| 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....
| 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...
| 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...
| 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 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...
| Nov 14, 2014
| 4:57 PM
If there's one thing we human beings are good at, it's finding extremely complicated and wildly ineffective ways of addressing problems that really aren't that hard to solve.
The workplace, more than any other arena, highlights that skillful ineptitude....
| Nov 21, 2014
| 1:23 PM
A recent survey I conducted found that the No. 1 thing people should be thankful for this Thanksgiving is that they have an extremely wise workplace advice columnist to guide them through life.
The survey had one respondent (me) and no margin of error....
| Nov 9, 2014
| 4:48 PM
If there's one thing I've learned from writing about whether the minimum wage should be raised, it's that writing about whether the minimum wage should be raised is a tricky business.
There are passionate voices on both sides of the debate, and those...