Category Archives: jobs & joblessness

Tomorrow is Equal Pay Day

There was a time that when you spoke of “equal pay for everyone” it meant just that; equal pay for everyone, all races, all genders.  These days when you hear it and when you say it, with all the attention going to the gender wage gap, there’s little emphasis placed on that racial wage gap.  If I didn’t know better I would think that equal pay for minorities, black and Hispanic men particularly, didn’t need to be addressed anymore.  Ah, but I know better, I think. Continue reading

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How to tell when your job no longer wants you

“We Can do it!" poster commissioned by Westinghouse, by artist J. Howard Miller for the War Production Coordinating committee. Pictured Geraldine Doyle (1924-2010) at age 17.

“We Can do it!” poster commissioned by Westinghouse, by artist J. Howard Miller for the War Production Coordinating committee. Pictured Geraldine Doyle (1924-2010) at age 17.  Are the glory days of the American workplace over?

I read an interesting tidbit about the workplace recently; interesting because it painted what I thought was an accurate depiction of life on the job (a part of it, at least) rather than the usual one of “sassy loves sue and everybody loves sassy”.  I’m reminded that the job is a place where many of us will spend a good majority of our active lives.

And since we’re there so much, it would be a blessing if we could all say, with assurance, that the environment where we work is a wholesome and supportive one; one where communication flows freely and people are given ample opportunity to excel or fail, air grievances or leave, as they deem necessary and a place where their work is recognized and appreciated.

Oh well, one of the first lessons I learned in life is that blessings are cherished because they are so few.     Continue reading

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Giving Camden Away

Camden City Hall

Camden City Hall

It’s official; the Philadelphia 76er’s are coming to Camden, to practice.  And as much as I’m a Sixers fan, I can’t say that I’m happy about that development.  Let me rephrase that. Let’s say that I’d be happier if I didn’t think that the city gave away a lot more than they could stand to. Continue reading

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When a man can’t look you in the eyes

The simplest and most pronounced example of respect and consideration that we can afford each other as human beings is to make eye contact when we address or meet one another.

It’s straightforward, costs us nothing and shows that we’re not only listening to the other person but also that we mean them no harm.

It’s a guileless thing; something done that we possibly take for granted because we might consider it of little consequence to anyone.  But we would be so wrong if we did because once it stops happening, all we’re personally left with is vague supposition as to why the slight is occurring. Continue reading

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The squeaky wheel survives and thrives

Bless those nuns.

The other day I was writing a narrative about the customary duties I performed during the course of my work day.  I found myself using the word “we” when describing actions that only I performed. Continue reading

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