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How to Save Paper and Avoid Ghost Printing

How to Save Paper and Avoid Ghost Printing

Are you being haunted by ghost prints? The Geeks at 247Inktoner.com are here to rescue you from that pesky phenomenon of an image being printed more than once on the same page. While this usually affects older printers, new ones are just as likely to have the issue. The toner cartridge could need cleaning, the power supply connected to the printer could be causing the issue, the drums could be old, or maybe it’s your imaging kit.

Sometimes ghosting is very subtle. It could appear slightly lighter in comparison to darker text and images on the page. Luckily, the printer specialists have these tips to help you exercise your printer and deliver it from the evils of ghost printing.

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Why Does it Happen?

Before you troubleshoot, how about some insight to the issue? Why does ghost printing happen? Electricity could be one of the culprits. Printing takes place over the course of a series of short electrical charges. If the pattern of these charges is not maintained (usually in an older printer) the printer can get a little confused and start repeating itself.

Static Electricity

If you drag your feet on the carpet and touch metal, you’ll likely get a brief static jolt. Now imagine what happens when paper is dragged through the printer and comes into contact with the printer heads. These static jolts can sometimes interrupt the electrical charge of the ink as it is being transferred from the printer head to the paper. When static electricity interrupts the electric charges from the lasers, the result can take the shape of duplicate images on the same page.

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Humidity

The same thing that makes your hair frizz could be causing your ghost prints. It’s best that you avoid printing in the state of Florida during the month of August (just kidding), but you should make sure your printer is not located in a humid environment such as a laundry room, kitchen or bathroom.

Listen to your Printer

This sounds about as silly as talking to your roses to make them grow bigger and more beautiful, but it’s an important step in fixing the problem. If your printer sounds like it isn’t moving through the machine easily, if there is audible dragging and screeching, there is something wrong. This could be a fuser issue. The fuser is the component which makes the ink stick to the paper. If toner isn’t fusing to the paper properly it will smudge and cause ghosting.

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Fix it!

Fret not! There are several solutions to help lessen these static interruptions.

1.       Broken Rollers

If your printer is old, a deeper look at the issue may reveal problems you can’t easily fix, like a broken roller. Broken rollers are going to do a poor job feeding paper through the printer. While you can replace them, maybe it’s time to upgrade.

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2.       Dirty Rollers

Dirty rollers are nothing to be afraid of. In order to conduct electrical charges from the print heads to the paper, your rollers must be clean. Depending on the way your printer is assembled, there are several steps you may have to take to get to the rollers. You can refer to our guide for how to clean your printer rollers for more details.

3.       Dirty Drum

If neither of the above items are what ail you, a dirty drum could be the culprit. A dirty printer drum will have residual toner on it. You will need a few supplies in order to clean you printer drum: q-tips, small tweezers, a cleaning cloth, paper towel and some rubbing alcohol. Essentially, you will want to carefully clean all components of the drum with the cloth, and keep it out of direct sunlight until you are ready to place it back into the printer.

 

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Published on November 12, 2020

5 Signs You Work in a Toxic Environment (And What To Do)

5 Signs You Work in a Toxic Environment (And What To Do)

What’s the most draining, miserable job you’ve ever had? Maybe you had a supervisor with unrealistic demands about your work output and schedule. Or perhaps, you worked under a bullying boss who frequently lost his temper with you and your colleagues, creating a toxic work environment.

Chances are, though, your terrible job experience was more all-encompassing than a negative experience with just one person. That’s because, in general, toxicity at work breeds an entire culture. Research shows abusive behavior by leaders can and often quickly spread through an entire organization.[1]

Unfortunately, working in a toxic environment doesn’t just make it miserable to show up to the office (or a Zoom meeting). This type of culture can have lasting negative effects, taking a toll on mental and physical health and even affecting workers’ personal lives and relationships.[2]

While it’s often all-encompassing, toxic culture isn’t always as blatant or clear-cut as abuse. Some of the evidence is more subtle—but it still warrants concern and action.

Have a feeling that your workplace is a toxic environment? Here are 5 surefire signs to look for.

1. People Often Say (or Imply) “That’s Not My Job”

When I first launched my company, I had a very small team. And back then, we all wore a lot of hats, simply because we had to. My colleagues and I worked tirelessly together to build, troubleshoot, and market our product, and nobody complained (at least most of the time).

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Because we were all in it together, with the same shared vision in mind, cooperation mattered so much more than job titles. Unfortunately, it’s not always that way.

In some workplaces, people adhere to their job descriptions to a fault:

  • Need help with an accounting problem? Sorry, that’s not my job.
  • Oh, you spilled your coffee in the break room? Too bad, I’m working.
  • Can’t figure out the new software? Ask IT.

While everyone has their own skillset—and time is often at a premium—cooperation is important in any workplace. An “it’s not my job” attitude is a sign of a toxic environment because it’s inherently selfish. It implies “I only care about me and what I have to get done” and that people aren’t concerned about the collective good or overall vision.[3] That type of perspective is not only bound to drain individual relationships; it also drains overall morale and productivity.

2. There’s a Lack of Diversity

Diversity is a vital part of a healthy work environment. We need the opinions and ideas of people who don’t see the world like us to move ahead. So, when leaders don’t prioritize diversity—or worse, they actively avoid it—I’m always suspicious about their character and values.

Limiting your workforce to one type of person is bound to prevent organizations from growing healthily. But even if your work environment is diverse in general, the management might prevent diverse individuals from rising to leadership positions, which only misses the point of having a diverse work environment in the first place.

Look around you. Who’s in leadership at your company? Who gets promotions and rewards most often? If the same type of people gets ahead while other individuals consistently get left behind, you might be working in a toxic environment.

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However it manifests in your workplace, keep in mind that a lack of diversity is a tell-tale sign that “bias is rampant and the wrong things are valued.”[4]

3. Feedback Isn’t Allowed

Just as individual growth hinges on being open to criticism, an organization’s well-being depends on workers’ ability to air their concerns and ideas. If management actively stifles feedback from employees, you’re probably working in a toxic environment.

But that definitely doesn’t mean nobody will air their feelings. One of the telltale signs of toxic leadership is when employees vent on the sidelines, out of management’s earshot. When I worked in a toxic environment, coworkers would often complain about higher-ups and company policies during work in private chats or after work hours.

It’s normal to get frustrated at work. That’s just a part of having a job. What isn’t normal is when dissent isn’t a part of or discouraged in the workplace. A workplace culture that suppresses constructive feedback will not be successful in the long run. It’s a sign that leadership isn’t open to new ideas, and that they’re more concerned about their own well-being than the health of the organization as a whole.

4. Quantifiable Measures Take Priority

Sales numbers, timelines, bottom lines—these metrics are, of course, important signs of how things are going in any business. But great leaders know that true success isn’t always measurable or quantifiable. More meaningful factors like workplace satisfaction, teamwork, and personal growth all contribute to and sustain these metrics.

Numbers don’t always tell the whole story, and they shouldn’t be the only concern. Measure-taking should always take a backseat to meaning-making—working together to contribute to a vision that improves people’s lives. If your workplace zones in on quantifiable measures of success, it’s probably not prioritizing what truly matters. And it’s probably also instilling a fear of failure among employees, which paralyzes employees instead of motivating them.

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5. The Policies and Rules Are Inconsistent

Every organization has its own set of unique policies and procedures. But often, unhealthy workplaces have inconsistent, unspoken “rules” that apply differently to different people. When one person gets in trouble for the same type of behavior that promotes another person, workers will feel like management plays favorites—which isn’t just unethical but also a quick way to drain morale and fuel tension in the office.[5] It only shows how incompetent the leadership is and indicates a toxic workplace.

For example, maybe there’s no “set” rule about work hours, but your manager expects certain people or departments to show up at 8 am while other individuals tend to roll in at 9 or 10 am with no real consequences. If that’s the case, then it’s likely that your organization’s leadership is more concerned with controlling people and exerting power rather than the overall good of their employees.

How to Deal With a Toxic Work Environment

The first thing to know if you’re stuck in a toxic work environment is that you’re not stuck. While it’s ultimately the company’s responsibility to make positive changes that prevent harmful actions to employees, you also have an opportunity to speak up about your concerns—or, if necessary, depart the role altogether.

If you suspect that you’re working in a toxic environment, think about how you can advocate for yourself. Start by raising your grievances about the culture in an appropriate setting, like a scheduled, one-on-one meeting with your supervisor.

Can’t imagine sitting down with your supervisor to air those problems on your own? Form some solidarity with like-minded colleagues. Approaching management might feel less overwhelming when you have a “team” who shares your views.

It doesn’t have to be an overtly confrontational discussion. Do your best to frame your concerns in a positive way by sharing with your supervisor that you want to be more productive at work, but certain problems sometimes get in the way.

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Final Thoughts

If your supervisor truly cares about the well-being of the organization, they will take your concerns seriously and actively take part in changing the toxic work environment into something more conducive to productivity.

If not, then it might be time to consider the cost of the job on your well-being and personal life. Is it worth staying just for your resume’s sake? Or could you consider a “bridge” job that allows you to exhale for a bit, even if it doesn’t “move you ahead” the way you planned?

It might not be the ideal situation, but your mental health and well-being are too important to ignore. And when you have the opportunity to refuel, you’ll be a far more valuable asset at whatever amazing job you land next.

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