| 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,...
| 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...
| 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'...
| 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:...
| Aug 5, 2013
A perpetual motion machine is, theoretically, a device that functions indefinitely without energy from an external source.
No such machine is possible, but this Physics 101 concept makes a nice metaphor for the workplace: To keep growing and running...