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Joanna Pease

I am Joanna Pease, and I have been with Xybix since May of 2009. I cover the Northeast Territory, which was fairly new for Xybix at the time. I took the challenge and ran with it. At that time, we only had 10 installs in the Northeast, now we have over 65 installations in the area (projects ranging from 1 position to 38 positions) and growing! I love working at Xybix because every day is different!

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Help! Our Treadmill Desk / Bike Is Becoming a Novelty!

Posted by Joanna Pease on Nov 18, 2015 4:54:52 PM

You begged and pleaded. You worked hard to fit the treadmill into your budget for three years running and went through all of the red tape. You had all of your dispatchers sign the waivers, and the effort seemed to pay off; the treadmill was a hit! You were the hero, until a couple of months went by, and the popularity started to wain. Of course there are the dedicated few who spend an hour or two every day burning calories, but how do you keep interest high in the rest of the center? FEAR NOT! Here are five fun (and FIT!) ways to keep your treadmill desk or bike in use:

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Topics: Treadmill and Bike Desks

HELP! My Dispatchers Won't Stand. The answer: Height Adjustable Desks

Posted by Joanna Pease on Oct 15, 2015 2:04:33 PM

height adjustable desks for 911 dispatchers

In today’s world, everyone has seen the studies on standing at your desk. They are EVERYWHERE! Seriously. They are in the New York Times,  Forbes , Huffington Post , and Smithsonian Magazine, just to name a few. Don’t worry; in case you have been living off the grid for the last three years, I have linked to a couple of the articles.

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Topics: Health, Height Adjustable Workstations, Ergonomics, Dispatch Consoles

5 Helpful Tips to a Clean Keyboard and Mouse in the Comm Center

Posted by Joanna Pease on Oct 1, 2015 10:54:47 AM

Keeping your Comm Center CleanI am lucky. Every day I step into my office, and there is my laptop. Nobody has touched it. I do not need to worry about if someone using my desk before me ate dinner, or if they are sick, or if they washed their hands after…. Ok, you get the picture. Antimicrobial work surfaces are a great start to cutting down on the sharing of germs in a 911 Comm Center, but what about the keyboard and mouse?

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Topics: Germs

Curse the Gopher: Snow Storm Tips from 911 Dispatchers

Posted by Joanna Pease on Feb 13, 2015 10:34:01 AM

PHOTOGRAPH BY JEFFSWENSEN, GETTYAs I am writing this blog, the Northeast is facing yet another blizzard warning. Yep, you read that right... ANOTHER!  I, like many of you in the North, choose to live in an area with four seasons. I love the snow… but after 78 inches of the fluffy stuff in the past 3 weeks, it is safe to say I am wishing for a warmer climate.

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Topics: QUICK TIPS, Human Interest

Egyptians Eliminating Germs: How Antimicrobial Protection Originated

Posted by Joanna Pease on Feb 5, 2015 9:00:00 AM

EgyptianWhat do Egyptians have in common with antimicrobial? No, they did not invent Purell! But, they were the first known society to use antimicrobial properties to survive.

Antimicrobial agents go back 2,000 years, starting with ancient Egyptians and Greeks who used certain mold and plant extracts to treat infections (think Khal Drogo in “Game of Thrones” — if he used mold, maybe he would have survived). These were common practices through the Middle Ages, but let’s leap forward to 1928, when Alexander Fleming became the first to discover a natural antimicrobial fungus: penicillium rubens. What did this turn into? Penicillin! Anyone who has had strep throat or pneumonia is forever in Fleming’s debt!

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Topics: Health, Antimicrobial

Top 7 Furniture Features Every 911 Dispatcher Wants for Christmas

Posted by Joanna Pease on Dec 23, 2014 10:03:35 AM

DispatchChristmasWhen you start thinking about your 911 Comm Center and those little things you'd really like, you might start to come up with a wish list. Let's face it, everyone has a wish list! The focus is usually on the basics: height adjustable workstations, monitor mounting, cable management, and CPU storage. You've been good all year, right? So ask yourself - what about those little extras on your wish list? What do you really 'want for Christmas?'

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Topics: Treadmill and Bike Desks, Dispatch Consoles, Human Interest, Germs, Accessories

What You Can Expect From Your Initial Xybix Site Visit

Posted by Joanna Pease on Oct 27, 2014 3:51:46 PM

Initial Site Visit

Plan on about an hour to hour and half for the initial site visit. It’s helpful to have all the necessary players involved so that initial issues can be brought to the table and questions and concerns can be addressed. This would include Comm Center Director, Manager or Supervisor, Architect (if necessary), IT Manager, etc.

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Topics: Buying, Purchasing, Design, Dispatch Consoles, Workstation Planning

What Is Ergonomics? And Why It Is Important to YOU as a 911 Dispatcher

Posted by Joanna Pease on Oct 9, 2014 12:59:00 PM

ItsAboutYouErgonomics. It’s one of those words we hear thrown around a lot, and we know it’s important, but what does it actually mean? And why should we care?

I must admit, 5 years ago, when I first started working for Xybix, I couldn’t have given you the definition, or even explained why having something be “ergonomically correct” was important. I knew it was, “something about being healthy, or something to do with your posture.” At the time, I was a slouchy 20-something. I was young, and therefore felt that ergonomics did not apply to me. Maybe it was something my grandparents needed? I was constantly being told to stand up straight anyway, and I figured I didn’t need something else reminding me. Sound familiar?

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Topics: Ergonomics

Have a Cold? Joanna's 3 Tips To Staying Healthy in a 911 Comm Center

Posted by Joanna Pease on Oct 1, 2014 11:14:00 AM

Joanna'sTipsForStayingHealthyina911CommCenter Cold and Flu Season is HERE! And if you have already caught a cold like me, the first thing you might do is blame your co-worker, significant other, your child or maybe even your work schedule. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can stay healthy this season.

Antimicrobial Laminate

Shared work spaces definitely warrant LysolClorox and other disinfecting wipes. But if you are looking for added protection, 

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Topics: Health, Germs

Four Simple Swaps for Healthier Takeout

Posted by Joanna Pease on Jun 11, 2014 12:21:00 PM

iStock_000001197337SmallIf you read our recent blog post on healthier 911 dispatcher food options, you may have noticed that our Marketing Director, Kathleen, mentioned to avoid take-out. I wholeheartedly agree with this. But the thing is, it can be hard! There are only so many hours in the day, and some days, despite our best intentions, we simply don’t have time to pack a lunch. As a regional sales rep, this happens to me every day I am on the road (which is a lot). When you don’t have time to pack healthy, you tend to reach for the quickest option — or perhaps from the same place a co-worker is ordering from. But many times, there are healthier choices. Let this be your guide!

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Topics: Health

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