Skip to main content

Tuesday Workplace News Round-up

I'm so busy I'm not sure what day it is. Tuesday? I think that's right. Well, that's how my week is going. Hope you're having a good one. Here are some headlines catching my eye today:

Be careful charging things to your employer.

JP Morgan Chase is letting employees test out the iPhone. Let's just hope they don't help create another economic bubble while they're testing it.

Middle class tax rates will go up again at the end of the year unless Congress act soon. Oh crap, that means taxes will go up.

70 employees are asked to hand back bonuses given to them a year ago. But the boss is accused of operating a Ponzi scheme, so...

The average American employee who still has a job has been with his or her employer for 4.4 years, according to new numbers.

Cuba is laying off one million government employees.

More women than men are piling it higher and deeper.

Gay federal workers in the United States can now take leave without pay.

Meanwhile, a vote on repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is set for next week in the U.S. Senate. The Pentagon seems to be digging in for a fight, though.

Michael Kinsley ponders if the Baby Boomers can save the U.S. economy. I say, let's give them some snacks and a few Wings albums and let them get to work on it.

I think I speak for Generation X when I say, "No, no, noooooo!"

Robert Half International finds the recession has united us. Yeah, we're all unemployed now.

If you're a headhunter or job recruiter with dreams of a reality show, here's your chance.

Warren Buffett says all will be well. Whew.

The four-month strike at Mott's is finally over.

Going to Kenya next week? You might want to pack a flashlight.

An Ivy League education isn't a job guarantee in this recession.

Oh, great. The cost of employer health plans will increase almost 11% over the next year.

Working Mother magazine's list of the 100 best companies for working mothers is out.

Small companies will get to keep dealing with all those 1099 forms.

Inventories are up! Inventories are up!

The world needs more people like Uncle Toni. That is all.

The Senate Democrats smack down a Republican filibuster to give small businesses a $30 billion lending fund and $12 billion in tax relief.

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary says the company should ditch all of its co-pilots. Now others are saying Ryanair should ditch O'Leary.

It was among the New York Times most-read stories for weeks, and now this article is back again. It's like the editorial equivalent of bedbugs.

Finn Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux, officially becomes an American.

Microsoft employees hold a funeral for the iPhone to celebrate Windows Phone 7's "Release to Manufacturing" status. Microsoft's phone won't be out until November.

Speaking of Apple, did Steve Jobs get busted for putting some Ninja throwing stars in his suitcase?

Singer George Michael is going to jail for two months, but his sentence doesn't involve Ninja throwing stars. Time for a song break! Love this little time capsule of China in the mid 1980s.

Speaking of international travel, the Australian government will spend nearly $3 million (U.S.) to bring Oprah and some of her fans to the country. So Australians get stuck with both the bill and this pack of screaming, hyperventilating women. My condolences, people of Australia.

Oprah's Audience Freaks Out Again
Uploaded by TheDlisted. - Check out other Film & TV videos.


Popular posts from this blog

Seven tips for dealing with a jealous coworker

Look at you, doing so well at work! We're so happy for you. Well, most of us are happy for you and refuse to spend the entire work day talking behind your back. Let's talk about how to handle our jealous co-workers!Like every other professional, you've no doubt experienced your share of failures and successes. Lately, however, things seem to be going your way at work. And how! Perhaps you've managed to ace an important project this quarter, been instrumental in landing a huge client, earned some well-deserved rewards for this and that, or -- egads! -- been given a slight promotion or additional work responsibilities (e.g., the work responsibilities you actually want).You're quietly chuffed, but somehow your co-workers seem none too pleased with this rapid turn of events. Oh no, what should you do now?It's a workplace tale older than the disjointed last season of Mad Men. The playing field in the department was even, cozy and overall very friendly -- until so-an…

Employees Blame Technology For Slowing Them Down At Work

Do you feel like you're always working, but never getting very much done? If so, you're not alone. Too much technology, and too much red tape, keep slowing us down at work. But technology, and more of it, is supposed to make our lives easier! Too much technology, however, does not compute for employees. A new SAP/Knowledge@Wharton survey of almost 700 corporate employees finds a full 60% of respondents blame technology "for inhibiting their ability to meet strategic goals." Gee, anyone who has ever used the self-checkout line at the grocery store can tell you that. However, 40% surveyed said that looking for ways to simplify the technology has been "a low priority" for their company. Too much paperwork is an on-going problem for the workplace, too. A new ServiceNow survey of nearly 1,000 managers finds that 90% are doing too much administrative work, no matter the size of the company. This paperwork includes filling out forms, writing status updates, …

Is Your Co-worker Always Late For Work?

You've started the workday, but where is your co-worker? Oh, she's running late again, just like yesterday. And the day before. And the day before that. Let's get an early start on solving her tardiness problem, shall we? Working with someone who is consistently late is one of the most annoying aspects of office life, and also one of the most common, unfortunately. It's a universal theme of the workplace that everyone will get to work on time (give or take a few minutes...) except for the employee who is egregiously late nearly every day. And the excuses can get pretty amazing. Employees became more punctual as the Great Recession lingered, at least according to surveys. Everyone, that is, except for your able-bodied but habitually-tardy co-worker. It's bad enough dealing with tardiness when you're a manager, but it can be even more frustrating when you're a rank-and-file peer without any magical "shape up or ship out" managerial powers. So you…