| Jul 1, 2013
When I daydream, I envision a workplace where people are nice to one another and everyone gets along.
I also envision wearing a jet pack, flying across the city and landing, to great applause, in a Dairy Queen parking lot where I'm given buckets of free...
| 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...
| Aug 12, 2013
I hate pants.
So deep is my dislike of these bifurcated leg prisons that I'd be fine ending this column right here. It would give me more time to stare menacingly at the dreaded jeans and khakis the working world demands I wear.
But I'm going to be...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 4:28 PM
Many of our virtues are having a rough go of it these days. Patience has been battered by the Internet's lightning-quick pace, and reality television and Facebook have largely eviscerated humility.
Also struggling: honesty.
There are many virtues...
| Aug 26, 2013
People in the working world love to pat themselves on the back for a job well done, even if it turns out the job isn't finished. It's a part of the workplace mindset — we see a problem, we address the problem, we say "hooray!" and we move on,...
| 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...
| 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.