| Sep 22, 2014
| 9:55 AM
If I ever decide to move to a different job — perhaps to pursue my dream of becoming a member of the rap collective Wu-Tang Clan — I have a detailed exit strategy prepared.
I will surreptitiously carve a large hole in the office ceiling,...
| Aug 3, 2014
| 10:00 PM
I'm sitting down while writing this column. That's a pretty daring move on my part.
You see, I recently spoke with James Levine, author of the new book, "Get Up! Why Your Chair Is Killing You and What You Can Do About It." He schooled me on the scary...
| Jun 30, 2014
The term "work/life balance" has become ubiquitous, yet most American workers remain decidedly unbalanced.
That's not to say there aren't companies doing the right thing by offering employees flexibility, paid leave and other accommodations. Those are...
| Sep 5, 2014
| 7:21 PM
The National Football League has enormous power in this country, and it's good to see the season starting with that power pushing in a positive direction.
In the face of considerable — and deserved — criticism over its handling of players...
| Aug 29, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Even if you're off, Labor Day seems an appropriate time to think about work. Not so much the stresses and drags of it all, but the actual things we do as working people.
Most of the time — either from busyness or as victims of rote behavior...
| Aug 25, 2014
| 3:00 AM
When I first heard about a website that lets people send anonymous email messages to friends, bosses or co-workers, I thought: Well, there's an idea that's not going to end well.
Fortunately for humanity, it didn't, or at least it hasn't so far. The...
| Aug 18, 2014
I went to Mexico and read a book by a Canadian author that made me think about work in America.
My vacations tend to be kind of weird that way.
With a week off, I felt the need to unplug from the screens that dominate our working lives, so I settled...
| Sep 12, 2014
| 5:35 PM
When I envision the workplace of the future, it looks a lot like my couch, only with several soft-serve ice-cream machines attached and a rather handsome (though not more handsome than I am) robot doing my work.
Call me a dreamer if you wish, but don'...
| Dec 30, 2013
As has become tradition at I Just Work Here Inc., I'm going to end the year and start a new one by turning this space over to some of the fine workplace experts I interviewed in 2013, allowing them to share advice for the months to come.
I thank you all...
| Jan 6, 2014
It's important to start each year with a carefully thought out list of pragmatic resolutions. My list includes:
•Start a dynasty of ducks.
Ride a narwhal (preferably while nude).
•Watch more TV.
•Learn how to write a newspaper...
| 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...