And I mean that literally. According to Father Peter (view the video below) your boss is a gift from God. Now the gang here at Jobacle.com comes from all different types of religions and beliefs - and in no way are we pushing any sort of religious agenda. However, I did find a few of the points in the video interesting - and thought provoking. Among the tips: - Give a full day service - Don't steal (take extra breaks) - Treat them as you would want to be treated There's nothing revolutionary here, but I've taken Father P's challenge. I will look at my boss all day today as if he was "chosen" to be my boss by some higher power. Why not try it out to and report back how it goes... On an unrelated note, things here have been quite hectic. We've been approached by many folks asking us to partner up with them in different capacities. We're not sure who we're gonna "hire" and who we're gonna "fire" but we will certainly keep you posted. … [Read more...] about Is Your Boss a Godsend?
Archives for February 2007
Special thanks to longtime listener Leo who sent in the video below. He tells us he'll be sending in a few a month - so if you wanna get fit at your desk on the DL - check in regularly! If you want to share something work related, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org - we'll wait with bated breath! … [Read more...] about Exercising With Office Supplies
Part of GE's Imagination Theater, "Cubicle" is a short that follows the story of a young man who answers a question that's on everyone's mind: what if your cube was your home?They've been pushing these short videos on demand on Time Warner Cable here in NY.I'm undecided on this one, but I'll share anyhow and eagerly await your thoughts. … [Read more...] about Sleeping in Your Cubicle
This inflation calculator is a fun way to kill a few minutes at work. But it's also a little depressing. If it was the early 1800s, I would be making over $650,000 a year. I'd go on a shopping spree. Probably buy a few horses, offer a more generous reward for the capture of Jesse James, hit up the blacksmith for some awesome swords and...well...buy tons of land.If any of you guys have gotten further along with your time machine then Uncle Rico, please let me know. Cause this pay in 2007 ain't cutting it! On an unrelated note, this Sunday we've got an excellent Valentine's Day edition of the Working Podcast coming your way. One of the nation's leading relationship experts, Dr. Jackie Black, gives her take on love @ work. You'll also find out how to deal with workplace bullies and what the hottest career resources of the week are. That's dropping on Sunday, so subscribe now! … [Read more...] about What Your Salary Was Worth in 1800!
I can see the Hollywood pitch meeting now."It's about an astronaut love triangle.""Sounds kinda lame.""But she wears a wig, a diaper and plans to kill.""Nah, too over the top. Thanks anyway."Real life offers no shortage of lunacy. As the dust settles from the shocking Lisa Nowak story (and wet dream for the media) some serious questions have to be raised about NASA's screening process. According to her bio, aside from enjoying "rubber stamps" and "African violets," she "completed two years of training and evaluation back in the late '90s." As someone who blasted off in the summer of '06, you would have to imagine there was a re-evaluation of her psychological state, no?NASA was able to log her last mission to the second (306 hours, 37 minutes and 54 seconds) but couldn't tell she was a nutter?Which raises a career question which can be asked across the board: Should organizations, especially ones where … [Read more...] about Did NASA's Psych Screening Fail?
job spill n. Work or work-related tasks that carry over into personal time.There are two types: The type you create and the type your boss expects. I don't care whether you're cooking dinner for a family of six or sitting on your ass watching American Idol, your time is YOUR time. We covered this on episode #57 of the Working Podcast - but several of you wrote in looking for a text version. So here it goes:1) Set precedent from the start. Maybe you have 4 jobs, 10 kids and spend all your free time with a Bible study group. Keep your new employer guessing about the "real" you.2) Keep your work friends out of your inner circle. Don't get all misanthropic on me but keeping some separation can filter our home work - as well as cut down on useless gossip and negative banter.3) The thrill of tech toy work goodies wears out quickly. Try to escape the blackberry, cell phone or pager. Sometimes they're a necessary evil - but they're really nothing more … [Read more...] about 6 Cures for "Job Spill" – Leave Work at Work!
I'm not a fan of fast food. Combine low quality food with a transient employee base and it's the perfect storm for some serious molecular gastronomy run afoul. That being said, I'd like to share with you a true rocket scientist. You'll learn all about what it's like to work for Wendy's. Salty language ensues. Biggie size it, baby! … [Read more...] about Wendy's Employee: Genius at Work
A survey recently conducted by Harper's Bazaar questioned 500 professional women with top jobs in finance, newspapers and health care about their attitudes on their office environments. Here are a few nuggets: - 85% have cried in the bathroom (I wonder how many men have?!) - 3 out of 5 would rather work directly for a man than a woman - 86% said they would flirt with a male colleague if it meant they got their way - 7 out of 10 said they were empowered at work by wearing high heels The bottom line is, if you got it - flaunt it. I always loved Jack Nicholson's character's line in As Good As It Gets when he's asked how he writes women characters so well: "I think of a man, and I take away reason and accountability." Now of course, I don't feel that way (so hold back those mean e-mails) but apparently other woman do! Why else would they not want to work for another woman? In my experience, working for a man and a woman are VERY different experiences - each … [Read more...] about Dirty Girls Get Promoted
Early in 2006 I had a podcast called Audio Lightbulb - "My idea. Your eay." Each day I'd share one of my ideas and request listener feedback. I enjoying doing the show but stopped at the end of February. Partly cause some of my ideas just started to feel like "filler" and partly because I didn't want to put out certain ideas in the fear that they'd get jacked. Out of the blue, Saturday Live (a program broadcast on Radio 4 on the BBC) contacted me asking if they could make it their Podcast of the Week. Presenter Fi Glover, tabla player Kuljit Bhamra and Ollie commented on one of my ideas: Straight to Dentures. I sometimes think of bringing this podcast back from the dead or folding it into the Jobacle.com mix. I'm not sure what I'll end up doing but thanks so much to the gang on Saturday Live for featuring us! … [Read more...] about We're Featured on BBC Radio 4
My stomach is churning from all the cold cuts, chicken wings and Amstel Lights - but there's something I wanted to get off my chest before I call it a night. In a Super Bowl filled with sloppy play and forgettable commercials - Career Builder fumbled the ball by firing the monkeys. Their latest campaign, "It’s a jungle out there,” fell completely flat. At least to me and a dozen others.A quick search of folks blogging their take on the ads turns up mostly positive reviews for the spots. I'll blog more on this tomorrow. But I gotta say - I thought the ads were sloppy, over-produced and did not strike a water-cooler chord with this cube-dwelling slave. Maybe once my stomach settles I'll feel differently. Stay tuned... … [Read more...] about Bring Back the Monkeys!