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October 17, 2004

Survey: Workplace may make you sick


The messy desk is an icon of the American office, but how truly dirty is your work space?

Only 40 percent of 1,000 office workers surveyed said they have "a lot of confidence" in their building's cleaning staff. Moreover, many of us say we witness plenty of unsanitary behavior by our co-workers.

At work, 85 percent said they eat at their workspace, more than a third said they clip their nails at work and 22 percent said they see a co-worker sneeze, cough or yawn nearly daily without covering their mouth. And nearly half of us have seen a co-worker leave the bathroom without washing his or her hands.

All of this icky behavior can have a severe consequence: More than three-quarters of employees said they get sick each year from co-workers.

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Firms should focus on current clients


Facing tepid sales, many managers lean on the sales force to land new leads. Current clients disappointing? Go find new ones, right?

Nah, this is the wrong approach, contends George Ludwig, author of "Power Selling: Seven Strategies for Cracking the Sales Code."

The book offers tips for harvesting new sales from existing accounts:

- Network deep inside the clients' organization.

- Ask how you're doing.

- Offer the best service.

- Keep your chin up.




Firm recalls about 1,600 baby walkers


PlayKids USA Inc. is recalling about 1,600 baby walkers.

The walkers will fit through a standard doorway and are not designed to stop at the edge of a step. Babies using these walkers can be seriously injured or killed if they fall down stairs.

These baby walkers were sold under the brand name "Playkids USA." They have model numbers PLK94STP, PLT95STP, PLK2000RC, PLK95, PLK94, PLK98STP, PLK2000 or PLK300 on the package and on a sewn-in label on the seat back. The plastic walkers have eight snap-in wheels, an activity tray with toy wheels, knobs and lights, and a padded fabric seat.

Consumers should stop using the recalled walkers immediately and contact PlayKids to receive a full refund.

Consumers may call PlayKids USA Inc. at 718-332-3450 collect between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.




Company recalls banned pacifiers


Natura Products Downey Inc. is recalling about 9,400 Jaloma pacifiers.

The pacifiers are banned under federal law. They failed federal safety tests, come apart and might pose a choking hazard to infants and small children.

The pacifiers are pink, blue, green or white plastic with a yellow nipple. The pacifiers have a circular handle and the shield is labeled "Jaloma." The nipples are filled with a sugary substance.

Consumers should immediately take the pacifiers away from young children and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund.

Consumers may call Natura Products Downey collect at 323-726-9098 between noon and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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