For a few years now, we’ve been making the salary comparison between Oscar nominated actors and actresses and the characters whom they play. And — as you probably guessed — the actors typically out-earn their characters by quite a margin.
By and large this year is no different — apart from one huge exception. We’re not sure exactly how much Jesse Eisenberg — the actor nominated for his portrayal of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in “The Social Network” — was paid when he signed his contract for the movie in 2009, but we’d bet it was quite a bit less than the $3 billion that the real Facebook founder pulled in that year.
If life really were to imitate art for these Oscar-nominated actors and actresses, check out the pay cuts (or, for Eisenberg, pay raise) that they would have to take in order to spend a year in the lives of their respective characters.
1. Annette Bening, nominated for best actress in a leading role, “The Kids Are All Right”
Estimated net worth: $48 million*
Character: Nic Allgood, obstetrician
Character’s average annual salary: $323,413**
2. Nicole Kidman, nominated for best actress in a leading role, “Rabbit Hole”
Estimated net worth: $120 million
Character: Becca Corbett, former executive turned stay-at-home mom
Character’s average annual salary: If Becca Corbett had kept her job as an executive at Sotheby’s, she’d be making an average annual salary of $121,370.
3. Natalie Portman, nominated for best actress in a leading role, “Black Swan”
Estimated net worth: $32 million
Character: Nina Sayers, ballerina
Character’s average annual salary: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is hard to determine the average annual salary of ballerinas since both earnings and hours worked vary so widely. However, the BLS does say that the top 10 percent of professional dancers earn more than $27.26 per hour.
4. Michelle Williams, nominated for best actress in a leading role, “Blue Valentine”
Estimated net worth: $16 million
Character:Cindy Heller, pre-med student
Character’s average annual salary: When Cindy Heller graduates from med school, she’ll make around $188,065 per year as a physician.
5. Jeff Bridges, nominated for best actor in a leading role, “True Grit”
Estimated net worth: $18 million
Character:U.S. Marshal Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn
Character’s average annual salary: According to USMarshals.gov, the average starting salary for an entry-level U.S. Marshal is between $41,729 and $46,969.
6. Jesse Eisenberg, nominated for best actor in a leading role, “The Social Network”
Estimated net worth: $8 million
Character:Mark Zuckerberg, founder, Facebook
Character’s average annual salary: Zuckerberg’s estimated net worth is around $6.9 billion, according to Forbes.
7. James Franco, nominated for best actor in a leading role, “127 Hours”
Estimated net worth: $22 million
Character:Aron Ralston, former mechanical engineer
Character’s average annual salary: Before the accident that changed his life, Ralston worked as a mechanical engineer, a career that pays an average yearly salary of $88,987.
8. Mark Ruffalo, nominated for best actor in a supporting role, “The Kids Are All Right”
Estimated net worth: $10 million
Character: Paul Hatfield, organic food restaurant owner
Character’s average annual salary: $27,598, though the salary of a restaurant owner largely depends on the success of their venue.
9. Geoffrey Rush, nominated for best actor in a supporting role, “The King’s Speech”
Estimated net worth: $40 million
Character: Lionel Logue, speech therapist
Character’s average annual salary: $77,853
10. Amy Adams, nominated for best actor in a supporting role, “The Fighter”
Estimated net worth: $8 million
Character: Charlene Fleming, bartender
Character’s average annual salary: $29,009
*Estimated net worth from CelebrityNetWorth.com
**Character salary information from CBsalary.com, unless otherwise specified. Salary information is for present-day earnings, in the U.S.
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If you’ve ever worked in retail, you know how frustrating hearing the same songs over and over again can be, especially during the holidays. “Oh, great, it’s November, we’re going to hear 23 renditions of ‘Jingle Bells’ every day for the next two months.”
Doing what I do (i.e., writing), I can listen to music all day long while working. Whether on my iPod or streaming online, music fills my earbuds most of the day. As a music buff, this pleases me tremendously. However, music doesn’t just make the day go by more quickly. It can help me stay focused and a little less stressed.
Think about the cliché — but true — experience of someone going through a breakup and then listening to sad songs. Then angry songs. Then happy songs to bounce back and feel better. Music at work can have a similar effect. When you want to scream at difficult customers, you probably shouldn’t. Instead of screaming into the phone and saying something you shouldn’t, listening to an angry song can help you vent.
A few weeks ago, fellow Work Buzz writer Kaitlin posted a playlist of work-related songs to make your workday a little better. She touched upon a lot of the classics, citing Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles and Bon Jovi. So I decided to conjure my own playlist of lesser known songs by some classic acts and a few artists who aren’t quite as popular.Here are nine scenarios you might find yourself in during the workday and the appropriate soundtrack. Note: I’ve kept the lyrics in the style that they’re written, as to preserve the songwriters’ intent.
1. You just started a new job
When you’ve recently changed jobs, your new company can feel like a completely different world compared to your previous one. In fact, you might wonder why you spent so long at that last job when something so amazing perfect was waiting for you. Although this honeymoon probably won’t last forever, you should embrace it for as long as it does.
“Join our group and you will find
Harmony and peace of mind
Make it better
We’re here to welcome you
We’re all on a journey to
Finding the real inner you
Make it better
We’re here to welcome you”
Check it out:
2. Your significant other makes life better
Whether you’ve just gone on a first date with someone who could be The One or your s.o. made you breakfast in bed, you’re happy. Sometimes your good mood at work has nothing to do with your job and everything to do with your personal life.
Song: “Lovely Day”
Artist: Bill Withers
“When I wake up in the morning, love
and the sun light hurts my eyes
And something without warning, love
bears heavy on my mind.
Then I look at you and the world’s alright with me
Just one look at you and I know it’s gonna be
A lovely day”
Check it out:
3. You need to be strong
“Have you ever had one of those days?” is a common question for a reason. Sometimes you really do have one of those days where nothing goes write. Everybody’s mad at you, you’re drowning in a sea of work, and you have no choice but to keep going. It’s just a bad day and it will get better, but you have to give yourself a pep talk first.
Song: “Army of Me”
4. It’s not your fault
When people have an unpleasant experience, they want to chew off someone’s ear until the problem is resolved. Unfortunately, that person ends up being you. The problem is, you’re not responsible for these problems. You didn’t cause the problem and it’s not yours to fix.
Song: “Complaint Department”
Artist: Lykke Li
5. You just ate a donut and are crying at your desk.
Those darned unhealthy snacks have a way of adding on a few pounds without warning. The potlucks, birthday cakes and morning fritter all add up to a tighter belt. Then one day you’re sitting down and a button flies right off your pants. Suddenly you’re in healthy mode and are ready to overhaul your lifestyle.
Song: Fitter Happier
“Fitter, happier, more productive,
not drinking too much,
regular exercise at the gym
(3 days a week),
getting on better with your associate employee contemporaries,
(no more microwave dinners and saturated fats),
a patient better driver”
Check it out:
6. Your deadline is looming
Have you ever had a lot of work to do, and then your boss decided to pile on a little more? And then suddenly you realize your deadline is an hour away and you have two days’ worth of work to do? You can either pray for a miracle or work at a frantic pace.
Song: “In the Hall of the Mountain King”
Artists: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
7. Your hard work feels futile
If you are a social worker, teacher, doctor or any number of professions that serve others and your workload never diminishes, you can feel defeated. At the end of a hard day you might ask yourself, “What am I doing this all for?” Rest assured, you’re making a difference, even if it doesn’t feel like you are right now.
Song: “You Might Die Trying”*
Artist: Dave Matthews Band
[*We don’t want you to die working, by the way.]
8. You’ve zoned out
Let’s be honest, you can try to always give 110 percent, but some days are better than others. Sometimes you catch yourself staring at a can of soda for 20 minutes and you have no idea why. This is especially true if your job requires you to work odd hours. No matter how hard you try, working the graveyard shift is going to wear on you occasionally.
It’s the end of the week. Your two days of freedom are just around the corner. The sun seems brighter and the coffee tastes better. It’s just a good day to be alive.
Song: “Friday, I’m In Love”
Artist: The Cure
I know these aren’t on everyone’s playlists, so go ahead and tell us your picks. What music gets you through the day? Or what music do you put on when you come home and need to unwind?
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Location matters when buying a home (“Oh, a lake view!”) or accepting a job offer (“It’s just a 15-minute drive!”). If you don’t like the home with the lake view, you can drive a few blocks and look for a home with a park view. Or you can turn down the job with the 15-minute drive and find one near a train stop. But if you’re job searching, your location isn’t quite as flexible. You can’t say, “The local economy is a bit rough, so I’ll just pick up and move across the country.” You can, I suppose, but it takes a lot of time and money, two items job seekers can’t afford to waste.
Recently, the Bureau of Labor Statistics looked at the unemployment situation in metropolitan areas throughout the country for December 2010, the month with the most current data. Although the economy’s recovery is slow and steady, it is improving when compared to year-over-year data.
Of the 372 metros included in the study, 238 held lower unemployment rates in December 2010 than they did in 2009. Conversely, 115 metro areas had higher unemployment rates, while only 19 were unchanged.
In December, the national unemployment rate was 9.1 percent. Yet, the rate in 109 metros was higher than 10 percent, a significant improvement from 140 metros in 2009. Fortunately, one number that did rise is the amount of metros with unemployment rates lower than the national average. In 2009, 66 metros had rates below 7 percent, but in 2010 that number climbed to 73 metros. It may seem like a small victory, but if you’re a job seeker in one of these states, it’s a welcome improvement.
Michigan boasts the most improvements
Michigan, a state that has seen some particularly rough jobless numbers over the past few years, experienced many of the best improvements from 2009 to 2010. According to the BLS, “The 10 largest year-over-year jobless rate decreases in December were reported in Michigan areas.” These cities all saw jobless decreases between 3.4 and 4.8 percent:
- Muskegon-Norton Shores
- Holland-Grand Haven
- Saginaw-Saginaw Township North
- Grand Rapids-Wyoming
- Lansing-East Lansing
- Niles-Benton Harbor
Unfortunately, Yuma, Ariz. experienced the largest year-over-year jobless rate increase at 4.4 percent. On the plus side, no other city saw a jobless rate increase higher than 2 percent, and even then only 24 metros experienced such jobless rises.
Who had the best years?
When it comes to who saw the biggest year-over-year increase in employment, each region of the country had some reason to boast. Two-hundred metros experienced improved employment, but these saw the most significant increases, ranging from 17,000 new workers to 57,500:
- Washington, D.C.-Arlington-Alexandria
- Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington
- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington
In terms of percentage, these metros saw the biggest improvements:
Who had the worst year?
Unfortunately, not every city had a strong year. These metros saw the largest decreases in employment:
- San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
- Kansas City
Perhaps the most interesting point to be made about these cities is that Detroit saw a decrease in the number of workers, but in terms of the unemployment rate, it improved. Although there is no definitive way of knowing what is at play, long-term unemployed workers might have quit searching and no longer factor into the figure. Either way, the Detroit metro is an interesting area to watch.
And in terms of percentage, the cities with the largest December-to-December decreases were:
What you should do with this information
If you’re a job seeker, you might be wondering, “OK, so a lot of people are better off than they were a year ago, and some aren’t. So what?” Well, as a job seeker, you should always be aware of your local economy because it does affect your job search. Knowing what the employment situation is like where you live can help you understand why you’re not receiving an offer or inspire you to get more creative to stand out.
Another option that some job seekers will consider is relocation. We understand that it’s not for everyone. First, it’s expensive. Flying back and forth to interviewers, hiring movers or driving to your new city, and finding new place to live—they all cost money. Plus, leaving behind your family and friends isn’t always possible. However, if you have the means and desire to look beyond your current city, you will increase your chances of finding a job. In fact, some regions might be experiencing a shortage of workers in your industry, and you will be a sough-after applicant. You never really know what you’ll find by looking in another city.
Let us know how your city has fared over the last year. Have you seen any signs of improvement? Are things the same? Have you relocated to find work?
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It’s Tuesday! And in the great tradition of, well, all great blogs and VH1, we like lists. And you’ve come to expect our weekly list of companies hiring every Tuesday. We look for 10 companies who want workers right this moment and then we post them here.
So, wait no more. Below are 10 companies hiring this week.
Industry:Technology management consulting
Sample job titles: Supplier quality engineer, HVAC control technical specialist
2. Tires Plus
Sample job titles: Automotive technician, retail store manager
3. Black and Veatch
Industry: Engineering, consulting and construction
Sample job titles: Oracle business analyst, DOT industrial specialist
4. Zep, Inc.
Industry: Business development
Sample job titles: Food sanitation sales representative, enterprise sales representative
5. ADT Security Services Inc.
Industry: Security and sales
Sample job titles: Account executive, sales representative
Sample job titles: Editor, senior editor
7. Central Refrigerated
Sample job titles: Truck driver
Sample job titles: Project manager, direct sales winback representative
Industry: Information technology
Sample job titles: Systems administrator, technical writer
Sample job titles: Data entry clerk, relocation coordinator
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As someone who doesn’t know a Klingon from a Jedi, I’ve watched in bewilderment as friends have debated which franchise is superior: “Star Wars” or “Star Trek.” Normally, I feign interest for a few minutes and then tune out when someone begins to imitate Yoda. The next time I’m in this situation, I might start taking notes instead.
Interviewers, tired of asking the same old questions again and again, are posing unique questions to job seekers. Some that seemingly have no right answer, and job seekers have reported being asked which they prefer, “Star Wars” or “Star Trek.” We’re not talking about the usual head scratchers or about jobs where this information is relevant, such as a comics store or special effects studio. No, organizations of all sizes and in a variety of industries are posing unusual questions to their interviewees.
Zappos.com, the online shoe seller known for its relaxed culture and quirky employees, has one of the more interesting applications you’re likely to see. According to Christa Foley, a recruiting manager for the company, you might be asked any of the following:
- If you were a superhero, who would you be and why?
- If every time you entered a room your theme song played, what would it be and why?
- On a scale of 1-10, how weird are you? Why did you choose that number?
- What was your best MacGyver moment?
- If you saw someone steal a quarter, would you report it? If not, what dollar amount would you report?
Unusual, right? Aside from the last question, which conceivably factors into your trustworthiness, the others are fun and allow you to be creative. These brain teasers are usually used so that employers can see how your mind works, but they also make you wonder if the employer is taking you seriously or just messing with you.
What to say
Now, we’ve dispensed a lot of advice here on The Work Buzz when it comes to handling interview questions and asking them. Find a few examples here, here, here and here. But sometimes even we can’t give you the right answers for truly unorthodox questions. As with brain teasers, these weird questions don’t always have a right or wrong answer.
As a rule, you should approach unusual interview questions with the following mindset:
- Is it illegal or unethical? If so, feel free to stand up and walk out. (You don’t want to work for that kind of boss, do you?)
- Is there a right or wrong answer?
- What is my answer? Why?
- Why didn’t I choose the other options or answer differently?
What matters is that you answer the question and articulate your reasoning. You can’t predict how the interviewer will react, so the best you can do it answer confidently. If the interviewer cringes when you say “Star Wars” instead of “Star Trek” and shows you out of the interviewer room, you’re not to blame.
Recently, we asked job seekers if they had experienced any unusual or flat-out weird interview questions. Judging by the responses you wrote on Facebook and Twitter, these questions might be odd but they’re not rare. In fact, they seem to be commonplace in interview, but they’re no less surprising when you’re put on the spot.
Unfortunately, we don’t have space to put every unusual question you submitted, but we do have space for some of the most unique. Here are some true-life questions job seekers have been asked while interviewing.
“I was once asked what I would bring if the department had a potluck.” - Amanda L.
“If you were a sea creature, what would you be and why?” - Jay D.
“What color is your brain?” - Connie B.
“If you were a professional wrestler, what would your stage name be?” - Alyssa Giustino, KEH Communications
“How many airplanes are in the skies over the US right now?” - Timothy R. Yee, Green Retirement Plans, Inc.
“How would you open the locked and sealed window in this hotel room?” - Yee
“I was asked, if I went to the moon and can only bring three things, what would I bring? Oxygen and food were already provided. I said my bed — had a great mattress then– my friends and a dog.” - Cindy Holtzman, Medical Refund Service, Inc.
“I was asked if I knew how to make explosives, [right] after 9/11, in an interview for an administrative assistant position.” - @danileo1
“What kind of car do you drive?” - Susan C.
“Will you file my fingernails?” (For a position at a church.) - Autrey K.
“I interviewed for a [job] waiting tables and the manager wanted to know how I would eat an ice cream cone.” - Peggy M.
“I was asked what my grade point average was in college. I have a BS, MS, Ph.D. and spent two and a half years as a postdoctoral scholar in a government research lab.” - Charles T.
“If you had been on the Titanic would you have been in a row boat, on the ship, or freezing in the water? If you were a Spice Girl, what would you call yourself? How would you feel about doing small personal errands like dog-sitting or buying gifts for my ‘lady friends?’” (All from the same interview.) - Trina Rimmer, TrinaRimmer.com
“I was asked what I did the day prior from the moment I got up until the moment I went to bed.” - Moisés I.
“Who won the Super Bowl last year?” - Kevin D.
The illegal, unethical or potentially both
“So, are you married or whatever?” - @KYProgressive
“Kids you don’t have one of those, do you?” - Lois C.
“Have you ever used state assistance?” - Katie L.
“Do you have migraines? Do you have small children? Do you like long vacations?” – Krishna S.
“Do you attend church? What is your denomination?” - Katie B.
“Do you spank your child?” - Karen
“The strangest question I received was in regards to astrology. He was a real estate agent you wanted to know my date, time and where I was born. He wanted to see if we were a match. Needless to say I didn’t get the job.” - Teresa Turner, Examer.com
“Are you gonna stay or just practicing for the next job?” - @soyflz
“Where do you see yourself globally?” - Andrew B.
“What is a secret about you that no one knows?” - Daniel S.
“If we were in a party, which guy would I be, the shy guy sitting alone or rocking on the dance floor?” - Elio T.
“If we asked you to wear a bumble bee costume, walk around and hand out candy to employees, would you do it?” - Lisa M.
I was asked “If you opened your sock drawer, what would it look like?” - Nancy Dahl. SheTaxi
“So if I were to go out and get a few drinks with your friends, what would they tell me about you?” - Kristin Rose
“What is your favorite movie?” - @DMRyan711
“What’s the funniest Youtube video you have seen lately?” - @byuboston
“What wine do you drink? What is your favorite bouquet?” - @Durudarshan
“Which Winnie the Pooh character do you relate with the most and why?” - Celie H.
“If you were a Disney character, what character would you be and why?” - Jayne S.
“If a movie was made about your life, who would play you and why?” - @tofuti2001
“If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?” - Jerry h.
“I was once asked if my closet was organized” - Crissy Landreth
What have we learned? First, employers shouldn’t be asking about an employee’s family planning, so that needs to stop. But we also learned that you can’t only prepare for the standard interview questions anymore. When you’re practicing your handshake and ironing your clothes the night before the interview, think about how you would react to these unexpected questions.
Or have you already been on the receiving these questions? “Star Wars” or “Star Trek?” Let us know what odd questions you’ve been asked and how you answered them.
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We’ve told you before about the relatively recent trend of experienced workers (and even celebrities) taking on internships to jump start their careers or take them in a new direction — and now, more employers are embracing the idea as well.
In addition to programs like Encore Fellowships — an effort prompted by the Serve America Act of 2009 that allows experienced workers to transition into nonprofit and social service careers — some private companies are instituting programs of their own to help experienced workers start fresh.
Take Boston-based recruiting firm ThinkFlex, LLC. The firm recently began a program to connect job seekers — in particular, those who have been unemployed for five years or longer — with internships to help get their careers back on track. The program — started by ThinkFlex founder Subhadra England, pairs these workers with companies specifically looking for experienced interns.
Earlier this week, TheWorkBuzz got a chance to chat with England about the ThinkFlex program and why she thinks it’s never too late to be an intern. Here’s what she had to say:
What prompted you to start this internship program and what do you hope the outcome will be?
Because I stayed home when our children were younger, I understand how difficult it can be to jump back into the workplace after taking time off. In my role at ThinkFlex, I’ve also met many professionals returning to the workplace after five years who face a tremendous amount of obstacles.
I’m hoping that this internship program gives professionals an opportunity to update their skills, expand their network and gain confidence, and that employers see these internships as an opportunity to develop a pipeline of potential employees, build their employer brand and affect social change in the workplace.
For those who are returning to the workforce after an extended period of time — what skills are important to brush up on?
Every industry is different, but most professionals should focus on transferable skills and new software tools, business practices and statutory compliances. Transferable skills are skills that we use everyday including communication, leadership, project management, and negotiation skills, and they can be applied across industries and functions.
In general, do you think it’s a good idea for those returning to the workforce to take on internship roles — regardless of age?
Absolutely. Whatever your age, an internship is a chance to grow professionally and personally. It’s a great opportunity to develop your skills and expand your network.
Have you seen a lot of applicant interest in the project thus far?
So far, both employers and candidates seem to be excited about this program. I also have to admit that I am very excited about the potential of this program because it may be my opportunity to make a difference with my work.
ThinkFlex is currently looking to place an intern in the Boston area with National Center on Time and Learning. The position is paid.
For updates on available internships — or if your company is interested in participating in the program — visit ThinkFlex.net.
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What is the purpose of college – to get an education in a field you love or to prepare yourself for a career? For some students, the two objectives are not mutually exclusive, but for many they are. A common question from graduates is, “What can I do with a liberal arts degree?” And eventually they realize they can do just about anything, but you have to know how to sell your skills to employers. The path of a philosophy major, for example, is often less defined than that of an IT or business student.
A recent survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) reveals that this year’s graduates are looking at rosier pay offers than last year’s graduates. The average salary offer for the class of 2011 is $50,034, a 3.5 percent increase over last year. Perhaps even more exciting for new job seekers is the uptick in hiring graduates can expect. Compared to 2010, 13.5 percent more employers will hire new graduates this year. After years of sluggish college hiring, news touting higher salaries and more robust offers should give seniors more to look forward to. (Though, you should still take this last semester of study seriously. You don’t want a bad case of senioritis to wreck your GPA.)
Of the seven jobs expected to garner the most offers this year, four will have an initial offer higher than the average graduate’s.
You’ll also notice that these job functions typically come from degrees that have a clear path: accounting, finance and business. That’s not to say studying one of these fields will guarantee you a job offer or a high salary upon graduation, but they seem to be in demand at the moment.
Another interesting find in the survey is who will be doing the hiring.
- 67.5 percent of offers will come from services employers
- 23.9 percent of offers will come from manufacturing employers
- 8.6 percent of offers will come from government or nonprofit employers
For those wondering, services employers includes just about any organization that’s doesn’t fall under nonprofit, government or manufacturing. Therefore, advertising, banking, engineering, insurance, real estate, health care and many others fit within the services category.
On a related note, Steve Blank, a retired engineering lecturer, is concerned that today’s students are not adequately prepared for the job market. Why? Because their degrees are too narrow. What’s interesting is that the NACE survey shows the most offers and highest salaries going to students with concentrations that aren’t interdisciplinary. For example, an accounting concentration probably doesn’t require the same diverse courses that an English or education degree does. Yet, those latter studies aren’t receiving the high paying offers of the former.
Blank does raise a good point if you consider the recent economic crisis, however. If you were so focused on investment and didn’t study other topics or develop other transferable skills, you could have found yourself in a very unpleasant job market two years ago. Does that justify a less vertical (or “silo” style) education, as Blank suggests?
Whatever you decide to study, at least the hiring outlook is improving for graduates. Entering the “real world” is scary enough without the fear of not finding a job.
Do you think students should study a degree with a clear career path versus one with softer skills? Or do you think the economy is so unpredictable you should focus on studying what you want and not what might land you a job? Let us know.
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A friend of mine used to get mercilessly teased at work for an unfortunate business travel mishap she’d made. As a junior associate at a public relations firm, she’d sat next to the firm’s managing partner on a flight to meet with a client. About an hour into the trip, she’d fallen asleep — right on the shoulder of the managing partner — and proceeded to snore for the duration of the flight. From then on, every time someone at the firm went on a business trip, they’d (jokingly) be reminded not to snore on the executives’ shoulders.
As it turns out, my friend isn’t the only one with an awkward business trip story. According to a new CareerBuilder survey on business travel, lots of people have had bizarre or embarrassing experiences while traveling for work. Below are some of the stranger incidents that respondents shared:
- “A client mooned the plane.”
- “Fell asleep in the airplane restroom.”
- “Woman next to me asked me for a drink from my water bottle.”
- “A drunken passenger next to me insisted my headphones were a bomb.”
- “After waking up, I accidentally walked into the hotel’s hallway instead of the restroom in my underwear. Got locked out and could be viewed by the elevator which was all glass windows.”
- “Our plane was stormed by the Columbian military who thought there was a drug lord on board.”
- “A naked guy tried getting in my cab in Indonesia.”
- “U.S. marshals arrested a passenger when the plane landed.”
- “A guy next to me had a carry-on bag filled with candy, which he kept offering me over and over and over again.”
- “Manager punched a co-worker on the plane.”
Luckily, though, most workers don’t have to worry about making these embarrassing mistakes — 68 percent of those surveyed said they never travel for business.
Those who do, however, might want to brace themselves. Employers who responded to the survey said that, for the most part, they have no plans to cut back on business travel this year, with 77 percent saying that their business travel levels will stay the same, and 11 percent planning to increase the amount that employees travel for business.
While this may mean more chances for awkward travel situations, it also means more chances to create strong business relationships. Of employers who cut back on business travel in 2010, 37 percent said that the lack of face time with clients and colleagues in other cities negatively affected their business overall, citing less effective internal communication, fewer sales and less customer loyalty as common repercussions of travel cutbacks.
Although 42 percent of companies surveyed did say that they used tools like web and video conferencing in lieu of traveling to meetings, there doesn’t seem to be a substitute for in-person meetings, meaning business travel will still be a necessary part of the job description for many.
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That’s right — though griping about work sometimes seems like a national pastime, (no relationship is ever perfect!) most employees agree that, when it comes to their jobs, they’re actually head-over-heels.
A recent survey conducted by staffing firm Randstad found that more than half of American workers describe their feelings toward their job with the L-word, and most have found that their relationship with work is a two-way street — 62 percent of respondents reported feeling that their employers love them back.
“It’s somewhat surprising that such a large percentage of workers say they love their job today despite layoffs, cutbacks and bigger workloads,” Eileen Habelow, Ph.D., senior vice president of organizational development for Randstad, said in a statement. “This could point to feelings of gratitude and appreciation for being employed when so many have been laid off. Also, many workers have been given new opportunities to perform at work and could be feeling a greater sense of achievement and value to their employers.”
Yet the gratitude employees feel for having a job isn’t the only thing that contributes to their warm and fuzzy feelings toward their work.
According to the survey, job affinity is most common for workers who:
- Enjoy the kind of work they do (66 percent)
- Like their co-workers (11 percent)
- Like their employers (10 percent)
- Are well-paid (9 percent)
Despite the fact that most workers said they were happy in their current employment situation, more than half of those surveyed felt their job was more “casual fling” than “let’s grow old together.” Fifty-two percent said they didn’t think their current job was going anywhere in terms of learning opportunities or promotions. Still, most workers will remain loyal to their employment relationships. Only 17 percent said they were currently looking for a new position with another company.
Unfortunately, not everyone surveyed felt the workplace love. Thirty-seven percent of workers said they hated their jobs, with 29 percent citing the type of work they did as they reason. Other factors that contributed to a low score on the love scale included workers’ dissatisfaction with salary (25 percent) or their employers (23 percent).
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