| May 26, 2014
As a big-time player in the workplace writing game, I learned long ago to give the people what they want.
That was the motivation behind my award-winning 17-part series, "The Art and Craft of Napping at Work," and my recurring feature, "Work Doughnuts:...
| 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....
| Oct 24, 2014
| 2:08 PM
Turns out, reading at work can be good for employees and the workplace.
Reading, I'm told, is a good thing to do. I'm not sure I agree with that, because reading forces my brain to do thinky things, and thinky things are dangerous because they can...
| Nov 2, 2014
| 3:44 PM
I'm quite good at balancing things. Plates on my head, scoops of ice cream on a cone, a child in one arm and several bags of groceries in the other while trying to open a door.
But the thing I care most about balancing is work and life.
| 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...
| Oct 10, 2014
| 5:37 PM
From now until the end of the year, other dispensers of workplace advice will bombard you with monumentally stupid tips on how to behave at work during the holidays.
I, on the other hand, will not. That's because I respect you as adults and believe...
| Oct 3, 2014
| 6:07 PM
Great news for people who have no idea what they're doing at work: Your cluelessness may be giving you a competitive advantage.
That sounds silly, but consider the benefits of confusion. It prompts you to work harder to make sense of things. It forces...
| Sep 28, 2014
| 3:31 PM
We live in a world of perceived absolutes.
Conservatives care only about the rich, liberals care only about the poor, nobody cares about the middle class. The rich are evil. The poor are lazy.
Most of us know, at least deep down, that none of those...
| 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,...
| Jun 1, 2014
| 10:00 PM
If I could command every working person in America to do one thing, it would be: “Give me the rest of that doughnut.”
If I could make a second command — after I finished the doughnuts — it would be: “Please be yourself.&...