Business: EXECUTIVE TRAPPINGS; Who Rates the Rugs & When

Who Rates the Rugs & When

IN the hierarchy of U.S. business, a big problem is the question of executive prerogatives. Who eats in the executive dining room? Who gets the best offices? And when does a man rise high enough to rate a rug on his floor? The scramble for the perquisites of rank is the butt of a thousand jokes, often leads to ludicrous situations. But to corporations themselves, the scramble is no joke. Says John D. Wright, president of Cleveland's Thompson Products, Inc.: "This involves a problem of morale, and often the little privileges that go with an office...

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