Alicia, a librarian, recounts a stapler saga, and explains why she fears the microfilm reader.
I work from home. Now that it's getting warmer out, I'd love to get my work done in the fresh air. But I can't think of any place that:
* Has reasonably comfortable benches
* Has shady spots (can't see the laptop in the sun)
* Is near a public WiFi access point
* Isn't next to noisy traffic
* Is... Read more
Paul Levy reports medical department chiefs at the hospital have started a Physicians Support BIDMC Fund and that, to date, senior docs have agreed to forego more than $350,000 in salaries as the hospital tries to cut a projected budget deficit.
The Globe reports that IDG is cutting many employees' salaries by 10% in its media division, which publishes Computerworld, PC World and Network World.
Endangered Coffee comes up with 10 possible reasons a co-worker did that.
Angela is toting up the number of times her boss drops an F-bomb:
... He was in the office today for a grand total of 30 minutes and I heard him drop F-bombs 15 times. ...
The Boston Business Journal posts some numbers - Boston residents reported a 7.4% unemployment rate in January, compared to 4.7% in January, 2008. Some 11 cities and towns reported double-digit unemployment numbers in January.
Everyone hears how frustrating the phone lines are for the Department of Unemployment Assistance but I don't think those who have not experienced it truly get how needlessly frustrating it is. You can read more about my experience over at DaveWrites (and listen to the call for yourself!). After navigating through a series of choices, callers "dead-end" at a point where they are told... Read more
Paul Levy reports on a "town meeting" for Beth Israel staffers to try to come up with ways to cut costs without laying off workers:
... As expected, the response from the staff has been spectacular. People have a terrific sense of community and are quite willing to make sacrifices for the good of their fellow workers. (And, as you can see in the... Read more
Beth Israel Deaconess CEO Paul Levy explains why: Basically, the shrinking economy is now affecting even hospitals.
Greatergrafton goes online to file her weekly unemployment claim and instead of the form she expects, gets "This online service is unavailable this morning due to the snowstorm. Please try again after 12:15pm today," which makes her wonder:
... Please tell me how it's possible that the snowstorm affected an online service? Can it only be turned on by someone in unemployment physically flipping... Read more
Aside from that tiny voice inside her head warning the money's going to run out fairly soon, Sassy Sundry reports she's just like those people in that Globe story: She's enjoying her forced time off:
... My life has a natural rhythm to it these days. I get up without an alarm clock. I stay in my jammies long past when it is proper.... Read more
Nancy Pearl Wannabe is a school librarian in a Boston-area town that is, like everybody else, grappling with budget issues:
... During the day I am usually pretty calm about it but there's no stopping my subconscious from horrible anxiety dreams where I am at a town meeting and they tell all the teachers to line up and then yell "HA HA, THAT'S THE... Read more
Jo was laid off from her high-pressure IT job before the current unpleasantness, but she reports how much better her life became when she went into cooking as a career:
... All my life I just wanted a job I loved. I wanted to be that elusive person who couldn't wait to get up in the morning, I wanted to not resent overtime, or... Read more
Ironworkers building Yawkey Cancer Center structure find way to cheer up cheer up Dana-Farber child patients.
Globe story by Michael Levenson, with video by photog John Tlumacki.
Our own David Yamada tackles the issue of bullying in academia:
... Academicians are adept at intellectual analysis, manipulation, and argumentation. When applied to the tasks of teaching, scholarship, and service, these skills reinforce the most socially useful aspects of the academy. But many of us who have worked in academe have seen what happens when they are applied in hurtful or even malicious... Read more
Kat Powers, editor at the Somerville Journal, reads Globie Geoff Edgers's piece about second jobs - in which he spends a day on a UPS truck and then another as a fast-food cashier to see how the other half lives - and begs of you:
Dear reader, please kick my butt if I ever write anything like the elitist crap I just read... Read more
Dave Atkins has put together a good guide to collecting unemployment benefits. I was particularly interested in the info on a state program that will reimburse a large fraction of your COBRA health-insurance payments, since I had no idea it existed and since COBRA is pretty scary if you have a family (so hooray for universal health care!).