Have you ever had a boss who was so disrespectful, mean, and universally hated that the entire staff spent their breaks fantasizing about slipping an ex-lax into that “World’s Best Boss” mug and/or staging a group walkout? The staff at a Journeys store in a Rochester mall did just that — well, the walkout part, not sure about the ex-lax thing — when they decided to simultaneously quit and close up the store in the midst of the insanely busy back-to-school season to teach their evil district manager a lesson. The best part? They left a note on the store’s security gate to ensure the world knew the extent of their boss’s sins, which apparently includes telling her employees that “cancer is not an excuse.” Eeeesh. Sounds like these employees made the right call. [Gawker]
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Today, I’m going to go where, if you’re a woman, you’re never supposed to go. And that forbidden zone is to talk about the perils of women at work—and specifically, about that most fearsome of office creatures, the bad female boss. “Gird your loins!” Stanley Tucci warns as his tyrannical female boss, played by Meryl Streep, approaches in “The Devil Wears Prada.” Having survived a veritable parade of bad female bosses, my loins are fully girded.
Aware that I’ll now probably have to enroll in the Witness Protection Program anyway, I’ll just come right out and say it: I’d rather work for a man.
Correction: I’d rather work for a man than a wine-guzzling, insecure, jealous woman who’s more focused on rivalry and one-upmanship, or should I say, one-upwomanship, than in getting any actual work done.Which is to say, almost every woman I’ve ever worked for.
Working my way up to director of PR for a major financial company, I had only one good female boss—an erudite woman who embodied grace and truth and principles. She actually wanted me to succeed and did everything within her power to help me. She left two years after hiring me to go get a master’s degree at Harvard.
Aside from that one lovely exception, I was far more experienced in working for glorious train wrecks. I had the incompetent-because-she-was-young female boss, the boss-who-avoided-direct-communication-like-it–was-Ebola female boss, and the really-just-a-lady–who-lunched-but-wanted-to-be-able-to-say-she-had-a-job female boss. Keep reading »
Many astrology books include a guide to the best jobs for each sign, which is fun to read through but ultimately not super helpful. What if it says your sign is absolutely perfectly suited to being a firefighter, but you’re very happy as an interior designer, thank you very much? The truth is people can find happiness in many different types of jobs; the trick is making sure your work meets your unique needs and the work environment is a good match for your personality. We thought a more productive way to discuss astrology and jobs would be to give each sign a rundown of the qualities to look for in an ideal job. What does your sign need in order to get excited to go to work on Monday morning (or Saturday night, if you prefer)? Read on to find out! Keep reading »
Most people interact with a grocery store cashier at least a couple times a week. We hand them our credit cards and they see our most intimate purchases, but beyond a (hopefully) friendly greeting and quick “have a nice day,” those of us who have never worked as a cashier know very little about this back-breaking job. I sent out a
bat signal email to all the current and former cashiers I know, asking them one question: what do you wish you could tell every customer who comes through your line? Here’s what they said…
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Sexism in the workplace is manifested in a slew of ways: pay inequality, dress code regulations, getting hit on by your boss. In this case, on the site Australia InfoMine, sexism reared its ugly head before the job even started! According to News.Com.Au, the first requirement on a posting for the Korean coal company Pt. Karya Bumi Baratama is that receptionist applicants be “female, single, max 25 years old.”
While the post does ask for appropropriate qualities such as an education “from reputable university” and “good interpersonal and communication skill,” it rounds itself out with the last bullet point asking for the candidate to be “good looking.” Keep reading »
If you’ve ever worked in a coffee shop, you know it can be a stressful, crazy, demanding job. You spend all day dealing with cranky customers, getting chocolate syrup in your hair, pouring mugs of boiling milk, trying to keep your cool when the espresso machine breaks during a rush, and going home smelling like coffee beans–all for minimum wage. I reached out to baristas who work for international coffee chains and artsy little coffeehouses (and everywhere in between), and asked them one question: “What do you wish you could tell everyone who walks into your coffee shop?” Here is what they said, in their own words… Keep reading »
Waiting tables is a tough gig. You have to mentally balance the requests and demands of countless customers at once. You have to physically balance plates of steaming hot food. You have to be on your feet for hours at a time with no breaks. You have to serve people like my great aunt, who have no qualms calling you “the help” to your face. I thought it would be interesting to see what servers had to say about the crazy world of working at a restaurant, so I asked a bunch of them one question: “What would you like to say to every customer who sits down at one of your tables?” I got responses from the people who serve your food at national chain restaurants, quiet cafes, and everything in between. Here are their answers, in their own words….
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