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Posted: Friday, March 07, 2003

SKIPPING VACATION: Vacation is as an indispensable benefit of our work lives flee the office, reflect, rejuvenate, travel, read, sleep late and generally improve your disposition as an employee.

But many top-level executives say vacation is an indulgence they'll forego this year. Of 730 executives who took part in a survey, 47 percent said they won't use all the vacation time they are entitled to.

Moreover, 58 percent of that group said job demands were the primary reason.

There's a sense in corporate America that this is the year to knuckle down and stay at your desk,'' said Allen Salikof, president and chief executive of Management Recruiters International, a Cleveland-based firm that commissioned the survey.

With the economy continuing to limp along, executives are hoping that a little extra elbow grease will help revitalize corporate health more quickly,'' he added.

Plus, with the threat of war in Iraq, many consider exotic trips involving air travel not such a good idea this year.

PAYING THE TAX MAN: April 15 is the day we typically pay Uncle Sam his fiscal due. But plenty of us don't have ready cash on Tax Day.can't cough up the cash by then.

For those who owe this year, 73 percent said in an online survey they'll turn to savings. For those who can't pay, 8 percent said they'll charge their taxes to a credit card and pay over time. Six percent said they'd sell stocks or other investments to raise the cash, and another 5 percent said they'd get another form of loan.

The results are from a poll posted last month by Yahoo! Finance. There were nearly 98,000 votes.

TOUGH PARENTING: Many of us work grueling hours, especially in these uncertain economic times, with companies queasy about new hiring binges. Don't think the kids don't notice.

More than half of kids ages 9 to 14 polled last month, or 63 percent, said they wish their parents had a job that offered more flexible schedules so they would have more time to spend together. Only 13 percent said they wanted Mom or Dad to make more money.

Only 32 percent of the 746 adolescents said they spend a lot of time with their parents, and 23 percent said that was because of their job schedules. Nearly a fifth of the kids said they didn't see their parents because of busy school schedules and homework loads.

The telephone survey was conducted by the Center for a New American Dream, based in Takoma Park, Md.



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