Monday, November 2, 2009

Monday Morning Workplace News Round-up

Here are some headlines catching my eye today:

Administaff's 3rd quarter earnings slide 51%. CEO says the company is "pleased" with its financial results.

Hey, put some clothes on!
Gartner predicts that 70% of companies will have behavior guidelines and dress codes for online avatars by 2013.

Pentagon auditors tell Iraq contracting firm KBR to cut its headcount or pay $200 million for having too many people on payroll.

Built Ford tough? Ford has cut 45% of its North American workforce since 2006. In other news, Ford's Canadian employees just agreed to further pay cuts, while U.S. workers reject Ford's latest offer.

New Hewitt study finds half of workers who left jobs last year cashed out their 401(k)s.

In a new Universum survey, business and engineering majors say Google is the most desirable place to work.

Medical marijuana. Workplace. Combine the two, and you have a growing workplace problem.

Laid-off employees are blogging about their former employers and -- surprise! -- employers hate it.

Employers with employee stock purchase programs face a new dilemma: coming up with enough stock to offer.

Employers will be offering more paid Thanksgiving leave this year.


Director James Cameron's new movie includes actors who are really computerized avatars. Hey, they work cheap, they show up on time and they don't act like divas.

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