Is Your Workplace Socially Toxic?

I’m an introvert, which means I gain energy from being alone and I exert energy whenever I’m around people, especially large groups.  This doesn’t mean that I hate being around people—in fact, a lot of people who know me will tell you that I’m at my most boisterous when I’m at parties or giving speeches. This relates to work (specifically Day Job work) in that … Continue reading Is Your Workplace Socially Toxic? »

Every Job I’ve Ever Had, Part III

So this is the end of my three-part series spelling out my entire work history.  In Part 1 I covered my early years learning about work, and in Part 2 I moved on to post-college struggles to both scrounge up some money and get out of New Hampshire.   Goat and Horse Farm Worker Pay: $20/feeding (about 1-1.5 hours) I got back from Japan with … Continue reading Every Job I’ve Ever Had, Part III »

Every Job I’ve Ever Had Part II

This week I’m continuing my list of every job I’ve ever worked with my first four years after college.  If you missed the high school and undergrad years, check out Part I here.   Lake Protection Internship Pay: $11/hour This was the first post-college job I applied for while still a senior, the first one I interviewed for, and the first one I got—fortunate for … Continue reading Every Job I’ve Ever Had Part II »

Every Job I’ve Ever Had, Part I

I blatantly stole the idea for this post from one J. Money did a few years ago, since laying out people’s actual job histories shows how work doesn’t always form some straightforward linear path.  We tend to think of careers as a track that goes from College, to a Job, then to a Better Job, and then to Even Better Jobs that steadily pay more … Continue reading Every Job I’ve Ever Had, Part I »

Unpaid Overtime is Not Cool (and What You Can Do About It)

There’s a lot of things I hate (rude people, traffic jams, being called “buddy” in conversation), but not getting paid for the work I’ve done takes the top slot.  This isn’t because I’ve been stiffed on a paycheck, but because I’ve had jobs where I had to face off against my arch nemesis unpaid overtime. Check out this graph from the Economic Policy Institute showing … Continue reading Unpaid Overtime is Not Cool (and What You Can Do About It) »

Paul Hanson Clark Interview Part II: Cookies, Capitalist Voodoo, and the Work-Art Balance

This is Part 2 of my interview with poet, artist, and part-time cookiemaker Paul Hanson Clark, so you can check out Part 1 here.   But I Also Have a Day Job: So to make your life work and still do your art, you have to go to your web editing job during the day and make the doughs in the afternoon. Paul Hanson Clark: … Continue reading Paul Hanson Clark Interview Part II: Cookies, Capitalist Voodoo, and the Work-Art Balance »

How Japanese Honne and Tatemae Separate Work and Home Life, and Why You Should Too

I taught English lessons at a for-profit Japanese eikaiwa (conversation school) in Yamanashi Prefecture from 2009 to 2011, and one of the things that most struck me about the Japanese work environment was how easily the Japanese separate their work lives from their home lives.  There’s a lot of cultural factors at work here, but the one people explained to me most often was the … Continue reading How Japanese Honne and Tatemae Separate Work and Home Life, and Why You Should Too »