Ergo-whatics?

Many of us live at our desks during the workday.  We're encouraging Computing Center employees who are mostly deskbound to move around several times a day.  We're also providing better desk chairs and some workstations that can be used standing or sitting. 

Evolution shaped you to roam free, to set your muscles and cunning to the task of survival on the savannah. But we rarely roam beyond the walls of our office nowadays, wherever it may be, and evolution hasn’t caught up. These quick and easy fixes can help keep your muscles supple and reactions sharp in today’s professional jungle.

Wear the right shoes
Shoes make a bigger difference in the office than one might think and can directly affect the health of our knees, backs and more. The main culprit is high heels. The more often you forsake style in favor of lower heels and good arch support, the less likely you are experience pain later on down the road — especially if you use a standing desk.

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Time to Ditch you Desktop?

Our friends at Hewlett Packard have a vested interest in providing new PC, laptops and other mobile devices to the industry.  Given that, this is a good discussion of when it's time for a business or organization to consider whether to continue with desktop PCs or consider other devices.

Desktops have supported your business and workforce for years. But with new developments (wireless docking) and new form factors (Ultrabooks, detachables, tablets), desktops are now just one of a number of viable options for businesses looking to replace their aging fleet and/or upgrade their existing capabilities.

So the question is: desktops or mobile devices? Here are four questions to help you make the right decision for your needs.

1. Do you need to upgrade your PCs soon?
While it's nice to think ahead, you probably don't want to replace your desktops while they're still performing well and meeting your needs. As a general guide, large enterprises refresh their PCs once every three years on average,1 while small businesses hold on to their PCs for five to seven years on average.2

Answer yes if:

  • Your desktops are taking longer and longer to start up or complete complex tasks
  • You're holding off on upgrading an important piece of software because you're concerned your desktops can't handle it
  • You're spending more than you'd like on annual PC maintenance

Answer no if:

  • Your desktops are performing as expected
  • Employees have the tools and performance they need to function without unnecessary delays

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One size of printer fits all - No Way!

If Hewlett Packard and other printer manufacturers beleived that one model of printer was right for all uses, why are there so many models at all pricepoints? While this article is HP centric, its points are valid regardless of the printers you use in your business and organization.

How important is business printing? Nearly 73 percent of business owners and decision-makers at companies with 500 employees or less use their printing devices at least four times a day.1 That's pretty important.

To make the most of your resources and opportunities you need a printing solution that is affordable, versatile, and tailored to your specific needs—whether it's for your home office, a retail store, or a large workplace. To help you decide which printer is best for your business, here are five areas of consideration.

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Why Printing is Cool (Again)

Editor's Note: This article comes from Hewlett Packard, the largest manufacturer of computer printers in the world. So with that caveat, there appears to be times when "hard copy" has more impact than digital.  

Though the world has become increasingly digital, print remains an important and critical player in the business world. From more impactful marketing to creating a more professional, credible presence in the marketplace, print matters. And matters plenty.

So don't jettison your office printer or vanquish print marketing from your business plan just yet. Print is indeed alive, well, and valuable in today's digital age and harnessing its evolving power can deliver new-found results. Here are six reasons companies still turn to print to make a personal connection in a digital world.

1. Print remains the standard
Despite profound digital advancements, printed materials such as contracts, government forms, and hard-copy reports still remain the accepted and unavoidable norm in today's society.

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How to find your office Zen

 How to find your office Zen

Sometimes we all need to step away from our work and take a little break. But often, actually leaving the office isn’t an option. So what do you do when you need a quick mental vacation? Thankfully, the same technology that helps you stay productive can help you productively relax, too. Here are five tech tips that can help you find your balance, right in the midst of a hectic workday.

Block out the noise
If you work in a noisy office environment, noise-reducing headphones can mute three-fourths of the commotion around you.Built-in microprocessors go beyond simply drowning out unwanted distractions. They actively make things quieter by analyzing background noise and creating an inverse sound wave that cancels out offending sounds.

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