Monday, January 11, 2010

Monday Workplace News Round-Up

Here are some headlines catching my eye today:

Will Goldman Sachs requires its most highest-paid employees to contribute part of their paychecks to charity? That's the word on the street.

Ad Age questions whether the rise of "virtual gyms" is a threat to real gyms. Given that most people treat their "real gym" like a virtual gym by virtue of never showing up, I'd say real gyms are safe.

MSNBC calls them permatemps and BusinessWeek calls them disposable workers, but either way American workers are screwed.

The coldest winter since 1985 is creating openings for opportunistic marketers.

Wait, there's no workman's comp?: Egyptian archaeologists uncover 4,000-year-old tombs holding the remains of 10,000 workers who built the great pyramids. Apparently, the tombs were for workers who died on the job.

Alabama legislators are deciding whether or not to require state employees to take up to 24 furlough days to save revenue. Hey, I have an idea: Maybe Alabama's legislators can roll back the 60% pay increase they gave themselves in 2008.

Chrysler CEO says the company might hire back its production workers if it hits its sales projections.

New York picks an ex-hedge fund trader to head up its workers compensation board.

A new Mercer survey of global financial institutions finds 80% have made, or are making, changes to their annual bonus award systems.

Playing chicken: Citizens of Turkey are avoiding the H1N1 shot over fears of side effects. 95% of Turkish people in a new survey say they haven't gotten vaccinated.

70% of Afghans in a new survey say things are moving the right direction, but 76% say government corruption remains a big problem.

Don't give me no gas: Price of gas in the United States jumps 14 cents in three weeks to $2.74/gallon on average.

Run Conan, run and don't look back! Just my opinion.

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