Category Archives: Career values and work life

Meetings

Yesterday I had a hard deadline and was able to focus all day. I met that goal and today I can barely keep my head from floating away. Our software engineers are in India, where life is nine and a … Continue reading

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Career Planning, part 4

At my newish job, I’m still learning systems and processes. I always record the Teams meeting when someone shares their screen and shows me the Box location, the Sharepoint site, the Development server, the transfer directory, the template, the form, … Continue reading

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Career planning, part 3

What is your moral state if you have a regular job? Meaning, you’re not clergy, you don’t work for a social justice organization, you’re not in a helping profession. You keep the lights on, maybe, or the supermarket supplied with … Continue reading

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Career Planning, part 2

The biggest laugh I’ve had recently came from hearing that some godforsaken company is requiring its employees to come back to the office, while they could as easily continue to work remotely, because the company’s numbers are not good enough, … Continue reading

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Career Planning, part 1

You know the background to your work life, and I know mine. Everything I think and do goes on while immersed in this mental world. The pressures never let up, but they are so pervasive and elemental, I forget to … Continue reading

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Standing Desk

My home office is in the living room because that’s where it’s easiest to roll the portable air conditioner and set it up for the season. I gave up trying to thread the flimsy exhaust tube into the flimsy plastic … Continue reading

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A Bad Bet?

The other day, I said that my father chose to be self-employed, but that’s only partly true. At a traditional company, he would have gotten himself shown the door, I’m pretty sure, unless he lucked into a really great manager. … Continue reading

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You, Wherever You Are

When I planned this blog, I thought I knew who you would be, Reader. I thought the blog would come to the attention of people who live somewhere near route 117, because I would mention place names along the road, … Continue reading

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Skype Slack Teams Loud Empty World

At an online meeting, human cues are missing: the walking-in and the sitting-down, the sitting and the breathing, and the personal clutter (laptop, phone, notebook, pen, pencil, coffee mug, water bottle – some or all). Thumbnail portraits on a screen … Continue reading

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That Question, Again

When the shut-down order was given in March, most businesses that depend on walk-in traffic had to freeze in place. Their income vanished and all they could do was wait. Now they’re waiting to see if reopening can save them. … Continue reading

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