Workplace bits on tax day

The Ticker

April 15, 1991|By Julius Westheimer

On Income Tax Day -- and be sure your return is postmarked by midnight tonight -- we present a mixture of items about the workplace, the area that generates much of the income we pay taxes on.

GETTING STARTED: "First Job Survival Guide: Suggestions to Make Your Climb Easier" from Managing Your Career, Spring 1991, is worth reading. Excerpts: "Be a problem-solver; anyone can identify a problem but new hires who can point out solutions will garner their superiors' admiration . . . When beginning, choose a quality employer and don't leave except for the most compelling reasons . . . Keep money in perspective. Don't let an immediate financial gain blind you from a career that will bring personal satisfaction . . . Sweat the details; people who handle details well develop a reputation as thorough, dependable and professionals . . . March to your own drum; decide what you're good at and build your career around that set of talents . . . Be part of the team; for example, instead of using "I" in memos all the time, use "we." . . . Impress your peers as well as your boss; if you don't, you'll be professionally isolated."

For information on how to get a copy of the article, write Tony Lee, Box 300, Princeton, N.J., 08543.

WORKPLACE HEALTH: "The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has good news for millions of American workers with high blood pressure. An antidote to the $2.50 a tablet treatment: exercise. JHU found that that hypertensive men who exercised regularly without medication did as well or better than their counterparts who exercised and also took anti-hypertensive drugs." (Changing Times, April) . . . My dental hygienist told me that most people neglect their teeth at night because they're eager to climb into bed after working all day. "Delay that urge," she added, "and spend 20 minutes flossing and brushing." . . . "The Secret Is Out: Heart Disease Kills as Many Women as Men," in the magazine In Health, March-April, is worth reading. The text applies to women in the workplace and elsewhere. (For data on receiving a back copy, write the magazine at P.O. Box 56863, Boulder, Colo. 80322.)

HOPEFULLY HELPFUL: "How To Use a Business Card" from The Book of Small Business Checklists says, among other things: "State your business purpose clearly on the back, leaving a lasting impression with your prospect . . . Make a compelling comment when you hand someone your card, like, 'My mission is on the back.' . . . Make your card a coupon; promise a free sample or gift for stopping by . . . Offer more than one card; some people want extras . . . Handle your cards with respect by keeping them in a nice container in your pocket."

MID-MONTH MEMOS: Shouldn't there be more publicity (addresses, phone numbers, etc.) as to where we can send money for Kurds' relief? . . . Now that Ye Little Eat Shoppe on 36th St., Hampden, opens at 7:30 a.m. instead of 7, I'm reminded of what a successful local merchant told me: "You never make money with your doors locked." . . . A Catonsville woman told me that when she was an 18 year-old "cash girl" for Julius Gutman & Co., a downtown department store, in 1934, the store paid her $10 a week "and they even told me to work a half-day Saturdays." . . . My wife's son, who works for The Jerusalem Post (circulation 20,000), says that the paper now costs $1.25 a day . . . The owner of a suburban mall shoe store says, "If we rely on day-time business, forget it. At night is when it all happens."

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