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So your joke didn’t land…

I promise you’ll come back from this

Happy Friday friends! Rumor has it that another Fyre Fest may be in the works and all I can think is 1) why on Earth? and 2) is the iconic cheese sandwich in a styrofoam takeout box going to be on the menu again?

Today’s vibes: 2017, the year the original Fyre Fest was supposed to happen, somehow feels like both yesterday and a lifetime ago? Either way, the year gave us some undeniably good bops—Despacito, Body Like a Back Road, and Something Like This. We were never the same.


P.S. In case you missed it, we published our first-ever quiz, which at least one person in my Instagram DMs is calling “the next enneagram”: What Gilmore Girls character are you based on your work vibe?

How to Recover When the Joke Doesn’t Land

So I was in a funny mood and sent a sarcastic message to my manager and really doubled down on trying to be funny. Unfortunately, they thought I was being serious. We cleared it up but I'm still mortified. How do I recover from this? I'm only a few months into this position and really love it here…—M.

One of my biggest fears in life (once I realized how unlikely I am to encounter quicksand IRL) is a joke not landing. Explaining your humor to someone who simply doesn’t get it? Mortifying.

But we’ve all been there. And since you already took the time to explain your joke (which I bet was really funny) to your boss and the two of you have together gotten over it…my advice? Just leave it alone.

The only thing worse than having to explain a joke is having to explain that explaining that joke made you anxious. Do your best to (Taylor Swift voice) forget that it existed. And if you really need to hash it out one more time, give your therapist or bestie a call.

Chalk this up to a lesson learned. You 1) learned more about your boss’s sense of humor and 2) learned that you may have to find another coworker to joke around with next time.

It’s Okay to Toot Your Own Horn Sometimes

I'm switching jobs and I've ALREADY got major anxiety about posting the change on LinkedIn. Should I just "quiet hire" and make the updates while toggling off the "notify my network" option? Or should I write one of those tropes about how I'm grateful for where I've been and excited about where I'm going?—C.

To quote a wise woman (my mom as she was helping me pack up my Beanie Babies collection before sending me off to college), “Don’t forget who you are.”

Posting on LinkedIn about your hard-earned success does not immediately qualify you as one of those “here’s how skipping my morning latte landed me the job of my dreams” LinkedIn posters who make our eyeballs roll into the backs of our heads. You’re you, and the fact that you’re aware of LinkedIn cringe gives me confidence you can avoid contributing.

Because posting on LinkedIn can be cool! LinkedIn is like your digital résumé. It’s a place to display the work you’ve put in building your career over the years, and updating that profile when a major work change happens is par for the course.

Some best LinkedIn practices: Keep it short, sweet, and to the point. 

  • I’d recommend a brief post (3–5 sentences) about your job change and an optional shoutout to the company you’re leaving (only if you mean it).

  • This clues your professional network in on your new move and also leaves a little room for well wishes and validation from your connections…which we all need to hear from time to time!

And if you really hate attention (can’t relate) and want to fly under the radar, you can always update your LinkedIn later without notifying your connections.

Got a Q for me to A or an idea for the next WorkDaze quiz? Submit it all here.

What Shoes Were You Rocking in 2014?


Chunky wedge booties? Mules? Which I hear are making a comeback this summer(?!)…or if you’re cooler than me, it was a pair of Nike Air Max. The first-ever Nike Air Max Day was held nearly a decade ago on March 26, 2014.

Originally started to celebrate one of Nike’s most popular shoe lines, this brand “holiday” has come to build a culture of its own.

In this special episode of The Hustle Daily Show, the team is breaking down the business, history, and cultural impact of Nike’s Air Max brand.

Things to Slack your work besties

…after your lunch nap in the office utility closet.

Patagonia CEO Ryan Gellert suggests asking yourself two questions if you want a career you really love → Does this look interesting? Is this tied to what I’m really passionate about?

You might have seen Jake Shane hilariously reenact iconic moments throughout history on TikTok (my favorites are John Hancock signing the Declaration of Independence and Amelia Earhart realizing she’s lost). Send Jake’s TikToks to a work bestie who you want to see spit their coffee out laughing from across the breakroom.

Based on Cheryl Strayed’s book and starring national treasure Kathryn Hahn, Hulu’s new series Tiny Beautiful Things is about an advice columnist whose life is far from figured out. Hmmm no doesn’t sound familiar at all…

(big mood)

That’s all for this Friday, wishing you a relaxing and fun weekend! I’ll see you back here on Monday to talk about how we don’t need to have it all figured out.



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