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Communications key as
benefits packages change

Flexible spending accounts. Cafeteria-style benefits programs. Personalized benefits statements. As more and more options become available in the employee-benefits arena, the importance of effective communications has grown. Karen LaFauci and Robin Flaherty maintain that more effective communications produce improved employee ...

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HR managers becoming
more essential to firms

The challenge that confronts today’s human resource professional centers on the need to strike a balance between the operational issues that constantly demand their attention and their need to become established as integrated, accepted partners on the business management team. ...

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Companies offering
coaching, mentoring

A C-S Inc./Manchester of Rochester poll found nearly 60 percent of organizations offer coaching or other developmental counseling to their managers and executives. Another 20 percent plan to set up coaching programs in the next year. Another 50 percent said ...

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Human Resources:
The human factor

Human resources professionals agree that recruitment and retention of workers, especially of highly skilled or upper-management employees, is the issue facing most businesses today. Companies now must develop marketing plans not only for potential customers but for job prospects as ...

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First-person stories wanted

Have you faced and overcome a challenging situation that others might learn from? Would you like to write about it for the Rochester Business Journal? If so, then we’d like to hear from you. Selected stories will be published in ...

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Companies find recycling
can be cost-effective tool

Recycling efforts really stepped up when Monroe County passed a mandatory recycling law in 1992, but as we near the end of the decade, are businesses still putting the necessary time, money and energy into saving the earth? Yes they ...

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Monroe County Farms

Although the number of farms in Monroe County dropped by more than 200 from 1987 to 1997, the total economic impact of Monroe County farms in 1997 still was $144 million, according to the agriculture census done by New York ...

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Business & the Environment:
A growing concern

Battles to preserve open space and farmland in Monroe and adjacent counties have tended to stress particular, very local issues. Should the farm in a given neighborhood be developed into a new subdivision? Should a shopping area expand into farmland ...

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For more information

If you want more information about farmland development or preservation, here are some sources: –www.fb.com–The site for the American Farm Bureau Federation, the country’s largest general farm organization with more than 4.7 million farmers in 40 states and Puerto Rico. ...

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The cost of moving forward
(continued)

FNB Rochester Corp. Total estimated cost: $667,000 FNB began developing its Y2K strategy in October 1996. It currently is addressing the data-processing and business impacts. An ongoing phase is in effect to educate employees and customers and to determine which ...

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Non-profits could face
big Year 2000 problems

As the year 2000 inches closer, many Rochester-area non-profit organizations have one question: Will we be ready? “First, you panic,” says Kelley Ribis, director of finance and human resources at the Family Resource Centers of Rochester. “Then you say, ‘How ...

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The cost of moving forward
(continued)

Graham Corp. Total estimated cost: $85,000 Graham established a program to assess the impact of Y2K on the software and hardware utilized in its internal operations. The cost to address Y2K issues has been estimated at $85,000. This program includes ...

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Outline of Rochester Top 25
Y2K spending by company

Xerox Corp. $135 million Eastman Kodak Co. 78 million Bausch & Lomb Inc. 65 million – 75 million Gannett Corp. less than 25 million Eastman Chemical Co. less than 20 million Rochester Gas & Electric Corp. 15 million Frontier Corp. ...

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The cost of moving forward
(continued)

Rochester Gas and Electric Corp. Total estimated cost: $15 million RG&E identified the need to address Y2K issues early, and in June 1996 established its Y2K Project. The company has assigned some 40 full-time-equivalent staff to work on the project ...

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Y2K Management:
The cost of moving forward

With less than 10 months to go, Year 2000 has become the issue for information-technology officials at local companies. The area’s top 25 publicly held companies–as listed in the Rochester Business Journal’s annual list based on market value–expect to spend ...

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