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10 Steps To A Healthy Office

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If you work and are spending one third to one half of your day in an office setting then your surroundings there are as important as those in your home. Although we usually have little control over the buildings we work in, being aware of problems that can affect us will enable us to take counter-measures and may encourage the creation of stimulating and nurturing environments. Below are 10 steps that will help to provide an office that is balanced and conducive to good health and well-being, which will ultimately benefit your health and the health your company.

Ergonomically Correct Chair: Make sure that your office chair is comfortable and has adjustable height and arms. When you are sitting straight with feet flat on the floor your arms should be at a 90-degree angle when typing on the computer. If you are having to strain or stretch to reach your computer then you are putting stress on the back and shoulder area. Chairs can certainly be expensive but in the long run it will cost much less than spending time at the chiropractor.

Green Plants: Plants do more than just enhance the beauty of your surroundings, many actually clean pollutants out of the air as they add oxygen and humidity to the indoor environment. New findings suggest, however, that they may add more than just color and interest. They also filter the air, and can fight against the common high-tech ill, sick building disease. Recent research undertaken by the NASA Space Administration in America has yielded some very interesting results. In a test lasting two years conducted by Dr. B.C. Wolverton at the Stennis Space Centre in Mississippi it was discovered that common houseplants are capable of converting chemical air pollutants into harmless substances. Ivy, one of the smallest of houseplants, does an excellent job of cleaning the air of toxins, especially benzene and TCE. The humble potted Chrysanthemum is another goodie. You can place a number of plants around your office or make up a high scoring clean-air cocktail by adding such plants as Peace Lilies and Parlour Palms. Better still are various forms of Dracaena, Dracaena Warnecki and Dracaena Janet Craig are real pollutant sucking types. Chinese Evergreen and the humble Philoderdron are also two to watch out for.

Lighting: Studies suggest that natural light increases human productivity and reduces fatigue and stress. By simply replacing your antiquated fluorescent tubes with full-spectrum tubes, you can instantly enhance your environment and your well-being! Full spectrum lighting emits a natural, balanced spectrum of light that is the closest you can get to sunlight indoors. Based on years of study not only do they bring out true, vibrant colors but they can also ease eye fatigue, improve your mood, reduce cortisol (stress hormone) levels, slow aging of the retina and reduce glare.

Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy is the practice of using volatile plant oils, including essential oils, for psychological and physical well-being. Not only does the aroma of the natural essential oil stimulate the brain to trigger a reaction, but the natural constituents (naturally occurring chemicals) of the essential oil are drawn into the lungs and can also supply physical benefit. Aromatherapy can help with a physical condition, can help with symptoms, can affect your mood, or help alleviate or temporarily eliminate stress or other psychological factors. Scenting your office with Lavender essential oil is said to reduce computer errors at least 25%. The following is a good blend to use in the office (must have an aromatherapy diffuser): 2 drops of lemon, orange or bergamot; 2 drops of grapefruit; 1 drop ylangylang, rose or neroli. Multiply your blend by 4 to obtain a total of 20 drops of your chosen blend. Add your oils to a dark colored glass bottle and mix well by rolling the bottle in between your hands. Add the appropriate number of drops from your created blend to your diffuser by following the manufacturer’s instructions. There are also many “recipes” on the Internet to use during the cold and flu season when “office-air” can be extremely contagious.

Air Quality: The EPA informs us that 6 out of 10 buildings are “sick” and that indoor air quality is the United States’ number one environmental health problem. A recent study by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture found that ionizing a room led to 52% less dust in the air, and 95% less bacteria in the air (since many of the pollutants found in the air reside on floating dust particles). The U.S.D.A. also performed another study to test the effectiveness of negative ionization at removing airborne Salmonella Enteritidis. The negative ions drastically reduced the airborne salmonella particles, prompting the following statement from the USDA. I recommend a negative ion air purifier for the office setting. These units are small enough to fit on a credenza or desk and are very modestly priced.

EMF Protection: Detrimental energies from electromagnetic fields emitted from high tension wires, industrial radar, microwave beams, electric current, computers, cell phones, televisions, fluorescent lights and other electrical appliances have been found to be dangerous to mental and physical health. When an individual sleeps or works for extensive periods within electromagnetic frequency zones, these energies create a constant source of stress (altering body polarity) which can lead to fatigue, frustration, tension and illness. Signs of exposure may include drowsiness, chronic aches and pains, sleep disorders, irritability, low energy and general malaise and may lead to more serious health situations such as cancer. These highly disruptive energy fields actually numb or dull our sense perceptions and adversely impacts brain wave activity. Studies have also shown electromagnetic fields (EMF) to induce mild depression in many subjects with the disruption of melatonin, dopamine, and serotonin levels. There are many devices that can be used in the office or put on the computer that will give EMF protection. I recommend the Safe Space II. It is designed to neutralize harmful electromagnetic fields, geopathic disturbances, as well as other detrimental vibrational energies in environments. It is a framed holographic grid (encased behind glass) 2” x 2” and can be attached to any surface…especially the computer monitor. The Safe Space II device clears a spherical area with a 9’ radius. You can read more about it at www.ghchealth.com.

Colors: Color therapy has its roots in ancient Egypt. Scientific studies recognize that colors bring about emotional reactions to individuals. Our reactions and attitudes to colors differ from person to person. That color affects us all is an undoubted fact. Its significance has been investigated and the results utilized in merchandizing, selling, home decorating, the workplace environment, industry, plant growth, nutrition, physics, physiology, psychology, ecclesiasticism and art. In fact, color is so much a part of our lives that we tend to take it for granted. Colors that are useful in the office are: orange – stimulates creativity; yellow – intensifies the intellect and heightens motivation; red – energizes; blue – calming, fights physical and mental tension; green – fights irritability and has a healing effect on the body. For the office, use colors that you are drawn to as these are the colors that will benefit your health.

Music: Just about all offices have some type of music playing in the background. Music can affect emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills. Music in the workplace, either from piped-in music or from a radio, is sometimes used to mask sounds. Music can provide mental stimulation while performing monotonous tasks, which can help to reduce stress levels in the office. Some people, however, find music in the office intensely annoying, especially if it is too loud or inappropriate. I have found that soft, up-lifting music is very essential to the office “atmosphere”. There is literally a mirage of good background music available on CD’s. Search out the Internet on what is right for your office.

Breaks: Even the most focused person needs a break at least twice a day. Change of scenery also helps with emotions. One of the best ways to eliminate stress and recharge the body is to go outside for a ten-minute walk. Focus on your surroundings and take deep breaths. This will give you a renewal of energy and will also aid in Vitamin D production. Walk by yourself and focus on clearing your mind. Walking will also get the blood and the lymphatic system flowing.

Organization: It is an excellent idea to look into FengShui for the office. FengShui is basically an environmental science and gives advice on how to create environments in which we feel comfortable and supported. For example, water energy plays a significant role in FengShui. Having a small fountain in your office can give a sense of calmness and peacefulness. Keep your office clean and organized. There is no excuse for clutter. Make sure that your desk is clean and that everything is put away before you leave each day. A well-organized, uncluttered desk leads to clear thinking and reduces stress. Make a habit of putting items back in their original place after you are finished using them.

Putting in the extra time, effort and money in getting your office environment “healthy” will pay-off with a multitude of health benefits. Of course, it is assumed that when you are out of the office, you are also taking care of yourself by eating a healthy diet, exercising the body and mind, taking good supplementation and getting adequate rest. All of this goes hand-in-hand in getting and keeping the body healthy. Remember to address your attitude as you travel the path to good health, as negative attitudes are self-destructive. Good health requires desire, determination and discipline in every aspect of your life.

Source: http://www.bfx.com.au/blog/10-steps-healthy-office

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The Advantages Of Business Coaching

Business CoachingBusiness coaching is probably not something that business owners seek very often. It is usually when things start going wrong that a seasoned business owner will want to take the time to go into anything such as hiring a business coach.

Sometimes it is difficult to see the forest for the trees, as the old saying goes. Having someone who can see the big picture from a different perspective can have very positive benefits.

Businesses that are successful have patterns and methods that have stood the test of time over a period of years. The problem is that things change and customer needs and perceptions change. Society as a whole changes its attitudes and desires, and if a business can’t adapt it can be in real trouble in a hurry.

It is difficult to change the culture and methods of a business because these changes that are occurring may not be readily visible or apparent to the business owner. The hiring of a business coach might be just the answer. The coach will have experience in spotting trouble areas and be able to provide solid answers to problems based upon having dealt with other similar situations.

Customer service is a big area of concern. Most businesses have a loyal following of customers who were wooed over the years, and perhaps have become to be taken for granted. Perhaps some of them have moved out of the area, have died, or for other reasons are not regular patrons any more. Face with the prospect of attracting new customers, the business is really not very good at it.

When a business begins to take things for granted, that is a time when things can begin to go downhill. Business coaching can analyze every aspect of the business and determining what can be done to eliminate the problem areas and implement solutions. Perhaps the payroll includes too many friends and family members who are really not contributing anything to the business.

There may be delivery and shipment procedures that are driving up costs, or pricing policies are not current with the competition. Advertising and promotion may need updating to more modern techniques such as social media and online promotions being implemented. In house accounting may need to be brought up to date so inventory control can add to profits by timely ordering and computerization.

Perhaps there is inside theft occurring that has gone unnoticed for a period of time. There might be the possibility of expanding the geographical market area with a well-planned marketing campaign designed to reach these additional area.

A good job of business coaching can bring out problem areas that will need to be corrected or eliminated and suggest the introduction of newer procedures that will streamline and solve unprofitable problems.

The evaluation and implementation of a business-coaching program may take several months for the business coach to evaluate the problems. Most issues occur subtlety over a period of time and must be seen as a pattern. Once this is observed, the solution can be readily observed. The hiring of a business coach can be one of the best investments a business can make.

 
 

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Why Bridal Jewellery Online Is Best For You

bridal jewellery onlineThe bride is the jewel before everyone’s eyes during their wedding day and to make this look more stunning, exceptional jewelry is indispensable. There is a great collection of bridal jewellery online that can completely transform the bride into a princess. There are so many jewellery websites online by different jewelers that have gorgeous bridal jewellery. A good research will surely give vital information that will influence the choice of jewellery that will also transform the wedding into bliss. Wedding jewellery is designed as an extra beauty to the wedding garment. The internet makes this easy because it avails a variety of jewellery on different websites.

The first thing to consider when buying these important accessories is where to buy them or whom to buy them from. Choose a well-known company. The internet has so many companies that lie about their products. They pledge to have genuine bridal jewellery online yet they sell poor quality accessories. Find a good company with a lot of experience that will sell genuine jewellery at an affordable price. Legitimate jewelers sell their products slightly expensive but it is worth in the end because quality jewellery is bought. You can wear the bought jewellery on your wedding day and to any other occasion.

Seek jewellery from a retailer that has superior customer service and contact numbers that connect you two directly. Take your time and scrutinize every detail about the company until you are sure they are real. Some companies especially those that specialize in wedding accessories offer free shipping services to their clients. Most jewellery websites have photos of their products. Make sure that the photos are real. Enlarge the photo and have a closer look at every detail on the jewelry before placing your order. Choose bridal jewellery online that matches the design of your wedding gown.

Buying bridal jewellery online gives you access to matching sets. This is amazing because you get to buy one package with everything you need. Online merchants offer marching sets with descriptions about them. Go through these descriptions and make sure it is what you want. Buying matching sets of jewellery saves you a lot. There are some sellers who have better offers on matching sets as opposed to single purchases. Internet shopping simplifies shopping for the wedding because you find everything you need under one roof. You don’t need to move physically from one shop to another but can shop right from your house.

Shopping for bridal jewellery online enables you to compare brands, designs and prices. Every website will have its price on a certain item. When you compare the websites you can choose the most affordable with quality jewellery. If you have a specific retailer, it is better because you don’t need to trouble yourself going through websites looking for wedding accessories. The retailer will display everything and sometimes keep aside the best just for you if you have a good relationship. When you buy jewellery online, it doesn’t matter where you are because the items will be shipped and delivered to your doorstep. Online shopping is exciting and if you have a specific shop, the fun doubles.

 
 

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How Hospital Furniture Contributes To Better Medical Services?

Hospital-FurnitureUnder the roofs of hospitals is space for furniture to make the design complete and comfortable. The furniture is particularly chosen to fit into the available space and give the impression intended. Manufacturers of hospital furniture take certain precautions when designing such that comfort and ease of movement is achieved when in use. The hospital beds, tables, stretchers, as well as chairs are all designed to offer comfort and calm to the users. Furniture in hospitals are frequently used by different people hence need to be strong. Strong furniture will not only give better services presently but also in future.

The materials used to make hospital furniture are not only sturdy but also of high quality with no unevenness. Their surface is smooth and hinges firmly fixed to allow easy usage and prevent unnecessary accidents. Pediatric beds, wheel chairs as well as trolleys just to mention a few should be made from non-corrosive materials to prevent unnecessary infections. Since a hospital is a location frequented by people of all ages with high expectations, the best should be provided in terms of furniture. The young and the old depend on this furniture for different reasons therefore making the furniture user-friendly is the key to maximum comfort.

Hospital tables and examination tables are just some of the hospital furniture regularly used. They should be of the right type and size to allow patients to co-operate with the doctors during medical processes. A hospital can sometimes be the home of some patients who need to stick around for certain medical procedures. Therefore the surroundings should be made to give a homely feeling. The beds should be comfortable, storage compartments clean and spacious enough to store the patients’ personal belongings. Recovery comes in quick when a patient has peace of mind.

The only way to make this possible is by creating a cozy environment away from home. Generally, the medical industry requires supplies that are reliable for services to be imparted correctly. A well equipped hospital gives the medical practitioners an easy time attending to various patients. The right hospital furniture allows examinations to take place and surgeries to be accomplished safely and successfully. When choice of this furniture takes place, companies chosen to make the supply must have specialty in the sector for suitability. An efficient and supportive working environment in a hospital will impact on the general operation of the hospital and, this is made successful through acquisition of the right furniture.

Medical supply companies are the best for provision of hospital furniture because they have specialists who provide necessary repair and servicing for the furniture. These specialists will also give training for the furniture that requires special tuition. Advisory services can also be acquired from such a company regarding proper use and maintenance of the furniture. As long as the purchase has been made from a reputable company, there will be no worry of unnecessary accidents and normal operation will go on smoothly. There are so many companies making this kind of supplies in the market and to stay in the competition, they incorporate latest technology to improve the medical services.

 
 

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Education Furniture-Quality Features

education furnitureWhen selecting education furniture, you should ensure that you go for one that will promote healthy and attentive students. There has been a growing trend across classrooms, lecture halls and even computer labs, that of collaborative learning. Collaborative learning will entail moving furniture so as to suit multiple teaching styles. Therefore, the furniture that you invest in should be light in weight and easy to move around. You will find that most schools are even eliminating the built in furniture that cannot be easily moved. On the other hand, they are making some additions of contemporary furniture and making some reconfigurations.

The other quality of good education furniture is the right size. Poorly designed furniture is known to be the cause of musculoskeletal disorders in school aged children. There are some factors that should be considered when choosing the right size of furniture. For instance, the heights of the furniture should be appropriate. The ergonomic differences between boys and girls should not be ignored. The contemporary furniture options can be adjusted for height and position and they have some auto return functions. The right furniture should be designed in such a manner so as to improve the circulation and the comfort of the scholars.

Whenever you are buying education furniture, you should have the age of the student in mind. This will help you choose the size of furniture that complements the size of your students. However, it is advisable to go for furniture that can accommodate multiple age groups. This will make it possible to rotate the furniture within grades. The quality of the equipment in terms of materials that have been utilized in making them should also be considered. Go for sustainable furniture that can be used for many years without the need to replace it. Strong and sturdy furniture will also prevent injuries given the playful nature of children.

The education furniture needed for a room will depend on the activities being conducted therein. For a typical classroom for instance, all that may be needed is regular chairs and tables. However, other rooms such as laboratories will require other types of furniture which are specifically designed to suit the activities to be conducted in the room. For a laboratory for instance, desks that are long and sturdy to handle different laboratory equipment will be required. Instead of chairs, lab stools would come in handy. They are often higher than the chairs and the students can efficiently perform experiments even while seated.

You had better part with a considerable amount of money but invest in high quality education furniture. You will encounter cheap furniture in the market that will cost you less and you may be tempted to purchase. However, the furniture though cheap to acquire may only last for a short while. The furniture may not be efficient enough to accommodate the weight of the children. This will result to constant breakages thus necessitating regular repair. You may even have to replace the furniture altogether. This will end up costing you much more money than you would have used had you decided to invest in quality furniture from the very start.

 
 

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