| Apr 29, 2013
| 4:58 AM
Emotionally, jobs can be like lovers. We fall for them, fight with them and sometimes lose them.
The Great Recession left millions of Americans jilted by their jobs. But as the economy continues its slow recovery, some find their old flames back on...
| Apr 15, 2013
The workplace advice columnist has only one natural enemy: the happy worker (Laborius contentus).
This rare — some might say mythical — creature poses a threat to anyone who dispenses workplace-improvement tips for a living. But rather...
| 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...
| Jan 22, 2012
Have you heard about the highly contagious Koala flu that turns people into horrifying, albeit adorable, zombie marsupials who subsist only on human thigh meat and eucalyptus leaves?
No, you haven't, because it hasn't happened — yet. When it does,...
| 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 15, 2012
If the workplace were a person, meetings would be the unidentifiable, gooey stuff stuck to that person's shoe.
Loathed almost universally, meetings gobble up time like ravenous tapeworms and often seem as productive as standing in soup. And yet they...
| 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
| 7:07 PM
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'...
| Dec 12, 2011
I recently received an advance copy of a book that has the word "SEX" in the title in big, red capital letters and, because I'm a sucker and a guy, I opened it and started looking for pictures.
Finding none, I grunted and settled for second-best —...
| Dec 18, 2011
I've been working on my Christmas list, even though I know the big day will come and, as always, I'll end up disappointed. (To be honest, my wife's "but there are no unicorns" excuse is getting a bit tiresome.)
Outside the realm of personal possessions,...