Work Daze: Leave Me Alone

  • By Bob Goldman
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Ever dream of being stranded on a desert island? There you are, totally alone, in the middle of the ocean, doomed to spend the rest of your days with no human company. Sounds good, doesn't it? Thanks to today's trend of open offices, the constant cacophony of co-workers can make work hell. Equally bad are the desk-side pop-ins from employees who have no qualms about disturbing you. Not...

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Work Daze: Power Up

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"Many young employees are frustrated when their first jobs land them in powerless positions at the bottom of the organization chart after years of leadership roles in school." So reports The Wall Street Journal reporter Sue Shellenbarger in "How to Gain Power at Work When You Have None." It is understandable that a new hire wants to think of their desk as a trampoline to upper management,...

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Work Daze: Wake Up

  • By Bob Goldman
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Be honest now—at what point in your day do you realize that you hate your job? Is it at 4:30 p.m., when you realize that all the clocks in your office must have stopped running because it feels like you've already put in a 12-hour day with 8 more hours to go? Is it at lunchtime when you polish off your second Cheetos burrito, and realize you either have to go back to work or go to the...

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Work Daze: Decision Time

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Do you need a decision coach? While you're trying to decide, let me introduce you to Nell Wulfhart, the author of "Decide This for Me," a helpful feature on The Muse website. Wulfhart sees her job as helping people to "quit procrastinating, make important decisions, and move on with their lives." Alas, I didn't utilize the decision coach's decision-making process to solve a major career...

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Work Daze: Fight or Fright

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Does the thought of going to work fill you with dread? Does the mere mention of a due date set your heart aflutter? Does the sight of your manager coming around a corner turn you into a quivering lump of protoplasm? If the answer to any of these questions is a big fat "YES!" you have a condition we workplace professionals call "nervosa wrecktosis," or, in less technical terms, when it comes to...

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Work Daze: The Hunted and the Hunters

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Which are you? Networking guru Chris Fralic sees the world as divided between the Hunters and the Hunted. Hunters network because there's something they want—money, introductions to people with money, introductions to people who can introduce them to other people with money. The Hunted have what Hunters want, but they'd just as soon keep it for themselves. Hunters have a variety of...

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Work Daze: Blame It on the Amygdala

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Think it takes years of hard work to convince people that you are unlikeable, unreliable and generally untrustworthy? Think again. Meet the amydgala— a fancy-shmancy hunk of brain matter that detects and delivers a neural spoiler within milliseconds. That's what I learned in "The Mistakes You Make in a Meeting's First Milliseconds," a recent Sue Shellenbarger column in The Wall Street...

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Work Daze: Anti-Social Media

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It's time to talk about your split personality. You No. 1 is a dynamic go-getter whose high-powered career is full of accomplishments and challenges, successfully met. You No. 1 is also outgoing, well-connected and constantly engaged in activities that make everyone wish they could meet you. You No. 2 is a dynamic leave-me-aloner whose low-powered career is full of blunders and failures,...

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Work Daze: Work Less. Make More.

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Congratulations, thought leader. You have once again proven yourself to be ahead of the curve and ahead of the crowd. It's true. It took University of California professor of management Morten T. Hanson decades of study to come up with his breakthrough idea, but you -- a tenured professor of mismanagement -- knew intuitively that the way to get to the top as fast as possible was to do as...

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Work Daze: Homework 101

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There is one good reason why you shouldn't work from home. You will no longer be able to purloin gourmet luncheons from the brown bags of your co-workers. When you work from home, all the moldy, green tuna sandwiches available will be yours. Other than that, there is no limit to the advantages of working from home. There is no dress code. You can work in the nude and no one will...

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