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On the mind

By Times Wires
Published March 7, 2008


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Biz tidbits from surveys

Griswolds staying home this year

The credit crunch and economic uncertainties are hitting Americans where it hurts: Their spring breaks, according to a recent phone survey of nearly 600 adults. The poll was commissioned by travel insurance company Access America and executed by international polling firm Ipsos:

- Nearly half of U.S. families with children said they will scale back spring break plans.

- 63 percent of those said they'll just stay home.

- 19 percent were not sure whether they will take a vacation this year.

- Families in lower income brackets are more likely to skip their trips - nearly 60 percent of respondents with household incomes between $25,000 and $50,000 will have a more modest holiday.

Is your office mad for March?

Before you start circulating the March Madness office pool collection bucket, consider this: Very few employers offer guidance in their policies regarding office pools, even though it may mean taking a hit in terms of productivity, said John Heins, chief human resources officer for recruiting and staffing company Spherion Corp. Office pools can bring a positive energy, but Heins warns that employers should not encourage them. "There will always be people who don't really care about the games and only participate because they feel pressured to do so," Heins said. Yet they're popular, shows an online survey of 1,161 employed adults, conducted by Harris Interactive Inc.:

- Nearly half of U.S. workers have participated in an office pool.

- Nearly a quarter have watched or followed sports events on work computers.

- 10 percent have called in sick to watch or attend a game.

- 11 percent of workers aged 18 to 24 have participated in an office pool, compared with 77 percent of those 65 and older.

Mentors' role grows for execs

Executives are leaning on their mentors more often, a recent study by Accountemps has found, in some cases as much as their spouses.

- Forty-one percent of executives polled said they would consult their mentors first about a career transition, compared with 28 percent in 2002.

[Last modified March 6, 2008, 23:30:04]


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