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New Tax Prep Survey Shows Employees Leverage Office Supplies & Company Time

tax formsIt’s that time of year again!

As April 15 swiftly approaches and people scurry to submit their taxes, one survey says that three out of 10 workers rely on company time and good ol’ office supplies to get it all done.

Accountemps’ new survey reveals office resources like the copier or printer are definitely a go-to destination as employees simultaneously use up company time for income tax preparation.

Workers were asked, “In your opinion, how common is it for employees at your firm to spend time on personal income tax preparation (e.g., printing paperwork, filling out forms, talking to their accountant) during work hours?” Basically, it’s not uncommon to see colleagues spending time on these matters but it doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do. (Not to become too human resources-like here but why not simply get the copying done before the day begins or after it ends?)

Per the press release, Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of Managing Your Career For Dummies┬«, explains: “Beyond the time-theft issues, it’s risky to have personal financial documents floating around the workplace or stored in your office copier’s hard drive.”

He adds, “Employees shouldn’t go overboard and let productivity suffer because of last-minute tax scrambling.”

Woman Gets Arrested After Job Interview for Leaving Kids in Sweltering Hot Car

Find a JobAccording to the Associated Press, an Arizona woman is trying to clear her name in court following her arrest. On Monday she pleaded not guilty during her arraignment.

Let’s clarify — she left her two kids in her very hot car during a job interview. Shanesha Taylor is unemployed and on food stamps.

The 35-year-old was unable to find a babysitter for a job interview at an insurance company so she left her two-year-old son and six-month-old baby in her car. Did we mention the key was still in the ignition and the windows were cracked open by one inch? 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

To Avoid Going to Work, Florida Man Stages Fake Burglary

crime sceneWhat to the what?

You read that right — a man in Florida must not have wanted to go to work in a really big way when he staged a burglary to get out of the daily grind.

Sure, we all have days when we don’t want to get out of bed but to the point of staging a fake burglary leaves us speechless. Why not just call out sick?

According to local station KSDK.com, Dwayne Yeager’s currently out on $500 bond and facing charges of lying to deputies based on staging a break-in to avoid going to work. Read more

The White House Confronts Gender Wage Gap Issue on National Equal Pay Day

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President Obama has signed two executive orders today to narrow the wage gap between men and women.

The first one prohibits federal workers from retaliating against other federal workers who discuss their paychecks. In addition, he directed the Labor Department to create rules for a new requirement of federal contractors to provide  compensation data by race and gender.

Despite the news, even the White House isn’t immune to the gender wage gap on National Equal Pay Day. Per press secretary Jay Carney, women at the White House earn 88 cents for every dollar that a man earns. Sigh.

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New CareerBuilder Forecast Shows Hiring on Track for Steady Quarter

ImproveJobProspectsOn the heels of the monthly job report and completion of Q1, CareerBuilder has released a forecast.

While the jobs outlook for the second quarter is similar to last year’s predictions, it appears that some industries are going to outperform the national average hiring numbers. For starters, manufacturing employers will probably surpass last year’s national average.

Informational technology, financial services, professional and business services and health care will also lead the pack in creating new gigs. Read more

Do Employers Really Care Where Job Seekers Went to College?

successAccording to a piece in today’s New York Post, as students decide which college they’re going to attend, employment may be on their minds, too.

That is, will going to one college over another better position them for a particular job four years from now?

Greg Giangrande, HR executive in the media industry, says it’s a two-fold answer. At the entry-level a few internships on a resume and not much else, perhaps “the quality of the school from which one graduates is most important.” Read more

In New Survey, Execs Point Out Job Interview Blunders

mistakeEver wonder why you didn’t get the job? It may not have anything to do with your skills or experience but rather, how you handled the interview process itself.

Per a new survey published by Accountemps, 43 percent (43!) of chief financial officers said candidates make most mistakes during job interviews. Candidates also make faux pas while writing their resumes, according to 19 percent of executives. Read more

Four Unique Jobs for Millennials

love my jobHappy Friday one and all! If you’re a job seeker and you’re a Millennial, we have a treat for you. The folks at SheFinds outlined a few quirky jobs of potential interest to this generation.

1. Digital recipe producer. Like food? Good. Like to write? Great. Add some tech savviness to the mix and a pinch of HTML and you’re good to go. Read more

Court Reporter Botches Transcripts: Writes ‘Hate My Job’ & Damages 30 Cases

hangoverIf you hate your job, please oh please don’t put it in writing.

Here’s what went down — according to The New York Post, a court stenographer based in New York City kind of botched his own work. Instead of typing normal content during a criminal trial he decided to type, “I hate my job.” Repeatedly. Read more

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