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October 24, 2004

Study: Cold offices lower productivity


If your office is often cold, take note - chilly environs may lower productivity.

A study by a Cornell University ergonomics professor found a correlation between typing mistakes and temperature. When an office temperature was cut from 77 degrees to 68 degrees, typing mistakes rose by 74 percent and typing output fell by 46 percent.

"This study shows that when employees get chilly, at least in this case, they are not working to their full potential," said Alan Hedge, the researcher.




Charities play vital role for job seekers


Does your company support charities?

If not, such contributions could play a crucial role in employee recruitment and retention, according to a survey of corporate community involvement. Nearly three quarters, 72 percent, of workers said they would choose an employer that supports charitable causes over one that doesn't if the pay, location, benefits and responsibilities were the same.

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Most of us appear to be of a giving spirit:

- 92 percent said it's important for companies to donate money, products or services.

- 87 percent said it's important for companies to offer workers volunteer opportunities.

- 73 percent said volunteerism helps companies contribute to communities' sense of well-being

- 58 percent said workplace volunteer opportunities improve morale.




Care Bears lunch kits are recalled


Sky High International LLC is recalling about 13,000 Care Bears lunch kits with water bottles.

The pull-up drinking spout might detach from the bottle, posing a choking hazard to young children.

The recalled purple and blue lunch bags are about 9 inches tall and have a rainbow strap. A multicolored, shiny plastic front displays Care Bears characters and the name "Care Bears." The lunch bags are insulated and have a netted side pocket used to hold a 6-ounce water bottle.

Consumers are advised to stop using the water bottles immediately and contact Sky High International for a refund of the water bottle.

Consumers may call Sky High International at 800-868-7870 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Consumers also may visit Kohl's Web site at www.kohls.com.




Children's chairs recalled by IKEA


IKEA Home Furnishings is recalling 7,279 Fargglad multicolored children's chairs.

The red plastic feet might detach from the chair's legs, posing a choking hazard.

The chairs have the article number 400.548.40 and the supplier number (either 16592 or 17128) on a label on one of the chair's rear legs or on the underside of the chair seat. The chair has a tubular steel frame with woven multicolored solid plastic piping used for the chair's seat and back. The plastic feet are red.

Consumers should take the chairs away from young children immediately and return them to any IKEA story for a full refund.

Consumers may call IKEA at 888-966-4532 anytime, or visit the IKEA Web site at www.ikea-usa.com.

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