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Jockstrip: The world as we know it

By United Press International   |   March 6, 2006 at 6:00 AM
Some telecommuters work in the nude

SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 6 (UPI) -- Some 10 percent of worldwide telecommuters wear nothing at all while working at home, finds a survey by the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based SonicWALL.

About 39 percent of respondents of both sexes said they wear sweats while working from home, but 12 percent of males and 7 percent of females wear nothing at all, according to a survey of 941 remote and mobile workers worldwide conducted by Insight Express and SonicWALL, a provider of integrated network security and productivity solutions.

Forty-four percent of women surveyed said they showered on work-at-home days, as opposed to 30 percent of men.

Seventy-six percent of the employees surveyed believe that working remotely from home is an aid to productivity and 61 percent are convinced that their managers agree with them.

More than half of the survey's respondents accessed the corporate network from home on a daily basis, with 86 percent logging in remotely several times a week.


Wrecking crew hits wrong building

NEW YORK, March 6 (UPI) -- A wrecking crew in New York City punched a hole in the wrong building, forcing startled tenants to evacuate, city officials said.

A crane operator Saturday put a 10-foot gash in the foundation of a three-story building in Queens that had not been scheduled for any work, the New York Daily News reported Sunday.

"As soon as I heard a big bang, I woke up," said Andrew Albarracin, who lives on the second floor of the building. "I hear the banging every day, so I went back to sleep. But this was louder than before. Next thing I knew, I woke up to a fireman at my door telling me I have to evacuate."

The foundation will have to be repaired before the tenants can return, said Buildings Department spokeswoman Jennifer Givner.

City officials said they plan to issue cite the contractor for violations


Lying at work could get you fired

CHICAGO, March 6 (UPI) -- Nineteen percent of workers admit they tell lies at the office at least once a week, a recent CareerBuilder.com survey found.

Twenty-four percent of hiring managers say they have fired an employee for being dishonest, says the study of 2,050 workers -- including 1,000 hiring managers.

Fifteen percent of workers reported they were caught in a lie at the office. When asked why they felt compelled to bend the truth at work, 26 percent of respondents said they lied to appease a customer.

Thirteen percent said they lied to cover up a failed project, mistake or missed deadline; 8 percent said they were trying to explain an unexcused absence or late arrival; 8 percent lied to protect another employee; and 5 percent lied to get another employee in trouble or look better in front of a supervisor.

"It may seem cliché, but honesty is the best policy," said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder.com. "Eighty-five percent of hiring mangers say they are less likely to promote an employee who has lied to them or other members of the organization."


Teacher turned wrestler lives dream

NEW YORK, March 6 (UPI) -- A former New York City school teacher who became a professional wrestler says he wishes he could have said good-bye to his students when he was fired.

Matt Kaye, 31, lost his job as a social studies at teacher at Benjamin Cardozo High School in Queens, when school official learned he had been moonlighting as a wrestler when he should have been in class after his mother allegedly called in and told the school he was ill, the New York Daily News reported Sunday.

However, Kaye landed a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment as a regular on WWE's "Raw," where he hosts the "Striker's Classroom" segment.

"I am a 7-year-old child every day, living my dream," he said.

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