Originally created 02/20/00

Pocket change


It's the norm these days for people to think about switching jobs instead of staying with an employer for the long term. In fact, a poll of more than 2,500 college students and recent graduates showed that 78 percent said they plan to stay with their first employer no longer than three years. The poll, conducted by Jobtrack.com, shows retention will continue to be a hot topic for a while. That means employers will be trying a little harder to hang on to their best workers.


The C-Pen 600 from C Technologies can do a lot of stuff.

A portable scanner, this wireless gadget reads one line of text at a time. Six megabytes of onboard storage let the C-Pen hold up to 2,000 pages of text, which are beamed to your computer via an infrared port.

The $249 C-Pen also has some features commonly associated with hand-held personal digital assistants, or PDAs. Among them are an address book that can synchronize information with Microsoft Outlook and the ability to enter characters manually in much the same manner as the Graffiti text entry of a Palm PDA. For more information, call (877) 275-2736 or visit www.cpen.com.


Playing well with others is a skill you carry with you all your life. For those who need a refresher, there's Winning Ways: Four Secrets for Getting Results by Working Well With People (Putnam, $19.95).

The newly released book by Dick Lyles chronicles the workplace woes of Albert, a worker who unleashes his temper on fellow employees for even the slightest offense, such as calling him "Al."

The parable follows Albert through his agony at having to participate in teamwork and his enlightenment as he learns how to do it well. We will let Albert tell you himself about the four secrets.


Office romances can spark all types of trouble, and courting love could land you in court. Unwelcomed sexual advances and requests, physical or verbal, can result in fines, discharge and in some cases, jail.

Similarly, an office- romance survey by Officeclick.com, an online service for administrative professionals, found 41 percent of nearly 1,150 workers believe a failed office romance can mean a career derailment, in which one or both partners leave the organization.

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