The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 7, 1997 · Page 98
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 98

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, December 7, 1997
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4F THE PALM BEACH POST SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1997 EMPLOYMENT Hobe ' 1 Sound JUPITER ) EDITION : V Employment At A Glance 1995-1996 1996-1997 uahiii couirr 1 rmHiiArjcomirC Jupiter Vou live? Palm Beach North Palm Total number of people in the workforce In thousands In millions NORTHS" I "V EDITIONV Riviera 7.25 7.2 7.15 7.1 '- 490 i I I I I I I I I ij 485- ;j-V- 480- -J- 475, 470- 450- West Palm Beach Palm Beach Royal Palm Beach CENTRAL 7.05 7 6.95 6.9 6.85 .Wellinoton EDITION T lake Worth Lantana ONDJFMAMJJASO ONOJFMAMJJASO Number of people employed In millions In thousands Boynton Beach 6.9 I I I I I I IX"fc-IJ Residences 465 460 455 450 445 440 435 430 425 420- :p4;:: 6.4- -H H I 1 1 1 I MM ONOJFMAMJJASO ONDJ FMAMJ J A. SO f BUS Number of people unemployed In thousands In thousands J SOUTH Delray EDITION Beach s-s t Boca PAiuBiMHcouiifj J , Raton but want to buy a home there, If 40 420 400 380 360 340 320 300 ONOJFMAMJJASO ONOJFMAMJJASO JMftilm Beach Ibst Unemployment rate In percent In percent 8.5 j I I I I I I I I I I 1 ill 4.4- Franchising may be best business route Reuter ! Would-be entrepreneurs who want to run their own businesses but prefer the support of a larger organization often take the franchise route. But how does one choose among the hundreds, if not thousands, of franchise opportunities available? The answer is not just in the particular attraction of each franchise but rather in what the entrepreneur brings to the process. . "A lot of people really don't know what they're looking for," said Howard Bassuk, president of Franchise Network, a San Diego-based national consulting firm that matches prospective franchisees with franchisors. "They don't know why they should be interested in a particular company." Bassuk's company, which has 55 offices across the United States, Canada, Central and South America, counsels would-be franchisees on choosing the appropriate business. "Our role is not to sell anybody anything," said Bassuk, whose firm is paid from the fee the franchisor charges the franchisee. "We act as a front-end screen, so to speak, for the franchisor and the prospective franchisee." If the screening process is unsuccessful, neither the franchisee nor the franchisor will benefit. "What we care about is understanding what a person wants to achieve and what their skills are," said Bassuk. "Once people figure out what kind of business suits them, that empowers them to find out what the possibilities are." To help clients reach that goal, Bassuk's firm has developed a lengthy process that begins with a fairly extensive questionnaire. The questions cover such issues as what attracts the would-be franchisee to business ownership; his or her expectations from owning a business; likes and dislikes about previous jobs or business experiences; and personal attributes and values. After filling out the questionnaire, clients spend several hours talking to a consultant, who will continue to guide them through the franchise search maze. Bassuk says it's essential that would-be business owners determine how their personal needs and characteristics will mesh with a particular business. "In seminars, I ask people, 'How many of you woke up this morning and called out, fries are up? How many want to refill ketchup bottles?' Nobody raises their hands." When considering a business, whether it be a franchise or any other type of enterprise, one must take the time to develop a strategy based on personal suitability. "People get hooked by the emotional side of the business. If they understand exactly what they want to achieve and understand what level of risk they want to take, they can test that against any business they are considering," Bassuk said. "We stress the research, first-person due diligence, the notion of having lots of choices so they don't feel they're settling for less than what is right for them." In visiting franchisees of a particular company, potential franchisees should observe those owners who do very well and those who do very badly, then compare themselves. "If you're like those who are not doing very well, you probably won't do very well, either," Bassuk said. ONOJFMAMJJASO ONOJFMAMJJASO Number of new unemployment claims In thousands In thousands Before you start looking, look first in Residences. Residences, the Sunday Palm Beach Post's guide for established homes, is produced for four zones from Boca Raton to Hobe Sound. So if you're looking for a home in another zone, pick up the Residences edition you need at any one of three Board of Realtor offices. Each office has copies of all four editions, available free just for the asking. Jupiter-Tequesta-Hobe Sound Association of Realtors, Inc. 810 Saturn Street, Suite 19, Jupiter (561) 746-2707 Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches, Inc. 701 Northpoint Parkway, Suite 110, West Palm Beach (561) 688-9294 Realtors Association of South Palm Beach County, Inc. 3200 N. Military Trail, Suite 100, Boca Raton (561) 997-8266 5.5 2.5 TTTTTTTTTTTTI I Mi 5 4.5 4 3.5 3 111 2.5 2 SONDJFMAMJJAS SONDJFMAMJJAS Source: Florida Department of Labor and Employment Security, Bureau of Labor Market Information Just how many hours at work is enough to please the boss? $r ill ) hours. I was the last to leave.' " The researcher recalled the expression, "He doesn't know the meaning of a day's work," but said there is no longer a consensus of what "a day's work" means. "And since employees can no longer count on long-term employment, they don't want to appear less than 1,000 percent committed," Young added. Employees "constantly invent ways to live their lives on the Q.T., a little under the table," Young said. "They try to manipulate other people's impressions because the demands on their time are so out of control." Workplace statisticians report advances both in the number of hours worked each week and in productivity gains. Young does not see these as necessarily beneficial: "I think many people have hit the wall in terms of how productive they can be." The murkiness of work time standards, Young claimed, "has to be seen as a social issue like drug ' addiction or pollution or unwanted children." By Sherwood Ross Reuters NEW YORK "How many hours a week do I have to work in order to do a good job?" is one question you'll probably never ask your employer. For hourly workers, it is not an issue. But for the millions of workers who are exempt from overtime, "it's difficult for them to tell how many hours is enough," said professor Mary Young, a workplace scholar of the Human Resources Policy Institute at Boston University. "Is 10 hours the expectation? Are you supposed to come in as early as your boss and stay as late? Work Saturdays?" Young asked. Because much of today's work does not produce immediate or tangible results, Young said, employees increasingly are falling back on putting in "face time," literally, the time spent "when other people can see your face." "By default, it's how they communicate their level of commitment," she asserted. "Employees are saying, 'My car was the first one in the parking lot. I put in 14 Take six guys from a steel town (SrSflnn north of Sydney, Australia, including Olivier Award-winning choreographer Dein Perry, and you get TAP DOGS. Part theater, part dance, part construction site, this rough, tough rockin' reinvention of tap dance for the 90s comes to the Royal Poinciana Playhouse December 23, 1997 - January 4, 1998. Send us a list of three unique things about Australia by Friday, December 12th and you could be our guests at the December 23rd opening night performance of the Broadway hit TAP DOGS. V7QD1TE DH AHID V7DKI! 10 sjv ruin You must be a teacher employed at a public or private school or a student enrolled full-time in a public or private school to win. Entry deadline is December 12th. Winners will be selected from all entries received. Fill out the entry form below and Fax to (561) 837-8400 or Mail to: Illll I f C H I THE PALM BEACH POST NIETAP DOGS CONTEST ,, , , poBox 24700 CMijMy West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4700 fcy The Palm Beach Posts Educational Services Department 0iap pos coivif is? nnmv worn I New Homes News Itchin' to move? Check out the beautiful new home communities in The Post's Friday Real Estate Weekend section. List three unique facts about Name Australia below. Address , City Zip Phone. 2. 3. Grade. School i liMlrt iff 'fl It T T" h. . M J " ' i m KJLJtAAtAi Jjt- r-1 A r"iiTHIl ITU MfTT W WH flffl lOTl if 0 juj 04 tiH MI ilfll nW ,fW nH 0 1 t0 4ii0k

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