Top 10 work topics
What's on people's minds? A new report from HRSolutions, based on surveys of 2.2 million employees, identifies the Top 10 workplace topics of the moment: Higher salaries, internal pay equity and benefits programs top the list. Next is concern about "over-" (or "too many chiefs"), followed by complaints that performance isn't reflected in salary increases. Other concerns include favoritism; a lack of communication or responsiveness from supervisors, upper management or HR; heavy workloads and short staffing; and facility cleanliness.
'My Bad Boss' contest
The AFL-CIO affiliate Working America recently conducted a "My Bad Boss" contest through its Web site. Those who think their boss leaves something to be desired can (hopefully) take comfort in the sufferings of others—like the respondent whose new supervisor "makes barking sounds when angry," which is often. The "winner" was a dentist who, among other hideous and unethical behaviors, docked $100 from each employee's paycheck because the office had to close on 9/11. (He was a millionaire; they made $13 an hour.) The employee who submitted this charming story won $1,000 and a one-week vacation.
Put on some real shoes!
On the other hand—or foot—is Washington Post blogger Leslie Morgan Steiner's recent call for "worst employees" stories, starting with her personal distaste for workers wearing skimpy clothing and flip-flops. While her readers replied with a range of bad-employee stories—from blatant thieves to unhinged neurotics—the appropriate-attire issue struck quite a nerve. "People who wear flip-flops to work are pig-slobs," noted one reader.