Ed Orum

  • Office Humor: Asleep On The Job

    Office Humor: Asleep On The Job

    Let's face it: we're a time starved nation. We like to multi-task, eat fast and stay up late (um, why do you think the Conan-Leno debate was so huge?) - which is why many of us are bleary-eyed as we drag ourselves into the office for another day of work. Sooner or later, we all need a recharge...and sometimes... Continue Reading

  • National Sick Day Has Employees Calling In For No Good Reason

    National Sick Day Has Employees Calling In For No Good Reason

    If you're reading this from your desk at work today, give yourself a high five! If you're still in your PJ's relaxed and cozy at home, you're not alone. Turns out the first Monday in February is the most popular day for employees to call in sick. Blame the dreary winter weather, lingering unpaid holiday credit... Continue Reading

  • Discriminating Job Ad Rejected - For Seeking

    Discriminating Job Ad Rejected - For Seeking "Reliable Workers"

    Apparently asking for "reliable workers" might be just a bit too discriminating in today's uber-sensitive society. At least that's one recruiter's experience after a government-run employment office refused to run her ad seeking a housekeeper because it might be found offensive by some. See average salaries for... Continue Reading

  • Speed Dating For Jobs Heating Up Recruiting Efforts

    Speed Dating For Jobs Heating Up Recruiting Efforts

    Job seekers know how frustrating it can be to spend hours a day on networking sites and job boards, endlessly submitting résumés with little or no response. What really makes you feel like you're making some headway into the job search are connections made the old-fashioned way - in person. It's... Continue Reading

  • Pooper Scooper Cleans Up Big Business After Layoff

    Pooper Scooper Cleans Up Big Business After Layoff

    It's a dirty job, but somebody is making money doing it. After nearly 30 years in the airline industry, Kevin Kendall saw the writing on the wall. His job as an aircraft dispatcher wouldn't last much longer, so the Indiana man decided to take retirement into his own hands. After researching dozens of small... Continue Reading

  • Employees Expect Less Layoffs, More Pay In Months Ahead

    Employees Expect Less Layoffs, More Pay In Months Ahead

    In a pleasant sign that things are improving ever so slightly in the job market, more than a third of employees actually expect to get a pay raise in the next year, and a majority of those working feel confident they won't be laid off in the next six months. The sentiments could be an indicator that things are... Continue Reading

  • Starwood Hiring 12,000 Hotel Staffers in 2010

    Starwood Hiring 12,000 Hotel Staffers in 2010

    The travel and tourism industry is beginning to picking up steam. Starwood - parent to huge hotel brands including Sheraton, W Hotels, Westin and more - recently announced it's hiring more than 12,000 people to help staff properties in the United States and abroad. Many of the jobs will be located at properties... Continue Reading

  • LA Barber Finally Thinks About Retirement - At 94

    LA Barber Finally Thinks About Retirement - At 94

    For 58 years, Elvie Lewis has faithfully reported to work at his Los Angeles barbershop. The 94 year old has been cutting hair since way before the first man landed on the moon. These days, Lewis doesn't drive, but he still keeps a steady hand as he clips his customers' hair. "They have fun and talk about the... Continue Reading

  • Walmart To Greeter: Fight With Customer, Lose Your Job

    Walmart To Greeter: Fight With Customer, Lose Your Job

    His job was to say "Hello" to customers, now Walmart has said "Goodbye" to a Florida store greeter after he got into a fight with a customer. The spat started when a shopper set off the alarm as he was leaving the store. 69-year-old greeter Ed Bauman sprang into action - following the suspected klepto to his car... Continue Reading

  • 10 Ways Your Employer Is Spying On You

    10 Ways Your Employer Is Spying On You

    It's a high tech world out there, and employers have more tools to keep their eyes on you than ever before. You might wonder why your company cares to listen into your phone conversations or check your email accounts - it's not necessarily meant to make your life miserable. Most often, a company is just... Continue Reading

  • Study: Geeks Keep The Girls Away From Tech Jobs

    Study: Geeks Keep The Girls Away From Tech Jobs

    By Ed Orum Women steer clear from jobs in tech because they imagine their lives would be like a bad episode of TV's "The Big Bang Theory." Whether that's true doesn't necessarily matter - the stereotypes of geeky guys in science and tech is enough to dissuade women from pursuing a career in computer... Continue Reading

  • Employee Goes 43 Years Without A Sick Day

    Employee Goes 43 Years Without A Sick Day

    Here's a little inspiration to get you through those days when you wake up and all you want to do is call in sick for no good reason: 70-year-old Rhea Holt hasn't missed a day of work in 43 years. That's nearly 90,000 hours or roughly 11,180 days on the job without an excuse for why he couldn't make it into... Continue Reading

  • Unemployment In Detroit Pushing 50%?

    Unemployment In Detroit Pushing 50%?

    Nearly one out of two workers in Detroit are unemployed, according to a report by The Detroit News. It's a figure far higher than the government's official figure, which is still close to a staggering 30 percent. But the newspaper says that rate doesn't take everything into account. For every person who is... Continue Reading

  • Foul Game: Fired For Playing Fantasy Football

    Foul Game: Fired For Playing Fantasy Football

    flickr.com Talk about a bad call! There's a job opening at a major investment firm in Texas because the last guy was sacked - for playing fantasy football at work. According to a report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, a "relationship manager" at a Fidelity Investments regional office was recently let go from... Continue Reading

  • Pay Day Jackpot: A $1.3 Million Direct Deposit Mistake

    Pay Day Jackpot: A $1.3 Million Direct Deposit Mistake

    Imagine checking your bank account on payday to find a little bonus cash in there - to the tune of about $1.3 million! That's exactly what happened to a British supermarket warehouse employee - but instead of taking the cash and hi-tailing it to a remote island, the loyal guy returned the money. Continue Reading

  • Are Text Messages Sent From Your Work Phone Private?

    Are Text Messages Sent From Your Work Phone Private?

    How would you feel if your boss received a copy of every text message you sent from your work-issued cell phone? It might make you think twice before hitting that send button. It's an issue with such huge implications that the Supreme Court recently announced it will hear a case on the topic. It stems from a... Continue Reading

  • Tax Loophole Creates Limo  Town

    Tax Loophole Creates Limo Town

    It just might be easier to get a limo ride in the remote Indian town of Ludhiana than it is in New York City or Las Vegas. The village, with it's dusty streets and free-roaming animals, is bursting at the seams with limousines. So far nearly 400 drivers have set up shop because of a local law that exempts owners... Continue Reading

  • Finger Lickin' Good: Don't Try This At Work

    Finger Lickin' Good: Don't Try This At Work

    There's a certain chicken chain where "finger lickin' good" has proved to be advertising gold. This isn't a story about that. It's the tale of former British supermarket employee who has taken the idea to a new level of bizarreness. Read the Full Story >> Continue Reading

  • The $1 Million Strip Tease

    The $1 Million Strip Tease

    After suffering through eight years of being harassed by her male colleagues, a British businesswoman wants her final paycheck - $1 million dollars. Haley Tansey is suing her former employer for all the ways she was wronged over the years as a traveling loan manager at a bank. Testimony from her ongoing trial... Continue Reading

  • Peeping Tom Spying On Co-Workers Gets Busted

    Peeping Tom Spying On Co-Workers Gets Busted

    Putting a spy camera in your bathroom at work doesn't exactly scream "team player." There's certain amount of trust we place in our co-workers. Day in and day out, we're clustered together in close quarters, participating in office pools and celebrating seasonal holidays with pot-luck lunches. 25-year old Miguel... Continue Reading