Sunday, May 16, 2010

Monday Workplace News Roundup

Here are some headlines catching my eye today:

Manic Monday: A new study finds 25% of workers are so stressed on Sunday about returning to work on Monday that it ruins their entire weekend. Unemployed people think "Well, at least you have a job to go to on Monday."

Call of duty: Virtual contact center Alpine Access says it will hire 200 "video game enthusiasts" to work from home providing "technical support to fellow gamers." No word on whether 12-packs of Mountain Dew will be provided, too.

Lapping it up: Software company Citrix Systems is letting employees choose the laptops they want then subsiding the purchase and it's working well.

Not Digging it: News site Digg announces it will lay off 10% of its workforce.

Towing the line: 1 in 4 U.S. households has ditched its land line phone connection.

Mental problem: Massachusetts employers are limiting employee access to mental help.

What troopers: More than 3,200 Iowa National Guard troops will leave for a year of duty in Afghanistan and their employers aren't sure what to do.

Bad hand: Employers are handing employee information to third party providers and have no clue where it ends up.

Free ride: The London Times announces it will cut 50 employees to "free up" resources for online journalism. Of course, no one wants to pay for news online and Internet ad rates are low, which means online journalists are basically working for free anyway.

Going Greek: Labor unions in Romania are planning a "Greek style" protest on Wednesday over wage cuts.

Hunger pangs: 40 million Americans are on food stamps, a new record.

Teen angst: Kids who attend sub-standard daycare centers during the first four years of life tend to be messed up teenagers.

Taking a toll: Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell wants to set up toll booths on I-95 along the North Carolina border. The toll booths could add $60 million annually to Virginia's coffers.

Conn Job: Nine employees of Taiwanese contract cell phone maker Foxconn have jumped from the company's dormitory in China so far this year and seven have died.

Off the rails: 85% of South Africa's railway workers are now on strike and trains aren't moving. Oh, and South Africa is set to host Africa's first World Cup next month.

Law sense of Arabia: Saudi Arabia asks India to educate the 2 million Indian contractors working in Saudi Arabia about their employment rights.

In other news, India is pushing the U.S. Government to exempt temporary Indian workers employed in the United States from paying Social Security taxes.

Nil skills: Three-fourths of Australian employers think their employees suck at writing and math and it's hurting productivity.

Meanwhile, 20% of British employers offer remedial reading, writing and math classes for new employees. Wait, it's "maths" if you're British. It's Ms. Jackson if you're nasty.

The drain in Spain: Spain might tax the rich to cut its budget deficit and to appease unions upset about a 5% salary cut for state workers.

Southern discomfort: South American leaders sign a declaration calling Arizona's anti-immigration law a violation of human rights.

I say, "no, no, no": The VH1 show "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew" can't find celebrities to star on its show next season.

Wear-y behavior: Are employees at major retailers putting returned, used underwear back on the sales floor?

They say it's your birthday: YouTube turns five today. The site now gets more than two billion hits daily, but it all started with this simple 18-second video:

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