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Municipalities face numerous challenges in staffing dispatch centers

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Aug 19, 2014 4:09:00 PM

The reason municipal governments focus so much of their efforts on ensuring that there is an acceptable ratio of emergency staff members to the general population is so they can hold down response times. Whether a caller is trapped inside a burning building or threatened by a violent criminal, it is vital that public safety officials get to the scene as soon as possible.

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Topics: Public Safety Technology, Scheduling, Police and Fire, Dispatch Centers

Taylor County sees public resources strained as population grows

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Aug 14, 2014 2:24:00 PM

Many rural counties in the U.S.do not rely on paid public safety personnel, but on volunteers. But what happens when these areas experience sudden population growth that they are not prepared for?

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Topics: Workforce Management, Public Safety Technology, Firefighters

Winning Competitive Grants With Workforce Data

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Aug 4, 2014 6:09:00 PM

More than ever, municipalities have growing needs for technology. Whether it is something as simple as a new computer for an administrative office or as complex as an open data system for tracking the activities of the local government, such projects are crucial for municipalities that seek to serve the public to the best of their ability. But they also cost money.

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Topics: Workforce Management, Grants, Analytics

As head injuries rise, so does the importance of trained EMS staff

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jul 23, 2014 5:21:00 PM

 

An uptick in head injuries rarely sounds like a good thing. But as a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows, it's the kind of phenomenon that may have a silver lining after all.

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Topics: Workforce Management, EMS, Training, Certifications

Manual Payroll Entries Can Result in Significant Overruns

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jul 17, 2014 10:25:00 AM

When assembling their payrolls, managers generally reach for simple programs that can get the job done quickly. While payroll software can work quite well, it often helps to adopt a workforce management system that adds value by electronically transmitting time and attendance data.

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Topics: Workforce Management, Administration, Payroll Integration

Florida prison explosion highlights staffing issues

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jul 11, 2014 3:56:00 PM

The Escambia County Jail in Pensacola, Florida, suffered a massive gas explosion in May that killed two inmates and injured nearly 200 prisoners and staff members. It was the most recent event in a long line of problems that have plagued the facility over the years. Though investigators are still trying to determine the exact cause of the explosion and whether it could have been prevented, they have uncovered numerous pieces of evidence suggesting that the jail was dangerously understaffed.

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Topics: Public Safety Technology, Scheduling, Corrections

Prison Management is Improving, but Budgets Often Restrict Innovation

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jun 27, 2014 2:25:00 PM

During the past two decades, the field of corrections management has made great strides in improving safety for both staff members and the prisoners themselves. For guards, efforts have been made to ensure that they are not endangered by the potentially violent criminals that they are guarding. Inmates, meanwhile, are observed to make sure that they do not harm each other or themselves.

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Topics: Public Safety Technology, Corrections, Criminal Justice

Helping Public Sector Employees Balance Work and Family

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jun 17, 2014 1:11:00 PM

It is no secret that, at least in the United States, the days when one parent would work and another would stay home and raise the children are all but over. According to the Department of Labor, the percentage of American children with both parents in the workforce has been rising steadily over the past two decades. For those parents, the question of balancing work life with family life is often a difficult one.

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Topics: Workforce Management, Scheduling, Public Sector

Use Workforce Data for Better Decision Making

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jun 5, 2014 9:21:00 AM

As a manager, do you find yourself making a lot of gut decisions? That might feel like the right thing to do at times, but it isn't a great idea. Impulsive decision making based on little or no evidence can lead to poor results.

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Topics: Workforce Management, Data-Driven Information, Analytics

Sacramento Finds Itself in the Black for the First Time in Years

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jun 2, 2014 6:45:00 PM

 

Sacramento, California, has reportedly approved a budget that will run a surplus for the first time in seven years, according to local NBC affiliate KCRA 3.

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Topics: Workforce Management, Public Safety Technology, Budget

About Orion Communications

Orion Communications is a certified women-owned business enterprise headquartered in Dallas, Texas that has been specializing in workforce management software since 1998. As Public Sector workforce management and data interface experts, Orion is a unique provider of dynamically intelligence workforce management software. Orion serves agencies with complex requirements and improves workforce productivity using its web based AgencyWeb® system and consultative management services.

For more information, please contact Jackie Belasky at 214-361-1203, #2413 or jbelasky@orioncom.com.