Category Archive: Work

Nov 21 2014

Half the time I agree with idiots to shut them up

It’s true. In at least 50% of my day-to-day conversations I nod my head and smile, pretending to agree with the non-sense some people say just so they’ll shut the hell up. I’ve even walked away – mid-conversation – to avoid giving in to the near uncontrollable urge to slap them. But is that an …

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Sep 01 2014

A lightning bolt update on the past 7 months

It’s been half a year since I posted to my blog, and though I doubt anyone’s missed me with the millions of other (probably much more interesting) rants and readings in the blogging world, I’ve decided to make my return. To spare you the boring details of why I’ve been missing in action, here’s a …

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Oct 30 2013

Clear signs that you’ve “checked out” at work

This week, I learned about a co-worker having drinks with a recruiter; friends drafting their resignation letters; and a long time well-respected colleague quitting. Sometimes we reach a point where we’re “done” with a job. It can be on good terms like we’ve achieved all that we can, need to move on to bigger opportunities, …

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Oct 20 2013

Me travelling alone = Giant clusterfuck

Most people can travel alone, no problem. For me, travelling alone turns into a giant clusterfuck. Whether it was for business or pleasure, I’ve never travelled alone. In fact, I hardly travelled at all until I started working and travelled for business. But even then, I was never alone. I always went to the airport with …

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Jul 09 2013

10 Annoying people you’ll meet in the workplace

This was a pretty fun post to write. No matter where you’re employed, you’re sure to meet these 10 annoying people at work. Even though most of these start with “the guy who…” these annoying people in the workplace can be both guys and girls. Feel free to add to this list by leaving a …

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Jun 26 2013

My challenges with work life balance

Lately, I’ve been having major challenges with work life balance and feeling really burned out. I’ve been blogging about my streak of crappy weeks, and as much as I like to use sarcasm as a defense mechanism, part of me realizes I need to get to the root of what’s really bothering me in order …

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Jun 23 2013

Sarcastic quotes to help you get through those crappy days

A week has gone by since my dear diary post about the “bad week” pattern I’ve been on. I’m not sure if it’s just a phase or what, but it seems my rough weeks don’t want to end. So rather than sulk in the crappiness of each day, I decided to counterattack bad days with good ol’ …

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Jun 01 2013

Guest Post: How to make a work-love balance work for you

By Lindsay Shoemake | That Working Girl Once you’re in the workforce, it’s inevitable that you’ll find a core group of friends to have drinks with to explore the nighttime scene. You’re out with your friends, you mix with another friend group, a little flirtation takes place and before you know it, bam – you’re …

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May 15 2013

You know it’s time for a career change when…

A few of my friends are embarking on a career change, most of whom are only in their late 20s – early 30s. What inspires a person to make the bold decision to leave something familiar in pursuit of something new? Probably a number of things. But here are signs that should tell you, “Hey, …

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Mar 31 2013

Hard work doesn’t always go unnoticed

In the past, I’ve written and joked about being a die-hard workaholic and no one noticing it – like pissing in the wind. But I’ve learned recently that hard work and dedication don’t always go unnoticed. People may not tell you every day, “I appreciate your hard work.” But if you’re a truly dedicated employee, …

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Mar 23 2013

Do you have these workaholic symptoms?

My name is Joanne and I’m a workaholic. Are you working too hard or spending late hours at the office? Have others accused you of working too much?  Here are some symptoms that showed me I had an addiction to work. Some of these were pretty daunting to admit. Symptom 1: You set unreasonable goals for …

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Mar 19 2013

Confessions of a sellout (aka workaholic)

These are the confessions from someone who is arguably addicted to her career. I call this post “Confessions of a sellout – I mean career woman – also known as a workaholic.” And this blog post will also explain why I’ve been MIA lately. I started this year with one goal in mind. This would be …

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Mar 01 2013

Resume do’s and don’ts – Some useful resume tips and advice

When I graduated high school, I took a brief course on resume writing, which offered basic resume tips. Then in my last year of college, I took a similar course, which provided more professional resume advice, as well as how to write a cover letter and assemble a portfolio. Since these courses were mandatory at …

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Feb 22 2013

How to deal with workplace stress

Workplace stress is nothing new to me or anyone else who has a job for that matter. For some people, stress from work is an occasional occurrence.  For a workaholic, stress at work is just a normal day at the office. There are a number of things that can lead to workplace stress: Unreasonable deadlines …

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Jan 11 2013

Office Space in the real world – admit it, similar shit’s happened to you

Last weekend I watched the Office Space movie, a film set in the late 90s about 3 working guys who downright hate their jobs. If you’ve ever been stuck in a stuffy cubicle reporting to 8 bosses who nag you about your company’s version of TPS reports, this is a must-watch-again movie. Sure, the movie is …

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Dec 31 2012

Some people need a lesson in email etiquette

When it comes to my inbox, like many others, I am often flooded with countless of unread emails. Coming back to the office after a vacation or long weekend usually results in at least a couple of hours of reading emails, prioritizing and then responding. What annoys me is when my inbox is full of …

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Nov 29 2012

Low employee morale? Paint cheesy quotes on the wall

*Disclaimer: Ranting up ahead. Beware. This week, I celebrated my 1 year anniversary since leaving a company where I spent almost 5 years. When I chose to leave for a new opportunity, a lot of people were surprised. They always called me a “lifer” because of my die-hard commitment to the company and the late …

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Nov 25 2012

3 ways to handle work stress (okay, 4 ways)

Stress is defined as “anything that poses a challenge or a threat to our well-being”. When we’re stressed, our bodies go through the following changes: Blood pressure rises Heart rate rises Breathing becomes more rapid Digestive system slows down Immune system goes down Muscles become tense We lose sleep due to our heightened state of …

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Nov 23 2012

Can we really do it all? What I’m learning about work life balance

Can a career-driven woman manage countless projects, promotions, a department and executives’ expectations and still hold on to her sanity? Can she come home at the end of a 10-hour work day and have the energy to make dinner, clean the kitchen and complete all the other domestic duties that come with wifehood? The short …

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Nov 19 2012

Is your cubicle next to a sociopath at work?

What about the boss who occupies the corner office? Or the vice president on the 10th floor? Believe it or not, but deep inside many corporations hides a sociopathic leader. Read on to learn more about the signs and ask yourself if any of these traits sound familiar. The dictionary defines a sociopath as “a …

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