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Man Demoted For Failing To Pray

prayer-roomReligious discrimination and sexual harassment are, sadly, nothing new to the workplace. When your boss tells you “to attend the prayer meetings or find another position,” getting transferred may be the best opportunity. Unless your personal medical information is leaked to your new co-workers. Courthouse News Service reports:

A BNSF Railway worker claims he was demoted because he declined to join his supervisor in prayer meetings at work. James Dunkin claims his boss proselytized on the job, handed out booklets that contained “instructions for raising ‘masculine sons and feminine daughters,’” and says that when he objected to the coerced prayers, the boss told him that “he needed to attend the prayer meetings or find another position.”

To top it off, Dunkin says that the offensive boss, Jeff Kirby, once “stood in his office with his door open and pants down” staring at him suggestively.

In his federal complaint in Kansas City, Kan., Dunkin says that after BNSF transferred him unfairly, he was tormented by his new co-workers because the company had leaked personal medical information about him.

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Top 10 Office Annoyances

“Thinking outside the box” and “Let’s touch base” were the most hated buzz phrases among the 1,836 people surveyed by Opinium research. Nearly two-thirds of them said their stress levels had been increased by office irritations and one in 10 had left a job because of them. The survey found the Top 10 office annoyances were:

1. Grumpy or moody colleagues (37 percent)
2. Slow computers (36)
3. Small talk/gossip in the office (19)
4. The use of office jargon or management-speak (18)

The most annoying jargon:

1. Thinking outside the box (21 percent)
2. Let’s touch base (20)
3. Blue sky thinking (19)
4. Blamestorming (16) (sitting down and working out whose fault something is)

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Online Games Turn Work Into Play

A Stanford professor advocates World of Warcraft or Second Life in the workplace to hone skills like teamwork, leadership, and data analysis – and even suggests putting online gaming experiences into your resume! “There’s just so much that gets done [in a virtual world] that’s just right on target with what happens in real business.”

And meanwhile, Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt now claims that multiplayer gaming also provides good career training, especially for technology careers. “Everything in the future online is going to look like a multiplayer game. If I were 15 years old, that’s what I would be doing right now… It teaches players to build a network, to use interactive skills and thinking.”

Maybe this article asks the ultimate question. “Is the corporate world beyond Google and IBM ready for legions of dwarves, gnomes, night elves, orcs, and trolls competing for leadership roles…?”

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