Money matters

July 25, 2004

Revenue per worker rises from '02 to '03

No doubt you consider yourself valuable to your company. New data from an annual survey suggests you're right - revenue per worker increased from $271,803 to $312,738 between 2002 and 2003.

Return on investment, per $1,000 investment in each worker, increased $60 to $1,480. In other findings, the amount of time needed to fill positions increased from 43 days to 48 days.

Those tidbits are from the Saratoga Institute's 2003 Workforce Diagnostic System. The data is from annual surveys of 300 companies in several industries.

Larger firms more likely to track e-mail

You probably realize that work equipment - fax, computer, telephone - is the property of your employer. But nearly all of us use these items for personal calls and e-mails, at least occasionally, right?


Yes, but when it comes to e-mail, don't forget that the boss potentially is reading each and every one you send from a work account. In fact, nearly half of large companies, 43 percent, with more than 20,000 workers said they monitor outbound e-mail traffic, according to a recent survey. And nearly a third, 31 percent, of companies with 1,000 or more employees do so.

Why are they so diligent? Three-fourths said the monitoring is designed to reduce legal and financial risks from e-mails that leave their offices.

Target recalls 25,000 toy truck sets

Target is recalling 25,000 Summerville toy truck sets.

Components on the trucks could detach, posing a choking and sharp point hazard to young children.

The recall includes Summerville four-piece truck sets. The multicolored trucks are about 4.5 inches long. Various types of trucks sold in the sets include dump trucks, cement trucks, utility trucks, garbage trucks, box trucks, fuel trucks and tow trucks. Writing on the trucks includes "EMERGENCY," "HEAVY DUTY" or "CITY SERVICE."

Consumers may return the recalled trucks to Target for a refund.

Consumers may call Target at 800-440-0680 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, or visit Target's Web site at

Companies recall chrome dumbbells

Jumpking Inc. is recalling about 1.2 million Reebok and NordicTrack chrome dumbbells.

Because they do not fit together properly, the weights can fall off the handles of these dumbbells and strike the user.

The chrome dumbbells weigh between two and 50 pounds and have the Reebok or NordicTrack trademark name on the outside of the bells along with the weight of the dumbbell.

Consumers should examine their dumbbells to make sure the weights on both ends are tightly secured to the handle. If they are loose, contact Jumpking to obtain instructions on how to receive the free repair kit.

Consumers may call Jumpking at 800-322-2211 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or go to the company's Web site at

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