Month: May 2010

The Corporate Environment Makes a Difference

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It is possible to increase the productivity of a company by making the corporate environment as pleasing and user-friendly as possible. It is important to concentrate on making the office space as functional, comfortable and professional as possible so that the company projects a professional look while allowing the people in the office as much comfort and convenience as possible.

Comfort is essential. Hire an expert on ergonomics to work with each of your employees individually to custom design the right environment for each person. Adjust height of chairs, distance to computer screens, add footrests, adjust lighting and noise level, so that each and every one of your employees can work un-hampered by discomfort. Remember to encourage employees to get up and walk around every hour for ten minutes to avoid repetitive movement disorders and back and eye strain.

Think about the best layout in your space with the number of employees in that space. Communally used equipment, like printers and scanners, should be located centrally, with easy access to everyone that uses that equipment. Position the desks, chairs, shelves, and tables so that they are easy to walk around. Try to maintain as much open space as possible while placing work teams or co-workers from the same departments together for easy communication and convenience.

Other things to think about are noise levels and using mobile furniture to more easily redesign and allow the company to grow more easily. Carpets, paneling and ceiling tiles can reduce noise levels greatly. Segregating employees that talk a lot on the phone or other noisier equipment or personnel can go a long way to reducing the noise level around the quieter employees, and help to improve productivity.

Medical Care Situation in Germany

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The KV RLP and the University of Trier, presented their joint supply Atlas. Atlas of care based on a specially developed data management tool that were merged in the data of the CT RLP and the statistical Landesamt Rheinland-Pfalz with results from surveys of medical students and the public. For a comprehensive tool for detailed analysis of outpatient medical care situation in Rhineland-Palatinate was established, taking account of demographic change.

“It is clear that from 2019 the freezing problem will increase significantly in the rural areas in Rheinland-Pfalz, if we do not take countermeasures,” concluded Dr. Michael Smith, Executive Board Member responsible for the KV RLP. To solve this problem, called the CA RLP change, there has been an increase in legal framework and encouragement for the creation of regional networks in the affected communities.

Health Minister Malu Dreyer welcomed the supply of Atlas as a useful tool for provision of medical care. “With the supply of Atlas, another component of the Rhineland-Palatinate master plan to strengthen primary care is being implemented, the country has initiated the cooperation with partners such as the physicians’ association in 2007,” said the Minister.

Major activities of this master plan are for example the establishment of practical and Famulaturbörsen, an early warning system, the development of teaching practices for the practical year and the creation of training networks. The reconciliation of family and career is an important issue.

The Minister also pointed out that the federal legislature on January 1st 2007 which came into force have created a law amending the opportunity for the establishment of branch surgeries and to recruit physicians. About 550 appointments of doctors and over 220 Zweipraxisgründungen alone in Rhineland-Palatinate occupied success.