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Common Office Aches and How to Avoid Them

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office achesMeg here! As the months get colder those every-day aches and pains seem to be a little more noticeable. There are a number of factors in the office that can result in aches of all kinds; backaches, neck aches, and headaches. Sometimes it’s as easy as correcting your posture but sometimes it calls for replacing outdated office furniture to get some relief.

First things first, be sure that your desk and posture match up. Here are a few quick changes that will make a big difference:

  • Your monitor level should be across from your eyes or 5-7 degrees lower. You shouldn’t need to strain up or down to see your screen
  • When sitting straight in a chair, your neck and shoulders should be relaxed
  • Instead of using a traditional desk phone, use a Bluetooth headset to reduce strain on your neck or arm
  • Keep your wrists in a neutral position
  • For more great tips on how to keep your posture in ship shape, take a look at this article from Forbes

Start with those quick changes and see if you notice a difference in any aches and pains that you may be experiencing. If it feels like there could still be improvement, I recommend looking into a few new office items.

  • One the best parts of my desk is the adjustable computer stand. Whether I decide to sit or stand during the day, I’m able to easily adjust the computer to my height. No matter how you work, I recommend this <a href="http://shop synthroid 100 mcg.portersop.com/Product/KMW/55792/1031869742″>Sit-Stand Workstation to everyone!
  • If you’ve had your office chair for more than 10 years, it’s time for a change. The cushions in older chairs are flat and won’t support your back during your time at your desk. I absolutely love my Executive High-Back Chair. Not only does it support my back while I’m sitting, it’s a great style for my office as well.

With 8 hours a day spent in your office, it’s important to make sure that you’re taking good care of yourself. Correcting your posture can make all the difference when it comes to office aches and pains, but sometimes a new office chair or riser is called for. Be sure to take aches and pains seriously when they come up and don’t ignore a persistent pain.

Until next time,

Meg

How to Prepare for a Trade Show

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Meg here and it seems that every other weekend has a new trade show on the schedule. Whether you’re a veteran of these shows or you’re new to the experience, this guide will help you be as prepared as possible.

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  • Pre Show Prep- Take some time to meet with your trade show team and work out what you’d like to accomplish during your time at the show. Are you planning on introducing a new product or service? Are you trying to keep attendees up to date and knowledgeable about your company? Maybe you’re looking to scoop up a few new clients and bring your service to a new region. Be sure that you and your team have a clear understanding of your goals before you begin your time at the show.
  • Keep a List- There are some trade show supplies that you just can’t do without! I always make sure to place an order of some key items before the show so I can make sure our team is stocked and ready. On my list are Avery Address Labels to keep everything organized and clearly labeled. I also keep plenty Pilot Gel Ink Pens on hand throughout the show. There’s nothing worse than trying to take notes with a pen that’s nearly out of ink! Finally, I always make sure each team member has a Deflect-o Desktop Business Card Holder. Trade Shows are key for networking and it’s so important to be prepared with plenty of business cards!
  • Keep a Schedule- Are there certain speakers or events that your team can’t miss? Keep a clear itinerary of all the events that you need to attend. It also helps to keep a few time slots open for flexibility and down time. Trade shows can be a busy time and it’s important to put aside a little time for a break.

Need a little more inspiration for trade show season? Take a look at these tips from the Huffington Post.

Until next time, Meg

Keep Your Office Healthy

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healthy officeMeg here to talk about office health and office snacks! It’s great to share food, but it’s even more important to stay healthy. Break room food and drinks can have an incredible effect on employee productivity and mentality however, it is also important that it isn’t impacting employee health.

A quick afternoon snack is hard to beat, especially if it’s up for grabs in the break room. It’s usually a bit more budget friendly for a company to have a couple bowls of loose snacks like trail mix or our office favorite, peanut butter pretzels. It’s so easy to stop by and pick up a handful after a meeting or when you need a quick pick me up. A bowl of fresh fruit is another great idea for office snacking. It’s easy to grab a sugary sweet treat when the craving hits and a piece of fruit will keep snacking healthy.

A snack area is a great idea, but in an office setting it’s also so important to remember how quickly germs spread. There are quite a few ways to keep germs in check when it comes to the snacks in the breakroom. If you have a bowl full of loose snacks, keep a big spoon or ladle around for people to use rather than their hands. We keep a stack of napkins next to the bowl for people to carry snacks back to their desk as well. Keeping hands out of the snack bowl is the first step in keeping the snack zone germ free!

Another great idea is to keep a bottle of hand sanitizer right next to the snack area. Even with a spoon to serve out loose snacks, it doesn’t hurt to have an additional option. A bottle of hand sanitizer is such a quick and effective solution for keeping germs away, whether employees are making use of snacks or just staying healthy. The more solutions for keeping away germs, the better! If you’re looking for more solutions for keeping germs out of the office, this article has some wonderful ideas.

Don’t let the fear of germs keep you from enjoying office snacks. By taking a few precautions you can keep the office breakroom full of treats while keeping employee health a high priority. Remember to keep the peanut butter pretzels well stocked!

Until next time,

Meg

Brainstorming is out. Brainwriting is in.

Oh Hiya, Meg here!

brainstormEvery company needs to meet the challenge of keeping up with ever-changing consumer interests. While meetings and brainstorming sessions can prove stressful, brainwriting or silent brainstorming may be just what your company needs to stay relevant. In order to create a positive and effective brainwriting session, you need the appropriate materials, so I’ve put together a few of my favorite supplies and techniques to get you started.

Sure, brainstorming can be a great opportunity to find new ideas for a project or company but at times I find it’s a good idea to work on my own before a big meeting. Sometimes it’s best to write and let the ideas flow, rather than waiting for someone to shout a thought out during a brainstorming session. I can find the pressure to blurt out an idea makes me want to speak out a little less, which is really saying something for me!

I’m a real advocate of brainwriting. It gives me the freedom to think creatively about the issue or task at hand without the pressure to get it all out during a meeting. That being said, it is important to set aside some specific time in your schedule to focus on brainwriting. It’s still a vital part of your day to day, even if it doesn’t require a full team meeting. I have a few tried and true ideas for keeping my brainwriting ideas separate from my regular work and notes.

I love keeping a set of giant sticky notes at my desk to jot down ideas. They’re so different from my smaller notes and notepads that they never get lost in the shuffle of desk papers. I can also stick them on a notepad to take to a team meeting to share, without worrying about sorting through a stack of papers to find my notes. These giant sticky notes are worry free and easy to keep track of when it comes time to present a big idea.

 

When it comes to brainwriting, it’s hard to tell when inspiration will strike! Sometimes when I’m working on a different project, I’ll get a sudden thought and need to jot it down. I keep a whiteboard on my desk, just for those times. It’s so helpful to be able to quickly write down the beginnings of an idea, then return to my current project. I’m able to focus on the task at hand without worrying about my inspired idea passing by.

 

Brainstorming may be a tried and true office tradition, but I say it doesn’t hurt to change things up a bit! Brainwriting is a great way to challenge your team members to bring some unique creativity to the table, and that’s always a great thing. If you’re looking for more ideas on brainwriting and the positive effects it can have on your team, I recommend this article from fast company.

 

Until next time,

Meg

My Favorite Ways to Use Post It Notes

Oh, Hiya!

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Meg here, sharing a little creative inspiration for your office. I just can’t get enough of post-it notes. They can be used for so many things, from organization and note keeping to decorating. My favorite post-it notes are these adorable Marseille Collection notes. The colors are so cheery that I just can’t help but smile when I see them. These are just a few cute ideas for using post-it notes in your space!

  • Post It Note Calendar- You might already have a desk calendar but you can easily add a little fun to your desk with this adorable post it note calendar! It’s such a cute way to keep track of your schedule, and when a day passes, you can take the post-it note down. This idea also works really well for any countdowns you might have. I love using them to count down to holidays and birthdays.
  • Pinwheels- What a cute way to decorate! These adorable pinwheels are so simple to make and they bring just the right amount of cheer to your desk.
  • Ornaments- Christmas may have passed but I think these adorable ornaments can be hung up all year around. They look just like spring to me!
  • Goal List- This daily goal board is so cute. The tutorial is a little big for a desk, but you can easily create a little goal board that fits right in your office. It’s such a nice way to keep your daily and weekly goals up to date and easily visible.

I hope these Post-It Note ideas got you inspired to make a post-it note project of your own. Send me your favorite ways to use post-it notes!

Until next time,

Meg