In today’s litigious society, it’s always nice to take a step back and appreciate the problems we don’t have–even if that means indulging in a little schadenfreude. In that spirit, I give you the story of Jill McGlone, a civil servant in Norfolk Virginia. Continue reading
How important is office space to employees? Very important, apparently, according to this article discussing a “summer office swap” conducted at a Boston-area advertising agency. During the summer months at this forward-thinking firm, nearly every employee switches office space based on a lottery system. Continue reading
The 2008 Holiday Gift Guide was so popular, I’ve been waiting all year to revisit the topic in improved form. This is the first part of the Guide and includes all of the technology that your favorite lawyer (or other thinking professional) could possibly hope to receive this year. Happy gifting! Continue reading
Bad things can happen when you fail to proofread. For example, I previously wrote about surprisingly severe consequences that resulted from less-than-perfect legal filings. (See 3 Reasons to Proofread that Document One More Time). Little did I know how common these stories actually are. Apparently, the longing desire for better writing is a popular sentiment. Here are a few recent stories demonstrating the trend: Continue reading
I host a bi-monthly “lunch and learn” for the staff in my department; attendance is voluntary. In advance of the meeting, attendees suggest and vote on the session’s topic. Topics range from software-specific, like Adobe Acrobat or PowerPoint, to soft skills, such as time management, and just about anything else they find relevant and productive. At the most recent session, we had a mixed bag of topics but ended with a quick review of some grammar and usage “troubleshooting tips.” Continue reading
When it comes to resumes, I’m not the only one who believes that looks really do matter. Admittedly, I am more particular than most when it comes to the appearance of documents. But typeface is one aesthetic upon which I do not stand alone. One of the worst of all fonts for such a serious document is the inappropriately goofy Comic Sans. The video below is proof that I am not the only one who thinks that Comic Sans should be reserved for the Sunday funnies. Happy Friday!
If the word “whatever” is an expression in your vocabulary, you may want to reconsider. Or continue to use it and risk being the office pest. Nearly 50% of respondents in a recent poll reported that “Whatever,” when used as an expression of exasperation, is the single most annoying word used in conversation. The phrase, “you know,” was reported by roughly 25% of respondents as being, like, totally annoying, you know? Continue reading