So far it’s been a fascinating week in the world of work.
Good riddance with a kick
The biggest item may be the “I quit” op-ed that Greg Smith, the now-former Goldman Sachs executive director, published Wednesday in the New York Times. It’s a huge middle finger to the idea of not burning bridges when you leave a job.
A few choice morsels he says about his former employer:
- “Goldman Sachs today has become too much about shortcuts and not enough about achievement. It just doesn’t feel right to me anymore.”
- “It makes me ill how callously people talk about ripping their clients off.”
- “Today, if you make enough money for the firm (and are not currently an ax murderer) you will be promoted into a position of influence.”
The overall tone isn’t malicious, and to many this sort of move might make him a hero. Or it could make him toast, as one blogger called him. If he doesn’t already have another job lined up, did he just blow it with most potential employers?
Read the full piece and post a comment about what you think.
Crazy temp job?
Check out piece about how a marketing firm hired homeless people this week to be wireless hotspots at the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. The participants made $20 a day and were able to keep the “contributions” that attendees offered for their Internet connection time.
Reaction to the “homeless hotspot” project has been widely negative. Surprised?
And it gets wackier…
In case you’re making plans for a fun prank at work for April Fool’s Day, watch this video. Turns out the angry garbageman got fired for this “joke” …