A Week's Worth

Gender difference: Men working full time average nearly nine hours on the job each day, an hour more than their female counterparts, says the Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the other hand, working women spend 93 minutes each day caring for other family members and 86 minutes on household chores - nearly double the time men spend on such activities.

Outstanding managers in corporate America slightly outnumber subpar ones - about 40 percent to 30 percent, according to a survey of human-resource leaders by Right Management Consultants. The leadership skill that managers need to improve most: "engaging people in strategy and vision."

Fantasy-football tax? For the next 15 weeks and through the NFL playoffs and Super Bowl in January, some 14 million Americans will surf the Internet, pore over statistics, make roster adjustments, and initiate player trades in thousands upon thousands of fantasy-football contests. If they spend 10 minutes on their teams at work, employers would lose more than $36 million in lost productivity, estimates John Challenger of outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

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