On the mind

By Times Wires
Published February 1, 2008

Biz tidbits from surveys

Recycle, reduce, reuse, at work, too

Many of us recycle at home, and proclaim ourselves "green." But the workplace waste keeps piling up, says a Harris Interactive Inc. conducted online for staffing company Randstad USA Jan. 17-21. The survey polled 2,079 employed U.S. adults:

- Out of those who said they recycled, 62 percent recycled at home, but only 49 percent recycled at work.

- While 87 percent of workers said it was at least somewhat important that their workplace be environmentally friendly, almost a third of those surveyed said they did not recycle.

-37 percent of employees said they refilled one plastic water bottle throughout the week.

Why the difference from home? "I'm not sure it's a difference in the individual employees, but rather in the priorities that the enterprise places on recycling," said Mark Murray, executive director of advocacy group Californians Against Waste. To encourage employees to reduce waste, companies should upend the usual bin standards: Place a recycling container next to every desk, and make the regular garbage can a communal receptacle, he said. Printers can be set so double-sided copies are the default option to cut down on waste. And before things get thrown away - in the proper container - reuse them.

Shoppers expect more from their time online

A recent survey released by Allurent Inc. and reported in Boston Business Journal finds consumers are buying more online, but their expectations have increased.

- 67 percent said their expectations about the quality of their online shopping experience has increased since the 2006 holiday shopping season.

- 66 percent said technology is constantly changing and improving and online shopping should be getting better.

- 46 percent said since most retailers advertise their Web sites, companies should invest in making those sites better.

Survey finds a wide world of Web junkies

Self magazine, reporting on a poll conducted by ad agency JWT, says you're not the only one who would miss the Internet if the plug got pulled. It's not quite the Matrix, but:

- Some 48 percent of people surveyed said "something key" would be missing from their lives without the Web.

- "Only 18 percent believe that they'd be fine living a week without it," Self reported.

Times wires