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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

The Silent and Dark Morale Killer in a 911 Communications Center

Posted by Todd Parson on Feb 28, 2017 1:14:14 PM

SteelDesign.jpgA 911 communications center is host to many dark calls. For 911 dispatchers who are responsible for answering these critical phone calls, death is on the phone daily. I spent 14 years as a paramedic in Denver, and I remember that one day my unit alone saw eight cases dead on arrival (DOA). Later on, we were able to make our way to one of the local parks to look at green grass, beautiful lakes, and pleasant foliage in order to soothe some of the pain we had witnessed.

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Topics: Health, Workstation Planning, Morale

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

Making Your Health a Priority as a 911 Dispatcher

Posted by Cher Ice on Jan 27, 2017 3:32:17 PM

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You are basically a superhero. After all, as a 911 dispatcher, you save lives all day every day. Thanks to you and your ability to remain calm during the most trying times, lives are saved on a daily basis.

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Topics: Health, Human Interest, Recipes

3 New Years Resolutions to Help You Achieve Better Health in 2017!

Posted by Heather Brown on Dec 30, 2016 9:14:34 AM

New Year.jpgIt's that time of the year again! It’s time to start thinking about your New Year's resolutions. I'm sure you all start out the year with great intentions of quitting smoking, exercising more regularly, eating better, etc. We all start out January 1st gung-ho and ready to conquer the world, and we plan to exceed all of our goals! It’s great to be determined, but are we setting ourselves up to fail though? I think if we set reasonable expectations for ourselves and don’t push our limits, keeping New Year's resolutions and creating healthier lifestyles can be achieved.

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Topics: Health, Human Interest

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

The Best Health Accessories to Stay Moving at your Dispatch Console

Posted by Ken Carson on Nov 2, 2016 3:24:48 PM

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Xybix has mentioned plenty of times throughout our blogs how incorporating movement while working at your dispatch console can help you burn more calories, improve your focus, and even lower your risk of developing certain ailments. The good news is that there is no shortage of tools on the market that are designed to get you up and moving at work. After evaluating quite a few of them, here are five of the best accessories and exercises to help you stay healthy. We will start with the easy and low-cost (FREE!) items and work our way up.

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Topics: Health, Human Interest, Accessories

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

Add Movement To Your Day With These Exercises for 911 Dispatch

Posted by Maria Teruel on Jul 22, 2016 3:25:32 PM

Movement.jpgDuring the summer, most of us are guilty of loosening up the reigns on our diet and exercise plans. Kids are out of school and the weather is optimal, so who wouldn’t consider every other day to be a “cheat” day? Of course, the all-American summer is not complete without grilled meals, adult beverages, and tasty sweets, but when you’re back at the grind, maybe “the itis” is still lingering.

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Topics: Health, Height Adjustable Workstations

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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