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Using devices to monitor and analyze workplace mental health. Viable or unsettling?

Using devices to monitor and analyze workplace mental health. Viable or unsettling?

It might just be both. The conventional advice to a stressed out, teched outed person is to disconnect from their computer, phone, tablet, and smartwatch in order to find their “happy place” again. But with our increasing attachment to these devices in both a personal and professional capacity, will that advice only add to someone’s anxiety? Not only that, more and more app developers are taking advantages of our connectedness to help diagnose, track, and manage our mental well-being. Kind…

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Your 5-Minute ‘Food for Thought’ Coffee Break: How to take on digital transformation in your facility

Your 5-Minute ‘Food for Thought’ Coffee Break: How to take on digital transformation in your facility

There is so much buzz surrounding the importance of emerging technology, it can be overwhelming. Is an overarching tech upgrade to your facility necessary or even viable? Where do you start? How do you gain acceptance and begin the process? What should your expectations be? An article recently published in Facility Executive called “Preparing Facilities For The Inevitable Digital Transformation” does a good job of breaking down the most salient components to understanding all the trendy talk and information floating…

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CA school district proves big savings is just an electricity audit away

CA school district proves big savings is just an electricity audit away

If you’ve ever wondered what you could gain from assessing your electricity consumption, this might be the story that pushes you to act. A CA-based school district called Escalon Unified did just that and is now celebrating a district-wide energy program that is set to save “$15.3 million in energy savings over the program lifetime, 1,628 metric tons of CO2 emission offset in the program’s first year (the equivalent to removing 349 cars from the road), and an 85% reduction…

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What’s the best prank you’ve pulled at work? Post/comment for a chance to WIN “The Office: The Complete Series” box set!

What’s the best prank you’ve pulled at work? Post/comment for a chance to WIN “The Office: The Complete Series” box set!

Nope, we’re not kidding. We want to hear about, or better yet see, the funniest prank you’ve pulled (work appropriate of course) at your office. Show us the goods and you just might be rewarded with one of the funniest, prankiest tv shows to hit the corporate world ever, The Office! The winner will be announced in next week’s blog. The Ball Pit Prank The Packing Peanut Prank The Printer Prank The All Wrapped Up/Present Prank

The Robots Are Coming…No Wait, They’re Already Here. So, What Should We DO with Them?

The Robots Are Coming…No Wait, They’re Already Here. So, What Should We DO with Them?

Ryan W. Buell, an Associate Professor of Service Management in the Tech and Ops Management unit at the Harvard Business School, just published an article that discusses the increasing use of advanced robotic automation technology in our everyday lives. However, he doesn’t just illustrate the expanding number of use cases, he examines how people want automation to enrich their lives and to what degrees. It brings the adage, “just because we can, doesn’t mean we should” to a whole new…

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