Running Down The OT Perks

Wellness wins since we last spoke: Asked for overtime and got it; every week if I want it Found an empty office at the end of the hall for lunch hour yoga Found a nature preserve half a mile from my office; with a river and trails How is overtime a win, other than the…

Hard Chargers Need Not Apply

  It’s Saturday. I’m thinking about work. My body is at home without pants, shoes, or brushed teeth. My brain is back at the office. Because I can’t get my work done. Because my work can’t be done. My inner Dwight Schrute can’t stand it. My new boss at my new job advised me yesterday…

Hacking Fatigue, An Epic Fail

I think it’s funny that we try to outsmart exhaustion. With willpower. With coffee. With stubbornness. I didn’t take a break between the end of Old Job and beginning of New Job. Instead of saying no I said yes to a houseful of company for the weekend so I didn’t even get a regular weekend’s…

Great Work But You Suck

Last week one of my bosses hauled me into a meeting to discuss my behavior, which is a problem. Or rather, my lack of behavior is a problem. I don’t talk enough. I don’t socialize enough. I take work too seriously. When I got home from work that evening I discovered a package from my…

Helen and Herb, A Cautionary Tale

Helen is a woman working in an office with a male supervisor named Herb. When Helen’s supervisor comes near her, he moans. Herb does this any time he is walking directly behind Helen or whenever he passes her desk. He lets out an obvious moan. Sometimes it is more a grunt. He stares and grunts…

Checking In With Check-offs

I’m still here. Happy Friday, everyone. Or blessed Frigg’s Day, I should say. One my goals for this week was to get a post published here and I’ve already got a tall stack of stuff I’ve pushed to the weekend, so here I type. Here I post. I am getting it done, Frigg be praised….

Woebegone Workforce

To address the recent lull on this blog, I’ve been stewing on this post for a while. It needed some time to develop. When we speak of bullying these days we typically frame it around the experiences of children. Kids getting bullied at school, kids getting bullied online, kids getting bullied in social groups; these…

TMI, Fake, Etc. — Three Ways Stay Broke

Occupational and financial wellness is not a lottery, folks. Help me help you. Job seekers, success chasers, and rewards reapers; let’s add a few more items to the list of things that are probably killing your employment chances. Don’t blurt out your sexual orientation during the interview. Just don’t. If you reveal your sexual orientation…

Occupational Wellness–The Other Side of the Table

Up to this point my advice regarding wellness as it relates to employment has focused solely upon the behaviors of the job seeker. Let’s move to the other side of the table and discuss the behaviors of our future employers. I’ve written before that seasoned hiring managers are well aware that the majority of their…

Occupational Wellness–Openers That Kill The Close

Sometimes I think the Universe is sending me these people just to screw with my mind. I dare to joke now I’ve heard it all and then the door opens and someone walks in to prove me wrong, wrong, wrong again. It’s like washing your car to make it rain. Tempt the Universe and the…

Freedom For Sale

I mentioned in my January Work Release post that my 30-day uber-frugal challenge fizzled quickly because I was already so frugal when I signed up for it. I characterized it as a challenge I didn’t need, as it turned out. There wasn’t much for me to change or adjust, so I wasn’t challenged. That doesn’t…

Job Seeker Dumbassity

I cringe every time I hear someone say this is a tough time to be out of work. What would be a good/easy time to be out of work? Unemployment blows. Period. It’s always tough. It’s never easy. Every week I schedule and hold interviews, make employment offers, hire people, assign work, fire people, and…