Day: February 10, 2013

Could be a Case to Promote Work From Home Programs: Gas Prices Jump

Its more news in for the economy — gas prices are on the rise.

Its certainly an economic indicators – and its something that many of your employees are thinking about. Its not the only reason, but its one to help consider in designing a work from home or remote working  arrangement.

This blog is mainly just to focus on the fact that the prices are up. I’m not an economist, but I can’t help but to think that the prices would continue to go up in light of the upcoming Spring Break holiday — and then a few months after that, its Summer break. So once again, your peeps are thinking about this – even if they don’t have children in school or college.

Le’ts take a moment to prime the pump — can work from home programs work? What does a successful program look like?

This is a topic near and dear to me — so keep your eyes on the current events and do a little thinking about what you think about the topic and we’ll explore it more on the blog.

Making the HR Connection, yours, TheGirlinHR

NEW YORK, Feb 10 (Reuters) – The average price in the United States for a gallon of regular gasoline rose nearly 25 cents in the past two weeks, up steadily since December as refineries passed along their costs, a widely followed survey released on Sunday showed.

Gasoline prices averaged $3.5918 per gallon on Feb. 8, up 24.75 cents from Jan. 25, said Trilby Lundberg, editor of the Lundberg Survey.

“The amount of change is very big,” Lundberg said.

via Gas Prices Jump Nearly 25 Cents In Last 2 Weeks.

5 ways to keep your phone charged in a power outage

I’e been keeping an eye on the news and the impending blizzard — I wanted to share this with folks — and even if you aren’t in the Northeast, it isn’t a bad idea to be prepared (just in case … ) — it’ll be important to stay in contact with family, friends, rescue personnel, colleagues, and most importantly, abreast of what is going on.

Stay safe and be prepared! Yours, TheGirlinHR!

In our increasingly digital world, a mobile phone or other portable device is often a one-stop communication device. Phone calls, text messages, social media and even radio and television can all come from the same gadget.

And when the power goes out, these gadgets can quickly become stylish but useless bricks.

As a potentially historic blizzard barrels toward the Northeast, now is the time to be juicing up the mobile devices you use to stay connected. Also, don’t forget about backup devices like that BlackBerry you got from work, tablets and even e-readers that have Web access.

via 5 ways to keep your phone charged in a power outage –

Gayatri Devi, M.D.: How Do I Improve My Memory? Forget More!

Do you know what is essential for a good memory? The ability to forget. To completely and thoroughly forget. Forgetting, like breathing or sleeping, is physiologically normal. This is at odds with our modern compulsion to record and remember everything and is a perfect recipe for anxiety.

Deb Roy, a cognitive science professor at MIT studying language, recorded 8-10 hours daily of the first three years of his son’s home life. He compiled a quarter million hours of audio and video, creating a 200,000 gigabyte “ultimate memory machine.” Consider how much information each of us is exposed to in 24 hours, on streets, subways, screens and in sleep. Imagine recording and remembering all this. Thankfully, we were never meant to.

Fact: We are evolutionarily programmed to forget. Our brains evolved over millennia with built-in forgetfulness. Our brain is engineered to remember tastes, smells, voices, touch and visions, not names. Our brain is engineered to solve problems (How do we keep track of cattle? Mathematics; How do I communicate? Language), not remember disjointed facts. A fact not linked to a sense, an emotion, or a concept is quickly forgotten.

via Gayatri Devi, M.D.: How Do I Improve My Memory? Forget More!.