A Week's Worth Quick takes on the world of work and money
Playing video games at work, the perils of misspelled résumés, little support from work for new dads.
• Wall Street plunged and investors rushed to the safety of Treasury bonds after the government reported payrolls in August fell for the first time in four years. For the week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell nearly 250 points.
•Bosses thinking about cracking down on workplace video-game play may reconsider after reading the results of a new survey conducted by PopCap Games, a leading game developer and publisher. The study indicates that nearly one-quarter of white-collar workers play "casual" video games at the office. The percentage rises to 35 percent among CEOs, CFOs, and other senior executives. And while some play games for their "entertainment" value, the vast majority (72 percent) said the single most important reason is to improve their mental state, which presumably makes them better workers.
•In this age of computer "spellcheck," there's no excuse for botching words on résumés. But guess what? About half the résumés submitted to many small businesses reporting to the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations include misspellings. These same employers consider "sloppy" physical appearance a major strike, too.
•"Most workplaces are falling short on a basic work/life benefit: paid parental leave," says Dr. Heidi Hartmann, president of the Institute for Women's Policy Research. An institute survey shows that nearly half the best companies for working mothers, as selected by Working Mother Media, don't provide any paid paternity or adoption leave.