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I Heart My Desk

Business / Bob Goldman /

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 ...Read more

Your Radical Sabbatical

Business / Bob Goldman /

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 ...Read more

Jerks with Perks

Business / Bob Goldman /

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...Read more

Becoming the Boss' Pet

Business / Bob Goldman /

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, ...Read more

Quench Your Burnout

Business / Bob Goldman /

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 "...Read more

The Sunday Situation

Business / Bob Goldman /

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...Read more

Party Your Way to Career Success

Business / Bob Goldman /

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...Read more

Get Out of Town

Business / Bob Goldman /

You may find this difficult to believe, but not everyone loves his or her job as much as you do.

It's true! The working world is full ungrateful malcontents who actually want to take vacations. Instead of taking advantage of the opportunity to spend their vacation days crammed into a cozy cubical, or aimlessly wandering an open office, these ...Read more

Boast Your Way to Success, Loser

Business / Bob Goldman /

Everyone knows people who are always boasting about their success.

People who constantly talk about all the money they make, all the perks and promotions they receive, all the genius business solutions that spring from the depths of their superbrains to make them superstars at work.

If you think that's the kind of person you should hate, you...Read more

Old and in the Way

Business / Bob Goldman /

There's nothing wrong with getting old.

Except for the wrinkled skin, the sagging flesh, the aching joints, the minimal memory, and the hobbling shuffle as you rush to the bathroom 15 times a day, getting old is a blast.

What's not so great for oldsters in the workplace is a young punk of a supervisor without their experience, their ...Read more

Quitting Time

Business / Bob Goldman /

Ding! Dong! Ding! Dong!

Those are sounds you hear every working day. They're the chimes of your own personal Big Ben, telling you it's time to quit a job you hate.

But how do you know when it's time to quit a job you like? This is not so obvious; especially if the job you like comes with a paycheck you absolutely love.

Like it or hate it, ...Read more

Chip Me

Business / Bob Goldman /

It's the worst feeling ever! Your manager needs you and you're not there.

It happens frequently. You may be on assignment for the company or doing something really important like picking up your manager's dry cleaning or taking a bio-break at the Kit Kat Klub. Your manager walks to your work station but instead of seeing your smiling visage, ...Read more

 

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