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We’re getting healthier and happier here at Microcomms!

February 1st, 2018 Posted by Overview

We know that a poor workplace can have a significant impact on people’s health and well-being. We want to keep our staff happy and healthy which is why in 2018 we’ve introduced some significant changes within the company:

Lunchtime CrossFit

Following the passion our MD Simon Murley has for Crossfit training, we decided to engage James Jeffery owner at CrossFit Belerion to deliver lunchtime sessions at our Wheal Jane offices. Open to all, the take-up has been great across the company. It’s havng an impact too – Gary Holmes an IT engineer within Microcomms support team says “Before Crossfit I was smoking 6-10 cigarettes just travelling in to work, more throughout the day and eating junk. Now, I’ve really cut down my smoking – I probably only have about 6 cigarettes over the course of the whole day and I am thinking about quitting full stop. Training together really helps team morale and makes us feel we have goals to work towards physically. The feeling of being a ‘ supportive team’ during training definitely crosses over into work too.”

Fruit and Healthy Snacks

Wheal Jane is in a rural location and the temptation can be to buy unhealthy snacks from the Sandwich Van when it makes its once-a-day round. However, we’re trying to encourage staff to make good food choices with a free fruit and healthy snack bowl. Anyone can dip in when they get the urge to munch!

Water on Demand

As well as encouraging better eating, we also have a cooled water dispensing system which means no one has an excuse for not staying hydrated.

Table Tennis

Our Board Room has a Conference Table which also doubles up as a Table Tennis table – with regular tournaments and leagues, it’s both competitive and fun. Also when you need to release some work stress – it’s great to whack a ball past your opponent!

As well as physical health, we’ve taken steps to address employee mental health too:

Regular Congratulations and Awards

In 2017 we invested in a new HR system PeopleHR which enables us to send ‘Thank you’s’ and ‘Well Done’ rewards to members of staff. This ensures that great work is recognised across the company. We also have an ‘Employee of the Month’ reward system – team members nominate each other and winners are voted in to the top spot with a prize to recognize their achievements – going above and beyond. 

Our Digital Signage messaging system in the office also highlights great work we’ve achieved and details individual and team achievements.

Investing in our People

Regular appraisals – both informal and formal mean staff members have a clear success pathway and can formulate with their manager next steps within the business. This helps to keep staff motivated and ensures morale stays high. Training plans are put in place and staff are sent on courses to help improve their knowledge base and ensure everyone keeps up to date with new advancements. Recently we had a Belbin session with Oxford Innovations – this was great and really highlighted our strengths and areas we can improve upon!

John Darling, AV Director said of the Belbin session, “It was really interesting. My role means I work both in and out of the office all the time and it’s great to see the overall structure of the team. We don’t have skill gaps and it’s helped me see that when I’m putting a project together who to pull in to meetings and at what stage. Some of the team are great at innovative ideas, whereas some strengths lie more in the end stages – ensuring i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed. Everyone felt their key strengths were recognised, from the loudest to the quietest members of the business.”

Microcomms – it’s a great place to work and a great company to work with.

 

 

 

Smart Homes – fun ways to techno charge your kitchen

June 13th, 2017 Posted by Overview, Tech Talk, Uncategorized

In our techno-savvy, ultra-connected society, there is always something greater — cooler, better — just around the corner, shouting at you from a screen. Our kitchens can connect, be controlled from a distance and be responsive via the ‘Internet of Things’. There are ovens that can be pre-heated from an app, refrigerator cameras which we can access at the supermarket to see what we’re running low on and many other exciting innovations. A couple of our members of staff are currently involved in home renovations and they’ve rounded up favourite ‘smart kitchen’ gadgets featuring on their technology wish-lists:

iSommelier Smart Decanter

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iSommelier promises to soften up the tannins mature wine that normally requires years of cellaring through aerating your wine with highly concentrated purified oxygen. There’s also a smart base with a digital screen that shows you the name of the wine, vintage and aeration progress bar.

There’s an app that connects with the decanter to let you control the device, add aeration programs and gather information about different winemakers.

Portable version available at John Lewis for £349.00

Pantelligent Frying Pan

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While visually the Pantelligent will fit right in with the rest of your home cookware, hidden inside it is an impressive set of features that will change the way you cook — in a way your standard frying pan never could.

The base of the pan has heat sensors that can measure the surface temperature of your food, and a Bluetooth setup tucked away in the handle allows the pan to sync up with your phone through an accompanying app. Together, the tech works to make cooking an easier, tastier experience for new chefs looking to improve their skills.

Available at The Fowndry £170

 

Drop – smart scale

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This ‘smart’ weighing scale connects with an app on your iPad/iPhone using Bluetooth (not yet available on Android). It allows you to scale recipes up or down according to your needs. If you want to feed more people, for example, or if you don’t have as much of a key ingredient as you thought you did. There are hundreds of recipes available on the app, each with clear step by step guides, images and tips.

Available at Currys for £41.99

 

HAPIfork

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Eating too fast leads to poor digestion and poor weight control. The HAPIfork, powered by Slow Control, is an electronic fork that helps you monitor and track your eating habits. It also alerts you with the help of indicator lights and gentle vibrations when you are eating too fast. Every time you bring food from your plate to your mouth with your fork, this action is called: a “fork serving”. The HAPIfork also measures:

* How long it took to eat your meal.
* The amount of “fork servings” taken per minute.
* Intervals between “fork servings”.

This information is then uploaded via USB or Bluetooth to your Online Dashboard on HAPI.com to track your progress. The HAPIfork also comes with the HAPIfork and HAPI.com apps plus a coaching program to help improve your eating behavior.

Available from Hapi.com, priced $49+$25 international shipping.

Helpful guides to keeping your devices safe

November 25th, 2016 Posted by Overview, Tech Talk, Uncategorized

Device Guides

We live our lives through our phones and tablets, you need to keep your data safe.

Read these helpful guides full of tips and advice:

iPhones

iPads

Android Phones & Tablets