August 17, 2017
One of the challenges we face at the Iowa DOT is connecting our workforce that is spread out over more than 100 locations across the state. Our work often crosses several offices and divisions making quick and easy communication more important than ever. Recent updates and new tools allow you to collaborate with all Iowa DOT offices around the state virtually, often eliminating the extra time and expense of travel.
Whether you just need to bounce an idea off someone or conduct a formal presentation to dozens of people, using Skype for Business meetings is a tool every Iowa DOTer with an Office365 license can access. If you have an Iowa DOT email address, you have an Office365 license and access to Skype meetings.
Do you sometimes wonder if the Sandman is on vacation? In our busy world, there are often nights when we have too much going on to get a full eight hours of sleep. If sleep deprivation is “normal” for you, you could be overlooking the dangers of not being alert behind the wheel.
Drowsy driving is not just falling asleep at the wheel. It is a profound impairment that mimics alcohol-impaired driving in many ways. Drowsiness leads to slower reaction times, and impaired attention, mental processing, judgment, and decision making. Drowsiness can occur from accumulating sleep debt (typically less than 6 hours a night) across multiple nights, or from only one night of not sleeping.
Not only is paying attention free, it could SAVE you money. Did you know fines double if you’re charged with a moving violation, which includes texting, in a work zone? If you can avoid paying a fee, why wouldn’t you?