The Cincinnati Enquirer
Monday, July 31, 2000 -- Volume 5, No. 212
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WANT TO KEEP EMPLOYEES? HAVE SOME FUN
        Mike Halloran knew back in 1994 that his company, Optimum Group, needed to do something to guarantee a committed team of employees for clients for the foreseeable future.

Providing answers to what works at work
        Tom Terez spent two years researching job sites, interviewing hundreds of employees and managers and developing strategies in an effort to offer insight into what is a meaningful place to work.

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Business Headlines for  Monday, July 31, 2000

Northwestern Mutual takes top sales honor
        Northwestern Mutual Financial Network sales agents must be doing something right.

Gender issues examined
        While the report finds that men-owned and women-owned businesses do not vary much in terms of sales, employee growth or profitability, when it comes to business practices, men and women business owners take different paths.

The Success Coach
        Question: Our company has just announced that everyone with customer contact will be expected to become involved in the sales process. I manage the technical support function, and my employees are especially nervous about this.

Avoiding workplace discord
        It's important for both management and employees to make an effort to avoid workplace conflicts, according to an Internet site about legal issues.

Divorce can create tough search for job
        Dear Andrea: I am a woman in my mid-50s with no formal job skills. I worked in my husband's businesses for 30 years. He sold our recent business behind my back, and we are now divorced. I took the first job that would take me.

Promotions & new on the job
        • Eric Clajus has been named audio-visual manager for the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce.

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