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Make It Work: The Curious Case Of The Office Shower

Make It Work: The Curious Case Of The Office Shower

Do you feel like you live at work? Do you spend more time there than you do your house, your car, your apartment, or the comfortable cave you’ve made out of pillows, Us Weekly magazines and your laptop in your bed at home? Do you ever wish that your workplace took care of you in the same way you take care of yourself? If you work at some companies, you can do the one thing that should be left at home: taking a shower. The Wall Street Journal reports on the alarming micro-trend of the in-office shower, and I am here to tell you that this is a very, very bad idea. Keep reading »

Make It Work: Update Your Resume, Please

Make It Work: Update Your Resume, Please

Updating your resume is on par with doing your taxes and cleaning your bathroom — a task that is unpleasant and irritatingly time-consuming, but absolutely necessary every once in a while. Chances are, your resume hasn’t been updated since the last time you were looking for work. I should update my resume, you think to yourself. Real adults have updated resumes, regularly wash their sheets and leave a set of spare keys with a responsible friend. But, you probably haven’t done it yet, because the thought of sitting down to redo this ridiculous document is the last thing you actually want to do. That’s fine! I get it. It’s horrible. But if you regularly update it, you will feel like an accomplished adult who is always ready to apply for her dream job at a moment’s notice. When you finally bite the bullet and decide to give that outdated, musty thing a refresher, here are some things to keep in mind. Keep reading »

Make It Work: How To Work From Home Without Losing Your Shit

Make It Work: How To Work From Home Without Losing Your Shit

The elusive dream of all office employees is being able to work from home. “What a privilege and a pleasure it will be!” you tell yourself, envisioning freshly sharpened pencils, crisp legal pads and steaming mugs of coffee, like a stock photo of productivity. “I will get so much done from my home office!” Reality quickly sets in. You don’t have a “home office,” per se, but a desk that you got from a roommate who moved out, or a corner of your kitchen table that isn’t covered in mail, or your couch, your coffee table and a really soft pillow. Soon, you find yourself doing work in dead silence, trapped in a prison of your own making. The world is crumbling outside, or maybe it isn’t, but you wouldn’t know because you haven’t left your house in three days. Even the most introverted among us need to see people sometimes. If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to work from home more often, here are some surefire ways to make your new home office life a little easier. Keep reading »

Make It Work: 5 Career Resolutions For 2015

Make It Work: 5 Career Resolutions For 2015

Generally speaking, New Year’s resolutions are bullshit. They’re entertaining cocktail party fodder at best, a way to talk to people you’ve just met over the cheese plate about how you’re definitely going to quit smoking/go to the gym/take up tantric meditation this year. They are a self-soothing practice, stated with the intent to make you feel like you’re actually going to do something different this year, that there’s something wrong with the way that you have been doing things, but now you have the chance to change. You’ll make a big stink about declaring these resolutions, and maybe even really commit yourself for the first few weeks, but almost without fail will fall back into your regular habits as soon as February hits. That’s okay. You are fine the way you are, and if you feel like you need to change, you can start anytime. The only area where you should take the opportunity to make a few New Year’s resolutions is in your career. The thing about work is that it’s something we all have to do, but we do have some control over how and where, and these resolutions are all about making the most of the situation. After all, you are an at-will employee. No one is holding you hostage at your job. But you’re there an awful lot, so do what you need to do and make it better for yourself. Make these workplace resolutions in 2015 and you will be on your way to personal and professional greatness. Keep reading »

Make It Work: The Best & Worst Presents To Give At Your Office White Elephant Gift Exchange

Make It Work: The Best & Worst Presents To Give At Your Office White Elephant Gift Exchange

The holiday season brings a wide swath of work-related traumas to endure: waiting for your holiday bonus, drinking too much weird tequila at your holiday party and making out with that dude from accounting, figuring out what to do when your boss gets you a present, but you’re empty-handed. But there is none as time-honored as the office White Elephant gift exchange, a fun activity in which you get a clear-cut vision of the actual largesse and cunning of the people you spend most of your waking days with. For the uninitiated, here’s how these things work. You pick from a pile of wrapped gifts. Once everyone has selected theirs, you have up to three opportunities to trade for something that could be “better.” When you’ve hit the limit, you’re stuck with whatever you got. Then, open the presents, revel in the joy of the season, and grumble over the fact that you’re walking away with three lottery tickets and a six-pack of Orbit gum. Everyone, go home. Keep reading »

Make It Work: How To Tackle The Job Search Without Losing Your Shit

Make It Work: How To Tackle The Job Search Without Losing Your Shit

Losing your job sucks. There’s no two ways around it. It’s a really shitty feeling to go into work one Wednesday, sit down at your desk, answer three emails and then be summarily dismissed. Regardless of whether you were fired or let go, it still stings. After you leave the office for the last time, carrying the contents of your cubicle in a box, you wander the streets, unsure of what to do with yourself. You are sure that every person you pass knows that you’re unlovable, unwanted by your former employer, worthless. This is not true. You were simply released from the shackles of one job and are now free to explore other avenues. This can be a time of excitement and change, if you choose. I have been unemployed an awful lot. The first time was a nightmare, the second time was a little better, and the third was long, but ultimately rewarding. I’ve learned some valuable lessons about the job search along the way. Keep reading »

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