Weird workplace

Everyone gets an interview; Walmart worker turns tricks in store; Does your dress code cover this?; Lipstick flies again in Turkey; Catch a ride on the love train
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/04/2013

Deep voice, soaring profits

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Toss out all those psychometric tests and behavioural interviews when you’re looking for your next CEO. And if you’re an employee looking for a promotion, you just might want to consider taking vocal lessons. Researchers at Duke University have studied the vocal ranges of 792 CEOs in the United States. The results? Those with deeper voices tend to run larger companies, last longer on the job and earn more, according to a report in the Financial Times. “A drop of 22 hertz in voice frequency implies a company US$440 million bigger, a pay packet US$187,000 higher and an extra 151 days on the job,” it said.

Everyone gets an interview

TORONTO — How would you like to be forced to interview every single qualified candidate for a job opening? That nightmare scenario is unfolding at school boards in Ontario after the education ministry made a change that will require all qualified applicants for long-term supply jobs to be interviewed, according to the Toronto Star. At the Peel District School Board in Mississauga, Ont., this means staff will have to conduct more than 3,000 meetings for supply jobs. Normally, it would whittle that list down to about 400. Janet McDougald, chair of the Peel school board, called it an “incredible waste of resources” at a time it is trying to cut $9 million from its budget.

Walmart worker turns tricks in store

QUEENSBURY, N.Y. — A Walmart employee has been arrested and is facing prostitution charges for allegedly “soliciting sexual encounters,” according to New York State Police. On April 23, police were called by management at the store after an anonymous complaint of a man performing sex acts in a secluded area — allegedly the men’s bathroom — of the store. Foster Mills was arrested after he accepted cash for sex from an undercover state police investigator. Mills, 22, posted ads on Craigslist to solicit clients to come to his workplace.

Does your dress code cover this?

OITA, JAPAN — A local politician who won a seat on city council wasn’t allowed to attend a meeting because he refused to remove his mask. Skull Reaper A-Ji wears a red-and-black leather mask, similar to those worn by Mexican wrestlers, and told a local paper: “People find it easy to come up and talk to me because I have a mask on,” according to the London Telegraph. Council rules state that “a person taking the floor shall not wear items such as a hat.” A-Ji, 44, said he refuses to take off the mask because he is an entirely different person without it. He’s not the first mask-wearing politician to be voted into office in Japan — former professional wrestler the Great Sasuke was elected in 2003 to represent Iwate Prefecture.

Lipstick flies again in Turkey

ISTANBUL — In the May 20 version of Weird Workplace, we featured an item about Turkey’s national airline banning female flight attendants from wearing red lipstick and nail polish. The ink was barely dry on that issue when Turkish Airlines did an about-face. CEO Temel Kotil said the order was made by overzealous junior managers who did not consult senior managers. There is no ban, he said, and female staff can wear lipstick and nail polish of any colour. “As you know, some in Turkey are a little bit keen about these issues,” said Kotil. “We are a great global carrier and we know what we are doing.”

Catch a ride on the love train

PRAGUE (REUTERS) — Lovelorn employees in the Czech Republic capital may soon be able to find a soulmate on the morning commute. The city is planning to designate carriages on its underground trains for singles. Prague transport company Ropid said it will set aside cars on some or all of its trains for singles seeking a partner. The service could launch by the end of this year.

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