February 9, 2015

Civilized traveling for savage salarymen

Allen @ 6:01 pm   |  Comments Off on Civilized traveling for savage salarymen
Filed under: Corporate America,Japan,Travel

Ties enable greater speed across borders and enhance odds of comped alcoholic beverages during international travel.


August 5, 2008

Don’t You Wish Clients Were Optional?

Allen @ 8:18 am   |  Comments Off on Don’t You Wish Clients Were Optional?
Filed under: Advertising,Corporate America

The advertising business excels at mocking the business of advertising so, so well.

July 3, 2008

Running with the Corporate Hoards

Mike @ 11:00 am   |  Comments (1)
Filed under: boston sucks,Corporate America


Every year, my company runs the Corporate Challenge, and it’s always a little scary. Imagine thousands of people running down Commonwealth Avenue in company t-shirts that say things like “We’re Welch’s Run Team and we’re going to kick your ASS!“.

It’s all fun-n-games for the first couple miles, but on mile three, no one can really run any more—as a result of being out of shape or excessive beer consumption, it’s hard to say.

Being in incredible physical condition, running between these people was like running between pylons.

Afterwards, my company drank some beers and listened to Metallica on the jukebox.

Enter, Sandman.

June 18, 2008

Always Complete Your Hotel Surveys.

—— Forwarded Message
From: “Rockey, Kevin”
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2008 11:36:16 -0400
Conversation: St Martins Lane
Subject: St Martins Lane

Dear Mr Hodgson
Further to your recent stay at St Martins Lane, thank you very much for taking the time to complete our website survey which has been forwarded to me.
Guest feedback is most important to us and your review will assist us going forward to ensure we are meeting our guests’ preferences and exceeding expectations.  Your overall positive responses and kind comments are very much appreciated and I am obviously delighted that you enjoyed the hotel.
Your specific comments on Sonia and Emily in particular will be noted on their files and shared with their managers, and I am very pleased that they demonstrated our core values and ethos so well.
Mr Hodgson, congratulations on becoming an uncle to Blake Thomas Batty, our congratulations also to your sister, and I hope you all have an opportunity to stay with us at some point!  When you have made a future reservation, please let me know the booking reference number so that I may personally oversee your stay, including complimentary upgrade and complimentary bottle of champagne.
I look forward to welcoming you back to St Martins Lane.
Warm regards,

May 28, 2008

Catch-22, kthxbye

Allen @ 12:57 pm   |  Comments Off on Catch-22, kthxbye
Filed under: Corporate America,Morality/Ethics

[I received this instant message from my manager today.  Our corporate divison has had problems making its income forecasts lately.]

4:31:48 PM: Allen,  was wondering since I have other people working on your client – have they capped you at 40 hrs/week?

4:38:05 PM: I am going to send you a note – everyone needs to be billing all of the hours that they work.  is there work for you so that you can bill 44 hrs/ weeek? thx

4:39:45 PM: Me: i will try :-)  but i don’t really have work that requires going overtime.

4:40:37 PM: we really need you to start working and billing 44 hrs / week.  we don’t wan tyou to bill anything you don’t work but everyone in our division is being asked to bill OT if appropriate. thx

A group effort by Allen, Ben and Mike