Category Archives: Work

Are you out in your place of work

National Coming Out DayFormer Apprentice reality television personality, Sanjay Sood-Smith, shared an interesting opinion in Attitude Magazine.  Sanjay discusses in his opinion piece why being out at work can transform your life and career (and has for him).

I first came out at work in the late 1990s shortly before I met Sergio and it is hard for me to imagine what my career and life (which at times have been incredibly entwined) would be like if I was unable or fearful of being out at work.

I realize that the ability to feel comfortable being out in your workplace and not having to worry about reprisals or being held back from promotion can depend on where you live and perhaps the kind of work you do, but that isn’t always the case. I know a few people in my office who have made a conscious decision to remain in the closet. Are you out at work? Do you also know people in your place of work who have decided to remain in the closet?

Do you work to live or live to work?

work life balanceI rarely write about my work on this blog but recently a friend who happens to be a former manager of mine shared this post on LinkedIn, Don’t Fool Yourself – There Is No Work/Life BalanceThe article on LinkedIn clearly resonates with people having been viewed more than 280,000 times.

I think the author is spot on when she writes, “How do you know when your priorities have truly gone awry? I believe it’s when you’ve reached a point where the urgency to react to something is disproportionate to its priority.” 

I make a conscious effort not to reply to emails on weeknights or weekends. There are of course exceptions but generally speaking it is a rule that I stick to. I’m curious if you have any hard & fast rules about work to try to help you keep things in perspective? Do you think you have a good work / life balance?

Take this job and shove it

Thought of the DayBelow is an abridged email from an employee after they quit their job. It is well written and very funny – enjoy.

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As many of you probably know, yesterday was officially my last day. But before I’m just another memory of coworkers gone-by, I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know what a great and distinct pleasure it has been to type “…my last day.”

Over the 57 months I’ve hoped and prayed and wished upon stars I might one day leave this company. And now, when this dream has finally become a reality, please know I could not have reached this goal without your unending lack of support. Words cannot express my gratitude for the words of gratitude you did not express.

I would especially like to thank my managers:  In an age where miscommunication is all too common, you consistently impressed and inspired me with the sheer magnitude of your misinformation. It takes a strong person to admit their mistakes—it takes a stronger person to attribute their mistakes to me.

You have taught me more than I could ever ask for and, in most cases, ever did ask for. I have been fortunate enough to work with some absolutely interchangeable supervisors on a wide variety of seemingly identical projects – an invaluable lesson in overcoming daily tedium in overcoming daily tedium in overcoming daily tedium.

Your demands were high and your patience short, but I take great solace knowing my work was, as stated on my annual review, “exceeds expectations”—high praise indeed, until realizing how farcical those words are when a salary increase of less than 2% goes with them. Amazing how one can exceed all expectations at every turn and yet the distance between compensation ceiling and actual annual salary keeps growing wider and wider.

To the few people with whom I’ve interacted, here are my personalized notes of farewell:
To M: You’re the ONLY reason my sanity is still intact.
To N: You’re amazing. Thank you for sharing your positive vibes and energy, great attitude, and wonderful sense of humor with me.
To H: I’m sorry you set me up to fail. Maybe one day you’ll get it.
To A: Get over yourself. You’re not a nice person. Own it.

Outta here

travelA surprise business trip means that I will be flying out to California for work for the next few days and may be slow to respond.

Despite the fact that I’ll be inside conference rooms all day long, I’m still happy to get away from the cold that has gripped Boston if even for just a few days.

Thank you for your patience if I’m slow to approve any comments, post on Facebook & Twitter or respond to email.

Boston firms well represented in Glassdoor’s annual Best Places to Work

Best places to work, glassdoor, glass doorAre you contemplating a job change in the new year? You may want to check out Glassdoor’s annual list of Best Places to Work for 2015.  While Google took the top prize for the first time this year, six Boston-based firms were recognized making it the second most represented metropolitan area on the list – not bad for such a small city if you think about it.

In addition to Bain & Company (No. 2), the other Boston area companies on Glassdoor’s list are Boston Consulting Group (No. 5), Brigham and Women’s Hospital (No. 12), MathWorks (No. 19), Massachusetts General Hospital (No. 28), and Bose (No. 46).  In addition to its “Best Places to Work” list, Glassdoor also released its annual report of the “50 Best Small & Medium Companies to Work For.” A total of four Boston-area companies are represented on this list, including Hubspot (No. 15), Hill Holiday (No. 33), VMTurbo (No. 40), and Analysis Group (No. 41).


Ever have one of those meetings

humor, dumb, work

It’s Friday… I’m outta here

Its FridayThis pretty much sums up my feelings today.  Much thanks to MAC who writes the blog Yummy of the Day whom I swiped this from last month.