The income tax has made liars out of more Americans than golf. -- Will Rogers (1879-1935)
Let's not even think about taxes anymore today, and instead focus on Tidbit Tuesday:
* Bring on the Rogaine: Sometimes you have to be really creative in promoting your business and your professional abilities, and a guy with a blog on balding has done just that. He recently sent me some information that pointed out we haven't had a bald president since Dwight D. Eisenhower. If that isn't worthy of Meet the Press, I don't know what is.
* Ah, that first job: While teens connect through Facebook and MySpace, they often spend their time discussing the latest music, school event or romantic attachment. But some enterprising teens got together and decided they wanted to set up their own job site, and have done so at myfirstpaycheck.com. While pretty limited in scope, it is interesting to read some comments from job-hunting teens and the lessons learned. One teen supplied that she really didn't have any advice to offer other teens since she was fired after two weeks from her toy store job. She did impart these words of wisdom: "Don't dress messy. Be on time."
* And the dog ate my report: As for the above item, a lot more people need to learn a similar lesson that being late can cost them a job. According to a recent CareerBuilder.com survey, 15 percent of workers say they arrive late to work at least once a week, while 24 percent admit to making up fake excuses to explain their tardiness. Some of the excuses:
1. While rowing across the river to work, I got lost in the fog.
2. Someone stole all my daffodils.
3. I had to go audition for American Idol.
4. My ex-husband stole my car so I couldn't drive to work.
5. My route to work was shut down by a Presidential motorcade.
6. I wasn't thinking and accidentally went to my old job.
7. I was indicted for securities fraud this morning.
8. The line was too long at Starbucks.
9. I was trying to get my gun back from the police.
10. I didn't have money for gas because all of the pawn shops were closed.
While many hiring manager say they believe their employees' excuses for lateness, about 27 said they were skeptical. (Can't pull anything over on these folks, huh.) And while we may run late every once in a while, a chronic problem could cease to be amusing since some hiring managers say they would consider firing the employee if tardiness is an issue several times a year.
* At least we're doing something right: "A significant increase in supportive attitudes at the workplace towards co-workers living with HIV as well as greater acceptance of condoms and other preventive measures are being registered around the world as a result of effective HIV policies and practices," says a new report by the International Labour Office (ILO).
The report summarizes the activities of the ILO SHARE project currently active in over 650 workplaces in 24 countries, covering almost one million workers.