Originally created 03/12/06

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Flood insurance not a hot ticket

Hurricanes and flooding raged for many Americans last year, but that hasn't prompted a run on flood insurance.

A survey by the large insurer, Chubb Group, finds that only 8 percent of 700 queried homeowners saw the destruction of Katrina and Rita as motivation to get some insurance for their home. Only 14 percent of the total group has flood insurance.

Friendliness drops with work tenure

A company in the field of "human capital assessment" says its research has found that the longer someone holds the same job the less likely the employee is to be friendly and supportive of others in the workplace.

The study of 2,300 people showed a steady drop in supportive behavior as a person's job tenure increases, said Wayne Nemeroff, the CEO of Cleveland-based PsyMax Solutions.

"We surmise that people just become more task-oriented and set in their ways," Mr. Nemeroff said. "They focus on getting the job done and are not so engaged in supportive behavior."

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