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NUMBERS WILL BE MORE REVEALING

Q Our receptionist moved into a sales position a few months ago. Since then, she has had breast augmentation and now wears very revealing tops. The sales manager allows this. How do you think business professionals view this type of dress when someone comes into their company to sell a product?

A "Sex sells" is an old advertising adage, so your newly remodeled colleague probably assumes that suggestive attire will boost her business. Because success in sales is easy to measure, her boss will soon learn whether that assumption is correct. If her numbers start falling, her necklines may start rising.

By Marie G. McIntyre, Ph.D. McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Plan escape from cramped office

Q I accepted a job as a copy editor last fall and was given an office. In fact, it's one of the main reasons I took this job over other offers. It's crucial that editors have quiet and space for materials. A few months after I started they put another person in the office with me. She smokes and is nosy. I am losing my mind. There are no other places for me to sit. Can I quit over this, or am I being silly? It is affecting my work, and my manager is not sympathetic.

A Did you tell your boss that this was one of the main reasons you chose them? Working conditions are important. I wouldn't necessarily just quit over this, but I would start looking elsewhere.

By Mary Ellen Slayter, Washington Post

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