| Feb 10, 2014
President Barack Obama's recent promise to use an executive order to raise the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors was met with two rather different reactions.
From the right, there were howls that Obama is a lawless tyrant. (He's not.)...
| Mar 3, 2014
Hi everybody, America's most-beloved workplace advice columnist here. As promised last week, this column will focus on the argument in favor of raising the federal minimum wage. Next week's column will focus on the opposing argument. So please don't...
| Mar 10, 2014
Remember, folks, last week's column focused on those who favor raising the federal minimum wage. This column looks at those opposed. Don't accuse me of being one-sided — I'm just keeping the two sides separated, so they don't get in a fight.
| Jan 13, 2014
As human beings, we are at our best when we can be ourselves, when we live without fear of judgment or the pressures of putting on airs.
As workers, logically, it's no different. An employee living authentically, unencumbered by the distractions of...
| Jan 20, 2014
Mention love at the office and minds go to tawdry affairs, lines crossed and calls to human resources.
People see love as a squishy emotion, one that breeds conflict, a distraction. So it has largely been drummed out of the workplace.
That's a shame....
| Feb 24, 2014
Like most Americans, I love nothing more than curling up in my favorite chair with a warm cup of coffee and a copy of the latest Congressional Budget Office report.
That's just what I did when I got hold of the CBO's recent take on the hot topic du...
| Dec 9, 2013
It's the holiday season and, as a dues-paying member of the Guild of Workplace Advice Dispensaries, I am legally required to weigh in on the greatest threat facing American workers: the holiday office party.
I've received an onslaught of emails lately...
| Dec 14, 2013
It appears that on Dec. 28, barring unexpected political action that would amount to a true Christmas miracle, 1.3 million jobless Americans will stop receiving unemployment benefits.
This is to those people:
I'm sorry this is happening.
| Nov 25, 2013
Gratitude may be the most underused feeling in the American workplace.
We spend ample time feeling stressed and angry and frustrated. We spend some time feeling happy, usually when there are doughnuts in the break room. But grateful? Not so much....
| Dec 2, 2013
I hate it when someone who isn't me dispenses good career advice. Sadly, it happens from time to time, and it has happened in a big way with the publication of a new book by Josh Shipp.
The book is called "Jump Ship." At first blush, it's just the...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 4:28 PM
Many of our virtues are having a rough go of it these days. Patience has been battered by the Internet's lightning-quick pace, and reality television and Facebook have largely eviscerated humility.
Also struggling: honesty.
There are many virtues...