Information overload big issue, study says
While e-mail messages and electronic newsletters rule the ways of businesses and other organizations, people face information overload and few firms offer training in how to communicate better. So says a recent study conducted by the Institute for Corporate Productivity. "The good news is that e-mail is an inexpensive and flexible medium, making it the best communication option in many ways," said Jay Jamrog, the institute's senior vice president of research. "The bad news is that it's easy to misinterpret and otherwise abuse. It's no wonder that information overload continues to plague a lot of organizations."
CEO's 2007 exit has effect on '08 income
John W. Long's departure last year as CEO of St. Petersburg's First Advantage Corp. is still having an effect on the company. Last week, the company said its first-quarter performance in 2008 looked stronger than 2007 because of its $8-million payout in compensation to Long. Without it, the company says, the pre-tax income in the latest quarter slipped 21 percent from 2007.
Details trickle out on extended-stay hotel
A few more details are out about Menna Development's plan to building a 120-room, extended-stay hotel at the northwest corner of Ninth Street and Fifth Avenue S. Rooms at the six-story urban-style hotel will come with wireless Internet access, high-definition televisions, two phone lines, food and beverage service and shuttle service. Extended-stay options come with suites and full kitchens. The developer says it aims to cater to people needing proximity to All Children's Hospital and other downtown locations.