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One of the Spookiest Decisions for a 911 Dispatch Manager - New Comm Center Furniture!

Posted by Kathleen Utley on Oct 31, 2018 1:02:35 PM

hocus pocus halloween GIFIt's HALLOWEEN and probably one of my favorite holidays!! So, that got me thinking what would be spooky or maybe a bit scary for a 911 dispatch manager or supervision….? The type of scary I'm talking about is a huge decision, that will have an impact on the Comm Center, or a legacy that will be left and how this type of a decision would effect the Center for years to come (maybe even after you retire). That sounds pretty scary and intimidating to me. So what type of decision am I talking about? Just like the in those scary movies, (I only like them one time a year), the ever-elusive masked killer is running through the house with a butcher knife, it finally came to me… the decision to purchase Comm Center dispatch furniture…. dun…dun…dun!

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Topics: Communications Center, Purchasing, room layout, Morale, Workstation Planning, Buying

Prevent Pain & Injury: Hip Flexor Exercises for 911 Dispatch

Posted by Heather Brown on Sep 21, 2018 10:43:20 AM

StretchingOuch! My hip hurts, my back hurts, my hip and back - OUCH! What is wrong? What have I done to myself now? Have you ever said this to yourself? I know I have on a daily basis and I am sick of it!

It all started with pain in my neck and shoulder area and I attributed it, like most people, to to stress. I carry everything in my shoulders. Fast forward a few months, now, my hips and lower back ache. What can I blame that on? I know exactly where to point the finger... at myself. I mean, I am physically active, but my activities are not done with proper preparation. Where am I going with this you ask? Let’s talk about hip your flexors!

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Topics: Health, Stress, Morale, Standing Desks, Human Interest

911 Dispatch Public Safety Partners Making Waves in the Industry

Posted by Kathleen Utley on Jul 16, 2018 10:43:16 AM

giphyI must start off by saying that I am extremely proud to be a part of such an amazing community within the public safety industry. I was inspired to write this blog by those I feel who are making a difference within the 911 community. Specifically, those who are closest to me are my friends behind Operation 10-8, 911 Training Institute, Within the Trenches, and Kim Turner, LLC.

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Topics: Stress, Morale, Human Interest, Health

Design in a Dispatch Center: Quality and Why It's Worth It

Posted by Ken Carson on Jun 14, 2018 9:39:58 AM

Totally WorthIt
I talk with many public safety professionals at tradeshows, and after showing them how beautiful our new consoles are, they often joke that they don’t deserve nice stuff. I’m not sure why they’d think something like that. Do ugly consoles last longer than nice ones? Why do they feel they aren’t worth the quality option?

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Topics: Morale, Design

Improve Morale In Your 911 Comm Center: Employee Recognition Ideas

Posted by Kathleen Utley on Apr 3, 2018 3:17:00 PM

911 Dispatch MoraleI’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: Human Interest, Health, Morale

Dispatch Console Extreme Makeover

Posted by A Previous Xybix Employee on Mar 13, 2018 2:29:15 PM

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You may have seen an episode of Extreme Makeover on one of the home improvement channels. The premise of the show is simple; a room in someone’s home is in desperate need of updating because it looks drab and dull. The makeover team comes to the rescue and converts the room into something much more appealing over one weekend.

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Topics: Morale, QUICK TIPS, Height Adjustable Workstations

Top 3 Things Every 911 Professional Should Start Doing in 2018

Posted by Cher Ice on Jan 10, 2018 4:40:12 PM

NewYear!.gif5,4,3,2,1…. Happy New Year!

What an exciting time of year this is. A brand new year signifies 365 blank pages to fill with memories and growth. I don’t know about you, but the new year brings a new sense of hope for me. I want to grow and expand my horizons, and I also want to be better than I was the year before. I want to start this year off with a bang, go full speed ahead, and be ready to take on the world! As a professional in the 911 industry, you have very busy, stressful days and there’s no time like the present to make yourself a priority.

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Topics: Stress, Morale, Human Interest, Health

Holiday Fun in the 911 Comm Center: What Comm Centers are REALLY Doing

Posted by Maria Teruel on Dec 7, 2017 1:59:42 PM

HolidayFun.gifWith the holidays coming right around the corner, many 911 Comm Centers are experiencing increased call volume, and because of this, you may not have any creative juices left over to boost morale in your center. So, to help you out, I conducted a phone interview with Tammy Price, Chief of Baltimore County 911 Center, to discuss some ideas on how to ramp up morale that actually work in the real world. She is no stranger to cool and fun ideas. In fact, she has given presentations on how to boost morale in Comm Centers three times at various APCO/NENA conferences.

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Topics: Morale, Holiday

Thanksgiving as a 911 Dispatcher: Ways You Can Celebrate Too

Posted by Kathleen Utley on Nov 20, 2017 9:55:17 AM

Celebrate Thanksgiving 911 DispatchSome of the best people I’ve ever worked with are those in the 911/Public Safety Industry. And while most of us are at home in our stretchy Thanksgiving pants enjoying the company of family and loved ones, someone needs to be someone on the other line of a 911 call in case of emergency. So, here is a shout out to all of you 911 Dispatchers &  Turkey foregoer’s. I've put together a list of how you might be able to have a bit of a good ol’ Thanksgiving celebration even while you are at work.

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Topics: Human Interest, Morale

4 Ways to Boost Morale & Refresh Your Comm Center for the Holidays

Posted by Maria Teruel on Nov 6, 2017 8:59:24 AM

holidays.gifThe end of the year means budget submittals are upon us! Oh, and the HOLIDAYS...yes, I said it! Maybe you don't need new dispatch consoles, but you want to revamp your Comm Center and give it a refresh. Adding some small things to your center is a great way to boost morale.  So, with the upcoming holidays and unavoidable chaos here are 4 ways you can spruce up your center without breaking the bank:

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Topics: Dispatch Consoles, Morale, Lighting, Treadmill and Bike Desks

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