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"I think it's best you go home and be with your babies" is not what an employee expects to hear upon returning to work after maternity leave. Unfortunately, it is exactly what Angela Ames heard when she requested access to a lactation room to express breast milk. Ms. Ames filed to sue for sexual discrimination, but has been denied access to a trial. The details will make any reasonable person's head spin.
Micromanagers have to be in control of everything all the time, even the tiniest mundane details -- not exactly a great quality in a boss. While it is not pleasant for you, the worker, to feel that you have no autonomy, micromanagers are usually pretty stressed out themselves, either because they are under a lot of pressure from above or because they simply don't know how to delegate responsibility. You can, however, develop some working habits that will make your micromanager proud, and potentially cause him to loosen his grip.
If you didn't wow your guidance counselor with your SAT scores, but still got into and graduated from college, you might have thought that the tyranny of the College Board had receded from your life. But not so fast: some big employers like Goldman Sachs or Amazon still ask candidates for their SAT scores, decades after the test. Why would companies put so much weight on tests you took before you could legally vote?
If you want to work at Google, forget about impressing them with your fancy college degree, in-demand major, or sterling GPA. According to a recent article in The New York Times, what Google is really looking for is the ability to learn.
Americans who work full-time may spend more time interacting with co-workers and managers than with their own family and friends. Their relationships at work, however, are far different than with trusted friends. When bosses are difficult people, workers often do not have the freedom to confront them or to demand to be treated with common courtesy. For those employees who are not lucky enough to work for polite people, these three strategies may help them maintain their sanity.
AOL CEO Tim Armstrong has done it again: during a conference call to explain changes to staffers' 401(k) plans, he mentioned that some of the cost was because two AOL-ers had "distressed babies" in 2013.
Nowadays, most of us would be happy just to have health insurance and maybe some paid vacation, but it's still fun to read about some of the crazier perks available to employees of companies like Google and Twitter. Especially since, once you really dig in, it's pretty clear that some of these fringe benefits aren't all they're cracked up to be.
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