July, 2007

Losing My Perspective

On The Job

I was recently interviewed on a radio show and the subject of work/life balance came up. I said at the time I’m not sure there is a one-size-fits-all work/life plan. As far as I can tell, everyone thinks they’re doing OK, but someone else should be doing it differently. I’ve interviewed people about this subject for nearly 20 years, and the only thing I know is that I don’t want anyone telling me how to live my life and I figure the same holds true for everyone else.

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What To Do When You Lose a Job

On The Job

Many of us prepare for natural disasters by keeping things on hand such as candles, flashlights, some bottled water and maybe a couple of cans of tuna fish. Anyone who has been without these items during a blackout quickly learns the error of not making at least some effort at preparation. Then why don’t more of us prepare for one of the most disastrous times that can hit a person? I’m talking specifically about the loss of a job.

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An Idea for the Inexperienced

On The Job

When Jason Alba found himself laid off from his job a couple of years ago, he came to an important realization: While he was a manager and had an MBA, he was competing against those with much more experience in the job market. People I was competing against had a lot more depth,” he says. Most of the recruiters were looking at people with a lot more years than me.”

2007 100

Rate Your Boss

On The Job

I once had a job where the boss was so toxic that I would feel my stomach start to roil as I entered the building where I worked. I couldn’t focus on anything that gave me pleasure – in the middle of a movie I would think about this boss and feel great anger. When I was having dinner with a friend I would think about my boss and feel so depressed I didn’t want to eat. The job lasted 1 ½ years before I managed to get another one. By the time I left, I felt I had aged 20 years.

2007 100

Damn Do You Need a Job!

On The Job

I recently received an e-mail from a guy named Larry Dinsmore who said he had a resource for my readers. Always interested in that topic, I checked out his Web site, and here’s what I found: a photo of Dinsmore in a T-shirt that blared “Damn I need a job.” On the back of the shirt he listed his qualifications as an information technology guy. I was intrigued. Upon further investigation, I discovered Dinsmore, 39, was from Lexington, Ky.,

2007 100

Casual Dress Gone Wrong

On The Job

My colleague, Stephanie Armour at USA Today , recently wrote about business casual dress at work ( [link] ). After reading the story, I remembered an interview I once had about the same subject with an employer who was clearly frustrated with the situation. One day, the manager said, an employee showed up for work in his pajamas – flannel pants and a worn T-shirt. On his feet: black dress shoes.

2007 100

Was Rodney Dangerfield a Manager?

On The Job

I saw a study that said a great majority (71 percent of 972 workers surveyed) would not like to be the boss, and not only did they not want to be in charge, they didn’t think they could do a better job than the boss. That seems odd, considering the number of “bad boss” books on the market today. We have books saying that bosses are crazy, raised by wolves, micromanaging ogres and in short, the most horrible two-legged creatures on the face of the planet.

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Isaiah Washington's Big Mistakes

On The Job

I recently watched Isaiah Washington on “Larry King Live” as he discussed his feelings about being fired for making reportedly homophobic comments about his fellow cast mate, T.R. Knight, who is gay. I sat in awe as I watched this guy dig a hole so deep for himself he may never get out of it. In fact, he broke just about every rule you can regarding your work performance and a former employer.

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Legal Advice for Workers

On The Job

At least once a week I get asked a question that has a "legal" implication. Someone writes me wanting to know if they can get fired for something, or what rights they have regarding their job. I'm not a lawyer, and even though I tell these people they need to get legal advice, I know that's not possible for everyone. For one reason, lawyers cost money -- money that everyone may not have.

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