| 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.
| 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...
| Apr 29, 2013
| 4:58 AM
Emotionally, jobs can be like lovers. We fall for them, fight with them and sometimes lose them.
The Great Recession left millions of Americans jilted by their jobs. But as the economy continues its slow recovery, some find their old flames back on...
| 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...
| Feb 18, 2013
(Editor's note: The CBS reality series "The Job" was canceled after this column had already gone to press. We are certain it was a coincidence. And that's all we have to say about that.)
Early in the first episode of the new CBS reality show "The Job,"...
| Oct 8, 2012
I feel sorry for jobs.
We ask a lot of them. They have to be fulfilling, flexible, challenging, well-paying and fun. They are a part of our lives as much as any friend or spouse, yet we constantly bad-mouth them and use them as scapegoats for life's...
| Apr 8, 2012
Every workplace is required by federal law to employ at least one individual who is spectacularly irritating. That's an incontrovertible (made-up) fact.
Whether you're a decorator or a litigator, probably even if you're an alligator, there's someone...
| Jan 7, 2013
The workplace is a lot like football. I say that not because it's true, but because it's a handy way to justify the hours I spend watching football. Also, it allows me to write off nachos as a business expense.
But this week, the football-workplace...
| Mar 4, 2013
When I first received a copy of "The Manager's Phrase Book," I laughed.
I laughed long and hard.
The book is a collection of more than 3,000 canned phrases a manager can use in different situations, rated on sliding scales such as "casual to formal"...
| Feb 4, 2013
When I see a companywide email from the boss, I, like most employees, assume it's an announcement of a promotion —me to senior vice president of awesomeness.
If not that, then perhaps a salacious press release detailing how a co-worker I dislike...
| Feb 25, 2013
If I am America's most-beloved workplace advice columnist — and I am — then you, my friends, are America's most-beloved workplace advice column readers.
And you proved it by responding to my recent column on workplace jerks (Business, Feb....