22nd January 2015
Yesterday, it is claimed, was the most depressing day of the year. This occurs every year on the third Monday in January and results from a combination of the weather, debt levels exacerbated by Christmas spending and failing New Year’s resolutions, amongst other things.
For many reward professionals, this is also the busiest and most stressful time of the year as you are very likely to be in the middle of, or making final preparations before the annual salary and bonus review cycle.
What a lovely combination… I imagine the majority of our reader-base will be too busy to even read this post.
But for those that do, I thought I would share something special with you that might brighten up your day before you must return to your colossal comp spread sheets, which no doubt stretch to column EZ and beyond. Here is a joke I read the other day in an article written by Bernard Marr about Big Data (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/best-big-data-jokes-ever-bernard-marr). Yes that’s right, it’s a Big Data joke. Hope you enjoy, and remember, yesterday was Blue Monday, so things can only get better from here.
A company manager is flying across the desert in a hot air balloon when he realizes he is lost. He calls down to a man riding a camel below him and asks where he is.
The man replies “You’re 42 degrees and 12 minutes, 21.2 seconds north, 122 degrees , 10 minutes west, 212 metres above sea level, heading due east by north east.”
“Thanks,” replies the balloonist. “By the way, are you a data analyst?”
“Yes,” replies the man, “how did you know?”
“Everything you told me was totally accurate, you gave me way more information than I needed and I still have no idea what I need to do.”
“I’m sorry,” replied the camel-riding analyst. “By the way, are you a company manager?”
“Yes,” said the balloonist, “how did you know?”
“Well,” replied the analyst, “You’ve got no idea where you are, no idea what direction you’re heading in, you got yourself into this fix by blowing a load of hot air, and now you expect me to get you out of it.”