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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, January 3, 2010

Checking on climate control at work

Compiled by John MacIntyre

Percentage of workers who said that a "too hot" work environment made it difficult to concentrate, according to a CareerBuilder survey: 22

Percentage of workers who said the same about a "too cold" workplace: 11

In an effort to save money, percentage of workers who feel that their company has turned down the office temperature this year: 19


Percentage of entrepreneurs who said that being your own boss is one of the advantages of starting and running a family business, according to a Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co.'s (MassMutual) study: 75

Percentage of all family-owned businesses that survive into the second generation: 30-plus

Percentage that still will be viable into the third generation: 12

Percentage of all family businesses that are operating at the fourth-generation level and beyond: 3


Percentage of workers who think their workplace will be impacted in some way by the swine flu, according to a survey by Adecco: 77

Percentage of employers who are taking proactive measures to address the issue of swine flu in the workplace: 80

Percentage of employers who have established a policy on how to prevent swine flu from spreading in the workplace: 34


Percentage of women ages 25 to 49 who have made a New Year's resolution to manage their weight, according to an Ipsos Reid poll conducted on behalf of Kellogg: 56

Percentage of resolution-makers that don't make it through week one: 41

Average amount of time women last before abandoning their resolution: Four weeks


Range in the cost of early termination fees one of the ways that contract-based cell phone service providers keep customers from switching to lower-cost cell phone alternatives, according to Consumer Action: $175 to $350

Percentage of Americans who do not know what penalty they would pay if they canceled their cell phone service, according to an Opinion Research Center survey: 40

Reach John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre@bwr.eastlink.ca.