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That's a good point! (No it isn't.) I'd be happy to join the team! (I'd rather be eaten by wart hogs.) Your cake is delicious! (Thanks for the food poisoning, Julia Child.) These are but a few examples of the lies we tell at work. Most aren't...
As regular readers of this column know, my last vacation involved a cactus and the unfortunate perforation of my buttocks. (Thank you for all the sympathy cards.) So I'm pleased to report that on a recent trip to Disney World — aka "Mickey Mouse's...
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. Albert Bernstein...
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...
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. Say...
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. Awkward pause. Executive: Who are you? And why are you in my office wearing pajamas? Me: I'm...
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...
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...
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...
You often hear people say that when the job market is bad, it's a good idea to go back to school and boost your academic credentials. I have disregarded that advice because I fear it might interfere with my TV watching, but many folks — whether...
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...
Suppose I'm a business — and what a handsome business I'd be! — that's interviewing people for a job opening. There are two finalists, one 27 years old, the other 52. They have similar qualifications, albeit the older candidate has more...
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