Workplace Mental Health – A Series – An Overview Of The Issue (This Is Important!)

The mind                               and the body are inseparable. And you do want to engage the whole employee in your worksite wellness program, right?

Most worksite wellness programs today are not really wellness programs at all – they are employee health status management programs. Why do I say this? Most worksite wellness programs focus solely on employee physical health, to the exclusion of all the other dimensions of wellness.

As conceived by the modern wellness field’s founders, (Robert Allen, Donald   Dunn, Bill  and John Travis), wellness is a multi-dimensional concept. The published wellness model of the National Wellness Institute includes the following dimensions: physical, social, emotional, intellectual, occupational and spiritual.

Emotional well-being is associated with numerous benefits to health, family, work, and economic status. Positive emotions and view of life are associated with decreased risk for disease, illness, and injury; better immune functioning; better coping and quicker recovery; and increased longevity. In addition, mental health and mental illness may influence physical health and biologic functioning. Positive mental health is associated with better endocrine function (i.e., lower levels of cortisol, epinephrine, and   and better immune response (i.e., higher antibody production and greater resistance to illness). It has also been shown to be associated with longevity.

Researchers are continuing to learn more and more about the mind – body connection. It has been clearly shown that emotions play a huge role in our physical health. There is also a reciprocal relationship between many chronic diseases and mental health. Self-efficacy, goal-setting, and problem-solving enable self-management   and these components are dependent on emotional health. On the other hand, self-management   that enhance health, such as physical activity and stress reduction, can improve mental health status and quality of life. In many ways, it makes no sense to address physical health without addressing emotional health at the same time.

The absence of mental illness does not mean the presence of mental health. Growing research supports the view that these are independent, but related dimensions. Mental   are  by the presence of positive affect (e.g., optimism, cheerfulness and interest), absence of negative affect, and satisfaction with life. On the other hand, mental illness is   by alterations in thinking, mood, or   associated with distress or impaired functioning.

Why Address Mental   in the Workplace?

The health of the mind and body cannot be separated. What effects one influences the other. Therefore, a healthy mind supports and contributes to a healthy body and vice versa.

Mental illness costs employers money and mental health can impact productivity and employee performance. Just like physical health, mental health can be viewed as being a continuum. At one end there is mental health and mental illness is located at the opposite end.

Mental health generally refers to the successful performance of mental function, resulting in productive activities, fulfilling relationships, and the ability to adapt to change and adversity. These domains are commonly referred to as

Mental illness includes diseases with classic psychiatric diagnoses, such as depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Mental health and mental illness can be influenced by multiple determinants, including genetics and biology and their interactions with social and environmental factors.

Employers approach employee health through a multi-strategy framework. A multi-strategy framework can be applied to an employer approach to mental health as well. A comprehensive approach includes: promotion, prevention, intervention, and follow-up. It is important to   that mental health promotion needs to be equal in importance to the prevention and treatment of mental illness.


Trimming Your Dog’s Nails

Pet grooming clippers, dog brushes, and nail clippers are a part of any smart dog owners dog groomer animal tool kit. Some pets are easier to groom than others. If you own a long haired, indoor/outdoor dog, you will need to take a little more care of your pets coat. Good, basic, pet grooming techniques should always be a part of you and your pets life. Owning a sturdy coat brush, a good pair of pet grooming clippers and sharp pair of nail clippers is a great way to keep your vet bills down.

Pet Grooming Clippers and Dog Brushes for Coats

Especially for long haired dogs, you can save a little money by keeping he or she brushed and clipped free of matted hair yourself. You will need to use a brush or comb that is specifically tailored to your dog’s coat (i.e. Long and thick, short and curly, etc.) and gently brush to work out tangles. You can use the comb to work through the under part of the coat.

Take some time to work with your dog and learn the best way to get him used to the tools you use such as pet grooming clippers. Pet grooming clippers won’t cut your animal’s skin, but will cut hair. You must get your dog used to the noise of the pet grooming clippers. This can be tough. Many people tend to opt for a professional groomer with that has the necessary professional pet grooming clippers and bathing supplies.

Trimming Your Dog’s Nails

Just as important as dog brushes and pet grooming clippers are to your dogs health, keeping their nails trimmed is important too. They should just touch the ground when he walks. If they are clicking on the floor or getting snagged in the carpet, it’s time to clip those nails


Strategies for Physician Recruiting

Recruiting                    and retaining physicians is a vital aspect of an    overall operational, and financial success. Physician vacancies inevitably articulate loss in revenue.

The following strategies for physician recruiting can be tailored to adapt to your individual healthcare setting.

1. Market your facility aggressively. Your company website is a tool that can be easily manipulated to exemplify physician recruitment initiatives. Physicians consistently use search engines to locate healthcare facilities that match the attributes that they view as most important. For example, if a physician  in laparoscopic surgery, he/she may enter a search term of “hospitals that provide laparoscopic surgery in Los Angeles, CA.” By   your website to include detailed information on the   in which you are recruiting physicians, your website will inevitably come up in relevant searches.

In   your website,   interactive methods of communication. Include virtual tours, video clips of interviews with current physicians that speak about their great experiences working at your facility. Include an area that lists all available physician vacancies. This cuts to the chase, and gives the physician an immediate opportunity to express interest in working at your hospital without the unnecessary step of calling a recruiter or staff member. Ideally, they will enter their information which is routed to a recruiter that will personally follow-up with a phone call, and provide an extensive overview of the opportunity.

2. Mail comprehensive information once interest is expressed. Once contact has been initiated, it is critical that the physician receive an all-inclusive overview of what your facility can offer him/her, what your city has to offer, what sets your hospital apart from competing facilities in the area, and relocation materials. If a physician receives a comprehensive overview of your facility, he/she can then make an educated decision as to his/her desire to work for you. This also conveys the perception that you are considering every aspect of the physician’s needs by providing more information than he expected.

3. Host him/her to a meaningful in-person visit. First impressions can make or break the recruitment of a physician. That being said, it is critical that the in-person visit be planned strategically. Once you have carefully planned the itinerary for the visit, compose an agenda for the day and convey it to him/her in advance. Make the visit unique. Allow key administrators to take part in the interview; each will provide a unique perspective of your facility.

Families are important, so make certain to offer information regarding opportunities that apply to spouses/children. Whether it be upcoming family events, committees that spouses serve on, child care facilities available to physicians, or the contact information for a spouse liaison that reaches out to spouses, and coordinates social functions amongst them.

Lastly, provide first-hand experiences from other physicians in his/her   that are on staff. This can be the most beneficial piece, because he/she will relate to the experiences and opinions that he/she provides, and can make an accurate comparative opinion based on that. Preparation is the key. Offer the most compelling outlook of your facility.




Learning How To Make An Effective Exhibition Stand Design

One of the most effective ways to draw more customers to your business is by hosting expos. Expos indeed draw people’s attention and interest especially if you are presenting a very effective product or a needed service. In most places, the most common expos are for agriculture, automotive, electronics, food and fashion. These expos attract massive crowds that include foreigners who flew in from distant countries just to see what’s new. Companies really deck out to attract passers-by and educate them about the products and services that are being offered.

For some business experts, though, it is not enough to join expos without preparing your stage. Expos tend to be overcrowded, and in a lot of occasions, it’s almost hard to tell one exhibition stand from another as they have similar offerings, and the attendants have the same perky demeanor.

And so, if you want your exhibition stand design to be very effective in catching the attention of your target customers, here are some tips you might want to know.

– Use colourful designs. It is also best to use colors that pop as these unusual colors leave a deeper memory imprint. Thus, people can easily remember your products or service.

– Create a relatable scenario. For example, you’re displaying new home appliances; don’t just mimic a show room. Rather, integrate elements that will really make the exhibition stands design trigger familiar feelings. Play soft background music, and play with scents that people love about their home, such as scents of baking.

– Use unique accessories. According to an event management company, another smart tactic to try is to use unusual accessories for the display. Unique accessories can create a bold background to fully highlight the products on display.

– Use lighting strategically. Dim or restrained lighting actually has the ability to intensify certain colors. Such lighting manages to create shadows, which give spaces more depth. It’s important to mention as well that lighting can illuminate the exhibition better so that people who wish to inspect the items on display more can really have a good view.



How to Connect With Attendees in 6 Seconds or Less

So how do you make a good first impression that will connect with attendees and get them to spend the time to stop at your stand and talk to you?

Here are 4 Simple Steps to follow.

The 6 seconds that will form the attendees’ first impression start from the moment they see your stand.

1) Create a Visual Representation

Visuals are always noticed first, so you will need to find a strong visual representation of your business and the benefits you offer your customers.

Make sure it is big, bright & bold.


• Picture of someone using your product.

• A life-size image of a “typical” customer.

• A graphic representation of your service.

2) Choosing a Strong, Concise Message

Before you choose a message try to think about your product or service from your customer’s point of view.

• What problem do you solve for people?

• How do you solve it?

• Why is it important that they get that problem solved?

Now condense this information down into a simple message, try to keep to just one key message so that you don’t confuse attendees.

• What one question could you ask that would identify someone as a prospect?

• Is there a simple statement that people could identify with to figure out if they could use you?

• Perhaps it’s a statistic that would intrigue people enough to want them to ask more.


A Day In The Life Of A Primary Care Physician

A primary                            care physician, also referred to as a family doctor,   in providing comprehensive care to the community in which they practice. They treat all types of conditions and provide care to people from all parts of the community. They often treat the same families and individuals for years, allowing them to get to know their patients as people, bond with them, and watch them grow up and have children of their own.

A primary care physician’s work life is generally very diverse and full of variety. They typically spend a substantial part of their day seeing patients, during which time they diagnose their medical conditions, and recommend a course of treatment. They may need to prescribe medicine, take blood to run laboratory tests, or recommend the patient to a specialist. Nurses generally help family doctors by meeting with patients first, running preliminary tests, and communicating any pertinent information to the primary care physician so they can do a better job of providing treatment.

A family doctor’s day can often be very hectic, especially in larger cities where they have to see a large number of patients each day. They may have to deal with packed waiting rooms, late patients, and a diverse array of medical problems. However, a good primary care physician will stay calm and devote individual attention to each patient, regardless of how many people are waiting for their appointments.

Family doctors also need to perform various administrative tasks. They call insurance companies to inquire about payments and deductibles, consult with specialists to help diagnose or treat a particular patient, order lab tests and prescriptions, and perform data entry to keep each patient’s medical records up-to-date. These tasks often involve spending time on hold or navigating through electronic phone messages and menus, which can be frustrating because it forces family doctors to cut down on the amount of time they have to see patients. As a result, many work after-hours to get all these tasks done and cut their lunch breaks short to   the amount of time they have with their patients.

Despite the time constraints and stress that comes along with being a primary care physician, most practitioners in this field find their jobs to be incredibly rewarding. They work to make their patients’ lives better, whether it’s through simple tasks like filling out a prescription or more complex steps such as diagnosing an illness or curing a particular medical condition.




LED Vs LCD Computer Monitors

Except for one LED (Light Emitting Diode) computer monitor I am typing on right now I’ve never had a LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) computer monitor last over 5 years. The LED monitors are usually 15″ and very expensive for their size in the range of $500 to $900. My 15″ square LED monitor cost $400 around 10 years ago but is still going strong. My 25″ wide screen LCD monitor just went black on me after 3 years so I’m faced with picking between another LCD with better image quality or an LED that is much more reliable

I’ve seen LED monitors in larger sizes but a quality LED monitor in a larger size is very expensive. You can get off brand LED monitors for a lot less but they use cheap electronic components so their reliability wouldn’t be that great. All the LCD monitors and monitors I’ve owned in the past before the flat panel LCDs have only lasted 3 to 5 years then “Poof” they go black.

Flat panel T.V. sets use the same technology as computer screens as far as “Backlit Displays” and “Pixelation”. Some T.V. sets are now set up as computer monitors and T.V. sets because the technology is so similar. LED TVs and computer monitors use far less energy and except for the life like image quality they are far superior than the LCDs in everything but life like image quality.

The image quality on LCD monitors is very superior and can’t be equaled by the LED monitors at this time. LED computer monitors are on the rise now with new technology arising that is making the picture quality of the LED monitors that of the LCD. This new LED technology is just starting to appear in T.V. sets. T.V. sets use the same backlit technology as computer monitors, but my problem has always been with computer monitors most likely because computer monitors are manufactured at as higher rate than T.V. sets due to demand of computers over T.V..

The difference between the LED and LCD is the back lighting. The LED uses “Light Emitting Diodes” that light up pixel areas that can last forever and the LCD uses fluorescent Cold-cathode lighting that lights up each individual pixel. Backlighting individual pixels gives more vivid colors and true life images but uses a fluorescent Cold-cathode backlighting that goes bad and not worth the cost of repairing. Purchasing a new computer monitor is more cost effective. The LEDs and the “Light Emitting Diodes” can last forever and your computer monitor may die from other electronic component failure before the “Light Emitting Diodes” fail.

The LED will give you more rich colors, but the LCD will give you a more life like image. More people are flocking to the LCD because of the image quality which lowers the cost of them, but LED displays are on the come back with better image quality.



Basic Components of Applying RGB LED Strip Lights

The RGB LED strip light proved to be one of the most popular products at LEDcentre. Its wide range of application allows customers to use more of their imagination, decorate and create new moods in their homes or businesses to their own tastes

The most common application in businesses can be found in bars, clubs, restaurants or stage lighting for bands. Besides commercial use, household application is also very common in the kitchen or living room for instance, where mood lighting is often used. When it comes to mood lighting, and picking colours, the user’s imagination is the only limit. Both in household and commercial uses, the RGB LED strip is applied to enlighten edges of furniture, worktops, to give a touch of colour to walls, corridors, columns, steps and staircases, illuminate audio visual systems, is used as a party set or background setting for bands.

The two basic components to operate RGB LED strip lights are the RGB LED strip (obviously) and a matching RGB controller. All RGB LED lighting systems require a controller, with which you can determine the colours displayed. The number of effects you can achieve with your RGB LED string depends both on the tape, and the controller you apply it with. The simplest RGB LED tape has a fixed set of colours that can be displayed in a pre-programmed sequence.

Once you decide on going for RGB LED strip lights, the technical details you have to pay attention to are the following. LED strip lights often do not operate at mains, but are low voltage lights. If so, you need a transformer to connect them to the mains, or you can operate them with batteries of the adequate voltage. LEDs require transformers specially dedicated to them, so electronic transformers are not suitable, for instance, and also the majority of LEDs require stabilized constant voltage powering. Voltage tolerance may also have significance if you operate the lights from a battery or an engine (power supplies need to be stabilized, so this problem doesn’t occur with them). On boats, yachts or caravans, Voltage increases when the engine is on, for instance. If you would like to apply any low voltage LED lights of this kind, always check the voltage tolerance of the light among the technical details. When you decide on the strip light, pay attention to the followings: the size and performance of the light-emitting diodes included in the strip, the technology of the LEDs (low power, SMD power or high power), the light emitted, its IP rating, the direction of the light or the diodes, and its coverage. Also, obviously, the range of effects you will be able to achieve with the RGB LED tape depends on the knowledge of the strip, so check what colour range it provides, or if they can be used with DMX RGB controllers (which provide a full range of mixing colours and widest range of effects).

The technical details of the controller are also significant. The controller determines the performance of the strip lights it can directly be connected to. For example, if the controller is suitable for let’s say 140W performance, and the performance of the RGB LED strip light you will use is 7W per metre, than you can connect 140/7=20 metres of strip lights to it. If you wish to control more than that, but synchronized together; you will need an RGB amplifier that forwards the signal of the controller. However, since the power that can run through the RGB controller is fixed, the amplifier needs to be powered directly from the transformer or the battery. The connection mode of the LEDs you have will determine the connection mode of the controllers you can use. RGB LEDs have four pins. Three of these pins are for the colours (RGB), the pole of these pins determine the type of connection. If the LED light or strip light has three positive and one negative pins, the connection is common cathode. If it is the other way round (three negative, one positive), the connection mode is common anode.


Why Photobiological Testing of LED Lighting Is Important

Many light sources including LEDs and Incandescent lamps emit Ultra Violet (UV), Infra-red and blue and white light, which are potentially hazardous to the human eyes and skin infohatworld

The three parts of the body which can be affected by hazardous lights are the skin, the front of the eye (cornea, conjunctiva and the lens) and the retina at the back of the eye. The hazard affecting the retina is UV light causing denaturation of proteins and key biological components, leading to deterioration in sight causing possible blindness and the need for glasses. What does this mean?

The photo biological effects caused by lamps and luminaires mean suppliers carry a heavy burden of responsibility, and should be doing all they can to ensure the safety of their products. Many LED chip suppliers are already testing for photo biological effects. However, when we manufacture LED lamps and luminaires, the new system we have created has altered these test results. This raises serious questions when we purchase LED. Has the supplier tested to ensure safety? If there is a claim in the future, where does the liability sit? Will the supplier still be in business should a claim arise? And would this mean the end user becomes liable? This tells us the supplier and the end user must ensure they see evidence of testing for these effects. The test data should form part of their due diligence or tender process.

There is a standard which exists today for the photo biological safety of lamps and lamp systems, EN 62471:2008. Specifically, the standard specifies the exposure limits, reference measurement technique and classification scheme for the evaluation and control of photo biological hazards from all electrically powered incoherent broadband sources of optical radiation, including LEDs.

The testing standard provides us with a measurement scale categorised into Risk Groups (RG) depending on how hazardous the light source is. The higher the group, the more hazardous the photo biological effects will be. There are four RGs ranging from RG0 – RG3

So what about the growing popularity of LED lighting? LED lights are one of today’s most energy efficient and quickly developing lighting technologies and used in many residential and commercial environments. The LED or light-emitting diode lasts longer than conventional lighting and is more durable. LED lighting when compared to other forms of lighting not only lasts longer that other forms of conventional lighting but offers better lighting quality and is much more efficient.

The future for this country really is brighter as LED lighting technology can significantly change the future of lighting in the UK. Good quality LED products use much less energy and last longer than normal incandescent lighting

LEDs are the size of a fleck of pepper, and a mix of red, green, and blue LEDs is typically used to make white light. LEDs emit light in a specific direction, reducing the need for reflectors and diffusers that can trap light. This feature makes LEDs more efficient for many uses such as recessed down lights and task lighting. With other types of lighting, the light must be reflected to the desired direction and more than half of the light may never leave the fixture. LEDs emit very little heat. In comparison, incandescent bulbs release 90% of their energy as heat

LEDs are being used in a wide variety of ways both commercial LED lighting and standard residential usage. The beauty of this is that as the LED technology develops and improves more and more people will be using them which will result in lower prices for the products.

The high-efficiency and directional nature of LEDs has made them a specific target for big businesses. The amount of money companies can save on their budgets makes a huge difference and hence LED lighting for supermarkets, public lighting, garages, outdoor lighting areas etc are examples of businesses that benefit from all commercial LED lighting

You will find plenty of LED lighting examples in the modern-day where many of us can benefit from LED lighting in our everyday life. Under lighting for your kitchen cabinets is where many of us will find LEDs useful and because LEDs are small and directional we will find them useful for lighting kitchen work tops. Ideal when reading recipes from cookbooks!

Recessed down lighting is another area where many of us use LEDs, in kitchens, hallways, bathrooms etc. Of course, business can also use LEDs for down lighting in offices, hallways and other commercial environments.

Of course, we also see LEDs used in Christmas lights. LED lights used to light Christmas trees and houses up and down the UK use less electricity and are also cooler than normal lighting, so we run much less risk of children burning their fingers.


light source that twinkles

LED is a tiny light source that twinkles in many applications that surround you. You have probably seen it around your Christmas tree, in digital clocks, the flashlight of your Smartphone or the lights in your luxurious swimming pool. This easy to use and commonly available light source looks usual but has some solid physics behind its radiance LED Display

Knowing the science behind this cool light will surely result in stepping-up your knowledge when you again hold an LED device in your hand. So let’s explore it:

What is LED?

LED is actually an acronym for ‘Light Emitting Diode’, which uses ‘Solid State Lighting’ technology to emit monochromatic light.

For those who are novices to physics, ‘Diode’ is a two terminal electronic component made from semiconductor material. This solid matter inside the diode when energized, starts to emit light and so the technology is called solid state lighting.

History behind LED

The revolution of LED light is originated by the discovery of the phenomenon termed ‘Electroluminescence‘ in 1907. Technically it’s a basic working principle of LED. Infrared is observed as the first light emitted from diode. The first color visible through LED was red and was developed by Nick Holonyak in 1962. Thus, he is also considered the “Father of LED”. From then till today, the discovery of various semiconductor materials and invention of several technologies makes LED emit a spectrum of light through it.

What is LED light technology?

LED technology is completely based upon the semiconductors electronic theory. So to understand it completely, one requires in-depth knowledge of semiconductor physics. In a simpler way it can be explained as-

There are basically two types of semiconductor material in term of energy band I.e., indirect band gap like silicon and direct band gap like gallium. LED is basically made with a combination of direct band gap materials. These material junctions when energized with voltage source releases energy in the form of photon I.e., packet of light. Different color from LED depends upon the band gap energy of the material.

What are led light bulbs made of?

LED is the smallest form of light source available and constructed to a diameter of around 0.25 inch. Various combinations of semiconductor material like gallium-arsenide, gallium-nitride, and indium-gallium-nitride are used to construct its solid state assembly. These materials emit light of different wavelength that makes a variety of color emission possible through LED.

The chips formed by these materials are then encapsulated in transparent or color molded plastic shells that give it the final commercial touch.

Color emitting theory of LED

What makes LED light so popular is its availability in every possible pleasing color. You can have any color of your choice to enlighten your surroundings. Now, what’s the science behind it? As we already know; color emission will be depend upon the wavelength of light emitted by LED’s semiconductor material. So material and technique differ to obtain the color of choice. Some examples for you are:

White light: There are two ways to obtain a white light; either coating ultra violet chip with phosphor or by RGB (Red, Green, and Blue) system in which light from multiple LED is mixed to results in a white light. The color quality produced by white LED makes it the best alternative for traditional bulbs and CFL lights.

Blue light: To obtain a cool blue light from LED wide band gap semiconductor such as GaN and InGaN are used. By varying the fraction of these materials ranges of blue shade from violet to amber can be emitted.

Red, Blue, Green, Amber and Yellow are commonly available colors in LED; however, every color within the visible spectrum range can be obtained by several such manufacturing processes.