Mobile Messaging at Work and Play – Beyond Conversation

by Beerud Sheth

Over the last few years, mobile messaging usage has exploded. It now dominates smartphone usage. While consumer communication grew rapidly a few years ago, the more recent and interesting phenomenon is the rise of “messaging as a platform” — a platform for developers and enterprises to engage their customers and build advanced conversational experiences. Messaging… [More]

Travel-Healthy Tips

by Saeju Jeong

Over the last five weeks, I’ve spent time in Asia, Europe and the U.S. Traveling the world for work might seem glamorous to outsiders, but it takes a toll on one’s body. Most people don’t realize business travelers are statistically at a higher rate for obesity. It’s easy to put on weight when continually eating… [More]

Stick On and Stand Out

by Mike Hunter

Something new in promotional items is a custom wood sticker. Toast, which makes unique covers in wood or leather for tech devices from laptops to cell phones, recently added these stickers to the company’s product line of covers that allow companies to fully showcase their logo in a creative way — and add any other… [More]

Program for Snoozing

by Matthew Snyder

It can seem impossible in today’s hyper-connected world, where smartphones keep us tethered to our desks 24/7, to get the medically recommended seven to nine hours sleep each night, but it’s proven that sleep mismanagement leads to problems with memory, problem-solving, organizing, concentration and emotional control — all of which have serious repercussions in the… [More]

Magic Beans?

by RaeAnne Marsh

For many of us, coffee is that magic elixir that perks us up in the morning and keeps us going throughout the day. Freshly ground has the richest flavor, so here are some choices of coffee grinder to keep handy in the cupboard above/below/next to the office coffee maker. And, to be complete — here… [More]

It’s Time to Hang It Up

by RaeAnne Marsh

On the wall, that is. Add some freshness to the office décor with art. Different colors and shapes create their own moods and can impact everything from first impressions to productivity. Businesses can avail themselves of services that will provide artwork to suit the site — some with options to rotate so the business can… [More]

Tread Lightly

by RaeAnne Marsh

Walking is part of many a wellness program encouraged in today’s workplace. Taking a stretch around the block or around the building may be good plan, but this time of year if the heat doesn’t get you, the monsoons will. An easy-to-store treadmill can be an option. Lightweight and easy-to-store are among the breakthrough attributes… [More]

For a Breath of Fresher Air

by Mike Hunter

Plants are more than an esthetic reprieve for our eyes. Since NASA began researching ways to improve air quality for astronauts in closed environments in space, we’ve learned that they can counter some of the toxins our made environment surrounds us with — in addition, of course, to recycling our carbon-dioxide exhalations into the oxygen… [More]

Defense Alert

by Gloria Marcott

According to data from the National Crime Survey and the Bureau of Statistics, 73 percent of women and 89 percent of men will be a victim of violent crime in their lifetime. Workplaces have barriers in place to keep employees safe on the job, but out in the field or during personal time threats become… [More]

Joltin’ Joe

by RaeAnne Marsh

Many of our days at the office start with our favorite brew of caffeine as a necessary jolt to kick ourselves into gear. Here are some travel mugs that can help give a boost to that commute from home to office — and keep that drink handy for hours on the desk. AUTOSEAL® West Loop… [More]