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The Takeaway

Do You Take a Lunch Break?

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

In many states, it's against the law for your employer to deny you a lunch break. But lunch breaks seem to be getting rarer all the time. Tell us your situation: Do you feel like it's possible to take a lunch break any more?

For this week's work segment, Justin Jones-Fosu of WEAA's Listen Up! explains why so few of us are taking lunch breaks these days. And Connie Thanasoulis-Cerrachio, of career-advice site Vault.com, explains how not taking lunch may be hurting our careers.

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The Takeaway

Should the Law Explicitly Protect Unattractive People?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Everyone knows that looks matter. But should the law be involved when it comes to discrimination on the basis of appearance? Stanford law professor Deborah Rhode thinks it should. She explains why in a new book about how much we're affected by how people look, "The Beauty Bias: The Injustice of Appearance in Life and Law." What do you think? Should the law protect people who aren't attractive?

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The Takeaway

Is it Acceptable to Be Gay At Your Workplace?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Twenty years ago this week, the World Health Organization ceased to categorize homosexuality as a pathology, but is it still considered one socially in the workplace?

For this week's work segment, we look at the issue of being openly gay at work. Takeaway contributor Beth Kobliner explains the current laws and trends. And Jeff Barnes, a gay manager at an IT outsourcing company in Colorado, tells us why he keeps his orientation a secret from most of his colleagues.

We want to know from you, Is it acceptable to be gay in YOUR workplace? Text TAKE to 69866 and send your response. (Message and data rates may apply.) You can also just leave a comment below.

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Listen to Lucy

It's the little things we should fret about

Saturday, May 08, 2010

It's the little things we should fret about

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The Takeaway

What Are You Worth? Breaking the Salary Taboo

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

For this week's work segment, we're asking, How do we know if we're getting paid what we're worth? Is it ever okay to ask our peers about their salaries for comparison's sake? And what can we do if our salary seems to fall below our worth?

Beth Kobliner, Takeaway work contributor and author of “Get a Financial Life,” guides us through the murky waters of determining our worth — and offers advice on what to do if we believe our value exceeds our paycheck.

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The Takeaway

The Risks and Payoffs of Dangerous Jobs

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The recent accidents in a West Virginia mine and a Gulf of Mexico oil rig have a lot of us focusing on dangerous jobs, and asking: what makes some careers so dangerous? And what drives some workers to risk their lives for their work?

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The Takeaway

First Take: The New Barter Economy, Conservatives Worry About Census Backlash, Falling Down the Corporate Ladder

Monday, April 05, 2010

UPDATED 10:30 p.m.

Alex Goldmark here with a late night update. We're calling everyone we can in West Virginia about the deadly mine explosion that has killed seven and trapped nineteen miners. Tomorrow morning we'll have an update for you on the status of the trapped men and on the conditions that led to the disaster. 

We're also, watching, literally at this moment, the NCAA men's basketball finals. So you can count on a recap of the game, which so far is pretty exciting. We also want to find out how Butler's Cinderella run will benefit their bottom line - will Butler black replace Carolina blue in the cash cow color wheel of jerseys and college merchandise? 

We're also following a stories on Toyota, legalized marijuana and yes, Tiger Woods. So, its a good mix tomorrow. 

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The Takeaway

Setting Your Own Hours at the Workplace

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Feel restricted by that nine-to-five job? Or feel like your job is preventing you from enjoying your family or other things you find important in your life? President Obama and the first lady are trying to help. Today, the White House is holding a forum with CEO's, labor leaders and small business owners to look for "strategies for making the workplace more flexible." But how easy is it to set your own hours at the office?

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The Takeaway

Love at Work: The Perks and the Perils of an Office Romance

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

In the run-up to Valentine's Day, our conversation about the workplace tackles the issue of romances with colleagues. Is there a right way to do it? Can it get you fired?

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The Takeaway

First Take: Nutrition in Schools, Haiti's Radio Stations, Romance in the Workplace

Monday, February 08, 2010

UPDATED 9:20 p.m. 

Alex Goldmark, the Senior Producer on the night duty here.

Well, after a little investigating we're changing our changes. The producer we put on the explosion story out of Connecticut reported back that there don't seem to be all that many incidents involving natural gas plants and safety issues. We didn't want to treat this like shark attacks where we make a bigger deal out of a high profile incident and create the impression there is a trend or persistent danger worthy of panic.

So instead, we're talking about what we do think is a potential real danger (though on a much longer time horizon). Tomorrow we'll try to evaluate the scope and trajectory of Iranian nuclear ambitions. Are sanctions the answer? Is engagement? And how far along is Iran really? 

Our Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich will also bring us a radio obituary of John Murtha, including a list of all the public buildings already named after the Democratic Congressman in his district. It's way way more than you'd expect. 

 

 

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The Takeaway

Race and Work

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

As Harry Reid’s comments about Barack Obama’s light complexion remind us, race still plays into people’s perceptions of who can be elected. But there are companies and industries that are trying to close that race gap.

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The Takeaway

T.M.I at Work: How Much is Too Much?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Your colleague may think it’s okay to tell you about their hemorrhoids, but at what point do you say that’s too much information? We get tips on what to share and not to share in the workplace from Takeaway contributor Beth Kobliner and Ronda Tate, a labor lawyer based in Detroit.

We're also asking you: Have you ever shared too much with your colleagues and gotten burned? Or have you been on the receiving end of too much information? Share it with us at 877-8-MY-TAKE or leave a comment.

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The Takeaway

Study Says Workplace Ethics Up During Recession

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Our contributor Beth Kobliner brings in a new 6-year survey out today from The Ethics Resource Center, which says people are behaving more ethically at work while the economy is slow. Stephen Dubner is a little skeptical, however, that people reliably self-report their own ethics practices.

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The Takeaway

Workers, Bosses Aren't Reporting Workplace Injuries

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A new report by the Government Accountability Office says many employers and workers aren't reporting injuries that happen on the job. The report calls into question data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which is responsible for compiling numbers on workplace injuries. New York Times labor and workplace reporter Steven Greenhouse tells us why these injures are going unreported. Greenhouse is also the author of "The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker."

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The Takeaway

Poor Economy Hits Younger and Older Workers

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

In the current economy, both younger and older people are finding it harder to get, or keep, a job. According to BusinessWeek, only 46 percent of people aged 16 to 24 had jobs last month – that is the lowest number since the government began tracking it in 1948. We look at the role of age in the workplace with Beth Kobliner, Takeaway contributor and author of "Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties." We also speak with 25-year-old Harvey Cummings, laid off from his job as a middle school band teacher in June; and 65-year-old Jackie Goldenberg, who was laid off from the financial services industry two years ago, and cites her age as the primary reason she lost her job.

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Listen to Lucy

Taboo or not taboo? Some new office guidelines

Monday, October 12, 2009

Taboo or not taboo? Some new office guidelines

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Studio 360

Commentary: Life Under Florescent Light

Saturday, February 21, 2004

The place we spend most of our time — the office — doesn't hold the same place in our hearts as our home. Office design has changed from factory to cubicle to the now-trendy open plan, but does that make it any more livable?

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Studio 360

BBC America's The Office

Saturday, February 21, 2004

The dark horse winner at last month's Golden Globe awards was the BBC America's The Office. Less than two years ago the BBC America started broadcasting this comedy series about the mundane and ridiculous office life of a British paper company and it quickly became a cult hit. Trey Kay ...

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Studio 360

Office Gallery

Saturday, February 21, 2004

A few years ago, amid the cubicles and conference rooms of a San Francisco life insurance office, employee Sean Fletcher decided to become an after-hours curator. He showed the artwork by his friends in place of the sleepy landscapes and equestrian scenes that hung on the office walls during ...

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Studio 360

Larissa Brown

Saturday, February 21, 2004

A towering curve of yellow interoffice envelopes sits in the lobby of a Portland office building. It's the work of visual artist Larissa Brown. After this office worker took a sculpture class, she became inspired to make art pieces from the supplies at work — shipping tags, staplers, ...

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