April, 2007

Are you addicted to work?

On The Job

When I was growing up, my dad sometimes worked three jobs in order to make ends meet. I remember my Mom working most of my life, including the times she took in extra ironing. But I never remember my parents doing their jobs at home. Their bosses didn't call them at home, their co-workers didn't stop by the house to drop off work and they never even talked about their jobs much, except to tell funny stories about customers or maybe gripe a bit about the boss. Boy, have things changed.

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Job sharing challenges

On The Job

In covering the workplace for more than 15 years, I've heard plenty of companies talk about how they have a "family friendly" environment and programs in place to help employees achieve "work/life" balance. I've also read lots of nice feature stories in various publications that have named employers to their "best" lists regarding companies that support employees in achieving this balance between their personal and professional lives. Unfortunately, I don't think we're hearing the whole story.

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The Bully at Work

On The Job

I remember being the target of a bully when I was in elementary school. I remember everything about the girl.her name, how she used to catch me on the playground when I was jumping rope and make her nasty comments to me. I can recall with equal clarity the time I was bullied on the job. I remember the continual stress of facing the man every day, the pitying looks from co-workers, the fact that I eventually left the job because I couldn't stand it any more.

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Welcome to the "On the Job" blog

On The Job

Welcome, everyone, to this blog about issues in the workplace. It is a natural offshoot of my nationally syndicated workplace column “On the Job” for Gannett News Service and USA Today.com. I’ve always believed that knowledge is power, and we’ve all got something to share that can help others. Have a co-worker who is getting on your last nerve? Tell about it and then let others share how they confronted a similar problem and dealt effectively with it.

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