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Has it been a while since you’ve seen much of a bump in your paycheck? Or maybe no bump at all?  Next year will be different, according to a new survey. Consulting firm Mercer found that workers can expect an average raise of …. hope you’re sitting down for this …. wait for it …. here it comes …. 2.9 percent in 2013. Biggest increase in years I don’t know about you, but that… Read More

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What comes to mind when asked “What was the most memorable TV moment in history?” For most Americans, it’s not even close. 9/11. The unforgettable news coverage of the September 11 terrorist attacks tops the list, according to a new survey. Nielsen and Sony Electronics have just released Americans’ top 20 most memorable TV moments of the last 50 years. Here’s the full list:  Sept. 11 attacks (2001)  Hurricane Katrina (2005)  O.J. Simpson murder… Read More

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Do you ever wake up in the morning and think, “It’s too early to go into work. I’m tired. I’ll just go in a little later”?  According to a new survey, one in six Americans this week will be telling their boss why they were late for work. And one of the more innovative/bizarre excuses is “My cat had the hiccups.” Really. Once again, CareerBuilder is out with its annual “Most Outrageous… Read More

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Here’s another one of those polls or surveys we had on the news tonight that may not be all that surprising, but still gets us thinking. And hopefully changing our attitudes. The holidays are supposed to be a happy, joyous time… but unfortunately they’re not. If you feel like the Grinch during the holiday season, you have plenty of company. A new Consumer Reports poll found that: 35 million Americans despise “having… Read More

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We love to report on studies and surveys in the news. The latest one caught my eye. And of course we’ll have it on the news today. Here’s the bait to get you hooked: “What would you be willing to give up for your cell phone? Hear just how far some people will go to stay connected, coming up later.” How’s that for a tease? Now here’s the story:

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We often turn to Consumer Reports for reviews and ratings on products like cars, computers, TVs and mowers. CR usually doesn’t steer us wrong. It just came out with its first-ever ratings of fast food restaurants. CR readers made more than 98,000 visits to 53 chains. At the top of the list? My wife’s favorite(mine too)… In-N-Out Burger. It was ranked not only the best burger chain, but best fast-food chain of… Read More

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Want a promotion, but can’t figure out why you’re not getting one? It could be that tattoo on your arm, or (please stand back)…. your bad breath. A new survey from CareerBuilder shows that employers consider personal attributes when making promotion decisions. Employers gave these reasons when asked what would make them less likely to give a promotion:

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What would make you happy? “Well, if I could live in paradise, that would make me happy,” might be one reply.  There might be something to that. A new Gallup survey reveals which states are happiest, and Hawaii comes out on top. Bummer for those who live in West Virginia. Dead last! They’re pretty glum about the news. Naturally.  Am I Happy? Since I don’t live in Hawaii or West Virginia, I… Read More

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Here’s the scenario. You’re at that all-important job interview. Your cell phone goes off. Maybe your ringtone is Cee Lo Green’s hit “Forget You”. The other version of that song. Alright, maybe not. Chances are you don’t have an X-rated ringtone. But many candidates make the mistake of answering their phones during interviews. CareerBuilder.com recently came out with a survey of hiring managers of the most outrageous and common faux pas that… Read More

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Have you ever said anything stupid and put your foot in your mouth at work?  Yeah, we all have.  But who has ever got their foot caught in the garbage disposal at home and couldn’t go into work?  Come on.  No really, that’s one of the bizarre  “I can’t come into work” excuses in the latest Careerbuilder survey. Careerbuilder asked employers to list the most unusual excuses (“Hello boss, I can’t  come… Read More

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As a parent of one child in college, and more on the way, you do what it takes to help your kids get their education.  But trust me  it’s quite a financial challenge to pay for a child’s college tuition.   A new study shows that many intend to dip into their own retirement accounts to do it. Nearly a quarter of the nation’s parents who are saving for their children’s college education… Read More

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The other day my wife had an interesting conversation with one of our teenage boys that went something like this: Wife: I’m going to put that cute picture of you on Facebook. Son: Better not. Quit embarrassing me. Wife: I can if I want. Son: If you do, I’ll “unfriend” you. Wife: You wouldn’t dare. Son: Try me. “Unfriend” your own mom? (Chances are, I’m next.) After all his parents have done… Read More

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