Recession or not, for most Americans tomorrow's inauguration of Barack Obama will be a time to down-tools and celebrate a moment of history.
Drink-driving after the company party is bad. Very bad. And so is getting smashed, behaving badly and then having to deal with the unintended consequences the next day.
The average worker apparently spends approximately two hours each day taking care of personal matters. So why is so much personal business being done at work? And what - if anything - should we do about it?
Another negative effect of the declining economy is the increasing number of violent acts at work.
Sometimes the way things go on at work is enough to makew you wonder whether you're really still in high school.
Are you the guy at the office who thinks that acting like an idiot is something you should be proud of? Do you think it's funny to take your kit off at company parties? If so, according to Australian work and behavior experts, you may well be the office prat.
A recent survey has revealed that 35% of managers open share their political views in the workplace, while a whopping 66% of employees do the same. I'm quite certain that such statistics would make any HR manager spit up their coffee.
Everyone has run into the situation where you are running late for work. If you need an excuse, don't try any of these.
OK, so you're having a bad day at the office. Is there anything you can do to turn it around? Actually, there most likely is.
Everyone who works in a modern office knows that the cubicle sucks. They really offer no privacy, yet they manage to successfully hamper effective communication between cow-workers. But is there a solution?
The good news is that virtually all British firms now back up their critical IT systems and data. The bad news is that a significant minority then fail to ensure there is a version of it off-site in case disaster strikes.
Most British workers feel they are managed by a bunch of dithering, uncharismatic functionaries and would give their eye teeth for a bit of decisive decision making.
I used to think the scariest thing about Florida were the rays and the sharks in the Gulf of Mexico, now it's clear that it's the Florida House of Representatives.
More than likely your office life takes place within the gray walls of a cubicle. Sadly, this creates rat-like mazes and forces humans to live within tiny cells and stare at computer screens.
When people are hit with a tragic loss, don't believe for a moment that they're leaving their personal lives at the door. Debilitating diseases, divorce or the death of a loved-one are among the most stressful events anyone can experience.
Have you signed your love contract at work? Many have been forced to in the UK and USA - but workers in Taiwan have said no to the love contract, and in resounding numbers!
One of businesses' necessities is the 'employee handbook.' These are devious little devices that are a pain to create and often looked upon by employees as some kind of catch-all bible.
As the race for the White House hots up, Americans have decidedly mixed views about the wisdom of sharing their political views with their colleagues and bosses.
The next time you think you're working for a weird company, you might like to reflect on some of the truly bizarre workplace stories of 2007.
The annual Christmas quiz in UK lawyers' magazine Legal Business has raised eyebrows with questions such as 'which female partner at a top City law firm was sent to Asia after she was caught having a threesome with two trainees – in the office?'
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