How's YOUR Productivity?Written by Cynthia Kyriazis
Microsoft wanted to know how individuals around world were faring with their productivity. Microsoft seems logical group to be asking this question since productivity generally follows technology. So from September, 2004 through January, 2005 they ran a survey called 'Personal Productivity Challenge' or PPC.
The response was phenomenal. 38,000 people in over 200 countries rated their individual productivity by responding to 18 statements about work-related practices. Here are some of results:
Of people who work an average of 45 hours a week, they consider 17 of those hours to be unproductive. The average number of emails received daily: 49. Workers spend 5.6 hours per week in meetings. 69% feel meetings aren't productive. Most common productivity pitfalls: ineffective meetings (46%), lack of team communication (36%) and procrastination (37%).
Dr. Larry Baker of Atlanta developed survey and his statement is right on mark. "In my three decades of studying what makes workers productive, I've found that most crucial skills are ability to efficiently communicate across all kinds of boundaries, share important documents and manage increasing volumes of information."
The History of the Franchise Business - Learning about Business Opportunities by Looking into the PastWritten by Howard Schwartz
Hair care has been around as long as humans have been on planet. The earliest record of personal hair care dates back 2.5 million years ago, when brushes used to create cave paintings in Spain and France were adapted for use in hair grooming. Interestingly, many of innovations in hair design that are still used today originated in late 19th century.
According to 2002 statistics, there were 1.4 million personal care services ( http://www.hjventures.com/writing/Beauty-parlors-shops-Business-Plan.html) in United States, 313,000 of which were beauty and hair salons. The hair salon service industry alone had revenues of $55.9 billion, while salon product sales were $5.5 billion. Coloring alone brought in $10.4 billion for beauty industry in 2002.
The biggest single customer group is baby boomer generation, who by way now constitute largest population segment in America, and who are more than willing to spend money on a hair care services.
What this means is that prospects for owners of hair care businesses are solid and strong. The 2003 Job Demand Survey, distributed by National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences, indicated that average total income (including tips) for salon owners was $53,150 per year.