Analogue Updates: 6 Ways to Make Your Office More User-Friendly 30

Analogue Updates: 6 Ways to Make Your Office More User-Friendly

The following article is a guest post.

The office is the space where the magic happens.

It’s where the work occurs, and the money is made. It logically follows that your office needs to be a space where people can work safely, comfortably and easily.

Despite this obvious logic, many offices aren’t that user-friendly. Uncomfortable, beaten up chairs create strain on backs. Flickering monitors that are positioned too high or low and hurt eyeballs. Desks that are too high or low mean your staff have to stretch to work.

While it may sound like a big undertaking, a user-friendly office isn’t that difficult to create.

Let’s take a look at six ways that you can streamline your office into the productive machine that it should be.

Laptop Mounts

How many staff do you have who use a laptop?

How many of them use these small-screened computers at a desk? This is unhealthy for you, and can lead to significantly lower productivity as a result.

Hunching over a laptop, pecking out work on those tiny keyboards, squinting to see the screen – all are bad news.

One simple way to overcome this issue is to invest in laptop mounts for your staff using laptop computers. A nifty company named Colebrook Bosson Saunders craft high-quality laptop mounts and other ergonomic office adjustments.

This is an update that is in your best interests, considering the cost of workplace injuries.

Multiple Monitor Mounts

This is an update for those using good old fashioned PCs.

Using a single monitor can be frustrating, and more importantly for your business – a time and money sink. All those seconds staff spend minimising windows to respond to an email, then opening an app only to close it a second later to attend to a notification. Now imagine if that time was cut in half, and the savings that come from that. That’s where multiple monitor mounts come into the equation, allowing your team to drastically reduce the time they spend clicking and minimising.

Brainstorming Nooks

Pressed for space? Need somewhere to collaborate, brainstorm and innovate?

Sometimes finding a suitable environment to get together can be tricky.

It might be worth calling in the renovators to carve out some nooks from the existing architecture. That way, your staff can pop into a little space for a brainstorm and come up with those great ideas that make you money.

If you’re grimacing at the thought of renovations and the associated costs, think about converting some existing spaces into such an area.

Quiet Rooms

Sometimes your staff need to take private calls, or have a quick, private chat with a colleague.

Maybe there’s a HR issue that can’t be discussed in public, or a manager needs to have a performance oriented chat with someone. Why not designate a couple of “quiet rooms” for these purposes? That way, staff can duck in to take a private call or have a quick debrief without worrying about all those open ears.

Again, if you don’t want to spring for these to be built new, repurpose some existing rooms for this.

Standing Desks

Sedentary lifestyles are no good, and sitting may be slowly killing your staff.

Especially if they’re sitting down on the train or drive to work, sitting down all day at their desks, getting home the same way and then plonking on the couch to watch Netflix. While you can’t control how they commute or what they do at home, you can invest in some standing desks and create an energising and productive environment for work.

Ergonomic Chairs 

If people must sit, ensure they do it in comfort and style by investing in some comfortable and ergonomic office chairs.

Summing Up

Not all office updates need to be sleek and fancy new tech.

A standing desk, laptop mount, comfortable chairs and some new office spaces may be all that you need for a more user-friendly office.

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Why More Entrepreneurs Are Needed to Address Clean Water Shortage 9

Why More Entrepreneurs Are Needed to Address Clean Water Shortage

Water is and always will be essential to life.

Humans are made up of mostly water. Without water, humans, animals and plants will die. This issue regarding clean water shortages in various places around the globe is a pressing one. Those working in public administrative positions are struggling to find answers.

The availability of clean water has been shown by scientists to directly impact food security.

In the past, governmental policies that regulate clean water supplies and use has only focused on a portion of the problem. It is time that governments and other leaders share their information and determine true long-term solutions to this critical problem.

There have been many attempts to tackle the world’s clean water issue. While many organizations and officials have contributed money, time and labor drilling for fresh water wells in poorer countries, it should be noted that many entrepreneurs are aggressively focusing on water as well.

There are special filters to filter dirty water making it safe to drink. This filter traps viruses and bacteria that cause many waterborne diseases. Some health organizations are supporting the work that these upstart social entrepreneurs are working on.

Even in western cultures where lack of clean water is typically not a problem, there have been incidents where local water supplies have been grossly contaminated by old water pipes that leak toxic chemicals and other dangerous things into the water.

Of course, if care is not taken to ensure that these clean water supplies stay that way, the future, even in more prosperous countries, can be very dire. Environmentalists are shedding the light on some industrial practices that are ruining today’s water supplies. Whole ecosystems have died, and the result is still not known fully.

Individuals need to stay involved and push their elected officials to take a harder look at water availability, old water systems, pollution and other water-related issues.

Many individuals trying to make a difference decide to work somewhere in public administration. This field has many opportunities for developing positive environmental policies and protecting all of our natural resources including our clean water supplies. As clean water does impact our food supply, this water issue is linked to many other health and environmental issues.

If this kind of work sounds appealing, why not look into becoming part of the public administration team?

Those interested in social causes are likely to go this route when they decide on a career path. There are many exciting jobs in this widespread field where an individual can really make positive changes that will help humans and our environment.

Getting a Masters of Public Administration degree is simpler today with the flexible online degree options that many finer colleges offer. Individuals interested in finding solutions to environmental issues like a lack of clean water are urged to get involved.

There are entrepreneurs that have developed ways to make sewer water safe for consumption. Others are interested in learning more about the relationship between clean water and food security.

Women in less developed countries are often the ones that gather water each day. If these woman and girls have to travel far to do this each day, they have no time for education, cooking or earning money.