obama's recent promise to use an executive order to raise the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors was met with two rather different reactions.
From the right, there were howls that Obama is a lawless tyrant. (He's not.)...
| Nov 25, 2013
Gratitude may be the most underused feeling in the American workplace.
We spend ample time feeling stressed and angry and frustrated. We spend some time feeling happy, usually when there are doughnuts in the break room. But grateful? Not so much....
| Dec 2, 2013
I hate it when someone who isn't me dispenses good career advice. Sadly, it happens from time to time, and it has happened in a big way with the publication of a new book by Josh Shipp.
The book is called "Jump Ship." At first blush, it's just the...
| Dec 30, 2013
As has become tradition at I Just Work Here Inc., I'm going to end the year and start a new one by turning this space over to some of the fine workplace experts I interviewed in 2013, allowing them to share advice for the months to come.
I thank you all...
| Dec 9, 2013
It's the holiday season and, as a dues-paying member of the Guild of Workplace Advice Dispensaries, I am legally required to weigh in on the greatest threat facing American workers: the holiday office party.
I've received an onslaught of emails lately...
| Dec 14, 2013
It appears that on Dec. 28, barring unexpected political action that would amount to a true Christmas miracle, 1.3 million jobless Americans will stop receiving unemployment benefits.
This is to those people:
I'm sorry this is happening.
| Jan 6, 2014
It's important to start each year with a carefully thought out list of pragmatic resolutions. My list includes:
•Start a dynasty of ducks.
Ride a narwhal (preferably while nude).
•Watch more TV.
•Learn how to write a newspaper...
| Jan 13, 2014
As human beings, we are at our best when we can be ourselves, when we live without fear of judgment or the pressures of putting on airs.
As workers, logically, it's no different. An employee living authentically, unencumbered by the distractions of...