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October 28, 2001

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Dining out: New York restaurants are top of the price heap

Meals at New York's restaurants including the top-rated French place headed by Chef Daniel Boulud remain the costliest in the nation, according to the recently published 2002 Zagat restaurant survey for the city.

New Yorkers spend an average $37.29 every time they dine out, an increase of 12 percent from two years ago. The figure surpasses the national tally of $27 per meal, the guide found in a comparison of 40 major North American markets.

But New York's eats are a relative bargain compared to the average bill in Paris ($42), London ($45) and Tokyo ($62).

Terrorist attacks: Most workers finding support, safety from bosses

Many of the nation's workers believe their employers are doing a good job of addressing their fears about personal safety and the stability of their companies since last month's terrorist attacks, according to a new poll.

Of the 1,013 men and women surveyed by the Council of Public Relations Firms, 59 percent said they felt their company's communication with them about these concerns were excellent or good compared with 21 percent who rated it as fair. Only 7 percent said their employers hadn't discussed the subjects with them.

Production: One-on-one discussions help keep focus on work

Striking a balance between motivating workers to focus on their jobs following the Sept. 11 attacks and during the recent anthrax scare without appearing insensitive can be difficult for some bosses. But it isn't impossible, according to management trainer Ross Reck.

Reck, author of "The X-Factor: Getting Extraordinary Results From Ordinary People," suggests that managers sit down with employees for one-on-one talks. It's also important to avoid communicating through e-mail and voice mail, he said.

Reviewing the company's emergency procedures with subordinates can help minimize distractions, he said.

Managers also can restore enthusiasm among employees by asking them to answer questions such as, "How are we going to show these terrorists that they did not change the way we do business?"

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