May 2009 11
Sorry, Lance Armstrong, but your “Livestrong” bracelets are yesterday’s news.
These yellow and pink silicone bands – much like the bright yellow ones Lance Armstrong made fashionable wore to raise awareness for cancer (and which inspired countless other variations) – were created by Barbara Bourn and Stephanie Aucoin, the folks behind LaidOffNeedaJob.com, which also gives job-seeking tips and economic news updates on Twitter and Facebook.
Do you count yourself as a survivor? No, I’m not talking about your obsession with the Beyoncé video (and you should probably keep that to yourself), but about company layoffs. As a leader, if you are a survivor of a layoff, you have a unique perspective on its effects on the employees who remain — after the employee boxes have been packed up, goodbyes have been exchanged (if that’s even an option) and the dust has settled.
Experiencing a little withdrawal now that season eight of “American Idol” has ended? Not that tweeting @RyanSeacrest every half hour isn’t a constructive use of your time…but might I suggest channeling some of that lingering “Idol” fan energy into something a wee bit more productive?
Say, uncovering the hidden employee management lessons Paula, Simon, Randy and Kara unknowingly provided us all season?
CareerBuilder released its annual vacation survey yesterday, which revealed that, sadly, over a third of American workers don’t plan to take a vacation this year – naming lack of funds and feelings of guilt and anxiety as the reasons for staying home.
(On the upside, they’re sparing themselves the possible disappointment of making it all the way to Wally World only to find that it’s closed….Right?)
According to the survey of more than 4,400 workers:
35 percent say they haven’t gone on or aren’t planning on taking a vacation in 2009.
And You Thought Accidentally Hitting “Reply All” Was Your Biggest Worry … Why a Company E-Mail Policy May Be In Order
Does your company have a standardized e-mail policy? If you have to stop and think about it, then it’s probably safe to assume that, if there is one, it’s not strictly enforced. And that could be a problem – especially if your company has had layoffs recently, which can open the door to wrongful termination lawsuits from ex-employees.
That’s the reality an HR professional who wrote into this recent “Ask Annie” column is facing: The company where the manager works is being sued by an ex-employee, whose lawyers are demanding that management turn over its e-mails as part of the discovery investigation, which “has got the whole place in an uproar.”
That’s not hard to understand – after all, would you want strangers going through all of your emails?
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