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Europe it isn’t, but America is picking up vacation pace

And that does not include holidays. Add in those and you are talking something like 38 days off a year for the average Swedish worker, 45 days for the Finn, 40 for the German and 40 for the Italian. Even ...

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Long-term temp workers
find mixed bag of benefits

Call it long-term temporary employment, contract work or consulting, the business of providing skilled labor on a less-than-lifetime basis is a big one in Rochester. Everyone “knows” someone eased out of a job at one of the large area employers ...

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Flexibility gives small manufacturers an edge

Like farmers who must work at the whim of nature, small manufacturers must take advantage of opportunities as they come, says Elliott, president of Touchstone Technology Inc., which manufactures special-purpose computer keyboards. “The most important thing for a small manufacturer ...

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Supply-chain management
key to controlling inventory

The name of the inventory-control game these days is supply-chain management. With growing recognition that 50 percent to 80 percent of cost of goods sold is spent on supplies, companies are changing their emphasis to include management of external as ...

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Putting some steam in research and development

Is it too blue-sky? Do our competitors have anything like it–or better? Can we afford to bring it to market? If we do, will our customers buy it? Local manufacturers grapple with such questions daily, as they wrest research and ...

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Home builders helping
Habitat construct hope

Through contributions in the form of discounts, donations and volunteer labor, numerous Rochester builders and suppliers are supporting the philanthropic goals of the ecumenical Christian organization. The companies, in turn, feel good about supporting a cause that is such a ...

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Design/build approach breaks with tradition

It was the change orders that did Bugsy Siegel in. As managing partner of an investment group whose members included Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky, Siegel oversaw construction of the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas in the early 1950s. Midproject, ...

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Consistent median price
defines local market

During the summer months, I’m often asked about how the Greater Rochester area compares with the Northeast and the nation relative to home sales. Many times it is difficult to provide a specific answer to that general type of question ...

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Invite dissent, but make
sure it can be managed

In England, they call it the Loyal Opposition. Criticism from the political party out of power adds value and interest to debate on any issue, they say. Some of them might even mean it. But everyone acts like the griping ...

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Charisma alone not enough
to make a manager a leader

Today’s effective leaders know that, in dealing with people, humility goes a long way, says Betsy Harrison, president of Career Development Services. Among the key challenges of ’90s leaders, she says, are to admit mistakes and learn from them, to ...

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Play down rewards, boost intrinsic motivation

Of course, there are many factors that potentially could contribute to such differences. The personnel unit supplying employees to the one group may be more astute than the unit supplying employees to the other. The training given to the one ...

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Favorite books lend insight, shape perspective

Ask the same people about non-business books, and you will get–at least temporarily–silence. “We so rarely get a chance to put our eyes on anything else other than business,” says John Piper, CEO of the Greater Rochester Association of Realtors ...

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Trust instincts and be balanced when seeking business goals

Are women holding their own in the business world? According to the Wall Street Journal of July 26, U.S. women in the first quarter of 1995 earned only 75.9 cents for every dollar earned by men. Moreover, according to the ...

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Women find
mentoring at home

In 1988, the U.S. Small Business Administration in California began a mentor program for women. That program went national in 1990. But long before that program’s inception, Rochester businesswomen had learned how to find professional guides to success. Katherine Clark, ...

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Women business owners prepare
a smooth path for succession

In families without sons, a son-in-law often could be found, or a loyal employee who, though not family, could be trusted to carry on. Today, things are not so simple. Children do not necessarily follow in their parents’ footsteps, and ...

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