Creating a Healthier Workplace

Editor's Note: It used to be that people only worked at their desks.  Today, we have clients who have stand-up workstations in their offices, use mobile carts, and many of us have and use mobile devices throughout our work day.  Here are a number of ideas for making your and your client's workplaces more healthly.

The US Department of Health and Human Services says 59% of employees do not get adequate exercise, while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sites that 75% of healthcare costs come from chronic diseases—the most preventable type of diseases. Exercising while working, or during a break from work, can give you more energy, reduce stress, and can help prevent you—and your employees—from catching the latest bug, meaning less sick days and healthcare expenditures.

Employers and team leaders play an important role in encouraging fitness at work and changing the company culture to support wellness. Here are a few ways you can lead by example to keep your employees healthier and more productive.


What would you do?


The Business Blog reflects sources some might describe as, well, eclectic – everything from Supreme Court jurisprudence to 80s TV. But today’s post comes from a message on a neighborhood listerv in Washington, D.C. It starts with a scam, but ends on a note that should be of interest to retailers.

According to the person who posted on the listserv, a woman in the neighborhood began to receive threatening messages from someone claiming to be "IRS Agent David Jones.” You’ve committed fraud, he said, and your only hope to avoid arrest is to pay up immediately. The “agent” directed the person to buy $1,500 in reloadable debit cards and call back with the numbers – “or we’ll go public.”


Baby Boomers, Gen Xers & Milllennials - Oh My!

 (Editors Note: At the Computing Center, we have three generations of employees; Baby Boomers, GenXers and Millennials all trying to work together on a daily basis.  Most of the time, things go smoothly, but then there are days...!  HP looks at the strengths of each generation and how best to use those strengths within youe business or organization.)


Talent development remains critical to small business performance. Deep-rooted organizational initiatives investing in a company’s best asset—its people—can boost morale, foster collaboration, address skills gaps and heighten productivity.

Yet, today’s workforce presents a compelling quandary: three generations of workers each possessing its own unique characteristics, attitudes and social values that quickly render one-size-fits-all development programs ineffective. The solution?

By recognizing each generation’s strengths and areas for improvement, a small business can tailor its employee development programs to each generational group in a way that improves engagement, drives performance and promotes a workplace culture of continuous improvement.


Keeping it Simple

(Editor's note:  Occassionally we find articles and Blog posts from other corners of the world.  Here's an interesting view from a blogger in Australia.)

Over the past few months, the concepts of stripping back the superfluous, simplifying and pulling apart the true meaning of integrity have been strong personal themes. For many people, there's a drive to again inspect old patterns that continue to run happily in the background despite years of self-examination. Perhaps under the direction of a new global energy, there's a sense of being able to lovingly let go of those things that have served us all well on one level, yet have offered excuses to stay small on another. 

I came across Don Miguel Ruiz's "The Four Agreements" the other day and it strongly resonated with this desire to pare back; to simplify; to become more real as a participant in this world and begin operating in a more authentic way.  


Pros and Cons of using Multiple Monitors


As personal computers become faster and more powerful, the number of programs you can run simultaneously has increased. What this means is that multitasking has become the norm.

Many of us have spent time toggling back and forth between open programs to get work done, but there are more efficient ways to work. Setting up multiple monitors is an easy—and surprisingly affordable—way to view different applications at the same time.

The pros and cons of using multiple monitors

You’d be surprised by the amount of time you spend switching between applications. Multiple monitors can help make work more efficient, but this solution is not for everyone.


  • Increase productivity—viewing multiple applications on one screen can break visual continuity and decrease your productivity. For example, setting up two monitors allows you to keep your email open on one screen while working on a presentation or spreadsheet on the other screen, avoiding the need to toggle away from the presentation just to read a new email.
  • Not just for desktops—setting up an additional monitor to your notebook allows you to utilize a greater viewing area, while still having the flexibility to be able to pack up your notebook when you need to work elsewhere.
  • More ergonomic—limiting the number of clicks and scrolls you have to make between applications creates a more comfortable work environment.
  • Use less paper—if you can see more documents on your screen, you’ll be less likely to print and throw away paper.
  • Easy to add-on—many of the latest HP commercial monitors have multiple input ports—including VGA, DVI-D, USB, and DisplayPort—for connecting to a desktop or notebook PC. Optional HP accessories open up even more connectivity avenues.


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