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Cubicle Confessions is a new MN Business column bringing you real-life office horror stories from MadameNoire readers. This week’s topic is stealing office supplies. Have you ever stolen supplies from work? What did you take and why? Here’s what some of our readers said:
Tevina: Hell yea! Whachu mean why???? I was in charge of ordering supplies so I would just order extra for my home office. Yes it was wrong but a lot of people take pens and pads home.
Jalecia: Tissue. I was in the Army pulling a 6 am-6 pm (because who ever said the military was a 9-5 lied) and I knew after being at work all day and waiting in traffic I was going to be too tired to grab some.
Lola: I was moving jobs and I ordered extra office supplies to take with me.
Pchezz: Ummm yeah but if anyone else asks I plead the fifth.
Nita: Ummmm yes. My home office is fully stocked by our government. Lol
Ranata: Clothing ‘cuz it was my last day there.
Somalia: I steal from that God awful place everyday. Anything I can get.. paper towels, bathroom tissue, Glade® plug-ins, copying paper, first aid kits, coffee creamer, pens, notebooks, etc..
Venus: Small office supplies aka SCHOOL supplies for my boys. I worked for a company that ordered more supplies than was actually being used in office.
Rhonda: Yep! Sure did! Hey, the kids needed writing tablets, folders, pencils, pens, rulers. I just took the list to work and went shopping! LOL!!
Lindie: Yep everyday. I use the paper to photocopy my private things like recipes. I use their folders and color prints to do my nieces and nephews assignments.
Kourtney: Toliet paper. I didn’t feel like stopping at Wal-Mart om the way home.
Takisha: LMAO…yes!! I used to work at a gym and I..ummmm….use to “borrow” somethings like cleaning supplies, tissue, and paper towels.
Dustin: All the time. It’s my way of rebelling against the system.
Jessica: I never have but a coworker of mine we used to work at the hospital together would take everything. Lol. trash bags, razors, toilet paper. Lmao.
Cubicle Confessions is a new MN Business column bringing you real-life office horror stories from MadameNoire readers. This week’s topic is calling into work sick. What’s the most outrageous excuse you’ve used to skip work? Did you get busted or did it work? Here’s what some of our readers said:
Raya: I told my mgr my Bathroom pipes busted and I am standing ankle deep in water!! Although it was a 87 degree day and I went bike riding with my friends!
Aisha: A car accident came to work next day arm in a sling so i can pickup my check and leave.
Sonia: I know someone who said they were being kidnapped by someone they were involved with and he took her out of state and she was stuck out in Arizona and couldn’t get home. Boss sent money to her and she said when she got home she was going to press charges. She got to work person in question had started the week prior and had an alibi from her boss. He filled in for her. This all for a weekend off and left with no job.
Juli: Tires were slashed by some neighborhood kids. In reality, I had Steeler tickets.
Andrea: I told my manager I was bit by a spider and my feet had swollen up so bad I couldn’t drive to work. I just stayed in bed with my boo all day. It worked!
Londy: Faked a funeral to attend the crawfish festival in 2002. Made an obituary and everything. It worked.
Kariene: Said my grandmother passed away but she was already dead so I was lying but not…
Joyce: No babysitter gotta stay home with the kids and i dont have kids.
Jasmine: that my car was stolen. so stupid… had to tell them it was recovered and given back 2 days later next time i came to work. I was like 17.
You know you’ve done it–called in sick to work when you weren’t. In fact more than 30 percent of workers call out sick when they aren’t, according to a new CareerBuilder survey.
But that’s not the surprise. What’s shocking are the unbelievable excuses people give when they call out. the reasons some people give are just unbelievable. “From loss of false teeth, to bizarre bee attacks, employees tend to get pretty creative, faking sickness, and are often checked up on by employers,” reports Black Enterprise.
According to the survey, in the past year, 32 percent of workers have called in sick when not actually ill. This is up slightly from last year. And 30 percent of employees say they’ve gone to work despite actually being sick in order to save their sick days for when they’re feeling well. The survey, conducted online by Harris Interactive, also revealed that 20 percent of workers say in the past year they called in sick but still ended up doing work from home throughout the day.
But some bosses actually check out the sick day excuses. Some 30 percent of employers say that they have checked in on employees who have called in sick to make sure the excuse was real, with 64 percent requiring a doctor’s note, 48 percent calling the employee, 19 percent checking out the employee’s social media posts, and 17 percent having another employee call the sick employee.
So what excuses are people using when they don’t just pull the old “I’m sick” line? Here are the most outrageous:
- Employee’s favorite football team lost on Sunday so needed Monday to recover
- Employee was quitting smoking and was grouchy
- Employee said that someone glued her doors and windows shut so she couldn’t leave the house to come to work
- Employee said the chemical in turkey made him fall asleep and he missed his shift
- Employee’s fake eye was falling out of its socket
- Employee got lost and ended up in another state
- Employee couldn’t decide what to wear
What’s the craziest excuse you’ve ever used for a sick day?
Twenty-somethings are having a hard go of it on the career front. According to a new study, most workers in their 20s are unsatisfied with their jobs, but according to the Associated Press (AP) all they have to do is “just wait.”
A new AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs survey found that 9 out of 10 workers aged 50 or older said they’re somewhat or totally satisfied in their jobs, but a large share of young people are unhappy. Many millenials are starting their careers in a field in which they feel overqualified and don’t want to work, according to a report earlier this year from McKinsey on Society. In fact, nearly half of graduates from four-year colleges are in jobs that don’t require a four-year degree. Because of this, it’s taking young workers a lot longer than their baby boomer counterparts to earn as much money. As the Huffington Post reports, “In 1980 the average worker earned the median wage by the time they were 26, according to a September study from Georgetown University researchers. Now that average age for that achievement is 30.”
Of course this also means young Americans are building wealth at a slower pace relative to their older counterparts. “Older Americans had 44 times as much wealth as younger Americans in 2009, up from 13 times as much in 1984,” reports HuffPo. On top of all of this, while young people are finding it hard to land a decent-paying job in their field, they’re being overwhelmed in record numbers by student loan debt.
So how long will young people have to wait to be satisfied with their career? The Huffington Post says it may take them up to more than 30 years.
No wonder 20-somethings are unhappy.
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Cubicle Confessions is a new MN Business column bringing you real-life office horror stories from MadameNoire readers. This week’s topic is pooping at work. Do you go number two in the office or do you wait until you get home? Here’s what some of our readers said:
Kenya: Let me tell you I had an experience at work where I had to go to the bathroom and being stuck on a phone call with an irate customer that once I got off the phone let’s just say I didn’t make it, I pooped my pants like an infant.
Black women have many ways of communicating, but speaking another language fluently doesn’t seem to be our strong suit. According to an independent study reported by The Grio, African-American students are less likely to study another foreign language or study abroad. This is putting us as African Americans at a disadvantage in this culturally-changing and globalized world.
Being bilingual does not have to solely be for those in blended families, working overseas or eager high schoolers looking to get a few extra credits. It could help you in your social and professional life, enhancing your skills in the office and helping you beat the odds as an African-American professional woman.
Need a reason to start speaking a different language? We’ve got nine of them. Heureux d’apprentissage madame!
Traveling for business can be both exciting and bothersome. Depending on which city you’re visiting, it doesn’t always have to feel like “work.” When your company sends you out-of-town on assignment, there are plenty of ways that you can utilize the trip as an opportunity to have some personal fun as well. Of course, with the proper measures, none of it will interfere with the job or occur during business hours. Besides, when the work day ends and happy hours are taking place, who else is going to make sure you have a margarita in hand? …My sentiments exactly.
As we continue to enjoy what’s left of the summer months of 2013, many of us will take time out of our work schedules to vacation. Whether it is with family for a reunion, or a girl’s trip to an island, our work calendars and duties on the job have to be planned strategically in order to be able to unplug and truly enjoy our time away.
Though most of us would prefer and sometimes outright demand a vacation with no work distractions, many people are opting to keep the work phones nearby, check in with their bosses and review sales reports and other documents while sipping Mai Tais. Which are you?
1) You display extreme dedication to your job and work responsibilities.
2) There will not be millions of unanswered emails to return to.
3) Getting a head-start on upcoming projects can ease upcoming stress.
4) Your colleagues won’t be in limbo if they are waiting on correspondence from you in an effort to move forward with a task or project.
5) You will not miss out on any new business opportunities that may come during this time of vacation.
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Whether you’re a songbird or a belligerent zombie in the morning, your affinity for waking up early predicts your career path. According to a study conducted by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, your sleep-wake cycle forecasts your life occupation and “long-term job performance”, reports Bellingham Herald.
Students considered to be night owls had high “eveningness” scores; they tend to choose majors that involve the performance arts, information systems, and media studies. Working in these fields requires waking up later in the day. On the flip side, Brown says that students with high “morningness” scores lean towards careers that require early-morning enthusiasm, such as the healthcare industry.
“If a night owl avoids early-morning classes, and all pre-med chemistry classes are taught at 8 a.m., it’s unlikely that student will choose to become a doctor,” adds Bellingham.
College students who dodge 8 a.m. classes tend to miss out on core prerequisites for advanced courses that are often scheduled in the morning. Additionally, early classes are usually smaller in size because it takes a great deal of motivation to drag one’s exhausted body out of bed and into the classroom. As a result, there is a greater teacher-student interaction for a better learning experience.
Most students do a great deal of research on the major they’re interested in. Not only are students figuring out what the career entails, but they also are very attentive about what time they would have to be up for work.
Leigh Branham, a consultant with Keeping People Inc., an organization that helps improve the workplace atmosphere, said that it’s not optimal for an employee’s well-being to choose a career that contradicts one’s sleep-wake cycle.
“It’s bad for your health and for employee engagement to have night or day shift work if you’re not set up for it,” Branham said, “It’s a vicious cycle when sleep problems and stress interfere with job performance.”
Studies suggest that night owls should readjust their cycles to become early birds. According to Forbes, morning people earned higher GPAs than those who are nocturnal, which leads them to better job opportunities.
“About half the population are daytime people, about one-quarter are moderate to extreme morning types, and about one-quarter are moderate to extreme evening types,” Frederick Brown, author of the study, told Bellingham.
Has your “morningness” or “eveningness” affected your career choice?
No one told you being a grown-up sucks because you would not listen even if they did tell you! Point blank ….period.
I remember hearing from my mother and aunts, “Enjoy your youth. Enjoy being young. Enjoy being a child with no responsibilities,” and I would quickly scoff at this wisdom. I would speak softly under my breath about elders, bosses, married women and my parents not understanding my plight, trials and tribulations as a teenager, young adult, college student, law student, single woman…..you name it!
However, my very own life experiences and tests have actually taught me throughout my matriculation as an adult that being a grown up actually does not have to suck.
Let’s run down a laundry list of grown up experiences that MAY suck:
1) Having to work full time just to have no money after paying bills.
2) Working at a job, or for a boss that you actually do not like.
3) Paying taxes.
4) Not being in a meaningful relationship.
5) Not being able to eat whatever you want without gaining weight.
6) Not having children yet.
7) Being passed up for a well-deserved promotion and/or raise.
8) Dealing with sickness.
9) Not getting into the graduate school of your choice.
I have dealt with each and every instance listed above. Believe me when I tell you that those life experiences hurt, some more than others, however, they were all a part of my growing on so many levels. Throughout those sucky experiences, I have grown in my faith, patience, expectations, love and relationships.
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