| Feb 18, 2013
(Editor's note: The CBS reality series "The Job" was canceled after this column had already gone to press. We are certain it was a coincidence. And that's all we have to say about that.)
Early in the first episode of the new CBS reality show "The Job,"...
| Oct 8, 2012
I feel sorry for jobs.
We ask a lot of them. They have to be fulfilling, flexible, challenging, well-paying and fun. They are a part of our lives as much as any friend or spouse, yet we constantly bad-mouth them and use them as scapegoats for life's...
| Apr 8, 2012
Every workplace is required by federal law to employ at least one individual who is spectacularly irritating. That's an incontrovertible (made-up) fact.
Whether you're a decorator or a litigator, probably even if you're an alligator, there's someone...
| Jan 7, 2013
The workplace is a lot like football. I say that not because it's true, but because it's a handy way to justify the hours I spend watching football. Also, it allows me to write off nachos as a business expense.
But this week, the football-workplace...
| Mar 4, 2013
When I first received a copy of "The Manager's Phrase Book," I laughed.
I laughed long and hard.
The book is a collection of more than 3,000 canned phrases a manager can use in different situations, rated on sliding scales such as "casual to formal"...
| Feb 4, 2013
When I see a companywide email from the boss, I, like most employees, assume it's an announcement of a promotion —me to senior vice president of awesomeness.
If not that, then perhaps a salacious press release detailing how a co-worker I dislike...
| Feb 25, 2013
If I am America's most-beloved workplace advice columnist — and I am — then you, my friends, are America's most-beloved workplace advice column readers.
And you proved it by responding to my recent column on workplace jerks (Business, Feb....
| Apr 1, 2012
So you spent part of the morning crafting a long, thoughtful email to your boss, updating her on your project.
Fifteen seconds later, you receive a reply that reads: "OK."
It's hard to squeeze much satisfaction out of that two-letter response. Would a...
| Apr 15, 2012
There was a time when job titles were simple. You were either "the boss" or "not the boss."
That has changed dramatically now that we have fancy things such as workers rights and business cards and egos.
Some companies are staffed by small armies of...
| Oct 30, 2012
My ideal workspace would involve a recliner, a 52-inch plasma television and a soft-serve ice cream dispenser within arm's reach. And maybe a pencil or two for good measure.
That might seem impractical, but it's hardly implausible.
The areas where...
| Nov 4, 2012
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The "I Just Work Here" Internship Program — should such a thing ever exist — would be the gold standard of temporary employment.
First off, as an intern to America's most beloved workplace advice columnist, you'd be given the title "America'...
| Oct 15, 2012
Like most well-adjusted Americans, I check my smartphone every 5 to 10 seconds. If I don't, my hands sweat and I feel guilty for depriving the world of all the interesting things I have to say or text or tweet.
This anxiety always seemed perfectly...