2006 retrospective – work in the news

December 29th, 2006 by Julie Ferguson

We’d like to extend New Year’s greetings to all our readers – we’ll be back to our regular blogging schedule next week. Meanwhile, it’s that time of year when some publications are looking back at the top stories of the year. As the year grinds to a halt, we’ve found a few wrap-up stories about goings-on in the workplace that you might find entertaining and occasionally elucidating.
In its annual wrap-up, the Society for Human Resource Managers reports that there was no lack of bizarre workplace stories in ’06: “A ban on communal birthday cards to workplace colleagues, $16,000 in city-funded boxer shorts, and a supervisor spanking a female worker with a yard sign in front of co-workers were among the strange but true workplace stories in 2006 that made readers shake their heads and mutter “how bizarre.”
Business Week provides some answers to the questions of how many ways a company can shoot itself in the foot and how many ways fate can turn against a company or executive, trashing reputations and fortunes along the way in its annual review of the worst PR moves of 2006.
SearchCIO reports on the Best CI stories of 2006, including ” … the emergence of Web 2.0 in the enterprise, CIOs getting fired for security breaches, battery recalls, the Avian flu, the BlackBerry brouhaha, employee monitoring and a CIO who took the heat for a very unpopular decision. But it was a story about age that cut deepest.”
Brent Hunsberger of The Oregonian’s At Work compiled a year-end list of the biggest workplace stories of 2006, and Diane Stafford of The Kansas City Star’s At Work offers her perspective on 2006 work issues. Associated Press’s Ellen Simon gives her take on the top 20 biz stories of 2006 in The Denver Post.
And for a good overall look at trends, workplace and otherwise, The New York Times Magazine’s 2006 Annual year in Ideas is always worth a read.