Money matters

August 29, 2004

Poll: Useful info not related at meetings

Is your job one that seems to come loaded with meetings?

Getting a team of people together to meet can be a useful exercise, but most meetings don't seem to convey the information we need, according to a poll of 1,000 workers.

More than a third, 34 percent, said they get the data they need to produce the best results only one-quarter to one-half the time. Another 27 percent said that information comes during team gatherings only 51 percent to 75 percent of the time.

Still, the most useful aspect of a meeting was considered information sharing by 82 percent, followed by group problem solving, cited by three-quarters.


Many workers aren't looking for new jobs

Many U.S. workers are unhappy with their jobs and their pay, but given the tenuousness of the labor market, they're not planning to try for new positions right now, according to a survey of more than 2,600 people.

The telephone survey found that less than half of workers age 59 and older, who generally command the highest salaries, said they were pleased with their income. And only 24 percent of workers 18 to 24 were satisfied with their pay.

But more than half, 56 percent, said now isn't a good time to go look for a better-paying job. And 88 percent said they believe other workers are staying in jobs they despise for the sake of having one.

Schwinn bicycle helmets are recalled

PTI Sports Inc. is recalling about 9,000 Schwinn-brand toddler bicycle helmets.

The helmets do not comply with impact testing requirements in the Consumer Product Safety Act.

These helmets have "SCHWINN" written on the back of the helmets. A white label inside the helmets reads "Lot# 791913." This number is followed by a date from "12-01-03" through "5-15-04."

The helmets were sold at Wal-Mart, Target, Academy and Mills Fleet & Farms stores nationwide from January through July for between $17 and $20.

Consumers may return the recalled helmet to the store where purchased for a replacement or refund.

For more information, consumers may call PTI Sports at 800-515-0074 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Children's furniture sets are recalled

Meco Corp. is recalling about 3,800 Kid's Essentials five-piece folding furniture sets.

The red paint on the chair contains excessive lead levels, posing a lead poisoning hazard to young children.

The recalled product is a red folding chair with a metal frame and vinyl-padded seat back and base. The chair was sold as a part of a five-piece juvenile table furniture set with a green table, blue chair, yellow chair, green chair and red chair.

Consumers should stop using the red chair immediately and contact the firm for instructions on returning the chair and receiving a free replacement chair.

Consumers may call Meco at 800-251-7558 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit Meco's Web site at

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