| 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 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 2, 2011
Like most Americans, I've started preparing for one of the year's most festive holidays: National Boss Day.
Oct. 17 is right around the corner, and workers everywhere are out shopping for the gift that says "Thanks for making work a fun place to be!"...
| Aug 7, 2011
I believe it was Gandhi who once said, "Can't you people just mix in a little humility?" (I didn't actually Google that quote, but I'm pretty sure it's right.)
Point is, one of the most mystifying aspects of workplaces is they seem to render certain...
| Aug 1, 2011
Did anyone consider just painting the debt ceiling the same color as the walls? It really would make the whole room look bigger.
That's my contribution to the debate that has gripped our nation.
Now, let's get to your questions.
Q: An attorney at...
| Sep 25, 2011
Let's talk briefly about a term that's sweeping the nation: "class warfare."
Aside from sounding like a potentially awesome video game, class warfare is, according to the Internet, a "conflict between social or economic classes, especially between the...
| Jul 18, 2011
So I hear about this guy named Mike Michalowicz, who has this idea that companies should institute "library hours," a chunk of time each day when everyone in the office shuts up, unplugs from the Internet and focuses on work.
My first reaction was,...
| 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...
| Sep 11, 2011
FACT: Speaker phones were invented to make untalented people sound important.
Tune in next week for my opinion on Bluetooth headsets.
On to your questions.
Q: After four phone interviews, two in-person interviews, a drug test and a background check,...
| 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 9, 2011
Brace yourselves. I'm about to come out in favor of infidelity.
Not marital infidelity, of course, or even brand infidelity. (I believe once you choose a type of coffee, you and that beverage must remain forever bound, as the gods of capitalism intended....
| Aug 29, 2011
Attention fishermen and fisherwomen, loggers, aircraft pilots and farmers. Your jobs are very dangerous.
If you had not already been keyed into this by the sharks, falling trees, stalled engines and giant, scary, wheat-thrashing thingies, the Bureau of...