For the past couple of months, Traci Fuller and I have been talking about getting exercise balls to sit on instead of our desk chairs. We both are wanting to work on our posture, and strengthen our core, which is what people say these exercise balls do. So far, we are not convinced. It took us a while to blow up our ball, and then when we sat on it, we were a bit low compared to sitting in our desk chair.
So far, we have lasted past the three hours you are supposed to start with. It's kinda fun to bounce to some music (Ke$ha) while you work.
None of the guys in the office are convinced we are going to keep this up for long, but we are going to prove them wrong.
..but lets face it, we will probably end up here at random times throughout the day.
(deb and stevies couch).
Maybe by May, I'll still be on this "I'm going to get in shape and eat heatlhy kick" and run in the Old Hat Superfan 5K
Any of you guys sit on exercise balls at work?! How long does it last? Tell me in the comments!
Number four on the list of Old Hat's Big Six guiding principles is "The Rule of Thomas Crapper." For those that don't know who Thomas Crapper is, you can probably guess by looking at his last name. And from here on out, you'll probably never forget what he's known for. Some people say that he invented the toilet. He didn't... but he did invent the ballcock which to me is even funnier. Basically, his innovations paved the way for the toilet as we know it. And his name will forever be associated with crapping. What if his last name had been Miller? Would we call our toilets "millers" and talk about having to go take a "mill"?
Aaaaaaanyway, the point here is that we all remember Thomas Crapper because of his last name. At Old Hat, we have a last name as well. It's "Creative." People call us "Old Hat"... shoot, we call ourselves "Old Hat" for the most part. Just like I'm sure most people called ol' Mr. Crapper, "Tommy" most of the time. But he will always be known as Crapper. Well, we want to be known by our last name too. Some firms focus on turning out cookie-cutter products en masse and they are quite profitable in doing so. And I'm not criticizing those that do. That's A way of doing business. But I want to be known as being creative. I want people to associate us with turning out completely new solutions to every challenge. I don't want our primary focus to be on churning out the same thing to every university or professional sports program. I want to look at their needs and generate something completely custom to their needs. That's not to say that we don't have products. We do more than three or four hundred schedule posters every year. And that's definitely a product. But we do our best to find the most creative way to present that information every time we do it. Same with our videos, animations and websites. So even if we are churning out a product, how can we make it the most creative product around?
That's the purpose of this guiding principle. It's a challenge to our staff to make sure they are being creative. If I wanted to be in business to turn out the same product day-after-day, I'd be producing ballcocks and in a hundred years people would be saying they needed to go sit on their Logsdon and drop a Log. Oh, wait...
So Big Six #4 summarized... Be Creative in everything you do. EVERYTHING!
TEAR DOWN THE WALL!
As a side note to the above, I think a key to having an environment that is conducive to creativity is to remove as many walls as possible and get people interacting. Collaboration is key to our success and anything that hinders the ability to collaborate is a problem. Therefore when designing our new space, I ended up tearing out numerous walls in the area of our building that we were moving to. And the new space is awesome. Divisions are divided by chest-high bookshelves rather than walls. So when people in web are sitting, they have some level of privacy from the print folks. But when you stand up, you can see from one end of the office to the other. Another thing I tried to do (and I stole this from Steve Jobs) is put bathrooms at one end and the lounge at the other. So two areas where people are going to want to go pretty often are at opposite ends and it requires them to walk past all of their co-workers to get there. So if Kevin wants to go grab a soda or heat up his lunch, he has to walk past the print dept., my office, Robert's office, Kelby's desk, etc. And if Tracie wants to go to the Logsdon, she has to walk past print, video and web to get there. Boom, donkey!
This is how it looked before:
This is how it looked after we tore down the walls:
In today's world, we know potential employers are seeking out information on potential employees via social media platforms, with the vast majority looking to Facebook. Many people don't want to block their Facebook profile from friends and family or even block their entire account. If you are searching for a job or even a student looking to create a more professional look, you may want to consider cleaning up your Facebook profile with the most recent web app, FaceWash (Facebook's app is now called Social Scrubber).
In just two days, three computer science majors from Kent State University attending hackathon at the University of Pennsylvania created FaceWash, an app that cleans your Facebook profile of undesirable content.
To access the site, visit Facewa.sh. Click "Get Started" and login to your Facebook account. It will ask to access your basic information, email address, profile information and photos. It will also ask who can see posts this app makes for you on your Facebook timeline? Just change the setting to "Only Me".
The three developers did extensive research on the types of language employers would find offensive and undesirable. The app searches for mainly swear words and sexual and racists comments. You can also plug in your own words you think need to be deleted from your wall. The app will search through content included in posts, status updates, comments, photos, pages, events and even likes. The app will not delete the content for you, but you are given the option to delete it, change your privacy settings or keep it.
The app is still in its Beta testing stages, but as of today, there have been over 100,000 unique visitors. As they expand the app, other features they want to include are broadening languages, the app now supports the English and Spanish language; allow for image and object recognition that doesn't have accompanying text, and to expand to Twitter.
Social Scrubber can help you wipe away those comments from college, but it is important to continue to be professional on these social media platforms. Have you tried the site? Comment below.