Dear Employee, You're probably wondering how I'm typing this - but that's a foolish question - I AM a keyboard, after all. A dirty keyboard. All day long I take your abuse and ask for little in return. My beige keys turn to black as your grubby little fingers hammer away with reckless abandon. Your thumb drives at my SPACEBAR relentlessly. And you abuse BACKSPACE like a doormat under your muddy shoes. I deserve some respect, that's all I'm saying. Common courtesies, like the ones you extend to my office counterparts. When the mouse slows down, you clean the lint or replace the batteries. Screen smudge? You break out the Windex. But I sit here and act as a repository for your finger filth, potato chip crumbs, and flaky dandruff. Don't believe me? Take a time out from this letter (a cry for help) and shake me upside down. Ew! I'm not threatening to lock up during that critical report, keyboards don't roll like that. But a little maintenance would be nice. An … [Read more...] about An Open Letter From Your Dirty Keyboard
"I'm too old to change." "It's too late." "I need to finish (insert your excuse here) first." "I just have bad luck." "The timing is off right now." "Someone has already done it." "I deserve this." "Karma's a bitch." Defeating yourself is lame. But some people make a hobby of kicking their own ass. We're not gonna tell you what your internal dialogue should be - but if it's any of the above statements - you need an attitude adjustment. The tips below should get you on the right track to ending negative internal dialogue. Don't wait for January 1 - start today! -Write down your self-talk. Whether it's you wishing your boss dead as he drones on and on about your errors from the past year, or you getting angry at yourself for missing a traffic light - put it on paper. After a week or so look back at your self-talk. Seeing the words in print can be a real eye-opener. -Analyze what you've written. Ask yourself the following about your automatic self-talk: Is it rooted in … [Read more...] about 5 Steps to End Negative Internal Dialogue
A few years back, when we were in a full wedding planning craze, I had my first experience renting a tux. I couldn't believe the expense. And the thing that blew is that it wasn't just me having to dip into my wallet, it was my groomsmen too. But as I suited up on that amazing day (and it was worth every penny!) I couldn't help but send a silent salute to the bastard who figured out how to turn a $500 outfit into thousands. I guess the same could be said about all of those bowling alley shoe rentals. Enter Net Tie - a Netflix business model for you corporate suits out there. I first learned about these guys when there Google ad appeared alongside my Web site. Here's what they do, it's quite simple. You pick a subscription plan, get ties in the mail, wear the tie (for as long as you like), send it back, and get more ties. The more you pay, the more ties you are allowed to have out at once. And a la Netflix, you'll receive a postage paid envelope to mail the noose … [Read more...] about The New Work Craze: Tie Rentals
"You idiot!" "Monkeys could do a better job." "Utter incompetence." These are direct quotes from Joseph Damon's Big Bad Boss. He's a regular reader/listener who sent in the following e-mail:"Recently my boss has taken an uber-aggressive attitude with me and my co-workers. I don't know what gives but I almost feel like it's bordering on abuse. What do you recommend I do?"Well Joseph, you raise an excellent question with an annoyingly vague answer. While every situation is different, and I'm, by no means an expert (I haven't been having the best luck with this situation recently, either), I will outline a few options. I ask that readers of the Jobacle blog add their two cents too - and maybe together - we can get your bully boss to pipe down.Push back, immediately. Like most abusive relationships things get worse over time as the bully feels empowered that they can get away with this behavior. The tricky part is HOW to push … [Read more...] about How to Stop a Bully Boss
I used to spend everyday commuting into the city on the Long Island Rail Road. While I don't miss it 99% of the time (I've since become an auto commuter) - there's tiny part of me that enjoyed the time I had to put pen to paper and get lost in my own imagination. Since I'm taking the holiday weekend off from the Jobacle thingy, I figured I'd post a short story I scribed on a train ride last year. While it's technically not work related, I figured a little fiction never killed anybody. Hope you enjoy...Riding the Train to Nowhereby Andrew G.R.Most of the time, naked windows have little to offer; vacant rooms, silent dwellers, and other boring nouns that sadly, make my life seem exciting. Of course, there is the occasional fight or fleeting nipple, each pumping my adrenaline into a cyclonic fervor. But this alone is not why I choose to ride the train.I take it to find out what pictures you have hanging on your walls. I take it to see if you have plastic shoe … [Read more...] about Riding the Train to Nowhere
The Career Filter is a regular segment on the Working Podcast. In it, we highlight three little-known career resources on the Web. Since it's been a long time between podcasts - and might be even longer - I figured why not bring you a the 411 on a Web site I was recently turned on to: JustLanded.com. If you're thinking of working in another country they have all juice you'd even need. Let's say for example you wanted to work in Switzerland - hey, why not! Here's some of the useful info you'll find on the site: The job market:For most foreigners, Switzerland appears to be a paradise for working conditions. Swiss employees enjoy some of the highest salaries in the world. Despite widespread job losses in Switzerland during the early 1990s recession, unemployment is still among the lowest in Europe. more Work permits:Since 1998, Switzerland has a dual priority system for the issuance of work permits: this means priority is given to workers from EU member states and a … [Read more...] about Need a Good Job? Flee the Country.
Just hand me a pink slip now... and the rest of the workforce for that matter. If you've ever gossiped about your boss - your job could be in jeopardy.Four folks who work for the town of Hooksett, New Hampshire say they were canned for discussing the possibility of their boss and a mystery woman. The boss felt his family life was being threatened by the rumors and took swift action against the chatterboxes. It's an interesting question. There's nothing more conducive for idle chatter then meaningless break-room banter. Are you telling me that employer's are in the right for letting these people go for opening up their mouths? Has Pandora's box been opened or will this foursome get their gigs back?I can understand both sides of the argument and am honestly not sure where I stand. While I think it over - why don't you tell me what you think by leaving a comment below. … [Read more...] about Office Gossip Gets Foursome Canned
I've got some "real" work to do this morning so here's a quickie roundup of random career links that will have a minimal impact on your working world.Shortage of Women Truckers - I'd like to say I'm surprised.Class of '07 Job Boom? New grads might be mad lucky.Jersey Is Shrinking Away - Don't steal in the Garden State.Smokers Need Not Apply - Hotel smokers get snubbed out.Knotted Necks - Formal dress code makes comeback. … [Read more...] about Shortage of Female Truckers, Duh!
That's a thought that has crossed my mind during every sick, vacation and personal day. It can be a rainy Wednesday afternoon in October - yet everything is packed! Chris Colin has written a neat article for SF Gate: Why Aren't You Working? It's about time someone asked the question on everybody's mind! … [Read more...] about Does Anyone Work Anymore?
I wanted to share a tool that a certain cube dweller has been using at work in order to check his Gmail, visit eBay and surf other sites that his company has deemed "inappropriate in the workplace."This individual has been using this Web site for many months to get around the IT blockades. Perhaps you already know about it but I figured why not put it out there just in case you have been experiencing the same Web discrimination!Your sites will load slower than usual - and you will get blitzed with two pop up ads everytime you open the site in a browser - but hey, you'll be free to do as you please. And isn't that what the Web is all about?On an unrelated note, a big thanks to everyone so far who has volunteered to give my resume a overhaul. I'm going to wait a few more days before I work out some barter deals so if you have any interest - please let me know! … [Read more...] about WorkHack: Checking Blocked Web Sites