Cut-out-and-keep. You will need this at some point this week. I guarantee it.
As you might be aware, I work from home and my main company for most of the day are four adorable but malodorous pugs. Among other things, this has had the effect of making my already suspect social skills into something approaching shut-in level. As we head into Xmas party season, this is a cause … Continue reading On Unsuitable Topics of Conversation
When I tell people that my son is thinking of studying philosophy at university, their facial expressions say one of two things: - Cool! I wish I was back at uni, studying something interesting but useless. - What? Why are you letting him waste time and money on something interesting but useless? He should be … Continue reading On the Benefits of Being Philosophical
Day 1 You’re up early to wave your wife off. You’ve carried her suitcase to the waiting Lyft, now back for a coffee and check of the work email. Modern tech means that you’re never really apart. At least not for very long. You can share the ride to the airport, the breakfast, and then … Continue reading So Your Wife is Out of Town for a Week
Sometimes, you don't need a real company name; just a collection of SEO-optimized search terms will do. Well played - your audience will definitely find you.
Or work from home and keep 'em guessing...
Counseling – any kind of counseling – can be an essential lifeline for people who don’t know which way to go, or if they have questions and don’t know where to go for answers. I feel strongly about this as I’ve done personality tests online and they all say I should be a counselor. So, … Continue reading On Careers Counseling
I am doing temp work at a Major Publisher after being laid off, and it was boring and generally awful. One guy is keeping a close eye on me, making sure I pick up projects from the project-pick-up desk, with this passive-aggressive bonhomie that makes me want to kill him with a paperclip. He says … Continue reading On Interviews
I'm calling this as the Next Big Thing: after the home office, the standing desk, and all those other "advances" in working in an office, this has to be the best yet. The Outdoor Office. I don't actually know what's going on here, but there's clearly been a lot of filing done. And that's an … Continue reading Outdoor Office
As someone who works from home these days, I am largely free from workplace drama and craziness. But it hasn't always been the case. Craziest thing that happened at work? Well, there was the time when one co-worker found an actual tarantula in the parking lot. And captured it in a small container. And brought … Continue reading On Office Work