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Work-Life Balance Gets Trickier After 35

More people feel stressed and underappreciated

(Newser) - The older we get, the more of us there are who don't like our jobs—at least according to a recent survey of more than 2,000 employees in the UK. Age 35 seems to be a tipping point: The number of those who are unhappy at work more... More »

Swedish Workers Just Got Bad News About Their Sex Lives

Proposal to subsidize one hour of sex per week in Overtornea shot down

(Newser) - Finding the right work-life balance is always a challenge. But in Overtornea, Sweden, residents are going to have to have sex on their own time, just like everywhere else. The New York Times reports a 31-member town council on Monday voted down a local pol's proposal to grant the... More »

EU High Court: Companies Can Ban Headscarves

But workers don't have to take off religious symbols just because a customer asks

(Newser) - Fifteen judges on Europe's highest court ruled Tuesday on a case involving Muslim headscarves in the workplace, and the verdict did not come down in the headscarf-wearers' favor. CNNMoney reports that the European Court of Justice decided businesses not wanting to give an appearance of having any political, philosophical,... More »

Workers Con Time Clock With Boxes Over Heads

So many employees in Italian town have been arrested they may have to close town hall

(Newser) - A good percentage of 30 town hall workers in Boscotrecase, Italy, located just outside Naples, have absenteeism issues, with some resorting to ridiculous measures to game the time-clock system by signing in, then leaving, or even punching each other's cards. But while cops recently arrested more than two-thirds of... More »

US Poultry Workers Wear Diapers: Report

Denial of bathroom breaks a serious safety issue, affront to human dignity: Oxfam

(Newser) - On the Pilgrim's Pride website , "prioritize the team over yourself" is one of the poultry producer's core values. But in something out of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle , Bloomberg notes, an Oxfam America report suggests that "value" is really a humiliating issue for already marginalized workers... More »

Venezuela Declares Fridays Are Holidays

At least for a while, to save money on energy

(Newser) - In the US workplace, we have "casual" Fridays; in Venezuela, they now have "don't bother coming in" Fridays. President Nicolas Maduro announced that Fridays for the next 60 days will be official state holidays to save energy in a country that's been plagued by blackouts and... More »

Company to Female Workers: Take Time Off for Your Period

UK firm hopes its menstrual policy erases stigma about women's natural cycles

(Newser) - When Bex Baxter started seeing women in her office "bent over double" with pain—not from indigestion or appendicitis, but from their monthly menstrual cycles—she knew she had to act, per the Guardian . So the director of Coexist, based in Bristol, England, has decided to implement a "... More »

Amazon: NYT Takedown Was a Mistake-Filled Mess

Rep Jay Carney insinuates piece wouldn't have passed Journalism 101

(Newser) - Jeff Bezos took umbrage back in August at a New York Times takedown of Amazon's supposedly toxic work environment. Now Jay Carney—President Obama's former press secretary and now chief spokesman for Amazon—is on the offensive, via a lengthy response to the Aug. 15 piece that was... More »

Zappos' Bizarre Work Culture Will Blow Your Mind

CEO thinks no bosses, new lingo, and flexible rules will revolutionize workplace

(Newser) - Amazon may have acquired Zappos six years ago, but it's likely the work culture at the latter is dramatically different from that of the former. That's because Zappos, under the direction of CEO Tony Hsieh, is pioneering a total revamp of its workplace, including getting rid of all... More »

Bumble Bee Forced to Pay $6M for Worker Cooked Alive

Worker Jose Melena died a horrific death

(Newser) - Bumble Bee Foods will fork out $6 million for the horrific death of an employee cooked alive in 12,000 pounds of tuna fish, NBC News reports. Announced Wednesday by prosecutors, the plea agreement is California's biggest ever for a workplace safety violation. It consists of $3 million to... More »

World's Richest Man: 3-Day Workweek 'Will Happen'

Downside? Push retirement age to 75, says Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim

(Newser) - He's said it once and he's saying it again: Carlos Slim envisions a world where we work just three days a week and have more time for the things we enjoy. But this isn't some pipe dream. "I am sure it will happen," the Mexican... More »

Man Stabs Co-Worker Over ... Meatballs

Assailant fled the scene, charges are pending

(Newser) - Don't touch a man's meatballs—that's the lesson a Maryland man learned last week when he pilfered his co-worker's lunch, the Baltimore Sun reports. It all started when a male employee of an unnamed business in Fallston took a single meatball from another man's lunch.... More »

World's 2nd-Richest Man Wants a 3-Day Work Week

But people should work into their 70s, Carlos Slim

(Newser) - People are working too many days but not enough years, according to the world's second-richest man. Mexican telecommunications tycoon Carlos Slim says it is time for a "radical overhaul" that would result in people working just three days a week but postponing retirement until their 70s, reports the... More »

Google Admits It: We Suck at Diversity

Numbers prove 'Silicon Valley remains a white man's world,' says NYT

(Newser) - Google may have just topped the list of companies with the best compensation and benefits , but it's admitting it isn't a frontrunner when it comes to diversity. The company has finally shown its hand when it comes to race and gender numbers, owning up to the fact that... More »

Smokers: You Cost Your Boss an Extra $6K a Year

Study is first comprehensive look at the costs

(Newser) - As more employers decide not to hire smokers , a new study underscores why: Puffers cost employers $5,816 more per year than non-smoking employees. The author, an expert in public health law, teamed up with economists and dug into the topic after realizing there "wasn’t any really good... More »

How Millennials Are Going to Improve the Workplace

They won't tolerate our work-too-much lifestyles, writes Emily Matchar

(Newser) - Gen Y millennials have begun arriving in force in the workplace, and given their reputation as self-centered, spoiled brats, this can only be a bad thing, right? Exactly the opposite, writes Emily Matchar in the Washington Post , who at 30 thinks of herself as an "older sister" to millennials.... More »

Marissa Mayer Gives Yahoo a 'Cool' Makeover

Free lunches, new layout aimed at happier workplace

(Newser) - With Marissa Mayer at the helm for just two weeks, Yahoo is already looking more and more like her old workplace, Google: more "collaborative and cool," writes Kara Swisher at AllThingsD . That means some fresh perks for workers, most notable among them, free food in the company's... More »

5 Worst Office Habits

If you want to please your co-workers, stop complaining

(Newser) - LinkedIn asked more than 17,000 professionals around the globe to name their biggest workplace pet peeve—and, surprisingly, the top spot went to something a bit more serious than leaving your smelly food in the office fridge. The top five:
  1. Those who don’t take ownership of their
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Epic Resignation Sparks Slew of Whole Foods Complaints

Gawker hears from others after viral letter

(Newser) - One ex- Whole Foods worker’s disgusted letter of resignation has opened up the floodgates: Dozens of employees, current and former, have written to Gawker to reveal the worst of what goes on behind the scenes at the stores. A few choice cuts:
  • “It must've been one of
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Weirdest Excuses for Skipping Work

'I'm not feeling too clever today'

(Newser) - A new survey finds that 29% of employees have made something up to get out of a workday, and CareerBuilder surveys employers to find the strangest:
  • A chicken attacked my mom.
  • My finger's stuck in a bowling ball.
  • My hair transplant went poorly.
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