Colleges and universities have certainly seen a lot of changes since March of 2020. As doors closed and classrooms emptied, many found themselves in the unfamiliar situation of having to turn to a digital-only education model. As part of that, testing also had to move online, creating confusion among test-takers.
Proper hygiene and disinfection have never been more crucial to maintaining a clean and safe athletics facility than they have been during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Athletic training facilities, with close quarters, closed spaces, shared equipment, varying personal hygiene practices, and high levels of contamination, face many challenges related to environmental hygiene and infection control. These conditions make athletes highly vulnerable to readily transmissible diseases, not only to COVID-19 but also to skin infections and disease.
The pandemic has changed the way we talk about the “digital workplace”. As organizations look to a more modernized environment, it is often difficult to navigate the complexities of a hybrid physical and digital world. Gain insight to what our supplier partner, Iron Mountain, has learn about the digital transformation process along the way.
Loud spaces can negatively impact concentration, memory, productivity, comprehension, and lower morale. Long-term exposure to noise can even increase heart rates and quicken breathing, leading to higher levels of stress hormones. In educational environments, common ambient noise levels decrease intelligibility significantly — in some cases by as much as half. Continue reading to discover the positive impact a quiet environment can have on your organization and a few steps to help optimize the acoustics in your space.
The words “digital workplace” mean something different today than they did a year or two ago.
We’ve all learned a lot this past year about what’s really essential when it comes to getting work done, whether that’s meeting the needs of customers or virtually connecting with co-workers. So, it’s safe to say our digital workplace initiatives are much more reality-driven.
Long after the pandemic, we’ll still be processing what we’ve learned. We’re not simply picking up the pieces and going back to “business as usual.” We’re going back to a different workplace. Learn how your organization can ensure digitization done right (now available through OMNIA Partners' cooperative contract with Iron Mountain).
Cyberattacks targeting public agencies and school communities are an increasing threat each year. In 2020 alone there were nearly 1,700 reported cyber threat events spanning all 50 states in the Education field. Although a wide range of attack methods are used, the most common are breaches, hacks and phishing attacks resulting in personal data disclosure, ransomware attacks, and denial-of-service attacks. Below are three key defensive checkpoints to help protect your organization against malicious ransomware.
Even before the pandemic, education was undergoing a transformation that will go on long after the virus threat subsides. The experiences students, educators and administrators have had during the pandemic has to have accelerated and amplified trends in education that were already in motion.
As more and more people return to the office, it’s increasingly crucial to ensure that your organization has safe disinfection practices in place. When it comes to protecting desk spaces, organizations are turning to products such as disinfection task lights to effectively eliminate germs and bacteria. Our supplier partners, such as OFS, provide these solutions through their cooperative contracts with OMNIA Partners, Public Sector.
As the COVID-19 pandemic quickly established what we now know as our “new normal,” many organizations were forced to switch to a new, remote way of doing business – universities included. This state university was able to utilize the SHI OMNIA Partners contract to provide 9,000 Apple iPads to the freshman class.
The COVID pandemic has presented all of us with unprecedented challenges. Continuing to serve the critical needs of schools and students has called for innovative solutions and new ways of thinking.