| Mar 2, 2015
| 4:23 PM
Unlike people, dogs are good at letting you know where you stand.
If they like you they wag their tails and lick your face. If they don't like you they growl or skulk away. And if they trust you, they'll follow you anywhere.
Trust isn't something we...
| Feb 23, 2015
There are so many important things we can learn from famous people. For example, the key to being called "brave" is allowing yourself to be photographed without makeup. And better health is easily obtained by eating foods no one has ever heard of prepared...
| Feb 16, 2015
Most of us consider ourselves excellent multitaskers. And then we occasionally find ourselves Xeroxing a sandwich while eating the report we meant to copy.
Rarely are we as good as we think at juggling work, home, friends, volunteer work, our Star...
| Feb 6, 2015
| 12:21 PM
The email arrived Jan. 19 carrying the subject line "sudden loss."
It was from a man named Harry Hirsch, a reader of this column writing to tell me his wife, Libby Sohn-Hirsch, had died just days earlier at the age of 86.
He wrote in the email: "I...
| Feb 1, 2015
| 12:48 PM
I think we can all agree that the best way to deal with abusive bosses and managers is to round them up and ship them to a small island in the Pacific Ocean, preferably one populated by an unusually large number of hungry tigers.
Sadly, that method is...
| Jan 24, 2015
| 10:00 PM
The workplace made its way on to Twitter the other day as users went creatively crazy with the hashtag #FiveWordsToRuinAJobInterview.
Here are a few examples:
"It's prosthetic. My nose. See?" — @trumpetcake
"Have you seen my ferret?" —...
| Jan 18, 2015
| 1:02 PM
I have several resolutions for this column in 2015:
1. Hone the "America's most-beloved workplace advice columnist" brand; maybe get it printed on T-shirts.
2. Sell editors on in-person expose about people whose workplace is a beach-side bar in Bali....
| Dec 5, 2014
| 2:28 PM
If Facebook is any indication, we're a nation that celebrates pregnancies. We click like on ultrasound images, send messages of congratulations and type "OMG! So adorbs!" on photos of newborns.
In the workplace, however, pregnancy is often met with...
| Dec 12, 2014
| 1:08 PM
The list of Terrible Workplace Ideas is long and storied and includes a wide array of soul-devouring activities, from team-building exercises and lunch-and-learns to Hawaiian shirt Friday and Bring Your Ferret to Work Day. (I may have made that last one...
| Dec 26, 2014
| 2:57 PM
As another year comes to a close, I once again turn the reins of I Just Work Here over to some of the kind and quite-a-bit-smarter-than-me folks who appeared in this year's columns.
I asked them to share some advice for workers, bosses and managers as...
| Jan 2, 2015
| 2:20 PM
A funny thing about people is they seem to respond best when you treat them like people.
That can be a cumbersome quirk, particularly when the people in question are your employees, but the fact remains that human-to-human interaction is most...