There are some seriously varied statistics out there, but a couple of years ago, The Wall Street Journal reported on a study saying that 18 percent of married couples meet at work. That’s a whole lot of employees who took the plunge and decided to ask out their co-worker.
Since Valentine’s Day isn’t exactly a paid holiday, unless of course you and your spouse own your own company, it’s possible that you’re sitting around the office today eating chocolates from your mom and considering Mr. Right. Who knows, he might even be down the hall working in the graphic department. Or maybe he’s scanning your browser history from IT. (Yea, you probably shouldn’t have shopped for bachelorette gifts at work…) Read more…
“Sadly the propaganda campaign launched in the 1960s has taken root. The radical feminists succeeded in undermining the traditional family and convincing women that professional accomplishments are the key to happiness.”
This is a passage from GOP candidate Rick Santorum‘s 2005 book It Takes A Family; it seems like he’s suggesting women shouldn’t be in the workplace. When questioned this weekend by George Stephanopolous about this passage, Santorum said that it was his wife, Karen Santorum, who wrote that part — even though his name is the only one credited as an author and she isn’t credited in the acknowledgements as someone “who assisted me in the writing of this book.” When pressed this weekend, Rick Santorum said, “I don’t know — that’s a new quote for me … the bottom line is that people should have equal opportunity to rise in the work force.” I’m not even going to address how silly it is that someone is blaming his wife for a line in his book. Instead, let’s talk about how tone deaf this guy is about women in the workplace: poor women and women of color have pretty much always worked in America. It wasn’t a choice; it was a necessity. Apparently Rick Santorum — or his wife? — are just upset when middle-class white women go to work, too? [New York Times] Keep reading »
What do you do when one of the things you used to like about yourself the most, looking back, becomes one of the things that you like about yourself the least?
From as young as I can remember, a rocket ship of ambition propelled me forward in all that I did. I didn’t — and still don’t — have a wide variety of interests, because writing was where I excelled. I threw everything into it. My parents, of course, fanned the flames of this. They loved having a daughter who made them proud.
And I loved getting some attention. My older brother Eliot*, his bipolar disorder and his drug and alcohol addictions, consumed most of my parents’ energy and nearly all of their attention. I wrote a poem when I was 13 or 14 that I can remember to this day because it still applies to my life sometimes. It was called “Measuring Cups” and it was about parents struggling to measure out love and attention equally amongst their children, but failing. When I was that young, the best way I could find attention, short of developing a heroin addiction myself, was to impress my parents with awards and articles and prizes and accolades. There was no confusion about this lifestyle, no hard choices to make. All I had to do was whatever made me look the best. Keep reading »
Your plan to get your taxes done early has gone out the window. You consistently feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day, between friends, work, eating and sleeping. And, oh yeah, that knitting project you started in 2008 is never going to get done. That’s because you aren’t living your life as productively as you could be. But that’s okay, because we’re going to help you fix that. Really! First though, put down your iPhone and focus. Eyes up here!
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One in five women has never had a mentor in her career, according to new data released by the LinkedIn Blog. Eighty-two percent said that nearly 1,000 women surveyed said they realize that having a mentor could be important for her career. And yet a good one-fifth of the women surveyed were going at it alone, possibly because, as more than half of those un-mentored women reported, they never found someone who was appropriate.
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I want to talk about a very important subject–one near and dear to all of our colons and butts. Pooping. And specifically, pooping at work. There are some of us who feel unable to poop at work. And then there are those of us (RAISES HAND) who do not understand how some people have the mental and physical wherewithal to NOT poop at work. As a workplace pooper, I think it remarkable that some of my colleagues and friends have the willpower and physical control to save the pooping until they get home. Keep reading »
Should your significant other leave his or her work issues at the office, or should there be space for it at home? And at what point is too involved in his or her work life? The Gloss‘ Jennifer Wright and The Grindstone’s Amanda Chatel discuss, as well as address the fundamental flaws about the TV series “Lassie.” Keep reading »
Happy Monday, people! Are you gripping your coffee mug and wishing it was Sunday all over again? According to a new study, you probably are. Researchers found that most of us working stiffs rebel against Mondays by being late for work, not cracking a smile until 11:16 a.m., only banging out about three and a half hours of work, and moaning and groaning for an average of 12 minutes. The good news is we can combat our Monday blues by getting laid! Oh sure, let me make that happens here at my cubicle. Oh wait, I would get fired if I did that. If (like me) you don’t work in that kind of office (I want to know who does), you can alternatively soothe your case of the Mondays by watching TV (which also might prove difficult), shopping online, eating chocolate, or planning a vacation. OK, my new plan of attack is to binge on chocolate until it’s Tuesday. [Telegraph] Keep reading »
Not everyone can love, adore, brag endlessly to others about the amazingness of their job. It would be nice if we could, but to quote the great Mick Jagger: “You can’t always get what you want.” However, finding a job you love isn’t a complete impossibility. Sometimes it’s denial and the lies we tell ourselves that can stand the way of reaching that job. So snap out of it! Get with the program of moving on to a job that will satisfy you intellectually, mentally and financially. Remember: ‘Impossible’ is what other people tell themselves.
Here are a few things you don’t want to tell yourself if you want to evolve past that job you hate so much. Read more… Keep reading »