Hijinks at the Office

One Halloween several years ago, while working in the office where I discovered porn on my computer, I decided to dress up as, Max, one of my coworkers.

Dressing the part was easy because Max, like a lot of young, twenty-something guys, had a predilection for plaid button ups. He loved the Dodgers, and often wore a ball cap to the office. He had a tendency to roll up the cuff of his pants to show off his white athletic socks. He wore horn-rimmed glasses, and maintained some facial scruff.

Valerie, another one of our coworkers, was throwing a Halloween party at her apartment after work, so a bunch of us decided to come to the office in costume.

“Hey, you’re not dressed up today,” a manager, Ben, said when I arrived at the office.

I put up a finger and told Ben to wait, and then went into the bathroom to start applying makeup to my face to mimic facial hair, which sadly, I cannot grow. I put on a ball cap and walked back out into the office.

“You’re Max!” Ben exclaimed.

And then, a few moments later, from the doorway across the room I heard:

“Oh my god, you’re me!”

He burst out laughing, and the room erupted in laughter. Then I started laughing—out of relief more than anything. I had managed to prank Max.

The American Way of Checking Out

There a lot of reasons why so many of us are "checked out" at work, including decades of soaring productivity coupled with stagnant or declining wages, a tight job market where workers are considered replaceable, and a young generation of workers cobbling together work to get by while looking for a full-time job. But, according to the study, the main factor contributing to all the discontentment in the workplace has to do with having terrible bosses.

XOXOOXOXOX For Days

Women use “xoxo” and men do not, write Jessica Bennett and Rachel Simmons, and those women are using it IN WORK EMAILS. They try to suss out whether it’s a good or bad thing, but my thought is: I love loving everyone and I love everyone loving me. SMOOCHES. KISSES. HUGZ. XOXOX. CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT? (IT’S IN THIS EMAIL.)

I tried to look up how many of my emails use xo or a variation but it was impossible without looking up every combo (x, xo, xox, xxo, xoxxo, xoxox, xxoxoxoxoxox, AND SO ON), so my best guess is “all of them.”

Porn at the Office

There was porn on my work computer—and tons of it.

The Self-Governing Office

In this week's New York magazine, Matthew Shaer examines workplaces that use "horizontal management" rather than hierarchical management—which basically means that things are run without traditional bosses and more like King Arthur's round table where no one is seated at the head, and everyone sort of self-governs themselves.

What Various People in Various Industries Wear to Work

I basically tend to wear the same thing to work most days, but I'm interested in knowing how other people address what to wear to work, which is why I enjoy Bloomberg Businessweek's series on what people wear to work. Christopher Hines, a 23-year-old associate product marketing manager wears pants from the Gap and custom-made shirts from Hong Kong. Jolie Anne O’Dell, a 31-year-old tech reporter for VentureBeat wears a lot of vintage clothing she finds. California Pizza Kitchen CEO G.J. Hart wears blue jeans and Robert Graham shirts, which usually features bold patterns. [See the series from Arianne Cohen here.]

The Open-plan Office

Do you work in an open-plan office? Would you be better off in a cubicle? Quartz explains why open-plan offices make us less productive (and also more likely to get sick).