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  1. The Real Reason You Are Getting Sick at Work around the Holidays

    December 20, 2013 by Lady Unemployed


    Lately, everyone is sick at work. Sick-sick, too. Like, gross sick.

    And I realized why late yesterday evening as I wandered into the break room.

    You know why?

    The candy dish.

    Just imagine for a second. So, a coworker or boss or supervisor reveals a box of chocolates (cue Forrest Gump joke) or a bag of candy or treats from some vendor or client that wants to thank you for your services.

    Pretty cool, right?

    Well, cue the vultures. About 5 to 15 coworkers will touch a box of candy or treat, depending on the size and amount.

    Everyone dips their bare hands into the bowl, plate or box of sugary crap none of us should be eating.

    Remember, all of these hands have been coughed on, sneezed on, wiping their noses, wiping their ears, touching their body parts as they went to the bathroom (and you know a lot of people don’t wash their hands after the bathroom). And now, all of these hands are touching food that you are about to indulge in. Sure, there’s a chance that people end up eating whatever they touch. But not everyone follows that policy.

    So why does the germ in the office regurgitate itself over and over again? Especially around the holiday season?

    The candy. The cookies. The treats.

    Take caution. And if you must indulge, be the first vulture before the others touch it first!

    And for God’s sake people, wash your hands.

    With that said, Merry Christmas and have a wonderful holiday season everyone!


  2. Company Christmas Bonus – The Myth

    December 22, 2012 by Lady Unemployed

    I read in a few different news stories recently that Christmas bonuses are on the rise. In fact, Forbes even said that if you don’t get a Christmas bonus, well you stand alone (or at least, you stand among very few) –


    cheese, stands, aloone

    See? The cheese stands alone.


    Anyways, so when I came into work this morning, this fact I had been reading ringing in my brain, I went to my desk and saw an envelope.

    Immediately, I thought this –

    christmas bonus

    Envelope means cash, right?

    When I ripped it open, instead, I found this –


    A non cash card 


    Ladies and Gentleman…this was not a Christmas bonus. This was an empty envelope. Okay, not empty. It was more like a Christmas card from a coworker, which I thought was sweet.

    But still…

    So, a half hour later, the new guy came in…and he had an envelope too, apparently, because before he did anything else, he frantically opened his envelope. I could almost feel the disappointment in the room.

    I waited…thinking…well, maybe they are going to give it to us later in the day.

    Hours went by. And nothing. Not even a card from my employer.

    Instead, I didn’t get to leave early, didn’t get any bonus…and ate way too much candy.

    …so…maybe my Christmas bonus is that I actually have a job?  On another note, I don’t have nearly as much trouble with my difficult coworker (she seemed to have shifted that hat onto someone else, actually), and I actually enjoyed my job today. So, that’s something.

    And to be honest, I’ve never gotten one from any company I’ve worked for.  In my opinion, this Christmas bonus thing is a myth.

    Did anyone else get a Christmas bonus? Have you ever? If not, what do usually you get from your employer?