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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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4 Ways to Beat the Post-Labor Day Struggle

September 8, 2015 2:51 am

In not-so-surprising news, two-fifths of participants in a recent Mars Drinks study were dreading the return to work after Labor Day weekend.

“Labor Day symbolizes the unofficial end of the summer season and for many of us, a return to a busier daily routine at home and increased activity at work,” says Mars Drinks’ Global President Xavier Unkovic. “However, back to work doesn't have to be a stressful time. Business leaders and employees can implement small changes to their workday routines that help reduce stress and make life at work better.”

Unkovic offers the following suggestions for employees stuck in a post-Labor Day slump:

• Get inspired. Maintain the activities that energize you outside of your work. Find a way to keep attending that yoga class even though the summer is over. Savor your morning coffee while reading an inspirational article before diving into your email.

• Get organized. Clean out your email inbox. If you have non-critical items you haven't gotten to, pitch them and get a clean start. Reduce stress at work by organizing yourself the night before.

• Manage your time. Schedule time for short breaks throughout the day. Even taking time for a cup of coffee between meetings will help you to relax and refresh. Keep a longer term calendar of your projects so that when new requests emerge, you can determine what's possible and communicate.

• Stay connected. You still have a few days of sunshine – take meetings outdoors if possible. And keep up the volunteering. It's a great way to stay connected to the things you love the most outside of work.

Source: Mars Drinks

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How to Safely Power Your Household Gadgets

September 8, 2015 2:51 am

Overloaded circuits and improper power cord use at home are hazards that should be eliminated, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI). The ESFI recommends the following tips for homeowners:

• Be sure you are not overloading the circuit. Know the capacity of the circuit and the power requirements of all the electrical items plugged into the power strip and into all the other outlets on the circuit, as well as the light fixtures on the circuit.

• A heavy reliance power strip is an indication that you have too few outlets to address your needs. Have additional outlets installed where you need them.

• Understand that surge suppressors only protect the items plugged into it, not back along the circuit into which it is connected.

• Multiple plug outlets must be plugged directly into mounted electrical receptacles; they cannot be chained together.

• Ensure that all power strips and extension cords are certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory such as UL, CSA, or ETL, and read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.

• Extension cords should only be used on a temporary basis. Unplug and safely store them after every use.

• Do not place power cords and extension cords in high traffic areas or under carpets, rugs or furniture, and never nail or staple them to the wall or baseboard.

• Never remove the ground pin (the third prong) to make a three-prong plug fit a two-prong outlet.

• Make sure extension cords are properly rated for their intended use, indoor or outdoor, and meet or exceed the power needs of the appliance or tool being used.

• All electrical items and extension cords should be kept in good condition. If damage is discovered, repair the item or dispose of it.

Source: ESFI

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