office culture


V.25 No.6 | 02/11/2016
Nina SIMONE de Beauvoir

pets

The Therapeutic Benefits of the Office Dog

Today is "Take Your Friend's Dog to Work Day"

You may have seen the lovely Iota on the cover of the recent Pets edition of the Alibi. She is the constant sweet and tiny presence around the office. But today, we have another petite friend hanging around.

Simone.

She belongs to my friend Dee, but on the occasional Tuesday instead of going to puppy daycare, she makes the trek down Central to hang out with me at the Alibi.

Spending time with dogs has been known to have positive impact on the stress levels of students and drunk people seem to love them. But there is also evidence to suggest that dogs in the workplace have a positive impact on overall morale.

Thus far, I would say that productivity levels here have suffered, but overall mood has seen a general lift. Also there has been significantly more time spent at floor level by the editorial and production staff. This carpet is pretty nice.

As an aside, I also have the opportunity to converse with so many more of my fellow pedestrians downtown when I have a puppy in tow. Everyone wants to know her name, everyone wants to know if they can pet her. And she, honestly, invites it, even when I would prefer she didn't.

In a single bound, she leaped over an abandoned crutch on the corner of Broadway; she fearlessly investigated the once-white towel in the alley; she makes nearly everyone who walks in the door smile. If only we could all be as intrepid and charming as Simone.

V.21 No.21 |

news

The Daily Word in Ad-Rock, aliens vs. gods and working too hard

The Daily Word

African American father and son say they were racially profiled, and APD took $17,000 in cash off their hands for no good reason.

Neil Armstrong almost never does interviews, but he spoke with Australian accountants about his trip to the moon.

Ad-Rock talks about MCA's death.

Who puts in the most hours at work, country-wise? How do you stack up?

KRQE scrutinizes New Mexico's pork barrel projects.

George Zimmerman was pretty tight with Sanford police.

Top two Mexican cartels stage public massacres to taunt authorities and frighten civilians.

Office break rooms are disgusting pits of germs, says guy who cares.

There may be no daily newspaper in New Orleans after The Times-Picayune announces cutback plans.

The company that owns Chicago's daily bought its weekly. (That's like the Journal purchasing the Alibi.)

Tennessee walking horse trainer pleads guilty to cruelty.

Egypt is voting for president for the first time.

Can the human race tell aliens from gods?

Beautiful rot.

MIT alleviates an age-old human frustration: getting ketchup out of the bottle.

V.19 No.7 | 2/18/2010
I’m using my Personal Freedom Minutes to make my face do this.

Letter From the Editor: Personal Freedom Minutes

Hi everyone! As my first truly official act as Editor in Chief, I'm instituting a new companywide mandate: Personal Freedom Minutes! During Personal Freedom Minutes, I encourage you all to take the last 10 to 15 minutes before 5 p.m. on Wednesday to do whatever it is that satisfies your unique senses of Personal Freedom. Whether that's brushing your hair, eating candy purchased from a company-approved dispensary or speaking above a hoarse whisper, these Minutes are yours and yours alone to engage in, so long as they don't interfere with any other employee's Personal Freedom Minutes; company policy; local, state and national law; or international sanctions. So go ahead, enjoy your remaining 5 Minutes of Personal Freedom! You’ve earned it.