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Showing Gratitude in the Work Place

I think we can all admit that in some job we have felt the “hum-dum” repetition. Everyone wants to look forward to something when heading into work! If you are feeling up for the task, change up the pace and mindset of your work place by showing your coworkers that you are grateful for them.

Here are some ideas of how to do that!

  1. Do a little survey or poll to get to know your coworkers a little better! Take your conversations from “how was your weekend?” to the next level ! From the pole, you can have an idea of something to get them talking.
  2. Send a group email or chat with some work appropriate jokes to bright up everyone’s day! It may even get a stream of jokes going so you can look forward to that every day! One of my favorite places to look for jokes is http://www.laughfactory.com/jokes/clean-jokes
  3. If you have some time to spare or you are in need of some unity in your workspace, try a team building exercise! Here are some of our favorites here at Porter’s! http://levymarketingawards.com/2015/08/3-teamwork-games-to-engage-employees-at-work/
  4. Boost their confidence with some motivational messages in places that they frequent. I like to post mine on the bathroom mirrors, computer screens, the water station, and the time clock! This is a great way to make everyone in the office feel great!

               

         

Try it out! When you reach out to brighten others’ days, yours will be brightened as well.

How Can You Support the Cause?

Photocredit: Breast Cancer Wisdom

 

How Can I Support the Cause?

 October is a wonderful month for many reasons. One of my favorites is that everyone draws a little closer together with Breast Cancer Awareness. I wish we were always aware and supporting the cause, but I am grateful for October being the focus month.

 It’s safe to say 8/10 people probably know someone who has spent time fighting cancer. It is very near and dear to us that know someone or if we are that person. Knowing someone and not knowing someone, both can be a blessing. Cancer allows many lessons to be learned in the times of hardship. Families, friends, and communities unite together.

 If you know someone struggling with cancer, here are a few ways you can help them and support the cause:

  1. Be a Listener
  • Sometimes a listening ear can make the world of difference. It is very beneficial for people to just talk out their feelings to someone they trust, even if it doesn’t make sense or is not even related. Being there for someone you love and listening can help them make new discoveries about themselves or situation.

      2. Open Ended Invitations

  • Most fighters don’t know how they will feel by tomorrow or even the end of the day. Let them know whenever they want to, they can come watch a movie or go grab a bite to eat. This lets them know you are their support.

      3. Connect those you know with Breast Cancer to a survivor

  • Many fighters will say they don’t want help or need it. Again, present the opportunity. They can think about it and reach out when they need it.

      4. Offer to buy groceries for them

  • Many fighters have special diets or restrictions. As much as they would appreciate a homemade lasagna, they would appreciate it more if you came and got their grocery list from them.

 

Now what about us that don’t know someone who is fighting against cancer? There are still may ways to help!

  1. Participate in the Cancer Walks
  • These events occur more than you know. Just research to find one in the local area and go walk! All the funding of this event goes to researching for a cure. You are making a wonderful contribution just by walking. Who knows, you might even meet some new lifelong friends!

     2. Donatations

     3.Volunteer

 

Whether you know someone one fighting cancer or not, you have all the power to make a difference. The greatest thing is you can start today! Help support the cause! Fight Cancer with us.

How to Run a Successful Fundraiser

Oh Hiya!

Meg here, and as a company, we believe in corporate social responsibility and getting involved in our communities. This can be done in so many great ways like raffles, volunteering, or fundraisers! If you have a charity close to your heart or to the mission of your business, use these tips to make your next fundraiser as a successful as possible:

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  • Choose a Charity- Of course you need to select the charity of your choice before any planning can begin! If you have a committee put together, have each member bring one or two ideas to the group and vote from there. Keep in mind the charities that will be closest to your employee’s hearts and the mission of your company.
  • Set a Goal- When you’ve chosen the charity that you’ll be fundraising for, set a specific goal for your company. It may also help to set incentives for different levels of fundraising. Not only will it give your employees the joy of giving to charity but it will bring a little extra excitement to fundraise to the highest level. A great incentive is a cookie or cupcake day for the office or even a lunch to celebrate the fundraiser.
  • Pick an Event- How will you be fundraising? Will you participate in a charity run, a fundraising party, or a raffle? For more great inspiration you can take a look at this list and see if any events sound like the perfect option for your company: https://www.24fundraiser.com/corporate-fundraising-ideas/ .
  • Spread the Word- You want your fundraiser to be as successful as possible, so each and every member of your company needs to be on board! For our fundraisers, I like to print out posters and banners for the office to keep everyone up to date on the details. Make sure you’re all stocked up on ink with HP 201A Black Original LaserJet Toner Cartridge before you begin printing. Depending on how long your fundraiser will last, it’s also a good idea to laminate the posters, to keep them looking neat throughout the whole event. I like to use the Fellowes® Venus 2 125 Laminator. It works so quickly and every single one of my posters comes out picture perfect.
  • Get Started- When you begin raising money for your fundraiser be sure to keep track of each and every donation. I keep funds and fundraiser details separate and organized in my HON® 600 Series Two-Drawer Lateral File. I love the size of the cabinet and all the space I have to be extra organized. I like to keep the money raised and the details and contacts for our events totally separate and with this filing cabinet I have plenty of room for every single folder.

With these tips and ideas your company will definitely put the fun into a fundraiser! No matter what type of fundraiser you choose to do, I know you’ll see success.

Happy fundraising and until next time,

Meg

Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

Oh Hiya!

Meg here, and I know just how much work goes into running an office. Not only do you have all the employees, but clients, vendors, property managers and more. Our office administrator is our savior for all these things. Here are a couple reasons we love our office administrator and ways to make their day a little better as we celebrate national Administrative Professionals Day!

Happy Administrator Day via Porters Office Products

  • Gift Shower: A card is a great start, but this year you can take it a step further and throw a little gift shower. The gifts don’t need to be big, even the smallest personalized gifts can make an impact. Whether you have a basket waiting on their desk at the beginning of the day or have various coworkers stop by with little surprises and notes throughout the day, your office administrator will feel appreciated all day long.

 

  • A Day Off: While it may seem that your office work flow will crumble without them at the helm, your office administrator surely deserves a little break! Whether you can manage an afternoon or even a full day, let your office admin schedule some downtime out of the office. You can also surprise them with tickets to an event, a spa pass or a gift certificate for a sweet treat to enjoy during their time off.

 

  • Help Out: Take a day to walk in their shoes! While your whole office appreciates all the work that your office administrator takes on, it’s a different story when it comes to experiencing it yourselves. Create a schedule and have each member of the office sign up to take over or help out with various tasks that your office admin works through daily. Not only will you give them a break, you’ll have a new appreciation for all the hard work they do every day.

 

  • Update Supplies: It may seem like a small gesture but new supplies will make your office administrator’s job easier. A great place to start is by replacing storage boxes or bringing in a few new ones for those stubborn files that need a home. One of my favorites is Bankers Box®. Those boxes get worn out so quickly with every day use and a few new ones will go a long way in making your office administrator’s job a little less stressful. A new set of pens, a stylish new desk organizer, or even a cute new notepad will make a big difference as well.

 

Administrative Professionals Day is a great opportunity to show your appreciation for all that your office administrator does to make each day flow smoothly. With these tips, your office administrator will feel appreciated all day long. I think it’s a great idea to keep that appreciation flowing all year round by remembering to thank them for their hard work each day. If you’re looking for a few other ways to make this day extra special check out these great ideas CLICK HERE.

 

Until next time,

Meg

 

Blue Cow Stories

 

Car repair and maintenance has always been fairly foreign to me. Since I feel like I do not know a great deal about cars, I tend to be weary when I need a car repair or update made. I don’t want to pay too much, and I want to make sure the job is done in an efficient, satisfactory way.

 I needed an engine part replaced on my car a few months ago, and took it in to a national change where I was told that a lot more than simply one part would need to be replaced. The total charges came up to thousands of dollars; I felt discouraged. I come from a small town not too far from Rexburg, and precariously drove my car home the following weekend. With recommendation from my father, I took the car in to a small, relatively unknown repair shop. They took the time to make sure I knew exactly what was going on and the repairs that my car would need. They explained everything competently and made me feel like my business truly mattered, not just my money.

 The bill was a great deal less than what had been quoted for me at the larger chain store. The experience was much more personal, and I left with a better knowledge of cars as well as repairs- which was wonderful. Best of all, I have found a company that I can truly trust with my car. In the future they will receive my business because of how they have treated me in the past.                 – Submitted by Melissa Miller

 

Shop pink and help support 3 great causes!

As October comes to a close, we wanted to feature some of our favorite pink items that help support reserach and awareness foundations. Cehck out more in

Expo Dry Erase Marker. Sanford donates a portion of the proceeds from each purchase to the nonprofit City of Hope for breast cancer research, treatment, and education. Expo Pink Ribbon dry-erase marker displays your support for breast cancer treastment with a speical Pink ribbon logo. Marker contains specially formulated low-odor, pink ink and delivers a consistent color quality for bright, vivid messages during those important brainstorming sessions. Versatile chisel tip allows broad or fine writing. Use on whiteboards, glass, and nonporous surfaces. 2 per pack; Certified AP nontoxic ink.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Atlantis Retractable Ballpoint Pen. Keep track of all your weekly meals and tasty recipes with these great pink pens that support Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Soft rubber drip and smooth click retraction provide superior writing comfort. And smooth gliding ink with a medium piont tip makes for a satisfying writing expereince. 4 pens per pack. BIC makes a donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure with every purchase.

Swingline Pink Stapler. Pink desktop manual stapler has soft grip surface and staples up to 20 sheets of 20-lb. paper at a time. the metal spine and magazine provide durability. Made from lightweight durable plastic housing with lanyard loop, this stapler has a 210- staple capacity. REfill with Swingline Half-Strip Color Bright Pink Staples for added recognition and a little flair. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Think Pink- Brainstorming Ideas

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women in the United States after skin cancer, according to the Mayo Clinic, and yet so many are unaware of the risks or tools for prevention. October has been designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and there are many ways in which your community or business can participate in building awareness for breast cancer. The simplest idea for increasing knowledge and raising awareness is to play an ongoing role in helping ensure that all young women in your community are educated about breast and ovarian cancer prevention and early detection.

Most businesses and communities see October come and go without paying any homage to this critical and ongiong health crisis for women. Here are a few ideas of things you can do in your own backyard so to speak:

  • Host outreach groups that provide support and a sense of community to young women who are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer.
  • Hold a rummage sale and give the proceeds to a local breast cancer charity.
  • Organize breast health education workshops to arm young women with the knowledge and resources they need to prevent breast and ovarian cancer or detect these diseases at early, non life-threatening stages.
  • Represent breast cancer awareness at community health fairs and other outreach initiatives; contact various local and national charities for more information on how to volunteer and represent their organizations.
  • Collect stories of survivors and have them share their personal experiences for others in newsletters, on company websites, or in marketing initiatives.
  • Distribute educational literature to medical professionals and patients to ignite conversations between doctors and patients about breast and ovarian cancer risk and strategies for prevention and early detection.
  • Provide a venue for fundraising events, which raise awareness and provide funds for the outreach programs and breast cancer charities nationwide.
  • Be creative and have fun by hosting a concert, talent competition, or contest that has an entrance fee and provide refreshments, raffles, or other items for sale at the event.

Last but not least, you can do the simplest thing of all, which is to “Think Pink” by wearing pink and exhibiting pink throughout the month of October in your office, at your home, in you community. People will soon take notice.

Ten Steps To A Happier Life

Lets face it.. who doesn’t want to be happier? At home, work, with family, etc. everyone wants it! Follow these steps from Larry Winget’s Money & Personal Blog to get 2012 off to a happy start!

Ten Steps To A Happier Life©
By Larry Winget

1. Lighten up! Don’t get your panties in a wad about every little thing that happens.

2. Forget blame. You can fix the blame or you can fix the problem. Spend your time fixing the problem.

3. Forget guilt. Guilt serves little purpose. If you messed up, apologize and move on.

4. Forget luck. Lucky people are those who are prepared, recognize opportunities and then act on those opportunities.

5. Give up the constant need to be right. Pick your battles. Sometimes it just isn’t worth the fight. Besides, sometimes you’re wrong.

6. Scope up. Pettiness is unattractive on all levels.

7. Rise above the approval of others. You are never going to to make everyone happy anyway so stop trying.

8. Forgive. You can’t be happy when you are full of anger and resentment. Get over it. Forgive them for your sake, not theirs.

9. Get healthy and stay that way. It’s hard to be happy and sick at the same time.

10. Stop looking for things outside yourself to make you happy. Happiness comes from within.

Based on an excerpt from People Are Idiots And I Can Prove It (The Idiot Factor in paperback.)

Help Scottie this Christmas!

Celebrate this Holiday season by giving a little back… and we have the perfect way to do so!

Scottie has Mitochondrial Disease which effects his heart, brain, muscle, lungs, and other vital organs (read more about the disease below) and needs your help and support.

 This Saturday at the Center Twin Theater at 10:00am there is a showing of the new movie ‘Snowmen’ that is perfect for the whole family! Tickets are $5 for Adults and $3 for kids, DVD’s will also be on sale. All proceeds go towards helping support Scottie! Spread the word and spend time helping make a difference! 

                 

What is Mitochondrial Disease?
Mitochondria exist in nearly every cell of the human body, producing 90 percent of the energy the body needs to function.  In a person with mitochondrial disease, the mitochondria are failing and cannot convert food and oxygen into life-sustaining energy.  For some, mitochondrial disease is an inherited genetic condition, while for others the body’s mitochondria can be affected by other environmental factors. 

The parts of the body that need the most energy, such as the heart, brain, muscles and lungs, are the most affected by mitochondrial disease.  The affected individual may have strokes, seizures, gastro-intestinal problems, (reflux, sever vomiting, constipation, diarrhea), swallowing difficulties, failure to thrive, blindness, deafness, heart and kidney problems, muscle failure, heat/cold intolerance, diabetes, lactic acidosis, immune system problems, liver disease, and many other problems.

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day right!

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'” January 17, 2011 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service sponsored by All For Good. Click here to visit the site and find out more information about how you can volunteer and do something good in your community, or think of your own creative ideas to help contribute. It doesn’t have to be big, just something for someone else. How about surprising your co-worker with this lovely red shoe tape dispenser? I know my desk loves it.

Watch this video, get motivated, and go do something for others!

 

What Are You Doing for Others from MLK Day on Vimeo.