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How Do You Measure Quality in a Command Center Console?

Posted by Gail Gerlesits on Jun 22, 2017 2:01:43 PM

Quality.jpgThis time of year, many organizations are planning to remodel, upgrade or build a new command center. If this is happening for you, the amount of decisions you need to make for success of the project can seem enormous. One of the decisions may include new consoles, desks and furniture for the project. Now is the time to go for it! The budget approval for your new consoles may be relatively small as compared to the million dollar or so project at hand, but, how it can help your operator’s daily lives is huge.

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Topics: Command Center Console Furniture, Due Diligence, Durability

Increase Operator’s Performance: 1 Key Leadership Trait to Start Today

Posted by Gail Gerlesits on May 1, 2017 8:56:33 AM

Leadership.jpgAs Chief, Supervisor or Head Operator of a Command Center, you want your people to bring their "A Game" everyday. So, what can you do on a daily basis to make a difference for your people and improve their performance? The April edition of SUCCESS magazine, in an article titled, “The ROI of Compassion,” leadership guru John C. Maxwell sums it up:

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Topics: Performance

Space Planning your Control Room: Top 5 Things to Consider

Posted by Gail Gerlesits on Mar 17, 2017 12:54:32 PM

Space Planning Tips.jpgLet's be honest, if you are in the Command and Control industry, you pride yourself in organization, optimization, effectiveness and efficiencies. Like the grease to the wheel, you like organization and to keep things working at their best. The placement of command center workstations in a control room should be just as important for the optimal performance of your operators. Having miss-used space or disorganization can cause the efficiency and effectiveness of the team to dwindle.

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Topics: Command Center Console Furniture, Design, space planning, room layout

People, Innovation & Communication: Smart Grid, Smarter Choices

Posted by Gail Gerlesits on Feb 16, 2017 9:43:16 AM

SmartGrid.pngSmart Grid is on everyone’s mind in the utilities industry. How do we make the grid more reliable, safe, and efficient? It may seem like a new term yet it has been in the making for over 10 years. In 2007 Congress passed and the President approved the EISA (Title XIII of the Energy Independence and Security Act). This gave leadership to the Department of Energy to drive grid modernization. So, what is a smart grid? Some definitions are:

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Topics: Health

Command Center Console Questions you should ask at DistribuTECH 2017

Posted by Gail Gerlesits on Jan 12, 2017 3:57:46 PM

CommandConsoleQuestionsDistribuTECH.jpgDistribuTECH is right around the corner. Are you building or updating a TOC or DOC with new command center consoles? What are some questions you need to be asking as you start the planning process? Or, if you are already in the process, what types of questions should you be asking now that can save you time, money and energy down the line?

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Topics: QUICK TIPS, Command Center Console Furniture, Buying, Purchasing

How to Keep the Body Moving During the Workday in an Operation Center

Posted by Gail Gerlesits on Dec 9, 2016 10:32:22 AM

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Whether a DOC or a TOC, operation centers need to ensure reliable grid operations to keep the power on. We all rely on it. With no weather issues or recent storms, one of the biggest issues for a operations center can be if it is too quiet. Sounds strange, but in a 24/7 center and 10 hour shifts, the days can get very long for operators. On the flip side, if there is too much happening, this can make for a stressful day. Keeping the body and the mind active can help to reduce stress and improve health. So what can you do during times of stress or inactivity. Here's some suggestions:

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Topics: Health, Standing Desks, Operation Centers

Command Center Consoles: Five Important Factors to Consider

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Sep 10, 2013 4:50:00 PM

iStock 000003631213Small resized 600As a manager, do you know the five important factors of command center consoles that contribute to a successful environment?  

Whether this is your first outfitting of a command center, or not your first rodeo. You know that command center console items must be right the first time. When updating or replacing your existing furniture, be sure to look for console furniture that has attributes of longevity, quality and ergonommics. The furniture should relate well to your available space, as well as to the duties of your team. 

Here are the five important factors of command center consoles that you should keep in mind as you consider vendors and options:

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Topics: Health, Ergonomics, Command Center Console Furniture

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