Project at Hand

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Save your arms from the strain of carting around those pesky Eisenhower-era overheads. With Mitsubishi’s PK20 PocketProjector — a mobile LED unit so small it fits in the palm of your hand — staging movie screenings and office presentations has never been easier. It’s capable of producing an attractive 800x600 SVGA picture, and it even supports optional battery operation. $899; $199 for optional battery. ­ — Scott Steinberg


BFF at Work?

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Do you have a good friend at work? Probably not, and more’s the pity, writes Tom Rath, author of Vital Friends: The People You Can’t Afford to Live Without ($23, Gallup Press). Citing Gallup interviews with millions of employees and managers, Rath argues that friendships in the workplace make for happiness and better business. Here are some of the mixed-bag stats. — Chris Tucker

Closer friendships at work can increase satisfaction with the company by nearly 50%.

Only 20% of people dedicate time to developing friendships at work.

30% report having a best friend at work.

People with at least three close friends at work are 96% more likely to be extremely satisfied with their life.

Fewer than one in five people consider their boss to be a close friend.

Employees who have a close friendship with their manager are more than 2.5 times as likely to be satisfied with their job.

17% of employees report that their manager has made “an investment in [their] relationship” in the past three months.


Biz Speak
“My obit’s already written. I can read it to you right now: ‘Bob Johnson, the founder of BET, died yesterday. He was the first black billionaire, but throughout his career he was criticized for putting music videos on TV.’?” — Robert L. Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television, on his public image., April 25