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If everyone was just like me, the entire office would be made of Belgian chocolate and we'd watch movies all day, stopping only occasionally to nibble on the walls. Unfortunately, my workplace is like everyone else's: made of bland, inedible materials...
I've read about how important it is to be agile in today's workplace. So I tried typing that first sentence with my toes while balancing on one arm atop a cubicle wall. I fell twice and sprained my ankle. Fortunately, that's not the kind of agile that...
(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,"...
One of the best experiences of my life was watching Jamie Smith, a young man with autism, leave his routine in Chicago, travel to the Special Olympics World Games in the chaotic Chinese city of Shanghai — and succeed. Jamie's success -- managing in...
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...
So I was sitting around the office the other day tinkering with my upcoming book of poetry, "Composting: A Love Story," when I realized it's awfully hard to find a word that rhymes with "composting." OK, it was a slow day. After being briefly distracted...
Most of us do not work in a lounge chair on a white sand beach with attentive talking parrot servants to refresh our tropical drinks and sing us show tunes. And so we complain about work. But even if we were on that beach with those beverage-toting...
Dear Bosses: You're doing it wrong. Sincerely, The Employees OK, that might be a slight generalization of the way many workers feel about their leaders. But I don't think it's far off, and I conveniently have some data to back that up. Consider these...
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...
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...
Good news for facial-hair enthusiasts. After six decades of flagrant beardscrimination, Walt Disney Co. has lifted its ban on employee goatees and other face fuzz. It's a bold move by a notoriously conservative company. As Walt Disney himself once did...
Hello! I want you to know that I'm SUPER excited about this week's column!! It's about exclamation points!!!! I recently received a work-related email riddled with them, as if it was written by an overcaffeinated glee club. "Well," I said, harrumphing...
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