A holistic approach to PSAP design
Understanding the relevance of dispatcher health and focus during long shift hours is paramount for product designers providing support tools for PSAPs. Here, we incorporate those same principles into our own work environment.
At Watson Consoles headquarters, we are lucky to have a trail that circles the property and that makes for a great opportunity for break-time. That said, we have many grey rainy days that keep folks indoors.
To extend exposure to nature during the dark days of winter, we have designed dedicated plant receptacles into communal furniture components. (You can see our dispatch center furniture designs at both the NENA and APCO expo this year).
Since our office installation, we’ve been testing indoor plants to determine which ones grow best in indirect and low-light.
What did we discover?
Keeping plants healthy is fairly easy! It requires a basic commitment to watering and feeding, and the occasional trim.
We also discovered that sharing voluntary plant sponsorship is beneficial. Assigned caretakers make plant care part of their routine. And you might find it spurs some friendly competition.
Our winners for good growers in indirect and low light include:
Our engineering team has also had good success with freestanding Ponytail Palm and Lucky Bamboo.
We encourage your team to bring the outdoors in and give indoor plants a try. It’s a low cost risk that may deliver high reward. You can find more great indoor plant suggestions and growing tips at HousePlantJournal.com and via HGTV.com. And check out the NASA study top picks via Life Hacker.