When employees at a pancake house in Muskegon, Mich. noticed that traffic was down a bit, they found a way to give the owner a break: for one day they worked only for tips. The idea was the brainchild of lead server Mary VanDam, who asked her co-workers if they might be willing to work a shift without wages to help out owner Dave Barham, according to The Muskegon Chronicle.
Sprint Nextel plans to eliminate 8,000 positions by the end of March. The move will help the wireless provider save more than $1 billion a year in labor costs. The company also plans to suspend 401(k) matches and extend a suspension of annual salary increases through the remainder of the year.
I don’t take working from home for granted. Actually, with so many businesses cutting staff, I don’t take working for granted at all. I am grateful, but what I appreciate more is that I can make a living doing what I love. I think of this often when I see people who are miserable at work.
I co-own an internet-based T-shirt business, and we often look for publicity and sometimes advertising on other Web sites. Female bloggers have been wonderful to us, so we continue to contact them, suggesting that they do a review of our products or even a Planet Mom giveaway. In turn, we get a lot of requests from women-oriented sites, asking for us to do a giveaway with them or trying to sell us on advertising. It’s important to know which site will give us the biggest bang for our buck.