Erin McElveen details the case of David Donatelli, an executive at our very own EMC, who left for a better deal at California's HP, only EMC sued and now he can't go because of a non-compete clause in his contract, which is legal in Massachusetts but not in California.
Folio reports that Boston/Framingham-based IDG today cut 8% of its US staff and smushed all of its business-to-business publications into a single unit. This comes atop 10% pay cuts for B2B employees last month.
Paul Conley (who actually broke the story), discusses.
Ed note: If anybody needs to hire an outstanding online video and audio editor suddenly free of his previous responsibilities, let... Read more
The Crimson reports on preparations for faculty buyout offers at Harvard.
Candelaria Silva discusses the dead-man-walking phenomenon and other aspects of getting let go in these times.
Mandatory week off without pay all around, the Boston Business Journal reports.
Mr. D recounts fail moments, from seeds that won't germinate in wet paper towels to the student who showed up covered from head to toe in his own feces.
Tom LeCompte recently became a Boston cab driver. He's blogging the experience:
... Then, from the back, I heard bodies shifting in the seat, the sounds of murmuring and kissing, of clothes being pulled at and unbuttoned. I glanced up at my rearview mirror, but saw nothing. They were clearly taking advantage of the rear seat couch.
"Say it," she whispered.
"Say it,"... Read more
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