3 Reasons to Check the Court Rules Before Filing that Document

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

3 Reasons to Proofread that Document One More Time

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

Proof that Looks Really Do Matter … at Least for Resumes

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!

Comic Sans from Sam and Anita on Vimeo.

You Think I’m Annoying? Whatever!

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

What Irks Your Employees? Do You Really Want to Know?

3d_devilWhen 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

Objection! Opposing Counsel Has Violated the Basic Rules of Fashion!

A lawyer who cares a lot about shoes. That description applies to me, as I just love, love, love shoes of the high-heeled variety, in particular. There’s another lawyer who feels passionately about shoes, but in a very different way. The Palm Beach Post broke the story of a Florida lawyer who filed a motion to compel his opposing counsel to wear better-looking shoes.  Nope, I am not kidding.

In short, the lawyer felt that, by wearing old, ugly shoes to court, his opponent was unfairly garnering the sympathy of the jury.  It’s a high-drama story, far more so than even this description implies, if you’re interested.  But I just love the fact that the attorney actually noticed his opposing counsel’s shoes in the first place!  Nevertheless that the guy had the guts to file a motion about the darned things!   This story reaffirms my admiration of the justice system and sense of awe of lawyers who take the details very, very seriously.

TGIF: Mondays Are Easy, It’s Tuesdays that Should Worry You

Fridays are great. Who doesn’t love knowing that it’s the last day of the workweek?  It’s just that much easier making it through the workday knowing that there only 8 little hours stand between you and a weekend of freedom.  TGIF. beach_reading

Similarly, we can unanimously agree on our disdain for Mondays, right?  Maybe not, says a British researcher.  It’s not Mondays that make us cringe but, instead, Tuesday mornings when we’re at our worst.  Not just any time on Tuesday morning, either.  It’s 11:45 a.m. Tuesday morning, that has us wishing we’d never gotten out of bed. Just before noon on Tuesdays is when we hit the panic button and go into high-stress mode. Continue reading

Oh, Sh*#! The F-Word (and others) at Work

expletiveIs there a “no-cussing” policy in your workplace?  How many times a day can you expect to hear the F-bomb?  How about less extreme curse words?  Apparently, the frequency with which we toss around swear words is on the rise.  An article at MSNBC claims that the increase in swearing is tied to a tanking economy.  Please.  I don’t buy that for a minute. Continue reading