Stranger than Fiction The Current Situation Work

Stop believing the “job creators’” lies

Screenshot from “The Great Resignation is effectively over. We’re now in the Great Talent Stagnation, where employers’ biggest concern is the lack of qualified applicants”

Not that long ago, they’d cry, moan, gnash their teeth and whine “Nobody wants to work!”

Now, they’re still crying, moaning, and gnashing their teeth, but the tune has changed: “Nobody’s qualified to work!”

What they’re really complaining about is that nobody wants to work for at the level they want for the pay they’re willing to offer.

👀 You can read the article featured in the screenshot above here.


Smooth move, old-timer!

funny Work

Job interview answer of the day

Words to Live By Work

The best use of the “Stop Doing X” meme format

Most of the “Stop Doing X” memes are meant to be nonsensical, but Stop Doing Offices is different. Every point it makes is 100% spot-on!

Need context? Here’s the original meme, Stop Doing Math:

It spawned a number of memes using the same template, such as Stop Playing Music:

Here’s Stop Doing German:

You’ll find dozens more on Know Your Meme’s page for the Stop Doing Math meme.

Geek Work

Was your Christmas bonus as small as Spider-Man’s in 1979?

The panel above is from 1979, and more specifically, issue 79 of the comic book Marvel Team-Up, a regular series that featured Spider-Man teaming up with another Marvel character. This issue featured Spidey collaborating with Red Sonja, who’s from the world of Conan the Barbarian.

But what’s of more interest to me is the ten-dollar Christmas bonus J. Jonah Jameson gave to Peter Parker. Is it as measly as it sounds? How much would a $10 Christmas bonus in 1979 be worth today?

Fortunately, we live in an era where finding out is pretty easy. There’s no shortage of inflation calculators online, and the one provided by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis says that $10 in 1979 is equivalent to $41.47 in 2023 dollars.


Welcome back, “Suits”!

Scene from “Suits” with Harvey and Donna in his office. The closed captioning reads “I don’t have dreams. I have goals.”
I’ll admit it: this is one of my favorite quotes from the show.

It’s so nice to rewatch the TV series Suits right now! During its time, it was one of my guilty pleasures, partly due to its valorization of both occupational and people skills, and partly because it provided glimpses of my old hometown, Toronto, which (once again) stands in for the show’s setting of New York City.

The cast from seasons 1 through 7.

Suits is back in a big way thanks to Netflix, which is currently showing its first eight seasons (there are nine, but for rights reasons, Netflix can’t show the last one). It’s the latest in a set of old shows — Friends, The Office, Breaking Bad — that got a renaissance thanks to Netflix.

I’ve been binging it as “video wallpaper” in the background while working on articles. You might think that it might be distracting, but I’ve found it to be inspiring and motivating. (I also find that if I’m ever stuck on a programming problem, putting the original Iron Man movie or the audiobook version of The Martian in the background gets me un-stuck.)

And of course I’m a fan of the show. Where do you think Harvey Specter gets his style tips from?


LinkedIn observation of the day

Reddit post: “Not trying to throw shade, but LinkedIn might not be the place for strippers”
Tap to view the Reddit post.

I have to admit that posts from an exotic dancer might be a refreshing change from all the “hustle porn” you see on LinkedIn.

Also: LinkedIn needs to adopt “the normiest of norms” as its slogan.