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August 01, 2004

Survey: Executives also seek new jobs


With the job market improving, more workers are heading for the exits, but they're not alone - a survey suggests executives are equally ready to find new jobs.

More than two-thirds, or 68 percent, of executives said they weren't satisfied with their current positions. Almost all, 94 percent, said they were scouting new employment.

The top reasons for their unhappiness were "poor company culture" (16 percent) and "limited advancement opportunities" (15 percent).

The survey was conducted by ExecuNet, an executive recruitment and career management firm in Norwalk, Conn. It involved 278 executives.

Study: E-mail volume rises in workplace


Feel overrun with e-mail? Many of us are.

The volume of our inbox mail can be overwhelming, with 72 percent of us spending more time on e-mail than we did even a year ago, said Christina Cavanagh, a professor who specializes in workplace e-mail practices at the Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario.

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The North American average for workplace e-mail now is 54 a day, up 13 percent from 2002, and nonessential, non-spam messages have increased by 41 percent, according to Cavanagh's latest study, "E-mail in the Workplace: Coping with Overload."

Kmart recalls about 38,600 water guns


Kmart Corp. is recalling about 38,600 Pool Pump water guns.

The cone-shaped nozzle can unexpectedly come off the water gun and be propelled, causing injury.

The 15-inch-long water guns are shaped like giant syringes. When placed in a pool, they fill with water when the handle at the top of the device is pulled, and shoot water when pushed. They have either an orange tube with a green handle and nozzle or a yellow tube with a blue handle and nozzle.

The water guns were sold at Kmart stores nationwide from January through June for about $2.

Consumers should stop using the water guns and return them to a Kmart store for a full refund.

Consumers may call Kmart at 866-KMART4U anytime.

Bailey chenille rugs are recalled


Classic Concepts and Williams Sonoma/Pottery Barn are recalling about 960 Bailey chenille rugs.

The recalled rugs violate the federal Flammable Fabrics Act and could ignite, presenting a risk of burn injuries.

The recalled chenille rugs are periwinkle blue. Two models/sizes are recalled: 4479028 (8 feet by 10 feet) and 4479036 (5 feet by 8 feet). These rugs are 65 percent rayon and 35 percent cotton.

The rugs were sold at Pottery Barn retail stores nationwide from Nov. 11, 2002, to Aug. 27, 2003, for $199 to $399.

Consumers should stop using the rugs and contact Classic Concepts to arrange for the rug to be picked up and shipped back to Classic Concepts. Consumers will receive a full refund when the recalled rugs are returned.

Consumers may call Classic Concepts at 1-800-254-1927 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. or go to the Pottery Barn Web site at www.potterybarn.com.

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