Rob Walker
humanresource
Rob Walker writes the Human Resource column. He is not a professional career adviser, just a well-intentioned guy with a point of view. His next book is The Art of Noticing. www.robwalker.net/noticing

Oct 7
1

“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.” Read more

Oct 4
14

My third-last boss was very vocal in telling her underlings that only losers stayed in a job for over 2 years. She specifically told my team lead that she viewed him with contempt because he had chosen to stay in our department (where he loved his job and valued his coworkers), rather than striving to get promoted out Read more

Oct 4
4

It is ALWAYS ok to be unambitious. You are an individual human being and capable of making your own decisions for the life you desire. If you desire a low-key life and you have a way of supporting yourself however necessary, you have every right to kick back and relax. Ambition and drive are overrated and laughed at Read more

Oct 4
6

When is it okay to be unambitious? All the fucking time. Do you pay your bills? Do you have a roof over your head? Can you afford food? Are you happy doing the thing you do to maintain those things? If yes, then you are as ambitious as you need to be. Don’t feel obligated to fulfill someone else’s idea of “ambition. Read more

Oct 4
12

I think the tough thing when managing ambition is figuring out, if you don’t chase that higher position now, would you change your mind in the future and are you in a career when you have the option to potentially coast for a few years and still be able to move up later on if you desired. Read more

Oct 4
9

Oh my god I STRUGGLE with this exact issue, even in my 50s when I theoretically shouldn’t give a ****. My two older siblings both have long-term, well-paying and -respected jobs, whereas I seem to find my “happy spot” in lower-paying, part-time jobs. (I currently work two part-time jobs.) Read more

Oct 4
38

“Look, we want you to express yourself, okay? Now if you feel that the bare minimum is enough, then okay. But some people choose to wear more and we encourage that, okay? You do want to express yourself, don’t you?”

Sep 29
1

The points you have mentioned are nessary if you really want to do the job.

Sep 27
14

The days of companies who provide loyal employees something in return are over. The larger the company, the less likely it will happen. We are past the point of company loyalty meaning anything. The new powers that be just do not care about anything other than the short term profits and themselves getting what they Read more

Sep 27
7

12 years in you should be maturing as a human being and realizing that being passionate about anything work related is pointless. Unless it does something meaningful. Follow the money/stability. Nothing else matters

Sep 27
4

What about the wife factor? I would think maintaining a healthy marriage is more important than any job out there. Jobs come and go all the time, special people in your life only come once a lifetime.

Aug 1 2019
1

Never. Im the hero the office needs not the one it deserves.

Aug 1 2019
1

this article seems like it would be helpful but I dont have the time to read it. 

Aug 1 2019
1

I need to learn to let awkward silences in meetings go. There have been three times in the last quarter where i’m in a meeting, the CFO says “ok who can take this on?” and it’s crickets. i get weirded out and raise my hand, even though it’s nowhere near my job description. Then i get to chase all the people in that Read more

Aug 1 2019
1

lol if you’re doing anything other than the bare minimum required to keep your job.* Read more

Jul 31 2019
1

I’ve consistently gotten >5% merit pay increases annually, promotions, seen many people laid off (been the guy who laid people off, after a while)- do i get to take all five weeks of my vacation package at once? no. maybe one week at a time. but i’m still okay with it.