Could Electronic Devices Play a Role In Carpal Tunnel Development?...

Smartphones could be leading to a trend among the youth of sore and aching wrists and fingers, according to an article by The Economic Times. Doctors point out that smartphone users have been reporting soreness or numbness in their hands or wrists after an extended period of time texting. The size of the phone doesn’t help in these aspects, as it requires more compressed joint movement. As some may know, smartphones require specialized screws, like a SEMS screw, which combines a fastener and a screw in one. These hybrid microscrews are necessary because the devices are so small. And those small sizes and compressed movements can lead to problems down the road with continued use, says Dr. Sanjeev Kakar, an orthopedic surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “I think we may see more problems in terms of hand disorders, such as tendonitis, repetitive strain injuries, arthritis, thumb arthritis down the road, and even possibly carpal tunnel syndrome. I don’t think this will happen if you’ve texted once in your life. I think the process of doing this over 20 to 30 years may lead to having these problems down the road.” However, despite these potential problems, there have not been any official medical diagnoses based on the technology issue. So just because there are hand and wrist problems, does not mean that smartphone usage is the cause, notes Dr. Kakar. “I think you’d be hard-pressed to have a direct linkage between too much electronic device time and carpal tunnel syndrome,” he says. “I don’t think it’s been proven by this, but it does raise awareness.” A small study published in the journal Muscle and Nerve suggests that using electronic devices for more than five hours a day might affect the nerve in...

Having Your Employees Blog For The Company Could Help Its Brand...

Having an online presence is one of the most important parts of being a business in the modern day and age, with companies that blog 13 times more likely to see a return on investment. Getting a company’s name and brand out into the public eye, and in a positive way, can be difficult for many, especially small businesses. Most smaller companies don’t have the advertising power that a large corporation can throw around, and so they need to find a way to get their name in front of an audience. And that’s where the blog comes in. According to Founder and CEO of JotForm Aytekin Tank, one of the fastest ways to grow the company blog or website is to encourage not just the B2B or B2C content writers to write on it, but the employees, too. “B2B content normally sterilizes the human experience,” says Tank. “Companywide blogging restores it. When you liberate employees to write what they care about, the content can build your brand. Excited people tend to write exciting stuff.” The entrepreneur states that marketers struggle to capture the “passion, expertise, and experiences” of their organization. And that the alternative, mobilizing the entire team together, can be much more rewarding. And he means the entire team. Engineers, designers, HR, sales, and marketers. Any employee with interesting and exciting things to say can and should write for the company. According to the CEO, blogging builds the company brand by unveiling its human nature, instead of relying on products to do that. “Buyers,” he said, “can’t distinguish between products easily. They can, however, differentiate between the thoughts and personalities of sellers.” Tank believes this to be the way to earn not just a mindshare and portion of a customer’s money but build...

What Does HR Technology Mean For Recruitment?...

Technology is being introduced into a great many things, but should it be introduced into the HR departments of businesses? For many companies, using data and information sorting technology has become mainstream, but according to experts, they should not forget the human element. Alexandra Mizzi, senior associate at Howard Kennedy, believes that companies should use the technology, but be willing to account for biases in their systems. “There’s a reason it’s called human resources and not data resources,” she said. “Tech must not be allowed to run away with itself.” This comes from the idea that companies are becoming more and more reliant on using algorithms and data statistics to recruit, rather than meeting with potential applicants face to face. “HR must also take a proactive role in ensuring that recruitment technology does not promote bias against candidates with particular diversity characteristics,” she said. By this same logic, Andy Campbell, senior director of HCM strategy at Oracle, believes that instead of thinking of employees as “cogs in the wheel” of the company, businesses should think of them as customers. “HR also risks alienating employees through its use of data and technology if it does not consider the end user,” he said. Employers often overlook how smart use of HR tech can improve the employee experience. Many programs offer the ability to give performance reviews and evaluations based on how that individual did, but instead of giving that data immediately, HR waits until an annual or bi-annual review. “Millennials expect continuous feedback, but performance management systems make it annual or bi-annual,” he said. “The system is all wrong.” Recognizing and giving good feedback to employees can have a positive impact on businesses and increase employee retention. According to studies, 86% of companies with employee recognition...

Technology Helping Fight the Global Pollution Epidemic...

Pollution remains one of the most damaging and immediate concerns across the world. Scientists, researchers, and developers are constantly working to find innovative solutions to the world’s pollution issues, and drones might be the answer this generation was looking for. “Most of what we know about air pollution is based on ground-level date, but that’s not where many of the emissions are happening,” said Markus Hilpert, an Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the Mailman School. “Without a drone, it’s not safe or it can be difficult to take these kind of measurements.” Hilpert and his team recently became the first group of researchers to be approved by Columbia University to use drones for scientific researcher in the United States. The School of Engineering research team, along with the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, are building a multirotor drone helicopter to measure pollution coming from industrial smokestacks. The drone will be able to ascend up to 400 feet and collect otherwise impossible-to-get-to air samples for lab analysis. Although air pollution is a major problem, there are still plenty of pollution issues taking place on the ground level. Luckily, there are non-profit organizations, volunteer groups, and environmentally conscious companies that are doing all they can to help preserve the environment and combat pollution. Each week, for example, GreenDrop stops roughly 100 tons of used clothes, electronics, and other harmful items from being carelessly tossed into landfills. As reported by KRWG, drones are also being used to take aerial photos of landfills in order to provide a reliable, comprehensive look at the images and figure out potential solutions. “Every tiny black dot on the phone image is a location where the drone has taken a picture,” said Don Gray of Gordon Environment/PSC. “When the photos are processed,...