Archive | March 19, 2017

Email Dangers At Work

If you work in an office, you probably have email access through your job. Using email at work requires you to remember that it comes with certain risks. They can damage your career or even cost you your position. Stay out of trouble by avoiding these three email dangers:

1. Expecting privacy.

Anything you do at work is likely to be watched, monitored and reported. This includes your email. Deleting a message from your account does not erase the record of it from the system. In fact, everything you do on work computers can be monitored, because the servers save records of all activity long after you have removed it from your computer.

What does this mean to you?

Avoid sending forwards or jokes through company email.
Avoid using it for personal messages that you would rather others not read.
Don’t say you sent a particular email if you did not.

2. Responding when upset.

We all have good days and bad days. We often receive messages that upset or excite us. When this happens, do you want to respond right away? Watch out, this is one of the email dangers. Responding to a message when you are angry, upset or excited is an invitation to trouble. You are more likely to make poor word choices or to reveal information that you should not, whether personal or proprietary.

What does this mean to you?

Spend some time calming down before responding.
Make sure you are thinking clearly.
Review your response before sending.

3. Using “Reply to All.”

Reply to all is not appropriate for every business message. For instance, it is bad form to complain about the boss using company email, but it’s even worse to unintentionally send it to his or her inbox. Or to everyone in the building. The “Reply All” button is always dangerous.

What does this mean to you?

Know who you are sending the message to.
Review your email before it goes out.
Be aware of the other two dangers when dealing with company email.

The higher your position, the more prevalent these dangers tend to be. But even if you are the lowest person on the company roster, stay out of harm’s way by avoiding these pitfalls altogether.

Can You Use First Person In An Abstract For Science Fair Projects

One of the requirements of entering a science fair is to complete a science fair project report. To be graded or scored well, the student needs to use the correct format, voice, tone and style, and they will need to include the right elements. Fortunately, all of these things are easy to accomplish once you know what is expected of you.

Writing Style

The first question that many students have that relate to writing a science fair project report is if it is okay to write in the first person. Students cannot write in the first person when writing a science fair project report. The entire report needs to be written in third person. This can be tricky as students are discussing what they did and what they discovered.

In addition to writing the report in third person, students will also want to avoid creative tones in their writing. While students are encouraged to use similes, metaphors and other creative expressions in English class, these are generally not appropriate in science writing. Students want to keep things as simple and straight forward as possible. The key is to explain the situation with as few words as possible.

Clarity

Clarity is one of the characteristics that judges will be looking for when scoring your science fair project. They are going to evaluate how easy your report was to understand, how logical it progressed from data to conclusions and how organized the overall report was. The design of your display board and you presentation will also be judged for clarity.

Formatting Your Report

Formatting is very important when you start science writing. To start with you will want to select a 12 point font that is easy to read, like Times New Roman or Courier. Next you will want to double space your report and create a one inch all around margin. Finally, you will want to add a header that includes your project title and a page number.

The format of your science fair project report will also need to follow a common layout. Most reports will have the following sections in this order: (1) title page, (2) abstract, (3) introduction, (4) background research, (5) methodology (experiment), (6) data and data analysis, (7) discussion and conclusions and (8) bibliography. Each of these sections will be broken down into sub-sections. For example, the methodology section will include subheadings of supplies and experiment design while the introduction will contain information about the hypothesis, the reason for selecting the topic that was selected and definitions of terms used in the report.

Choosing Hardware and Software

All aspects containing software and hardware in a business environment should not be taken lightly. Many people tend to underestimate the importance of having their systems in optimal condition. For us, you should not have a tight budget as far as hardware and software are concerned. When you make an investment for something that you are going to make use of every working day, you should be looking forward, preventing problems before they arise.

One principle we always follow, is what kind of software and hardware we are going to need in order to perform our everyday operations in order to have as few problems as possible in our own working environment. Quite frankly, if we have to deal every so often with problems in our own network, we are going to have much less time available to address our customers’ issues. As a result of that, we do not invest based on a tight budget.
We also maintain a constant look at the future. We do not buy equipment for our own company, nor we encourage our customers to buy equipment based on the principle of “as long as it gets the job done”. In the future, we are going to have to invest again in order to take advantage of new technologies and to address the volume of the data involved.

HARDWARE

We always prefer and encourage our customers to buy “brand name” products. Why? Because, according to our opinion, “brand name” products offer better quality materials than the “no name” ones. Take into account a data cable for a hard drive. If it has a loose contact with the drive itself, it will give you a headache till someone finds out what the problem is. We also always prefer hardware that is accompanied with On-Site warranty. As long as possible. We do not see as a viable option for a business environment, the process of sending the product back to the manufacturer in order to get it fixed. We see it as a luxury.

SOFTWARE

Before you buy some software licences, it would be wise to have a look at it thoroughly and test it in your own working environment before purchase. We strongly advise you to make sure that it is suitable for your own needs. Also, we encourage you to have a look at the cost, the time to respond and the kind of aftersales support by its developer. It would be wise to spend time on this matter. You will save on unnecessary expenses in the future!

Generally speaking, think what the needs of your business are going to be in the future and adapt your infrastructure accordingly, now! Stop thinking only about today’s needs, invest in the future. You will save on time and money!

We consider that all the above, require very careful planning. A bad plan can create an additional cost on the allocated budget. It can also set you out of schedule (time-wise).