We all know that HR is never boring. But sometimes it can get downright strange...
Sex, lies and Enron (Part 1)
It was inevitable.
Playboy has announced plans for a photo spread showcasing current and former
female employees of Enron.
The Chicago-based magazine has issued an open call for models to pose in a
spread to be entitled the "Women of Enron," calling it a second chance
for employees of the ruined Houston energy company. "We're looking at this
as something fun for them to do while they're looking for another job,"
Playboy spokeswoman Elizabeth Norris said. "This might even turn into a
modeling career for them."
Even an Enron spokeswoman, Karen Denne, couldn't resist a joke. Enron's impenetrable
financial statements, which hid billions in debt and mounting losses, may have
brought calls for better disclosure, but Playboy is "taking transparency
to a whole new level," she said.
Source: Reuters, via
Sex, lies and Enron (Part 2)
Long the butt of "bean-counter" jokes, accountants seemed poised
to endure even worse after Enron collapsed and its accounting firm, Arthur Andersen
LLP, was indicted. "But the whiff of scandal seems to have made the green
eyeshade just a little sexy," according to the Wall Street Journal Online.
The WSJ provides this evidence: Accounting experts are pitching books and turning
into the life of the party. A movie about an accountant (called - you guessed
it - "The Accountant") even won an Oscar this year for best live-action
short. And there's a new breed of jokes. ("Being an accountant gives him
that extra aura of danger," says one woman to another in a bar, in a Jack
Ziegler cartoon in the March 11 issue of the New Yorker magazine.)
On Ebay, Arthur Andersen memorabilia for sale includes a branded sports bottle
with this pitch from the would-be seller: "something to keep you cool,
whether you are sweating in front of a Congressional investigative panel or
running a high-paced shredding department."
Accountants themselves sound flabbergasted. David Zion, an accounting specialist
at Bear Stearns Cos., says he was taken aback when, over cake and balloons at
his daughter Amber's birthday party, another father sidled up to him to chit-chat
about the effect of accounting scandals on the stock market. "I was, like,
'What?' " Zion recalled. At a pottery-painting party for four-year olds,
"accounting is just not a subject that tends to pop up."
His colleague Janet Pegg says, "You used to go to parties and when people
asked about your job, no one was interested. Now you're the star."
"We've never been so popular," adds Robert Willens, an accounting
analyst at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., who says he's been so overwhelmed
by calls to appear on television that he now knows how "rock stars and
"This is our 15 minutes of fame," he says. "We knew it would
Source: Wall Street Journal Online, via