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Little boy playing video game with headphones on

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Nov 2014

Breaking Barriers to Human Potential

In the world of child rearing, we are swamped with the latest literature for every stage of life, from when to introduce solid food to the best curfew time. Guided by these theories, I decided that video games were not good for my children.  After years of their pleading, however,...

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Administrative and Technical Evolution of HSI®

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Oct 2014

Administrative and Technical Evolution of HSI®

Working for the same company for almost 25 years has been interesting, to say the least. You don’t notice the little changes as they are happening, but when you look at how far things have come in 20+ years, you realize the impact of those little changes. I started at...

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Keep the Aging Population Moving

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Oct 2014

Keep the Aging Population Moving

Over the last 30 years, the median age of Canadians has increased by an astounding 13 years to almost 40 years of age. That means half of the Canadian population is over 40. With the number of seniors increasing at a greater rate than any other age group, we expect...

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LEAPing Across the Globe

03

Oct 2014

LEAPing Across the Globe

I admit it… I’m a travel junkie. I love exploring new places, and I’m incredibly lucky that some of my work enables this addictive habit! If you’ve explored our website, you may have read about a project I’ve worked on called the Load Effects Assessment Program (or LEAP – I...

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Planning Bachelor Parties: A Professional’s Guide

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Sep 2014

Planning Bachelor Parties: A Professional’s Guide

Alex Osborne I recently embarked on the difficult task of planning and organizing a bachelor party for my best friends’ wedding.  I can tell you from first-hand experience that proper planning, organizing and collaborative skills are critical for bachelor party success.  Trying to appease and organize twelve very different gentlemen...

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Reflections on the HSI Why

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Sep 2014

Reflections on the HSI Why

The HSI team has always used innovative approaches and technologies to help integrate people and systems (and people in systems).  While we’ve never had an easy time concisely explaining what we do, both we and our clients have come to a happy understanding of WHAT we do. We have often...

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H.I.I.T. Me! The Perks of High Intensity Interval Training

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Sep 2014

H.I.I.T. Me! The Perks of High Intensity Interval Training

Fitness fads come and go. I’ve tried just about everything out there when it comes to finding a fitness routine I will stick to and like doing. About 4 years ago, I came across a little company here in Guelph with three trainers who whipped me into shape pretty quickly....

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Box with juiceboxes and crackers on background of field, truck, and tent

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Sep 2014

The Joys of Field Trials

Field trials are one of HSI®’s specialties. Our ability to plan and execute a scientifically rigorous field trial is what separates us from our competitors and keeps our clients satisfied. So what’s the big deal? What our clients typically find when they join us for a field trial is that...

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Size Matters

26

Sep 2014

Size Matters

NOTE:  Thanks to Brian Mangan, guest blogger and collaborator with Harry Angel on this project! Size matters?! How does that phrase apply to HSI®, a human factors consulting company, I hear you say? Well, I’m so glad you asked. In the context of systems integration and human factors, very little...

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Don’t Underestimate the Importance  of a Good (Kitchen) Layout

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Sep 2014

Don’t Underestimate the Importance of a Good (Kitchen) Layout

Workplace layout is of major focus across a multitude of organizations lately. Recent studies report the importance of layout and office design to improve productivity, spark inspiration, and reduce fatigue. For example, a recent article in Harvard Business Review explains that major corporations across the U.S., such as Google, Yahoo,...

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