Work Daze from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Fri, 14 Aug 2020 15:23:34 -0700 Work Daze from Creators Syndicate 615a90d7e6dba62d338ee746cb3bdcb2 The Complaint Department Is Open for 08/13/2020 Thu, 13 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>You hate to complain. But what choice do you have? You simply must complain about all the complainers who are constantly complaining to you. </p> <p>The fact that so many complainers are complaining to you is really a positive. If no one is complaining to you, it means they're complaining about you, and because they're probably right to complain, that could be worse. </p> <p>Gwen Moran, a contributor to Fast Company, has zero complaints about your need to complain about complainers. Her article, "6 Ways to Deal with Chronic Complainers," offers a variety of ways to stop the "negative spew." <p>Updated: Thu Aug 13, 2020</p> b866332b7c4f0552809c6f8cdbdb068e Going Bad Going Remote for 08/06/2020 Thu, 06 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>It's true! Even good managers can go bad when they go remote. And bad managers &#8212; they get worse!</p> <p>Of course, bad managers weren't exactly a bargain when you had to trudge into the office to experience their lack of wonderfulness. Today, their miserable personalities come Zooming into your personal home. They hit you where you live, and the results aren't pretty.</p> <p>Claire Cain Miller could help. Her recent article in "The Upshot" section of The New York Times is right to the point: "Remote Work Isn't Working? Maybe Your Company Is Doing It Wrong."<p>Updated: Thu Aug 06, 2020</p> fe4cbcc8f465c016c034a4f93965074c Cornered! for 07/30/2020 Thu, 30 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The corner office.</p> <p>It was the pinnacle of career success. Doors were dandy. Carpets were cool. Windows were wonderful. But that corner &#8212; that beautiful corner &#8212; that was the ultimate reward. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 30, 2020</p> c28236b65bac3938f2c10b7088ced4f1 The Big Snoop for 07/23/2020 Thu, 23 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Working from home has many advantages. Protecting your privacy isn't one of them. </p> <p>It's true! <p>Updated: Thu Jul 23, 2020</p> c3f0d82849e227952ab77deec5bf931d The Stress Mess for 07/16/2020 Thu, 16 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In case you haven't noticed, we live in a stressful world. </p> <p>There are reasons to be stressed out, right outside your front door. There are major stressors inside your front door, as well. </p> <p>You have a virtual job with a very real boss. If you live alone, you could be stressed by feelings of isolation. If you live with others, you could be stressed because you never get a chance to have feelings of isolation.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 16, 2020</p> d8d67ad58fa294dd71f80cbc342034e9 The Oreo Solution for 07/09/2020 Thu, 09 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Have I got news for you!</p> <p>Mondelez International is going all-in when it comes to letting its employees work from home.</p> <p>Or so I learned in a recent issue of "Coronavirus Daily," a regular feature you can listen to on "All Things Considered" or read about on NPR's website.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 09, 2020</p> a95beec1ac0948c3465386ab2fb5b914 The Last Commute for 07/02/2020 Thu, 02 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Now that there are zero degrees of separation between our homes and our jobs, we face 24/7 workdays with no way to escape phone calls, emails and, of course, Zoom meetings from hell.</p> <p>It wasn't always the case. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 02, 2020</p> 9cea7dba554ad90734a79ac88bad12ba The Zoom of Doom for 06/25/2020 Thu, 25 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Got an important Zoom meeting scheduled?</p> <p>Got the meeting invitation burning a hole in your inbox? <p>Updated: Thu Jun 25, 2020</p> 4597478691c771c88b1ca1ec07ea2396 Your Blooming, Zooming Career for 06/18/2020 Thu, 18 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Promoting yourself at work was never easy, even when you were actually at work. </p> <p>Still, you could always arrange to "bump into" an important manager at the snack machine, prompting a fun conversation about how much weight "Chubby" had put on since you last saw him.</p> <p>Or, arriving at the parking lot, you could ding the door of the Tesla S of a high-flying VP, allowing you to raise your visibility and, at the same time, demonstrate your sense of responsibility by showing up at the VP's office to confess. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 18, 2020</p> c5b51d2ff6db6142ea9d5b4a44a307ff Include Me Out for 06/11/2020 Thu, 11 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Let's face it: Our new work-from-home lifestyle has created many wonderful new business opportunities for consultants. </p> <p>I'm talking about IT consultants, who are using their Ph.D.s in computer science to advise you on how to insert wacky beach backgrounds in your Zoom feed. I'm also talking about fashion consultants, who will help you create your Zoom-friendly power look, not easy to do when you're wearing pajamas from the waist down. (And do, indeed, wear pajamas. We may be remote, but we're not animals.)</p> <p>Most of all, I am talking about management consultants, like Heidi Lynne Kurter, whose recent post on Forbes, "How to Build an Inclusive Virtual Culture With These 4 Effective Strategies," is at the forefront of timely consulting in the virtual age, <p>Updated: Thu Jun 11, 2020</p> 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>