Archive: November 2011
By Rex Huppke / Chicago Tribune Q: What’s the best way for a newbie to avoid office politics and still fit in with the rest of the crowd? -- Dave in Chicago, via Facebook A: You may want to sit...
What do you do? I am a horse trainer and horseback-riding instructor. I train horses in the fields of dressage and show jumping. Horses come to me in all stages of training; whether I’m breaking a horse or just putting...
It’s that time of year when our thoughts turn away from pumpkin-pie eating and toward gift giving, followed quickly by goal setting. This new crop of books for the career-minded will help with the last two. All are available in print or as e-books, but remember, downloads are trickier to wrap.
Have you ever dated a co-worker?...
Some job hunters who have been invited for interviews tell me they’ve been shaken to encounter what’s known as the “stress interview.”
When making your gift list this holiday season, don’t forget the folks who keep you going from 9 to 5. Put these gift ideas to work for the boss, the assistant and everyone in between.
Do you judge co-workers by how they dress?¬...
Q: I'm having a communication problem with a co-worker, "Angie," whose father owns our company. Angie repeatedly oversteps her bounds and tries to do my job. I had a direct talk with her in a kind and gentle tone, but...
Energy slumps go hand-in-hand with desk jobs. Here are some simple movement and nutrition steps that can help you stay focused and keep the yawns at bay.
What are you most thankful for at work?...
Q: My boss, “Jerry,” keeps trying to reduce his workload by giving me assignments that he should do himself. He also fails to follow up on important issues, which often leads to a crisis. When this happens, Jerry tends to...
What do you do? I make props and scenery for Teatro ZinZanni [a Seattle dinner theater that’s part circus, part cabaret]. Every day, someone (an artist, director or colleague) describes something to me that they wish could be real. What’s...
A few years ago, Nicholas Bond, the town planner for Eatonville, Wash., decided he needed some stability in his highly political job, where “being fired is a fact of life.”
Have you ever lied on your résumé?...
EMPLOYEE: Evelyn Arvey JOB: Jeweler CUBICLE RAVE: "My studio space (in the basement of my home) has evolved over the course of 10 years to accommodate anything I want to design and make. Within my arm’s reach, I have a...
By Rex Huppke The Chicago Tribune Q: How do you deal with a toxic co-worker or manager? -- Anonymous, via email A: Because you can’t “unfriend,” “unfollow,” or “delete” a person you cross paths with each day -- and because...
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