Workday Reading

The Workday Reading: May 14, 2015



1) Have you ladies heard about this ‘Dad Bod’ nonsense?  The idea is that women are attracted to men with jiggly bellies, and the Internet is obsessed with the concept.  As The Daily Show points out, it’s so nice we’re making men feel good about their bodies.

2) I am loving this coral dome satchel from ASOS.  If you need something for under-$50, try this bag from The Limited.

3) Amal Clooney is the darling of the Big Apple.  She’s teaching at Columbia and being an all-around legal badass while her actor husband films a movie in town.

4) I love kitchen gadgets.  This garlic chopper looks like a useful tool.

5) Medium discusses how parents are ruining youth sports with bad behavior.  Perhaps we all just need to relax, and let the kids play ball.

6) I bought a couple of Everlane silk tanks to wear under my suits, and I am loving them.  Also, their linen long sleeve tee, fantastic.

7) Nicola Sturgeon is the first minister of Scotland, and her flair for ‘power dressing’ is taking the country by storm.

8) H&M has some adorable shoes right now.  I love these open-work black flats.  These chunky-heel sandals in cognac leather are also great for summer.

9) Please Stop Saying These 25 Phrases at Work.

10) Looking for a few necklaces to jazz up your work basics?  This Zelda collar is really fun.  I also like this Ra Bib because it has a really modern look.

*image found here.



  1. Mica says:

    As a consultant I have heard all of those 25 phrases at least once. I would also like to add “Thought leader,” whatever the heck that is, to this list.

    May 14, 2015/Reply
    • Niki says:

      Ugggggh, I hate “thought leader.”

      May 14, 2015/Reply
  2. Monica says:

    Some of the phrases are annoying, but what the heck is wrong with saying ‘get the ball rolling’ or ‘apples to apples’. These are hardly new, and try to think of a more succinct way to get across the meaning of apples to apples…I certainly can’t.

    Synergy on the other hand, 100% agree.

    Also, ‘Dad Bod’, heh.

    May 14, 2015/Reply
    • Amanda says:

      I agree! Paying closer attention to how your words affect others is such a great idea. But, I see nothing wrong with most of these phrases. I think using them is popular for a reason: They convey a meaning that is almost universally understood in the office. In my opinion, paying close attention to your office culture, how leadership speaks, etc. is a more valuable exercise to get a sense of which of these phases might be casually used and widely accepted and which ones are not. For example, “offline”, “bandwidth”, “circle back”, and “touch base” are all popular words/phrases in my office but if anyone said “move the goal post” or “low hanging fruit” you would get some strange looks.

      May 14, 2015/Reply
  3. Sarah says:

    The “Dad Bod” is nonsense. I’m not attracted to a man I don’t know if he has a “Dad Bod”, that only happens once I’ve had years of emotional investment in our relationship and I have moved way past the superficial to the deeper connection that drives our connection.

    May 14, 2015/Reply
  4. Anna says:

    I can believe that in the midst of an article entirely devoted to the First Minister’s wardrobe, the NYT says, “And that moves the conversation from one about clothes to one about policies.” Really? Cuz this entire conversation was about clothes.

    May 14, 2015/Reply
    • Anna says:

      Ooops, meant to say can’t* believe

      May 14, 2015/Reply
  5. th says:

    Nicola Sturgeon – thankfully, finally, a powerful intelligent woman who understands the power of color!

    May 14, 2015/Reply
  6. Susan says:

    Those everlane linen tees look nice. Does it wash without stretching?

    May 14, 2015/Reply
  7. GoGoGo says:

    Dad Bod is such a term paper waiting to happen for some media studies major somewhere.

    How One College Student Can Write Some Lighthearted Thing Once in a School Paper and have every major news outlet and morning show in the country report it as a new craze in female sexual tastes.

    May 14, 2015/Reply
  8. Ann says:

    Can I nominate “piggybacking off of that…” or any phrase using the word “piggyback”? I worked with one org where people used this phrase so many times in a day that when I hear it now my blood pressure instantly rises.

    May 15, 2015/Reply
  9. SN says:

    “Strategic”. “Thought Leader”, “Learnings” as in “what I learned from this experience”.

    May 16, 2015/Reply