Brown Bagging It

During a financially precarious time in my life, I not only ate the same kind of sandwich at my temp job every day, I kept a loaf of sliced bread and a package of cheese in the office kitchen so that I would never have a reason—or excuse—to visit the office cafeteria.

Office Small Talk: An Illustrated Typology

“I’m not sure I like California,” my mom said the last time she was out here to visit me. “You can’t order coffee here without them asking you how your day is going.” She’s a New Yorker. She insisted that her barista didn’t really care how she’s doing, and that this polite inquiry was just wasting her time.

The Burrower, Part II

With your sleeping bag, travel-sized pillow and airplane blankets, you now have a bedroom that can be assembled in less than five minutes and stored away in your bottom desk drawer.

Workin’ 9 to 5 (What a Way to Make a Living)

What Happens When One of Your Coworkers Dies

The first thing that happens is someone tells you.

Solutions to Everyday Problems at the Office: The Forbidden Workplace Crush

You have a crush on a person you work with—who is not single.

Company Culture

It’s as if all the founders met up at a conference or at a Meetup and decided how they should create a fun company culture. We had a screen so that our developers in South America could see us and so we could see them, and that was cool, but in my experience, the mixing of the seats never really did anything except interfere with our workflow.