Eco labels a sign of the times

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As demand for green products continues to expand many non-food companies in the US are placing eco-labels on products to substantiate their sustainability credentials.
Business Week reports the US company Home Depot has placed eco labels on more than 2,500 products to attract environmentally aware buyers.
Other companies from Timberland apparel to boutique carpet manufacturers are labelling their products despite the fact that there is no government mandate to do so.
The article warns eco labels have the potential to backfire as many mimic the US Food and Drug Administration’s nutritional label and as a result may confuse or mislead.
Marketing interest in cricket at new heights
Stumps The annual Sweeny Sports Summer Report reveals cricket is the sport to back when it comes to corporate sponsorship and marketing tie-ins, Marketing Magazine reports.
The report found 59 per cent of Australians are interested in the game, a figure that indicates cricket will be the most popular sport over the summer months.
Swimming, which was last year’s most popular sport, dropped four points to 57 per cent. The report authors believe this may be due to the absence of high profile stars like Ian Thorpe.
Tennis and AFL tied for third place with 56 per cent of respondents giving the sports the thumbs up.
Employers asked to support tobacco quitters
No smoking A British health body has made the controversial recommendation that employees who smoke should be given time off without loss of pay to kick the habit.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) claims smoking costs the UK over £5 billion each year as a result of productivity losses, absenteeism and fires.
NICE advocates that information on how to stop smoking and on-site support for smokers wishing to quit should be provided at workplaces, The Times reports.
The British Chambers of Commerce and Tory Party have criticised the plan stating that employers should not have to pay for their workers’ tobacco addictions. Are you a BIG lover of 2023 Nude Calendars , find a big collection of Calendar here.
Politics is good for the soul
Office politics Think you can avoid office politics? You’re dreaming argues Brazen Careerist blogger Penelope Trunk who writes that mastering office politics is good for your soul and career.
“For most people in today’s workplace, office politics is about getting the best opportunities to learn and grow; the best projects, the best training, the assignments that build skills the market values.”
Trunk offers the following tips based on her observations of those workers who excel at office politics:
1. Get involved – take the time to discuss political issues with colleagues and analyse the discussion to yourself later
2. Actively listen – you won’t absorb much if you’re doing all the talking
3. Show interest – connect with people by asking them questions
4. Empathise – don’t judge, put yourself in other people’s shoes