Archive for January, 2011

Should Packers tie have cost car salesman his job?

Sports rivalries can be a fun way for co-workers to talk smack and engage in friendly banter in the workplace. That is, unless you’re taking about the NFL’s oldest and most-heated rivalry: the feud between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears.

Car salesman John Stone found that out the hard way. According to the Associated Press, Stone, who works in an auto dealership in Oak Lawn, Ill., wore a Packers tie to work on Monday to celebrate the team’s 21-14 win over the Bears in the NFC title game.

That didn’t sit well with his boss, Jerry Roberts, who asked Stone five times to remove the tie. When Stone refused, Roberts fired him. Roberts defended his actions, saying that Webb Chevrolet did promotions with the Chicago team and that a salesman wearing a Packers tie would anger customers deep in Bears country.

Should Stone have been fired? Was Roberts justified in his actions? Should Stone have simply taken off the tie? What do you think?

- By John Brieske, Blog Break

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Who works when it snows?

Not only did the recent Deep Freeze, Snow Jam — or whatever you want to call the latest winter storm — paralyze metro Atlanta, it also reminded us which workers are truly essential. While many folks spent several days at home trapped by the winter wonderland, some workers were on the job, as always. Some even worked overtime to pick up the slack for the rest of us.

Almost everyone thinks their job is important, but there are some occupations where missing work isn’t an option. Some of those folks are obvious; cops, nurses, EMTs, firefighters and other emergency workers have no choice. But there were other workers who braved the weather and worked all week, including meteorologists, road crew workers, tow truck operators and Waffle House waitresses, among others.

Did you make it to work all five days last week? Did seeing someone doing their job despite last week’s weather impress you? Tell us about it.

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Was ESPN right to fire Ron Franklin?

The environment at work has certainly changed during the last few decades. The combination of more working women, an emphasis on office diversity and increasingly proactive HR departments has lessened the locker-room atmosphere that was once so prevalent in many workplaces.

In fact, what used to pass for good-natured banter has become cause for discipline and even firing. Discussing sex, religion and politics, or telling off-color jokes are often frowned upon at work.

Earlier this week, ESPN fired longtime announcer Ron Franklin after he called sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards “sweet baby” and used a derogatory term after she objected to his behavior. Although ESPN initially pulled Franklin from radio coverage of the Fiesta Bowl, “Based on what occurred last Friday, we have ended our relationship with him,” network spokesman Mike Soltys said Tuesday, according to The Associated Press.

While many people agree that today’s workplace environments are a great improvement over …

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