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The lockdown forced people across the globe to embrace remote working. What was a perk is now the norm. While one has managed to get more time and independence as we commute from bed to desk, the physical repercussions to our body and mind need to be contemplated.
Have you met Susan? She is an illustration created by ‘directapply’, a recruiting company. It is based on what directapply thinks how a remote worker will look like 25 years from now if they are not mindful of their home working habits. The hunchbacked, bloodshot eyes with dark circles, strangely held hands and the bloated body might seem an exaggeration but the reality may not be very different.
Dr. Nisha Nair, Assistant Vice President, Health Risk Management, Anti Insurance Brokers Private Limited explains the Ergonomics of Working From Home’. She speaks about how the impending lifestyle changes will drastically affect the employee population.
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SUSAN- A Remote Working Employee!
According to the study conducted by IWG, 80 percent of people turned down job offers that did not offer flexible working pre-COVID-19 times. Currently, with 50 percent of workplaces offering flexible working, ensuring daily calls and meetings during the lockdown, 29 percent of the subjects feel less productive than ever before.
While people have converted their living rooms to office cubicles, kitchen to canteens, they are stuck in a small space throughout the day. The boredom and restrictions on stepping outdoors are leading people to devour hoarded snacks. Unhealthy eating habits have led to deteriorating physical health.
With many companies aiming to shift to work-from-home models for the long run, further deterioration of the physical and mental health of their employees can be expected. With the sudden shift to working from home, employees had to create office spaces out of their couches and dining tables. These spaces and the furniture at home were never designed to support users for long meetings and focused work; with ergonomics completely out of the equation.
Why do ergonomics at home need attention?
For someone who would have occasionally worked from home or spent a few late hours, after office, working from home, the sudden change to working-full-time-from-home for extended months, can take a toll on their mental and physical health. Most modern homes are not built to work.
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The furnishings, lighting, and environment are designed for everything but focused work. The dining table, which is the preferred area to work, is not of the appropriate height and the chairs cannot be adjusted according to the individual’s height and needs. Most chairs may not have a hand-rest and even if they do, it cannot appropriately support the hand while using a laptop. Working seated on the bed is a bad idea, as it cannot provide a neutral back posture. The design of the bed makes the individual slouch. The cozy couch or the sofa may be very tempting, but they provide zero support to the spine. The light from the ceiling or from the open window may not be sufficient depending on where and how you are seated. These factors jointly lead to decreased productivity, which may cost the employer in numerous ways.
How can a home be prepared for work?
The first step towards making a home ergonomically sensitive is to understand the nature of the work. Work Ergonomics is about the working individual, their body type, and their ways of working. Depending on the work style, the workspace at home should be modified. Once the specific needs are identified and addressed, there are common aspects of working that need attention:
Maintain good posture to prevent neck and back-related problems. Include simple exercises in your routine for a few hours. Use the right chair that enables the right posture and supports your lower and upper back.
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Use adjustable chairs and tables to keep the desk at the right height or use old books to adjust the height of the laptop and use firm cushion to adjust the height on a chair. Your hands should be bent at the elbows and sit comfortably on both sides.
Using a laptop keyboard for prolonged use is not advisable as it is cramped and uses little space, buy a separate keyboard and mouse for ease of use.
The screen brightness must be adjusted to the lighting in the room. If you are seated next to the window, position your system to avoid any glare. Glare causes fatigue and dryness in the eyes.
Isolate your workspace from the rest of the home to avoid noise & distraction. You can also use noise canceling headphones to increase concentration.
Take short breaks and walk around the house. Ensure your feet are properly rested to reduce strain on the spine. Never place a laptop on your lap as it is an uncomfortable position that can hurt your eye and neck.
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How can employers help?
While many offer ergonomically designed office spaces with adjustable chairs, stand-up desks, monitor extensions to laptops, many are yet to consider the encouraging ergonomic best practices for their employees who are working from home. The reason for employers to invest time, effort, and money in this area is precisely the same which made them invest in ergonomics of office spaces – fewer compensation claims due to injuries, increased productivity, increased morale, reduced absenteeism.
One way the corporate can help themselves is by educating their employees about the significance of ergonomics and what they can do about it while working from home. Employers must implement programs, involving the management and employees, to train them on the best practices that they can follow. Employees should be provided with the required resources and tools to manage work effectively and safely from home.
Physical and mental issues among the workforce who are isolated in new work-spaces managing stress related to family and work need immediate attention. The ‘Susan Apocalypse’ can be prevented by employees and employers, actively engaging in this direction. The quicker the realization dawns on everyone, the lesser will be the impact on health and in turn on business. (IANS)
Hollywood actor Dave Bautista is set to star in 'Knock at the Cabin', the upcoming movie from Pondicherry-born Indian American Oscar-nominated filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan.
The 'Dune' actor is reportedly in negotiations to appear in Shyamalan's upcoming movie, which the secretive filmmaker will both write and direct, as well as produce with Ashwin Rajan under his Blinding Edge Pictures banner alongside Marc Bienstock and Steven Schneider, according to Deadline, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
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Details of the movie -- which is scheduled for release in February 2023 -- are being kept under wraps.
Bautista is currently going through a busy period, having starred in 'Dune' and Netflix's 'Army of the Dead' and recently finished production on 'Knives Out 2'.
He is currently working on the third 'Guardians of the Galaxy' movie, and as well as 'Knock at the Cabin', he's also expected to shoot 'Dune 2' and is attached to star in and produce an action movie with Jason Momoa.
The 52-year-old star recently admitted he "almost broke down" when he was cast in 'Dune' because he was so keen to work with director Denis Villeneuve but didn't want to "capitalise" on his friendship with the filmmaker to land his role of Glossu Rabban.
Asked what attracted him to the project, he said: "For me, it was Denis. I really pursued this, because I was tracking 'Dune'. I kept asking my agent, "When auditions would become available? When are they going to release these roles?"
Shyamalan recently explained he has needed to put more "thought"Unsplash
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"But I never hit up Denis personally, because I didn't want to be that guy. I didn't want to try to capitalise on our friendship, so I just waited and waited and waited - and finally, I got a phone call from him, and he offered me the role. I almost broke down; I was so emotional about it.
"Still, it's like, 'Wow, this is crazy that I'm even here'."
Meanwhile, Shyamalan recently explained he has needed to put more "thought" into keeping his stories secret as his career has progressed.
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BitMart just experienced one of the biggest hacks in cryptocurrency history, with losses estimated at a whopping $196 million. Withdrawals have been frozen until further notice as the company undergoes security checks, but CEO Sheldon Xia has promised to compensate affected users out of pocket. By stealing a private key opening two hot wallets, hackers achieved one of the biggest centralized exchange hacks to date by swapping stolen tokens for ether and then depositing the funds to Tornado Cash.
The hack has again raised concerns regarding crypto theft. Investors fall victim to attacks as simple as clicking on a link, giving hackers unfettered access to their wallets. So, it’s no surprise that investing in crypto is considered such a high-risk activity. There are ways to mediate risk and one of such ways is to have a bug bounty, which HUH Token, a new cryptocurrency does have. According to an analysis by Deloitte, more than 25% of all bitcoin could be stolen in one attack. This is perhaps why cyber criminals get so creative in coming up with crafty ways to take your bitcoin. Unfortunately, as crypto is decentralized, stolen crypto is extremely hard to recover. In light of the prediction that 10% of global GDP is to be held in crypto by 2025, it needs to become unassailable. To avoid becoming the next hacking victim, use these expert-based tips to maximize your wallet’s security:
1.Keep your most confidential information offline
Never store passwords and mnemonics onto digital devices, as once hackers gain access to those your crypto is gone. HackerNoon recommends users to write that information down on paper and divide it into two halves. Rather than placing them in your desk drawer, you should hide several copies across various locations and with specific entrusted individuals. Remember to check up on these sites at least twice a year to ensure the information is still readable.
2.Store most of your assets in a cold wallet
Although hot storage wallets are preferred for their convenience, those that rely solely on passwords such as Metamask have experienced significant losses due to ongoing attacks. Ensure you only store limited amounts on there while keeping the bulk of your tokens in a cold wallet. Ledger and Trazor are solid choices.
3.Invest in coins that have undergone bug bounties
A bug bounty is a programme used in crypto to report problems and vulnerabilities as well as to check whether their systems can be hacked. Hackers are invited to attempt to decipher the smart contract coding. The reward increases in value with the size of the bug. With bug bounties, developers can improve their security using real hackers and strengthen their software and contracts. For this reason, it’s useful to consider switching from bigger names like bitcoin and ether to newer, lesser-known crypto with their own bug bounties. HUH Token, for instance, has recently announced one in which different attack vectors can be freely explored on the condition that there’s no major drawbacks for the HUH community. Additionally, HUH websites or infrastructure don’t generally form a part of the bounty programme. HUH can reward up to 50,000 points (1 point being equivalent to $1) to those who manage to penetrate it.
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XRP's price is forming a reversal pattern as bulls defend a critical support level. Meanwhile, HUH Token has rocketed over 400% on its first day of trading and looks set for further gains.
Ripple (XRP) reached a low of $0.76 over the weekend, followed by a brief 10% run-up. This upswing was brief, and it resulted in the formation of another swing low near $0.76, resulting in a double bottom.
This bottom reversal pattern indicates that the downswing has reached its conclusion. As a result, investors can anticipate a noticeable increase in buying pressure, pushing XRP price back to the $0.96 resistance level following a 15% upswing.
Clearing this hurdle will pave the way for liquidity to be collected above the $1.03 swing high. In total, this rise from $0.76 to $1.03 represents a 30% increase.
XRP is also currently trading well below all of its moving averages on a 4-hour and daily chart.
4-Hour Chart According to TradingView
While XRP's price is improving, a break below the $0.76 support level will signal increased selling pressure. If buyers are unable to maintain this level, the cryptocurrency may retrace to the immediate support floor at $0.68.
If Ripple forms a lower low below this level, it will invalidate any bullish outlook and may trigger a crash to the next level at $0.61. Here, buyers have another opportunity to recoup their losses before Ripple falls further.
New cryptocurrency HUH Token (HUH) has rocketed over 400% on its first day of trading and looks set for further gains. HUH's initial coin offering (ICO) started at $0.00000564 but within just a few hours it surged to over $0.00003000.
Traders can still expect plenty of volatility as the new crypto finds its feet but looking at the 15-minute chart indicates that buyers have formed a base at $0.00002720.
15-Minute Chart According to TradingView
As long as this support floor holds the price is expected to continue its upward momentum.
Solid fundamentals and recent media attention are some of the main reasons for HUH Token's successful launch.
As stated in the White Paper, "The dream of HUH Token is a decentralised metaverse in which everyone benefits from the data they generate. The data generated through engagement, whether it is information, opinion, images, sound, or another form of self-expression, generated value for influencers and individuals, because all data generates influence, and HUH believes that influence is a currency that should be shared for the greater good "'.
This concept of "tokenising" influence is unheard of in the cryptocurrency space and has the potential to resonate with the creative and influencer communities. Musicians, artists, and influencers can use this cryptocurrency and its associated social network, "MetHUH," to monetise their works or "influence" by exchanging HUH Tokens.
HUH Token intends to be listed on over 100 exchanges within 12 months. This will mean HUH's price will become more bullish with each exchange listing, as access to the token becomes more accessible.
HUH's creators have also locked in $1 million of liquidity for two years to bolster long-term sentiment.
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