WBUR reports that yesterday's announced drop in statewide unemployment numbers - the first in two years - actually masks a record number of underemployed people, i.e., people who have taken part-time jobs because they can't find full-time work.
Candelaria Silva discusses working as a part-time job counselor with 18-22-year olds trying to go back to school or get their GEDs:
... I long to have superhero-powers to turn back the clock to the pivotal moments in their lives where they veered off course. I want to meet the adults and institutions who've failed these young people, all of whom were clearly born with enough intelligence and talent to succeed. What they lack is a clear purpose or direction. Their interests are infuriatingly narrow. Their goals are incredibly small. Getting them to set goals, make an outline for how getting the degree and a job fits into their future plans is nigh impossible. ...
And that's not a good thing, the Boston Business Journal reports.
CommonWealth interviews some of the people who will write your term papers and essays for you - for a fee.
School-bus drivers coated in cement dust after a 2006 explosion at a Charlestown cement plant have filed a series of lawsuits against the plant's owners, charging the dust contained beryllium, which can cause a potentially fatal lung ailment.
Never get romantically involved with a supervisor or a subordinate. Stop that right now, just don't even think about it.
If you feel the workplace is overly sexualized, don't go to office holiday parties, or if you do, don't wear risque outfits and get drunk.
Which one could it be? It's not Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where the blogging, tweeting CEO just posted a copy of the memo from his counterpart at another hospital. He stripped out the name, so we don't know if it's a massively gigantic hospital across town, but we hear from another source that Mt. Auburn Hospital also banned its employees from the social networks last week.
Effective immediately, the Hospital is blocking access to social networking sites including Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter from all Hospital computers.
The decision is based on recent evidence that some employees have been using these sites to comment on Hospital business, which is a violation of the Hospital's Electronic Communications policy and a potential HIPAA violation. ...
Alecia Batson reports an ad she shot last month is now airing in Maine as part of a campaign over some political issue none of us will know about:
Take a look at this notice for a photo shoot - they're looking for a black man between 55 and 90 with thinning gray hair, "mobile enough to lay on the ground comfortably
in a fallen position during shoot" - and overweight black men and women between 60 and 80. Pay is $1,000 a day for a 10-hour day.
A company in downtown Boston is looking for somebody experienced in content management systems. Sure, yawn if you must, but look at what they're doing:
Is there a school for it somewhere? Because somebody making a commercial is looking for adults with experience in mascot costumes.
Experience in mascot costumes? The post doesn't specify, but presumably that means experience with a) walking forward with limited vision, b) Not fainting in the heat and c) Not pummeling annoying children who come up to you.
Via Steve Garfield.
Rhea Becker reports on a cocktail hour last night for people in the media:
...[E]veryone wore a name tag that gave their job title. My day job is "editor." I can't tell you how many people - of all ages - came up to me with tags that read "Freelance writer" and asked if I had work. ...
A federal appeals court this week reinstated a lawsuit by a former worker at a Raytheon plant in Waltham who argues that companies that supplied the beryllium products she spent eight years sanding and cleaning are responsible for her lung problems and Parkinson's Disease and should pay for her medical care.
Meredith reports signs of him still abound in the office and in work conversations, but she notes that not a single person mentioned his job at his funeral, which she appreciates:
... When I go, I hope not one person makes mention of my job as a way of summarizing my life. Talk of my love for the written word, for hiking mountains, for XC skiing, for my family and my husband, but dare you not mention a word about software documentation.
They want a patsy to blame everything on, J. Timothy King explains.