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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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The Biggest Problem with not Having Cable Management

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Feb 26, 2016 4:47:24 PM

Untitled_design_14.jpgThe rats nest of cables. The constant unplugging of monitors. Speakers, keyboards and mice getting dragged off your desk every time your raise your console up so you can stand... Sound familiar? All of these issues are usually a result of poor cable management. (Unless you have a ghost in your dispatch center, if you do, please email me.) Cable management is more than correcting that bundle of cables hidden under your desk it also should include making sure that you have the appropriate length of cable extensions so that you can actually use your console to "stand" without the fear of unplugging. 

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Topics: Cabling

How to Beat the Winter Blues, even if you're a 911 Dispatcher

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Jan 8, 2016 11:33:12 AM

Winter_Blues.jpgWith the 2016 New Year upon us, many of us are thinking of ways to get healthier, be a better person, and achieve all those New Year’s Resolutions. For me, after the Holidays are over and the hustle and bustle has left, all the family has gone home, the decorations come down and I settle back into work, I can’t help but feel a bit…well, blue! I’m sure I’m not the only one. So, I started thinking what could a 911 dispatcher do to combat the “winter blues”? Here are a few ideas to motivate, inspire and kick “old man winter’s” butt into spring time:

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Topics: Health

The Perfect Christmas Gift for a 911 Dispatcher

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Dec 14, 2015 10:56:24 AM

CHRISTMAS_2.jpgGiving gifts to public safety and 911 this holiday season? Here are some cleaver and fun ideas to get you in the holiday gift giving mood. Selecting a gift for someone can be tough so I’ve come up with, what I think are, four common categories of persons’ in the 911 dispatch world and what he/she might like.

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Topics: Human Interest

4 Ways to Improve Morale in a 911 Dispatch Center Over the Holidays

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Nov 6, 2015 10:39:41 AM

4 Ways to Improve Morale in the Dispatch Center over the HolidaysMotivation and overall morale in the dispatch center are difficult to maintain and with the encroaching holidays, one thing is for certain, 911 dispatchers are called to be at the top of their game. Holidays can be a very busy time for 911; burnout, sickness and just genuine lack of motivation can be huge problems causing 911 centers everywhere to struggle. Nothing can replace giving up time with family or friends over the holidays. So, what can you do to help motivate and maybe inspire your dispatchers this holiday season?

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Topics: Health, Treadmill and Bike Desks, Human Interest, Morale

Reducing Stress for 911 Dispatchers: What You Should Know

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Oct 22, 2015 4:44:33 PM

Stress in 911 DispatchStress is a very sensitive and very real subject for many 911 dispatchers. And while it is not my intention to try for a minute to understand the dealings with that you must go through in your profession, I think that the idea of stress in a dispatch center has a very real effect on your health and well-being. With health becoming a topic of great importance in the 911 industry, as sensative of a subject it might be, I feel it is worth blogging about. Coping with stress can happen on many different levels and we all deal with it a different way. When stress effects our personal health learning how to cope with it in a productive way can make all the difference.

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Topics: Health

Healthy Halloween Treat Ideas for 911 Comm Centers and Offices

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Oct 16, 2015 11:22:08 AM

Treats are pretty common around a 911 Comm Center or any office during the Halloween season.  So I thought, maybe we could add a healthy spin to the treats we all know we will eat. Bringing healthy ideas and initiatives to your next office pot luck or event gathering doesn’t have to be scary. It can be fun and rewarding for both you and your co-workers. Here are three phases to a creepy plan of bringing better health into a workplace near you.

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Topics: Health, Human Interest

Quick Mason Jar Meal Ideas for 911 Dispatchers

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Sep 15, 2015 10:43:34 AM

Petitelefant.jpgI don’t know about you, but, love the idea of packing a healthy meal on the go! So why not pack a mason jar? This antiquated food vessel makes for quick and easy grab and go. The best part is, you don’t have to worry about forgetting any of the ingredients and its leak proof! (Because I SPILL EVERYTHING (no seriously)). There are so many healthy ideas from salads to soups, quiches, desserts. What I really wanted to know was, how. How...? How do I do that?

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Topics: Health, Human Interest

Health and Energy Drinks in 911 Dispatch

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Aug 26, 2015 1:59:55 PM

https://www.flickr.com/photos/aukirk/8170825503With the rigorous demands of a 911 dispatch job, the tedious, long hours and the sedentary work, it’s understandable that many dispatchers use caffeine as a mere means of survival. Let’s face it, the majority of the population leans on caffeine as a crutch to get through the work days and week! Whether it’s Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, Caribou Coffee, diet soda or energy drinks, caffeine is what we all crave.

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Topics: Health

3 Reasons NOT to Come See Xybix’s Booth (#1714) at APCO 2015

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Aug 5, 2015 3:11:00 PM

Do_NOT_EnterTrade show floors can be intimidating and a bit overwhelming. After all, APCO 2015 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 Washington, DC. 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 giving you 3 great reasons why you shouldn’t come by Xybix’s booth at APCO:

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Topics: Treadmill and Bike Desks, Human Interest, APCO

Three of the Best Tips You’ll Ever Get When Buying Dispatch Furniture

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Jul 14, 2015 3:37:05 PM

ThomasTheTrainDispatchFurnitreYou’re a Comm Center manager or supervisor and you’ve been tasked with buying new dispatch furniture. HOLY (insert choice four letter word) ! You probably feel like you are just not ready to tackle this monstrosity of project, or maybe you feel rather intimidated like buying a new car. Hey, we get it, this task is not an easy one. Infact, while reading this, you might already be thinking of the best way to secretly exit the building (never to return). Whoa-nelly! Take a minute and remember the beloved childhood icon, Thomas the Train. I want you to try whispering quietly to yourself “I think I can…I think I can…” and DON’T panic! Here are three tips to buying dispatch furniture that can help:

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Topics: QUICK TIPS, Buying, Purchasing

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