businessmanager eletter Vol13 No9 StandingDesk

Standing Desks Combat Student Obesity, Inactivity

Vol. 13 No. 9

2014 was a landmark year for American couch potatoes, according to the Physical Activity Council’s 2015 Participation Report. Researchers saw the highest level of inactivity out of the last six years. While school-aged children seemed to be the most active of any age group surveyed, about 20% of students indicated a lack of substantial, committed physical activity.

One proposed solution to student inactivity—at least in part—is a radical new classroom arrangement featuring “standing desks.”

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Vol. 13 No. 9

Q: How should we be tracking the hours for coaches? Do we have to include substitute teachers as part time employees? We are thinking of hiring an intern and paying a stipend. Do we have to offer the intern health insurance? Do we count Summer Camp employees? How do we keep track of Part-time employee hours?

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New Research: Toxic Coworkers Can "De-energize" Your Workforce

Vol. 13 No. 9

We've long said that bad attitudes on your faculty and staff can poison a school community. Toxic teachers can lead to resignations of your best staff, flagging enthusiasm, and a lack of innovation within your classrooms. Despite the best hiring protocols, many administrators believe that "Negative Nellies" and others of their ilk inevitably creep into any large community of professionals. People, the philosophy dictates, must learn to work around such roadblocks.

However, recent research out of the University of Michigan has revealed that negative coworkers can bring the entire community down, rendering efforts to "work around" the toxicity as useless.

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Write Job Descriptions by Answering Questions

Vol. 13 No. 8

Finding new talent to add to your school’s faculty and staff can invigorate programs and inject new ideas to counter old problems. But how do you attract the best candidates to your open positions? Why, with your job posting, of course! Your listing is your first chance to attract and impress the sort of teachers and administrators your school desires.

But the first step in writing a job description isn’t writing at all. First, you must collect all the important information job seekers care about, and present it in a way that’s easily understandable and attractive to the best candidates. So, before you set your fingers to the keyboard to craft your job description, make sure you can answer these crucial questions.

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Reaching Realistic Deadlines

Vol. 13 No. 8

Deadlines are to your school what cogs are to a watch: both keep the overall machine ticking and running regularly. They’re necessary for everything to work seamlessly. Many thrive in an environment that sets clear, constant expectations through deadlines, but some may feel like they can’t keep up as due dates whiz by. If you or your office has trouble reaching its deadlines, try these steps.

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Vol. 13 No. 8

Q: We are changing our eligibility for our health insurance from 20 hours per week to 30 hours per week. We were told that we must change our Flexible Spending Account (FSA) definition of eligibility, as well. We still want to let our part-time employees pretax their out-of-pocket expenses, but we’re told that this is not allowed. Can only our full-time employees participate in our FSA plan?

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