To: All employees
From: Human Resources
Date: November 5
Subject: No Overtime Day
This is a reminder that as of November 1, Wednesday of every week will be No Overtime Day. One day a week was designated for zero overtime as a measure for saving energy during the winter months. Everyone is requested to leave the office by 5 p.m. Exceptions must be approved by your supervisor and reported to Human Resources as soon as you realize you have to work overtime. If you have any questions regarding this new policy, contact Human Resources. Your understanding and cooperation are greatly appreciated.
FROM: Toshi Misono FOR: Jill Bourne
DATE: May 20 TIME: 1:45 A.M./P.M.
TAKEN BY: Laura
WILL CALL BACK PLEASE CALL
MESSAGE: I’m feeling unwell and am going straight home after meeting with clients at 2:30. I think I’ll take tomorrow off as well, in which case I need you to call Mr. Lyle of Putnam Motors first thing in the morning to postpone his 1 1 :00 visit. Friday is the only day we can accommodate him, so please confirm whether he can make it; morning or afternoon, whichever suits him best. The estimate for Globe Electronics needs to go out first thing Wednesday morning. I’ll e-mail the draft to you as soon as I get home; I’d appreciate it if you could finalize it and e-mail it to them on Wednesday.
May 11—Housewares retailer Patio Inc. announced yesterday that it would enter into the home design and construction business. Patio started as a small trading firm two decades ago, importing housewares, furniture and home accessories made in exotic locations. The business has grown to include more than 80 retail stores in major cities and suburban areas across the US. The company has a large following among middle-class urbanites who want to incorporate country living in an urban environment, and according to CEO Byron Cox, “home design and construction is the natural outcome for a company like ours. Our customers want a structure in tune with the Patio products they own.” Patio’s first major construction project will be a 20-unit condominium overlooking Gooden Bay.
VANCOUVER—Malaysia-based Baron Hotel Group is in talks to acquire Howard Hotels International. Baron—a business hotel giant with over 100 locations in major cities in Asia has been looking to diversify into the luxury hotel market. If Baron succeeds in making the acquisition, it will have access to the established Howard Hotels brand and its luxury hospitality know-how. Howard Hotels, an established Canadian luxury hotel chain that is privately owned, has so far been unsuccessful in finding a partnership that would facilitate its global launch. If the acquisition is successful, Baron would have 65% stake in Howard Hotels.