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The End Is Near

Business / Bob Goldman /

The end is coming.

For this column, the end is 750 words away, give or take a preposition or two.

For your enforced hibernation from the world, the end is coming closer, but, if you're like most people, it's still one or two vaccinations away.

The end is a good time to start thinking about a beginning, or so I decided after reading "How to ...Read more

Strangers When We Meet

Business / Bob Goldman /

If you thought it was strange to confine yourself to your home for eight long months, refusing to interact with anyone who wasn't on a Zoom screen, get ready for an experience in strangeness the likes of which you haven't seen, well, for eight long months.

I'm talking about working with real people in real life. 3D, baby -- 3-doggone-D.

It ...Read more

You Can Toucan

Business / Bob Goldman /

By the time you read this, 2020 will be almost over.

Really, it will.

I know there have been many people demanding we do a redo -- just turn back the calendar to Jan, 1, 2020, and let the year play out again.

I think it's a great idea.

Once we've restarted 2020, we'll simply move 2021 to 2022, 2022 to 2023 and so on. It's not only a great ...Read more

You're Not Coming Back

Business / Bob Goldman /

You knew it was too good to be true.

The work-alone-at-home experience was just too wonderful to last.

The peace. The quiet. The ability to sleep in and sneak into Zoom meetings still wearing your jam-jams. The magical calm of never having Trevor from Marketing pop up at your desk at 9 a.m. to tell you that the three-week deadline for that ...Read more

The Office Party That Wasn't

Business / Bob Goldman /

The holiday season is just around the corner, and that means the office holiday party will soon be here.

Truly, it's the happiest time of the year.

The CEO dons a Santa Claus suit. This year, two pillows will be required to create that Santa belly. The CEO spends so much time on their Peloton bike their body mass index is a minus 10.

As for...Read more

'The Queen' Meets 'The Office'

Business / Bob Goldman /

Here's an interesting idea: What if the highly popular British show "The Queen" hooked up with the highly popular American show "The Office"?

Specifically, your office.

At first glance, you may think there is nothing in the story of superrich, supersnobby aristocrats that could relate to the scrappy strivers with whom you work.

Surprise!

"...Read more

Lonely and Losing It

Business / Bob Goldman /

It was a close call.

For a moment there, it looked like our COVID-19 crisis was clearing up and you would soon be going back to work at your actual workplace. It was a transition that would bring you many advantages, none of which you were sure you really wanted.

On one hand, it would be hard to give up working at home. Coming into the ...Read more

Going Back

Business / Bob Goldman /

You never thought the day would come.

You've been working remotely for so long and enjoying it so much that the idea that you would have to go back to an office seemed, well, remote. But with vaccines on the horizon and employers not exactly thrilled about paying rent on tens of thousands of square feet of empty office space, the days when ...Read more

You have (no) mail

Business / Bob Goldman /

I don't know about you, but I'm feeling pretty darn popular.

It's true. Lately, my email inbox is always full to the brim, and my telephone never stops ringing. It is also true that the people emailing and calling want money, which I would be happy to give them if I knew who the heck they were, which I don't.

Since I've been so awfully busy ...Read more

Zoom Towns, Eastern Edition

Business / Bob Goldman /

As I'm sure you remember, last week's sermonette was devoted to an interesting phenomenon being seen today in urban America. Like the brave pioneers of the 1850s leaving their homes and loading up their Conestoga wagons before heading West, today's high-tech, high-credit-score strivers are leaving their condos and loading up their Teslas with ...Read more

Zoom Town

Business / Bob Goldman /

Oh, how exciting it was.

You were moving to the big city! Maybe you grew up in a sleepy suburb or a rural oasis where your nearest neighbor was a cow, or maybe you were already living in the big city, but with your parents as roomies, and now you were on your own.

No matter how, why or when you got there, you instantly became a different ...Read more

 

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