Posts in category "Office Life"

6 Positive Aspects of Frigid Weather

<strong>Making static electricity makes you feel like you're creating lighting, is empowering</strong> <br><br>The first time I ever coughed into my flannel sheets (while wearing flannel pajamas) and made static electricity, I was flabbergasted. I did it again to see if it was real, and after I found out it was, I walked into my parents' bedroom and woke up my mom to tell her. <br><br> Coughing lightning would be a major achievment for people of any age, but doing so already by the age of 8 made me feel extra important. <br><br> Then my mom told me it's normal when it's that dry outside and I was fine and should go back to bed. <br><br> Did that put a damper on my lightning-coughing glee? Sure, but not so much so that I don't still do it and get a kick out of it every single time.
If every day of our Chicago winter featured temperatures in the 70′s and heavy sunshine we’d still complain. We’d complain that we didn’t have a real winter, that we never had a significant snowfall,  never had an excuse to make chili while wearing our favorite wool socks, or we’d complain that weren’t able to use... Read more »

8 Most Difficult Adjustments to Starting a new job

8 Most Difficult Adjustments to Starting a new job
Two weeks ago I started a new job and was very happy about it. Ok, enough pleasantries. While I am glad about my new job, adjusting to starting a new job has presented a few unpleasantries that I should have seen coming but totally didn’t. The most difficult aspects of starting the new job seem... Read more »

7 Things You Never Read in Obituaries but Should

<strong>"He was pretty much an A-hole to everyone"</strong><br><br> This would accurately describe like 20 people I know but I'll still never read it in an obituary.
I bet you interact with at least 10 annoying people everyday. They might be outright rude, or just inconsiderate. Maybe they’re painfully bad at their job and it grates on you. It’s possible a nearby service worker always gives you the same trite answer they think is so clever when you ask how they are... Read more »
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6 Ways to Make Your Job More Like College

6 Ways to Make Your Job More Like College
A few words of advice to the graduating class of 2012 from Dan P, the assistant professor of partying all/some of the time. I’d like to congratulate the class of 2012 and welcome them to the work world. As much fun as college was, you unfortunately cannot make a career out of chugging booze, creeping... Read more »

Ten Ways to Get Respect You Don't Deserve

Ten Ways to Get Respect You Don't Deserve
In some circles, respect is worth more than money. Those circles are generally formed around a trashcan fire and the level of respect earned is directly proportionate to one’s ability to scrounge up a set of fish bones with which to comb his or her hair. But nevertheless, they do exist. Want that kind of... Read more »

12 Dos and Don'ts for Office Holiday Parties (Plus Ice Breakers)

So he says, “Those aren’t antlers…” Office holiday parties exist for many reasons. For one, they’re a morale booster. I know whenever I’m handed an asinine project late on a Friday in July, I always think back to the free crostini I received in December and I’m ready to get down to business. They also... Read more »
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Five Stock Office Phrases That Should Go Away

Five Stock Office Phrases That Should Go Away
In addition to poor microwave etiquette and random bowls of candy every five or so feet, offices are also often rife with cliches and ridiculous buzz words that ultimately mean nothing. Like profitability, for instance. What does that even mean?! And like Carson Daly’s inability to resist doing a soul handshake followed by pronounced gesticulation... Read more »