Topic: Workplace

10 Office Must-Haves Under $10

10 Office Must-Haves Under $10

Some people have an entire office to themselves at work. Some have a smaller, although still generally private, space like a cubicle. Others have a large desk they share with three other people. No matter how much personal space you have at your desk, there’s still certain things you should always keep with you for when that “just in case” moment actually happens. Like when wine is delivered to you at the office and you just don’t have the wine opener you thought you should bring with you to work just in case, but didn’t. We’ve solved all your problems. Here are 10 things you need to keep with you in your office, or ginormous shared desk, just in case. More »

Gallery: TV’s Best Fictional Workplaces

Gallery: TV's Best Fictional Workplaces

Why does everything always look more glamorous on TV? High school, high school parties, college, college parties… your actual experience of these things was probably way less pretty than on TV. Another thing that looks way better on TV: the workplace. Why do workplaces on TV have attractive, witty people when your workplace doesn’t? Here are our picks of the best fictional workplaces on television. More »

Why I Would Never Marry My Boss

Why I Would Never Marry My Boss

I’m going to admit that I was pretty disappointed with Don Draper’s actions in the season finale of Mad Men. To quote Christina Hendricks’ character Joan: “he thinks he’s the first person to marry his secretary.” Yeah, novel idea there, Draper. I try not to get emotionally attached to shows or characters, because as my mom has been telling me since I was a kid: “It’s just TV, Amanda, calm down,” but Mad Men has firmly secured itself in the forefront of my thought process. While all of us at The Gloss have our particular obsessions with shows, or in some cases, whole stations, (yes, I’m talking to you Lilit and Jennifer), I’m pretty much living a What Would Don Draper Do? lifestyle over here. In fact, I’m thinking about having bracelets made. Don Draper would apparently dump his educated, sophisticated, girlfriend who was there for him when shit fell apart for his 25-year-old secretary. Yeah, Megan is kind of hot, she can speak French, and I’d probably do her, but marry her? Come on. More »

5 Reasons You’re a Sucky Shopper

5 Reasons You're a Sucky Shopper

Okay, shoppers. Take a seat and listen up. This is important: you’re annoying. Yea, I went there. You annoy me. You annoy me and just about every other single person who works in retail because you have zero respect for what goes on behind the scenes. None. A little while ago Jennifer wrote about how you all suck as human beings when it comes to treating your cocktail waitress with respect. So we’re going to have another good talk, but this time about how to be a respectful shopper. It’ll be fun. Promise. More »

Best Study Results Ever For Slackers: Occasional Websurfing Actually Makes Workers More Productive

Best Study Results Ever For Slackers: Occasional Websurfing Actually Makes Workers More Productive

Marie Claire just reported that a recent University of Melbourne study found that workers who who browsed the Web in moderation were 9 percent more productive than coworkers who did not. According to the article, this is attributed to “the concentration restoration that occurs during web-surfing micro-breaks, plus the autonomy of knowing your employer trusts you to manage yourself.” Additionally, Marie Claire reports that the more enjoyable the website visited, the more efficient you will be doing actual work. More »

Bitch, Please: My Roommate’s A Racist And My Co-Worker Is Macking On Our Intern

Bitch, Please: My Roommate's A Racist And My Co-Worker Is Macking On Our Intern

Okay, I have no idea what the fuck to do about this. I moved in with a relatively quiet girl from my college earlier this year — we didn’t know each other that well, but we’d both recently moved to the same city and were roommate hunting and mutual acquaintances hooked us up. She seemed pretty normal, she had the money to pay the rent, what could go wrong, right? Wrong. It turns out she was a majorly closeted conservative and super-judgmental, which was bad enough to deal with (if I wanted someone to bitch about my cleavage and short skirts, I’d still live with my mom). But last week I had a little dinner party with 3 friends (a girl and two guys) and she left to give us some space only to come back at the end and flip her shit because one of my guests was black. More »

Dispatches from An All-Female Office

Dispatches from An All-Female Office

ast week, many beauty and style bloggers participated in No Makeup Week, forgoing makeup and photographing themselves in the process. I was one of the bloggers who didn’t take part, however. No, it’s not because I love putting eyeliner on at 8 AM when I’m still groggy and liable to poke myself in the face by accident. It’s because I almost never wear makeup to work. There are several reasons for this (overwhelming laziness being chief among them), but a huge factor is the fact that I work in an all-female office.

That’s right: B5 Media, the company that owns The Gloss as well as our sister sites Blisstree and Crushable, does not have a single male working in the New York office. We have between 10 and 14 women in here every day (depending on which interns are in). More »

A Former Disgruntled Assistant Has Advice for Cocktail Waitresses

A Former Disgruntled Assistant Has Advice for Cocktail Waitresses

This week, my colleague Jennifer Wright’s post about her experiences as a cocktail waitress and the customers she hated inspired a couple of my own job-related flashbacks. Though I’ve never worked in the food service industry, I have worked in the douchebag-service industry. In other words, I was an executive assistant. (I’m also the author of the recently published book Save the Assistants. I’ll let you guess what inspired the title.) Here are some suggestions for unhappy cocktail waitresses, based on my own experiences hauling coffee to old men who called me “sweetheart.” More »

Poll: Would You Pay to Wear Jeans at Work?

Poll: Would You Pay to Wear Jeans at Work?

A Chicago office recently became the subject of an investigation when it was discovered that the company manager was charging employees $2 apiece for the privilege of wearing jeans in the office. The money was then donated to charity. Frankly, I don’t see much of a problem with this. Plenty of workplaces have a swear jar or some other informal program. I’m spoiled because I write things on the internet for a living and therefore can dress like a bum if I feel like it, but if your office is formal and you want some more casual Fridays, I don’t think two bucks is totally unreasonable. Would you do it? More »