Tagged: office life

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There Will Be Bureaucracy

To those who decry government inefficiency, I’ll see your DMV and raise you a cable guy. Or a tech support voicemail system. Or how about a stack of TPS reports with outdated cover sheets?...

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Analog Thinking in a Digital Age

I noticed it first in an office setting: people who insist in emailing files even when there’s a networked drive available. It’s a much better use of time and brainpower to leave the file...

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Playing Office

Are you working. or are you playing office? There are an awful lot of office workers out there who “play office”, like a little kid imitating her parents. This is a subtle and pernicious...

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Death and Faxes

Fax machines are a fascinating anachronism. A modem fax machine is just a low-quality scanner and a dial-up modem. Faxes persist because of people who think that something’s not real or official until it’s...

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Hidden Sights in an Office Park

The other day I took a walk. It was a beautiful day outside and I needed to get out of the office. I grabbed an apple and started walking around the little office park...

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Improv at the Workplace

In improvisational comedy (“improv”), the cardinal rule is “yes and”. Each comedian on stage builds on the previous performer’s idea. Using this method, you can take any simple situation and turn it in to...

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5 Things Nobody Cares About

When it comes to marketing, sales and advertising, there is but one cardinal rule: nobody cares about you. It’s harsh, but it’s true. And yet, so many people forget it. If you’re working somewhere...

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Treadmill in a Box

Outside the sun shines, and I’m in a box. Inside I sit amongst upholstered walls, Staring all day at a glowing glass screen Under the flickering fluorescent lights. Papers pile up on every surface....