Morning Coffee Mar 01 2012

New Patch Office is a Grown-Up Playground

By damian ghigliotty

Talk about working comfortably.

Patch's new central office in New York includes an Irish-themed pub area and a fitness room with treadmill desks that allow employees to work out while they work, Forbes reported.

Only the 250 Patch employees based in Manhattan will get the new perks. The vast majority of the site's 1,400 employees will continue to work from their own homes or smaller rented work spaces throughout the U.S.

Offices with amenities such as video games, foosball tables and free booze have been popularized by tech companies such as Google. The Boston-based ad agency Arnold installed its own beer vending machine that uses Twitter to communicate with those in need of a drink.

AOL's head honcho, Tim Armstrong, is "a big proponent of games and booze in the workplace," according to Forbes staff writer Jeff Bercovici who previously worked at Google.

That could explain why Rachel Fishman Feddersen left the Parenting Group to join Patch as its chief content officer last month. (Forbes)

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Sears Holdings' Fate (Crain's Chicago Business)

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James Murdoch Steps Down (WSJ via FINS)

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Guess Additions (Retailing Today)

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New Marketing Role (Marketing Week)

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This guy broke the Guinness World Record for longest paper airplane throw.

List of the Day: Abandoning Ship

If you've decided you're intent on leaving your current job, here's how to do it properly.

1. Give at least two weeks notice, if not more.

2. Don't burn any bridges – you never know who you'll work for down the line.

3. It's wise to have something in place before you leave.

(Source: Glassdoor.com)



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