Halloween tips from your friendly HR team!

I regrettably do not belong to the Society for Human Resource Management, but lucky I have a man on the inside. That man is HR professional extraordinaire, Ally.

the-office-halloween-party_600x400Thanks to her membership to this exclusive underground society, I’ve been granted access to this important piece of literature: “Can the ‘Naughty Nurse’ and Modern Workplace Coexist?”

In preparation for Halloween falling on a week day, I’d like to break down some of the main points:

HR managers and employer attorneys offer the following advice to companies that want to create policies for Halloween costumes and parties:

1. Provide examples of inappropriate costumes for the workplace, such as costumes that exaggerate body parts, those that reveal too much of the body, men and women dressed as the opposite sex, terrorist get-ups, or ethnic, religious or race-based costumes.”

Here are some examples of BAD costumes according to SHRM:

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2. Caution employees of hospitals or other health care organizations that images of ghosts, graves, skeletons and blood don’t go over well in health care settings.”

The “naughty nurse” could be confusing in a hospital setting.

I am unsure which one of these is my real nurse

I am unsure which one of these is my real nurse

This is offensive to the guy who actually looks like this

This is offensive to the guy who actually looks like this

3. Request that workers avoid donning political costumes that could be offensive.”

 

4. Be careful with topical costumes, and don’t chase people. “Wearing a ‘pink slip’ over clothing and chase co-workers around might not be funny given the current unemployment rate.”

pb-111031-ows-01.pinkslip-750x4845. And the trick to getting Halloween off:

If Halloween offends some workers, offer to let them work at home or take the day off.”

I HATE IT, and I'm going home

I HATE IT, and I’m going home

Here’s some extra reading if you want to be SUPER informed:

Allowing Halloween Costumes at Work Can Be Tricky

Halloween Celebrations Can Lead to Scary Situations 

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Goodbye office :(

Today is a sad day. It’s my last day in my sunny Greenwich office before I move to a dark, cold corner in Stamford. Gone are the days of having an entire wing to myself and a semi-decent commute. I’d like to take a moment to say goodbye to the things that I have come to know, love and loathe about this place:

– My cube, which is now all packed up into a quarter of a large box because all I really have here is oatmeal. I will miss my large window, tall walls and the fact that I had to do acrobatics over the divider in order to adjust the temperature of the room.

My Mandalay Bay cup will definitely be moving with me.

– The greenhouse effect. No matter the season, I could always count on my cube heating up to an uncomfortable 700 degrees between 3 and 4pm. Not everyone can say they wear sunglasses at work.

– My friends next door. The most devastating part of this move is that I will no longer be able to walk right next door and get my morning coffee, snacks, batteries or compliments on my outfits. These people are my buddies – I’ve seen them come and go, and learned to love new employees. My favorite friend is the car wash guy who witnessed me fall twice and won’t let me forget it. See ya never, guys…

– The lovely landscaping. My new office shares a space with shipping and receiving and features a view of picnic tables and a brick wall – nothing compared to the lush foliage surrounding the parking lot here.

Love me my fountain…

Fond memories of the obnoxious construction of this walkway.

Do they even have flowers in Stamford?

– The yoga studio, more specifically, the yoga moms who can’t park their BMW SUVs or use their own parking spaces. I’m sure the yoga ladies will be happy to see us go so they can continue to use up our spaces – usually 2 spots per vehicle because they can’t seem to grasp the concept of driving a car. I’ll miss you guys…but not really; I actually hate you a lot.

RIP office. You certainly were never my favorite destination, but I would choose you over my new dungeon any day.

Vacation Time!

I’m off to an empty white-sand beach tomorrow morning for some much needed relaxation and ex-communication from the rest of the world. I wish I could bring myself to shut off my phone and leave it at home; my mind is fried, my back is sore and I don’t think sleep is even doing anything anymore. Sooooo goodbye for a week to Mid-day Margarita and hello for a week to mid-day margaritas everyday!

Can’t wait for this:

I <3 Traffic

- China traffic jam in its 9th day...woof city -

This might be a scarier prediction than anything apocalyptic: the world will become one big traffic jam.

It’s pretty obvious that as the world gets over populated and more and more cars are on the road, traffic is bound to get worse. But AOL Autos is reporting that Bill Ford, the great-grandson of Henry Ford (ironic), is predicting that traffic jams like the one in China last year that lasted DAYS will become more common in the coming years.

I’m seeing this article right after living some traffic horror-stories in the past week. Friday it took me 2 hours to go 42 miles turning my 3-hour trip into a 5 1/2-hour trip. Then it took double the time it should to get to the beach this weekend, and yesterday my hour commute turned into an hour of driving plus an hour of sitting in a highway-turned-parking lot while running out of gas and the will power to hold my pee any longer. After that, this article is the scariest thing I have ever seen. I’ve had enough driving for a while. Can someone please get me to NYC so I can get rid of my car (sorry green guy) and start complaining about public transportation instead?

Read the story: Bill Ford Warns The World Should Cut Down On Driving

This would make life easier is it actually happened: Norwalk I-95 bottleneck a priority for Malloy

Missed JT by 3 days!

Apparently Justin Timberlake was on Greenwich Ave. in Greenwich, CT yesterday. I’m a little bummed because that’s 15 minutes away from my job, and sometimes I go down there to take a stroll. I chose Monday this week to do so…why didn’t I pick Thursday?!

“As word spread Thursday that Justin Timberlake was part of a group hoping to revive the social networking website MySpace, apparently the singer/actor was not at the company’s Beverly Hills offices, but on Greenwich Avenue, buying a protein shake.

Timberlake was spotted at Greenwich Healthmart at 30 Greenwich Ave. late Thursday morning. Healthmart manager Herb Young said he got Timberlake’s autograph for his niece, and that the pop star was as nice as can be.

Two years ago it was rumored Timberlake had bought a house in Conyers Farm, but there haven’t been any sightings of him reported since.

Timberlake — who fittingly portrayed Napster founder Sean Parker in “The Social Network” — joined Specific Media in buying MySpace for $35 million, a small fraction of the $580 million that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. paid for the social networking site six years ago.” – Greenwich Time

- Greenwich Ave. -

P.S. Why is Justin Timberlake trying to revive MySpace?