Mystery Solved: Dilbert Works At Volkswagen!

If you work in an office, chances are you’ve run into one comparison between your office and the Dilbert comic strip.  I love Dilbert, and ever since the stopped making new Far Side strips, it’s my desk calendar of choice.  One of the things I’ve often wondered is what company Dilbert would work for in real life.  Well, after reading the news this week, I think the answer is pretty clear.  Dilbert must work at Volkswagen!

Liars, Cheats, Polluters

One of the top stories, and I think it will only keep gaining momentum, is how Volkswagen got caught and fully admitted to lying about their diesel cars.  They made hundreds of thousands of diesel cars, and it turns out, had a computer software program that blatantly worked so that they were lying about emissions and polluting the enviornment.  And, this was all intentional!

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What Are Your Most Memorable Work Stories?

I just figured out that I’ve been in the professional work force for nineteen years now.  I’ve worked at a variety of different jobs and have encountered many different people along the way.  Many have been long forgotten, but there are a few that left their impression.  I’d love to hear some stories of memorable co-workers or occasions that you’ll not forget.

Here are a few of mine, with my favorite at the end.

Bad Luck Does Strike Twice

I spent a few months down in Panama City Beach working at a hospital.  One of the guys that worked for me at the time was a little goofy, and after awhile, I commented, and someone pointed out “Oh, he’s been hit by lightning.”

Then they added, “Twice.”

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Good Ways to Make Money from Home

No matter if you want to work solely at home or need a secondary source of income, there are plenty of ways to make money at home. You don’t need to invest in gimmicks either. Check out the below five ways to bring in more money working from home.

Educate Others Online

With the advances in technology and strong interest in learning online, you can sell your knowledge online to make money from home. You don’t need an office space; just your webcam and yourself. People are willing to pay you good money to teach them:

  • A new language
  • How to make a video
  • How to sew
  • Tutor them in math or history
  • Show them how to draft a resume
  • Teach them how to play an instrument

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Benefits To Attending Professional Conferences

I’m a project manager by day.  Once I dedicated myself to this career path, I attained my Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in 2008.  I’ve been a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) ever since.  This shows that I understand the general practices and that I know what I’m doing.

In order to keep our certifications current, members are required to earn Professional Development Units in our field.  This is accomplished through such activities like training, teaching, and even working in the field.

One of the areas in which I obtain PDUs is by attending conferences.  Here in the Detroit area there is a conference held annually..  By attending, I can obtain 40% of the annual average requirements.  I debated on whether to attend this year, as I have some ‘carry over’ units from last period, but ultimately decided to attend.

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The Downside Of Hiring The Best People

Hiring the best and brightest is probably the goal of many organizations.  We laugh at comics like Dilbert.  They contain funny characters like Wally, who are horrible at their job.  In an ideal world, those type of employees wouldn’t exist.  If we could only hire the most qualified and the most competent and everything would run smoothly. If only it were that easy.

Unfortunately in the real world, things don’t always work out that way.

Personal Experience: My Dentists Office

I have been going to the same dental practice since as long as I remember.  Since I’m 40 years old, that’s at least 35 years or so.  For most years, the practice was owned and practiced by one dentist.  He always did a great job, and was on the cutting edge of many technologies that are now standard, but were not at the time.  On top of that he’s a really nice guy.

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Desk Job Alternatives I Would Consider

I’m pretty comfortable at my desk job.  I’ve always been more of an office guy.  I’m definitely not what you’d consider rough and tough. While I enjoy working on things and getting things done,I’ve never thought about life outside of the office.  But, maybe it’s time to think about what-if.  If nothing else, it’s just for fun.  What desk job alternatives would I consider?

Desk Job Alternatives

I guess the qualifications for this would be pretty straightforward:

  1. I’d have to enjoy it.
  2. I’d have to be good at it.

I know you have to consider salary as well.  After all, I do have to make a living and provide for the family.  But, for this exercise, I set that aside.

There are a couple of things that I could see myself doing:

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Take Your Time To Achieve Better Results

One of my favorite sayings is the one that goes “There’s never enough time to do it right, but there’s always enough time to do it over.”  I love it because it’s so true!  It applies in so many areas in life, but it’s a lesson we often forget.

Teaching The Value Of Taking Your Time

Our five year old son is now in kindergarten, and they’re concentrating a lot on writing out their letters and simple words.  Each month they get a homework packet, each with a few sheets that focuses on one letter per sheet.  It has them trace the letter a few times, then leaves space for them to do it on their own.

My son can do the writing very well if he takes his time, but there are times when he tries to rush through it, and when he does the work is sloppy.

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Something Sketchy Is Happening at Work, But You Need the Cash. What Should You Do?

mb-2014-12-ss1You see a co-worker slipping a piece of merchandise into her purse, but you don’t say anything. Your boss asks you to add a number to an earnings report, and you know the number is wrong, but you don’t ask questions.

Most people can’t afford to lose their jobs, and speaking up about wrongdoing could mean getting fired. Even if you don’t get fired, your co-workers and bosses can go out of their way to make you miserable.

How can you bring workplace misdeeds to light without risking your job? There’s not always an easy answer. Even if you want to take the moral high road and report what’s happening at work, you have people at home who depend on your salary. Your heroism might land you on the front page of the newspaper, but it won’t pay for your groceries. You’ll have to balance the potential fallout from staying silent with what you could lose from speaking out.

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Why You Need To Accept Responsibility For A Job Loss

So, you lost your job?  You got fired.  You got canned.  You got the boot.  Whatever you call it, the bottom line is, it sucks.  It’s happened to me, and trust me, it is something I hope to never have take place again.  Has it happened to you?

If it’s happened, there are a number of things you’re going to feel.  Chances are you’re going to panic a little bit.  You’ll be angry and hurt.  No matter how you look at it, the experience and the aftermath are going to weigh you down.

Once the initial shock wears off, which can take a few hours or a few days, then the time comes to collect yourself and start looking forward.  That sounds pretty simple, but as I recently discovered, that path isn’t the one that’s always taken.

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Reasons To Consider Leaving Your Job (And Reasons Not To)

I recently thought about my current job and realized that I have been employed here for eight and a half years.  That’s over double the time I held any other job in my professional career.  It got me thinking about what has kept me here, but I decided to look at it more from the angle of why haven’t I left.  Thinking about it, I boil it down to a few different things.

Three Big Reasons I’ve Stayed At My Job For So Long

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