Dysfunctional Offices

Do you really want to be somewhere organized and effective? This question sounds crazy at first because so many people complain about their insane work environments. It’s far easier to endure a chaotic work environments where projects are regularly late and fail than to endure crazy bosses, rigid rules that serve no purpose, and an…

Preparing for a Job Performance Evaluation

When we don’t know what to do, we fall back on rituals. We try to find the closest ready-made approximations and jam it in as a fix. By conveniently assuming dissimilar things are identical, we can treat them the same. Most people have no capability to evaluate, so apply frameworks conceived by others and assume…

Measuring hours instead of completion cheats everyone

I try not to watch others too closely. I’m not the NSA or CIA. The two professional workmen had a long list of tasks for getting my newly purchased house in order, and they had decided to milk it for a one time gain since we had initially agreed to a daily rate. They’d make…

Careers are a prison sentence

Email from Lowell: My job for the federal government is full of people who treat it like a prison sentence. “I get to retire in 6 years, 13 weeks, and 3 days” they say like inmates enduring a long punishment until they can finally get free to do something of their own choosing and take…

Faking a Career

To maximize your income you have to switch jobs every year or two. Employers will lay you off at an instant, so you can’t reasonably have any loyalty. The relationship is just a temporary convenience without any promises or future. We churn between jobs, needing only to pass an interview to get into a position…

Stale Office Air Is Making You Less Productive

A recent study published in the Harvard Business Review of ventilation levels affecting cognitive function measured the quality of office environments and found that typical building conditions lead to low levels of productivity. Indoor air quality often suffers from poor ventilation, chemical exposure to cleaners, dry erase markers, perfume, and dry cleaned clothes, and high…

58% of High-Performance Employees Say They Need More Quiet Work Spaces

Behold the open industrial office space. At one moment, it feels like such a hip environment, bustling with easy communication and collaboration, innovation and headphones just behind every monitor. At another moment, the open office is the loudest, most annoying, distracting and unproductive environment one can imagine. What if the open industrial office is just…