Little Buddy Personal Air Purifier

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I was recently in an airport terminal standing in line and you know those roped lines that you have to maneuver through? I felt the pressure of all of those bodies around me invading my personal space, there was someone behind me coughing up a storm and another sneezing and sniffling. But I was not concerned, because I was wearing my personal Little Buddy, and I knew those germs would not get to me!!

Compact & Efficient

Most viruses and bacteria measure between 0.04 and 3 microns in size. The technology in the Little Buddy has been confirmed by world authorities in health-related aerosol studies to significantly reduce particles in the 0.04 to 3 micron range. Add to that the substantial inhalation risk reductions which have been confirmed under strict laboratory conditions in confined spaces (aircraft cabin simulations), and large test calibration chambers (rooms), and you will see how effective the Little Buddy can be.

Most germs, smoke, dust, allergens, odors, molds, perfumes, and pollen are repelled away from you and your breathing zone, giving you cleaner, fresher air to breathe, wherever you may be.

No matter where you are, having fresh air can mean the difference between enjoying yourself and being uncomfortable. Whether you’re traveling on an airplane or standing in line at the grocery store, you’ll almost always find yourself assaulted by dust, smoke, odors, or perfume. There’s always the things you don’t think about: germs, mildew, pollen, and a host of other allergens.

And even though not everyone else understands the need for having quality air, you don’t have to be concerned. With Little Buddy along, you’ll feel confident that when you leave home, the air you breathe will be safer and more enjoyable.

Little Buddy is most effective in indoor environments when the wearer is standing or sitting upright. Outdoor conditions or other positions such as lying down will reduce or eliminate the benefits of wearing a Little Buddy.

What It Does Little Buddy treats the air that people breathe, making it cleaner and safer, reducing the concentrations of airborne particles (molds, viruses, bacteria, pollens, etc.) in one’s breathing zone, thereby significantly decreasing the probability that these particles will be inhaled and as a result will reduce the risk of adverse health effects.

Basic Specifications:

The Little Buddy is designed for your personal space. It is worn around the neck and is only effective standing or sitting. The Little Buddy is “active technology” as the purifier extends the cleaning out from the purifier. The Little Buddy uses two active technologies: proprietary ozone oxidizing technology and ionization. This unit is virtually silent and has no maintenance. Can be purchased with or without rechargeable batteries and charger.

Will Steam Buddy and Pressa Bella Reviews Let You Throw Away Your Iron?

The Steam Buddy and Pressa Bella were introduced with images of overworked women slaving over a hot iron and a basket of clothes claiming to end this age old household chore once and for all. They both work using a combination of hot air and water to deliver a powerful punch of steam to clothing. Clothes can be ironed hanging up on a rack to reduce the need for ironing boards and storage space. They also are advertised with the underlying element of ease and safety, reducing the risk of burning and ruining clothes because the hot iron never has to actually touch the clothing! Independent consumer tests on both products show that they do work as designed, but not necessarily as well as in the infomercials and that often some articles of clothing with collars or creases will need to either be professionally cleaned or ironed with an old fashion board and iron!

The Steam Buddy is available for around $30 when you include shipping and handling and offers a 30 day money back guarantee. It does heat in around 6 seconds and is lightweight to use weighing far less than an iron. It delivers a pretty hefty amount of steam and works well especially when clothes are hanging up on a rack or hanger. The one downfall is that it won’t get the wrinkles out of collars or place pleats in dress pants like an iron. The Steam Buddy is also fairly small and has a minimal surface area that can mean steaming out the wrinkles takes a little bit more time than imagined. Although the product is supposed eliminates odors, consumers dispute this claim and insist that garments do need to be washed properly in order to smell clean even when using the Steam Buddy. One of the nice features is that the product is compact and easy to travel with and comes with cleaning brush attachments, a dry cleaner and a free creaser. The Steam Buddy reviews do show that it is a great way to iron out the wrinkles in draperies, sheers and other items that do not necessarily wash very well.

The Pressa Bella is shaped more like an iron than the Steam Buddy and is a larger appliance with a bigger surface area. It is an upscale version of the Steam Buddy and the price reflects that as it costs about three times as much ($80). One nice feature is that it has different settings that can be used based on the type of fabric that you are ironing. It fits comfortably in the hand and has a rubberized grip that makes it easy to use. The Pressa Bella is lightweight, a little cumbersome for travel but does do the job of ironing out the wrinkles in most clothes. Even silks and fabrics that have rhinestones can be ironed without worry. One nice feature is that the Pressa Bella has a duality that means it can be used as a steam ironer or a conventional iron and it is more apt to put creases in pants and performs better on collars than the smaller Steam Buddy. Like conventional irons the Pressa Bella comes with a surge button that can deliver a higher heat bolt of steam when needed. It works well on draperies and sheers as well. Consumers found that the claim to eliminate odors was not completely accurate and most felt that it did not perform much better than a regular iron.

Both of these products are useful and are much safer than conventional irons. Because they do not touch clothing by design the risk of scorching clothes is minimal. Choosing between the two really depends on your dry cleaning needs and the amount of clothes that you regularly either send out or iron at home. For minimal ironing needs the Steam Buddy will prove effective but for more frequent ironers the Pressa Bella with the added options and features makes for a much more useful product. While both will work as designed and advertised; consumers across the board claim that they do not work as well at home as they performed during the infomercials; possibly due to the fact that specialty sprays may have been used when filming the advertisements.

Guidelines for Creating a Buddy System for New Hires

It would be difficult to find a time in the annuls of U.S. business when employee retention enjoyed the heightened interest it does today. Every company, big or small, has some sort of strategy, practice, or approach that strives to help retain its talent. Is this attention deserved? Consider the following:

“New employees decide whether they feel at home or not in the first three weeks in a company and 4% of new employees leave a job after a disastrous first day.” The Wynhurst Group, 2007

“6.2 months is the breakeven point for new managers.” Monster.com, 2007 Survey

If nothing else, the aforementioned brings home the old adage that first impressions are important. Getting off to a firm footing is equally critical for a new employee and the employer because this impacts performance and satisfaction, which influence retention. And considering the investment in new hires, employers want the investment to pay long-term dividends.

Buddy Systems are becoming increasingly popular as a means for retaining new talent. While they are traditionally found as a component of employee onboarding programs, they can add value even if part of a de-facto onboarding process or as a stand-a-lone organizational practice. Also, they can be deployed with all new hires, whether the new employee is from the outside the company or an internal transfer to a new department.

In a Buddy System, the new hire is paired with an existing employee who performs the role of advisor, coach, or hero. Identifying the right people to serve as buddies is important; everyone in an organization doesn’t fit the role of a Buddy (see Guidelines below). The Buddy is not intended to replace the employee’s manager. Instead, the Buddy complements the manager’s and/or team’s efforts to acclimate the employee to the group and company, make the employee feel welcome, and give the employee license to ask questions and seek help.

Establishing a Buddy System doesn’t have to be overly complicated but it does require thought and due diligence. In this spirit, the following guidelines serve as guard rails for creating a Buddy System in your department, organization, or company. They are offered as representative examples and your organization’s specific circumstances should determine which of the following would be applicable.

• Program Description – there should be a formal overview of the program defining what it is and explaining its scope, benefits, and purpose.

• Program Objectives – the intended outcomes should be clearly articulated and related to the overall strategy of the organization and/or business.

• Buddy Selection/Pairing – the criteria for the consideration and selection of individuals to participate as buddies, as well as the means for pairing buddies with new hires, needs to be communicated and adhered to.

• Role of Individuals – expectations of the manager, Buddy and new hire in playing their respective parts need to be detailed, distinguished, and monitored.

• Scope, Frequency, and Timing of Engagement – the types and breadth of activities that should be engaged in, and the amount of time invested in doing so, need to be agreed upon and adhered to with minimal impact on the business.

• Length of the Buddy Relationship – the parameters around the start and termination of the Buddy relationship need to be clearly defined.

A successful Buddy System is critically impacted by who serves as a Buddy and the ability of that person to execute the role as it is outlined. A set of specific criteria should be established to identify people to serve as a Buddy. As an example, you could consider individuals who:

• Possess a strong record of performance over time.
• Have experience in the position the new hire is in.
• Understand of the company culture and environment where the work is performed by the new hire. [Consider a minimum tenure of 6-12 months.]
• Exhibit interpersonal, communication, and teaching/training skills.
• Are held in high regard and considered trustworthy by coworkers and management.
• Appreciate and can fulfill the confidential nature of the role.
• Have the time to execute the role with minimum impact to her/his own job performance.
• Advocate for the Company.
• Aspire to serve in a leadership role.

There are other criteria that can be considered, but the point is to establish selection standards that make sense for your organization.

Equally important is ensuring that a prospective Buddy understands and commits to meeting the expectations of the Buddy role. Following are examples of such expectations.

• Assisting in navigating the corridors and cubicle farms within the workplace.
• Being a resource for answering questions, brainstorming, and avoiding land minds.
• Explaining work-related rules, policies, procedures, unwritten policies/practices, and cultural nuances.
• Aiding the socialization process by engaging others via joint activities that promote teamwork, are instructional, and create fun at work.
• Providing feedback to management regarding issues/concerns.

Upon concluding the Buddy relationship, there should be a formal assessment to identify what worked and what didn’t. This information can be captured via a questionnaire, survey, or other non-confrontational or intimidating manner. The point of the data collection is to develop best practices to improve the program’s effectiveness and fulfil its promise.

The end game of Buddy Systems is to facilitate the effective acculturation of new hires into the workplace, even if the new hire is transferring internally from one department to another. The transition process should aim to infuse a sense of belonging, caring, and camaraderie while dispensing important information to promote high performance, job satisfaction, and eventually, employee retention. Given what is at stake, can you afford not to consider a Buddy System?