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November 04, 1991

Women at work

The workplace of the '90s will present women with greater opportunities, but with backlash and turmoil, as all groups struggle with social and economic change.

That's the consensus of a panel of business leaders and experts assembled by the Dallas Morning News. "At the same time the train is on the track, we also have . . . a lot of countermovements that are saying: 'Let's forget about this issue. It's too messy,' " said Judy B. Rosener, management professor at the University of California at Irvine.

For the situation to improve, two things must happen, said Valerie Freeman, president of Dallas-based Wordtemps Inc. "Corporations have to address the issue of child care and the issues of the family" to keep talented women. And "the leadership in American corporations -- who are mostly men -- are going to have to take on the responsibility of recognizing and developing bright women."

Prejudice is the most formidable barrier, panel members said.

Job climate

The burning issue of temperature in the workplace has been fueled by the Houston-based International Facility Management Association (IFMA). The organization of building managers recently released a national survey of 2,100 members that shows a hot office is the No. 1 complaint among America's office workers.

Complaints that the office is too cold ranked second.

IFMA President Christine Neldon, facilities director at the Atlanta offices of Arthur Andersen & Co., the international accounting and management consulting firm, said complaints about the heat seem to have risen with the growth of machines in the office in the 1980s.

"The machines add heat . . . and then you can have compensation problems," she said. "If you turn on the air conditioning really cold to compensate for computers in Department A, it may freeze out people in Department C, or maybe Department B gets very hot."

Small businesses

Tomorrow is the last day for submitting statewide nominations for the Small Business Administration's award program.

The SBA is accepting nominations for several awards, including: Small Business Person of the Year, Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year, Women in Business Advocate of the Year and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Maryland award winners will be honored at a banquet in May. They also will be eligible for regional and national SBA awards.

Details and nomination guidelines can be obtained by contacting the local SBA Office of Business Development, at 962-2235.

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