Aside from making sure that all of its internal computer systems are Y2K-ready, Putnam Investments also wants to make sure employees are compliant come Dec. 31.
The Boston-based firm has distributed "The Y2K Handbook: Preparing Your Home For the Year 2000" to all employees and hopes they'll take it seriously.
"We want everyone working at Putnam to be OK," said Gavan Taylor, director of information services and chief information officer. The handbook advises employees to review critical systems such as heating, air conditioning, electricity, gas, telephones, alarm systems and cars. Internet sites for some of the local providers of these services are included in the book, along with a list of general Y2K questions to ask utility service providers, manufacturers and landlords.
Putnam also lists some home systems, such as heating and clocks for lighting and lawn irrigation systems, that are known to be compliant.
To prevent personal computing Y2K problems, Putnam also lists hardware and software that is compliant, and gives information on operating system upgrades that will be needed.
As with all Y2K information being disseminated by money managers, there are no guarantees, and the invisible hand of a lawyer is attached. A disclaimer at the beginning of the handbook reads: "While this information was carefully compiled and checked, Putnam cannot guarantee the accuracy of this rapidly changing information or the ultimate reliability of the systems in your home."