| Dec 17, 2012
It's holiday office party season, that magical time of year when co-workers spend time together having forced conversations over festive snacks that aren't as good as they were before the economy tanked.
Based on extensive research, here is 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...
| May 13, 2013
Imagine me walking into a corporate executive's office.
Me: How important is trust to the health of your workplace?
Executive: Why, it's critical.
Executive: Who are you? And why are you in my office wearing pajamas?
| May 6, 2013
Hi there, readers. I'd like to talk about your fantasies.
Not THOSE fantasies, you pervs. This is a family workplace column.
I'm talking about your "quitting fantasies" — the daydreams we have about the most satisfying way to exit a job.
| Apr 22, 2013
If we lived in a perfect world, doughnuts would be vegetables, Matthew McConaughey would have my abs and I would have his, and work would be a high-paying activity that involved naps.
Also in a perfect world, a thing called The Working Families...
| 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 8, 2013
I was climbing a gorgeous rock formation in Arizona the other day, holding my 6-year-old's hand, when my foot slipped and my butt made acquaintance with a cactus.
This was not one of those tame, domestic cactuses. It was an ornery, feral succulent...
| 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...
| Nov 26, 2012
As is tradition in my family, I sat back after a fine Thanksgiving meal, submerged my feet in a bucket of warm gravy and reflected on life.
It was a chance to exercise the muscles of gratitude that tend to grow weak throughout the year.
I started with...
| Nov 12, 2012
The problem with the bags of treats and trays of cookies that appear around the office this time of year is that if you don't eat them you get sent to prison. At least, that's what I told myself several years and several thousand Snickers ago.
| Nov 19, 2012
I have some bad news for young people entering the workforce: You're all a bunch of weenies, and we don't like you.
LOL! JUST KIDDING!
No, seriously, millennials are great, but we do need to have a talk. So sit down with Old Man Huppke and let me...
| 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...