| Jul 9, 2012
Good news, everyone. I'm ordering you to go on vacation.
I know, I know, you're not sure if this is the right time. Things are busy at work. You might not take any time off this year because of the economy. You want to impress the bosses with how hard...
| 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,...
| Jul 25, 2011
A long time ago, a caveman went up to another caveman and said: "I'll give you some of my woolly mammoth meat if you move these rocks for me."
The first boss was born.
Later that night, the rock-moving employee went back to his cave and painted pictures...
| 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,...
| 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....
| Jun 27, 2011
If you're mad it's Monday, remember: Tuesday is just a Monday that has had an extra day to practice.
(I'll give you a moment to think about that.)
OK. As much as I'd like to be a philosopher, I remain a newspapery question-answerer. So, on to the...
| Jul 4, 2011
I would like to preface this week's column with a few unrelated statements, the significance of which will become clear later:
•Lutefisk is a traditional Scandinavian dish made of dried cod that is soaked in lye and then boiled.
•I think all...
| Jul 11, 2011
Every office has a bathroom, every non-robot worker has to use the bathroom and sharing a bathroom with co-workers seems to be an almost universally unpleasant experience.
A slew of readers have written asking how to handle everything from male co-...