On "If you're enjoying yourself, you're not working hard enough" (Or You're In Denmark)

Lobster rolls every day? My digestion would rebel along with my bank account.

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 4:51 pm 0

On Office Bathrooms: Where Everyone Is a Disgusting Monster

We have a windowless "personal" room mostly for breastfeeding moms but it was also used for personal phone calls or if you just needed a break, etc. Someone pooped in THERE! Now it's locked. No more catnaps for anyone!

Posted on December 3, 2014 at 10:39 am 0

On American Workers Want to Know When Their Workday Ends

I don't check work email from home, period. I don't have work email set up on my phone either--I have to access it through webmail if I need to. If I was checking my work email from home all the time, I'd be even more of stressed-out mess than I already am. This is a mental and physical health issue. Your personal time is valuable. Guard it like a lion, because if you start creating the expectation that you're on call at all times, it will be very hard to take it back.

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 4:03 pm 1

On The Value of 'Company Culture'

I had a job interview recently at a place about which I'd heard rumblings of dissatisfaction (they contacted me). I came up with the question "how do you define productivity in your employees?" Of course they just said some stuff about being engaged. I found out a friend of a friend had left the job, so I talked to her. Turns out this person had lasted less than six months and the person before her, less than that. She said the pace was frenetic, the work hours long, and the job somewhat different than described. I had no reason to think anything had changed so I said no thanks. Really thankful I was able to take advantage of some inside information.

Posted on November 3, 2014 at 3:29 pm 0

On Is There a Class Component to Catcalls

@morecakeplease Ha! Once I was walking along in a new dress and these two young guys (teenagers) were ambling along toward me. I steeled myself for the inevitable, and one of them said very politely, "You look very nice." I was so disarmed. It was funny and very sweet.

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 4:26 pm 0

On This Is Terrible, But: The Pain of Tipping People Richer Than Me

I actually asked my longtime hairstylist if I should continue to tip after she became a creative director of her salon and she was like "whatever you want to do!" Which didn't help. And she has a way nicer house than me (we occasionally invite each other to parties.) But she also is married, so they have a second income, and also she is on her feet all day. So I still tip.

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 5:24 pm 0

On If You Can't Marry Them, Become Them

This is so not what I want to read while my own long-term relationship is going through a crisis. But I read it anyway! Because I like to torture myself.

Posted on October 3, 2014 at 12:11 pm 0

On My Summer As a Housekeeper

Well put! I hate it when you hear the argument "well, people have the opportunity to go to school and get a better job." But hello, we obviously NEED people to cook, clean, etc. Some people are doing it temporarily, sure, but many others are doing it because they either don't have the means to do anything else, or maybe can't do anything else. There's nothing wrong with that. And it's why everyone deserves a living wage if they work full time. We need to respect the labor of all people.

Posted on September 29, 2014 at 1:54 pm 3

On Why Can't Every Doctor Take Every Insurance?

@lemonadefish Did you read that NY Times article about this the other day? I think the Billfold linked to it too. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/21/us/drive-by-doctoring-surprise-medical-bills.html?_r=0

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 5:58 pm 0

On Out-of-Network Horror Stories

This is like the contemporary version of HMOs declining emergency coverage if you ended up at a hospital without getting preauthorization. For an EMERGENCY. During which you may have been out cold or at the very least not thinking straight enough to call the HMO to get authorization. The more things change . . . I got a questionnaire recently from my (quite excellent) medical group about my experiences there, all very good except for one. They asked whether the bills and charges were clear enough and I was like NO, when in God's name has a medical bill ever been clear? Even though I go in for the same two procedures every two months, the bills never look the same.

Posted on September 22, 2014 at 5:38 pm 0