Where in the "middle class" do you fall? Leave it to the New York Times to care. An interactive graph lets you select your occupation, education, income, wealth - the tool will then show you where you rank against the rest of America according to U.S. Census data (as well as other sources). I actually ranked a little higher than I figured I would. And I don't mean that to brag (I'm hardly ready for East Egg). I have a fairly mediocre salary, in my humble opinion, considering what I bring to the table. In fact, let's be honest, I'm grossly underpaid. But who's not, right? Even if you're not, I tell myself that YOU are so I can sleep at night! According to Wikipedia, the middle class are people who have a degree of economic independence, but not a great deal of social influence or power. Do you care where you fall in the social hierarchy? … [Read more...] about You're Sooooo Middle Class
Oh, Conan, you are so in a league of your own. Strap yourself in for a tour of Intel - where there's no individuality, no hope and chess matches at lunch. Suddenly, my cube doesn't seem so lame. … [Read more...] about Second Graders Visit a Cubicle
Just in case you've been living under a rock - or have a limited interest in baseball - here's the 10-second version of the controversy surrounding baseball this week.New York Yankees' third baseman Alex Rodriguez was running the bases. There was a pop fly. As he passed the player who was waiting to catch the ball, he yelled, "Ahhhh!" The player dropped the ball. The Toronto Blue Jays were mad. Screaming mad.Some players have called it "Bush league" - saying it was a play out of an eight-year-old little league game. Others have said that A-Rod was desperate for a Yankee win and was doing anything he could to help.Now I pose this question to everyone: Would you want a "screamer" on your team? Someone, who isn't necessarily cheating, but is willing to do what it takes to get your team "a win." In the business world, people are desperate to meet quotas, make sales and hit targets. And sometimes, you have to … [Read more...] about Would YOU Hire A-Rod?
We've been enjoying a nice warm stretch of weather here in NY. I curse the sunny days that I'm anchored to my cube, breathing nothing but recycled air and baking in the glow of florescent lights. That's why I figured it was a good time to remind you (and myself) that only fools save sick days.Of course, this doesn't apply to the unlucky (but wealthy) blokes who work for the bastards at Merrill Lynch (check out their sick day memo). These guys will show you the door if you take 9+ sick days. Check out more asinine company policy here.So, if you're looking for days that are ripe to (COUGH COUGH) call in sick, be sure to consult our official 2007 Sick Day Calendar.And if you're just looking to have some fun this June, why not celebrate one of the following:June 1 - Donut DayJune 18 - Int'l Picnic DayJune 20 - Ice Cream Soda DayJune 21 - First day of summerYour boss will use days. Your boss's boss will use days. Don't play the hero. And if … [Read more...] about Plan Your June Sick Days NOW!
My wife is a teacher and I was shocked the day she brought home a book that was nothing but report card comments. At first I was stunned, shocked and appalled that the teachers I so dutifully respected and looked up to were recycling comments on me! Andrew effectively uses non-verbal communication techniques. Hells yeah! Andrew is able to work independently and with confidence. Yes, leave me alone! Andrew encourages others in the group. Really? You mean all of those words of praise that made mom and dad so proud weren't solely for me? Ouch! Let's face it, managers adapt the same crummy comments for our annual reviews. Check out the list below. And no, you're not special. To read the document click where it says "Download as PDF." … [Read more...] about Get Nostalgic! Report Card Comments…