Category: Career Advice

Company announces Zero-day work week. Plans to run on guilt

Company announces Zero-day work week. Plans to run on guilt
Return to work? Work from home? Hybrid work? One Midwest company is boldly declaring: D) None of the above. Lukewarm LLC grabbed headlines this week with the announcement of an innovative new policy. Starting Monday–if they’d like to–all employees will have the option to work. This announcement comes after Lukewarm’s two largest competitors — Blasé... Read more »

Remember when dad would just go to China?

Remember when dad would just go to China?
There will never be another business trip to China. I’m not saying we’ll never go back to normal. Or that Covid will never go away. No, what I’m referring to is a true business trip. Like the ones my dad went on back in the ’90s. Back then, “We’re doing business in China,” meant literally in... Read more »

Feeling overwhelmed? Try giving it 79%

Feeling overwhelmed? Try giving it 79%
I don’t think the American Dream is a lie. But I do think it comes with some serious fine print. The idea that you can set your sights on something, work hard, and ultimately achieve prosperity in that area, that remains true. The hidden clause is everything we have to give up along the way.... Read more »
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The surprising business case for the Locker Room Guy/Gal

In business, there’s something called the 20-70-10 rule. What this means is that in a group of 10 people, two employees will stand out as the top performers. The next seven are like the peloton in the Tour de France. And then the bottom person is a non-producer. If you follow this system (created by GE’s Jack... Read more »

How to bike to work without turning every car against you

I was sitting on a Divvy bike at the intersection of Kinzie and Absolute Chaos, one of those five street intersections where you just kind of close your eyes and hope for the best. The traffic signals were a red light, a green arrow, and I’m pretty sure a blue question mark. I started pedaling... Read more »

How to politely avoid playing on the work league softball team

Career and workplace advice columns will always suggest getting involved at work, both in and outside of the office. In the summer time, slow pitch softball is one way to do this, and that’s great if you’re the Derek Jeter, Jennie Finch, or Clayton Kershaw at the company. But what if you are terrible at... Read more »
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