I think it’s Snow Madness.

Is it Snow Madness?

(7:24:05 PM) aakins: Check your email
(7:24:13 PM) aakins: Today’s the same as yesterday
(7:24:28 PM) protella: …
(7:24:29 PM) jzamudio: what?
(7:24:38 PM) protella: aaron is living in the “30min ago”
(7:24:57 PM) jzamudio: it’s called rll
(7:24:59 PM) protella: and he’s also getting his todays and tomorrows and yesterdays mixed up
(7:24:59 PM) jzamudio: real life lag
(7:25:01 PM) protella: haha
(7:25:30 PM) protella: snolatency?
(7:25:30 PM) aakins: lol
(7:25:35 PM) aakins: HAHAHAHAHA
(7:25:44 PM) jzamudio: snowpacket loss?
(7:26:00 PM) protella: awe man.. we’re pretty bad… haha
(7:26:04 PM) aakins: ahaahahahaaa
(7:26:59 PM) jzamudio: hmm.. he might be laughing at a joke from this morning. cant’ tell
(7:27:11 PM) protella: hehe
(7:29:13 PM) protella: its like snotrilo lag.. all comes in at once after they fixed his intarwebs… was buffering for 48hours!
(7:29:41 PM) jzamudio: wow you’re really reaching for that one.

Internal Activism

A few weeks ago, I got a draft copy of my employer’s new Employee Handbook. In the equal employment opportunity section, there was a standard list of protected groups: race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age and disability. I decided I’d like to see LGBT employees listed, as well. To that end, I wrote up a proposed change to the policy, and submitted it to HR for review.

A few weeks ago, I got a draft copy of my employer’s new Employee Handbook. In the equal employment opportunity section, there was a standard list of protected groups: race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age and disability. As an LGBT employee, I am aware that I am protected by Maryland State Law, so the fact that sexual orientation wasn’t listed didn’t mean that my job could be threatened. The thing is, though, all of the classes that were listed are also protected by law.

I decided I’d like to see LGBT employees listed, as well (I’m far from the only one here). To that end, I wrote up a proposed change to the policy, and submitted it to HR for review. The new employee handbook came out today, and to my delight, here’s the end result:

In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at MarketResearch.com will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. MarketResearch.com does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law.

I gotta say, I’m just a little bit proud of myself, and today is one of those days I’m proud to work for this company.

Retreating

Company retreats – everybody’s been on one. I confess to finding them slightly amusing, if only for the chance to watch my coworkers commit career suicide with company-purchased alcohol. This year we’re in Williamsburg, VA at the Anheuser-Busch owned Kingsmill Resort & Spa. The weather was beautiful for the first couple of days – cool breezes, sunshine and barely above 75 degrees.

Kingsmill Resort

This morning, a storm blew in out of the Atlantic. It’s very gray, and quite chilly now… definitely “Earl Grey & a Book” type of day. I’m currently camped out in Moody’s Tavern on the top floor of the main building, watching the storm blow down the James from the Chesapeake.