Friday, November 21, 2014

5 Questions with Steve Paulone: Balancing workplace productivity, flexibility and employee satisfaction

1. Several high-level workers across the Unites States are searching for alternatives to the traditional 9-to-5 work day, with some business experts predicting that the “full-time” employee may be a thing of the past. What do you feel are the benefits and pitfalls of a non-traditional work schedule?
A “non-traditional” work schedule has always existed whether it is the second/third shift worker, the scheduling of workers in 24/7, 365 roles like hospitals or the hiring of part-time workers. There has been a trend in recent years to accelerate the adoption of these non-traditional roles in all organizations due to initiatives to lower costs or meet changing demographics. The lowering of costs has two parts associated with this: flexible hiring and astronomical increases in benefits mainly due to healthcare. The flexibility in hiring is concurrent with the rise of the contingent worker who you can hire on a project-by-project basis which changes the fixed costs of employees to the variable costs of business. The ‘virtual organization’ works to lower costs and grant workers the ability to be entrepreneurs (their own bosses).The benefit increase is offset by keeping workers as part-time (less than 30 hours a week). Current employment rules allow organizations to not pay benefits to part-time workers.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Top 5 safety tips for runners and walkers

Editor's Note: This article was co-authored by David Jannetty and Kellie Lambert. 

Running and walking are popular forms of exercise, and many prefer the outdoors instead of the treadmill for the benefits of sunshine and fresh air. With the wind in your hair and the earth at your feet, it’s a great way to add miles to your weekly workout totals. However, when taking to the streets, it’s important to keep safety in mind. Preparation can help you face any situation which could arise when you are pounding pavement. November is National Running Safety Month, the perfect time to educate oneself on how to be safe when hitting the road.

Here are the top 5 safety tips for runners and walkers:

Friday, November 14, 2014

5 Questions with Carole Bergeron: Choosing a medical plan during open enrollment

1. Open enrollment is approaching in businesses across the US.  What are some of the most important things for individuals to keep in mind when approaching this transition period?
Healthcare plans change every year---this year will certainly be no exception.  Even if you believe you will keep the same plan you’ve always had, the provisions and details of that plan may have changed.  People cannot presume consistency in health plans, and they must be assertive in learning how the specific changes affect them---their cost, their coverage, and their dependents.  With the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (often called the Affordable Care Act or ObamaCare), people may learn that there have been positive additions to their coverage, specifically for wellness care and certain screenings, as well as the option to keep dependents on parents’ health plans until age 26.  This is a time to be aware and alert because the decision made now will likely have an impact for the next year.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Post faculty helping to regrow coral reefs in the Caribbean

Working with Crew3000, a nonprofit that is focused on coral conservation efforts, Post University is aiding in the restoration of coral reefs.  Early this month, Dr. Maura Bozeman, Academic Program Manager for Environmental Science, traveled to Puerto Aventuras, Mexico, to help Crew3000 install two new tables for their coral farm.  

The coral farms sit 60 feet under the ocean’s surface among the coral reefs it helps to restore. It consists of tables made of PVC with fragments of staghorn coral hanging from them. The fragments were found buried in the sand nearby.  Crew members tie the coral fragments to the tables, allowing them to grow naturally.  This coral reef restoration work is critical to the welfare of our oceans.

Friday, November 7, 2014

5 Questions with Don Mroz: A good time to earn a college degree

1. The job market for new degree-holders is the best it’s been in over a decade, according to an annual collegiate recruiting report that surveyed more than 5,700 employers. What can recent graduates, or student’s nearing completion of their degree program, do to make themselves more hirable and take advantage of this expected hiring increase?
Plan, plan, plan! You can’t over plan your readiness as a new graduate. From a career planning and placement approach, students can sharpen their interview skills, build connections, make sure they have very strong references, and do their homework and research the company they’ll be interviewing with. First impressions are also still very important, dressing for success, coming in with a positive attitude, expressing confidence; everything from the handshake to the eye contact is very important. The ultimate goal is to get hired, and all of these things, in addition to your degree, will help you be prepared for the job market.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Post Women’s Basketball excited for chance of lifetime against UConn

We are just over a week away from arguably the most anticipated Post University sporting event of the year as the Eagles’ women’s basketball team visits the XL Center in Hartford on Sunday, Nov. 9 to take on two-time defending Division I National Champion the University of Connecticut in an exhibition game.

“We are very thankful for this opportunity to play the best team in the country. It’s tremendous exposure for our program and Post University as a whole,” said head coach Stephen Schuler.

The excitement on campus and around the team has been tremendous since the game was announced in August as flyers and posters have gone up around campus. The university has also setup a bus to transport students to the game and will be giving out t-shirts to create a “sea of green” in the arena. The Waterbury Republican American has also highlighted this anticipated matchup.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Six common sense ways to stay healthy during the Ebola outbreak

With the World Health Organization estimating over 10,000 confirmed Ebola virus cases worldwide and almost 5,000 deaths, people are understandably concerned about the impact of this outbreak on their personal health.  Some of our fears may be allayed with the understanding that the virus is mainly transmitted through direct contact with the bodily fluids of a contagious personThe virus cannot be spread through water, air, or food.  Knowing this, there are basic steps you could take that won’t necessarily hamper your regular routines, but will lessen our chances of getting sick.  Most of these steps are derived from what public health officials have been telling us for years.

Here are six common sense ways to stay healthy during the Ebola virus crisis:

1. Wash your handsMake it a practice to vigorously wash your hands with water and soap, especially before you eat or after you care for a sick person.  Carry hand sanitizer with you and sanitize your hands after every time you enter a public place, especially if you use mass transportation or visit a healthcare facility.