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Stay-at-home dads deserve more than a tie

By Times Staff
Published June 17, 2007

Stay-at-home dads deserve more than a tie

"Dad" is such a loaded word: It can mean day care center teacher, computer operator, general maintenance worker, cook, van driver, facilities manager, psychologist, CEO, groundskeeper and laundry machine operator, among others. That's according to Salary.com, which asked 6, 500 dads to describe their at-home duties. Salary.com says stay-at-home dads would deserve $128, 755 annually for 80-hour work-weeks in "the real world." (The Web site said last month that stay-at-home moms deserve slightly more, $138, 095 annually, for services rendered. Given the day, however, we won't get into the middle of that.)

Let Fido fetch that report for you

Every dog has its day ... in the office, shop or store. This Friday is the eighth annual Take Your Dog to Work Day. For more information, check out www.petsit.com.

Ready to work? This will prove it

It's almost a mantra among Florida employers: They keep saying they can't find quality job applicants. So the state's Agency for Workforce Innovation is developing a certificate program, Ready to Work, that would assess math, reading and other basic skills of prospective or current employees. The Agency for Workforce Innovation encourages the state's employers to chime in on what this program should be like. To do so, business owners can take the online survey at www.FloridaHighTech.com/RTW.

Sarasota company gets connected

We know it's Father's Day, but here's a nod to a couple of moms as well: Moms on Edge, a Sarasota-area company that develops educational games, toys and teaching aids, is one of five finalists in Yahoo's Ultimate Connection contest. The company, online at www.momsonedge.com, bested more than 9, 000 entrants. The contest is meant to help small businesses better market themselves online. View videos of the finalists, and vote for your favorite, at http://advision.webevents.yahoo.com/ultimateconnection/