May 19, 1997
I'm the customer service manager for AtoHaas Americas Inc. We sell Plexiglas in a joint venture with the French firm Els Atochem. AtoHaas is a subsidiary of Rohm & Haas, a specialty chemical company based in Philadelphia with $4 billion in annual sales. The employees I manage take orders over the telephone for our products and answer questions about product availability and requests for specialty items.
October 21, 1996 |
The Environmental Protection Agency has spent more than $1 million since 1993 on training seminars at ritzy resorts or on subjects unrelated to the environment, such as defensive driving and speed reading, according to GOP congressional investigators. Posh inns in West Virginia, a beach hotel in Puerto Rico and a mountain resort in Colorado were among venues chosen for classes and conferences, Republican investigators for the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee reported.
March 18, 2001
Q: I was a salaried marketing manager at a local company. After giving two weeks' notice to join a competitor, I was escorted out of the building. The company contended that since I am an "at-will" employee, it has the right to discharge me before I intended to leave. What are my options? --B.M., Orange A: You probably don't have any options. In accepting your resignation, your employer is entitled to choose your final date of employment if it wishes.
February 10, 2005
Re "Writing Your Own Ticket" (Feb. 3): Buying entertainment tickets is a good example of how politics works in this country these days and how consumers are all too often worse off for it. Imagine any other business being allowed to advertise a product at its wholesale price, and only at the end of the transaction reveal substantial additional markups and added fees. Recently, my wife and I received a gift certificate from Ticketmaster as a wedding present. You cannot redeem the certificates on the Internet or by phone; you must go to retail premises to do so. But when I went to the Northridge Tower Records, a kid with facial staples told me their machine was busted.
February 22, 1995 |
Despite increasing calls from corporate America for a better-educated, more prepared work force, a majority of employers in Southern California said they will scale back training efforts this year. A survey conducted by Market Research Associates of Irvine found that 54% of the 1,353 companies polled planned to spend less for worker training in 1995 than they did a year ago. One-third of the respondents projected increased spending, while 4% said their training budget would stay the same.
February 14, 1992 |
In these tough times, when every penny counts, small-business owners may be reluctant to spend money to train employees beyond the basics of doing the job. But the money you invest in employee training now quickly reappears on your bottom line, according to experts. "Training is a morale and a performance booster," said Curtis Plott, executive vice president of Alexandria, Va.-based American Society for Training and Development.