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WFH is More Common Than You Think

by: Don Wickelgren | January 27, 2022 | Remote Work
I was a bit surprised by this statistic. There aren't any good measures by the government at this point, but this survey is informative. Everyone is trying to determine how persistent this new normal is. Standard healthcare work has traditionally been entirely in person. The changes in separating out work from home activities have moved…

Building a Unified Remote Work Culture

by: Liezel Porras | January 20, 2022 | Company
In today's work culture, there is a need to cultivate an environment that can foster both transparency and productivity. Not only that but also while providing employees with a sense of belonging no matter where they are located. Good pay or benefits are essential, but a positive everyday experience is principal to retention.   Breaking…

Just Say No to USB Storage

by: Don Wickelgren | January 13, 2022 | Security & Tech
Whether they come out of a package from a factory or a well-known company, USB storage and small devices are risky. So risky we've banned them all outright in our company. Reference: https://gizmodo.com/hackers-have-been-sending-malware-filled-usb-sticks-to-1848323578

Remote Work Keeps Changing

by: Don Wickelgren | January 6, 2022 | Remote Work
"Some of it is just this very old-school idea that if you can't see someone doing their job, they're screwing around" - Anne Helen Petersen In the 1990s, when I was working on the commercial Internet at IBM, I opened the door in a room and saw it filled with South Asian programmers. At that…

Filipino Resilience: Aftermath of Typhoon Rai

by: Liezel Porras | January 5, 2022 | Culture
Filipinos are no stranger to calamities. Located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, the country is subjected to the realities of harsh weather, earthquakes, and volcanic activity. Natural disasters have only become more intense as a result of climate change over the years.   What was supposed to be a normal day for many of…

Self-management: A Tool for Success

by: Liezel Porras | December 21, 2021 | Company
“Self-management is more like a social and emotional skill that we all need to embrace. No matter how old you are, if you are able to develop this, [you] will go far in life.” - Joven By the end of the day, many of us feel overworked, stressed, and overwhelmed. When it comes time to…

Fall Protection for Seniors?

by: Don Wickelgren | December 21, 2021 | RPM
Not exactly yet but the tech is pointing us to a healthier senior life. Statistics are for a senior that falls and breaks a hip. When living alone, the odds are even worse. Yesterday, I literally fell while riding a bike in the rain. I continue thinking about this tech and how to best use…

How We Connect in Different Languages

by: Liezel Porras | November 12, 2021 | Culture
Our Linguistic Diversity  The Philippines is a multilingual country where everyone speaks a different language. Made up of over seven thousand islands, it's no surprise that we have a plethora of languages that most of us refer to as dialect—187 in total. Almost every household can speak more than two, and in mine, we can…

Meet VMA Yesha: Loving Books & Living Life

by: Liezel Porras | November 5, 2021 | Staff Profile
“Reading can widen our imagination and open our minds to new doorways of ideas. It’s up to us which doorway we let ourselves enter.”  - Yesha Reading and Well-being  We all like to take time for ourselves, a break from the stress and issues of everyday life. Some watch exciting films or play video games,…

Online Healthcare Providers

by: Don Wickelgren | November 3, 2021 | Healthcare
We've been hearing about how healthcare online is a thing. This has mostly been our vision trying their hand at doing some telehealth during the pandemic. Others have been niche medical areas like pain management and some mental health support. I encountered an ad for One Medical on YouTube and I checked out their channel…