Programming – How Is It Done? |

Programming in AutoLISP is easy. You find a lot of functions in AutoLISP that can be used for performing a lot of tasks. But. There is a complication. Before you start with AutoLISP, you must do some thinking. Even when working with another language. Think first.You must ask yourself. What is the AutoLISP program supposed to do? Or what is done with the AutoLISP program? If you have an answer to one of these questions, then writing the program is easy. And writing the program is done very quickly. Let me give you an example. Here is an AutoLISP program. It is an AutoLISP program that is used to find a second line.(defun c:fndol () (start) (drlns) (setq l1 (selln) l2 (fndol l1) ) (redrw l1 l2) (endpr) )Do you see? There is no real AutoLISP in the program. You see only functions in the program. These are the functions:1. (start)
2. (drlns)
3. (selln)
4. (fndol)
5. (redrw)
6. (endpr)I will not give an explanation of all the functions. I will not tell how they work. I will do it later. In a new post. But do you see? In the main part of the AutoLISP program you only have functions. Each function performs a task. This is how it is. When we know what needs to be done by the AutoLISP program, then we can start with programming. We can write the program. And trust me. That is not too complicated if you know all the functions and if you can look them up. But that is the trick of any good computer program. Write a function for every actions that is undertaken by the program. As you can see in the listing of the AutoLISP program.The program works with functions that perform the tasks. Nothing in the main program. That is so good about functions. When programming in AutoLISP, you can test the functions right away. You can see how they work. If you are programming in Visual Basic. Also use functions. Testing them. You can. But first you have to compile the functions. Functions have another advantage. Suppose you are working with a program, any program, and you want to make changes to it. You can find what function is to be changed. And only make the changes to that function. There is no need to search in the program. If you are programming as has been explained here. The programming is much easier. And changes to the program are no big deal. Next I’m going to talk about the AutoLISP program of this post. I will give an explanation of the program. I will tell how it works.

Corporate Wellness: Planning and Implementing an Effective Employee Wellness Program |

Employee Wellness Programs are being implemented to promote health among employees. Employee Wellness Program (EWP) goals are to educate, inform and bring awareness to individual health and safety. Companies use wellness programs as a way to increase productivity and morale while, decreasing healthcare costs, absenteeism and presenteeism. Businesses large and small are facilitating activities and programs that focus on preventive health and health maintenance. Employers are also working to improve employees’ quality of life and quality of work.These programs range from lunch and learn sessions and personal nutrition consulting, to providing quiet rooms and fitness studios. Employees are motivated to participate through strategic marketing (allowing employee involvement in planning) and recognition. Employees track progress in many areas including blood pressure, blood glucose, body mass index, eating habits, physical activity level, and use of stress management techniques. Data is gathered through testing and reporting. Programming is now branching out and being presented in diverse ways including blogs, e-newsletters and online reporting.Corporate wellness program design includes the following steps:1. Identifying employee health conditions and needs- This can be learned/discovered by conducting health risk appraisals on employees and analyzing company data such as health care costs, rate of employee absenteeism and its overall affect on company’s workers’ compensation claims. National health data may also be used and compared to general employee demographics to obtain common health needs areas.2. Assessing employee willingness to participate in an employee wellness program- This is achieved by gathering information in the form of a survey covering what motivators, days/ times for program implementation and program areas that employees would prefer.3. Planning and presenting the program layout- Share program format and processes with managers, company stakeholders and decision makers for buy in and support. Be sure to highlight how the program will benefit the company’s bottom line. Focus on mission and program goals. Include a projected budget. Work in evaluation methods and health screening procedures.4. Implementing a marketing campaign and EWPs- Marketing can include paycheck stuffers, poster flyers, and a health fair rally or kick off. Programming can involve physical fitness programs, smoking cessation programs, pre/postnatal programs, self care programs and financial wellness programs among many other programs.5. Evaluating the success of the program- Appraise employee participation and satisfaction along with post health screening. Analyze results factoring in employee successes, failures and a benefit to cost effectiveness if possible. Periodically make adjustments to program as needed.Companies are increasingly moving toward taking a role in employees’ health and well being. Executives and human resource managers should strongly consider reviewing the company’s current wellness program. EWPs should reflect the company’s genuine support for employee health and honor each employee’s value to the business operation.