Posted: Friday, September 26, 2003

TRAVEL STRESSES: Business travel takes its toll sometimes when you're safely back at the office.

More than half of business travelers need a day or two to recover physically from their trips, according to a survey of people whose job take them on the road at least once a month. About half said it takes that long to get their personal lives back in order.

Half of the 600 people who participated in the poll said they need two full days to catch up, and 12 percent said they need at least three full days.

The rigors of a road warrior's travels also reduce productivity while on the trip: 55 percent said they spend too much unproductive time traveling to and from airports, while 41 percent said they felt stress from time wasted in airport security lines.

The survey was commissioned by Kensington Technology Group, a San Mateo, Calif.-based maker of computer accessories.

SOCIAL SPENDING: Singles know that their jobs can be a key in dating success, but geography may also factor into how much we spend on dates.

In an online survey of dating, based on regions of the country, West Coasters were more likely to say that dating someone with a ''good job'' was important to them, and more likely to spend $100 or more on a date. People in other regions said they spend $25 to $50 on dates.

But East Coast residents tend to go out more than others three nights a week.

About 8,200 people responded to the Yahoo! Personals online survey, designed to coincide with National Singles Week, which ends Saturday.

Men appear to have fewer work-related dating boundaries than women 58 percent of men said they would date a co-worker, compared with 51 percent of women.

Does a first date feature a smooch? About half those in the East said yes, while only 43 percent on the West Coast kissed the first time.

HOME-WORK: Is work a tough place to, well, work? People looking for a new job say telecommuting is a top priority of job perks, according to a survey of more than 200 people.

The survey also found that 80 percent believe telecommuting would make them more productive in their current jobs.

Of the more than 200 respondents, 47 percent said they telecommute now, with 41 percent of those working from home at least 20 hours per week.

The popularity relates to flexible work hours, the benefit cited by 43 percent. About a quarter said telecommuting allows more time for families, and 19 percent said it reduces time and money spent on commuting.

The findings are from an online poll by Reston, Va.-based TrueCareers Inc., a career search site.

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