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
Most of us will admit that we’ve become unnecessarily agitated by a coworker’s quirks. For whatever reason, or maybe for no reason, your office mate’s habit of dragging his feet while he walks makes you recoil every time he strolls past your door. Or the receptionist who cracks her gum as what is surely an act of passive aggression. Continue reading
When managers were asked about the strangest employee complaints they’d ever received, they had a lot to say. Careerbuilder.com asked this question and got some very strange results. Some of the answers made me laugh outside. And not just because the complaints were so weird, which they are, but also because some of the weirdest ones I’d actually encountered in my practice. Here are a few of employee complaints that I found the most entertaining with my commentary following: Continue reading