SCRIPTS

A script for dealing with an offensive coworker

Everyone, at one point or another, has been in that uncomfortable gray area: Your coworker makes a crack about a client looking hungover at a morning meeting, or tosses off a comment poking fun at the intern’s voice. You can tell they expect laughter, but instead, all you can do…


What to bring up to be a more informed, proactive patient

No matter what you’re there for, a doctor’s office — usually with the smell of disinfectant, the harsh fluorescent lighting, the low-grade anxiety permeating the air — is almost always an unpleasant place to be. And that’s before you even start talking to a doctor. Once you’re in the appointment…


Tips and resources to help total beginners stay on track with some of the most common self-improvement projects

Practicing good habits is hard. If it weren’t, everyone would already be super-organized and financially responsible, whipping up healthy meals for themselves each day, and following regular exercise routines and five-year plans. At the beginning of a new year, high on the optimism that comes with fresh starts, it’s easy…


As offices continue to break down barriers, workplace boundaries will be a thing of the past

Once advertised as the perfect intersection between workplace privacy and economy, by the end of the 1990s, cubicles had become a parody of the productivity they were supposed to stand for. …


Sometimes you just need to do a bad job. Here’s how.

Just get it done, in all its iterations — just write 500 words, just run for 20 minutes, just send the email — usually seems like sound advice. And it can be when you’re procrastinating because you don’t want to do whatever it is. …


Power Trip

What to know about collecting evidence, whether you’re a victim or a bystander

The reason you should document sexual harassment is straightforward: whether you’re the target of it or someone who saw it happen, a log of the details is important when it comes time to report the harassment to human resources or a higher-up. You don’t need documentation to file a complaint…


Power Trip

Even if you’re not the target, seeing harassment happen can mean emotional and professional consequences

When you see harassment happening in the workplace, the best thing to do is something. Intervene in the moment. Talk to the harasser. Talk to the victim. Talk to a supervisor. Document what happened.

But you should also take some time to gaze inward. It’s normal to not feel okay…


How much does it cost to be part of the cultural conversation?

Participating in culture and the conversations around movies, podcasts, books, and TV shows is more than just a fun activity. When I lived alone in New York and fell in and out of depression, having cable specifically made me feel connected to the outside world. When I had cable, I…


I save 50 percent and spend the rest.

When I got off the phone after being told that an unexpected $11,000 was coming my way, I burst into tears.

I had just moved from New York to Chicago, and I spent most of my savings on moving trucks and security deposits. Then my cat got sick and vet…


What does it cost to make sense of the world? For me, $55, plus shipping.

After a crisis, one thing that makes me feel better is filling out my planner. I find comfort in the tedium, in going over dates and marking the passage of time. If I run out of birthdays to write down, I look for historical events, or fictional ones. I even…

Rae Nudson

A freelance writer based in Chicago with bylines at the Cut, Hazlitt, Paste Magazine, and more. Working on a book for Beacon Press. rae.nudson@gmail.com

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