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One of the most annoying and heinous results of social media is bandwagon- activism and conflation of issues. This issue isn’t social media itself , but the way some people use social media.  One of the most recent and infamous examples of this is the Trayvon Martin incident. As stated in a previous blog , speaking out about it became more of a “trendy” thing to do than actual activism and it felt like it was the flavor of the week issue rather than a legitimate call for action. This was much like the occupy movement , which in my opinion was a bunch of spoiled brats attempting to ride yet another trend and sound important, while simultaneously drowning out the serious concerns of those who are oppressed and mistreated in this society and around the globe.

As much as I personally support social media as a source of sharing and gaining information  , I do believe that there can be at times major disconnect between the digital community’s opinions, and the opinions and actions of those in physical reality . In many instances , social media creates its own secular communities which can sometimes be isolated or withdrawn from individuals who are not frequent users of social media. This can often times cause many people who are not active tweeters or facebook users to not take the opinions and concerns of the social media community very seriously, and to social media activism as another trendy to be cool. In my opinion , such suspicion and/or dismissal  of the concerns of the social media community may be warranted.  It’s very easy to sit behind a screen and claim to be serious about change, justice, or correctness and have a feeling of self satisfaction and being involved and trendy.

The sad part is that many people would not be involved with or interested in such things if they didn’t hear about it through social media, when some issues and concerns are centuries old.  This is not to say that social media isn’t a powerful tool for exchanging information about important causes that will eventually lead to action. I am just suggesting that the focus should always primarily be on the issues at hand , and not just trying to be remotely involved in something because everyone else is.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Happy Office is a Healthy Office

The daily wear and tear of being an employee can definitely take its toll on one’s health. Lack of sleep, exercise, and personal time can all lead to employee health deficiencies, which can then impact job performance and office morale. It is beneficial for organizations to take a role in their employee’s health and fitness needs.

The National Association for Health and Fitness encourages organizations to initialize worksite health promotion programs to enhance the overall health and productivity of employees. Each year the NAHF administers the Nation Employee Health and Fitness Month, which is created to promote the benefits of physical activity for individuals through their work site health promotion activities. The NAHF claims the benefits for employers include: enhanced employee productivity, improved health care costs management decreased rates of illness and injuries, and reduced employee absenteeism. The benefits for employees include: lower levels of stress, increased well being, self-image and self- esteem, and improved physical fitness.

Some companies are taking this concept a step further by making wellness a standard in their company policy. The real estate company RPM Development Group has created a wellness program to better the livelihood of its employees.  The plan includes a fitness club membership, nutrition/diet and required checkups for preventive measures.The plan has been implemented since 2008. The purpose is to promote healthier wellness and healthier lifestyles, and also to keep healthcare costs from skyrocketing. Management personnel have very stationery jobs and these programs help to promote better physical and mental health. An employee wellness program can be extremely effective in boosting not only employee morale, but also employee livelihood.

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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