| Dec 25, 2011
My New Year's resolution is to go from being simply "America's most beloved workplace-advice columnist" to "World's most beloved workplace-advice columnist."
And I want to lose weight and expand on my incredible capacity for humility.
I hope you all...
| Jan 8, 2012
Listen, I really don't want you guys to feel bad about forgetting my birthday. Just because I'm sitting here writing this column on my birthday, doing my best to preserve the integrity of the American workplace, doesn't mean I expect anything in return....
| Feb 5, 2012
In 1978, a country music singer named David Allan Coe took every worker's darkest fantasy and captured it in a song that would become a soundtrack for days of office angst. A burly man — he looks like Hank Williams Jr. eating Willie Nelson —...
| Jan 29, 2012
Good news for facial-hair enthusiasts. After six decades of flagrant beardscrimination, Walt Disney Co. has lifted its ban on employee goatees and other face fuzz.
It's a bold move by a notoriously conservative company. As Walt Disney himself once did...
| Sep 17, 2012
I'm excited for my bosses to read this so they can see what an awesome job I'm doing at column writing and at being handsome and great.
You see, the subject this week is bragging — at which I'm very good — and how it has become a sine qua non...
| Nov 13, 2012
When I was young and naive (approximately 16 months ago), I believed all it took to create a happy workplace were big salaries and free doughnuts.
Turns out, it's a bit more involved. There's this thing called "culture," and the happiest workplaces...
| Sep 24, 2012
A workplace discussion of the differences between men and women can be squirm-inducing.
Fortunately, I was born with squirm-resistant genes and dive into touchy subjects, at least until someone gets angry and I hide under my desk.
Connie Glaser, an...
| Oct 1, 2012
While watching television, the remote control occasionally gets knocked off the couch, presenting an epic quandary.
Do I get up and retrieve the remote, disrupting my carefully crafted "comfort zone?" Or do I wait for a family member — or a...
| Dec 3, 2012
Because I'm a very important man, I carry very important things, including: a smartphone, an iPad, gum (fresh breath is critical when you're important), a huge wad of cash that indicates importance, a slingshot (to ward off unimportant people) and a...
| Dec 10, 2012
One of the best experiences of my life was watching Jamie Smith, a young man with autism, leave his routine in Chicago, travel to the Special Olympics World Games in the chaotic Chinese city of Shanghai — and succeed.
Jamie's success -- managing in...
| Jul 30, 2012
Hello! I want you to know that I'm SUPER excited about this week's column!! It's about exclamation points!!!!
I recently received a work-related email riddled with them, as if it was written by an overcaffeinated glee club. "Well," I said, harrumphing...
| Aug 20, 2012
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Now then, let's talk about accountability.
In the past decade, the...