Employees are a company’s greatest asset – it is your staff’s productivity that affects your profits, and more and more employers recognize that a comfortable work environment means happier, more productive staff. Indeed, operating costs can be reduced significantly. Office work can often cause problems to the health of employees. Sitting behind a badly positioned monitor or desk, in an inappropriate chair, can adversely affect the spine and a person’s vision. To help take care of these employee conditions and to provide them with optimal conditions for work, companies are moving to ‘user-friendly’ offices, and in some cases ‘green’ offices.
Early-born tiny babies in neonatal intensive care units are the biggest fighters. Most of them are facing life-challenging complications and rely on the help of machines to develop, breathe and even to maintain their body temperature. Based on her own experience, Finnish enetrpreneur Nina Ignatius designed a range of clothing that fully open and allow parents to dress their infants without having to disconnect any equipment – reducing the risk of infections and helping young parents to care for their children. Ignatius has just moved her business headquarters to GE Healthcare Innovation Village in Helsinki and is looking forward to working together with GE’s experts in neonatal care.
September was a hugely high profile month for GE, with major participation in the Krynica Economic Forum; interviews regarding Europe’s energy efficiency; news of an indoor farm lit by 17,500 LEDs, and GE scientists revolutionizing the efficiency of trains, planes and automobiles – to name just some of our headline grabbing efforts.
Breaking: GE is to double the size of its Global Research Center and building a customer innovation center
Europe is home to many of the world’s most innovative countries, sectors and companies, but Europe as a whole is not yet an innovation success story. Today, at the event "Innovation Breakthrough - Igniting Europe’s Growth", hosted by GE Global Research Center in Munich, now celebrating its 10 anniversary, leading researchers and stakeholders are discussing how Europe can reap the benefits from hugely disruptive forces like Industrial Internet, Advanced Manufacturing, and the Global Brain. Stakes are high: innovate or stagnate. As the event proceeds, we will update this post with quotes, a White Paper, discussion topics and CEE specifics.
This is not Back to the Future, this is advanced technology developed by GE, that would allow doctors to observe the most complicated biological structure on the cellular level, while the patient is moving, to study the motor activity in the brain. The device will use positron emission tomography (PET) to reach down to the level of individual cells, and look for neurological disorders.
Guest post by Chris Catalano, Global Program Manager for GE’s Information Technology Leadership Program (ITLP)
To get to know a company, one must jump in and experience it at many levels. Whether the company creates products or provides services, it is important to understand business operations. Sometimes this can be rather difficult, something I realized when climbing one of GE’s wind turbines in my first job with the company almost 12 years ago. Why do this? Going into it, it was mostly curiosity. However, I later realized the value of understanding the components to the product and how it works, and how this helped me in my IT role. I carried through with this in subsequent roles, getting exposure to manufacturing facilities and customer sites.
Exhausted mother with a sleeping newborn – for many years this was the very first picture of every baby photo album. These days it is not the proud fathers who take that very first snap. Instead, healthcare professionals step in to document the very beginning of human life. For some it is the cuteness, for doctors, it is precious information: GE’s Voluson E10*, for example can emit signals and process information fast enough to view the heart in real time.
Update 17.00 CET: PGE Energia Natury PEW Selects GE Turbines for Polish Wind Farm - announcement
The future of Polish and European energy policy, and the role of renewables in the energy mix are key points of discussion at greenPOWER 2014, a two-day long congress that begins today in Warsaw. During the first day, attendees from business, politics and science and business, including GE, are to discuss the energy challenges today’s economies are facing. Hub is the new buzzword for energy too – is Europe ready to set an example to overcome global energy efficiency challenges?
Guest post by Éva Marton, Europe T&L Leader, voluntary leader of GE’s Working Parents Initiative in Hungary
The three-year maternity leave offered in Hungary is something many consider as a blessing and one that boosts the willingness to have children; but to some, it is also a burden when reintegrating into the workplace after a longer hiatus. But this is just the beginning of the challenges: the real ones come when you have to juggle family and career, and here both men and women both struggle. The very first lesson for anyone on this kind of “double shift” is to accept help when it is offered and to not be shy to ask for it if needed.
In aviation, ageing aircraft engines can lead to lower fuel efficiency for airlines and higher prices for travelers. Patients and doctors across Europe, including many of the countries in Central and Eastern Europe face a similar issue – the implications of a rapidly ageing “fleet” of medical imaging equipment. New data from European Coordination Committee of the Radiological Electromedical and Healthcare IT industry (COCIR) has shed light on the problem and what it means for healthcare throughout Europe.