WORK DAZE: Losing Wait

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Applying for a new job? What's the worst that can happen? Getting a flat and irreversible rejection is bad, yes, but what's even worse is the waiting. It may only be a matter of days, or weeks, or, in your case, minutes, but it's long enough to leave you twisting in the wind, wondering if you've gotten the job or not. What makes the wait so painful is not the thought that you'll get turned...

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WORK DAZE: Asleep at the Wheel

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Did I wake you? Sorry. I didn't expect you to be sleeping this time of day, but now that I've read Tim Herrera's eye-opening article in The New York Times, I realize that a good time to expect you to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed is never. While I'm sorry to rouse you from your slumber, "Feeling Groggy? Here's How to Stop Robbing Yourself of a Good Sleep" raises issues so relevant to...

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WORK DAZE: Follow the Leader

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There are people who are born leaders: Winston Churchill, Indira Gandhi, Axl Rose. And then there are people like you -- a born follower. If your manager says jump, you reach for your pogo stick. If your manager says roll over, over you roll. You're the ultimately flexible Gumby employee, the kind of person companies want most because all you want is to be told what to do. If you think I am...

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WORK DAZE: I Heart My Desk

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If there's one thing the modern worker in the modern economy doesn't have it's security. Some of this uncertainty is new to our age. Teenage high-tech mutants disrupt giant industries, which fall apart before our very eyes. Established companies get antsy and decide it's time to leave their dowager headquarters and take up with a flashy floozy of a headquarters in Bangladesh. And what in...

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WORK DAZE: Your Radical Sabbatical

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Here's a good idea -- after reading this column, tell your manager that you are going out to get coffee and don't come back for a year. You'll still be paid your full salary and, when you return, your job -- and your coffee -- will be waiting for you. It's not a fantasy. It's a sabbatical. How many companies offer paid sabbaticals to their employees? According to the 2017 Employee...

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Jerks with Perks

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Welcome, friend, to Jerk City. The jerks who run Jerk City have created a living hell hole of abuse and dysfunction, but to you, it's just "the place I work." Of course, your workplace may be 100 percent jerk free, but I doubt it, and so does Stanford professor Robert Sutton, author of "The A--hole Survival Guide: How to Deal with People who Treat You Like Dirt." I discovered this essential...

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Work Daze – Becoming the Boss’ Pet

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Who is your boss' BFF? If it's you, congratulations. You will be the first to be promoted and the last to be fired. If it's not, you could be the last to be promoted and the first to be fired. Fortunately, with a little help from Fortune.com, even a slacker like you can become your boss' main squeeze. Or so I learned from their recent article, "11 Easy Ways to Become Your Boss' Favorite...

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Work Daze – Quench Your Burnout

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You're tired, ambivalent, stressed, cynical and overextended. Are you in love, or are you burned out at work? It could be love, but according to a recent "Smart Living" article by Kenneth R. Rosen in The New York Times" the correct answer is behind door No. 2 -- burnout. According to data from the General Social Survey presented by Rosen in "How to Recognize Burnout Before You're Burned...

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Work Daze – The Sunday Situation

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You won't believe it, but there are people who actually can't wait until the workweek ends. "Thank God It's Friday" -- "TGIF" to its friends -- is the battle cry of these misguided miscreants who count the minutes until the 5 p.m. whistle blows and the weekend begins. Crazy, right? How could anyone prefer two days of freedom to the pure joy of five grueling days shackled to your desk,...

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Work Daze – Party Your Way to Career Success

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It's just not fair! You expect to be supervised and criticized and terrorized when you're on the job. It's just not right for you to be supervised and criticized and terrorized when you're off the job. For example, when you're at an office party. Whether it's birthday party, a holiday party or just a team-building exercise detailing the CEO's Tesla, the requirement to enjoy these events...

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