Thomas Edison would give potential employees a bowl of soup during the interview, if they salted or peppered the soup before tasting it they wouldn’t get the job. This was to test whether the employees had analytical minds and didn’t make assumptions.
A man from Spain skipped work for 6 years whilst still being payed before anyone noticed.
Belgium has a Time Credit System that entitles employees to take a one year secured absence to prevent burn-out and provide an opportunity to pursue other things in life.
On New Year’s Eve 2014, 835 of 1000 police officers meant to be on duty in Rome phoned in sick.
In 2010 research was done to find the most effective promotion strategy for employers. For the control group they used random selection. Random won.
In Japan, rōnin (the term for a masterless samurai) also nowadays refers to someone who is unemployed.
Wal-Mart used to routinely lock overnight workers in the store, often without a key-holding manager present and sometimes even chaining the fire escape shut.
Japan requires citizens between the ages of 45 and 74 to have their waistlines measured once a year and are expected to fall within an established range. Companies and local governments may face fines if their employees are overweight and do not meet these guidelines.
A study by the London School of Economics found that the place human beings feel most miserable is work.
70% of Americans polled either hate their job or are “disengaged” from their work, and even perks don’t work if they’re unhappy with management.