Category: Oh Really?

You’re a Process Person

When dealing with money, especially where it concerns someone's retirement, you would assume there would be a paper trail of consent, right?   So colour me shocked when I recently found out that my company's HR person (who is one of those people you question why any employer would consider hiring) had, without my knowledge ...

What Do You Do Outside of Work?

I got asked this question last week when I was in the kitchen after lunch. The question took me by surprise because it was unprompted without any of the usual superficial pre-conversations like "How was your weekend? or Did you know Janet from Finance called in sick again in two weeks. Somebody's getting F-I-R-E-D" and ...

Six Signs You’re About to Get Laid Off and What to Do About It

As embarrassing and ridiculous as it is to write that I’ve been laid off five times in 10 years (this has to be a world record, right?), I will admit that I am dense in noticing the red flags. It took me until my fourth lay off to finally notice the signs that my departure ...

My Horrible Experiences With Job Recruiters

I may be in the minority here, but my experiences with job recruiters range from underwhelming to below mediocre. I now shudder at the thought of leaving my professional future in the hands of someone else. Never Again!   First, I just want to be clear that this post isn’t a slam on recruiters. I’m ...

The Fear of Losing Your Job Shouldn’t be Punishment for Demanding a Safe Workplace

During Peak Harvey Weinstein, I read an article about why the sexual harassment rates are so high in the restaurant industry. Like Hollywood actresses, but considerably worse off financially, waitresses endure rampant sexual harassment with impunity. I’ve never worked in the restaurant industry in any capacity, so I can't relate to the open, and often ...

Men Who Throw Tantrums in the Workplace Get Rewarded

Last year, I came across this THR report article revealing Paramount's negotiations with Mel Gibson's Braveheart budget. Apparently, the studio's initial offer was lower than Mel's expectations for what he would need to shoot the film. So, during a meeting with Paramount, when he was told how much money they were willing to put up, ...

What To Say When Asked: “What Do You Do All Day?”

I hate the phrase “what do you do all day?”.   It stirs up all kinds of stabby feelings towards the asker. To me, it comes across as though they think I’m lazy or unmotivated. I’m neither of these, thank you very much.     In case you were wondering (but probably not because you ...

I’m Burned Out!

I was reading this article from Forbes about employee burn out and I was like "Yep, that's me. Check, check, and check". Growing up as a child of Chinese immigrants, a proper work ethic was often considered more important than breathing. My dad, in his broken English, would say things like "If you don't work ...

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