August 15, 2004 |
At midmorning on Ocean Boulevard, the carnival music had stilled and the Log Flume was not taking customers. There was a strange silence Saturday in this resort town, after 150,000 tourists and 30,000 natives evacuated in advance of Hurricane Charley. Then Charley swept in with winds that reached 75 mph. It peeled large panels of drywall off the side of the Sailfish resort complex, scattering damp candy-pink clumps of insulation across a three-block radius. Palm trees began to be ripped apart.
March 13, 1995 |
To hear Anita Borg tell it, an idea that changed her life began in a women's restroom. That was where Borg began a conversation with another woman at a 1987 computing conference attended by 400 people in Austin, Tex. As they bemoaned the paucity of women at the conference, more women joined their conversation, and soon the lounge group had grown to 10. They decided to continue talking at dinner with the other 20 women at the conference. That nucleus evolved into an electronic network of 1,850 scientists, scholars and students in more than 20 countries.
August 3, 1997 |
As if the relationship between males and females in the workplace wasn't dicey enough, now comes an edgy little flick bound to up the acrimony ante. "In the Company of Men," a low-budget ($25,000) independent that won the Filmmakers Trophy for Best Dramatic Feature at this year's Sundance Film Festival, starkly examines power plays of all sorts--between colleagues, between men and women, and between supervisors and underlings.
August 10, 1998 |
Whenever rumor-mongering at the DreamWorks studio ramps up to a dangerous level, marketing chief Terry Press huddles her staff to confront the speculation head-on. No, she tells employees, we are not being bought by Studio XYZ. And no, I am not moving to Walt Disney Co. Gossip reminds Press of jungle drums beating relentlessly--if haphazardly. "It is a way to communicate," she says, "but it's very dismissive . . . and disrespectful of people."
September 15, 1997 |
Corporate America has discovered that love hurts. Retail giant Wal-Mart, for instance, was sued successfully by one of its New York employees after she was fired for committing adultery with a fellow worker--a violation of company policy. But the court found that Wal-Mart had violated the employee's privacy under New York law. In California, Chula Vista-based Rohr Inc.
May 11, 1997 |
Buck up, geezer boomers. After a decade of layoff mania in which legions of aging baby boomer managers suffered ego-shattering career blows, now comes a heartening conclusion from the Hudson Institute, an influential think tank. Older employees--with their strong work ethic and well-honed experience--will emerge in coming years as hot job candidates. Praise the Lord and pass the bifocals.