Heather Rome, Formerly of DAI – Benefits of Traveling

Heather Rome, formerly of DAI, is an avid traveler who likes to explore other countries, regions, and cultures. During her career she has had the opportunity to travel to as many as four continents. If you also caught the travel bug, you might be pleased to know that traveling offers far more interesting benefits than you may think.

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New Purpose

It might be a cliché, but traveling often gives you a new perspective, and sometimes even a new purpose. As you travel, you are exposed to new stimuli; you also often meet new people and experience different cultures in a way that would be impossible to fully experience through studying or reading. By being physically there, you open yourself to new possibilities, and that’s often only the beginning.

You Gain Appreciation for Yourself

When you are away from home, you often come to appreciate its attributes and surroundings more than you did before. When you visit a new place you may also gain a greater appreciation for your personal strengths, choices and decisions.

You Realize How Little You Knew

Lexical knowledge is a great thing, but while you are traveling, you use all five of your senses and often realize how little you actually know about a region. Through new experiences, the world can be a very different place compared to the picture that’s in your mind.

Heather Rome, formerly of DAI, enjoys traveling for a variety of reasons, including relaxation, but also for personal edification and a broadening of horizons.




Heather Rome, Formerly of DAI – Packing Light for International Travel

Heather Rome has worked with large international companies such as DAI (Development Alternatives Inc.) and during her time as a global businesswoman, she has worked in, traveled to or lived in dozens of countries. International businesspeople like Rome often value the ability to pack light so that their trips are easier to manage with less room for lost baggage.

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Whether you’re embarking on your first trip out of the country for a vacation or, like Heather Rome, you work with organizations as global as DAI and others that make world travel a must, learning to pack light can make your international travels more enjoyable. The tips below can help you have better experiences with less baggage:

Pick the Bag(s) First – After examining your airline’s baggage policies, you can decide how many bags you want to bring. By choosing your bags before you pack, you place a limit on yourself that cannot be exceeded.

Pack Densely – Arrange your clothes and items to be tightly packed so that they take up less room. Rolled clothes, for example, are smaller than folded clothes, and they can be rolled with items like toothbrushes in the center. If you think in terms of density, it’ll be easier to stop yourself from crumpling something into the corner of your bag at the last minute.

Follow the Rule of Threes – The rule of three refers to bringing three of each item you need; three dress shirts or three pairs of socks, for example. If you pack three of each item you need, you can wear one, have one ready to wear, and one in the wash/dry cleaner at all times. The more versatile the clothing pieces, the better the rule’s functionality.

Avoid the “What If” Game – If you play the “what if” game while you pack, you’re liable to bring half of your belongings to prepare for the off chances that you may need them. Doing this will thwart your efforts to pack light. Assume that anything other than ordinary needs can be handled at your destination.

Value Items by Their Functions – The more functions an item offers you, the higher priority you should place it on your packing list. For example, a neutral-colored t-shirt can go under a business suit and a business-casual outfit or a basic top to wear out for a night on the town. Likewise, a sarong can serve as a blanket for the beach, a swimsuit cover-up, a towel, a privacy barrier and even a quick bag, if needed.

The above guidelines aren’t the only secrets that pros like Heather Rome DAI use when they travel for companies such as DAI, but they’re a good place to start. If you travel frequently, you will likely develop personal strategies for keeping your baggage to a minimum.

Heather Rome, Formerly of DAI, and the Ergonomic Office

Former Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI) professional, Heather Rome, promotes working in an ergonomically designed office space. The concept of ergonomics is simple in that the goal is to allow an employee to work in an environment that is designed to promote comfort and efficiency. When these two items are made the focus of the office design and layout, the person’s productivity is higher. Here are the top tips for setting up an ergonomic office space.

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Heather Rome DAI
  • Many office workers, especially those who spend a good deal of time on a computer, can become physically fatigued if their body is not supported correctly during their routine tasks. Keeping the arms supported is crucial to proper ergonomics. When the arms are not supported by a desk or table at the correct height, strain is placed on the muscles of the arms, back, and neck. That muscle pain can lead to poor work efficiency.
  • A well designed chair that works with the desk or other workspace is also important. These two pieces of furniture should allow the individual to maintain a comfortable position that keeps the spine in alignment. If the employee needs to crane their head and neck too far in one direction, discomfort may quickly follow. This is commonly reported by many people who work on a laptop or portable electronic device without a proper desk and chair.
  • While it may look nicer to have a computer monitor set off to one side of the desk or angled on a corner, ergonomics may not support that decision. All viewing monitors should remain directly in front of the employee. The height of the monitor is also important, with the center of the device no higher than eye level. If the employee is forced to turn their head or strain hundreds of times per day to read their screen, neck problems may occur.
  • Ergonomics will also consider the toll the human eyes take from looking at a computer screen. When possible, a monitor should be placed in an area that does not allow for glare. A screen that is too close to the eyes or is in front of a window will be harder to see and may cause issues for the eyes that may lead to headaches and decreased performance.
  • The height of an employee’s chair is crucial to proper ergonomics. Their feet should never be allowed to hang from the chair, and instead should rest comfortably on the ground to support the legs and lower back. Former DAI professional, Heather Rome DAI , strives to make sure her office workspaces are ergonomically correct.