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Working Green

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These days everyone is talking about going green:  green building, green recycling, and green commuting, green EVERYTHING!  And with good reason; all reports indicate that global warming is on the increase; various animal species are on the decrease and near extinction.  Much of this is due to the way we, and generations before us, have treated the planet.As I read a recent copy of Backpacker magazine, the Global Warming issue, I thought about how truly “green” working and hiring virtually really is.  I’ve always had it in the back of my mind, of course, but until I read more in-depth how we’re destroying our planet and what’s being done about it, I had a hard time relating the greenness of it all.So what do we do to help the planet when we work and hire virtually?•Assuming you own a vehicle with a whopping 30mpg and your daily commute is 30 miles each way and you worked at a bricks-and-mortar office (or forced your administrative assistant to drive to a bricks-and mortar office each …

Working in Ireland

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For the past few years Ireland has seen an influx of Eastern Europeans coming to the country to find better paid work than they will find in their home country.  Many are disappointed and go home fairly soon after arriving, having spent a large part of their savings finding out that the Green Isle is not quite as inviting as they thought it would be.It is still easy to find a job in Ireland.  For new immigrants finding work is only the first problem and quite often it is one of the simplest problems to solve.  There are a multitude of recruitment agencies in Dublin and around the rest of the country; they are well versed in finding jobs and lowering the expectations of the newly arrived.   The salaries on offer for Eastern European are not as high as many are lead to believe before they come here.  The biggest demand for workers is in three specific areas:1  Low skilled factory and shop workers; there is still a huge demand in this area as most Irish citizens don’t want to work in the…

Working Safely In Cold Weather

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Winter is the time of year that a lot of us look forward to but it can be a dangerous time to work if we don’t take precautions. In the winter our bodies are working hard already just to keep us warm so any activity added to that increases the stress on our system.We have all heard the stories of the guy who goes out to shovel his walk and has a heart attack. We want to give you some tips to help prevent an event like this.First let’s look at just a little basic physiology as temperatures drop your blood will be a little thicker as well, just like oil gets thicker almost like syrup. To counteract this make sure you stay plenty hydrated and consult your doctor to see if it would be appropriate to take an aspirin a day. That is what I do; the aspirin helps to thin your blood.Make sure to layer your clothes. We want to be warm, but you need to be able to shed clothes as you warm up and as the day warms up. You must have enough warm clothes to protect you from the cold but you need to be …

Working with information

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It’s not a secret any more that our century is a very rapid and changing era. People own huge amounts of data, which sometimes have to be transported. And here some difficulties emerge.First of all, there is a problem of large files that cannot be saved on a removable flash drive because of their size. Another complication comes when you need to share a large amount of information that cannot be sent by e-mail.Who can encounter such difficulties? First of all, people who need to carry a lot of data with them. For example, travelers, who cannot do without their favorite movies and music and don’t want to carry a lot of discs. Businessmen who spend a lot of time in business trips need to have a lot of information close at a hand to succeed in negotiations or presentations. People, who make a lot of video, want much place to keep their records. The simplest way out is to upload all your files to some file-hosting site and just put down your link.Sometimes you have to make urgent changes …

Working With The Disabled

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Since Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, people who previously had limited or no access to public places now move about with a degree of ease in the workplace.  While these people have their challenges with sight, hearing or movement, those who work with them are often confused about how to interact them with sensitivity and understanding. Here are some of the issues to keep in mind.When it is necessary to mention the disability, language should emphasize the person first, the disability second. Rather than referring to someone as an epileptic, say "person with epilepsy" or "John, who has epilepsy...."  Avoid words that have a negative tone.  People who use wheelchairs are not "bound" or "confined" to their chairs. A person may have spastic muscles but should not be described as spastic.Preferred language is simple.  Instead of saying that a person is "crippled with arthritis," "suffering from MS," &…

Working With The New Generation

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I've heard them called by many names as of late: Generation Y, Gen Y, The Plug-and-Play Generation, The Gotta-Feel-Good Generation. What they're all referring to is the new young generation - our current 20-somethings. Every generation "deals" with the generation who comes after them. Their different views, their different ways of doing things, and so on; this generation is no exception. Why is everyone talking about this new generation now though? They've been coming along for years. They're in their 20's now, after all! Because now they're starting to impact the workforce and because we couldn't predict their group characteristics until we saw them in action. In some ways they're changing the landscape for the better, in some ways we oldies would say for the worse.Regardless of the nostalgia we feel for the "old days" this generation is plunging headlong into the workforce and will impact you and your business at some point. There&…

Workplace Safety and Economics

t is estimated that over 40 million workers in the United States had to receive emergency medical treatment for workplace-related injuries in the year 2003.  This is a staggering number when one considers the efforts most companies have put into maintaining a safe workplace.  In modern times, a number of companies have been found liable for injuries sustained in their places of business.  There is a relationship that exists between workplace safety and profitability.Every company, especially those involved in industrial manufacturing, is constantly looking at ways to continuously improve their products and processes.  They realize that their profits are directly related to the ways and means by which they produce their products.  Unfortunately, too many companies get caught up in drive for higher profits and tend to allow workplace safety to become an afterthought.    The costs associated with operating a large manufacturing facility in America are astounding.  Workplace injuries plac…