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December 19, 2004

Holidays provide time for networking


'Tis the season of the holiday party, that sitcom land of eggnog, tipsy co-workers and family stress. It also is a time when many stalk a new job.

The holiday season is a good time to network, even if serious interviews and job hiring is pushed into the new year, said Bernadette Kenny, executive vice president of Lee Hecht Harrison, a New Jersey-based career-services company.

She says job seekers should attend as many holiday parties, year-end trade and professional group meetings and community gatherings as possible - but don't be an obnoxious, desperate boob among people at a relaxed holiday get-together.

Many workers want info on competition


Chances are, your organization strives mightily to improve communication between management and employees.

But a survey of 25,000 workers at 17 U.S.-based companies finds that while many people think they get adequate information on performance, strategy and vision, plenty of workers say they get too little about their competition.

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And nearly half of those who do get some insights on their industry rivals (43 percent) say the communication is ineffective.

Other areas of concern: Less than half of workers (45 percent) said their senior managers both talk and listen. And almost half said there was no procedure to raise questions and answers with upper management.

Company recalls hooded sweaters


Norton McNaughton of Squire Inc. is recalling about 157,300 Energie hooded sweaters.

The hooded sweaters have drawstrings, posing a strangulation hazard to children.

The recalled sweaters were sold in a variety of colors and youth sizes S, M, L and XL. They were sold either in the pullover hooded style or with a zipper. The RN Number 33364 and the word "energie," together with a small red flower, are printed on the collar tags.

The sweaters were sold at various retailers nationwide from July through November for between $15 and $25.

Consumers may call Norton McNaughton at 800-258-5663 anytime or visit the company's Web site at www.nortonmcnaughton.com.

Three-way bulbs are recalled by firm


Technical Consumer Products Inc. is recalling about 158,000 three-way compact fluorescent light bulbs.

The light bulbs might overheat and spark, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

The recalled 32-watt, three-way (40-75-150 watt output) compact fluorescent bulbs were sold under the brand names Commercial Electric (The Home Depot) and DuraBright (Orchard Supply Hardware). The bulbs are about 7 inches high and have a white, spiral fluorescent tube attached to a white plastic base.

The light bulbs were sold at The Home Depot and Orchard Supply Hardware nationwide from April through November for about $10 (single pack) or $19 (double pack).

Consumers may call Technical Consumer Products at 800-397-2647 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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