App Friday: Coursera.org

Embracing a New Way of Learning

Coursera.org is a university level learning system that makes college-level courses available to anyone around the globe – 24 hours per day. Each class is a mass online cohort. It is common to have upwards of 1,000 students per class depending on the course work.

Graduation Gathering

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For someone who loves learning, this an excellent platform to grow your knowledge in a variety of subjects. You can audit courses for free or earn certificates in specializations such as Data Science. There is something for everyone on Coursera.org.

Platform: Web, iOS

Cost: Free (some coursework is available for purchase)

How To Choose the Right Desk Chair

A Simple Guide to Finding Your Perfect Match

Each body is different, so why do companies try to standardize their chairs? Just like our bodies, our desk chair selection should fit our body. We often think that all chairs are created equal, but they are not.

Office Chair

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When I first came to my day job nearly 18 years ago, I was given a “standard” chair. There were no fancy features, and ergonomics were.

Over the years, I have seen the chair industry morph into a smorgasbord of chair types ranging from the petite to large. Today, employees can select the right desk chair for them based on “fit.” Just as we “fit-test” our shoes, we now “fit-test” chairs for employees.

Dad Petting Rhino w/Ross

Wishing all father's near and far a day filled with happiness and love. Here's a picture of my dad touching a rhino while on a VIP tour at the San Francisco Zoo.

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App Friday: Productive

A Habit Tracker That's Clean and Beautiful!

Welcome to our new segment titled App Friday. Every other Friday, we will explore an app (iOS, Windows, and the Web) that can help you (and your team) be more productive. Mobile is rapidly being used to conduct business on the fly, and our apps need to help us stay productive when we are away from our laptops or the office.

App Friday - Productive

Today, we kick off this new segment with the app Productive. This app helps you track habits and acts as a pseudo to-do list.

Platform: iOS

Cost: Free


Feature set:

  • Clean design
  • Simple user interface (UI)
  • Stats page for all your habits
  • Streaks – it uses the power of streaks to help you maintain your habits until they are second nature.
  • Custom habit addition – there are stock habits, but you can add your habits to help you achieve your goals.
  • Reminders – you can have the app remind you of your habit

How Research Can Help Solve Facility Issues

The workplace is primed for researchers to explore employee behavior and generations in response to their physical environment. However, the struggle is determining what type of research will be most beneficial and how to implement the research findings into the workplace.

Facility Issues and Frustration

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Facilities professionals are concerned with three areas:

  • Employee demographic & work style preference
  • Facility function

Business leaders want to know how to maximize employee productivity while balancing their employee's work and life commitments.

App Friday’s Are Coming – June 9

Every other Friday, two times per month, we will explore an app (iOS, Windows and Web) that can help you (and your team) be more productive. Mobile is rapidly being used to conduct business on the fly, and our apps need to help us stay productive when we are away from our laptops or the office.