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What the #%*>? How to Handle Cursing at the Office

swear jarAh, we’ve seen this situation one too many times.

You work in a small office and there’s certainly no one from human resources to be found.

An F-bomb here, another swear there. If you’re constantly hearing profanity at the office and yearning to rinse your colleagues’ mouths out with soap, listen up. Your options are slim but you do have a few of them. Read more

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French Tech Industry Employers & Unions Forbid Evening Emails

work_lifeIt’s beginning to feel more and more like we live to work whereas other parts of the world work to live.

Case in point — according to The Guardian, employers’ federations and unions have signed a legally binding labor agreement that actually requires employers to ensure their employees are disconnected outside working hours. Smart phones, they’re talking to you, too. Read more

New Data Reveals Uptick in Working Mothers Staying at Home With Children

working motherNumbers are on the rise for mothers staying at home with their children. According to the Pew Research Center, 29 percent of all mothers with children under 18 stay at home.

This number has been steadily increasing over the years. For instance, 23 percent of mothers were stay-at-home in 1999. Read more

Condé Nast Settles Intern Lawsuit

internAs per The New York Post, Condé Nast has quietly settled a class action suit filed last year by two former interns. The summer interns claimed they earned less than a dollar per hour for their labor.

It should be noted that five months after the lawsuit was filed, the company indicated it was ditching its internship programs. Read more

Paternity Leave Takes Center Stage as Announcers Chastise Baseball Player

bball diamondThis story grabbed our attention like you wouldn’t believe.

Maybe that’s because maternity leave in America seems rather succinct compared to various countries. And no one really talks about the understated yet valuable leave as well for the father.

According to the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993, women are entitled to 12 weeks off from work. Technically they don’t have to be paid during that time and exceptions occur within some small companies. Per this infographic from Huffington Post, most countries offer at least three months of paid time off and offer benefits for fathers as well.

This is all the more reason why the New York broadcasters took it too far with New York Mets’ second baseman, Dan Murphy. Although the team’s opening day was on Monday, he went to Florida to be with his wife as she delivered their son. Oh, the travesty! Read more

Tips for the Chronically Tardy

timerIf you’ve ever been late to the office occasionally, that’s no big deal. As for chronic tardiness? Um, big deal.

Here’s the situation as per a piece in The New York Post. An employee has been written up a few times about being late to work. Sure, there’s a long commute involved and timing can vary up to 45 minutes each time. Although someone else on staff is often late, she hasn’t been reprimanded. What gives? Read more

Three Ways to Negotiate a Better Salary

moneyYou feel it, right? You know when it’s coming. You aced a few interview and ta-da! You finally get that coveted call from the recruiter with an offer.

Here comes the fun part. Negotiations!

According to a piece in Harvard Business Review, there are a few negotiating to keep in mind. Read more

Whole Foods Lets Employees Look Up Everyone’s Salaries Plus Bonuses

moneyHave you ever wondered what your boss earns? The boss’s boss? Your colleagues? The guy in marketing you occasionally work with?

Well, if you work for supermarket chain Whole Foods, this is all completely transparent. Per a report on Fox News, the company says the policy creates openness. In turn, it creates competition.

The average hourly rate is $19 and the average annual salary is $39,000.

What do you think? Should your employer post everyone’s salaries or should that be confidential? Will you work harder as a result or become resentful? Hmmm…

How to Position Yourself For a Promotion When You Work From Home

vision2If you work from home on a daily basis, this post’s for you.

Although you don’t have to deal with an arduous commute, you may be clocking more hours on the job than if you jaunted to the office each and every day.

A study cited in The New York Times revealed their employees who telecommuted were 13 percent more productive than their counterparts who worked in offices.

Get this — they were also half as likely to get promoted! In the study, 250 home-based employees were happier in general, at the end of the day 50 percent asked to return to an office due to loneliness. Plus, they felt a lack of career advancement at home.

According to a piece in Business Insider, there are a few strategies to implement if you’re content with working from home and want to simultaneously climb the ranks. Read more

Age Discrimination Case Foiled By Daughter’s Facebook Post

moneyYet again, the power of social media proves its weight.

Here’s why: Patrick Snay won an $80,000 age discrimination settlement against his employer, Gulliver Preparatory School, in Florida. After being the private school’s headmaster for years, they declined to renew his contract. Snay sued and won $10,000 in back wages and an additional amount of $80,000 for the settlement.

The only catch? A confidentiality agreement that his daughter, Dana, foiled. That is, she dished to her 1,200 Facebook friends, says AOL Jobs. Read more

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