New Site Lets You Swap Shifts With Coworkers

Workers - via misocrazy of flickr

You’re used to coming in at the same time everyday, but sometimes things come up and it would be better if you could just come in a little later or maybe earlier.

I’ve had this very same issue quite a few times when I used to work in a warehouse, when the foreman wasn’t so forgiving of changing my hours. Hell, he’d get pissed off if I needed to come in 5 minutes late, for the first time ever in five years if I didn’t have someone to cover for me.

If you need someone to cover for you and you’re willing to take over their shift, you should take a look at This is basically a central hub where workers and managers can post and find shifts to be filled.

Go to the site and post a shift and HaveMyShift will send out an email to registered users in the same area. The basic service is free or you can pay an extra $5 to post an “emergency shift” if something sprung up out of nowhere. This extra charge will place your listing above all others and make it much more likely to be picked up by someone else.

So what if nobody you work with is on the site? Well, you’re going to have to try to get them to sign up. Mention the service to HR or to your boss. Tell them about the convenience of the service and maybe they’ll bring it up at the next meeting. Or just start spreading the word.

Working lunch

Most of us work in some sort of office environment. And in doing so, being the observational kind of people we are, we notice things around the office- how people act, what they’re doing, what they’re not doing, how they talk to people, who they talk to, etc. A fun little comedy series, Working Lunch, has made the not-so-funny day to day routine we live into funny, thought provoking articles and mini series. My favorite is article is Social Anxiety.

So I went out and bought a red jump suit and a red hat and borrowed some gold rings and a necklace from my sister — pretty much like some of those guys in the video had on. And before I got to the office, I stopped off to get some coffee, and there were a bunch of guys outside all dressed in blue. And one of them seemed real nice. And he asked me if I really liked red. So, keeping direct eye contact with him just like I had practiced with my therapist, I started telling him about my plan to dress differently. And then these six guys, well, they said if I didn’t get out of there, they’d kill me. Then they chased me down the street. I had to leave my car and walk the rest of the way to the office.

Another all time time-waster

With Twitter, Plurk, Myspace and numerous email accounts, you’re probably doing pretty well at wasting time at the office, no? But what would your boss think if he caught you mindlessly indulging in some internet fun?

Nothing. Because you would be using this clever disguise (Oooh you sneaky bastard, you!)…

Fit with a commonly used desktop wallpaper and a few vital icons, Read at Work, supplies you with all the important neccessities to be the sneakest employee in your department. Feel like reading some classic literature instead of all-staff spammy emails? Be free to do so without the constant worry of you boss popping in at your cube… Just log in as NZ Book Council Guest, and “get to work.” Now, if only we had one for Macs… Hmm