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Memorandum on Teamwork
Many workplaces will tell you “this is a team-based environment.” Or they will say “we’re all here for the same goal.” Only some people can say this and actually mean it. As always, you must cut through the bullshit and see what people really mean when they mean “teamwork.”
Collaboration at work is healthy, plagiarism is encouraged, and re-inventing the memo-wheel is frowned upon. However, there is a fine line between “we did this all together” and “you stole my work. again.” Standing up for yourself here is key, and so is making sure your signature block is on your Microsoft Word template. If you were really the author of that letter, it’s best to let your technology recognize it. 
In the end, though, it all comes out in the wash. People know who did what, and where the fat needs to be trimmed when it comes time for the corporate diet. If they don’t, maybe it’s time for a new gig, like dancing. 

Memorandum on Teamwork

Many workplaces will tell you “this is a team-based environment.” Or they will say “we’re all here for the same goal.” Only some people can say this and actually mean it. As always, you must cut through the bullshit and see what people really mean when they mean “teamwork.”

Collaboration at work is healthy, plagiarism is encouraged, and re-inventing the memo-wheel is frowned upon. However, there is a fine line between “we did this all together” and “you stole my work. again.” Standing up for yourself here is key, and so is making sure your signature block is on your Microsoft Word template. If you were really the author of that letter, it’s best to let your technology recognize it. 

In the end, though, it all comes out in the wash. People know who did what, and where the fat needs to be trimmed when it comes time for the corporate diet. If they don’t, maybe it’s time for a new gig, like dancing. 

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RE: Calculators
Adding things up sometimes really sucks. Calculators are great, but only if you can have the sassy adding machine kind on your desk. Otherwise, Excel formulas really do the trick. Admitting you don’t know how to use a graphing calculator at work: never recommended. It doesn’t matter if no one uses them after AP Calculus: everyone seems to think they still know everything they did when they were 18. Now, long dividing during a meeting: that’s power-lifting for the brain muscle. 

RE: Calculators

Adding things up sometimes really sucks. Calculators are great, but only if you can have the sassy adding machine kind on your desk. Otherwise, Excel formulas really do the trick. Admitting you don’t know how to use a graphing calculator at work: never recommended. It doesn’t matter if no one uses them after AP Calculus: everyone seems to think they still know everything they did when they were 18. Now, long dividing during a meeting: that’s power-lifting for the brain muscle. 

(Source: mathclass)

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