Category Archives: Career values and work life

Change of Season

The wind is rushing through the bare trees, thumping and buffeting the house. I love the rush and roar. I mourn when warmer weather begins to melt the snow, but I suppose it’s that very change in temperature that makes … Continue reading

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Wrong Place

We were sent our ashes in the mail, in a tiny plastic pouch that we were instructed to snip open. I didn’t open mine, and I didn’t put them on my forehead. Short-timer. Clock-watcher. That’s me. And I have a … Continue reading

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Performance Review

I contracted for a few years at a company that used a ranking of 1 to 5 in its annual performance reviews. The review form had multiple sections, and each section contained multiple questions, so by the time you’d finished analyzing … Continue reading

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The World Is Whirling

The world is whirling around me and I know historic changes are happening. I know people are still dying in huge numbers, and the disease is even more infections than before. I remember the reporter in California weeping through her … Continue reading

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Future Office Life

I don’t have a cubicle to go back to. In the fall, we were asked to go in and clear out our belongings, because most of us would no longer have a personal workspace. Only the people who have to … Continue reading

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What’s It Worth

I do unsexy work, with a low bar to entry, that contributes to the development of new technologies. I want to be clear about the unimpressive nature of what I do, because if I am not clear – in conversation, … Continue reading

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Equal Opportunity

Fifty years ago, four of us girls met at our classmate’s house to work on a history project. We gathered in her sunken living room and set out our books and papers. On his way out the door, our friend’s … Continue reading

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New Year’s Eve, 2021

In the last year, I lost multiple contexts. I gave one up voluntarily. The rest ended because of COVID-19 restrictions, or because people moved away, retired, or left particular roles. None of this dislocation and loss holds a candle to … Continue reading

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Other People’s Layoffs, part 2

You’re a contractor, diligently working in your cubicle. You are disconnected from a lot of information-sharing and you don’t know many of the people around you. How do you realize a layoff is happening? Aural cues: Footsteps that are faster … Continue reading

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Other People’s Layoffs, part 1

When I got laid off that first time, I was a newbie in my field and thought I would not be able to find work as a contractor, or consultant if I was trying to sound impressive. Really, I was … Continue reading

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