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That Awkward Moment When A Coworker Drinks Too Much At The Office Party…

April 14th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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There’s something about an office party after a long day at work that makes people way too excited for the party part and forget they’re still in the office. You know what we’re talking about: those times when a coworker drinks too much and suddenly they’re sharing all of their personal business, telling everyone how they really feel about their job, and being all types of inappropriate with members of the opposite sex. In other words, it ain’t pretty and plenty of embarrassment and hilarity (for those watching from a distance) ensues. We’ve captured all that in this reenactment of an office party gone wrong up top. Watch and share your own horror stories in the comments section.

Deciphering Constructive Versus Destructive Criticism On The Job

January 13th, 2014 - By Blair Bedford
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Criticism and feedback on the job can sometimes be difficult to take as an employee, especially after a mistake or blunder on your part. As a way to advise employees and help them grow as a professional, criticism is often seen as reprimanding, negative or destructive.

How do you know whether the feedback you’re are receiving on the job is positive or not? Here are few questions you should ask to decipher whether the advice you are receiving is encouraging or hindering your professional growth.

9 Things We Hate About Secret Santa In The Office

December 17th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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Before you call us grinches, take a minute to think about the last time you got a really great gift courtesy of a Secret Santa gift exchange.

We’ll wait.

While the idea of buying special presents for associates, congregates at our church, or people in our book club, sounds fun in theory, often by the time it comes down to actually making those purchases, the whole concept of Secret Santa becomes one big stressor. And that reality is even more true when it comes to doing these exchanges in the workplace. We’re not saying we won’t participate in Secret Santa if we have to, we’re just saying we won’t have fun while doing it. Here are 9 things we hate about Secret Santa in the office.

Cubicle Confessions: I Stole Office Supplies From Work

November 11th, 2013 - By Madame Noire
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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: I Lied To Skip Work

October 29th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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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 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.

Study Finds Craziest Excuses People Use To Skip Work, Like “I Got Lost”

October 29th, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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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

SMH

What’s the craziest excuse you’ve ever used for a sick day?

The Unsatisfied Generation: Most Young Workers Unhappy With Their Jobs

October 29th, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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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: I Took A Sh!t At Work

October 16th, 2013 - By Madame Noire
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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.

Nine Reasons Why Every Black Woman Should Learn A Second Language

October 11th, 2013 - By Blair Bedford
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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!

9 Ways To Make Your Business Trip A Little More Personal

October 1st, 2013 - By Rochelle Burnley
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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.