Sex in the Air: A Skydiving No-No

In a another “going out with a bang” story, porn star and weekend skydive instructor, Alex Torres was fired by the owner of Skydive Taft when he decided to join the mile-high club in his own way. Along for the ride was Skydive Taft receptionist Hope Howell. She was fired too.

Following an investigation by the U.S.’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Torres – who worked part-time with Skydive Taft – and Howell – who was a receptionist there, have been removed from their posts. It is being speculated that Torres’ was looking to grab the attention of radio jockey Howard Stern; something that he has managed to do. The FAA investigations are centered on the possibility of the act distracting the pilot of the aircraft.

Evidently, Torres was trying to get the attention of Howard Stern. I’m sure Mr. Stern took notice, along with millions of others.

Hotel Worker Quits to Sound of Marching Band

Joey, a former hotel worker in Providence, RI and a member of What Cheer? Brigade, decided to go out with a bang after his complaints about workplace conditions allegedly went unheard by management.

The working conditions in the hotel are horrendous. In the kitchen, workers are regularly forced to work 10, 11, 14, 16 hour shifts that begin at 5:30AM and last well into the night. Housekeepers are reprimanded if they fail to clean 16 rooms or more in a 9 hour shift. Anyone who speaks up—especially anyone who is openly pro-union—is disciplined or fired. Managers, like Jared, scream down employees daily.

I worked extremely hard to change the conditions in the hotel. My co-workers and I regularly organized ourselves to push back against management and demand respect. I was also one of many workers who led the fight to organize a formal union at the hotel.

The hotel has yet to recognize our union, and they continue a vicious union-busting campaign. They punish and fire pro-union workers, spread lies in captive-audience meetings, and generally attempt to scare the workers out of joining the union. Still, through just being organized and threatening to form a union, we’ve won countless victories, including raises, new uniforms, lower housekeeper room quotas, etc.

Whether or not the allegations are true, Joey certainly found quite a memorable way to quit his job.

[via Laughing Squid]

CEO of Yahoo Confirms Own Firing Via iPad

Yahoo CEO, Carol Bartz, was fired today. Over the phone. And she let everyone know about it.

To all,
I am very sad to tell you that I’ve just been fired over the phone by Yahoo’s Chairman of the Board. It has been my pleasure to work with all of you and I wish you only the best going forward.
Sent from my iPad

There are just so many things wrong with this HR-wise that I don’t even know where to start. Suffice to say that the firing of a CEO (or any termination) should take place in person rather than over the phone.

And to that end, perhaps access to the all-employee email list should be cut off immediately as well.

[via TechCrunch]

New York Tops Job Growth List

According to Kym McNicholas of Forbes, jobs grew by 80% in New York.

Take a look at the list of top cities across the United States who saw an increase in the number of available jobs in December compared to a year ago:

  • New York City: 267,000 jobs, 80% increase, 3:1
  • Los Angeles: 169,000 jobs, 72% increase, 4:1
  • Washington, DC: 153,000 jobs, 53% increase, 1:1
  • San Francisco Bay Area: 152,000 jobs, 98% increase, 1:1
  • Chicago: 122,000 jobs, 74% increase, 2:1
  • Boston: 119,000 jobs, 78% increase, 1:1
  • Philadelphia: 100,000 jobs, 69% increase, 2:1
  • Dallas & Fort Worth: 95,000 jobs, 81% increase, 2:1
  • Atlanta: 82,000 jobs, 75% increase, 2:1
  • Seattle & Tacoma: 75,000 jobs, 68% increase, 2:1

SOURCE: SimplyHired

I guess moving back to NY was the right thing to do.

Six Words About Work

Smith Magazine, known as the “Home of the Six-Word Memoirs©” and Mercer, an HR Consulting Group, combined forces and sponsored a “Six Words About Work” contest.

The contest, conducted in phases over the summer, provided the opportunity to submit entries on four work-related topics for a chance to win an Apple® iPad or BlackBerry® PlayBook™:

  • Why I do what I do
  • What inspires my very best work
  • The best boss I ever had
  • Biggest lesson I learned at work

Mercer and SMITH received a total of more than 7,000 entries for the contest, which was conducted in the US, UK and Canada. During tough economic times, when many business decisions have directly affected employees and their jobs, the entries actually reflected positive and hopeful attitudes.

Among the winners:

  • “Press every button until printer works.”
  • “Follow your heart, not the salary.”
  • “Make cups of tea, build bridges.”

But my favorite, the US winner, really knocked it out of the park.

“Promoted truth, justice and eventually, me.”

Those six words encompass what every employee should hope to have in an employment experience. A workplace doing what’s right and an employee’s chance to develop his career. A simple, yet genius, formula.

There are more wonderful six-word nuggets of absolute genius and insight here.


CEO Shot While Standing Behind His Own Product

Trent Kimball, CEO of Texas Armoring Corporation (TAC) in San Antonio, in order to prove the efficacy of his product, had one of his employees shoot an AK-47 at him while his stood behind a sheet of TAC’s T7-level bullet-resistant glass. Needless to say, his product works.

Shooting the CEO. Definitely an original perk. I don’t, however, recommend implementing such a policy.

Unless of course your company happens to make bullet resistant glass (and the CEO has a good sense of humor).

[via Laughing Squid]

El Empleo – Working For the Man

My father always told me to never take anything personally in the workplace because when it really came down to it, all I would ever be to an employer was a commodity.

In this 2008 award winning short by Argentinian animator Santiago Grasso shows what life would be like when people become mere objects working for “The Man” – literally the commodities of which my father spoke.

A scary thought indeed.

[via Laughing Squid]