Monthly Archives: September 2016


What If Clickbait Was Used For Work Email Subject Lines?

Work email subject lines are boring and sometimes are ignored because they don’t sound interesting enough. But what if you could at least make them sound more exciting? Since websites use clickbait tactics to entice people to click on a link, I thought, what if


Now Really Isn’t The Best Time…

There isn’t a best time to find out you’re being laid off from the job, but some times may be worse than others. Stan was at a family funeral when he received a call from his employer notifying him that he was being laid off. On the bright side,


Layoffs Are a Normal Business Practice

I don’t remember a time when a company I worked at didn’t go through staff reductions. Unfortunately, employee layoffs are a normal part of conducting business. However, the reasons for the layoffs were different each time: Recession (no impact to my position) Subprime Mortgage Crisis


Your Word Processor’s Grandparent

I spent the weekend out of state and one of the rooms in the house I stayed in had an old-fashioned typewriter sitting on the desk. It’s a Woodstock No. 5, probably manufactured sometime in the 1930s. I grew up using a Brother electronic typewriter


Embracing the Track Changes Feature in Microsoft Word

I work with lots of documentation at my job. It sucks, but it’s necessary. My job function spans across many business lines such as human resources, finance, marketing, trading, and information technology, just to name a handful. Many times my expertise is required to help


What a Video Game Taught Me About Teamwork

As a fan of the Gears of War series patiently waiting for the release of Gears of War 4, the game’s Horde mode came to mind while I was at the gym. In Horde mode, five players on the same team take on waves of


Your Job Title Doesn’t Define You

My friend ‘John’ left the corporate world to pursue his life-long dream of traveling around the world for a year. Fresh off his trip, we recently met up for tea to catch up. In his early 40s, John spent his 20s as a consultant, often