Drawer Drugstore: Toiletries to Keep In The Office

junk drawer #1, my middle desk drawer, originally uploaded to Flickr by zeelicious.What toiletries do you keep in your desk drawer?  We’ve talked about the clothes you keep in the office, the food you nibble on during the workday, and the tech stuff you have to have for the office — but what about toiletries?  I have such an established list that, when my brother started his new job, I gave him a little bag filled with these items — they’re helpful for everyone!  (Pictured: junk drawer #1, my middle desk drawer, originally uploaded to Flickr by zeelicious.)

1. New-Skin. Yes, it’s an electronic world, but there are still far more papers to deal with than you’d think — which means papercuts abound — which means every open wound increases your chances of getting sick. My preferred method for dealing with papercuts is to apply a liquid bandage like New-Skin. It dries quickly, stays on all day (even after you’ve washed your hands), and it doesn’t leave that gummy residue on your nails and fingers. [Read more…]

Dealing with Anxiety (Post-Interview Or Otherwise)

interview-anxietyReader M had a question about post-interview anxiety, something I notice coming up in the comment threads a lot…

I had a second round interview this week, and I’m waiting to hear back. The job is working in-house for a big company. Their legal team is spread throughout their offices, so my first interview was with HR, then my second interview was with their VP Legal Counsel and another Senior Counsel attorney. I think it went well, but I’m so anxious. My first question is what to do with anxiety while waiting to hear back about a job? My second question is if anyone has stories from successful interviews that might shed light on whether or not it went well.

The wonderful thing about interviewing for jobs outside your own company is that they have no idea what a stressball you may be after the interview. (Of course, for jobs inside the company you have to keep your cool, which is even tougher — but hopefully less stress-inducing given that you can “read” the personalities better and they know you better.) There are two interesting questions here: what to do to ease anxiety, and how to know if an interview went well.  I’ll take the second one first.

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Brrr: The Freezing Office

The Freezing Office | CorporetteReader K has an interesting question about cold offices – how can you look professional in a freezing office?

Now that the weather is changing, my office has a tendency to get pretty cold. I am wondering if you have any ideas on something to keep in the office for when it gets a little chilly. If the answer is a shawl or a wrap, I’d also love some advice on how to pull it off. Also, should I keep two pieces – one for days I am wearing black and another for days I am wearing navy or brown? My dingy cardigan has to go…

Great question, as the cold office seems to be a real problem for so many women I know.  (Pictured: So I broke down and pulled out the heated, fingerless gloves that the CA folks gave me, originally uploaded to Flickr by cindiann.) First, let’s make an important distinction: there’s the cold office as a whole (cold hallways, cold meeting rooms, etc), and then there’s the cold “I’m sitting in my office working by myself and I’m freezing” office. If your office as a whole is just generally freezing, I think your “outfit” for the day should keep that in mind. In other words — don’t keep one cardigan at the office that you’re going to have to change into every day; actually dress warmly enough for the office. Cashmere and wool sweaters, tweed and corduroy blazers… you get the picture. [Read more…]

Open Thread: A Comfortable and Pain-Free Office…

ergonomic-office-tipsHere’s something we’re curious about:  How many of you have picked out your own desk chairs, keyboard drawers, and so forth in an effort to make your office more ergonomic and comfortable? Which brands have you found to be the best?

We’ve read a million articles about how — without the right set-up — your office could be causing you back pain, headaches, eye strain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and more. In terms of eye strain, we’ve noticed a huge difference in a flat-screen monitor versus one of the old CRT monitors.  We also prefer a keyboard tray versus having our keyboard sitting on top of our desk.  Otherwise, we are far from experts on the subjects, so thought we would turn to you guys.  Does anyone swear by the Aeron chair?  Did changing the “refresh rate” for your monitor change your life?  Do tell…

(Pictured:  Ergonomics matters, originally uploaded to Flickr by Ezu.)

Further reading:
Office Ergonomics, WebMD

How to Ease Back and Neck Pain at the Office, eHow

Weekly Roundup

Liking these posts? Follow Corporette on Twitter — this is the edited version of what we’re reading! (We also Tweet if we hear about a good sale.)

– Hello, luxury — Lanvin’s designer was so inspired by Glenn Close’s character in Damages that he’s decided to make a collection focused on tailoring, and made in the same factories that produce Lanvin’s menswear. [Fashionista] (We studied Rose Byrne’s character’s outfits from the first season a while ago.)

Ms. JD has a great roundup of articles focusing on how female judges decide cases.

– This is hott — computer programs to help you organize your closet.  [Unclutterer]  Also, in techy tools — the best online sites for personal finance.  [WSJ]

– How NOT to network.  [The Thin Pink Line]

– Christina Binkley studies the importance of being ergonomic.  [WSJ’s The Juggle]

Office Staples: Toiletry Edition

As hundreds of new lawyers, MBAs, and other professionals head to work for the start of their jobs, we thought we’d round up some supplies that everyone needs in their office.  In future editions we’ll tackle office supplies and gadgetry, but for now, here’s what you should pick up on your next trip to Drugstore.com.

pharmacy drugstore finds to stock your office with

1.  New-Skin. Yes, it’s an electronic world, but there are still far more papers to deal with than you’d think — which means papercuts abound — which means every open wound increases your chances of getting sick.  Our preferred method of dealing with papercuts is to apply a liquid bandage like New-Skin.  It dries quickly, stays on all day, even after you’ve washed your hands, and it doesn’t leave that gummy residue on your nails and fingers.  We recommend New-Skin Antiseptic Liquid Bandage, available at Drugstore.com (as is everything listed in this article) for $6.19.

2. Purell.  This is another great way to ward off colds — and it’s particularly helpful to keep at your desk if you commute to work via public transportation (you can clean your hands the minute you get to the office), or if you shake hands with a lot of people during the course of your job.  If you get one with aloe, it won’t dry your hands out as much.  Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer with Aloe, Moisturizers & Vitamin E, available at Drugstore.com for $3.51.

3.  Thermometer.  The higher up the food chain you go, the more you’ll find that a little head cold is not an acceptable reason to stay away from the office if work needs to be done in it.  That said, it’s generally poor form to come to work (or stay at work) if you’re contagious.  Obviously you’ve got a thermometer at home to know when you’re running a fever — but it can be helpful to have one at the office for those occasional stretches where you’re practically living at the office, or where you suddenly feel lousy in the middle of the afternoon.  We’ve always done well with a digital one, like the Vicks Comfort-Flex Thermometer, available at Drugstore.com for $12.99.

4.  Preservative-free eye drops. Long hours of staring at the computer = dry eyes.  For some women this is a particular problem.  Our suggestion:  invest in preservative-free drops.  If you use the drops only occasionally, then you’ll be happy to open up a new vial of eye drops.  If you use them frequently, you’ll be glad you’re not overloading your eyes with preservatives.  We recommend TheraTears Lubricant Eye Drops, Single-Use Containers, available at Drugstore.com for $12.79.

5.  Visine, Clearasil, and cover-up. Yes, we’re recommending you get both Visine and preservative-free eye drops.  This is because several eye doctors have warned us against frequent use of Visine — something to do with the preservatives and the chemicals that take away the redness.  But, that said, Visine can be great for those embarrassing times when you’ve got a zit or some other red spot on your face — use a Q-tip (or wrap a tissue around a pencil eraser), soak the cotton with the Visine, and dab it on your red spot.  Visine — it gets the red out.  We also recommend keeping Clearasil and cover-up on hand. Visine Advanced Redness Reliever Eye Drops, available at Drugstore.com for $7.29.

6.  Floss. You probably won’t use this one a lot, but you’ll thank us for that rare time when you do use it — like when you’ve got something in your teeth and have to run to a partner’s or executive’s office.  We recommend Glide Dental Floss, Comfort Plus, Mint, available at Drugstore.com for $3.99.

7.  Eye-makeup remover.  There are a lot of reasons for keeping eye-makeup remover with you in the office.  We most commonly use it on those those nights when we’re stuck in the office in front of the computer — maybe it’s just us, but our eyes feel tired, and our mascara just feels gross and heavy after sixteen-plus hours of wear.  Another big reason for having eye-makeup remover:  occasionally, emotions may screw up your eye-makeup.  Whether you’re crying for joy, sorrow, or frustration or anger (and hopefully you’re doing this behind closed doors), your eye makeup may need to be redone entirely in order to “save face” when you stick your head out of your office.  We’re fans of Nivea Visage Eye Make Up Remover, available at Drugstore.com for $5.99.

8.  Advil. Just give in to the idea that you’ll likely be at the office when you get a lot of headaches/cramps/aches, and invest in an economy-size bottle.

9.  Tampons and/or pads.

10.  Basic make-up (if you don’t already carry it in your purse).  On the rare day that you can get to the gym, or when you walk to work, or when you need to re-do your makeup, you’ll be set.

Are we forgetting anything else?  Please fill us in, in comments…