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You’ve got mail

Posted by Marlinee on Mar 27, 2016 in Work

The guy who invented email died earlier this month. Although at this stage in email’s evolution, we probably would rather bury Raymond Tomlinson than praise him, there is no denying its influence on how we conduct our personal and business correspondence today. I having been using email since 1985, giving Ray a bit of a [...]

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I am woman hear me roar

Posted by Marlinee on Mar 7, 2015 in Work

This year marks 40 years since International Women’s Year and 30 years since the end of the momentous United Nations ‘Decade For Women’. Luckily, these events were all it took to bring those of us with two X chromosomes on par with those fortunate enough to have a ‘Y’ in the mix. Oh. Wait. Not [...]

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Hello, hello, is anybody out there?

Posted by Marlinee on Feb 2, 2014 in Work

I spend most of my day on the phone. I am not having conversations that are, like, awesome discussions about whether Justin Bieber is still hot or not. I am not texting my current whereabouts or dinner plans. I am not taking selfies and uploading them to Instagram. No, I am doing work or trying [...]

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Beach blanket bingo

Posted by Marlinee on Aug 23, 2013 in Work

In my continuing attempt to provide simultaneous translation to those of you outside the gilded circle of professional services professionals, here is a supplementary explanation of terminology you should know. On the beach. This is actually an expression from the good old days before HR got its finger in everything. It does not mean that [...]

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Supercalifragalisticexpealidocious

Posted by Marlinee on May 6, 2013 in Work

Various publications including Forbes magazine recently published their list of the most annoying business jargon. Jargon, as we know, is a way for people to feel like they are at one with their chosen profession. It’s (literally) a way to say they know things that other mere mortals do not. Of course there is terminology [...]

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Take a letter, Maria

Posted by Marlinee on Jul 4, 2012 in Work

I once had a summer job in an office. This is different than having a summer job that is not in an office like the one supervising a summer playground program (where I learned to hate the smell of sunburned grass) or the one pasting new-fangled bar codes on library books (where, to quell the [...]

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My address to the graduating class of 2012

Posted by Marlinee on May 6, 2012 in Middle Age

Although it is certainly not the easiest time to enter the workforce, work will probably be the biggest single influence on your life. My first piece of advice is to take the job. You know the job I am talking about. The one that is far from perfect. The one that doesn’t come close to [...]

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To Serve and Protect

Posted by Marlinee on Apr 21, 2012 in Work

Hopefully there is a statute of limitations on non-disclosure agreements, although I think I am okay because I didn’t sign one and the company that did is long gone, and there was no murder involved that I am aware of. Anyhow, this tale falls into the truth is stranger than fiction category. Several years ago [...]

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Advice to my 30 year old self

Posted by Marlinee on Sep 24, 2011 in Middle Age, Work

There seems to be a proliferation lately of ‘advice to a younger self’ articles and posts. Typically these involve 16 or 18 year old selves. I think that exercise is a waste of time, since none of us would have listened anyway. Even my 20 year old self would have been more than a little [...]

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The office of the future: Best left in the past

Posted by Marlinee on Jun 9, 2011 in Work

One would think that by now we would have figured out how to make an office environment ergonomically effective, aesthetically attractive, and conducive to working. Apparently not. I believe this is due to the competing agendas of designers, owners of the purse strings, and men (which probably the first two happen to be). Here are [...]

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