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Together We’re Thankful

A great way to being a sense of unity into the workplace is around the time of Thanksgiving. Everyone is grateful for something!

Something that we like to do here at Porter’s Office Products is to make a gratitude wall. We cut out lots of yellow leaves and leave them in the breakroom for people to write on at their own time. During lunch hours, after work, before work, stopping in for a drink of water, we let people write on these leaves. We were pleasantly surprised that the leaves started filling up the bulletin board and the surrounding wall within the hour! It is continuing to fill up more and more every day.

This has been a great chance for us to reflect on the aspects of our life that we may take for granted. We are especially grateful that we are able to serve those in our community and interact with customers like you each and every day. We wish that you all have a great Thanksgiving and that you will be blessed. You have certainly blessed our lives! Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Porter’s Office Products.

 

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.

Safety in the Workplace

We all know the warning signs we see when in a car. The stop signs, crossing signs, and stop lights all keep us safe on the road. At home, we are all in charge of making our houses safe in the best ways we can for ourselves and our families. In the work environment, in can be hard to adjust to the new area and understand what is needed to remain safe. There are many tips we have for you to do your best to keep yourself and others safe while at work.

Be Aware

The most important thing to remember when trying to remain safe in the office is to be aware of your surroundings. Always concentrate on where you are going instead of texting or listening to loud music while walking. There may be a wet floor sign or something harmful on the ground that you could miss if you are not concentrating on where you are stepping. It’s very important to have your ears open too, just in case you don’t see those harms but someone else is there to warn you.

Company Policies

When you first are hired, talk with your boss about safety regulations. Ask about what the policy is on robberies, lockdowns, fires, and any other emergency you can think of. Memorize the lockdown drill and where the best emergency exits are located. If your boss assigns you an emergency role, be responsible for learning it. Your role could be pushing an alarm button or putting out a small fire in your designated area with a fire extinguisher. Whatever it is, make sure you practice it in your mind over and over until you have it down so that you can have a clear mind during an emergency.

Fire Safe Area

It is very important to try to keep your own area safe. One of the ways to do that is to make sure it is fire safe. Make sure your desk isn’t always cluttered, because then it becomes harder to contain if a little fire begins. You should make it a priority to protect important items and documents by using fire safe file cabinets or safes. Also, make sure that file cabinets, carrying cases, and other large objects are not obstructing your path to the fire exits. Every day, take a small break and walk your path to the nearest fire exits. Make sure that nobody has put anything in the way that could prevent you or others from getting out of the building.

Individual Safety

Now that the obvious physical safety concerns have been met, let’s talk a little more about mental, emotional, and internal health. An everyday office job can have horrible effects on a person’s well-being. Stress overloads often occur, depression can settle in, heart disease, back pain, and other horrible problems can easily become a reality to any worker. The mental and emotional problems from work can be reversed simply by decluttering and reorganizing your mind. Many people hold in more stress than is needed. Little things like to-do lists to get your thoughts on paper, listening to music, using a fidget pen or spinner, cleaning your desk at the end of the day, and taking short breaks can do a lot to improve your productivity and emotions. As for the back pain, what type of chair you have and how you sit in it can affect you greatly. If you can, try to find the best chair for you, and maybe even get a back support or footrest if you need. Make sure that you do your best to have good posture and often stand up, even if just for a minute every hour. The more short, walking breaks you take throughout the day, the less likely you are to gain weight and increase your risk for heart disease.

Office Anxiety: Avoiding a Stressful Mess

Most office workers know how it feels to have a stressful day and have so much work that it bombards their cubicle. There can be so much chaos in one day that we can only wonder how so many items end up spread out everywhere across the desk. Along with the work, agitation increases very quickly. Why does a mess create more stress?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sherrie Bourg Carter Psy.D. gives us a great list about the effects of clutter on the mind.

  1. Clutter bombards our minds with excessive stimuli (visual, olfactory, tactile), causing our senses to work overtime on stimuli that aren’t necessary or important.
  2. Clutter distracts us by drawing our attention away from what our focus should be on.
  3. Clutter makes it more difficult to relax, both physically and mentally.
  4. Clutter constantly signals to our brains that our work is never done.
  5. Clutter makes us anxious because we’re never sure what it’s going to take to get through to the bottom of the pile.
  6. Clutter creates feelings of guilt (“I should be more organized”) and embarrassment, especially when others unexpectedly drop by our homes or work spaces.
  7. Clutter inhibits creativity and productivity by invading the open spaces that allow most people to think, brain storm, and problem solve.
  8. Clutter frustrates us by preventing us from locating what we need quickly (e.g. files and paperwork lost in the “pile” or keys swallowed up by the clutter).

 

If clutter is so bad, what can be changed to decrease clutter and increase productivity? The obvious first step: Organize.

If you have papers piled and scattered all over your desk, get a little file cabinet with some file folders. By sorting all the papers into categories, it will save time in the long run. Have you ever written and printed a paper for a meeting and then lost it in your mess of a desk? With a well-organized file cabinet, you can rest at ease knowing that all your important documents can be found in a few seconds.
Even if those important papers are all tucked away in a secure place, there are still going to be random papers that are not needed anymore or pens, paperclips, and highlighters scattered.

At the end of each day take some time to throw away the junk and put away the miscellaneous items. For items that still need to be sorted by the end of the day, have a desk organizer to put them in so they aren’t all over the desk the next morning. I guarantee you will leave feeling better, and decrease the stress while coming in the next day. It’s also great time to ponder what you learned that day, take notes, and declutter your mind while you declutter your office. Many people leave the office still thinking about what they didn’t finish or what they are going to have to do the next day. If you write it all down, you will be much less stressed after the work day is over.
Going along with writing things down, during the work day many different tasks can be thrown at you. They will be rattling around in your brain until you finish them.

If you don’t write these down on a note pad, sticky notes, or a white board then your brain will be too busy to fully concentrate on anything else. Create a task list every day, and any time an assignment is thrown at you, jot it down. Holding the tasks in your mind while trying to focus on something else is like a baseball player holding onto every ball he caught during practice while trying to eat during his lunch break. Just catch each of the balls as they come, put them in a little basket next to you, and take care of them when you have time.
Stress may always be a part of the everyday working lifestyle, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be decreased. Free your mind of the weight of worry by getting rid of any excess disorder.

Office Must-Haves for this Fall Season

Oh Hiya,

Meg here! The new business quarter is here! The start of a new quarter is my favorite time to plan and organize for the end of the year, through both business and personal goals. Use these tips to finish strong throughout the end of the year!

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First of all, I always find that my organizational skills tend to slip a bit when the leaves start changing. For me, some fresh office supplies are a great way to get back into an organized mindset. I’ve already put an order in for this amazing 2-in-1 Binder Organizer. Not only will it keep my files organized for meetings around the office, I can keep track of all my meeting notes and to-do lists with the built-in binder. Better yet, the organizer is much easier to carry around than a stack of notepads and files.

Of course, the start of a new quarter is the perfect time to reflect back on the past quarter goals. Did you and your team achieve what you were working toward? How will those achievements carry over into new goals in the next quarter? As you set new goals and milestones for your team, make sure that you’re setting professional goals for yourself as well. Every opportunity you have to better yourself in the workplace is an opportunity you should take!

With all these goals set in place, it’s important that you and your team stay healthy throughout cold and flu season! Nothing puts a stop to momentum in the office quite like a runny nose or persistent cough. One quick way to put a stop to germs in the office is a rubber mat at the front door. While we can’t stop all the outdoor germs from getting in, scraping excess dirt and water off your shoes when entering the office can go a long way in contributing to office wellness. We recommend this Outdoor Rubber Scraper Mat. It works wonders for keeping water and dirt outdoors where they belong!

 

The start of the new quarter is one of my favorite times to begin anew. I hope these tips are a great help for keeping you and your teammates on track (and healthy) this quarter. Good Luck!

 

Until next time,

Meg

Remember Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Oh Hiya,

Meg here, wishing you a happy fall! October is here and as you may know, it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Showing support for the research and fundraising for breast cancer is incredibly important, and your office is a wonderful place to “go pink.” These are some of my favorite ways to spread awareness for the cause and support finding a cure.

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  • Organize a team for a Breast Cancer Awareness walk in your community. Not only will you bring together folks from your office for the event, it’s a great opportunity for you to spread some philanthropy inside your office. If you’re not able to put together a full team for the event, put together a group of team members to volunteer. Volunteering and participating in your community walk can become a tradition for your office.
  • Adding a few accessories to your desk is a great way to start a conversation, as well. During October, I always make sure that I have my Pink Ribbon Retractable Gel Ink Pen for taking notes during meetings. It may be a simple thing but it’s a small way to show support daily. If you’re looking to raise awareness and keep the conversation going throughout the year, this Breast Cancer Awareness Desk Pad Calendar is a great addition to your desk. You may be surprised at the difference these items can make.
  • Another great way to make an impact is through a month long, in-office fundraiser. Whether you decide to hold an event or keep a donation bowl in the office throughout October, every bit counts! Incentivizing coworkers to raise a set amount is sure to lead to be success. It’s also a good idea to be clear that donating isn’t mandatory, just encouraged.

While there have been some wonderful breakthroughs in research, there is still a long way to go and every bit of support counts toward Breast Cancer Awareness. There are quite a few ways to show support and spread awareness within your office and these ideas are just a few of the great options out there. For more ways to go Pink this October take a look at these ideas from the Susan G. Komen foundation.

Recharge the Office

Oh Hiya,

Meg here and I know how tough it can be to stay energized throughout the day. You may not know it from my cheery disposition, but there are times when it’s downright difficult to stay focused on the task at hand when you’d really like a nap. Some days it even seems like my office supplies are feeling a little drowsy. Here are five ways I keep myself (and my electronics) buzzing with energy:

recharge the office

  1. Morning Caffeine Break- I love to start my day with a cup of coffee and my absolute favorite is Starbucks Breakfast Blend Coffee. I always make sure to keep a supply in the breakroom for those mornings when I can’t seem to wake up. A nice cup of coffee always does the trick!
  1. Light it Up- I always have found that sitting near a window is a great way to stay focused throughout the day. The natural light coming through keeps me wide awake and working away. For those times that you’re not able to grab some natural light, I recommend a desk lamp with a warm, bright light.
  1. Take a Walk- Sometimes sitting at a desk can be a drain on your energy. When it seems like you’ve hit an exhaustion wall get up and take a walk! Not only will you get a little exercise, you’ll come back to your desk refreshed and invigorated.
  1. Stop Battery Drain- There are some days when even my electronics seem to be lacking energy. I make sure that I have a few extra sets of Energizer Alkaline Batteries tucked away in my desk. You never know when your batteries will decide to take a break and it’s a good idea to be prepared.
  1. Turn up the Tunes- One of my favorite ways to reenergize is by listening to some up-tempo music. If your office allows you to listen to music with headphones or on a radio, I highly recommend it. Nothing gives me focus like one of my favorite playlists. Just make sure you’re focused on your work and not dancing!

I sure hope these tips will come in handy the next time you’re feeling an energy drain in the office. For more ideas on keeping your peepers open all day long, take a look HERE.

Until next time, Meg

To Sit or To Stand: The Great Debate

Oh Hiya!

Sit or Stand

Meg here with a few tips on staying healthy and balanced at work. With the holidays past and the first strains of spring in sight, it’s a great time to bump up your work routine. Snap out the winter slump by boosting your activity at work. With these great healthy ideas, you’ll be boosting not only your health but also your productivity.

Standing desks are a great alternative to sitting in a chair during the work day, but the action can’t stop there! Studies show that while standing during the day gives you a healthy boost, it’s also necessary to bring in other ways to get your blood pumping.

One of my favorite ways to get moving at my desk is this Victor Steppie Balance Board. It improves my balance and posture while I’m working without distracting me. I also love how little space it takes up; I can just slide it under my desk when I leave the office. If you have a little more room around your space, a treadmill desk is another great option. They may be a bit bigger but they really allow you to be active while working.

No matter what you choose to do, the most important thing is getting up and getting active!

Until next time,

Meg

Office Resolutions

Oh Hiya! Meg here, with some easy ideas to take your work day from dull to down right super. Your job may not be the most exciting part of your day, but these workplace resolutions will go a long way to brightening your office outlook.

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  • Learn Something New– Don’t take for granted all the exciting work your company does! Take an active part in learning something new about your workplace and you’ll be surprised at how much more exciting your job can be. Whether you take a minute to chat with a co-worker about their task list or read up on the recent happenings, staying in the loop keeps you motivated to do your best.

 

  • Sit Up– Sitting for 8 hours in a day can really wear on a body, leaving you feeling exhausted at the end of the day. To combat that sleepy feeling that comes right around 3:00, I’ve decided to stand up and stretch it out. I’m working on taking a short break every hour to give myself a little time to breathe and re-energize. Whether you take a quick walk to the water cooler or take a minute to stand up at your desk, you’ll notice a difference.

 

  • Keep It Clean– Nothing decreases my productivity than a messy workspace. It’s so easy to get distracted in the piles of paper and notes that I simply forget my to-do list. I’m working on staying organized and taking time to neaten up my desk before I head home at night. A neat desk in the morning leads to a successful day!

 

  • Stop Slumping– As the day goes on, I’ve found that my posture starts to droop as well. When I get up to take a little stretch during the day, I’ve found that my posture improves when I sit back down. Getting two things done at once is a great way to improve productivity!

 

  • Positive Notes– Take a minute to jot down a little note about a positive thing that happened during the day. It can be big or small, from drinking an extra glass of water to checking that big project off your to-do list. Then, at the end of the week take a look at all the wonderful things you’ve accomplished. You’ll be smiling in no time!

 

These resolutions are sure to put a smile on your face during your workday. Have a great month everyone!