| 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...
| 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 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...
| Apr 8, 2013
I was climbing a gorgeous rock formation in Arizona the other day, holding my 6-year-old's hand, when my foot slipped and my butt made acquaintance with a cactus.
This was not one of those tame, domestic cactuses. It was an ornery, feral succulent...
| Apr 15, 2013
The workplace advice columnist has only one natural enemy: the happy worker (Laborius contentus).
This rare — some might say mythical — creature poses a threat to anyone who dispenses workplace-improvement tips for a living. But rather...
| Apr 22, 2013
If we lived in a perfect world, doughnuts would be vegetables, Matthew McConaughey would have my abs and I would have his, and work would be a high-paying activity that involved naps.
Also in a perfect world, a thing called The Working Families...
| May 6, 2013
Hi there, readers. I'd like to talk about your fantasies.
Not THOSE fantasies, you pervs. This is a family workplace column.
I'm talking about your "quitting fantasies" — the daydreams we have about the most satisfying way to exit a job.
| May 13, 2013
Imagine me walking into a corporate executive's office.
Me: How important is trust to the health of your workplace?
Executive: Why, it's critical.
Executive: Who are you? And why are you in my office wearing pajamas?
| May 20, 2013
I was dynamically engaging one of my fellow content marketers in the company brainstorming arena the other day, when I came up with a win-win value proposition for in-house onboarding of new talent to help us velocitize our organic campaigns. It's...
| May 27, 2013
So, job candidate, where do you see yourself in five years?
Yes, I know that's the worst interview question ever invented. But what's your answer?
What's that? It sounded like you said, "Elsewhere." Oh, that is what you said? In five years you see...
| Jun 3, 2013
Good news. The vampires are back!
About a year ago, I introduced you to "emotional vampires," a term created by a West Coast clinical psychologist to describe all the nasty, terrible, irritating people who drain our will to live.