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February 2007

News and Views

Starting a new job? You may not have to wait long before you can participate in your employer's 401(k) plans. A recent survey found that 69 percent of employers (as compared to 65 percent a year ago) allow employees to start participating within three months of the date they were hired. Details

Geography can explain a lot about pay, writes G. Scott Thomas in a January Bizjournals article. Here's what's interesting: the top pay is not always in the largest metropolitan areas. More

Most workers don't sign up for flexible spending accounts (FSAs), even though they can save employees 10 to 35 cents on every dollar contributed, reports the Washington Post. Now, there is an FSA debit card that makes using FSAs easier and almost paperless. Details


Going green just got easier, reports Susan Sabo in her Productivity Café blog. Sabo says Earth 911 has a lengthy list of resources for recycling, including a destination for old and bulky monitors and guidelines for setting up a recycling program at your office.

Blog Watch

Not surprising: respect tops the ist of values workers hold dear. Reflections on a white paper from the Canadian Council of Human Resources Association

Coming Up

Cross-Posting: Writing Retreat Sold Out, Waiting List Available

Write Time, Write Place, Write Now Royal Rose Inn B & B, Rehoboth, DE. March 2 - 4, 2007.

The retreat is sold out. Email me if you'd like to be put on our waiting list, and thanks for your support!