How's YOUR Productivity?

Written by Cynthia Kyriazis

Microsoft wanted to know how individuals aroundrepparttar world were faring with their productivity. Microsoft seemsrepparttar 150403 logical group to be asking this question since productivity generally follows technology. So from September, 2004 through January, 2005 they ran a survey calledrepparttar 150404 '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 ofrepparttar 150405 results:

 Ofrepparttar 150406 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% feelrepparttar 150407 meetings aren't productive.  Most common productivity pitfalls: ineffective meetings (46%), lack of team communication (36%) and procrastination (37%).

Dr. Larry Baker of Atlanta developedrepparttar 150408 survey and his statement is right onrepparttar 150409 mark. "In my three decades of studying what makes workers productive, I've found that most crucial skills arerepparttar 150410 ability to efficiently communicate across all kinds of boundaries, share important documents and managerepparttar 150411 increasing volumes of information."

The History of the Franchise Business - Learning about Business Opportunities by Looking into the Past

Written by Howard Schwartz

Hair care has been around as long as humans have been onrepparttar 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 ofrepparttar 150402 innovations in hair design that are still used today originated inrepparttar 150403 late 19th century.

According to 2002 statistics, there were 1.4 million personal care services ( inrepparttar 150404 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 forrepparttar 150405 beauty industry in 2002.

The biggest single customer group isrepparttar 150406 baby boomer generation, who byrepparttar 150407 way now constituterepparttar 150408 largest population segment in America, and who are more than willing to spend money on a hair care services.

What this means is thatrepparttar 150409 prospects for owners of hair care businesses are solid and strong. The 2003 Job Demand Survey, distributed byrepparttar 150410 National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences, indicated that average total income (including tips) for salon owners was $53,150 per year.

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