Get to know us better.

At Wj Office we want you to get to know us better.

We’ve created 10 questions to give you an insight into the people who make up the WJ Office family.

You’ll discover the people behind the imagery and be intrigued with who we are. You’ll meet the emotion behind our motion. And with each introduction, which we’ll be doing each month, it will make you want to read more.

10 Questions for Neville Chaney – President

  1. What is your best childhood memory? Summertime as a 14 year old. I had a friend with a swimming pool. His neighbor had a croquet course in his back yard that was always set up, a pool table, and a ping pong table. He gave us his permission to use all three and kept his basement door unlocked for us to come and go as we pleased. Each day I would go to the friend’s house with the pool (along with two other friends). The four of us would swim for a while, play croquet for a while, and then play pool and ping pong all day long. THAT was living!
  1. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? I would have been less trusting of a business partner that I had (not WJ Office) who was not honest.
  1. What do you feel most proud of? My family. I selected the love of my life (and she says that she selected me) who has been a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. We have raised two sons who have integrity, work hard, and have selected the spouse that I would have chosen for them if that were part of our culture. They have provided us with grandchildren that I love to be with and they are good parents as well. Though there has been adversity, God has granted us so much to be thankful for each day.
  1. What is your favorite music? I like the rock ‘n roll of the 60’s and 70’s. Good sing along and dance music.
  1. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why? I’d like to travel in the western states, visit the wine country, the mountains of Montana, the forests of Washington, and the canyons of Utah and Nevada. I’d like to visit the national parks and hope to do that before too long.

      6. What do you want your tombstone to say? “Loved his God, his family, his fellow man.”

  1. How do you spend your free time? Watching sports, reading, learning, church work, golf, exercising, and hiking.
  1. What was your most embarrassing moment? For most folks who play golf, it was on a golf course. I’m no different. On the final hole of a golf tournament, with a gallery of 60-80 people watching, I swung at the ball and somehow hit it about head high. My divot went about 25 yards and my ball came straight down into the hole that I had created with my club. I wanted to crawl into the hole after the ball.

9. If you could witness any event of the past, present or future, what would it be?                      Peace on earth. Historically, man has always had the desire to conquer another. In the Bible, one passage remarks that “now it was the season for war.” My question is why? Why do we have to conquer and dominate each other. Why cannot we live in peace with those who have an opposing view? I would love to be able to witness a point in time where all races, religions, and nationalities can understand that we were made to live peacefully and love one another.

10. How would your friends describe you? It would depend on which friend you ask. Your questions are very thought provoking, but I really don’t have an answer for this one. I would hope that they would be charitable with their comments.

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Photo: This is with Nate’s son, Samuel! Samuel Alson Chaney. He’s a fourth generation “Alson”

5 Posture Tips for a Pain-Free Day

Mom was right to tell you to stop slouching and sit up straight. Not only does good posture make you look taller and more confident, it also increases energy, improves breathing and keeps your back pain free. Good posture ensures that you’re placing the least amount of strain on muscles and tendons. Whether sitting in front of the computer, standing, walking or lifting, always practice good posture.

1. Standing. Keep your feet a comfortable distance apart, typically no more than the breadth of your shoulders with equal weight distributed on each leg. Imagine a vertical line drawn from the center of your head through your shoulders and down to your pelvis. This is your perfect standing posture. If your job requires you to stand for prolonged periods of time, consider using a foot rest to ease strain. If you need additional back support, steady yourself with a table or countertop, remembering to keep your head raised and spine straight. Individuals standing in the same spot all day should use a rubber mat on the floor to improve comfort.

2. Walking. Notice how people walk and you’ll see that many of us lean forward, creating stress on the back. Walk without tensing neck muscles, while keeping your pelvis straight and head level. With good posture, your head should almost feel weightless. Avoid flat-footed, “stomping,” but instead land softly on the heel, transferring weight onto the ball of the foot and finally the toes. Use purses, bags and backpacks designed to minimize back strain.

3. Sitting. With so many of us sitting at a desk all day, it’s natural to get tired and start slouching without even noticing it. To counter that, take full advantage of the chair’s features with your buttocks pushed all the way to the back of the seat. Once your pelvis supports your weight, you’ll notice how much easier it is to maintain good posture. Your knees should bend at a right angle and be about the same level as your hips. Use a small foot rest under your feet to achieve proper position if needed. Avoid unbalanced postures such as crossing legs unevenly, leaning to one side, hunching the shoulders or tilting the head. Give your shoulders and back muscles a break by using the arm rests.

4. Lifting. Incorrect lifting can contribute to severe, long-term debilitation. With that in mind, always plan before you lift. Keep objects close to your body rather than carried with outstretched arms. Even with light objects, maintain a straight back and use knee-bending actions not back-bending actions. Tighten your abdominal muscles for extra support. If lifting is part of your regular daily routine, invest in a back support or other related equipment.

5. Working at the Computer. In addition to practicing good sitting posture as previously discussed, working at a computer requires you to keep your arms and wrists aligned as well. Unnecessary strain is placed on the spine unless your chair, keyboard, mouse, and computer screen are all correctly positioned.

Place your monitor away from glare and at a distance of about an arm’s length when seated comfortably in front of it. Position the screen to your natural, resting eye position and avoid tilting your head forward. Use a book or stand to raise it if needed. Adjust your monitor’s brightness, contrast and font size to comfortable levels. When typing, keep your arms parallel to your legs with good support under your wrists. Relax your upper arms and shoulders. If possible, place your documents directly in front of you. Unfortunately, poor posture can easily become a habit, causing chronic discomfort. The good news is, the main factors affecting posture and ergonomics are completely under your control. By following the advice above you can prevent the problems associated with poor posture and stay healthy, productive, and most importantly, pain free all day long.