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A PTAC (packaged terminal air conditioner) is a unit that pumps a refrigerant via a compressor that cools certain coils in the system. The cooling coils then drop the temperature of the air that flows over it from outside through the system and into the room. The system uses heated coils to make a room warm; PTACs are designed to work in small spaces like hotel rooms and offices. If you are curious about what these units can offer, check out these benefits.  With PTACs, you use one product to heat or cool your spaces PTACs are also called "unitary systems," as one of the biggest differences between a PTAC heat pump vs electric heat is that the latter can't cool air. The fact that PTACs can cool and heat up rooms has made many people confuse them with air-conditioning units that run on split systems. HVAC units that use split systems force air through ducts in the units, whereas PTACs use only components, external condensers, and indoor coils. The ducts in HVAC systems also tend to build up moisture in them that result in mold and bad smell when you turn on the unit.  Lowered energy consumption in colder areas PTAC units that have been released in recent ...
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Running a sports team is not easy. To ensure your team is properly operating, you need to market and promote it. A good promotion campaign increases your fan base and secures finances to cover the team’s expenses. The best source for finances for your team is sponsorship. Ways to Get Sponsors Sponsorship is a great opportunity to inject income and other supportive resources into your sports team. The first question that comes to mind when you form a sports team is; how are you going to fund it? To get a sponsor, all you require is identifying a strong financing source. In the business world, sports drive up profits for brands all across the globe. These steps will help you ramp up your sponsorship efforts. Look around your team While looking for a sponsor, you will notice that those who are invested in your team and know its values will be more interested. Approach parents of your team members as some are private employees or business owners who can invest in the team. Look within your community You can land sponsorship for your team by targeting local businesses within your community. Look around your local community to identify companies that you ...
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Innovation in the Corporation: An IT service provider and an air conditioning and heating technology company demonstrated flexibility and openness to modern approaches to information management. The young Alzenau-based company avato cooperates with the University of Applied Sciences in Munich and together they drive digitisation in two global corporations. Outdated approaches in the form of digital bookshelves will be replaced by innovative, intelligent information management within 3 months. [ Read the full article   or continue reading the summary in the following.] Analysis and Metadata Model The students started the project by   analysing and evaluating the requirements and the technology. The students dealt with the   customer's point of view   and recorded possible problems and questions. They also dealt with the   technical implementation   of the iPortal CMS to filter out possible adjustments and they analysed the iPortal CDS. Furthermore, they dealt with the conception of a possible future iPortal and created a   project plan . The students also developed a   classification/metadata   model   for documentation in the partner companies. Information ...
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Meet Maria Richardson, Records Manager at Patterson Belknap Webb &Tyler.  When not working, Maria has an interest in photography as well as being a dance instructor.  If your interest is the same, maybe Maria can help with some amazing dance moves:)  You can find Maria in the community here ! Name : Maria Richardson Position : Records Manager Company : Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, New York NY Where do you live in ? Linden, NJ, just a 45-minute train ride out of NYC. How long have you worked in information management ?  I've worked in Information Management for over 30 years  What does your work entail ? My job entails management of the Firm’s client and Admin records; Conflicts & New Matter Intake; Legal Holds and other responsibilities regarding compliance, security, and retention.  The complete matter/file lifecycle. What has been the biggest success in your career in information management ?  I’ve had a number of awesome mentors, and try to be the same to my team and colleagues. Seeing my staff and colleagues get accolades whom I mentored is a great feeling. What’s your current biggest work challenge ? I think my greatest challenge as is for ...
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If you’ve been in the business of Information Governance for very long you have likely seen many debates or discussions about the best way to do retention scheduling. Common considerations include the ideal size, big buckets vs. small, departmental vs. functional, knowing and applying the appropriate laws, etc. After much time and toil, you may even have created the perfect records retention schedule. You received sign-offs, trained key users, and published it. Congratulations! One year later, during your planned review, you find few, if any, are actually using it. How could that be? It has the perfect number of categories, flows logically, is backed up with current legal research, has the blessing of upper management, and training was thorough. The problem is likely not with the schedule itself, or with training, but a matter of process. Records retention is one more step in an already complex list of processes. The legal expert cares about creating a good contract, not how long it’s is retained. The salesperson is all about closing the deal, not where to keep the proposal. To make a retention schedule effective, we have to make it easy. Don’t attempt to push water uphill. ...
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If you weren't able to join us today for our Tribe Talk with  @Jill Stelter , no worries!  The recording is in the library for you to view.  I've had several members reach out with great gratitude and some that we're unable to attend the Tribe Talk asking for the recording.  The recording is in the library here https://community.aiim.org/viewdocument/tribe-talk-jill-stelter-having?CommunityKey=0594b29e-595f-4c42-9609-1a75cf04f5d8&tab=librarydocuments&LibraryFolderKey=565fc2ae-1719-4a59-a3c0-e5e676431825&DefaultView=folder . Join us for our next Tribe Talk with our very own @Devon McCollum  on August 20th at 11:00 am eastern.  Devon will share ​How to Tackle Lack of Resources and Employee Management of Records.  You can find the registration for this Tribe Talks in our upcoming events -  https://community.aiim.org/events/chapter-events . Thanks! #MemberConten
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Your physical environment has an impact on your mental wellbeing and anxiety is a common mental health condition experienced by many people today. There are some changes you can make in your home that could help you feel calmer, reduce your stress levels and even reduce some of your symptoms.  Bring in some plants Spending time in nature is known to reduce anxiety and bringing plants into your home is one of the best ways to decrease stress levels. Whether you have space for a whole variety of potted plants or only have room to grow some herbs on your kitchen window, bringing greenery into your home will have a positive effect on your mind and body.  Many indoor plants, such as the snake plant, have air-purifying qualities and can pull most toxins out of the air. Place succulents that release oxygen in your bedroom to help you feel refreshed while sleeping.  Let natural light in University of Pittsburgh researchers found that hospital patients exposed to more natural light suffer less stress and pain. If you have curtains, they may let in too much light when open but block out natural light when closed. Certain blinds offer a third option.  You can ...
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Deciding to outsource your manufacturing is a leap of faith, more businesses than ever are electing to take. By hiring another company to make parts, assemble products, or make them from scratch, a company can save a lot of money and have more products on hand to sell. The benefits of outsourcing your organisation’s manufacturing The primary reason business owners seek to outsource production is cost-cutting. It helps the company convert fixed costs, such as labour, into variable costs, thereby reducing spending. Additionally, outsourcing can lead to more efficient production processes , meaning that the company’s product output increases, making more stock available for marketing teams to sell. The next reason for the outsourcing of manufacturing is the strategic benefits it offers. Senior managers can focus on the core business of the company and allocate employees accordingly. With the burden of supervising production off their shoulders, they can work on growing the company. The risks of outsourcing manufacturing Turning the task of production over to another company can be a risky move. Suddenly, supply chain management, production quality, and logistics ...
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Social influencers today are turning their passions into a way to earn a good income. Those with thousands of followers on social media platforms are able to make this work well for them because brands want to use them now more than ever before. Here are some factors to consider if you want to be a full-time influencer.  Choose the right niche  Some niches, such as health and fitness, provide many opportunities for influencers to create a lucrative career. However, you can’t just choose a niche because it’s popular. You will also need to have a passion for the niche and some expertise or you will battle to continue creating helpful content over a long period of time.  Once you have settled on a niche, find out which social media channels work best for the niche and focus on one or two. Optimize your profiles on these social media platforms. You need to carefully select your profile image, create an engaging bio and make you upgrade to a business account.  Find followers  As a social influencer, you won’t cater to everyone but to a specific audience you understand and with whom you can build strong connections. It can take time to establish the necessary ...
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Medicare Supplement plans or Medigap doesn’t cover medical services such as vision, hearing, and dental care. On that count, if you need hearing aids, private-duty nursing, eyeglasses, and nursing home care, you can seek additional insurance. The good news is that you can get coverage from private insurance to meet the full costs. The question comes in, how do the two coordinate the coverage? Here is how they work hand in hand to pay for your services. Primary and Secondary Payer Usually, the insurance company that pays first is known as the primary payer. It will cover your costs up to a certain amount depending on the agreement. On the flip side, the organization that will take over the payment next is the secondary payer. Its responsibility is to meet the expenses that the primary payer didn’t cover. If one of them doesn’t pay the bills, the other will meet all costs within 120 days. For instance, if Medicare is your primary payer, and it fails to insure you, an insurance company that you chose will fully cover you. The firm will then recover the payment from Medicare to avoid causing inconvenience on your side. Choosing the primary payer relies on your ...
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If your parents have turned 65 years old, they are eligible for Medicare Advantage insurance. This way, the coverage can meet expenses such as medication and adult day-care services. The insurance plan is essential for baby boomers so that they won’t use money out of the pocket to access healthcare. On that account, here are some pointers that will make you decide if the plan is right for your parents. The Coverage in Detail Medicare Advantage is also called Part C, and private insurance companies offer the service. For that reason, the plan covers the following aspects related to your health goals. Hospital coverage for hospital visits, nursing facility services, and home healthcare. Medical coverage catering for preventive, treatment, and diagnostic services. Prescription drug coverage that pays for the cost of drugs. Extra health perks, including memberships and fitness. Dental, vision, and hearing coverage to cover screening and assistive devices. Customized Plan Structures Medicare Advantage is flexible such that you can choose a plan that suits your parent’s needs. For instance, the Special Needs Plan (SNP) is ideal for someone ...
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Meet Andrew du Fresne!  Andrew is a Professor of Communication at Finlay University.  If you have not had a chance to meet and speak with Andrew at AIIM20,  please reach out to Andrew and introduce yourself here!  Name: Andrew du Fresne; Finlay, Ohio Position:   Manager; Adjunct Professor   Company:   University of Finlay How long have you worked in information management?  I have been in the information governance industry for about five years. Completed my doctorate in May. What does your work entail? Do you have company support? So, my doctorate entitled, the effectiveness of IG audits and organizations. So, what I do for my day job is I teach communication; television, multi-camera television production, communication. So, while I've been getting my doctorate, this is what I've been doing. About your dissertation. What were your discoveries? So, there are three main questions. The first question was, do audits make information governance programs more effective? The second question is to make compliance objectives more effective. The third question was if those two questions are accurate and they do, and they're in the affirmative, why do not ...
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Privacy isn’t just a series of things you do; it’s a philosophy that drives the things you do to implement a privacy program. So, embracing that philosophy up front is your starting point through the maze of compliance issues you’ll face. The core concept behind privacy as a legal and compliance matter is that virtually all information about a person is owned by that individual who, within some very broad limits, has a right to control how it’s used. Seems simple enough, but there are profound consequences that flow from this philosophy. Privacy as a Philosophy – Design for Privacy Let’s start with the act of collecting personal information. Because people own it, you can’t just collect it: you need to obtain permission first. Individuals have a right to know what you’re going to do with their information before they allow you to collect it—and, in any case, are under no obligation to grant that permission. In the past, your website may have collected information without explicitly informing people you were doing so. Customer reps on the phone might have been collecting data without telling people they were keying it into a computer system. No longer—people must be given reasonable ...
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Keeping your asthma under control involves keeping track of your symptoms and doing tests to see how well your lungs are performing. It helps to work with your doctor to create a written plan and make adjustments to it when necessary. You need to take an active role in controlling your asthma if you want to prevent attacks. Keep track of your symptoms The best way to keep track of your symptoms is to record them in an asthma diary every day. You may experience some of the following symptoms when you have asthma: A tight, painful chest  Wheezing when you exhale  Disturbed sleep due to coughing or difficulty breathing  Symptoms when you exercise or perform any other daily activities  Hay fever symptoms like a runny nose and sneezing  Changes in phlegm color  You will also need to keep track of when you need to use a quick-relief inhaler and write down how many puffs you use. A quick-relief inhaler contains a fast-acting medication like albuterol and using it quickly opens up your airways and makes breathing easier, helping to prevent an asthma attack.  If you realize your inhaler is no longer working, you need a quick and efficient way to ...
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As is often the case with old adages, there is some truth in the idea that how you think or feel affects your body and vice versa. Your body responds to signals given to it by your brain and your body is full of nerve endings that send signals back to the brain. Of course, some people may have healthy bodies and sick minds whereas others may have healthy minds and sick bodies. The problem is more complex than the adage would have you believe. However, the idea is to have a healthy body and a healthy mind. Here are some ways to boost your physical and mental health. “Time-restricted eating” can boost physical and mental health Many people need to lose some weight to be healthier but the problem with many diets is that restricting calories is unsustainable. Researchers are finding that intermittent fasting or “time-restricted eating” benefits both your body and your brain.  You can easily incorporate an extended overnight fast for 12 hours and the effects on your body mimic those of starvation and cause it to adapt in ways that promote health. It reduces inflammation, enhances cellular renewal and improves detoxification.  What is autophagy? Discover the answer ...
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Meet Regina Martin!  Regina is a Records Manager/Operations Supervisor at Howard County Government.  Introduce yourself to Regina here . Name Regina Martin Position Records Manager/Operations Supervisor Company Howard County Government Where do you live in?  Columbia, Maryland How long have you worked in information management?  9 years What does your work entail? Do you have company support? How are you helping drive the goals of your office through your work? So, we actually scan, Howard County scans records, paper and electronic. So we have the operation, a small team of people, who are responsible for ingesting that into our legacy repository archive. What’s your current biggest work challenge? The biggest challenge is, making sure it's easily accessible to the individuals that need it, how long to keep it. And managing it, I think we've kind of are addressing that issue, how to manage it, because we've come up with a process. "Okay, we're going to put it here. This is how long it's going to retain, in this permission-based access." What are you looking to get from your AIIM membership? I'm just trying to gather some information because ...
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MS Office and Office 365 have been around for some time now. However, now more than ever, our culture is now being reshaped based on ‘how’ we use our productivity tools. Communicating, collaborating on projects, and even getting rid of mind-numbing tasks, like typing a document, re-keying it into a spreadsheet, filing the new document, converting it to a PDF, and emailing it, have never been easier.   Here are Tumii’s nine Microsoft 365 tips to build an online etiquette within your workplace.   TEAMS for your team  MS Teams serves as your central communication vehicle for chat, email, and other collaborations. This is a great way to host online meetings and communicate with your colleagues, individually or as a group. It integrates seamlessly with Microsoft Word, Excel, SharePoint, OneNote, and a variety of other business tools. You can also use bots to automate messages, create polls, and connect your email and chat sessions.    OneNote for the win This is a great program for note-takers. It provides a flexible way to brainstorm ideas, link them together to form concepts, and transform your ideas into documents, slide decks, and spreadsheets. ...
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Providing software as a service requires you to use the latest IT solutions on the system itself and also the company website. One of the primary concerns you should have is the security of the system since it may be used to store sensitive data.  You should take practical measures to continually improve the system's security and keep it up to date with the latest industry trends. Here are 5 practical measures you must consider now. Gaining the customer’s buy-in The daily users of your SaaS product should have the same values as you on matters regarding security. That is important because they are the ones most at risk of being targeted and attacked by cybercriminals. Therefore when on-boarding clients, make them see the importance of keeping up with the latest security trends.  That applies mostly to creating strong passwords and controlling access to parts of their website or app they want to restrict to employees only. You can train the customers and periodically provide them with valuable how-to information that will help sharpen their security skills. Working towards getting SOC-2 compliance and retaining it SOC-2 compliance is essential for SaaS companies ...
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Samara Carter is the Records Officer for George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.   Connect with Samara here!   Name  Samara Carter Position  Records Officer Company  George Mason University  What does your work entail? Do you have company support? How are you helping drive the goals of your office through your work? I am the university Records Officer for George Mason University that's out here in Fairfax, Virginia on the outskirts of D.C. My job at the moment is primarily records management, but it's growing into more of an information management type of role. As I'm discovering the gaps in where we have our data and our information and our records on campus, our biggest struggle is that nobody actually knows how much data we have on campus, how there is no central hub. Universities, in particular, are very different organizations than businesses or other types of government agencies. We are a state agency, we're a state college, and in being so we have more records of so many varieties than other agencies have and our biggest struggle is that none of these records are particularly siloed into one department or one school. All of the different schools, all ...
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Measuring the productivity of remote workers is a little different, as there is no daily in-person interaction. Various tools help to make measuring productivity easier. Employers can look at metrics such as hours worked, tasks completed, whether goals are met and other factors in assessing productivity.  However, productivity can be an intangible quality and in some cases, it’s more difficult to measure. Here are five methods you can use to measure productivity of remote workers.  Use quantifiable metrics It is difficult to evaluate employee performance without clear and specific expectations. Using an online calendar can help managers to plan out goals and strategies. Each employee needs regular communication with a manager to ensure that expectations are clear.  If every employee has quantifiable metrics a team plans to hit and checks tasks off in a timely manner, managers know productivity goals are being achieved. This ensures that an entire team is involved with where the company as a whole is headed and everyone is on the same page.  TrackTime24 allows you to build the ideal schedule for remote workers and works on any device or browser. You can ...
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