In 1948 in the US, pregnant women were not allowed to be teachers in 57% of public school districts because “the sight of pregnant women would unfavorably influence students” and because “pregnant teachers’ minds would not be on their work.”
“Breaker boys” between age 8-12 were employed to work 10 hours a day, 6 days a week to separate impurities from coal. Despite public disapproval, the practice of employing children in this line of work lasted for decades, only finally ending in the US in the 1920s.
In 2012 a German civil servant, in an email announcing his retirement to his colleagues, admitted that he had done zero work for the last 14 years
An EPA employee told his bosses that he worked for the CIA and didn’t go to work for most of 10 years.
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.