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Office-based studies add to core medical research

Community practitioners in pediatrics and AIDS research are among those who contribute to medical knowledge by enrolling their patients in clinical trials. Local pediatricians, in particular, have a long history in pioneering research in the prevention and treatment of childhood ...

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Job-sharing teams give bosses a dynamic duo

Today, both work as training-design consultants, and still try to job share whenever possible, such as with the yearlong stint they just completed at Johnson & Johnson Clinical Diagnostics. Job sharers agree that having complementary work styles is a must. ...

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Tuition coverage a reciprocal perk

She also has another role with the company–that of student. Curcio is studying for a bachelor’s degree in business administration at St. John Fisher College in a company-sponsored tuition-reimbursement program. Xerox will pay at least $30,000 for her education by ...

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Childless workers find benefits equity a stretch

When Xerox Corp. last year announced its new life-cycle assistance plan, employees cheered and worker advocates held up the company as a champion of diversity and flexibility. Progressive even for Xerox, the plan entitles each employee to a lifetime benefit ...

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Safety concerns rise as OSHA budget cuts loom

Yet, says Lyn Parsons, executive director of the Rochester Council on Occupational Safety & Health, regional and national regulatory budgets have already been slashed by 15 percent this past year, and additional cuts are looming. As a result, workplace inspections ...

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Flexibility, speed come to fore in factory design

The factory reflects several trends in industrial plant design, including a movement away from large, automated assembly lines to smaller, more flexible units. “We installed more modular assembly lines. These will provide a greater level of flexibility and greater return ...

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Teams can help bridge gulf
between engineering, sales

They live on different planets. On the planet Dilbert, engineers check everything twice, and try to foresee all problems. They take time to check for design flaws. They will move no product before its time. On the planet Let’s Make ...

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In holding boards liable, reputations at risk

Increasingly, however, courts have become involved with business decisions, questioning executives’ motives and imposing the court’s own business judgment. For corporate and non-profit boards alike, liability risks should not be taken lightly. And financial liability is not the only possible ...

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Employer, beware: Caution crucial when firing an employee

The suggested solution? Sit tight and cool off. “We suggest a cooling-off period of a day or two in order to save a long- term employee,” says Christopher Wiest, director of human-resource information for the Industrial Management Council, which operates ...

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Marketing 2000: high tech and high touch

When I started in the advertising-agency business in the early 1950s, marketing’s most important function was production–mass production. Manufacturers made a product because they could, priced it to cover costs and deliver as much profit as possible, distributed it through ...

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New toll-free numbers introduced

Running close to empty on 800 numbers, the Federal Communications Commission has introduced a new toll-free exchange: 888. The move makes more than 7 million new numbers available. Other exchanges will be added as necessary. Everyone can see that toll-free ...

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Versatility is the hook for paging’s tele-niche

One of the poor cousins of wireless communications always has been paging. Since its introduction in 1949, it has been underappreciated. In the beginning, one got a tone and had to call an answering service. But, even now, why should ...

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Surfing with the Webmasters

They have one of the hottest job titles of the ’90s. And even in companies where the Web site is viewed as a novelty–not yet a necessity–and where Webmaster may be a tacked-on title, these cybergurus are at the forefront ...

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Employers crack down
on online goofing off

Though tales of office workers glued to computer screens playing Doom or ogling nude pictures of Cindy Crawford aren’t taking over the Flower City, the problem is growing in significance. And it can cost companies in terms of lost productivity, ...

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Take a look

Web sites for companies mentioned in this article: –Auragen Communications Inc.: http://www.auragen.com –Boylan, Brown, Code, Fowler & Wilson LLP: http://www.boylanbrown.com –Dockside Internet Services Inc.: http://www.dockside.net –Logical Operations Inc.: http://www.logicalops.com –New World Media: http://www.embark.com –Structured Technologies Inc.: http://www.struct.com –Visual In-Seitz Inc.: ...

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