Better Bodies at Work: Tips on How to Stay Healthy in an Office Job 57

Better Bodies at Work: Tips on How to Stay Healthy in an Office Job

The following article is a guest post.

Imagine you own a factory. You have top-of-the-line machines, well oiled, you perform routine maintenance and take care of following instructions for best performance and ensure the maximum quality of your products. You do all of that because you want to protect your assets, right?

Now think about your body as the factory and the machinery are all your organs, all your bits and pieces. Are you taking care of them as you should?

Many of us take our bodies for granted, and don’t take the necessary measures to keep it healthy.

Did you know that the majority of all sick leaves are due to work and occupation related diseases?

Things like UTIs, lower back pain, hernias, dehydration, migraines and others are daily causes of visits to the doctor, and these visits could be avoided with simple changes to our lifestyle, which is why we offer you these tips:

1. Drink more water.

This should be simple, right? Then why do we always forget about it?

Doctors around the world recommend drinking around 8 glasses (2 liters) of water every day. But most of us have a very busy routine and don’t have time to get up for a glass of water.

The solution? Keep a water bottle on your desk and sip from it during the day.

Be familiar with the benefits of drinking more water.

You can drink natural juices, too, just keep away from carbonated and sugary drinks!

2. Lower your caffeine intake.

Some of us need a good cup of ol’ java to start our day, however consuming too much caffeine can lead to nasty symptoms such as insomnia, restlessness and a constant state of anxiousness.

Some people are more tolerant than others, so if caffeine affects you badly, you better choose other options, such as herbal infusions.

3. Take regular breaks.

We are usually too busy to even contemplate taking a break, but it’s highly recommended that you take several during the day.

Take advantage of that time to energize yourself. Eat some fruit or yogurt, have a short power-walk, stretch your muscles or just talk to your co-workers.

Your mind needs periods of rest to maintain productivity and your body needs to change positions every once in a while to keep the blood flowing.

4. Sit properly.

Choose a chair that has lumbar support, arm rests, and is the appropriately high for you. And even if you have a great chair, you might need some help with your desk setup.

If you use a laptop it might be a good idea to invest in a good laptop stand to achieve ergonomy.

You can find cool desk accessories to help improve your posture and give some style to your workspace.

5. Take a deep breath.

Seriously, a nice, deep breath, one that fills your tummy and makes your chest feel it’s big enough to house a flock of doves.

All the cells in your body need oxygen and deep-breathing can even help you feel more relaxed and reduce stress.

You don’t need to get a yoga mat or do some weird asanas, just close your eyes for a moment, breathe deeply four or five times, and continue with your day. Your mind and body will appreciate it.

Enjoy this infographic with tips on how to be healthy at work from Thingforyourdesk:

healthy in the office - infographic

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Data Is Important to Your Business’s Operations: Keep It as Safe as It Is Accessible 4

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Computers have been able to move files between one another since the technology’s very early days. The first File Transfer Protocol (FTP) technology emerged in 1971. Back then, network administrators only needed to move data from one place to the next; security was not an issue. Furthermore, since the computers were probably in the same room, the data did not have very far to go.

Today, there are many ways to move data efficiently and safely over long distances. MOVEit by ipswitch is a good example. It’s very robust yet also very easy to use. It also has a number of audit trail and compliance features that really make it a useful program.

How do you know for sure whether Moveit or some other program is the right one for your business?

What is Secure File Transfer?

FTP still works very well when there is absolutely no need for security, but these instances are few and far between. Some of today’s most popular file transfer options are:

  • Secure File Transfer Protocol: As the name implies, SFTP is FTP plus encryption. The combination is very fast and prevents network eavesdropping. SCP (Secure Copy) is a closely related protocol.
  • Managed File Transfer: MFT is a much more complex option. In addition to file security, it adds a variety of audit, management, reliability, and other features.
  • Email Encryption: Instead of transferring the file as an attachment, a secure email sends a link. Then, the recipient can download the document from a secure site. Moreover, email encryption enables users to send very large files with little drama.
  • Hosting: Originally, file hosting services supported document collaboration and nothing else. Lately, security features have emerged as well, making network hosting a viable secure file transfer option.

All these methods rely on access control. Typically, that involves a username and password. Depending on the organization’s needs, the access control can be much tighter. Usually, this process involves an Identity and Access Management (IAM) system.

Some File Transfer Features

In its most basic form, secure file transfer relies on command line interfaces. This system is automated and not designed for user interface, so there are very few additional features. On the other hand, command line interfaces are very low-cost and allow organizations to maintain control over file security even if they use cloud providers.

SFTP is still the best option for most businesses, but SFTP by itself often falls short. Consider adding additional features like:

  • Auditing: Sometimes, auditing functions are available as an add-on. But organizations that also have compliance issues in this area, such as those that handle Personal Identifying Information (PII), may be better off with MFT.
  • Scheduling: This need is not as common but it’s still out there. Sometimes, users need to send documents at certain times of the day, usually to avoid bandwidth conflicts. Customers with scheduling needs almost always need MFT, because its systems are very robust.
  • Indirect Transfer: Only MFT allows users to send documents to an intermediary server when then forwards them to the recipients. The user and recipient are isolated from each other, and such transfers are easier to track.

Consider the options carefully before making a decision. Then, go with an established provider who stands by its products.