Multiple Raises a Year

What if instead of the possibility of getting a raise after an annual performance review, you got a multiple mini-raises throughout the year as a way for an employer to do regular check-ins on how you’re doing (i.e. instead of the possibility of getting a $10,000 raise at the end of the year you got $2,500 raises quarterly). The Wall Street Journal reports that this strategy is becoming increasingly more common at companies like tech firms, which want to retain talented employees and keep them motivated.

How Much Is Your Iced Coffee?

Have you noticed an increase in iced coffee prices in your area? Perhaps, at your local independent coffee shop? Gothamist writes that the increases—which has been anywhere from a few cents to a full dollar—are due to a variety reasons including a bad crop year

Are You as Financially Literate as an American Teenager?

The Organization For Economic Cooperation put together a survey and assessed the financial literacy of 15-year-old across the globe. American teens tested in the middle (China placed first, but, hey, we beat Russia and France [just barely]).

Monday Check-in

How were your weekends?

Here Is Your Open Thread

Are you a working out before work kind of person? (I am!) From Quartz, a guide to working out before work: “Ultimately, the goal is to make this a habit—to rise and work out without thinking. A habit has three parts: a cue, a routine, and a reward.”

Friday Estimate

Good morning and TGIF! Let’s do some estimations.

As I mentioned in the Do 1 Thing post yesterday, I’m attending a birthday party for a friend and his baby, and that’ll be my main expense this weekend. My fridge is still pretty stocked, so I won’t need to do a grocery run. My estimate is $100.

What are your estimates?


La La La (Do 1 Thing)

Thursday is a great day to do that 1 thing you don’t want to do but also don’t want to continue thinking about doing.

My 1 Thing I need to do this week is get some gifts for some birthdays that are coming up this weekend. One of my friends is having a get-together this weekend to celebrate his birth and that of his baby, whose birthday is also this month. Now, does the baby get a gift? Maybe? We’ve talked about this before. In any case, that’s on my list.

What’s on your list?

And as reference to the title of this week’s 1 Thing, here’s that Sam Smith song:

Does Someone You Work With Have a ‘Dark Triad’ Personality Trait?

Manipulative, narcissistic, and antisocial. This is the “dark triad” of personality traits that corporate climbers use to get ahead writes Sue Shellenbarger in the Wall Street Journal.

In the Future, We Will All Understand Code

In a story for Mother Jones last month, Tasneem Raja asked, “Is Coding the New Literacy?” This wasn’t a “go to college and study STEM” argument, but rather, a discussion of whether understanding code in an increasingly digital world will just be as important as understanding how to read and write. Reading and writing, Raja points out, became more important in the 19th Century as written information from newspapers to store displays began to bombard people. Literacy rates soared, fostered “through religious campaigns, the nascent public school system, and the at-home labor of many mothers.” Everyone understood that reading and writing was important, though not everyone decided to become a writer. Could it be the same for code literacy? It’s not absurd to think that we may all understand code one day but not all grow up to be programmers.

Riding the Chinatown Bus, and Considering Its True Cost

My first job out of undergrad was doing radio and producing work for a newswire in Washington D.C., while one of my college roommates lived in New York’s Lower East Side and was cast in off-off-Broadway shows. Neither of us were making very much money, but we were four hours away from each other and would visit using the cheapest mode of transportation we could find: the Chinatown bus.

These buses had various names: The Fung Wah Bus, Megabus, Boltbus, Washington Deluxe, and so on. Back then, for $30, you could go to from D.C. to New York and back again.

You could also get stranded on the side of the road, or deal with a number of other nightmares—these buses got into accidents all the time.

Nico Lang discusses some of the horror stories and common complaints at the Daily Dot:

Other Fast Food Restaurants Paying Beyond the Minimum Wage

The Times has a story up about other fast food restaurant chains that pay above the minimum wage including:

Monday Check-in

Good morning! I hope you all had an amazing long weekend. Let’s check in.

My pals and I packed into two cars and navigated our way through a storm on our way into the woods. We stopped at an Outback Steakhouse where we consoled ourselves with steaks, drinks, and a Bloomin’ Onion ($60). We arrived to our cabin in the woods to discover that the power had gone out due to downed power lines thanks to the storm, but made the best of it with flashlights, candles and glasses of dark and stormies. When we woke up the next day, the power was back on, and we left to have brunch in a little town ($32) before going hiking, followed by tennis and a trip to the grocery store and butcher’s shop for items to grill grilling. We ate, we danced, we played games, and went to bed late. In the morning we made coffee and bacon, egg and cheese on English muffins, and then went out to a lake to get some sun, play some volleyball and go for a swim. We grilled the last of our groceries, cleaned our cabin and headed back to the city. I spent Sunday recovering. My share of groceries, gas, and booze was $78. My estimate was $200, and I ended up spending $170.

And how were your weekends?