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Kathleen Babcook

In September of 2010, Kathleen began her career as the Director of Marketing at Xybix. Kathleen has known the owners of Xybix, the Carson family, since she was about twelve years old. As an active member of the Winter Park Volunteer Ski Patrol (of which both Barry and Ken Carson are also members), when the Marketing position opened at Xybix, it was a match made in “powder heaven”. A Colorado native, Kathleen received her Bachelor’s Degree from the College of St Benedict/St John's University in St. Joseph, MN. While attending, she studied Graphic Design and Advertising. After moving back to Denver, in 2009, Kathleen received her MBA in Marketing from Regis University. I love working for Xybix, to me, it’s like working for family. I love getting to meet our customers and talk about our furniture at tradeshows and events.
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Xybix’s 3 Helpful Tips if You're Attending APCO 2017

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Jul 28, 2017 10:30:19 AM

APCO DenverAug 13-16th.jpgAs a proud Colorado native, I thought about all of my friends, co-workers and customers who will be coming to APCO 2017 in August. As a ski patroller (during the winter months), I thought that I should make sure they’re prepared. With that being said, if you’re a public safety professional headed to the Mile High City of Denver for the APCO 2017 Conference, this blog has everything you must do!

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Topics: APCO

Buying A New House vs Buying New Dispatch Consoles

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Jul 14, 2017 3:31:25 PM

NewHouseDispatchConsoles.jpgIf you have ever bought a new house, you know that the house comes basically as a shell. Without knowing it, this probably means that you'll be getting carpet in your kitchen and laminate flooring throughout. As for the carpet, you'll get the choice a hideous shade of gray or an even worse shade of what they call "beige" and a lackluster carpet pad that might as well be non-existent. Anything that would be included and installed as “standard” is often the cheapest of the cheap. You'll have to expand your budget or subtract some common features if you’re even going to start thinking about doing things like changing the paint color or adding hardwood floors. All the sudden that dream home you'd visioned is looking a bit more cloudy.

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Topics: Buying, Dispatch Consoles, Features

Stress at Work for 911 Dispatch: 4 Ways to Improve Your Work Area

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on May 9, 2017 6:00:00 AM

We all know by now that stress can be a huge issue for those in 911 dispatch. But, what if you could eliminate some stress with a few helpful suggestions, would you? Well, what about something as simple as improving your work area? Yes, the place where you spend a significant amount of time at during your work day. Think it’s worth a try to reduce stress and dissatisfaction? I do. So here are my tips for improving your work area:

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Topics: Health, Cleaning, Stress

Improve Morale In Your 911 Comm Center: Employee Recognition Ideas

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Feb 7, 2017 4:20:29 PM

Morale.jpgI’m just going to say it, employee morale and company culture have a huge effect on the workplace. Absenteeism, lost productivity and poor health have all been directly attributed to morale in a workplace. So in a 24/7 industry like 911 dispatch, how can you improve morale and company culture, while adhering to policies and guidelines.

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Topics: Health, Human Interest, Morale

3 Ways to Fight Stress and Stay Happy During the Holidays

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Nov 22, 2016 2:17:13 PM

Howtobeatholidaystress.jpgHolidays mean stress for most of us. The kids are out of school; family is knocking at the door. You’re responsible for cooking a 20-pound turkey flawlessly and on-time. Not to mention the decorating, shuffling between family traditions and taking care of grandma. Whoa…deep breath. You’re a 911 dispatcher, you’re used to stress right? No doubt, all of us feel the pressure during the holiday season, so here are three things you might try to help fight stress, stay healthy and stay happy during the holidays.

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Topics: Health, Human Interest

5 Healthy Fall Treats and PotLuck Ideas for 911 Dispatch

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Oct 21, 2016 11:41:44 AM

Fall is upon us, and while pumpkin spice is everywhere (literally everywhere), we are also starting to hunker down for the winter. Yes, I am a total “nester” as winter looms closer. Tis’ the season for indulging, sneaking all the good candies from your kids Halloween stash and the inevitable office pot luck. So, you’ve been good all summer, staying away from this or that, eating more veggies, and probably getting outside to watch a few sporting events, walk the dog, or even run in that charity 5K. WOW!

Enter the fall/pumpkin spice/pot luck season. No need to fret, you can still indulge in healthy delights that are both fun and creative.

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Topics: Health, Human Interest, Recipes

Xybix's Lifetime Warranty - 6 Years Parts - 5 Years Labor

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Oct 14, 2016 4:01:30 PM

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Xybix has been making big waves in the dispatch furniture world with its new Lifetime
Warranty. We wanted to take a minute to explain what this means to you as a customer and explain what is covered by this warranty. 

Let's start by saying that this warranty was designed to take care of YOU, the customer. We wanted to make it easy to understand and give you the level of service you deserve on an investment you've spent time and money on. Having a warranty that covers the untimely "Ut O" is as important to us as it is to you. So let's get to it here's what is included Xybix's Warranty for Dispatch Furniture:

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Topics: Warranty

3 Reasons NOT to see Xybix’s Booth #1627 at APCO 2016

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Jul 31, 2016 6:00:00 AM

SeeXybixAPCO.jpgTrade show floors can be intimidating and a bit overwhelming. After all, APCO 2016 is one of the largest, if not the largest, trade shows for public safety professionals all year. And, whether you’re a Supervisor, Director, Dispatcher, or Manager, odds are that you’ve got a pretty busy week planned for Orlando, FL. Hustling from one session to another, and obviously coming back to your agency with some key take-aways! Trust me, we know the drill.

So, let us help you by telling you why you shouldn’t come by Xybix’s booth at APCO:

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Topics: Treadmill and Bike Desks, Human Interest, APCO

Is your dispatch console leg room first class or economy?

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Jun 21, 2016 11:46:04 AM


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Xybix recently released its new TSeries dispatch consoles and made some improvements to its workstations, but the one improvement that really grabbed my attention was the anti-hindered, extended wide open leg room. By now, most dispatchers have heard, “leg room is important” or “you’re going to want room to stretch out”. Whatever the case may be, we get it, with many 911 dispatch shifts of 10-12 hours, you’re going to need to stretch out!

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Topics: Height Adjustable Workstations, Ergonomics, Dispatch Consoles, Workstation Planning

Health News: How much walking do you need to do to lose weight?

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Mar 22, 2016 4:00:00 AM

Loseweight.jpgMany people I know use walking as a way to de-stress, burn energy and get moving. It’s a simple activity and you already know how to do it. Walking is easy on joints and requires little to no additional equipment. Recently, treadmills and bikes have been added to many 911 dispatch centers and the question arises, how much walking do you need to do to lose weight?

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Topics: Health, Treadmill and Bike Desks, Human Interest

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