Monday, August 31, 2009

Monday Workplace News Round-Up

Here are some headlines catching my eye today:

A New Zealand firm pays $17,000 after firing its financial controller for SENDING EMAILS WRITTEN ENTIRELY IN CAPITAL LETTERS. Sorry, couldn't help myself.

A crappy economy isn't stopping some media companies from launching new magazines.

370,000 Volkswagen and Porsche employees want a 5% stake in the merged company.

Seattle libraries will be closed until Sept. 8th to save $650,000. Seattle librarians have been home for eight days.

Pacific Northwest burger chain Burgerville is paying 90% of health care premiums of employees working 20 or more hours a week. The result has been better productivity, better morale and less turnover.

17% of workers are pondering a job change in the next 12 months, according to a new survey by employment website SnagAJob.com.

A new myYearbook survey of 10,000 kids aged 13 to 17 reveals 83% don't plan to start a Twitter account and 63% believe it's a passing fad. Most teens surveyed said Twitter is lame and they don't understand it. A lot of 40-somethings feel this way, too.

A new Mellman Group national poll finds 66% of those surveyed won't vote to re-elect members of Congress who cut Medicare nursing home benefits to help fund health care reform.

New nSight survey of 700 randomly-selected technical writers finds about half have experienced staff layoffs in the last year, while 63% moved from paper to online documentation systems to save money. Hmm...converting to a new online system amid the chaos of layoffs sounds like a great way to lose documentation to me.

Are bake sales next? In another sign of how sick our insurance system has become, friends hold a car wash to raise money for a victim of the recent LA Fitness shooting massacre who can't pay her hospital bills. The 20-something victim has aged out of her parents' health insurance plan and doesn't have any coverage.

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