CU-Boulder Announces Expectations For Greek Organization Agreements

first_imgRon Stump, vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Greek Adviser Laura Strohminger met last night with student fraternity leaders to discuss the university’s future relationship with the Greek system, including plans to shift rush activities for freshman new members from the fall to the spring semester. A change in the timing of rush was included among several campus expectations and support programs for fraternities and sororities outlined by Stump and Strohminger. Discussion centered on the development of a “fraternal organization agreement,” which will spell out expectations that must be met in order for Greek organizations to receive university benefits. Fraternities and sororities are independent entities that exist off campus, but have access to many university services and benefits. University services and benefits to Greek organizations include office and meeting space on campus, access to student lists for recruitment purposes, access to the campus’s full-time Greek Adviser and use of campus fields and facilities for recreational and sports activities. “Our goal is to foster a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the Greek system,” Stump said. “I believe that the entire campus environment can be enhanced by Greek organizations that follow their core principles of leadership, scholarship, service and brotherhood/sisterhood. The agreement is intended to strengthen that relationship.” Nate Ushio, president of Interfraternity Council, said, “We are currently consulting our national organizations, chapter advisers and the North American Interfraternity Conference on ways to enhance our core values while also maintaining a positive relationship with the university.” The new campus expectations will apply equally to fraternities and sororities, Stump said. In a recent letter to sorority groups, he announced plans for instituting the fraternal organization agreement, after several meetings with Greek leaders throughout the fall semester. Under the fraternal organization agreement, fraternities and sororities will be expected to: ∑ Engage a full-time, live-in staff member in the chapter house ∑ Prohibit underage consumption of alcohol at events ∑ Schedule rush activities according to a date determined by the university, which will be the spring semester of the freshman year beginning with the 2005-06 academic year ∑ Abide by federal, state and local laws as well as CU-Boulder’s Student Code of Conduct ∑ Meet the national organization’s academic standards The agreement also will prohibit discrimination, any form of hazing and use of alcohol in new-member programming. In addition, the agreement will spell out the university’s commitment to supporting Greek organizations, including a listing of benefits, programs and services related to fraternities and sororities. Ushio noted that discussions between Interfraternity Council and the university are ongoing. “After an extensive review by our national organizations and chapter advisers, we will be in a much better position to continue a process of positive change for members of fraternities and evaluate the positive and negative aspects of deferred recruitment,” Ushio said. Stump said he will work with fraternity and sorority leaders to finalize the agreement document by mid-February. After discussions are completed with the Interfraternity Council, chapter advisers and the national organizations, he and Strohminger plan to meet with individual chapters to clarify all elements of the agreement. Published: Jan. 13, 2005 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Peterson AFB: In-Depth Welcome Center (2021 Edition)

first_imgPeterson AFB WeatherIn a community so near the Rocky Mountains, you are bound to get a little snowfall. But, don’t worry too much the winters in Colorado Springs are relatively mild. The lowest temperatures come in the month of January, and cold snaps are never out of the question from October to March and even into April. Unfortunately, Blizzards aren’t entirely unheard of, but the accumulation of snow downtown is relatively rare. Be prepared for all kinds of weather, from warm summers to snow in the winter.Peterson AFB Things to DoPeterson AFB is surrounded by wide-open spaces and outdoor activities. The Rocky Mountains provide countless hiking trails and camping options, sure to provide you with an adventure or two. Besides the great outdoors, Colorado Springs is home to a variety of educational, historical, and cultural attractions that include the Cheyenne Mountain Heritage Center and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. And one fun fact: Colorado Springs is home to the Olympic & Paralympic Training Center and headquarters to the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee.Suggested Read: 18 Of the Best Peterson AFB Things to Do The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement. Where Should I Live Near Peterson AFB?Cities Near Peterson AFBPeterson Air Force Base is in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Colorado Springs has been listed as one of the best places to live from multiple sources, including U.S. News, Money Magazine, and Outside Magazine. Colorado Springs sits at the base of Pikes Peak at the eastern edge of the southern portion of the Rocky Mountains. You’ll be about 61 miles south of Denver.If you’re considering living on base, check out the available on-base housing options. Otherwise, read on to find out more about living off base. Peterson AFB Commissary1040 E. Stewart Avenue, Building 2019Peterson AFB, CO 80914-1610Phone: 1 (719) 556-7765Peterson AFB Commissary HoursSunday: 0900 – 1800Monday-Friday: 0900 – 1900Saturday: 0800 – 1900Peterson AFB BXPeterson Air Force Base Exchange1030 E STEWART AVE BLDG 2017Colorado Springs, CO 80914-2900Phone: 1 (719) 596-7270Peterson AFB Exchange HoursMonday-Friday: 0900-1800Saturday and Sunday: 0900-1800 IntroductionWelcome to Peterson AFB located in the community of Colorado Springs, Colorado home to more than 8,750 active-duty military personnel. The base of over 91,000 square miles is about 61 miles south of Denver, and the majestic Rocky Mountains will be within arm’s grasp of your new home at Peterson AFB.Colorado Springs is rated one of the best cities to live in the country, and you will have no shortage of options of homes, school districts, and things to do in and around Peterson Air Force Base. Whether you are enjoying the sunny summer hikes around Colorado Springs or enjoying the picturesque snowfall in the winter, we hope this guide helps you settle into your new home of Peterson Air Force Base.Find out all you need to know about what you’ll be in for by reading our Peterson AFB in-depth welcome center guide.Where Is Peterson AFB?Google Map ViewGetting There – Directions to the BaseEntering Peterson AFB and Base AmenitiesCheck-in Procedures for Incoming PersonnelPeterson AFB Visitor CenterPeterson AFB DEERS OfficePeterson AFB Gate HoursPeterson AFB CommissaryPeterson AFB ExchangePeterson AFB Barber ShopsPeterson AFB Post OfficePeterson AFB Finance OfficePeterson AFB Legal OfficePeterson AFB LibraryPeterson AFB Hotels Where Should I Live Near Peterson AFB?What Schools are Near Peterson AFB?What’s the Weather Like in Peterson AFB?Things to Do Around Peterson AFBCOVID-19 NoticeDue to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, many businesses, venues, and parks may be temporarily closed or operating under restricted hours. Therefore, a place we mention here may not currently be open or available for the time being. Check individual websites, there’s no shortage of accessibility getting around the area.Where Is Peterson AFB?Peterson Air Force Base Welcome & Visitors Center1334 W. Stewart AvenueColorado Springs, CO, 80916-0000Phone: 1(719) 556-6660Hours:Monday-Friday – 0700-1600Saturday/Sunday – ClosedFederal Holidays – ClosedPeterson AFB MapPeterson AFB DirectionsDriving DirectionsFrom Colorado SpringsFrom N Nevada Ave exit E Platte Ave towards Suffolk StTake E Platte Ave to exit right on Peterson AveContinue straight to Peterson North GateFrom DenverTake I-25 SouthTake exit 153 INTERQUEST PkwyTurn Right on CO-21 SouthTake exit 141 for E Platte Ave and turn leftExit right onto Peterson Ave and head straight towards Peterson North GateFrom Colorado Springs AirportTake CO-21 NTurn right onto Airport RdTake Airport Rd through Peterson AFB West GateFrom Union Station DenverHead northwest on 16th St Mall toward Wewatta StTurn left at the 1st cross street onto Wewatta St.Turn left onto Speer Blvd.Turn right onto Auraria Pkwy.Use the left lane to keep left at the fork and merge onto I-25 STake exit 153 INTERQUEST Pkwy.Turn Right on CO-21 SouthTake exit 141 for E Platte Ave and turn leftExit right onto Peterson Ave and head straight towards Peterson North GateGreyhound Bus StationHead north on N Nevada AveTurn right on E Platte AveTake E Platte Ave to exit right on Peterson AveContinue straight to Peterson North GateGreyhound BusUnfortunately, there are no Amtrak lines that service Colorado Springs. But there are Greyhound Bus stations connected to the Amtrak schedules, and you can get more information on them here on the Amtrak site.Flights To Peterson Air Force BaseThere’s one airport (Colorado Springs Airport) that is connected to Peterson AFB in Colorado Springs. The next closest major airport is located in Denver, the Denver International Airport.Peterson AFB Transportation OfficePeterson Air Force Base Household Goods/Transportation Office121 South Tejon StreetColorado Springs, CO, 80903-0000Phone: 1 (800) 771-1819Hours:Monday-Friday: 0800 to 1600Saturday and Sunday: Closed Entering Peterson AFB and Base AmenitiesAll drivers on base must have a valid military ID, veterans or retiree ID, a valid driver’s license, and a valid driver’s insurance card. For visitor’s passes, head to the Visitor’s Center and sign in.Check-in Procedures for Incoming PersonnelRegular duty hours at Peterson AFB are from 0730-1530. All active-duty military personnel must use the arrival point in the unit Commander Support Staff. If your unit does not have a CSS report to the 21st Military Personnel Section in building 350 during regular duty hours. Outside of normal duty hours, report to the Peterson Temporary Lodging Facility in building 1425.Peterson AFB Visitor CenterPeterson AFB Welcome and Visitor Center1334 W. Stewart AvenueColorado Springs, CO, 80916-0000Phone: 1 (719) 556-6660Hours:Monday-Friday: 7:00 AM-4:00 PMSaturday/Sunday: ClosedFederal Holidays: ClosedPeterson AFB DEERS OfficePeterson AFB ID Card & DEERS Office135 Dover Street Building #350Colorado Springs, CO 80914-0000Phone: 1 (719) 556-0008Peterson AFB DEERS Office HoursMonday-Friday: 0730 – 1600Saturday/Sunday: ClosedFederal Holidays: ClosedPeterson AFB Gate HoursPeterson AFB has 3 three gates for three points of access. The West gate is considered the Main Gate into Peterson AFB.West Gate – Main Gate: 24 hours a day, 7 days a weekEast Gate: Mon-Fri: 0500-1800, Sat: 0600-1800, Sun: 0830-1800North Gate: In & Out: 0600-0900 Mon-Fri, 0600-1800, Mon-Fri, Saturday and Sunday the North Gate is closed. Hotels Near Peterson AFBColorado Springs is home to many hotel options. Luckily, there are plentiful choices near Peterson AFB thanks to the immediate proximity of Colorado Springs Airport. We’ve selected a few for you to consider if you need a stay at one of the hotels near base.1. Radisson Hotel Colorado Springs Airport1645 Newport Rd,Colorado Springs, CO 80916Phone: 1(719) 597-70002. SpringHill Suites by Marriott Colorado Springs South1570 Newport Rd,Colorado Springs, CO 80916Phone: 1(719) 637-08003. Holiday Inn Colorado Springs Airport1855 Aeroplaza Dr,Colorado Springs, CO 80916Phone: 1(719) 380-85164. Hampton Inn Colorado Springs-Airport2077 Aerotech Dr,Colorado Springs, CO 80916Phone: 1(719) 591-11005. Hilton Garden Inn Colorado Springs Airport2035 Aerotech Dr,Colorado Springs, CO 80916Phone: 1(719) 622-0300Hot Tip: Download MyBaseGuide’s Peterson AFB Military Relocation Guide for information about hotels nearby. Peterson AFB Barber ShopsPeterson Air Force Base Barber Shop1030 E Stewart Ave, Bldg 2017,Peterson AFB, CO 80914Phone: 1(719) 597-8307Hours:Monday-Saturday: 0900-1700Sunday: 1000-1700Peterson AFB Post Office360 W Otis StColorado Springs, CO 80914-3103Phone: 1(719) 556-4596Peterson AFB Post Office HoursMonday-Friday: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PMSaturday: 8:30 AM to 12:00 PMSunday: ClosedPeterson AFB FinancePeterson Air Force Base Finance Office135 Dover Street Building #350Colorado Springs, CO, 80914-0000Phone: 1(719) 556-4770Peterson AFB Finance Office HoursMonday-Thursday: 8:00 AM to 3:00 PMFriday-Sunday: Closed Peterson AFB SchoolsPeterson AFB has multiple options for schooling for families with children of all schooling ages. There are over 10 school districts near base but no schools on Peterson AFB. Many on-base residents attend Colorado Springs School District 11, Falcon School District, and Harrison School district.Find more local school information at The Best Peterson AFB Schools: Daycare – High School. Best Places to Live Near Peterson AFBColorado SpringsPeterson AFB itself sits right in the city of Colorado Springs. Sitting at the base of the Rockies, Colorado Springs is an excellent choice to live, and you’ll be conveniently close to base. There’s a wide range of homes offered here, and with a multitude of outdoor activities, you’ll be sure to find a perfect home here. Colorado Springs has a population of around 456,000, the second most populated city in Colorado.FountainAbout 8 miles from Peterson AFB is Fountain, Colorado. Here you’ll be nestled near Fountain Creek right against the Rocky Mountains. The city boasts that it is a touch of the charm of country living while having the amenities of urban life.StratmoorAlso, only about 8 miles from Peterson Air Force Base is Stratmoor Colorado. There are houses in Stratmoor in the median range and offer a quick commute to base. With a population of just over 7,000, Stratmoor is a great choice for a small-town feel without being too far away from Colorado Springs proper.Hot Tip: Look for Peterson AFB homes and apartments for rent or sale, and find BAH, PCS, TLA & ETS military housing information at Peterson AFB Legal Office135 Dover Street Building #350Colorado Springs, CO, 80914-0000Phone: 1(719) 556-4871Peterson AFB Legal Office HoursMonday-Wednesday: 7:30 AM–4:30 PMThursday: 7:30 AM–12:30 PMFriday: 7:30 AM–4:30 PMSaturdays and Sundays: ClosedPeterson AFB Library201 W. Stewart Ave., Bldg. 1171Peterson AFB, CO 80914-1600Phone: 1(719) 556-7462Peterson AFB Library HoursMonday to Thursday: 11:00 AM–5:00 PM Hot Tip: Connect with military-trusted businesses and deals exclusively for Peterson AFB at MyBaseGuide.ConclusionRelocating can be a stressful experience, but we hope this guide has given you a clearer picture of the area surrounding Peterson AFB. We hope that you find your next adventure here around the base, whether in one of the communities surrounding Peterson or in the Rocky Mountains.last_img read more

Coca-Cola company to introduce first alcoholic drink

first_imgGlobal beverage company Coca-Cola is set to break a more than 130 year tradition to venture into the manufacture of alcoholic drinks.The company is currently experimenting with the manufacture of a popular type of Japanese alcopop known as Chu-Hi, containing distilled shochu alcohol mixed with flavoured carbonate water.The low alcohol canned drink will be launched in Japan, after which it might be spread to other countries across the world.The development was confirmed by Coca-Cola’s Japan president Jorge Garduño in an interview on the company’s website.“This is a canned drink that includes alcohol; traditionally, it is made with a distilled beverage called shochu and sparkling water, plus some flavouring. We haven’t experimented in the low alcohol category before, but it’s an example of how we continue to explore opportunities outside our core areas,” he said.“Coca-Cola has always focused entirely on non-alcoholic beverages, and this is a modest experiment for a specific slice of our market.Garduño, who did not however specify a timeline for the new product.The Coca-Cola Company, which is headquartered in Georgia, has operated a franchised distribution system since 1889, wherein The Coca-Cola Company only produces syrup concentrate, which is then sold to various bottlers throughout the world who hold exclusive territories.last_img read more

Pan South African Language Board

first_imgThe Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) promotes multilingualism in South Africa by fostering the development of all 11 official languages, while encouraging the use of the many other languages spoken in the country.Linguistic human rights and advocacyPanSALB is mandated by law to investigate complaints about language rights violations from any individual, organisation or institution.PanSALB conducts hearings at which complainants and respondents are present, and depending on its findings may recommend steps to be taken by the department or institution concerned.In May 2004, PanSALB launched a campaign to raise the public’s awareness of their right to be served in their own language at government institutions.Speaking at the launch of the campaign in Pretoria, PanSALB chief executive Cynthia Marivate said the public should complain to PanSALB if public servants refused to serve them in their language.“This is not only limited to written information”, Marivate said. “Even verbal information should be communicated through the language citizens best understand.”She said it was the responsibility of government to get interpreters of all official languages at its key delivery service points.Language policy and lawPanSALB worked closely with the Department of Arts and Culture on its national policy for language use in government in higher education, launched in 2003, as well as on the South African Languages Bill and a number of initiatives to ensure that South Africa has the human resources needed to implement the Bill when it becomes law.These initiatives, announced in March 2004, include a government bursary scheme for postgraduate studies in language, interpreting and translation, and the setting up of language research and development centres to focus on nine of SA’s 11 indigenous languages: seSotho sa Lebowa, seSotho, seTswana, siSwati, Tshivenda, Xitsonga, isiNdebele, isiXhosa and isiZulu.Lexicography and terminology developmentAnother of PanSALB’s focus areas is that of lexicography and terminology development.Nine National Lexicography Units were registered in 2001, their task being to compile monolingual explanatory dictionaries and other products to help with language development.The Afrikaans, English, isiZulu, and isiXhosa units have published a number of volumes of their monolingual dictionaries.The Tshivenda Lexicography Unit, based at the University of Venda, launched the world’s first Tshivenda dictionary in July 2004, and said it expected to publish the final draft in 2006 or 2007.The lexicography units are based at tertiary institutions throughout South Africa. Each unit is managed by a board of directors and registered as a Section 21 (not-for-profit) company, which allows the unit autonomy to raise funds to carry on its work.Electronic translationPanSALB has also established an electronic translation programme in conjunction with Afrilingo, a company that has translated English computer programmes into isiZulu, isiXhosa, seTswana, Sesotho and Afrikaans.Afrilingo marketing and programme developer Thami Olivier said in May 2004 that the programme had been introduced at the Motheo and Mangaung district municipalities in the Free State, and that Afrilingo was working on translations into the five other South African languages.“By typing a word, you will get its translation in your preferred language, and when you click the volume icon box you will hear how it is pronounced”, Olivier said.“Our aim is to break down language barriers”, he said, adding that copies of the programme had been distributed to South Africa’s embassies in the United States.“This helps tourists to know the basics of language before they arrive in South Africa.”Khoi and San National Language BodyThis body was established in 1999 to promote and develop the Khoi and San languages. The body has been conducting surveys in communities where the Khoi and San languages are spoken, in order to record and standardise terminology.The Khoi and San languages were spoken by the earlier inhabitants of the southern part of Africa.Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic CommunitiesThe commission’s main purpose is to promote respect for the rights and interests of South Africa’s various cultural, religious and linguistic communities.The 17-member commission has the power to:Monitor, investigate, research, educate, lobby, advise and report on any issue concerning the rights of cultural, religious and linguistic communities.Facilitate the resolution of conflicts or friction between any such community and an organ of state.Receive and deal with complaints and requests by cultural, religious or linguistic communities.Convene a yearly national conference of delegates from the various religious, cultural and linguistic communities and governmental and non-governmental role players.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Trust and HR – The Business Impact of Listening to Your Employees

first_imgLike any other profession, there are plenty of HR horror stories out there – from the “Why We Hate HR” to “It’s Time to ‘Blow Up’ HR”. That being said, human resources plays an important role in the organization. It’s often the “go-to” place for employees and, as such, they need to feel comfortable coming to HR. Here’s an example:An employee was recently accused of harassing and bullying by someone with anxiety. The accuser kept a log over 8 months and never said anything to the employee. The employee said when HR met with them, they never listened to their side of the story. Now, the accused employee has anxiety and depression. They’re having a hard time working because they were told that they need to hold themselves to a different standard because the accuser has anxiety.The employee feels targeted and feels they can’t turn to HR because they didn’t listen or care during the first interaction.Obviously, we’re only hearing one side of the story. So it’s hard to resolve the situation, but there are a few things we can discuss about HR, credibility, and investigations. So, I asked employment attorney  Heather Bussing if she would share her expertise and, thankfully, she said yes!Heather BussingPlease remember that Heather’s comments should not be construed as legal advice or as pertaining to any specific factual situations. If you have detailed questions, they should be addressed directly with your friendly neighborhood labor attorney.Heather, one of the first things that struck me about this story is that the employee knew their accuser has anxiety. We don’t know how they learned that piece of information. Is an employee having anxiety something HR should know and/or share with others?[Bussing] If the anxiety rises to the level of being a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or requires leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), it would make sense that HR knows about the condition because the employee would have disclosed it when she asked for leave or accommodation. The employee may also have simply told HR in the course of making the bullying complaint.As for HR sharing with others, it is important not to disclose medical information about employees to anyone who does not need to know it. Confidentiality is sometimes required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), although most employers have very limited, if any, coverage under HIPAA. Mostly, it has to do with privacy, trust, and not promoting gossip or speculation about people, taking leave, or changing jobs. It is simply in everyone’s best interest, particularly HR’s, to keep employee health information confidential as much as possible.When dealing with leave issues or even an investigation of a complaint, it is best to keep any discussion of medical information general. Discuss it as a ‘personal issue’ or ‘health issue’ rather than a specific medical condition. Digital versions of medical reports for ADA, workers’ compensation, or FMLA, should be password protected or encrypted. Lock up any hard copies.How a company should accommodate someone with anxiety gets very tricky because there is simply no way to make someone with anxiety feel safe or comfortable all the time. (If there were, I would sign up immediately.)My sense (guess) in this case, is that the employee with anxiety has identified with her diagnosis and spends some time and energy letting other people know. If so, she probably told both the other employee and HR. When that happens, the information is no longer confidential. But HR should continue not to discuss it except with people who need to know regarding any investigation, leave, or other accommodation.The employee feels that, in the initial meeting with HR, they weren’t being heard. Is there anything an employee can do during (or after) the meeting to get their side of the story told?[Bussing] In this situation, it did not seem like she was disciplined or there were any other admonitions except to try to be nice. So, it would be good for her to take this into account when considering whether or not she was heard or believed. If HR truly believed the person complaining, there would likely have been a stronger response. Bullying is not okay. So my take is that HR is taking both sides with a grain of salt.Yet, not feeling heard when there is a claim or dispute is a common issue. Sometimes it is because HR believed the first story they heard or have some other (reasonable or unreasonable) bias toward the other employee. Sometimes, it has more to do with the employee’s feelings and impression because HR did not agree with her completely.Either way, it is a difficult position. If the employee goes over HR’s head, it will create more drama and almost always upsets HR, which can make things more difficult for the employee down the line.So I usually advise sitting down and writing out what she wants HR to know and understand. Then get someone who has some objectivity and who will tell her the truth to look at it and see where it needs clarity or toning down. Employment lawyers are good at this and may even do it as part of an initial consult.She should explain in the memo that she left the meeting not sure whether she was clear in explaining what happened and wanted to follow up in writing to make sure HR understood. If there is a decision she wants modified or clarified, ask for that specifically. The important thing is to stick to the facts and make the memo as clear and reasonable as possible. If all she wants is to be heard, this would create a clear record.If there is something specific that she wants, always start with HR and only go beyond that (either to a higher level internally or making a legal claim) after discussing it, putting it in writing, and if applicable, following grievance or other policies.Don’t assume that just because things did not go your way, that you were not heard or understood. Many HR decisions are about finding balance and compromise when there are competing stories. If you need your way, all the way, all the time, it may not be HR that is the trouble.The employee feels that this incident has caused them to experience anxiety and depression that is having an impact on their work. Do they need to inform the company that they need a work accommodation? Why or why not?[Bussing] At this point, she may have situational anxiety and depression that could benefit from therapy. She has a choice about whether to get that on her own, request FMLA leave if needed, or make a workers’ compensation claim. The more the employer is involved, the more the employee may be required to reveal information about her therapy or medical treatment and life. So consider it carefully.If the condition becomes chronic and more severe, it may make sense to ask for leave either under the ADA if the condition qualifies, or the FMLA either way.The reality is that just getting entangled in the process of requesting leave or making a claim can exacerbate the anxiety and depression. So she should weigh the options with her doctor or therapist and if it seems like she will need leave, also talk to an employment attorney.Is it fair to tell an employee that they need to hold themselves to a different standard? Isn’t that setting a precedent?[Bussing] The oddest part of this story is the idea of telling an employee to hold themselves to a different standard. What does that mean?I don’t have enough information to understand whether there is manipulation and bullying going both ways. But it appears that there is now a competitive anxiety contest starting. If so, giving either side an advantage by imposing a different standard of conduct or behavior on one side is a really bad idea.In addition, requiring employees to be kind is not a reasonable accommodation. It should be the general standard of conduct for all, even if some people have anxiety and depression.While there can be some tolerance for difficult behavior due to someone’s medical condition, if it is permanent, they may not be qualified to have the job. This is a complex ADA accommodation analysis that is not possible here.But the focus should be on the person with the anxiety and depression, whether she can do the job, and how to get her help. The company should not allow her to do whatever she wants while the rest of the company has to walk on eggshells.Last question, what are the implications of employees failing to bring issues to HR because they don’t feel HR listens or cares?[Bussing] It depends. If employees feel comfortable talking to their managers and the managers are responsive, then HR rarely gets directly involved, and there will be few implications.In other organizations, where HR is the mediator of workplace issues, the implications are much larger. When people don’t trust HR, they usually deal with difficulties at work by starting to hate their jobs, which leads to performance issues, which leads to losing employees. Attrition is expensive, time consuming, and puts a burden on the remaining employees while the organization finds replacements.It also means that HR will not hear about problems until it is too late, which often means more claims and lawsuits.But most of all, if employees don’t trust HR, they probably don’t trust any of the leadership and that is a culture and management problem that does not bode well for the future of the organization.Listening and caring are the foundation of working with other people. If HR is not getting that right, they have lost their way.A HUGE thanks to Heather for sharing her knowledge. Be sure to check out Heather’s writing on HR Examiner for more great insights.As you can see, employee situations aren’t always easy to facilitate. And some of what has to be fleshed out is the context of the situation. One thing is certain, employees need to feel that they can go to HR. They might not like what HR says, but they are comfortable speaking with someone in the department.last_img read more

Ahhh! 5 Storytelling Apps That Will Scare You Silly

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#apps#halloween#PopSugarTech#scary#Storytelling 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Editor’s Note: This piece was originally published by our partners at PopSugarTech.Halloween creeps closer! The house has been cobwebbed, the candy is out, and the costume is good to go . . . so now what? Get ready for the festivities by spooking yourself and your friends silly with haunting tales of ghosts, talking dolls, and phantoms. These five hair-raising storytelling apps will frighten, startle, and disturb you into the All Hallows’ Eve mood.iPoe ($4)—This interactive and illustrated Edgar Allen Poe app reimagines all the poet’s greatest, spookiest classics. Terrifying animations and an original soundtrack illustrate “The Oval Portrait,” “The Tell Tale Heart,” “The Masque of Red Death,” and “Annabel Lee.”True Ghost Stories From Around the World ($1)—User-submitted ghost stories from all over the world are compiled in this collection of the strangest and scariest spirit sightings. This growing anthology of supernatural events is updated daily.Scary Story Kit ($2)—Complete with spooky sounds, mood-setting lights, and haunting images, this digital aid will bring your scary stories to life.Scary Stories For Kids ($1)—These horror tales are not for the faint of heart. Possessed antique dolls, a snowy winter’s night, and talking dolls are the stars of these short stories.200+ Scary Stories, Sounds, And Pranks ($1)—Every classic spook, from R.L. Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, is packed into this app. The “Auto-Scare” feature randomly plays sounds at any time, making it the perfect vehicle to creep out your audience.Too scary? There’s always It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown ($6)!More stories from PopSugarTech: The Only Feature That’s Worth Upgrading To The iPad Air 2 ForThe 9 Photos You Should Never Ever Post To InstagramApps That’ll Make You Feel Like There Are 40 Hours In A DayWhy Android Lollipop Will Change Your Digital Life Forever15 Texts Only A Best Friend Can SendImage courtesy of Shutterstock nicole nguyencenter_img 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Web Browsing on Tablets – Which Platform Delivers the Best Experience?

first_imgTablet devices vary considerably in terms of supporting the full range of Web content and technologies. However, when tablets are used in the office, your workers will expect the highest-performing tablet on the market. Principled Technologies put the following five browser/tablet combinations, head-to-head to determine who would prevail in displaying the web content that you want to see: Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 on an Intel Atom processor-powered HP ElitePad with Windows 8 Pro 32-bit Google Chrome on an Intel Atom processor-powered HP ElitePad with Windows 8 Pro 32-bitMicrosoft Internet Explorer 10 Modern UI app on a Microsoft Surface RT with Windows 8 RTGoogle Chrome on a Samsung® Galaxy Tab® 2 with Android 4.1.1Safari on an Apple iPad 4 with Apple iOS 6.1.3Our FindingsUsing two different browsers, the Intel Atom processor-powered tablet had the fewest issues with the set of popular Web sites tested. (Lower numbers are better.) Missing or broken features. These sites had errors that made it difficult or impossible to use certain site features. Examples include Ikea’s site, which doesn’t allow users on certain browsers to use online planning tools; Shutterfly, which has Flash-based tools for uploading pictures; and deviantART Motion Books are not supported on some browsers.Missing or broken links. These sites had links that either did not work or were found missing when compared the site on the mobile device to the site on a non-tablet PC. Examples include Sprint’s Web site where a link labeled “Got questions? Click to chat,” which allows users to initiate support chat, is missing on some browsers; and Adobe’s site where certain navigation bar links are missing on the home page on some devices.Sites or parts of sites do not load. These sites had errors when loading the full site, or parts of the site. Examples include the Wizarding World of Harry Potter site, which redirects some browsers to a more general Universal Studios Parks site; Fox Sports, which redirects to a site that doesn’t load properly on some browsers; and T- Mobile’s site, which doesn’t load properly when trying to initiate support chat on some browsers.Video issues. These sites were unable to properly load and/or play the videos embedded in their sites. Examples include the ABC Web site, where the TV episodes failed to stream on some devices; the Food Network site, where videos and tutorials do not load on some devices; and many of the major sports sites such as NFL, NCAA, and CBS Sports, where videos failed to play on several of the browsers.Fewer Issues Across a Range of Technologies Users of Web browsers on tablets occasionally encounter problems stemming from technology such as Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight®, Java, WebGL, WebM, Parallax Scrolling, and various HTML5 CODECs. Principled Technologies found that the Intel Atom processor- powered tablet accessed Web sites using these technologies with fewer errors than the other tablets they tested. In the case of WebGL, Google Chrome on the Intel Atom processor-powered tablet was the only browser to run the technology properly. The tools that Web designers and programmers use to create content for mobile browser users are continually evolving. Currently, less than 1 percent of Web sites run Java or Silverlight. Adobe removed their Flash app from Google Play some time ago and Microsoft recently announced plans to phase out support of Silverlight. So expect the world of Internet browsing to continue to change as technologies evolve.Great-Looking Web Sites Without AppsRoughly 61 percent of the Web sites with which Principled Technologies encountered issues offer apps that work around the issues. While some users welcome these alternatives, they are not an ideal solution for everyone. Workaround apps can clutter up the tablet screen, take up space on the internal storage, and can require frequent updates via app stores such as iTunes and Google Play. In addition, apps can pose a burden on IT staff—they must keep up with an ever-changing array of apps and perform a more complex initial setup process for users. Many organizations set up custom app repositories, which also require management. Finally, not all apps provide the full functionality that the Web site does. Users may be able to access some form of the site with the app, but be unable to do everything they could do on the full site. This summarizes the instances of reduced functionality Principled Technologies encountered on the Web sites they tested. Following the table, they explain each type of issue and present examples. For a Web Experience You Can Rely on, Choose INTEL INSIDEMany factors go into the process of selecting a tablet—size, price, styling, and more. The ability to visit a wide range of Web sites with confidence that they will behave as intended should also be high on the list.In testing, the Intel Atom processor-powered tablet running the Windows 8 Pro operating system, which offers an experience similar to Windows-based desktop and notebook systems, encountered the fewest problems. Depending on the browser used, the Intel Atom processor-powered tablet handled either 95.0 percent or 95.2 percent of the 433 sites without issue. For the other tablets tested, this number was as low as 71.8 percent.Based on these findings, an Intel Atom processor-powered Windows 8 tablet is a wise choice for those who need their tablets to handle the widest range of Web resources with the least chance of incompatibilities.The Best Tablet Web Experience Starts With INTEL INSIDE Observed 152 individual problems or issues. Of 433 sites, 139 sites had an issue on one or more platforms. Most issues occurred with the iPad (122) and the Galaxy Tab 2 (101). IE 10 Modern UI on the Surface RT had 37 issues. The two browsers on the Intel Atom processor-powered ElitePad had the fewest issues: 21 with Internet Explorer 10 and 2center_img What’s New in Tablets?For a complete list of sites tested please visit the full report by clicking here.Tablets are playing a powerful role in business – how can you integrate tablets into your organization? Click here to learn more.This blog is part 2 of a 2-part blog series on tablet web performance. Check out the other blog in this series here.For more conversations about IT Center and tablet computing, click on the Hashtags below:#itcenterOpens in a new window #tablets Using two different browsers, the Intel Atom processor-powered tablet had the fewest issues with the subset of popular Web sites with which problems were encountered.  (Lower numbers are better.) More Than Just Flash Lack of support for Flash is a well-known limitation of iPad tablets. However, Flash issues accounted for less than half of the problems they encountered. As Figure 3 shows, 37.3 percent of issues fell into the “Other” category. This includes such problems as missing links, import/export issues, zoom problems, and bad formatting—things they could not attribute to any one technology, but that result from poor code translation between full desktop browsers and tablet browsers.    A breakdown of the types of issues observed by Principled Technologies. Less Frustration, Greater Productivity last_img read more

Blog Action Day – Viral Marketing and The Environment

first_imgWe all know that the Internet is transforming business, but the Internet is also transforming our social and political lives as well in similar ways.A group of bloggers got together and came up with an idea – Blog Action Day.  The idea is to have a huge number of bloggers all write about one issue – the environment – on the same day to call attention to the issue.  They have also asked bloggers who make money from ads on their blog, to donate their ad revenue from that day to an environmental charity.  That’s it.  Pretty simple idea.  In today’s world, this makes sense, sounds reasonable and not too difficult to pull off.But let’s rewind to about 15 years ago.  Before normal humans used the Internet.  Back to the old rules of marketing.  Doing something like this would have meant coordinating huge media conglomerates that publish most of the content people consumed daily – the New York Times, Washington Post, NBC, ABC, etc.  A monumental task, perhaps impossible.But in the modern world where we are all now playing by the new rules of marketing, something like this is not that hard.  In fact, just working on a volunteer basis, these few bloggers have enlisted some of the top blogs in the world, including many I read, like GigaOM, SEOmoz, and Copyblogger.  They have had over 15,000 blogs sign up.  This means that their reach is over 12 million readers.  Plus the event itself is garnering media attention, increasing the reach and impact by a huge amount – of course some of the coverage is negative.How does all of this affect your business?  Think about the personas you serve.  Are there any issues that they care about?  What does your market care about (besides your product)?  HubSpot is targeting marketing professionals and small business owners – do you think this post about the environment and marketing below is interesting to them? Originally published Oct 15, 2007 9:31:00 AM, updated October 18 2015 Topics: Viral Campaigns Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

In Internet Marketing, Willingness to Learn and Commitment Are More Important Than Software

first_img But, what’s more important is whether they’re committed to doing all the work. .  How much time do you have to dedicate to this? Do you like to build relationships with new people?  Do you pick up new software fairly easily? Spending the time Why is this important to you? Are you decent at interpreting graphs and charts? Originally published Dec 29, 2008 8:45:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 Inbound Marketing Do you like to write? Are you good at writing? . I try to ask all of these questions before we talk about internet marketing. Of course, we talk specifics about blogging, SEO, keyword research, landing pages, lead capture best practices, etc. Topics: Are you interested in learning some new skills? I talk to a lot of business owners and in-house marketers every week. When someone is interested in our How are you planning to hit your goals next year? If you’re considering inbound lead generation as a way to grow your business (and you should be), you should first answer the questions above. Then, you should talk to experts about how you’re going to pull it off and what How many leads and new clients do you need to hit your growth goals next month, next year? If you’ve made the committment to internet mareketing and you’re willing to share some of your answers to the questions above, it would certainly help people who haven’t made the full committment yet. Please share.  ( , I first ask them a bunch of questions about their goals, constraints, abilities and most importantly: their commitment. Some of them include: The software they use certainly matters. I’d get fired if I said otherwise. But, it’s far less important than their committment level.  What happens if you don’t hit these goals? to learn how to turn your website into an internet marketing machine. Download the free webinar Why are you interested in inbound marketing?  Photo by Eschipul .) data, software and skills Webinar: Rethinking Marketing Want to learn more about how you can use inbound marketing to grow your business? How are you doing now against the goals you set last year? you need.  marketing software Learning new internet marketing skills Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

A Marketer’s Guide To Video Codecs

first_imgOnline video is growing rapidly, with sites like Why Do Marketers Need Codecs? Video Marketing Originally published Feb 16, 2011 2:00:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 Ian Muttoo container ffmpegX bit rate for Macintosh computers, both programs are free and super powerful! co VLC player When getting started with online video you might consider using an inexpensive video camera and doing some minor edits and posting  the video on your blog. As quality and production value becomes more important to your videos, it is critical to understand codecs. How do you get started with YouTube, video podcasting, live streaming, or viral videos. ompress (co+dec=codec) a data stream.  Any file container may be compatible with a number of different codecs.  Codecs can be either proprietary, licensed by a particular program or open source, developed by a public group of programmers.  The biggest differences between codecs are their overall quality.  The quality of a media file is dictated by a number of factors, the most important being the for Windows computers and .  But did you know there is a lot more to a digital media file than the container?  In this article we will cover the subject of audio and video codecs, what they are, different types, and how you can optimize your content. Google is currently developing VP8 for use in HTML 5 kbps Understanding Video Codecs Topics: Photo Credit: ).   What Is a Codec? It can be sometimes difficult to manage all of the different audio/video codecs out there.  If you ever have trouble playing files that quicktime, iTunes, or windows media player won’t recognize, try using the open source An important distinction between codecs is whether the codec uses lossless or lossy compression.  Media files using lossy compression are very common; an .mp3 is a great example of lossy compression as .mp3s can be compressed at a number of different bitrates depending on your desired file size.  Low quality/size .mp3s are typically compressed at 128kbps while a high quality/size .mp3s is compressed at 320kbps.  Lossless media files can either be compressed or uncompressed.  Lossless files maintain the bit rate of the original data stream creating a large, high quality file.  A .WAV file is an example of a lossless audio file that can either be compressed or uncompressed.  Lossless video is typically viewed in DVD and Blu-Ray formats as the high bit rate required for lossless video creates a large file. , a powerful media player that can play nearly any file.  For transcoding media files from one format to another try getting 30 hours of video uploaded every minute. While online video is fun to watch and an important part of your inbound marketing content strategy, it does require some technical knowledge to execute well.  How do you plan on using video and audio in your inbound marketing in 2011? Super Converter to learn how to use online video to grow your business with inbound marketing. A codec is simply a program that can dec Free Download: How to Use Online Video for Inbound Marketing mpress or There are currently a wide variety of video codecs available to compress digital video.  The most common codec is the H.264 codec used by Vimeo, YouTube, and iTunes.  Most .mov or .mp4 files you encounter will use the H.264 codec.  H.264 is so popular because of the quality it can deliver while maintaining a reasonable file size.  For Windows-based computers video files with the container .avi are fairly common.  These files typically use Xvid or DIVX codecs.  VP8 is a codec developed by On2 technologies who are now owned by Google.  Download the free webinar YouTube , you can see the codec at work in HD YouTube videos with a resolution of 720p or higher. .  Digital media file data streams are typically measured in kilobits per second ( Somewhere on your computer you have digital media files.  In your music collection you may have .mp3 files.  For video you might have .mov files.  Most people understand digital media by its file extension (.mov for example) also called a Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more