We’ve talked before about reasons not to have children, so here’s another—you can just fake it! When it comes to balancing work and home life, we mainly think about the negative … but doesn’t having kids also give you a legitimate reason to do less work, too? (Real-world answer: no.)
The Kid in a Kit from Office Kit helps the childless create the illusion of being parents, thus reaping all the benefits that employees with children get, like leaving work early to “pick the tyke up from school” or having to stay home because “little Suzy is sick.” The kit comes with a picture of a kid for the desk, artwork to hang in your cubicle and a little handbook full of parental excuses.
OK, so this is a joke (we hope!). But you gotta wonder—if that’s not a picture of your baby, then whose kid is that? Shame on the parent who loaned out their child’s smile to strangers seeking an extra sick day. [InventorSpot] Keep reading »
Ever since David Letterman and ESPN’s Steve Phillips schtupped their underlings, all the glossy women’s magazines have scrambled for a good and juicy “I slept with my boss” story. Elle is the latest lady mag to cough up an inappropriate-relationship-with-the-boss confession‚ but what’s refreshingly candid about ex-investment banker Melanie Berliet’s story is the terms of the relationship. For better or for worse, Berliet was never in love with her boss and never claimed to be. Quite the contrary: she admitted she only answered his late-night calls and replied to his sexts because she wanted “a fat bonus check.” Keep reading »
It sounds like something out of a mind-control horror movie: France Télécom, the European telecommunications giant, has now seen 25 of their employees commit suicide in the past 18 months. The most recent incident occurred yesterday when a 48-year-old engineer with a wife and family hanged himself in his home. These suicides aren’t coincidental. Victims have left notes indicating that the reasons they took their lives had to do with highly stressful work conditions and company policies. France Télécom, which employs upwards of 100,000 people, began significantly cutting down its workforce and implementing new structures last year, which brought fear, new stress and oppressive management to the workplace. A new evaluation system also put employees on a scale of personal achievement, putting added pressure on the individual. Wrote one woman in a suicide email to her father: “I can’t accept the new reorganization in my department. I’m getting a new boss and I’d rather die. I’m leaving my handbag with my mobiles and keys in the office, but I’ll take my donor card with me, you never know.” Keep reading »
Dating in the workplace can be tricky … Keep reading »
I was intrigued by the amount of interest and opinions voiced in last week’s posts about height, which led me to think that there was more on this topic than is usually discussed. When I think about height, it is usually in terms of style. As the fashion industry tends to favor the long of limb, I am not always thrilled by my lack of inches. What I found particularly interesting was that most of you who said you were short did so with pride and without fashion phobias. Clearly I was not on the same page as everyone else, so I began talking to women in all ranges of the height spectrum to see how they felt about their height and why. The results were staggering: women viewed height in the context of power and politics. Keep reading »
Breaking up is hard to do especially when you have to go to work the next day. After spending an entire evening arguing with your, now ex-boyfriend, the last thing you want to do is deal with the idiots in accounting or the crazy client who can’t make up her mind. Unfortunately, business doesn’t cease because of your broken heart. Here, readers tell us how they survived a breakup—and the ensuing workweek—and lived to love again. Keep reading »
Today The Frisky staff got to talking about male and female bosses and what happens when women hold management positions compared to when men do. The discussion started because career writer Penelope Trunk asked the question, “When women get power at work, do they use it like men do?” but she didn’t answer it.
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Canon and some 1,300 other companies in Japan are forcing their employees to leave work early twice a week in an attempt to encourage them to go home and make babies. The country has one of the world’s lowest birth rates in the world, well below what is needed to maintain its population. Some think 12-hour workdays are to blame, which is why companies are forcing workers out of the office twice a week by turning off the lights and heat. Unfortunately for employees, it also means they’re making less money in overtime hours and therefore have smaller incomes to pay for said babies. Keep reading »
Anyone who’s watched a few episodes of “What Not To Wear” knows our attire affects the way we feel about ourselves, as well as how others view us. So it shouldn’t be any surprise that a recent survey by The Ragtrader found that what we wear to work can really affect our success rate. “This relates to both accomplishing more during 9-5 and even climbing the career ladder quicker too,” a survey author said. The survey polled 3,000 workers and found that 78 percent of women believe the way they dress affects their day at work and more than half believe dressing up affects their performance and success at work. How do these women dress for success? Keep reading »