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How to Dress Appropriately for Casual Fridays

casual FridaysIt’s that time of year again, finally!

If you’ve had an absolutely dreadful winter similar to our neck of the woods in New York City, you’re not alone. We’re ready for spring and summer and in turn, warmer temperatures typically signify wearing more casual clothing at the office.

Some offices may alter policies by changing the dress code to casual Fridays whereas others may change the policy to become casual all of the time. And if your office is already pretty casual, it may not be shocking to receive a human resources reminder to specifically define the code as it becomes more lax (and by that we mean much more lax as pumps morph into flip-flops). Read more

Survey Reveals Admins Happier Than Their Bosses

heartThis just in…according to a Staple survey, for the most part administrative professionals are happier than their bosses to the tune of 61 percent compared to 18 percent.

For the second consecutive year, most of the participants indicated admins tend to boost employee morale and become more involved on the team than the actual boss. Read more

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 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.”

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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Check Out Our Google+ Lunch Chat Hangout Tomorrow: Media Pros Talk Advancement

mb logoWe’re excited to announce tomorrow’s career lunch hangout at 1 p.m. EST and hope you will join us on Google+!

Join your MediaJobsDaily editor Vicki Salemi and Mediabistro’s managing editor Valerie Berrios as they talk to Maurice Cherry, creative principal at 3eighteen media, a design and consulting firm.

We’ll find out how you can leverage web design along with social media and digital strategies in order to catapult your career to the next level.

Oh, did we mention that it’s free? Looking forward to having you join us!

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

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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