We Use Them Every Day … But Really Take Them for Granted
Anyone who uses a computer knows what a mouse pad is. Stop for a moment and consider this overlooked but very necessary tool we all use. We’ve learned from experience that without using a mouse pad, our mouse gets wonky, and even seemingly independently flitting all around your screen, behaving just like a three-year-old in the toy store.
Even though we use them constantly and need them without question, how often do we stop to consider our mouse pad? Likely not often or never. That means we all take them for granted.
Stop and think about your mouse pad. Is it required? That depends on your frustration level. With a mouse pad, your work remains stable and ‘smooth’; without a mouse pad, your work is clunky, haphazard and takes longer.
The three proven benefits of the mouse pad are: higher speed, more precision, and user comfort. A secondary benefit keeps the desk or table surface from being scratched and worn by continuous hand and mouse friction. Lastly the mouse pad reduces debris collection under the mouse which reduces display pointer jitter.
Besides guiding your curser and keeping it aligned, without a soft surface to ‘mouse around’ the desk surface wears away the mouse pad foot caused by constant friction on a desk surface. It’s unavoidable. If the feet on your mouse itself are worn down to the point that the plastic body drags, your mouse functionality is inhibited. While a mouse pad doesn’t completely alleviate this, it allows the feet to last longer.
Many optical mouse users (especially gamers, designers, and other heavy users) prefer a mouse pad for comfort, speed and accuracy, while preventing wear to the desk or table surface. The consistent tracking of a conventional mouse pad is a huge boon to gamers, especially those who play games with fast movement like shooters or MOBAs. Most “gaming” branded mouse pads are oversized, allowing for consistent big sweeping tracking motions that are impossible to do with a standard pad. Still other specialty models cover an entire desktop - underneath a keyboard and all else used on your desk.
All size and mouse pad designs are available in any office supply store or online. They’re expensive and come in a wide variety of sizes. Your company may also design personalized mouse pads with a slogan, logo or industry related image more relevant or more fun or entertaining. Some firms even create a personalized mouse pads for every employee using their name or photo. This way the employee takes ownership of their own mouse pad. And, it’s always safe because no one else will use another person’s mouse pad.
Be Kind To Your Mouse:
Have some fun with your mouse pad. HQZ Experts can help your company design your company’s mouse pad graphics. Any size, style, color, just let us know.
Out With the Old in With the New
I’m finding it hard to believe that we will soon enter 2019. Not sure I’ve ever seen a year go faster. But, with 2019 almost here, it’s time to review those last few items on your list to begin the new year prepared.
Interactive Training Means 2-Way Participation
Training professionals strive hard to ensure that their training sessions are engaging. Trainers consider a job well done when they see improved class participation, evidence of real learning and participation, and practical application of the knowledge they learn will improve their work performance.
Coach or Boss - Which Are You?
Team leaders, supervisors, and managers (bosses) must now be both a coach and mentor. To do this requires good leadership skills designed to help transform their employees into “stars”. The evolution requires creating an environment that removes obstacles, leverages and develops strengths, shares information, and engages employees in the growth and continuous improvement of the company.