Valentine's Day is a lot of pressure, whether you're in a relationship or not. Flowers, candy, expensive dinners ... it gets overwhelming, fast. So if you've wandered into the office today and realized that you don't have any tokens of the (strictly platonic unless sanctioned by HR) love you feel for your coworkers, PayScale is here to help with office-appropriate Valentine's Day e-cards. Enjoy!
Even if you've never played Dungeons & Dragons or ever heard of the Society for Creative Anachronism, there's one role-playing game that might appeal to you – especially if you spend your days in an office. BLARPing, or Business Live Action Role-Playing, allows office workers to become something more interesting than their usual workaday roles. Just what you need when the real world of TPS reports and year-end reviews gets too dull to take.
Do you ever feel like nobody at work is paying attention to what you do, to the extent that you could stop showing up for work, and maybe no one would notice? A. K. Verma, a civil servant in India, did not show up for work for 24 years. Then, he got fired.
Humor has the potential to ease social situations when used in the right context and in the right spirit, and where do we need that more than in the office? Workplace humor can be tricky, however. While it can help alleviate stress, increase bonhomie, and make you a sought-after colleague, it can also brand you as insensitive, unprofessional, and crass. The content, subject, and intent of your jokes can make or dent your image.
A new Tumblr blog is dedicated to the many annoying and often ridiculous emails that are sent companywide. This one goes beyond getting stuck in a 'reply all' chain that doesn't involve you -- these are emails that should really not have been sent at all (but may provide some comedic relief during your workday).
Email makes us feel more efficient, because it makes communication faster. Sometimes, however, faster communication doesn't equal productive communication.