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Caffeine soap offers clean buzz
FAIRFAX, Va. » In a furious rush in the morning? Torn between getting a caffeine jolt and jumping into the shower? Seriously considering taking your coffee into the shower with you?
Agonize no more. A company in Fairfax, Va., offers a soap that releases caffeine right through the user's skin and straight into the bloodstream.
It's called Shower Shock. Jennifer Kuropkat of the manufacturer, ThinkGeek, told the Toronto Globe and Mail that soaping up with her company's product provides the same amount of caffeine as two cups of coffee. The firm, which makes other caffeine products, came up with the idea a while ago when it "recognized the need for extreme ease of obtaining your caffeine," she said.
"You have to have a coffee, you have to have a shower, so you can kill two birds with one stone," she said.
The company consulted a soap maker and settled on a formula "that would be legally acceptable in the U.S. and smell nice as well." (It's scented with peppermint oil.) Consumer response was so encouraging, she says, they've since branched out into "travel-sized" soap bars. A month ago, they launched a "glowing green" caffeinated shower gel.
And if you're nowhere near a shower and need a jolt? Well, you could always try the company's caffeinated lip balm.
Or you could have a cup of coffee.
Promotions can be stressful
What could possibly be more stressful than getting a divorce? Being promoted.
Climbing up the corporate ladder was cited most frequently as life's most difficult event -- beating out calling it quits with a spouse, adjusting to a relocation or even grieving a death -- by nearly 20 percent of business leaders in a recent survey.
While usually cause for a slap on the back, promotions also force us to deal with more office politics, greater job complexity and increased reliance on others, said Matt Paese of Development Dimensions International, which conducted the study.
Despite the hand-wringing promotions can provoke, almost half of those surveyed said a move into a leadership position positively affected their personal life.
The online survey was conducted in late 2006 among nearly 800 U.S. and foreign business leaders.
People like efficient meetings
Disorganized, rambling presentations are workers' greatest source of frustration at meetings, a new survey reports.
"If you're going to ask someone for time, make sure you're using their time like you would use your time," said Jeff Resnick of Opinion Research USA, which conducted the survey.
Domineering colleagues, cell phone interruptions and co-workers who fall asleep were runners-up on the list. Pet peeves differed between generations, with workers over 55 complaining about long meetings with no bathroom break, while the 18-24 set wanted food and drinks in exchange for their attention, Resnick said.
Only 4 percent of people complained about meetings starting late.
The random telephone survey of approximately 1,000 people was conducted in mid-April.
Tips on how to look good at work
Too much exposed skin is never appropriate at the office, even in warmer weather, according to business etiquette expert Mary Crane.
"If you would even consider wearing any particular item to the beach or to a picnic or to mow the lawn, it's probably not appropriate to wear to the office," she said.
To make sure your summertime dress is more stylish than scandalous, heed the following workplace wardrobe guidelines, Crane said.
» Check the culture of your organization; what's acceptable at a hip Internet startup may prove inappropriate at a conservative law firm.
» For women, skirts, dresses or shorts should rise no higher than two inches above the knee. Sorry men, nothing above the ankle is acceptable for you.
» Plunging necklines have no place in the office, on men or women. The same goes for flip flops. Ladies, you might be able to get away with a strappy sandal.
» Sleeveless tops can be attractive on women, but anything with straps should be saved for the long-awaited weekend.