Month: July 2018

Update on QGenda Cares: Summer 2018

Keeping up with our QGenda Cares initiative, this summer has been jam-packed with volunteer opportunities for our employees. Our goal with QGenda Cares is not only to make a meaningful difference in our community, but also to foster teamwork, to encourage work-life balance, and to enable employees to explore their unique passions through service – all while having fun! As such, we want to share some exciting updates from the past few months.
We started things off this summer by spending a few days volunteering at Best Friends Animal Society. Our teams built new pens for the influx of rescued dogs, organized the storage garage, cleaned the animal living spaces, and, of course, walked and played with all the dogs!

Our Qniversity summer interns also had their own day dedicated to serving at the shelter.

Next, as members of the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), we participated in both the TAG Day of Service and Bytes for Bites competition this summer.
The TAG Day of Service is an annual effort to help those in need through the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Our volunteers, along with groups from other Georgia tech companies, inspected, sorted, and packaged grocery items, as well as health and hygiene products, for distribution to over 600 non-profit organizations in the Metro Atlanta and North Georgia areas.

While our Atlanta office participated in TAG Day of Service, our Baltimore office served at the Maryland Food Bank, where they unloaded and sorted frozen meat sent from local grocery stores in the temp room, which is kept at a frosty 32 degrees!

Finally, unlike the TAG Day of Service, Bytes for Bites is actually a competition between companies of all sizes within the Technology Association of Georgia. Although last year’s numbers were astounding, this year broke records by raising enough money to provide 281,176 meals to families across the state. We at QGenda, specifically, raised the equivalent of 13,222.5 meals to keep children and families in our community fed throughout the summer months.
We are so thankful to have so many opportunities to give back as a company and are looking forward to our future service events this fall!

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Paris RER Train Strike 2018

Paris RER Train Strike 2018
 
RER Strike Ended June 28 2018
Updated July 13, 2018.
Paris airport trains (RER B) are running normally as of Friday June 29, 2018 See Schedule Below
 
<!–Paris RER C / RER D / RER E trains are affected by strike May 20-24, 2018.–>
RER B Trains from CDG Airport to Paris city center
Paris airport trains were affected by strike between from April 3, 2018 through to June 28, 2018. Normal RER B airport train service resumed June 29, 2018 and continues today. The Paris train strike / service disruption affected the frequency of RER B trains, reducing RER B trains by 1/3 to 1/2 during strike days.
There are no further strikes planned affecting the RER B train from CDG Airport to Paris city center.
<!–Due to Paris Train strike action, the RER B CDG Airport train to Paris, will be running at reduced frequency on June 27, 2018 and June 28, 2018. The RER B train will be operating at half capacity or 1 train for every 2 airport trains normally scheduled.–>
Here is a calendar of Paris Train Strike days for April, May and June 2018 that were scheduled to affect Paris RER trains.

The information below is kept only for historical purposes. The Paris train strike of 2018 is now over as of June 29, 2018.

CDG to Paris Train Strike Schedule
The next RER B strike train schedule for Wednesday June 27 and Thursday June 28, 2018 are now available. For June 27, 2018, RER B strike impact will be 1/2 normal frequency the entire day for RER B trains between CDG Airport and Gare du Nord with 2/3 normal frequency of RER trains between Gare du Nord and southbound through the rest of Paris.
Below is the CDG to Paris RER B train strike schedule during the Paris train strike on June 27 & 28, 2018.
During the Paris Train Strike RER B trains will terminate at Gare du Nord station in the north section of Paris (details further below).
CDG to Paris RER B Train Strike Schedule for June 27 & 28, 2018

<!–CDG to Paris RER B Train Strike Schedule for June 23, 2018
(will be updated with June 28, 2018 when available)–>
How to read strike schedule for the RER B train:

Find columns of times that stretch between Aeroport CDG 2 TGV (for CDG Terminal 2) or Aeroport CDG 1 (for CDG Terminal 1 & 3) and Gare du Nord.
At the top of the red highlighted columns (in image below) are RER B train departure times from the two CDG airport train stations.
Bottom times are when the RER B train arrives at Gare du Nord.
When a column of times has no times listed for the Aeroport CDG2-TGV / Aeroport CDG 1 rows, those trains don’t service the airport (and are on a separate leg of the RER B line traveling from Mitry-Claye to Aulnay-sous-Bois where the RER B forks to either CDG or Mitry-Claye).

Four letter codes + number at the top of the schedule columns are marked on the front of each RER train & on overhead screens at train platforms, identifying which stations will be served by this RER train.

This is useful when your RER train could take multiple routes (possibly skipping your destination station), but isn’t necessary when taking RER B trains from CDG Airport to Paris which normally stop at all Paris stations. Normally…
During the Paris train strike, RER B Trains departing CDG Airport will terminate at Gare du Nord at surface level. Passengers wishing to travel further south along the RER B train line (towards Paris city center stations St. Michel-Notre Dame, Chatelet Les Halles, Luxembourg, etc.) will need to transfer to an underground RER B train at Gare du Nord (using the same RER ticket). Follow the RER B signs at Gare du Nord to find the underground RER B train platforms that will continue service south throughout the city.

 
RER B Trains from Paris to CDG Airport
RER B trains from Paris city center to CDG Airport will depart from Gare du Nord at surface level lanes 30 to 36 (the Grandes Lignes area) during the strike. Normally RER B trains depart Gare du Nord from the underground platforms, but not during reduced service period of the Paris train strike.
Due to Paris train strike on Wednesday June 27, 2018 and Thursday June 28, 2018 there will be only 1 RER B train for every 2 normally scheduled will be running between Gare du Nord and CDG for the entire day. The Paris train strike will also affect RER B trains between southern terminus stations (Robinson/St-Remy-les-Chevreuse), central Paris and Gare du Nord, reducing RER B trains by one-third during rush hours (7h-9h, 17h-19h), i.e. 2 trains for every 3 normally scheduled to run between Gare du Nord and south through Paris city towards Robinson / St-Remy-les-Chevreuse.
Paris to CDG Train Strike Schedule
See the full Paris to CDG RER B Train Strike Schedule for June 27 & 28, 2018

<!–See the full Paris to CDG RER B Train Strike Schedule for June 23, 2018
(will be updated for June 28, 2018 when available)–>
Again, trains leaving Paris for Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport will be leaving from Gare du Nord, from surface level lanes 30-36. If you’re on RER B anywhere south of Gare du Nord (say at Chatelet Les Halles, Luxembourg, etc.) you’ll need to switch to a surface level RER B train at Gare du Nord to get to CDG Airport.
 

RER A Trains between Paris and Disneyland
RER A trains from Paris city center to Disneyland Paris are not affected by the Paris train strike on Wednesday June 27 and Thursday June 28, 2018 and should run at normal frequency<!–half normal frequency (1 train for every 2 normally scheduled). In past Paris train strike days, the Disneyland section of the RER A train is usually not affected by strike, but this has now changed and Disneyland will be affected by the train strike. Again, expect half the usual amount of RER A trains going between Paris and Disneyland–>. Below is the schedule of RER A trains between Paris and Disneyland during the the last Paris Train strike day that did affect RER A on May 18, 2018 and will be updated for June 27 / 28, 2018 if there is strike disruption and once the RER A train strike schedule is made available from Paris train authority. RER A trains from Paris to La Défense will likely also be running at normal frequency during the strike. Usually only RER A trains running between Paris and Cergy & Poissy are affected & running at 1/2 frequency during Paris train strike days. Paris to Disneyland is usually not affected by strike.
See the full Paris to Disneyland (Marne La Vallée) RER A Train Strike Schedule for May 18, 2018 (will be updated for June 27/28, 2018 if impacted by strike)
See the full Disneyland to Paris RER A Train Strike Schedule for May 18, 2018 (will be updated for June 27/28, 2018 if impacted by strike)
How to read strike schedule for the RER A train:

Find your departure station in the vertical column of station names. Paris stations are highlighted in a red box, center-left.
Moving horizontally from your station name, find a column which shows a time for your station. This is the departure time from that station.
Then moving vertically down, check if a time is shown on the row for Marne la Vallée-Chessy station (circled bottom left). If a time is shown on the Marne la Vallée-Chessy row, this RER A train goes from Paris to Disneyland station, which is Marne la Vallée-Chessy.
In the red vertical highlighted columns of times, you’ll noticed a big gap without times. The Paris RER A Disney train will not stop at these stations.

RER C / RER D / RER E Trains
Paris Train Strike is affecting RER C/D/E at this time and running at 1/2 normal frequency.
RER C trains will be running at 1/2 frequency for June 27/28, 2018.
RER D trains will be running at 1/2 frequency for June 27/28, 2018.
RER E trains will be running at 2/3 frequency for June 27/28, 2018.

Transilien Trains – La Defense to Versailles
Due to Paris train strike there is currently a reduction in Versailles trains to 2/3 normal frequency from Paris St. Lazare to Versailles (Transilien L trains) for June 25/26, 2018. In addition trains will terminate (at St. Cloud) before the final station and a replacement bus will complete the trip. Note that after 10:10PM (22:10) the Paris-Versailles trains from Paris St. Lazare to Versailles Rive-Droite will terminate at St. Cloud and the remainder of the stations will be served by a replacement bus service to Versailles Rive Droite. Same thing in the reverse direction from Versailles Rive Droite to Paris St. Lazare, a bus service will run between Versailles Rive Droite to St. Cloud where the Transilien L train will take passengers to Paris St. Lazare. This is normally what happens along Paris-Versailles train line when there is a complete stoppage of trains along the Paris Versailles train line due to strike: a bus service will substitute train service between Paris and Versailles on Transilien L line.
See the Paris Versailles Transilien L train strike schedule June 25-26, 2018<!– (will be updated for June 27 when available from Transilien).–.

No RER B Strike Planned for June 24-26 2018

No Strike action is planned for June 24 2018 through June 26, 2018 (inclusive) for the Paris Airport Train (RER B) and should not affect Paris Airport trains (RER B) on June 24 – June 26, 2018. This will be updated as train authorities publish Paris train strike information.

Note that the RER C, RER D and RER E are affected by strike action, reducing RER C/D/E frequency everyday to 3/4 normal frequency for RER C, 2/3 normal frequency for RER D and RER E.

General RER Strike Information

During strike action, Paris RER B trains from CDG Airport will run at 1/3rd normal frequency (one train in three) between CDG Airport and Gare du Nord station in Paris.

Paris Metro Trains are different from Paris RER trains.

CDG Airport trains are only RER trains, not Paris Metro trains.

See Paris Metro train strike information.

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Best practices for delegating scheduling duties

Provider and staff scheduling, while often overlooked, is an important and necessary area for optimization. Creating an equitable schedule that considers all complexities, such as staff preferences, proper spacing of shifts, or yearly shift quotas, can prove challenging. Add on provider requests, shift trades, and schedule auditing, and the scheduling process has gone from challenging to daunting, especially for one person to manually handle alone. By delegating scheduling duties and assigning out different parts of the schedule workflow, the schedule creation process can become much more efficient.
For larger groups or schedules with a lot of moving parts
It’s best to specialize job responsibilities amongst schedulers. For example, perhaps one scheduler will consider all vacation requests, rejecting or approving accordingly; then, another scheduler will create the schedule; another would be responsible for auditing the schedule and approving trades or additional time-off. The biggest benefit of segmenting scheduling duties is accountability; for example, if pending requests are left in mass on the schedule, the individual in charge of approving requests can be contacted.
For smaller groups or less complex schedules
It’s best to have a single administrator handle all scheduling responsibilities. Beyond a certain group-size threshold, it is actually less efficient to have ‘too many hands in the pot.’ Typically, both group size and schedule workflow complexity dictate this threshold. For example, if a ten-person OB/GYN group’s schedule is templated from week-to-week and the group has a request period of two weeks during the year, it’s probably easiest for a single scheduler to handle all scheduling responsibilities.
As groups grow larger, segmenting scheduling duties becomes increasingly important. Often other hospitals or outside facilities must stay informed of changes to the schedule and need these changes entered into multiple systems. It can become overwhelming for a single scheduler who is already managing requests from 150 providers, creating the schedule, and auditing it to also enter changes into multiple EMRs; therefore, segmenting scheduling duties among multiple schedulers benefits both the schedulers and the group as a whole.
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Paris Train Station & Airport Luggage Storage

Luggage storage at Paris train stations opening hours, prices & sizes:

Gare du Nord — Open 6:15 AM to 11:15 PM, 7 days a week. Located Level -1, below the North West Information booth, escalators down. Station for suburban and grand line trains (including Eurostar, TGV & Thalys), RER B, RER D, RER E and Metro line 2,4,5.
Gare de Lyon — Open 6:15 AM to 10:00 PM, closed Sundays. Located in Hall 3 under train lane “N”. Station for suburban and grand line trains (including Artesia and TGV), RER A, RER D and Metro line 1 and 14. Connection to CDG airport via Air France shuttle.
Gare d’Austerlitz — Open 7:00 AM to 11:30 PM, 7 days a week. Station for suburban and grand line trains (including Elipsos, Aqualys, TER, and Téoz), RER C, Metro line 5, and terminus for Metro line 10.
Gare de l’Est — Open 6:00 AM to 11:45 PM, 7 days a week. Located Level -1 (Metro level). Station for suburban and grand line trains (including Lyria, City Night Line and TGV), Metro line 4, 5, and 7.
Montparnasse — Open 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM, 7 days a week. Station for suburban and TGV trains, Metro line 4, 6, 12 and 13. Connection to CDG or ORY airport via Air France shuttle.
Marne la Vallée Chessy (Disneyland Paris station) — Open 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM, 7 days a week. Station for RER A, TGV, Eurostar.  Disneyland Paris also has its own baggage storage within the park, open 8 AM till 45 min. after close of Disneyland Paris.
Airport Charles De Gaulle Terminals 1 & 2 — Storage provided by Bagages du Monde.  See their page on the official Aéroport de Paris website for prices.

Note: There is NO luggage storage at Gare Saint Lazare, although it is a main train station and does have a Lost and Found office.  Same with Gare de Bercy: no baggage storage on-site although Gare de Lyon is within 15 minutes walking.

Luggage Storage Price/Cost & Payment:
Prices are 5,50€, 7,50€ and 9,50€ for small / medium / large lockers for the first 24 hour period and 5€ for each 24 hours after, depending on size of luggage locker (with a maximum storage time of 72 hours). Payment is by coins, chip enabled credit cards or debit card.
Exception: Charles De Gaulle Airport has different rates which can be found here as this service is provided by a third party company, Bagages du Monde. More extensive ParisByTrain article: CDG Luggage Storage.
Paris train stations will have luggage storage services (known as consignes in French) ranging in different sizes and costs. Most major train stations (Gare de Lyon, Gare du Nord, Montparnasse, Gare de l’Est, Gare d’Austerlitz) and airports (Charles de Gaulle- CDG / Orly) offer baggage storage options. Luggage can be stored in the locker for up to 72 hours and are very useful when you have a layover in Paris. Knowing how to find and use the baggage storage services offered at Paris train stations can help ease your stay & travel in Paris and throughout France.

Luggage Storage Locker Sizes

Small storage locker size Metric: Height 43.3cm x Width 34.7cm x Depth 82.4cm
Small storage locker size Imperial: Height 17 inches x Width 13.5 inches x Depth 32.4 inches
Medium storage locker size Metric – Height: 59.1cm x Width: 34.7cm x Depth: 82.4cm
Medium storage locker size Imperial – Height: 23.2 inches x Width: 13.5 inches x Depth: 32.4 inches
Large storage locker size Metric – Height: 90.8cm x Width: 51.9cm x Depth: 82.4cm
Large storage locker size Imperial – Height: 35.7 inches x Width: 20.4 inches x Depth: 32.4 inches

Notes:

Your luggage is only accessible when the stations are open and the luggage storage areas are open.  Please see the opening hours above. Some stations have luggage carts.
In order to use the consigne, all items will pass an airport style security machine.
Electronic goods including laptops CANNOT be stored in the lockers.

 
 
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