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Do you have a Pain in the Neck in your Comm Center?

Posted by Eric Parks on Jun 14, 2017 10:54:36 AM

painintheneck.jpgWhen you first read the title of this blog, what were you really thinking? Were you ready to respond with names, or did you answer with just a simple yes or no? Working in a 911 Comm Center myself over the past 25 years, pain is a topic I hear quite frequently. If you or someone you work with suffers from neck pain while working, here is a remedy to address that problem and prevent it from occurring in the future:

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Topics: Ergonomics, Monitors, Eye Strain, Dispatch Consoles

Ergonomic Touch Screen Monitors for 911 Dispatch? Is there a solution?

Posted by Eric Parks on Aug 12, 2016 3:55:17 PM

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Over the last couple of months, I have discovered that more and more agencies are wanting to go with a touch-screen phone system. This conversation is usually brought up when talking about the number and sizes of monitors agencies are looking to add to their workstations. Working in a 911 dispatch center myself, I have had a touch-screen monitor over the past eight years and rarely used it. You ask why? Well for one thing, the monitor is generally so far away from me, the end user, that I find myself reaching over to answer the incoming line. Personally, I would rather locate the mouse dedicated to the phone system on the desktop and click on the incoming line.  

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Topics: Ergonomics, Monitors, Dispatch Consoles

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

3 Reasons Why Your Height Adjustable Desk Could Be Giving You A Headache

Posted by Maria Teruel on May 12, 2016 9:37:54 AM

Headache.jpgIt's no secret that dispatching is a stressful job. I can just imagine the stress felt in heat of the call, the moment of panic, and the adrenaline rush. Stress alone can be the culprit for causing headaches, but what if there are other factors contributing to your pain that you haven't considered? And no, I'm not talking about that annoying coworker or the funky smells coming from the shared refrigerator. Here are three ways that you can be misusing your height adjustable desk that could be adding to headaches:

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Topics: Height Adjustable Workstations, Ergonomics, Eye Strain

Everyone Is Saying Sitting Is the New Smoking: Is it True?

Posted by Mike Graham on Mar 8, 2016 1:58:06 PM

Sitting_the_new_smoking.jpgWhy are health experts saying that sitting is the new smoking? Well, everyone knows the health effects of smoking, and the sooner everyone realizes that sitting can also be immensely harmful the better. Hopefully, you will jump out of your chair when you find out that:

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Topics: Health, Height Adjustable Workstations, Ergonomics

Efficiency in 911 Dispatch: Importance of Keeping Equipment within Reach

Posted by Ken Carson on Oct 30, 2015 2:24:03 PM

Reach Zone 911 dispatch equipment911 Dispatchers know a lot about being efficient. They have to be ready to react quickly when the important call comes in amidst all of the barking dog and drunk neighbor complaints. Taking time to reach around looking for the right mouse or the right keyboard can slow them down when trying to get the job done.

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Topics: Ergonomics

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

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

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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

Perk Up Your Energy by Adjusting Your Posture

Posted by Andy Reetz on May 27, 2015 1:00:00 PM

zzz..zz..zThere is a growing body of research that suggests your physical state affects your mental state. Dr. Erik Pepper at San Francisco State University has researched the relationship between posture and mood and has found significant results between posture and subjective energy. He found that “when people experience a lower subjective energy, they feel less capable of performing a task”. 

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Topics: Health, Ergonomics, Human Interest

Height Adjustable Desks - Fad or Favorite?

Posted by Emily Houston on May 5, 2015 2:12:26 PM

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With all the hype about sit to stand desks and how "sitting is the new smoking." It makes a person wonder, "what are the benefits of switching from a fixed height desk to a height adjustable desk?" That's a great question! And if you are looking to make a case for height adjustable furniture in your office or work environment, use this blog as a resource, ammunition for your cause, post it in your break room, or email it to your boss! Whatever you use it for, I hope you'll find the information valuable and useful.

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Topics: Health, Height Adjustable Workstations, Ergonomics

The Secrets of Ergonomics and George Clooney...?

Posted by Megan Lewis on Oct 23, 2014 1:35:00 PM

ErgonomicsandGeorgeOne of the most common questions we get from prospective customers is, “What sets you apart from your competitors?” Aside from our dashing good looks and exceptional personalities, Xybix is the number one dispatch furniture manufacturer in ergonomics. Now, I know this is usually the part where your vision blurs and the voice in your head starts sounding like the teacher from Charlie Brown, but as our lovely Joanna Pease details in her blog, “What Is Ergonomics, and Why Is It Important to You?”, Ergonomics are important—not just to your health, but also to your work-life longevity and productivity.

While Joanna’s blog is a great example of how ergonomics applies to you, I wanted to delve even further into the “meat” of the topic and explore where this study comes from and who decides what works—and maybe use some Hollywood references to keep you interested!

Wait, was that George Clooney?!

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Topics: Ergonomics

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