Diarrhea was Jeffrey Junig's alarm clock. Boiling in his guts at 3 in the morning, it would send him staggering to the bathroom, panting and coughing, his sweat-soaked hand shaking on the knob. He had to be quiet, fiercely quiet, because good God—what if his wife found out?The secrecy was almost as awful as the sickness. He hated those moments when he had to look his wife in the eye and lie, "Nah, just a little tired," or, "Probably caught that flu going around the hospital," or whatever other b.s. he could muster just to get away from her long enough to slip into the bathroom and slide a needle into his ankle.At least this wasn't his day off, Dr. Junig told himself as he slumped miserably on the toilet. It's tough being an addicted anesthesiologist, but it does have its perks: You get your fix on the job, the drugs are free, and if one of your patients dies on the table, well . . . that's just another tragedy chalked up to "unforeseen complications."One of the most dangerous and … [Read more...] about The Junkie in the O.R.
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An overweight CEO stares disgustedly at the contract on his desk. “I’ve been looking over your green proposal,” he says to the employee sitting opposite him. “Should go over big with the tree-huggers. But the folks that I report to—they don’t eat granola.” “Why should I sign this?” he asks. “This plan could cut our energy costs by 40 percent,” says the employee. “And we spent 18 million dollars on energy last year,” she adds. Flowers suddenly burst forth all around the CEO, and little birds flitter around his head as sweet music starts to play. “Where do I sign?” he asks. This tongue-in-cheek TV commercial for IBM’s green initiative may poke a satirical finger at the green movement, but it does highlight a basic truth: going green often has little to do with the environment. The driving force behind many green initiatives is—you guessed it—money. Corporate culture change … [Read more...] about For the Money
Ah, McDonald’s! That bastion of all-American greatness, and the original king of fast food restaurants. They’ve managed to evolve over the years, offering their customers new choices while still keeping their old favorites. After all, they have served more than 1 billion hamburgers so they must be doing something right. You would think McDonald’s would have their reputation to uphold, or maybe they just don’t think their customers will care what goes on behind the scenes. We like to think that the public is not aware of these facts about McDonald’s and that learning them will make people think twice before reaching for a Big Mac. 1. 2012: The year McDonald’s went ‘pink slime’ free ‘Pink slime,’ made by washing the fatty beef ends that normally would be relegated as nothing more than dog food in a delicious bath of ammonium hydroxide, was the fond nickname British celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, gave this beef filler. The … [Read more...] about 10 Shocking facts about McDonald’s that will make your cringe
A negative atmosphere can have a huge impact on employee morale and productivity. As time goes on, people can begin to lose their edge on the job or even their desire to do a good job. Happiness and laughter often becomes a vague memory and the job quickly becomes a mundane task in their life that they dread every time they get out of bed. Remember that poor office morale can lead to bad coordination, disobedience, noncompliance, low productivity, and high turnover, which would act negatively on your company’s efficiency, productivity, and bottom line. The morale of the employees can help make or break an establishment’s success. This is why the administration and upper management need to closely watch the mood in the workplace. Supervisors and managers must find innovative ways to strengthen and boost the workers’ confidence, so this will not hinder them from reaching their goals. A few unique ways to boost morale include the use of conference speakers who use their … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Help Increase Morale in the Workplace