What happened when I tried to leave work on time

I am a workaholic. My candle is well and truly burnt at both ends. I do it for the man, of course. But then the man pays me well. And I like him. Sure, the corporate world is driven by greed, but no one pretends otherwise - this naked fact guides our every action. There … Continue reading What happened when I tried to leave work on time

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Is my boss trying to intimidate me?

In the end, we had a late one. The next morning, feeling a powerful hangover, I decided to immerse myself in hot drinks and Twitter action – the rest of the day would take care of itself. I walked into the office kitchenette to find Rita by the kettle. The angle of the door had … Continue reading Is my boss trying to intimidate me?

My life was taking a downturn

It was early afternoon and Jess walked into my office. I was alone and listening to the Beastie Boys on my computer. "Oh god," she said. "You're listening to that eighties crap again. Things must be bad." "It's nineties crap, actually. And yes, things are bad." Jess peered over my shoulder. "Working hard as well, … Continue reading My life was taking a downturn

Why I threw away my razors

London - an investment bank in the City, 9am: I walked into the office and threw my bag onto the desk. "Easy there," my colleague Jess said, staring into her terminal. She looked up to offer further chastisement then jolted back in her seat. "Wait," she said. "What the hell happened to your face?" I … Continue reading Why I threw away my razors

The day my boss threatened me

After accidentally insulting a well-connected woman at a networking event, I had to face my boss's wrath -- "Oh, look, it's the male Carrie Bradshaw. Good morning." Jess was sitting at her desk, fiddling with her phone. "Why do I tell you anything, Jessica? Honestly." I threw my man-bag down. "How are you, good weekend … Continue reading The day my boss threatened me

I tried to reinvent myself in the office

I walked into the office on a sunny Monday morning. It had been just over a week since my networking meltdown and - as I was yet to reap the whirlwind - I began to relax. As usual Jess was in before me. Unintentionally slamming my faux-leather satchel down, I greeted her with a salute. … Continue reading I tried to reinvent myself in the office

Gender pay gap reporting: HR’s perennial obsession

In the U.K. organisations over a certain size have to report on their 'gender pay gap'. Leaving the veracity of it all aside for now, I have to say I am fed up with the way 'gender equality' (in general) is handled by HR departments. I left the following comment on the linked article below. … Continue reading Gender pay gap reporting: HR’s perennial obsession

Why we fire people

I run the HR team in a corporate office. Today one of my people, Esme, said she stopped a manager from arbitrarily firing someone. "But he can't do his job," the manager said. "He's been here two weeks," Esme said. "And you haven't actually spoken to him about your concerns." The manager shrugged. "But he's … Continue reading Why we fire people

I ridiculed myself at a networking event

This is the story of how I was forced to 'network'. And how it nearly ruined my career. --- Rita, the HR director, summoned us to the grey inferno that was her office. She was a tall, skeletal brunette with razor blue eyes. After some cursory chat about our still-broken air conditioning she commanded my … Continue reading I ridiculed myself at a networking event

Why we need to stop eating at our desks

This whole eating at the desk thing is getting out of hand. I always think this when I see my colleagues out in the 'open plan' munching away at multi-course meals: Henry VIII style feasts - or they would be if Henry VIII ate porridge, cabbage and rice. And if he were a woman. Wait, … Continue reading Why we need to stop eating at our desks