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The new expatriates

Expatriate employees for U.S. corporations are more likely than ever to be young, female, and single, according to a new report by Cartus Consulting. Since the firm's last survey in 2004, women's share of the expat workforce has grown from 15 to 21 percent; the latest study shows that nearly half of overseas Americans are single and more than half are under 40.

The consultants say the shift reflects changes in the nature of expat assignments from long-term postings to short-term stays that are more appealing to talented female professionals.

Getting into the game

A Seattle online-game developer's recent survey found that about one in four white-collar workers admits to playing video games during the workday.

While the study by PopCap Games found the majority of gamers only played during break time, 14 percent admitted to gaming during business meetings and conference calls. Interestingly, the likelihood of work-gaming goes up as you climb the corporate ladder, with 70 percent of senior executives admitting to this stress-relieving habit.

Pride in being green

New research by Sirota Survey Intelligence finds that "employees who are satisfied with their employer's concern for the environment are more likely to take pride in their jobs."

The bad news? It's the employees whom managers most want to be proud and engaged--the front-line workers--who are the least likely to be satisfied with their firms' environmental performance. Even so, though, most employees in the study, at all levels, were satisfied that their employers were sufficiently green.

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