TO: Cliff Mercola, Human Resources
FROM: Barbara Wang, Sales & Marketing
DATE: November 4
SUBJECT: New employees
Although the manager of our department set the number of new employees for Sales & Marketing at the annual meeting two weeks ago, I feel there is a need to rethink the situation. The results from the market research conducted for our new line of cross-training sportswear have come in, and the response is less favorable than expected. This is an indication that we would need at least three more new employees in Sales & Marketing to handle the task of promoting the line. This matter needs immediate attention but our manager is on vacation and will not be back until Monday. Would it be possible for you to meet with us on Tuesday to discuss the hiring situation? I look forward to hearing from you.
April 17—It was announced today that Carla Stark, vice president of Ernesto Dairy of Premium Ice Cream fame until January of this year, would become head of Holman Health Inc. as of April 20. Holman Health, a giant in the dietary supplement industry, has been looking to replace its CEO Bud Rollins, who has indicated publicly on numerous occasions that he and the firm’s board of directors cannot seem to agree on anything. It is reported that Holman Health shareholders have great expectations for Stark to work the same magic she did for Ernesto—Stark was responsible for creating the Premium Ice Cream brand which resulted in Ernesto acquiring a surprising 20 percent share of the gourmet ice cream market.
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.