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How To Make Your Office More Eco-friendly
When adopting more eco-friendly lifestyles, it can be easy for men and women to overlook their offices. While drivers can drive in ways that con- serve fuel and homeowners can take steps to reduce their energy consumption at home, few people may give as much thought to making their offices more friendly to the environment. But there are many environmentally friendly practices that business owners and their employees can adopt around the office.
· Turn computers off at quitting time. Fre- quently turning computers on and off can pro- duce small surges of energy each time the com- puter is turned on. But the United States Depart- ment of Energy notes that this energy surge pales in comparison to the energy consumed when computers are left on for long periods of time. When going home for the day or leaving your desk for more than 20 minutes, whether it's dur- ing lunch hour or to attend a meeting, turn your monitor off. If you expect to be away from your computer for more than two hours, turn both the computer and the monitor off. Employers who make these suggestions to their employees may reduce their office energy consumption and save money along the way.
· Recycle old equipment. Advancements in technology now occur at a breakneck pace, so the equipment businesses use today may very well be obsolete tomorrow. Businesses that want to be more eco-friendly should recycle rather than dis- card old equipment. Simply throwing equipment away might even be illegal depending on where an office is located. Some electronics contain mer- cury, lead or arsenic, hazardous materials that can do significant damage to the environment when not properly disposed of. Some retailers, includ- ing the office supply chain Staples, accept old
equipment for recycling at their stores at no charge to business owners. If equipment is still functional but somewhat outdated, look into donating it to local organizations in need.
· Cut back on printing. Printing documents used to be the most effective way to share them with coworkers and clients. But nowadays print- ing is one of the least efficient and least eco-friend- ly ways to share documents. Instead of printing documents to show coworkers, create PDFs and email the PDFs instead. And rather than mailing contracts to prospective clients, email contracts that accept e-signatures, ultimately storing the contracts on your file server rather than in a dusty old filing cabinet.
· Develop telecommuting policies. In analyz- ing data from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2005- 2014 American Community Survey, Global- WorkplaceAnalytics.com found the population of regular work-at-home non-self-employed per- sons grew by 103 percent between 2005 and 2014. Working from home is often seen as employee-friendly, but it also can benefit employ- ers and the environment. When employees work from home, their employers need not purchase or lease as much office space, saving them substan- tial amounts of money. In addition, working from home cuts down on the number of com- muters driving to work, decreasing fuel con- sumption and vehicle emissions. Employers who cannot allow employees to work from home full- time can still help the environment and their employees by allowing workers to work from home one or two days a week.
Offices are not always eco-friendly, but there are several ways to make office life more efficient and environmentally friendly.
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How To Protect Your Data
(NAPSI)—Chances are your data, whether personal or at work, has been compromised. Even before half the adults in America had their information stolen from a major credit-reporting agency, there were about 178 million personal records exposed in 2015 and it’s estimated that number rose to more than 200 million in 2016.
The technology you use every day—computers at work or home, printers and your mobile phone—needs to be protected. By 2020 there are projected to be 20.8 billion Internet-connected things—and they’ll all need protection.
Fortunately, however, you can go a long way toward protecting your data with seven simple steps. 1. Back up all critical data saved on your personal machines.
2. Keep dynamic and different passwords across applications; consider using a password manag-
er.
3. Be very diligent whenever clicking on a link or attachment in any e-mail—don’t get phished. 4. Be very cautious about entering data into a pop-up window.
5. Review your privacy settings on all social media tools.
6. Shred your bills, medical records and the like before discarding them. You can also have them
shredded at a trusted retailer such as Staples, which, in October, will shred up to two pounds for you at no charge.
7. Get your electronic devices professionally reviewed and updated


































































































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