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Short takes: workaholism, work wackiness, military leave, forgiveness, and more

Extreme Work - Diane Pfadenhauer of Strategic HR Lawyer discusses recent USA Today article on workaholism as an addiction: "About 60% of high-earning individuals work more than 50 hours a week; 35%, more than 60 hours; and 10%, more than 80 hours. Add a typical one-hour commute, and a 60-hour week means leaving home at 7 a.m. and returning at 9 p.m. five days a week. Using the definition of extreme worker, the researchers found about 20% of high earners surveyed have extreme jobs."

Workplace wackiness - Every year, The National Law Journal draws up a list of the top 10 bizarre employment law situations. This year's list covers everything from poison ivy and peeping Toms to spankings and spiked drinks. Thanks to Richard Bales of Workplace Prof Blog for the pointer.

Military leave - Human Resource Executive recently completed a survey on how companies are coping with workers on military leave. Roughly 77 percent of the respondents said military deployments had little to no impact on their organization. More than half the respondents were distributing the work of deployed employees among existing employees, while about another 26% absent had hired temporary or permanent employees to replace absent military workers. About 40% offered supplemental pay to active duty workers workers and about 60% offered health benefits.

Blog discovery - we've just discovered The Business of Management, a blog by Workforce Management editor John Hollon. John is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years' experience as a newspaper, magazine, Internet and business journal editor. He's been blogging since February, but just recently came to our attention.

Culture of forgiveness - The Chief Happiness Officer talks about forgiveness in the workplace and suggests that companies with a culture of forgiveness are more productive. He offers some tips for getting started. Good idea - why not forgive somebody today?

Even shorter takes ....
Dirty jobs - Clorox takes a look at the the germiest jobs. More on Dr. Germ and his studies of workplace cleanliness.
Think you have what it takes? - Emloying for a job at IKEA
At the movies - Watch the YouTube trailer for Outsourced, a film about an HR manager in India. More info at Outsourced The Movie.
Techno safety - 25 Free health Tips for Computer Nerds - good tips for anyone who spends long hours at the computer.
What we can learn from baseball - The Group Guy looks at baseball and talent.
Whistle while you work - The Cenek Report has a great little post about songs with work-related themes. We note that "Take this job and shove it" did not make his list.

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