Richard Lawson is starting his new job as an entertainment columnist for Vanity Fair today, and he wrote a lovely piece on his blog about joining the workforce after college, about his first job in New York City working in sales for Broadway shows, and about the role our jobs have in helping form a part of our identities. Here he is talking about leaving that sales job and moving onto something new:
When I worked in an office and was having a bad day, I coped by keeping to myself at my desk, and taking breaks to go outside and breathe. If something was bothering me, I tried to not let it show on my face. NPR’s The Salt asked some waiters how they cope with having a bad day while having to interact with customers and provide service with a smile.
Rachel Swarns’ New York Times series called The Working Life kicks off today, introducing us to Marianne Scarino, a 62-year-old woman who has been laid off twice in her role as a six figure-earning corporate manager and now works as an elementary school aide ($21k/year).
This job ad on LinkedIn is making the rounds on social media as being The Worst.
In The Morning News archives Mike Deri Smith introduces us to KidZania, an international theme park where the theme is seemingly “capitalism” and kids get to play-work at having a job and earning a living:
Each child receives a bank account, an ATM card, a wallet, and a check for 50 KidZos (the park’s currency). At the park’s bank, which is staffed by adult tellers, kids can withdraw or deposit money they’ve earned through completing activities—and the account remains even when they go home at the end of the day.
The kids go work at pretend gas stations, factories, construction sites, and factories. But these aren’t just any workplaces. They’re corporate-sponsored:
To save money I packed lunches, which due to living in a dorm included the tried and true Annie’s mac & cheese in a single serving packet. I figured they were healthier than the cheaper Kraft Easy Mac version and doused them using the kitchen’s communal Tapatío bottle. My older coworkers, self-identified as retail queens, would often order in from Juan’s down the street and gave me their castoff, fresh-fried flour tortilla chips.
Yesterday, Mark “Copyranter” Duffy put up a post on Gawker describing how he was fired from his job from Buzzfeed, which appeared to be mostly due to the fact that his job was to create posts being critical about advertisements, and, unsurprisingly, advertisers for the site were not happy about that.
Via our pal Jon Custer, is this interesting article in the Wall Street Journal about “pocketless uniforms” which are less about functionality and more about preventing theft by employees in industries like marijuana farms, casinos, and nuclear facilities (because people were apparently stealing highly enriched uranium or separated plutonium!).
1 thing 2 do.
A group of about 20 “chronic alcoholics” in Amsterdam’s Oosterpark were spending their days fighting, shouting, making comments at women, and generally disturbing the peace, so the state-funded Rainbow Foundation Project, put them to work — voluntarily. Strange as it may seem, most parties — the participants, the foundation, the neighborhood residents — seem satisfied with the arrangement.