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You Can Take this Job and… June 13, 2008

Posted by Amanda in Business Tails, Mouse Clicks.
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For the past three weeks a video has been going around of an office worker who goes bezerk with seemingly little provocation. I’m not going to comment on whether or not the video is real, because I don’t know. What I will comment on is the reactions I have seen to the video. So many people are empathizing with this cubicle worker.

Some of the comments on YouTube:
“Mankind was not ment to work in a crowded cage (todays Cubicle). I am supprised this does not happen more offten… [sic]“

“This guy obviously loved the Movie Office Space. He definitely had the —– to do what so many people would LOVE to do. “

“Fact or fiction, with gas prices, taxes, home foreclosures, etc. this guy is justified in letting out whatever frustrations he needs to obviously release. I thought it was wonderful! “

Here is the video, from two different angles (One is from a cell phone). Please note that the original “security camera” video does not have sound, but I have chosen the one with a music track added.

Granted, there are plenty of comments condemning this man’s actions (fake or not), but this video highlights the fact that so many people are unhappy with their jobs. We all have good and bad days, but so many people spend 40 or more hours a week doing something they do not enjoy. I truly believe that happy employees are the most productive employees. What does this say about our current work culture?

Tricks and Treats at Work October 31, 2007

Posted by Amanda in Business Tails.
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Pumpkin RatYesterday Liz Sweney, Executive VP and GMM of Women’s Apparel for JCPenney came and spoke at my university. At one point during her presentation, specifically speaking about JCP’s corporate culture, she mentioned that they were flying back that evening to be at Headquarters for the Halloween celebration. At the main campus, they provide daycare for their employees. Day care for approximately 600 children! In celebration of the holiday, the kids (and often times their parents) dress in their best costumes and participate in a parade around the Campus. I thought it was amazing that a company of this size would have an event so large to celebrate a non-official holiday.

However, this may not be as rare as I first assumed. According to a new survey released by Vault.com Inc., (www.Vault.com), 37% of employees say they celebrate Halloween with their co-workers, and 27% dress up in costume.

Does your company celebrate Halloween?

And beware… Not all halloween costumes are appropriate!

A pharmaceutical sales representative dressed up as the Grim Reaper and went into an intensive care unit of a hospital on Halloween. He was trying to be funny. Neither the patients nor the hospital staff was amused.

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