WORKING DEMANDS: Employees in the post-recession workplace are working longer and harder and rarely have a break from the daily routine, according to an online survey by CareerBuilder.com.
After months of layoffs, hiring freezes and job cutbacks, more companies are having to do the same amount of work (if not more) with less staff.
In its survey of 1,400 workers, more than a third reported increases in their personal workloads in the past six months.
And despite the innovations of flextime and four-day work weeks, the majority spent more than 40 hours working during the week.
Thirty-nine percent of those who arrived at work early stayed late, while 30 percent of those who arrived right on time said they stay late.
CEO SEVERANCE: Chief executive Dennis Kozlowski of Tyco Corp. and star analyst Jack Grubman of Salomon Smith Barney may have raised eyebrows with their $30 million severance packages. But such lucrative partings are common for CEOs and other business bigs.
Lee Hecht Harrison, a Woodcliff Lake, N.J.-based career services firm, finds in a new survey of publicly available CEO employment agreements that most CEOs who are shown the door can typically expect two years' worth of salary, as well as continued health and dental insurance and even some bonuses.
The group examined 100 companies in the Fortune 500 to see how the average CEO fared if they were dismissed.
Thirty-six percent of the companies offered up to three years of salary to their departing CEOs, while 26 percent would pay two years' worth of salary.
Just 1 percent said they would pay less than 12 months of salary, while another 1 percent said they'd offer 15 months; another 1 percent offered 21 months. Six percent agreed to pay a year's worth, and four percent said they'd pay a year-and-half in severance pay. Two percent would pay 30 months.
CELL BLOCK: Mobile phones may seem to be everywhere, but it doesn't mean people really know how to make the most of them.
A survey of 803 people by St. Louis-based Maritz Poll, found that 47 percent of adult American wireless subscribers don't know how to use all the functions on their phone. Half, or 50 percent, said they don't use all the minutes on their monthly plan that they pay for, either.
"It's a reflection of American culture," said Paul Pacholski, of Maritz's Telecom Research Group.
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