| Oct 21, 2013
Companies across this great land regularly implement policies that leaders claim will "foster greater collaboration" or "build synergy" or "incentivize innovation."
I don't know what any of that means and doubt most leaders do either. But boy does it...
| Sep 30, 2013
It's pretty clear that if you have a job and don't write a book of workplace wisdom, your life is essentially worthless and will be forgotten the moment your carcass is laid to rest.
I base that conclusion on the overwhelming number of work-related...
| Oct 7, 2013
This is the process I go through when I receive a voice mail:
2. Consider ignoring it.
3. Become overwhelmed by guilt.
4. Press "voice mail" button.
5. Forget password.
6. Try again.
7. Listen to voice mail.
8. Sigh, louder.
| Oct 14, 2013
I enjoy power tools that go "VRRRROOMMMMM!!!" and hitting things with hammers, but that doesn't make me a handyman.
I learned that quickly after becoming a homeowner. There are jobs I can do — painting, minor bits of plumbing, light carpentry...
| Apr 15, 2013
| 2:44 PM
You often hear people say that when the job market is bad, it's a good idea to go back to school and boost your academic credentials.
I have disregarded that advice because I fear it might interfere with my TV watching, but many folks — whether...
| Sep 2, 2013
All of us have had times when we've needed help. Maybe we were hobbled by a broken leg or laid up after surgery. Maybe it was just a lousy flu, something that knocked us out and made us ask another to lend a hand.
That never feels good. We don't like to...
| Sep 23, 2013
You're sitting in front of a computer screen, trying desperately to write the greatest workplace advice column in the history of the world and it's just not coming to you.
Then you step away for a few minutes (hours) and occupy yourself with something...
| Jun 24, 2013
A new study has found that an employee's efficiency increases by more than 200 percent when that person is given the option of sitting in a chair made of milk chocolate.
The study was conducted by me, on behalf of my new company, ChocoChair Inc. (Our...
| Nov 4, 2012
| 7:07 PM
The "I Just Work Here" Internship Program — should such a thing ever exist — would be the gold standard of temporary employment.
First off, as an intern to America's most beloved workplace advice columnist, you'd be given the title "America'...
| Jul 8, 2013
I've been saying for some time that what's missing from rock music are hip workplace references such as "shareholder value," "culture of transparency" and "metrics."
Well, thank God somebody finally listened.
Andrew Mason, who founded Groupon and then...
| Jul 15, 2013
I didn't give any college commencement addresses this year. Administrators probably assumed I had already been scooped up by the biggies — Harvard, Yale, The Iowa School for the Perpetually Perplexed — and didn't bother to ask.