Work Daze from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sat, 06 Jun 2020 12:56:13 -0700 Work Daze from Creators Syndicate 652c9af88615b1af9468073fd1be4a59 Who's Laughing Now? for 06/04/2020 Thu, 04 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>You know what they used to say: Laugh and the world laughs with you; cry and you cry alone.</p> <p>Not today. Today, everybody is crying, and the world is not laughing with you; it's laughing at you.</p> <p>Who can blame it?<p>Updated: Thu Jun 04, 2020</p> b4337bf3ef36f0aec867bce6040da34c When It Comes to Work, Less Is More for 05/28/2020 Thu, 28 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Just because I drink my kombucha from a Harvard mug while sitting in my Harvard sweats and waving a Harvard pennant, singing "Fair Harvard, we join in thy jubilee throng," people think I went to Harvard. </p> <p>Can't imagine why. <p>Updated: Thu May 28, 2020</p> 860b3cb383a8175dcf91f4b709747a69 The Distraction Reaction for 05/21/2020 Thu, 21 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Remember when going to work meant you actually left your house? </p> <p>Remember when you sat next to someone who wasn't your roommate, your spouse, your child or your doodle? <p>Updated: Thu May 21, 2020</p> 979c02b5189479657c7a2675fc9f8a53 Virtual Meetings Get Real for 05/14/2020 Thu, 14 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Everyone loves virtual meetings, right? When we hear Zoom, our hearts go "Zing!" </p> <p>Or do they? <p>Updated: Thu May 14, 2020</p> 0557ffbfc7d4b8448ae7ee65025c9970 Liar! Liar! Zoom's on Fire! for 05/07/2020 Thu, 07 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Got your invitation. I really wish I could Zoom with you, but (choose one):</p> <p>A. I've already scheduled a high-level Zoom meeting with Oprah.<p>Updated: Thu May 07, 2020</p> 7d92da2756a1baca4553d16856078999 Zoom Do's. Zoom Don'ts. for 04/30/2020 Thu, 30 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Don't throw your cat.</p> <p>In video meeting etiquette, that's Rule No. 1. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 30, 2020</p> 5692909f497bf9c3c9e9c47a2a26103e The Power of Grump for 04/23/2020 Thu, 23 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Has your job put you in a bad mood?</p> <p>That's good. </p> <p>That's right!<p>Updated: Thu Apr 23, 2020</p> 7b0d901a9c7256678b78d52339e89370 Business Bye-Byes for 04/16/2020 Thu, 16 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Bad news, bub:</p> <p>Everything you know about working is wrong. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 16, 2020</p> f4dc5680d6b6f33fc90862b7ff1c77ec Home Not Quite Alone for 04/09/2020 Thu, 09 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>What do experienced work-at-homers know that you don't know?</p> <p>It can make you crazy. It can also make you fired.</p> <p>It's true!<p>Updated: Thu Apr 09, 2020</p> deb818bafbe867fdd614a5180b033e1a Stay-Cay? Go Away! for 04/02/2020 Thu, 02 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's easy to count the joys of working from home.</p> <p>The calculation becomes more difficult when it comes to the joys of vacationing at home. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 02, 2020</p> 8951a918d9e37c40e6b9f20359ce3fa1 Work at Home? OK! Vacation at Home? Oh, No! for 03/26/2020 Thu, 26 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>You probably don't have all the vacation time you would like, but you definitely look forward to the number of days you have. </p> <p>It's an accomplishment, really. Getting your managers to let you take time off takes a lot of hard work. It also requires engaging in some tense negotiations with your implacable workplace enemy, the HR department, but you did it, and now your biggest vacation problem is deciding where to go. Will it be a jet-setting stay in Singapore or a beachy bacchanal in Bermuda? Will you go crunchy with a hike in the high country or revert to your basic slug nature and immerse yourself in the hot pool of a cushy spa?</p> <p>Well, it doesn't really matter now, does it? <p>Updated: Thu Mar 26, 2020</p> c51ff5cfd8f1195db8dcb03a8bfe6f1d In the Zoom Room for 03/19/2020 Thu, 19 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>If there's one part of working that you have mastered, it's the valuable technique of not working. </p> <p>Anybody can go to a job and be productive. It takes a very special person to go to a job and be invisible. </p> <p>Yet, invisibility is what you need if you want to make the most money possible doing the least possible amount of work. To accomplish this worthy goal, you have scoured your workplace to discover all the hidey-holes in which a devious soul can secret herself.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 19, 2020</p> 3c717c62778ba756805b2e2b9ff9bf02 Write On! for 03/12/2020 Thu, 12 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Our sermon for today concerns a workplace problem that everyone has, except me. </p> <p>Everybody is dying to read what I write at work. Take you, for example. But what you write &#8212; an insightful memo, an urgent email, a game-changing report &#8212; nobody wants to read. </p> <p>Or so says Aaron Orendorff. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 12, 2020</p> b62bc78b4366b38418999e10eab16d9d Nut Jobs Wanted for 03/05/2020 Thu, 05 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>If you've always wished that you had the qualifications required to be a successful entrepreneur, here's good news: There is one career expert who believes that the best way to get a job is to be a job &#8212; a nut job. </p> <p>Meet Ayodeji Awosika, the author of "Why You Have to be Crazy to Succeed," a recent post on a career site called Ladders. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 05, 2020</p> 8e75ee6680bb5425d5cffb3ed5c7e6e8 A Column About Nothing for 02/27/2020 Thu, 27 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The question for today is, "What do you do?"</p> <p>If you answer dentistry, plumbing, teaching the tango or any other noble profession, you're wrong.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 27, 2020</p> 18892a30a3b2e888f678c568be8b0d03 Home Work 101 for 02/20/2020 Thu, 20 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>What's better: a really great job where you have to go into an office every day or a really awful job you can do from home?</p> <p>Maybe it's just me, but it's difficult to imagine a job so terrific that it's worth dealing with commutes that are too long, meetings that are too frequent and managers who multiply like cockroaches. (How does a cockroach multiply? Ask one how much is three times seven and you'll find out.)</p> <p>Yes, working from home can be paradise on the half shell, but you do have to be careful if you want to avoid potential stumbling blocks. <p>Updated: Thu Feb 20, 2020</p> 857bd99d0e675155cd4699fa3fcc1ec2 Microdosing the Microbrain for 02/13/2020 Thu, 13 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>I won't be writing my column today. I'm turning that privilege over to a 6-foot-tall, electric green chipmunk, whose name, according to his business card, is Chippy C. Chipmunk. </p> <p>If you find it strange for a serious and respected guru of the workplace, like me, to partner up with a giant green chipmunk, like Chippy, I can quickly calm your concerns. Mr. Chipmunk is in the mix today because his resume is outstanding; his opinions are compelling; and I have just ingested a microdose of psilocybin, a key psychedelic ingredient in "magic mushrooms" and &#8212; get ready for it &#8212; a lot of successful careers.</p> <p>It's true!<p>Updated: Thu Feb 13, 2020</p> 164c80890548c4081e66c3259833c618 Wake Up! for 02/06/2020 Thu, 06 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>For many people, every new morning is an occasion to celebrate all the wonderful opportunities in the day ahead. These energetic, optimistic human people wake up ready to jump out of bed and jump into their lives.</p> <p>And then there's you. <p>Updated: Thu Feb 06, 2020</p> 591942b0c16a033add06927ac3736ac1 Putting the Pro in Productivity for 01/30/2020 Thu, 30 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The first month of the new year is almost over, and I have to say you've made amazing strides in maximizing your productivity.</p> <p>I have to say it, but it isn't true.</p> <p>You're the same sluggish, distracted underperformer you were in 2019, maybe even worse. This isn't the productivity boost you resolved to achieve, nor is it what your managers expected after that harrowing, end-of-the-year pep talk you received instead of an end-of-the-year bonus.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 30, 2020</p> f30121ac661fa59d71cf519eb43f5ef1 It's a Mystery! for 01/23/2020 Thu, 23 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>How can so many potential employers smart enough to invite you to a job interview turn out to be dumb enough to reject you? No doubt, they made a big mistake. Unless, of course, it turns out that the person making the mistakes is you. </p> <p>"13 Mistakes That Could Ruin Your Job Interview, According To Hiring Managers" is the title of an article by Casey Bond in the Huffington Post (HuffPost to its friends).</p> <p>Is it possible that you made all 13 mistakes? Maybe not, but you do have to admit &#8212; if anyone could do it, it's you. <p>Updated: Thu Jan 23, 2020</p>