Steamy Chart Action: Workplace Benefits Around the Valley

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The fine tech bloggers over at Resume Bear made this interesting chart that graphs the benefits, utilities, retirement options, and facilities at several major internet employers in Silicon Valley. The information is pretty striking, but most of all I just have to wonder: How does anybody get any work done at these places with all the free activities they have access to?

Click through to see the entire chart. While you're doing that, I'm going to attempt to write off my next mani-pedi as a company expense.

Oooh Fun I Love Contests

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This was a memo actually issued to the employees of QC Marts, an Iowa-based chain of convenience stores, back in March. The owner of the chain announced a contest in which employees would guess which of their number would be the next to get the proverbial ax. Four employees, who for some reason felt uncomfortable turning on their coworkers like rabid wolves, quit in protest. QC Marts denied them unemployment benefits, arguing they had quit voluntarily, until a judge ruled against the chain yesterday and ordered them to provide benefits. The judge argued that the employees resigned because of "good cause attributable to the employer," since the chain owner "clearly created a hostile work environment by suggesting employees turn on each other for a minimal monetary prize."

Legalese has the best way of explaining the must effed-up situations in the dryest terms.

Don't Say We Never Reward Our Employees

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To whomever gets to use that room for the month, it quickly becomes less of a "private restroom" and more of a "personal office."

~OLJ

Heck, Who Needs Health Care?

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I sure won't care about dental after eating those cookies, that's for sure.

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