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How to get a Canadian Phone Number

Canada is a federal parliamentary democracy. However, its constitution recognizes the king or queen of the United Kingdom as its Head of State. The Head of Government is Prime Minister …Read More »

Canada is a federal parliamentary democracy. However, its constitution recognizes the king or queen of the United Kingdom as its Head of State. The Head of Government is Prime Minister Justin Pierre James Trudeau, and Governor General Julie Payette represents the Head of State, Queen Elizabeth II. Canada is located in North America, its capital is Ottawa, and the administrative divisions include 10 provinces and three territories*: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories*, Nova Scotia, Nunavut*, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Yukon*.

 

The estimated population of Canada in 2017 was 36,708,100. Also in 2017, there were 14,987,520 fixed telephone lines (i.e., landlines) and 30.45 million cell phones.

Global Call Forwarding

Global Call Forwarding sells the largest selection of local, mobile, and toll free numbers in Canada. The numbers have instant activation with commitment. The local and mobile numbers are SMS optional.

These numbers work as follows:

  • Your customer dials the number.
  • Global Call Forwarding routes the call to your phone anywhere in the world.
  • You receive the call on your phone or business telephone system.

All of these numbers are toll free to callers.

Buying a number is a straightforward process, as follows:

  1. Select Canada as the country.
  2. For a toll free number, select a prefix and then select a number.
  3. For a geographic number, select a locale, choose the SMS capability if desired, select a city, and select a number.

Global Call Forwarding offers local and mobile numbers in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, and Saskatchewan.

Area Code Chart

The following graphic is an area code chart for Canada. An overlay is an area code that covers a region currently assigned to other area codes.

Population and Telephone Usage in Provinces and Territories

The subsequent paragraphs discuss each province or territory, its population, landline estimate, and cell phone estimate. The basis for the telephone estimates is configured by the provinces or territories’ percentage of Canada’s population multiplied by the total number of landlines or cell phones.

Alberta

Alberta lies east of British Columbia, west of Saskatchewan, and south of the Northwest Territories. To the south, it borders the US state of Montana. Its capital is Edmonton, and its largest city is Calgary. Tourist destinations in Alberta include Banff, Canmore, Drumheller, Jasper and Sylvan Lake. Alberta’s 2017 population was 4,286,100, and it had 1,749,968 landlines and 3,555,394 cell phones.

British Columbia

British Columbia borders the Pacific Ocean and Alaska to the west, Alberta to the east, Yukon and the Northwest Territories to the north, and the US states of Washington, Idaho, and Montana to the south. Its capital is Victoria, and its largest city is Vancouver. British Columbia has a diverse economy with service industries dominating its GDP. Its 2017 population was 4,817,200, and it had 1,966,811 landlines and 3,995,950 cell phones.

Manitoba

Manitoba borders Saskatchewan to the west, Ontario to the east, Nunavut to the north, Hudson Bay to the northeast, and the US states of North Dakota and Minnesota to the south. Winnipeg is Manitoba’s capital and largest city. Agriculture, energy, forestry, mining, oil, and tourism dominate Manitoba’s economy. Its 2017 population was 1,338,100, and it had 546,332 landlines and 1,109,977 cell phones.

New Brunswick

New Brunswick borders Quebec to the northwest and the Atlantic Ocean to the northeast. The isthmus of Chignecto connects New Brunswick to Nova Scotia on the east. The Bay of Fundy is to the southeast, and the US state, Maine, is to the southwest. New Brunswick’s capital is Fredericton, and its largest city is Moncton. Its economy depends upon agriculture, fisheries, forestry, mining, and tourism. Its 2017 population was 759,700, and it had 310,177 landlines and 630,184 cell phones.

Newfoundland and Labrador

The province of Newfoundland and Labrador consists of Labrador on the mainland and the Island of Newfoundland in the Atlantic Ocean. Labrador borders Quebec to the southwest with the Atlantic Ocean on all other sides. Newfoundland Island lies southeast of Labrador. St John’s, on Newfoundland Island, is the capital of the province and its largest city. The economy depends upon mines and quarries in Labrador, oil production from offshore platforms, the fishing industry; in Newfoundland, there are paper and lumber mills and agriculture.

Tourism is also important during the months of June through September. The province’s 2017 population was 528,800, and it had 215,903 landlines and 438,649 cell phones.

Northwest Territories

The Northwest Territories border on Yukon Territory to the west, the Beaufort Sea and Arctic Ocean to the north, Nunavut Territory to the east, and the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan to the south. Its capital and largest city is Yellowknife. Its economy depends upon its natural resources, which include gold, diamonds, natural gas, and petroleum. The Northwest Territories’ 2017 population was 44,500, and it had 18,169 landlines and 36,914 cell phones.

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia lies southeast of New Brunswick, and water surrounds the Nova Scotia peninsula: the Gulf of St Lawrence to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the Gulf of Maine to the southwest, and the Bay of Fundy to the west. Nova Scotia’s capital and largest metropolitan area is Halifax. Nova Scotia is the world’s largest exporter of Christmas trees, lobsters, gypsum, and wild berries. Other sectors of its economy include defense and aerospace, the film industry, tourism, information and communications technology, and Michelin tires.

The province’s 2017 population was 953,900, and it had 389,467 landlines and 791,276 cell phones.

Nunavut

Nunavut Territory constitutes the major portion of northwest Canada and of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. It borders the Northwest Territories to the southwest, Manitoba to the south, Hudson Bay to the east, and the Arctic Ocean to the north. Its capital and largest city is Iqaluit. Mining, along with oil and gas exploration dominate the economy, which also depends upon arts and crafts, hunting, fishing, whaling, and the New Canadian High Arctic Research Station. The territory’s 2017 population was 38,000, and it had 15,515 landlines and 31,522 cell phones.

Ontario

Ontario is the most populous province in Canada. It is home to Canada’s capital, Ottawa. Toronto is the provincial capital and its largest city. Manitoba lies west of Ontario, and Hudson Bay and James Bay are to the north. Quebec is to the northeast and east, and five US states, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York are on Ontario’s southern border. Ontario’s economy includes manufacturing, power generation, natural resources, and auto production. The largest single employer in the national capital region is Canada’s Federal Government. The province’s 2017 population was 14,193,400, and it had 5,795,012 landlines and 11,773,669 cell phones.

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island (PEI) is the smallest province in land area and population. However, it is the most densely populated province at 25.25 persons per square kilometer. Its largest city and capital is Charlottetown. PEI lies in the Gulf of St Lawrence north of the Nova Scotia peninsula. Agriculture, the fishery, and tourism are the basis of its economy. The province’s 2017 population was 152,000, and it had 62,060 landlines and 126,087 cell phones.

Quebec

Quebec is the only province with a predominantly French-speaking population. Its capital is Quebec City, and its largest city and metropolitan area is Montreal. Natural resources, aerospace, information and communications technology, biotechnology, and the pharmaceutical industry drive Quebec’s economy. Quebec borders: to the west, Ontario, James Bay, and Hudson Bay. At the north, Hudson Strait and Ungava Bay, to the east, the Gulf of St Lawrence and Newfoundland and Labrador. To the south, Quebec borders New Brunswick and the US states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York. The province’s 2017 population was 8,394,000, and it had 3,427,179 landlines and 6,962,967 cell phones.

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan is a landlocked province with Alberta to the west, Northwest Territories to the north, Manitoba to the east, and the US states, Montana and North Dakota, to the south. Its capital and largest city is Saskatoon. Saskatchewan’s has a diverse economy. Service industries account for 41.3%. The remainder of the economy includes mining and petroleum (13.0%), wholesale and retail trade (11.7%), transportation, communications, and utilities (9.1%), manufacturing (7.7%), agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting (6.8%), construction (5.1%), and other (5.3%). The province’s 2017 population was 1,163,900, and it had 475,208 landlines and 965,475 cell phones.

Yukon

Yukon borders Alaska to the northwest, the Beaufort Sea to the north, the Northwest Territories to the east, and British Columbia to the south. Whitehorse is its capital and only city, although there are also seven towns: Carmacks, Dawson, Faro, Haines Junction, Mayo, Teslin, and Watson Lake. Yukon’s economy consists of mining, tourism, manufacturing of furniture, clothing, and handicrafts, hydroelectricity, and trapping and fishing. The territory’s 2017 population was 38,500, and it had 15,719 landlines and 31,936 cell phones.

When Tech Goes Too Far: New GM Vehicles Offer Shopping While Driving

About the New General Motors (GM) App A new application from General Motors (GM) now allows you to order your favorite cup of Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts coffee from the …Read More »

About the New General Motors (GM) App

A new application from General Motors (GM) now allows you to order your favorite cup of Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts coffee from the open road. However, this has led to many asking is this convenience or a detriment to safe driving?

 

GM has decided to embrace newer in-car technologies by offering a suite of services from your vehicle. The cars with these features include 2017 and 2018 GMC, Chevrolet, Cadillac, and Buick vehicles. These vehicles come already equipped with Wi-Fi hotspots. When sitting in the car facing the dashboard, you will be able to view the “Marketplace” icon on your computer screen. Roughly 4 million vehicles should expect to see the change over the next year and a half.

The app isn’t just for coffee, either. Many retailers have partnered with GM to sell their own various products and services. This unique blend of technology can apply to transactions such as booking a hotel room or ordering a meal from a restaurant chain.

Technology and Distracted Driving

Of course, certain groups are not entirely happy about this change. Even though it is illegal in many states to talk on a mobile phone while operating a vehicle, it is still a very common occurrence and one that causes accidents every day. The National Safety Council reports that “cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year.”

It’s safe to say that not everything about this application is, well, safe. Distracted driving involves texts, phone calls, emails, social media, music applications, and more. This new in-car shopping app is just one more item that could be added to the list. And it’s not just because a driver only needs to push a few buttons to operate the app, such as “Book a Hotel”. They can also be distracted by the considerations behind the decision, such as “How much money can I spend on a hotel room?” or “How long do I need to stay at the hotel?”

According to the American Driving Survey, United States residents “drove a total of 2.45 trillion miles” in 2015. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports 17,600 minutes behind the wheel each year. Consumer brands and retailers, for this reason, should take some level of responsibility in allowing drivers to simply drive.

What the App Offers

Driving distractions aside, the team at General Motors believes that this application is a convenient way to give people the resources they need on a convenient platform.

GM Vice President Santiago Chamorro explained there are certain services that are inaccessible from a person’s regular route. This new tech now paves the way for busy professionals to make purchases or reservations while making use of time during the daily commute.

The argument is that this app allows drivers to handle things from their phones with greater convenience. Instead of a driver pulling out their phone, or pulling over to the side of the road in order to get to their phones, which puts them in danger or lose valuable driving time, this app allows them to have a greater amount of control. With just a few convenient clicks of a few buttons, they can reserve a parking spot or find the next gas station. For instance, instead of picking up your phone to call TGI Friday’s for a table reservation, the app can do it for you hands-free.

Here are the six categories and the brands GMC has partnered with to bring about a more unified driving and commerce experience:

  • Fuel up: Shell and Exxon
  • Find Parking: Parkopedia
  • Order Food: Applebee’s, IHOP, Wingstop, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, and delivery.com
  • Reserve Table: TGI Fridays
  • Reserve Hotel: Priceline
  • Shop for Car: GM dealers and discounts for car parts, accessories, and services such as tire rotations

The entire platform has been financed by these diverse merchants. While the market is still unsure how much in revenue GM is receiving from these brands, there are plans to add options for vendors in the future. And of course, GM also uses the app to earn additional revenue from their current clientele. They offer data packages and other GM subscriptions that are available while consumers drive. If you are still unsure how this application enriches your driving experience, you’re not the only one. However, for passengers who are not in control of the vehicle, there seems to be great value to these options.

How the App Works

It’s likely you’re going to see more instances of in-car eCommerce in the near future. So how does this application work? GM’s app uses what’s called machine learning in operating the technology. Machine learning uses your current location to decide what to sell/ market to you. Here’s what GM has to say about it:

“Marketplace… leverages machine learning from real-time interaction data, such as location, time of day and a driver’s established digital relationship with third-party merchants, to offer highly personalized experiences.”

To pay for your purchases, the application saves your credit or debit card information so you don’t have to pull out your wallet every time.

To their credit, GM has explained that the app has a limited number of options on purpose so that drivers do not find themselves scrolling, searching, or pressing buttons for their entire trip. The process, they explain, is about as fast as finding the right station on the radio.

Tips to Prevent Tech Distractions

Now that corporations will be targeting consumers from the front seat of their car, this is the best time to develop new habits to avoid distracted driving. Many organizations will offer advice such as turning off your phone or allowing your passengers to run the GPS. Others suggest stricter methods such as shutting off the radio altogether. However, remember that you know yourself better than anyone, including what tends to keep you sidetracked. Make a short list of the ways you can personally keep your eyes on the road and away from what distracts you.

If you need your phone for directions and maps, you can still keep yourself safe by setting your mobile phone to “auto answer.” This way, if you get a text or phone call while driving, it sends back a response that indicates you are too busy to respond at the moment.

Before hitting the road, complete all the tasks you would normally accomplish in the car. This includes charging your phone and streaming your music playlist. Technology is a valuable tool, however, it’s important to use it correctly. We encourage you to explore new ways to make your busy day less hectic while remaining safe on the road, especially if you’re going to be making the most of technology with GM’s new shopping app.

Why You Should Keep Educating your Team

As a team leader, one of your most important roles is to keep your team educated. This means ongoing training so that your personnel can keep up with the latest …Read More »

As a team leader, one of your most important roles is to keep your team educated. This means ongoing training so that your personnel can keep up with the latest products, standards, and practices related to your business. In order to keep educating them, you have to maintain vigilant attention to your company’s vision as well as the goals and deadlines of the project at hand. It is also important to maintain your own motivation; only when you participate wholeheartedly in a project will your team be motivated to be there alongside you. There are a number of advantages to ongoing training; here is a look at some of the ways it pays to keep your team continuously trained.

 

Boosting Productivity

Training and development is an excellent way to increase productivity and retention. Don’t give in to the temptation of cutting back on outside training such as workshops and conferences for your employees because this can actually cause you to lose out in the long run. Studies show that employees who are well-trained are much more willing and capable of assuming a higher level of control over their assignments and they need less supervision when on task. Not only do they offer better customer service, but they also enjoy their work more.

Maintaining Communication

There is no such thing as too much communication, and this should be an integral part of all employee training. Make sure that you and all members of your team are on the same page all the way through each project. Employees need to be updated on the progress of the project on a regular basis. Though regular face-to-face meetings are very important, it’s not always convenient to call everyone together as this can impede progress, particularly if your team members do not share the same geographic location. Other good ways to keep your employees on top of the project’s ongoing status is through email, memos, conference calls, and video conferencing. Let your team know how important communication is for meeting long-term training goals and also addressing any challenges that are being faced, and encourage them to make suggestions.

Rewarding Efficient Performance

Another key factor to maintaining adequate training and motivation to learn is to reward individual and team performance. Recognition of achievement is a great way to provide positive reinforcement and encourage excellence among your employees. Use your company newsletter to announce specific achievements and goals that have been met. Take the time to make personal phone calls to commend high achieving workers. In recognition of team efforts, take your employees out for lunch, post-performance charts in the workplace or on your company website. Make these acts a regular part of your corporate motivation strategy.

Offering Your Team a Challenge

By setting your team-challenging goals, you are offering a stimulating way to learn new skills or to brush up on old ones. Your employees will work hard to meet new challenges and to achieve excellence. Make sure that the training goals are realistic and can be attained within a reasonable amount of time. Don’t forget to equip your team with the tools to succeed. They will soon lose motivation if they lack the tools required for the job. This doesn’t only include the necessary equipment, but also internal support, materials, and regular communication.

Keep Poor Performance in Check

Poor performance can lead to a downward spiral of decreased motivation and can undermine the whole point of ongoing training. Your team will rely on you to manage group members who are not participating fully, without causing conflict. Resolve such issues as quickly and diplomatically as possible. Avoid turning a blind eye to poor performance, otherwise, it will soon get out of hand and affect your team and their efficiency. Be clear about the changes you expect to improve performance, and if necessary explain what additional action will be taken if goals are still not met.

When and How to Use Praise

Praise is an important part of keeping your team educated, but remember, if praise is to be productive, it must be specific so that the individual is aware of what he or she has done to earn it. Clear and detailed feedback will help your employees understand their strengths and will ensure that you do not appear to be patronizing. Use praise conservatively; if you praise everything, it ceases to have any value. Try to avoid adding conditions to your praise; otherwise, it will come across as false or as a requirement for something else.

Another important thing to remember is that praise should be timely. If you wait too long after an event to make positive comments, they will have lost their impact. A good way of reinforcing praise is to coincide it with some form of recognition. Some possibilities include an achievement award, a write-up in the company newsletter or a gift certificate.

When and How to Use Constructive Feedback

There is an important difference between constructive feedback and criticism. Constructive feedback is given with forethought and with the intention of creating an empowering experience. Criticism, on the other hand, consists of being judgmental and most often creates negative feelings and loss of empowerment. While individuals and teams are inspired by constructive feedback, criticism can lead to resentment, loss of motivation and poor performance.

As part of your employee training, consider how you can strengthen your bonds with your employees and encourage them to fulfill their maximum potential. Remember to listen to suggestions from your team; their input may lead to new breakthroughs, especially if you are not afraid to try out new methods. Staying abreast of concerns and disagreements within your workforce will enable you to diffuse them before they get out of hand. It will help instill your employees with confidence in your leadership skills. Use training to address weaknesses in your company and to strengthen these areas. Don’t forget that before you begin training your staff, you should be personally up to date with the latest information to maximize the effectiveness of the team. An investment in your employees’ continuing education is an investment in your company as a whole.

The Importance of Updating Your Software

Your computer software is never the same for long. Whether you use Windows or Mac, software updates should be expected every few weeks, and you most likely know all about …Read More »

Your computer software is never the same for long. Whether you use Windows or Mac, software updates should be expected every few weeks, and you most likely know all about those annoying pop-up messages alerting you to upgrade. This gets annoying and frustrating for many when trying to do the simplest things like sending an email or complete pending work.

 

So, like most people, you probably inordinately keep hitting the ‘remind me later’ button and delay the update by days, weeks, or months. Who has time for this?!

Most of us keep pushing back software updates because of two reasons: we don’t have the time to keep our computer running while it updates to the latest version, or we don’t realize the importance of software updates so we avoid them. However, ignoring these important messages is detrimental, no matter how much time we “think” we’re saving in the present moment.

The Importance of Software Updates

Software updates are necessary for the average person, however, they are even more important if you are a business owner who does a great amount of work on the computer, so it’s really important to know that delaying upgrades can put you at huge risks.

The Risks of Outdated Software

Running an outdated software can also lead to your computer crashing at inopportune moments and if you take the chance, you risk losing all your files.

If you are an entrepreneur or online business owner, there are several important reasons why you need to perform software updates regularly. Even if you don’t have time when the message pops up, you should set aside some designated time when you perform all necessary software upgrades.

Here we highlight some of the most important reasons why performing software upgrades is necessary.

Security

It is well known that hackers and cybercriminals are more powerful than ever. The moment a new software update is released, they find ways to hack it and get access to personal data and other valuable information. Every software upgrade comes with a few bugs, and each new update fixes the problem. Cybercriminals take advantage of the vulnerabilities in these programs and use them to sneak into computers.

When you keep your software updated all the time, bugs and other vulnerabilities are less of an issue. Even when cyber criminals try to look for a way to hack into your system, they will not be able to get in if they can’t find a vulnerability they can use. Keeping your system updated at all times gives better protection and security against online threats.

Speed

Isn’t it annoying when your computer takes forever to startup? It gets even more annoying when files take a long time to load or the browser takes ages to open. When you try to download high-resolution videos or play games on your computer, it can get even slower, or worse, crash. This happens particularly when you run on outdated software.

Every time you upgrade your software, you give it a speed boost. Each update makes your computer faster in areas like starting up, loading files, or playing games. This is because each software upgrade fixes the bugs that existed in the previous version, leading to enhanced performance and faster speed. If you think your computer is too slow, you might need a software upgrade.

Security of Your Documents

When you think of how practically everything is stored digitally these days, your files, documents, and other valuable data suddenly seem far more at risk than ever. When your computer runs on an outdated software, you are at risk of downloading malware even without realizing it.

Certain types of malware can not only wipe out your documents but also transmit the bug from your computer to a remote server and vice versa. Malware today is more sophisticated than ever. You won’t even know your computer was infected with malware until it’s too late.

If your computer stores confidential data like employee details and salary information, you risk losing sensitive information if your device is infected. Making sure you update your computer’s operating systems and software helps mitigate the risk from these kinds of online threats.

Risk of Infecting Other Devices

When you upload a malware-infected file to the cloud server, that file can infect all the other files stored there. When you send an infected file to someone else and the recipient opens the file, not only does the computer get infected, but their other files will be as well. This is how malware keeps spreading from one computer to another.

When you upgrade the software, you not only get to know about existing malware on your computer but you also strengthen the system against external malware attacks and other threats. This makes it harder for you to download malware disguised as files or software programs.

Exciting New Features

When an upgrade is released, it comes with a lot of new and exciting features. As we all know, features are at the core of your computer’s software.

Features determine what the software is or isn’t capable of. The newest versions of a software will always be packed with features that didn’t exist on the previous versions. These features help you get your job done quickly and more efficiently. An outdated version of software results in slow work, while the latest version helps you finish tasks in a shorter period of time.

Healthy Hardware

In case you never noticed, your computer’s software is linked to the health of the hardware. When the software is outdated, the hardware isn’t going to run smoothly or efficiently. A new software upgrade is created with the latest hardware in mind.

If the hardware is updated, the software will also need an upgrade. Similarly, if you are running on outdated hardware, you need to upgrade it in order to keep it compatible with the software. This keeps the two in total sync because by keeping the software updated, the result is healthy hardware that performs smoothly and efficiently.

Updating your computer’s software might seem like a mundane task that you don’t have time for. But considering all the risks that threaten your system if you run outdated software, installing regular software upgrades is something you should be doing for optimal performance, security, and efficiency.

Surviving Long Days Working at Your Desk

Working at a desk all day long does not seem physically taxing at first. You are only sitting, right? Yes, but sitting for hours at a stretch comes with its …Read More »

Working at a desk all day long does not seem physically taxing at first. You are only sitting, right? Yes, but sitting for hours at a stretch comes with its own share of drawbacks. And we all know, being sedentary is far more dangerous than being active. It eventually leads to our bodies being incapable of performing important physical tasks.

 

With virtual offices on the rise and an increasing number of people choosing to work from home, a vast majority of employed people now spend their days hunched over a desk in front of a monitor. The result? Nearly 80 percent of Americans suffer from lower back pain, stiff neck, and other joint pain because of a sedentary lifestyle. Even when you exercise every day for an hour or two, the long hours spent at a desk can still be detrimental.

According to a study, spending eight to 12 hours sitting down daily can lead to high rates of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Considering there are millions of people who go through decades of their life in this scenario, the findings are alarming.

But all is not hopeless. It is possible to survive long hours working at a desk if one is willing to add a little change in the routine. These following tips help counteract the negative effects of a sedentary job.

Pick the right chair

More often than not, the reason for lower back pain is using the wrong chair. The chair that you use at home or the office may be either too low or too high, causing you to strain your neck as you look at the monitor. The remedy? An ergonomically designed chair that’s just the right height to the desk.

You might need to try out a few different chairs to find the perfect one, but once you do, it may be the answer to your aches and pains.

2. The right desk and monitor height

Once you have found the right chair, it will be time to adjust the height of your desk and the monitor. Most of the time, a desk that is either too low or too high, can cause aches and pains. Make sure you are looking straight at the monitor and not bending or hunching over the desk.

You don’t need any fancy equipment; just placing your computer atop a few books should do the job.

3. Use a standing desk

Counter the debilitating effects of prolonged sitting by getting a standing desk. Research shows that you can burn up to fifty extra calories every hour just by working at a standing desk, instead of sitting down. Although it doesn’t seem like a big deal, standing actually helps improve your posture and strengthens your legs.

Considering the amount of time we spend sitting, using the same time to stand will burn so many more calories. Adjusting the height of your monitor is all you need to do.

4. Get up and walk

While sitting and working at a desk for long hours, we often lose track of time. We forget to get up and walk at frequent intervals, leading to stiff neck, joint pain, and backache. Whether you work from home or from an office, it is important to get up and walk around to avoid muscle stiffness.

To make sure of this, implement the use of regular reminders via apps on your phone or computer that will remind you every couple of hours to leave the chair and walk around. Going for a walk during your lunch break is also a good way to keep active and loosen your muscles.

5. Walk or cycle to work

Cars ruin our health more than we realize. If you commute to and from work daily, you may spend more than two or three hours sitting down every day. If possible, walk or try to bicycle to work sometimes to counteract the negative effects of sitting down. Both cycling and walking are great exercises for the body, and if your office is close by, ditching your car for your bike is a great way to save gas and incorporate a workout into the routine.

6. Exercise while watching TV

Instead of sitting and watching TV on a sofa, bring your treadmill out of retirement and place it in front of the television so you can use that time more constructively (and enjoyably) while watching a fantastic show. This will make sure that you get to watch TV only when you are walking, maximizing your time while taking care of your body.

If you don’t have exercise equipment, walk around the room or march in place while watching TV. Not being a couch potato will not only keep you active but also reduce your chances of cardiac problems.

7. Schedule a weekly walk or hike

After working at a desk the whole week, schedule a family walk or hike during the weekend. This is a fantastic way to keep yourself active and help your muscles relax after a sedentary week. It’s also an ideal way to spend some quality time with your family.

The average American is highly accustomed to sitting down. In fact, our bodies are trained to be seated – while eating, watching TV, and working. Even if you exercise every day, sitting long hours at a desk can negate all the benefits of exercise. For some perspective, there is a rural village in China known as the Longevity Village where people live up to a hundred years on average because of their lifelong active habits.

You don’t have to go to great lengths to be able to lead an active lifestyle. You can incorporate subtle changes in your life to balance out the harmful effects of a sedentary job. You may not be able to change the nature of your work, but you can always change the way you work.

Adjusting your desk and chair, walking around every half hour, and incorporating regular exercise into your work week and weekends are excellent ways to survive long hours working at a desk.

7 Ways to Keep Employees Motivated

Did you know that 3 million employees in the U.S. quit their job voluntarily every single month? It’s not too surprising when you think about it. Many employers are unaware, …Read More »

Did you know that 3 million employees in the U.S. quit their job voluntarily every single month?

It’s not too surprising when you think about it. Many employers are unaware, or too busy to notice there are often company-wide bad habits that drive good employees to their competitor’s front door.

 

When workers don’t feel comfortable in a certain setting or are unhappy with their position, costly mistakes are more likely to happen. Instead, the focus needs to be placed on motivating employees at all levels, from interns to middle management and beyond. A truly successful enterprise is one that recognizes the importance of their workers and actively works to keep them. Not just for their talents and hard work, but their personal health and happiness.

Here are 7 different opportunities you can take advantage of to motivate your people in a positive work environment.

  1. Rewards and Incentives

If your workers have accomplished something worthy of a “job well done,” then say so with a reward. Recognition is one of the best ways to keep employees satisfied with their job. This is especially true if they’re recognized in front of coworkers. Here are some ideas of things you can reward them with to get started:

  • Gift cards to a nearby restaurant or coffee shop
  • Catered lunch for your team
  • VIP parking spot for a week
  • A “work from home” day
  • A trophy or framed certificate
  1. Recognize and Address Problems

When employees speak up about a certain issue, it’s best to listen. This has to do with good communication. If your company communicates well, then workers feel listened to and cared for.

For instance, let’s say that one of your teams is asking for more training or tools to help them with tasks. Instead of saying “we don’t have a budget for this,” schedule a meeting with everyone involved to come up with an alternative solution. While it may be difficult to resolve every single problem they face, you must at least recognize their concern.

This is because even “small” problems can snowball into bigger ones in the future, so try not to ignore them for too long. This could result in a top employee leaving your company.

  1. Get Their Input

According to a 2005 study, “84% of highly engaged employees believe they can positively impact the quality of their company’s products.”

Have you ever gotten an employee’s opinion on a process? When workers are more involved and offer input, they are naturally motivated to see a project succeed.

So create a culture where employees are encouraged to participate. Ask them how they feel about certain policies and how things can be improved. You would be surprised how many of them have smart ideas already. Try to set up a monthly meeting where everyone can get together and spitball ideas.

Remember, be sure to do more than just listen. Support their ideas, allow them to implement them and have ownership of them as well.

  1. Create a “Trust” Environment

How often have you worked in an office where, if something went wrong, everyone would start pointing fingers? This is a direct reflection of upper management. When employees make a mistake, they become anxious about getting reprimanded and are less likely to be open about it.

Instead, hire managers and team leaders who are willing to foster trust. They should encourage values such as respect, honesty, and teamwork on a regular basis. This way, when a mistake is made, workers can feel confident about going to their leaders for support. They can also work together on a plan for preventing that mistake in the future.

  1. Give Them Room to Grow

When a person walks into a company interview, chances are you are going to ask the question, “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” Well, how are you helping them get there?

Most people enter the workforce with a goal. Complacent or “bored” employees have short attention spans and are more likely to leave if their goals aren’t met. Regular training, new challenges, and bigger projects are just a few of the ways to support employees professionally.

Offer top workers a chance at real development in your company. Send them to a career fair or conference where they can grow their skills. Have a quarterly review where they can make their own recommendations for how they will grow over the next few months. As they develop into their roles, you are more likely to retain them.

  1. Celebrate With Them

This is more than just a birthday cake in the conference room. Recognize the importance of personal and professional achievement from upper management and C-level executives. Here are a few reasons to celebrate with your employees:

  • A glowing customer review on your website as a result of service well done
  • A new and successful product release
  • Promotions and new hires
  • Professional milestones, such as years of service

According to the 2014 TINYpulse Employee Engagement and Organizational Culture Report, “Nearly two-thirds of all employees report working at organizations that lack a strong work culture.” Being able to sit regularly with workers in a casual setting will go a long way in developing a culture they enjoy.

Not only that, celebrations enable employees to want to reach new milestones on their own.

  1. Be Flexible

Offices will have many strict rules about when employees can take breaks, how many days they can have off, and may even dictate acceptable times to use the restroom.

While having office “rules” to a certain extent is actually very healthy, workers should never have to feel worried or anxious about when they can leave their desk. This kind of burden does not offer them a chance to attend to their personal lives. And as a result, they end up quitting. Instead, work with them and put into place a flexible work schedule that meets their needs.

For example, you can explain that if certain deadlines are met, a team can work from home every other Friday. According to a study by OWL Labs, “Companies that support remote employees “have 25 percent lower employee turnover than companies that don’t.”

Why Team Building Exercises Work

Time and again you read about the many benefits of team building and why it matters in the modern workplace. These may seem like frivolous activities, but there is actual …Read More »

Time and again you read about the many benefits of team building and why it matters in the modern workplace. These may seem like frivolous activities, but there is actual data to prove otherwise. In fact, when team building exercises are regularly incorporated into an office environment, especially ones that include problem-solving, communication, and decision making, you create truly engaged employees and teams who find purpose in their work.

These are the employees who contribute to your ultimate success and end up boosting employers’ bottom line. And this isn’t just because they’re more productive. From a recent Gallup poll, “Teams that work together well (teams in the top 25%) incur lower healthcare costs.” This is likely connected with other studies that show how sitting in a chair for more than 8 hours a day has a direct negative impact on health.

Instead, separating long working hours with team building exercises can give employees a chance to take the breaks they need and “refresh.” If you want to reap some of these amazing benefits for your team, here’s how to get started with team building exercises at work.

When (and How) to Start

When: We’ll start by saying that every employee has their own work schedule and personal priorities. It’s best if you, as a manager, try to work around their time and not cause unneeded interruptions in workflow. That being said, try to get a majority to agree to a time and day that works best for them, and try to schedule activities in advance so no productivity is lost. For example:

 

  • Every Wednesday during lunch
  • Every other Friday at 1 pm
  • Every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 am

 

How: To set up team building exercises, you can assign individuals to groups. Every time the group meets, you can choose to “switch it up” by dividing them a different way. For instance, splitting up groups by department or floor. Switching groups or partners frequently and randomly helps you avoid office “cliques” afterward.  

Finally, make the time enjoyable. Your office space may allow for couches and more comfortable seating than desk chairs. Bring food and beverages. Share a meal or even a small snack. The success of this project is entirely dependant on the participants, and if they’d rather be at their desks working, then everyone is missing the point.

Workplace Clubs and Sponsored Teams

This isn’t so much a team building “exercise” as it is a weekly gathering for discussion. Clubs and teams are a great way to promote team building, however, especially since they are voluntary and all participants want to be there. Employees can choose a club by interest (books, photography, Yoga, knitting, volunteering, etc.) or by sport.

If your company chooses to sponsor a league by paying their registration fee, your brand can be advertised on team t-shirts or sweaters. Popular sports include basketball, bowling, soccer, or running. Partner with local charities for marathons and half marathons to raise money or awareness for a cause they feel close to.

Egg Drop

This is a team competition and a fun icebreaker for groups just getting to know each other. First, you will need at least two teams of people. Each team is given one raw egg and random office supplies to work with.

Office supplies could be anything, including paper, tape, utensils from the break room, straws, pens, or rubber bands. Once the supplies are distributed, start a timer for 20 minutes. The teams have that much time to build a contraption or package that would help protect the egg from an 8-foot drop. When the timer goes off, take all of the packages and one by one, drop them 8 feet from the ground. Teams with unbroken eggs will be declared the winner!

Two Truths and a Lie

This game allows co-workers to know each other better on a more personal level. First, the entire group starts out by sitting in a circle. Each person will take turns telling two true facts about themselves and one lie, in any random order. However, they cannot reveal which is a lie.

After sharing, everyone else must “vote” on which statement they believe is a lie. If they are right, they can have one point. After every person in the circle has had a turn, the person(s) with the highest number of correct guesses, or points, wins.

There is also another version of the game Two Truths and a Lie in which the statements are written down on pieces of paper. Once they are all written down, everyone in the group must “mingle” for 20 minutes while to try to figure out who is lying. Or they can spend time convincing others of their own lie. When the conversations are over, then the voting can begin.

Scavenger Hunt

This can be an individual or team challenge. While it is possible to conduct a scavenger hunt in the office, it’s best to try this outdoors since there may be some running involved. Make a list of tasks for each person or team to complete within a limited time frame. They should remember to bring their smartphones because they must snap a photo of someone from their team completing the task. The tasks could be as silly as you want, such as “Give a stranger a high five!”

Once the list is checked off, everyone can meet back at the office to view the photos if they wish. Points are awarded for each list item, so the more difficult the task, the more likely they are to win.

Drawing Back to Back

This is an interesting game of interpretation. Have two people sitting back to back in their office chairs. One person will be given an image or picture, and the other person will have to draw it with a pencil and paper. They can’t look at the image, though – their teammate in the other chair must describe it for them. Set up a timer to keep the game moving fast. At the end of the round, it’s interesting to see how the picture has been interpreted.

Lunch Breaks are SO Important at Work

According to historians, the lunch break, as we know it in America today, originated in New York, which makes sense as the Big Apple has been at the forefront of …Read More »

According to historians, the lunch break, as we know it in America today, originated in New York, which makes sense as the Big Apple has been at the forefront of large American manufacturing hubs for decades. The focus of people’s daily lives was work, and lunch was the meal that had to fit conveniently into their work schedules. As the first meal eaten outside the home, lunch led to some new developments in scheduling for it. It had to be fast, so workers could have time to eat before returning to work. It had to be affordable, so they didn’t spend too much of their earnings on it. These changes led to innovations such as the birth of drugstore lunch counters, soda fountains, spreadable peanut butter, and wrapped sliced bread.

These days, lunch has become a less honored tradition, with many employees not even leaving their desk for lunch, and only 29 percent of workers receiving a full hour’s lunch break. But if you are one of the many Americans who tend to skip lunch, read on, because you might be surprised to find out that your munch break is much more important than you realize.

Why your Lunch Breaks are a Crucial Part of your Work Day

If you think you are more productive by skipping lunch, think again. Your brain functions and your capacity to perform complex tasks depend upon the type of food you eat. For example, if you stop for a greasy burger on your lunch break, you will be struggling to concentrate for the rest of the day. The results will be even worse if you decide to skip lunch altogether because you’re weight-watching; those calories you’re depriving yourself of are necessary for proper functioning of your body!

Boost your Brain with Better Food

To power-up your mental energy for the rest of the day, your lunch should be packed with foods that nourish and support your body’s demands. Consider creating lunches that include such fare as oily fish, fruit, and veggies, and a bite or two of dark chocolate. These are the foods that stimulate brain activity, and they will also help you to stay productive until the end of your shift.

Take a Proper Lunch Break

Far too many people are spending their lunch breaks at their desk. That is not a break at all. A proper lunch break is one that takes you out of the environment where you normally work, where you have been sitting all morning and will return to for the afternoon. If you don’t take a proper break, you will come to the inevitable crash fatigue sooner or later. Twenty minutes to an hour away from your workspace will help you maintain energy levels through the afternoon. It will also help you focus on the rest of your tasks. The longer you try to work without taking a break, the longer it’s going to take you to get your work done.

Be Mindful of your Time

By now, most people are aware of the practice of mindfulness. Linked to yoga and meditation, it means giving your mind a break. It has many positive effects including:

  • Promoting general well-being
  • Improving your working memory
  • Lowering your blood pressure
  • Destressing your mind and body
  • Reducing your risk of depression
  • Helping you sleep better
  • Boosting your energy
  • Helping you concentrate
  • How Food Fuels Your Brain

Your brain needs a constant supply of energy to keep it working, so skipping lunch is going to lead to a serious slump in your productivity.

The best thing you can do for your brain is eat a lunch which provides a well-balanced combination of carbohydrates, protein, and fat.

Numerous studies have shown that carbs are the brain’s primary source of energy, and these same studies reveal that your memory function improves shortly after eating carbs, particularly slow-release carbohydrates like vegetables and whole grains. But don’t be tempted to skimp on the protein and fat, because they have important roles too. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the optimal brain-boosting lunch must contain all three dietary staples: carbs, protein (preferably in the form of lean meat, soy protein, eggs, beans or nuts), and healthy fats like avocado or olive oil.

Increase Your Workplace Satisfaction

Okay, so you have packed a healthy lunch, but before you eat it “al desko” consider this: eating lunch with your co-workers can increase your workplace satisfaction. This means you will like your colleagues better and enjoy your job more. Socializing with workmates is something like exercising, in that you get the benefits of reduced stress levels and lower blood pressure and you tend to feel happier than before you started.

Power Naps are Your Friends

Power up your lunch break with a power nap. A ten-twenty minute nap in the middle of the day if you didn’t get a good night’s sleep the night before may be the perfect way to maximize your effectiveness through the latter half of the workday. The fact of the matter is, even if you did have a restful night’s sleep, a midday nap can still help because it will reset your body’s internal clock. It also helps to boost your concentration and improve your memory.

nap at work

Squeeze Some Exercise into Your Lunch Break

Your lunch break is also a good time to take on some exercise. Twenty minutes in your office gym or a brisk walk around town will leave you feeling more alert. It’s also a great way to reduce stress. To save time getting hung up in the locker room, find a way to wear some of your gym clothes, such as sneakers and leggings, to work. If you’re going to a gym, take your lunch hour before or after peak time. During your weekends off, spend some time planning your weekly workouts so you will be prepared in advance.

In spite of the fact that lunch breaks are important for your health and productivity, in the U.S. state laws vary on whether a lunch break is mandatory or not. More and more employers are demanding that workers eat lunch at their desks while continuing to work, which may seem to be a tall order, considering the benefits of taking proper breaks. If this is the case for you, this should not be considered an actual “lunch break,” and your employer should be paying you for this time.

Make Your Landline Smarter: Activate SMS on Your Landline

With changing times come changing requirements and changing technology. There was once a time when phone communication was the only means to contact another individual or business. Long-distance communication was …Read More »

With changing times come changing requirements and changing technology. There was once a time when phone communication was the only means to contact another individual or business. Long-distance communication was expensive and beyond the reach of most people.

 

Small and medium businesses couldn’t afford to invest in long-distance communication either. Only big enterprises with a lot of money to spare had access to telephone systems for international calling. Otherwise, most other people stayed local or preferred to write mail.

Email and chat features affected the popularity of telephones to some extent, but virtual communication systems restored the telephone’s significance and made it accessible and functional for the modern business. With the help of virtual numbers, international calling became cheaper and more convenient. In fact, many businesses have switched to virtual phone systems because they cut down on phone bills.

Unlike normal phone systems, a virtual phone system is based on the internet and enables you to make calls from any computer or mobile device. They are also known as cloud systems and they provide mobility, flexibility, and a wide array of features that weren’t imaginable with traditional phones.

Despite this, however, there are several offices where traditional landline phones are still in use, but they don’t serve any purpose other than sending and receiving calls. Most landline phones aren’t even capable of international calling. With instant communication like text messages so popular these days, a landline does seem unsmart sometimes. So how do you make a landline smarter? By activating landline texting.

What is Landline Texting?

There are several technological marvels these days, and landline texting is one of them. Sending text messages to a landline number was quite unthinkable even up until a few years ago. Now, it is not only possible, but it is also widely in use by businesses and individuals.

Landline texting is offered by messaging service providers who specialize in business texting. Your landline can be equipped to send and receive text messages and multimedia messages by being text-enabled. Once this service is activated on your landline number, you can use it to send and receive text messages from mobile numbers. Besides that, you also get a range of other features that add to the intelligence of your landline. With landline texting, you can enable remote communication thanks to its web-based capability.

How Does it Work?

Are you wondering how you will be able to read messages on a landline? You can’t. Instead, the messages will be converted to voice messages before being sent to your phone. Similarly, when you need to send someone a text from your landline, you leave a message and it will be converted to a text.

Landline texting is a virtual service, and it is offered by several leading telecom operators. All you have to do is get the service activated on your number by registering with a telecom operator. There are different charges for different operators. You usually have to pay a one-time fee and then a rental fee every month. Most plans are flexible and you can cancel at any time.

The best aspect of landline texting is that you don’t need any additional equipment or hardware to get started. You don’t need to download a software program or change your service provider or get any expensive hardware installation. Once you subscribe, you get a web-based user panel to manage, send, and received SMS and MMS messages.

Benefits of Landline Texting

By enabling texting on your landline phone, you get to enjoy benefits that otherwise aren’t possible with traditional phone systems. In fact, by text-enabling a landline, you can turn it into a complete business communication strategy.

Some of the main features of landline texting are:
  • Contact management: Usually on a landline phone, there is no way to group or manage your contacts. So you end up maintaining a physical phone book in order to keep your contacts in one place. When you enable landline texting, you can group and manage your contacts from the web-based dashboard. This also saves time when texting people.
  • Scheduled messaging: Quite often you need a message to be sent at a particular time, but for some reason, this is not available at the time. In such cases, scheduled messaging is a great option. You have to record the message and set the time when it is to be sent. The text will be sent at the scheduled time without you having to be available at that time. This saves time and makes messaging even more convenient.
  • Custom signature: With landline texting, you also get the option of setting a customer signature that appears after every message you send. This is an excellent way to promote your business and it can be used as part of a marketing strategy.
  • Group messaging: Not only can you manage and group your contacts, with landline texting you can also send a single message to more than one person. This is a feature that is typically available on mobile phones, but not on landlines. When you text-enable your landline, however, you will then get to enjoy this feature.
  • Reports: You get to keep track of all your sent and received messages with the help of the web-based dashboard. When you’re sending and receiving business messages or using texting as part of a marketing campaign, keeping track of text messages is critical. It lets you know how successful your campaigns are.

Landline texting is service-activated in as little as 24 hours upon subscription. When you text-enable your landline phone, you are able to use the line for much more than just calling. You will then get to use the landline to its full potential by enabling text messaging.

A plenitude of businesses around the world are making landlines smarter by enabling landline texting service. Simply get in touch with any landline texting service provider, subscribe to the service, and start using landline texting in just a few hours. It is an affordable, convenient, and feature-rich option for turning your landline into a viable business solution.

Elon Musk is Taking the Boring Co. Underground in LA

Few people have managed to avoid hearing the name Elon Musk. The South African-born innovator is renowned for his business acumen, and skills in engineering, investing and inventing. His many …Read More »

Few people have managed to avoid hearing the name Elon Musk. The South African-born innovator is renowned for his business acumen, and skills in engineering, investing and inventing. His many accomplishments include:

  • SpaceX: He is CEO and CTO of Space Exploration Technologies Corp., a California-based aerospace manufacturer, and space transport service. The company aims to facilitate space transportation at a reduced cost and to help enable the colonization of Mars.
  • Tesla Inc: He is a co-founder, investor, CEO, and product architect of this company which manufactures electric cars, solar panels, and energy storage.
  • OpenAI: He is co-chairman of this non-profit AI research and development company.
  • Neuralink: He is founder and CEO of this U.S. neurotechnology company, which aims to develop implantable brain-computer interfaces.
  • The Boring Company: He is the founder of this infrastructure and tunnel construction company.

The Boring Company Takes Shape

Musk was inspired to create the Boring Company in 2016 based on his experience of difficulty with traffic in Los Angeles. He has also criticized the existing 2-D transportation network model. His proposed solution to these problems is to replace the current model with a more dynamic 3-D model. What this means is either the production of flying cars or the addition of tunnels. While flying cars may be part of a not-too-distant future, tunnels have a number of advantages. The main ones being that they are out of sight, waterproof, and don’t have the same risk of falling on people’s heads as flying cars do.

Why Tunnels are the Solution to Traffic Problems

According to Musk, to eradicate today’s common traffic problems, transportation corridors need to expand into a third dimension. As going up (in the case of flying cars) is not a viable option at this point, it makes sense to go down and build tunnels. This solution provides several benefits:

  • Versatility: Because there is no practical limit to the number of layers of tunnels you can build, multiple levels of traffic can be built.
  • Safety: Tunnels are waterproof and can be built to rigid standards of safety and durability.
  • Environmentally friendly: The construction and operation of underground traffic tunnels are out of sight and cannot be heard by anyone on the surface.
  • Community friendly: Underground traffic tunnels do not intersect and divide communities with barriers and lanes.

Musk explains that this type of traffic system has not been developed before largely because of the expense involved. Some projects, he explains, could cost as must as $1 billion for every mile. In order to make tunneling costs feasible, Musk intends to reduce them by a factor greater than 10.

Cutting the Cost of Tunneling

On his Boring Co. website, Musk has outlined a number of possible ways to cut the cost of building underground traffic tunnels. They include:

  • Reducing the diameter of the tunnels from the standard 28 feet to fewer than 14 feet
  • Increasing the speed of the tunnel boring machine.
  • Figure a means to tunnel continuously
Taking the Boring Co. Under Los Angeles

One of Musk’s latest plans is to implement the Boring Company’s traffic tunnel plans in Los Angeles, to speed up commutes and make traveling less stressful and more pleasant. With this in mind, Musk has released a design for a Los Angeles Tunnel Alignment. The proposed project has two phases.

Phase One: The Boring Co. has already filed an excavation permit application for the initial proof-of-concept tunnel. The 6.5-mile tunnel would pass through Los Angeles and Culver City. Musk proposes that the tunnel is to be used to test systems and safety, verify construction logistics, operating procedure, and line-switching demos. During this phase, the tunnel will not yet be used beyond testing. Once safety standards are met, and the tunnel is considered safe by the Boring Co. as well as the City and County governments, plans for public transportation will then be considered.

Phase Two: Assuming Phase One is successful; Phase Two is designed to expand the initial tunnel. As of right now, however, Phase Two is only in the concept stage. It will be developed in cooperation with the county and city of Los Angeles and with input from members of the local community.

If and when the tunnels are ready for public transport, they will be fitted with hyperloops. This is a high-speed pod system that will transport vehicles or passengers at a speed of over 300 km per hour, to keep the system running seamlessly.

The Practicalities of Tunneling

One question that Musk gets asked a lot about his tunneling project is what happens with all the dirt that is removed in the process. He has obviously given this some thought. This aspect makes typical tunneling projects very costly because the excavated dirt is usually transported offsite to designated disposal locations. As well as being expensive, this process is noisy, time-consuming and can be hazardous to the environment. For some time now, Musk and his team have been investigating technologies which will recycle the excavated earth into bricks that can be used to construct new buildings or structures. These bricks could even be used to build some of the tunnel lining; a more viable and environmentally solution than concrete.

Are Underground Traffic Tunnels Safe?

The Golden State is well-known for its propensity for earthquakes, so is it really a good idea to build underground tunnels there? Elon Musk says yes. In fact, when they are designed and built properly, tunnels are one of the safest places to be in an earthquake for several reasons. For example: in contrast to surface structures, they move uniformly with the ground, and the contents of the tunnel are protected from falling debris.

In addition to going underground in LA, Musk and his team are also working with officials on a DC-to-Baltimore tunnel that will eventually connect to New York. The Boring Co. is making a bid to build and operate a hyperloop to connect Chicago O’Hare Airport to downtown as well. The Boring Company and all of its projects are privately funded.

 

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