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Posted: Friday, April 11, 2003

WOMEN WORKERS: The bank, the post office, the laundromat do you ever see these places on a weekday?

Many women say their long hours have destroyed their ability to get any personal errands done during the regular workday. In a survey of 300 women, 75 percent said they either work late or take work home. And after work, the demands of children often supersede time for their own needs.

For example, only 10 percent of the women said they had ever found time to exercise during a normal work day.

And if work duties were less demanding? About half those surveyed said they would run errands, 48 percent said they would have lunch with a friend, 46 percent said they would exercise and 19 percent said they would shop for clothes.

Women make up nearly half the U.S. work force, 47 percent, and 34 percent of those women have children younger than 18, according to the Labor Department.

The online survey was conducted Feb. 27-March 2 for Jones New York, a women's apparel maker.

TRAVELERS' TECH GADGETS: Pagers, cell phones, PDAs we cannot be unconnected anywhere.

Where do we consider them the biggest pain in the neck, making us want to throttle the owner of a device that beeps or rings and interrupts what we're doing?

In a survey of 2,400 frequent travelers, nearly a quarter, or 23 percent, said at the movies. Driving was next, cited by 21 percent; followed by church, 19 percent; during meetings, 18 percent; and at intimate dinners, 14 percent. But only 5 percent said they were annoyed when one of the devices interrupted a wedding.

The survey was conducted last month by Priority Club Rewards, the Atlanta-based hotel loyalty program.

Why do people have such devices? Seventy-seven percent said phones, pagers, laptops and personal digital assistants keep them completely organized. But nearly a fifth 19 percent said such toys just make them look good.

MILITARY PAY: While the armed forces draw many volunteers, it's often not the paycheck that attracts them.

Privates with a year of service have an annual base pay of $15,480, while a corporal with three years of service has a base pay of $19,980.

Enlisted men and women, however, receive an array of benefits, including health care and college education money.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, six occupations averaged less pay than a first-year private: woodworkers, butlers and housekeepers, childcare workers, theater ushers and crossing guards.

The research was conducted by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., a Chicago-based outplacement company.



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