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Is Your Keyboard Making You Sick?

Friday, December 5, 2014

With all the recent studies and news regarding health in the office space, it is no surprise that more than a few of us have become increasingly concerned about things we would naturally take for granted. At the end of the day, an unhygienic office space can be a breeding ground for several harmful bacteria and viruses. While this is something that should not overly worry you, it does make sense to take a little time out of your busy schedule, and consider how even a simple act of typing on your keyboard, could be affecting your health.

How to Prevent the Flu and Other Ailments

 

Many companies provide their employees with dedicated equipment in the form of telephones or computers. If you are working in such a company, you may want to consider the fact there may have been numerous people who have already used the same keyboard you have. Since you do not know anything about previous users and their hygiene habits, it is far safer to protect yourself by adopting a few simple and healthy measures.

If you are worried about contracting the flu or another virus because of the bacteria that collects on your keyboard, you should make it a point to wash your hands with effective soap, before eating lunch, or touching your face. Following these few things will help you prevent the flu while at work.

It is true that going to the washroom every time you want to scratch an itch on your face can be quite cumbersome though. A simple alternative to this would be to purchase a bottle of hand sanitizer and place it on your workspace. Use the hand sanitizer from time to time to avoid falling sick, and in general, to keep your keyboard free of bacteria for the future. However, if you eat at your desk, and have ignored the many crumbs and spills on your keyboard, you may just want to consider replacing it altogether. 

What You Need to Know to Prevent Germs in the Office

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Prevent Germs

Have you found that you are catching a cold and flu a little too often at the office? Most people do not really think of their office spaces as a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses. However, the reality is that any place that is shared by a large number of people, each with different hygiene patterns, is likely to be infected with bacteria. While most of these bacteria are quite harmless, and can easily be dealt with by our immune systems, there are a few things that you should be wary about. In this article, we look at some simple steps you can implement to prevent yourself from falling sick at the office.

 

Steps You Ought to Take to Avoid the Cold and Flu

 

Naturally, when thinking about the office space, you should first think about your own cubicle and desk. Purchase a box of disinfectant wipes, and clean equipment like your monitor, telephone and keyboard from time to time.

Most people believe that the most unhygienic place in an office is the washroom. However, it may surprise you to learn that you would be wrong. Studies have shown that the largest amounts of bacteria gather in a shared pantry or kitchen, that is not cleaned properly on a day to day basis. As such, you should try to avoid using the communal kitchen sponge as often as possible.

While some bacteria can make you sick when you come in contact with them, others may be airborne. Research indicates that one of the best ways to improve the indoor air quality in an office is to add small plants to your cubicle. Plants like the English Ivy, Green Spider Plant and Chrysanthemums are particularly effective in cleansing the air of harmful contaminants. Plants represent one of the most eco-friendly ways of keeping your office clean

5 Ways to Decorate Your Office for Halloween

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Halloween Office DecorationsWith Halloween just around the corner, it is now that time again where people begin thinking about clever ideas to spruce up their homes or offices. If you have recently learned that you will not be able to spend Halloween in the comfort of your home with friends and family, because you have to go to work, there is no reason why you still cannot get in the spirit of the holiday.

It has now become a very common practice to spruce up offices with Halloween decorations. Fortunately for you, there are now a lot of creative ideas available to you, if you are thinking about turning your office into a set of a horror movie, if only just for a few days. Here, we take a brief look at some clever ideas to celebrate Halloween at the office.

Simple and Creative Halloween Decoration Ideas


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One of the best ways to add color and vibrancy in keeping with Halloween is to organize a costume competition. As an employer, send out a memo to your employees announcing a contest, and the prizes to be had for the winner. Try and do this as early as possible, so that your employees have ample time to think up clever costumes for the event.

2. If you are planning to have a Halloween party at the office, it is unlikely that you will want to serve alcoholic beverages. However, this does not mean you cannot get creative with a few mocktails. Hire a professional bartender to mix up some colorful drinks for your employees to enjoy.

3. No Halloween party is complete without a few basic props. The carved pumpkin is very much a staple decoration during Halloween, so perhaps you could ask some of your artistically inclined employees to make a few of them to place around the office.

4. To give off the impression that your employees are in fact at a Halloween party, rather than just a routine party, hire a DJ to play some spooky music.

5. Finally, the food that you serve must also be Halloween-themed. There are so many possibilities when it comes to creative food. Think about how you can decorate a Halloween cake or cupcakes that can be served around. 

What You Need to Know About Breast Cancer Awareness Products

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

pink ribbon bindersBreast cancer is one of the most serious diseases that plague American women today. Over the past few years, there has been a dedicated and concerted attempt to raise awareness about breast cancer through numerous strategies, employed by companies and educational institutions. The primary aim of a breast cancer awareness campaign is to educate and inform individuals of the giant stigmas associated with disease, and encourage individuals to lend a helping hand, be it in the form of volunteerism or even donations.

The month of October has now been officially deemed Breast Cancer Awareness month, with several companies looking to introduce products onto the market in support of the women struggling with the disease. Large portions of the revenue that companies make from these products are donated towards improving the medical care and livelihoods that breast cancer victims have. Much of the money collected is also directed towards medical research as well.

What Products to Purchase


A breast cancer awareness product can easily be identified by looking for a ‘pink ribbon’ symbol. The pink ribbon is now internationally recognized as the logo for breast cancer awareness. When purchasing a product, ask an in-store employee for ‘pink ribbon’ products so that you can confirm that your money is going towards a good cause. It is important to remember not to purchase products that do not have this symbol associated with them.

 Unfortunately, the reality is that breast cancer awareness itself, has turned into a brand, with many companies just using the term to push particular products. Ask an in-store employees where proceeds from the sales of these products go. A company that is truly dedicated towards the cause will have comprehensively informed all their employees of their CSR initiatives. 

The History of Paper Towels

Monday, July 21, 2014


The Scott Paper Company invents paper towels
 

Paper towels have become commonly used elements today, but their history dates to 1879 when Clarence and Irvin Scott – two brothers from Philadelphia founded their paper company. They began to manufacture tissue papers and 1000 sheets were part of a roll, which was sold for ten cents each.

 

The item was first considered for medical use and print ads helped in addressing embarrassment and increasing awareness. The head of Scott Paper Company, Arthur Scott once had a whole railroad car filled with paper. It was deemed useless because the rolls were very thick and unfit for use as toilet tissues.

 

Scott saves the day

Scott soon found out about a particular teacher in Philly who had come up with an idea to battle against colds in the school. Every student with a runny nose was handed a piece of soft paper so that germs wouldn’t contaminate the roller towels placed in toilets.

 

Scott then decided to try and convince the school to purchase the carload of paper. The thick paper was perforated into rather small towel-sized sheets before they were sold to railroad stations, restaurants and hotels for public washroom use.

 

The birth of paper towels 

Come 1931, the company and Scott realized that paper towels had huge potential. A brand new grocery category was created in the early 1930s and paper towels were manufactured specifically for kitchen use. These rolls were eighteen inches long and thirteen inches wide, and given the convenience they brought to the average household, paper towels gained acceptance before replacing cloth towels.

How To Do Organize Your Office

Tuesday, July 15, 2014



Reason to Organize Office File Folders

The efficiency of an office can be judged by how its file folders are organized. If you do not implement a uniform filing system, then your office can quickly turn into a disorganized place. Get a file cabinet, labels and folders, and you can then have a number of options for organizing the folders in a method that will help you and your colleagues to access materials effortlessly.


How To Organize Your Office 

You can organize the office file folders if you do the following. This method of organization is known as simple alphabetical organization.


  1. Organize the office file folders in an alphabetical manner in case you have a considerable number of contacts or customers that must be maintained. You can use standard colored or manila folders to correspond to each contact.

  2. Write the last name of a contact, put a comma, and then write the first name on label and put it on the lip of the folder, which contains the information related to the contact.

  3. Distinguish the outside of every drawer by placing the first letter of last names located in a particular drawer for quick and easy reference. For example, write “A-F”, “S-Z”


Maintaining an Organized Office

Once you have achieved order in your file folders arrangement, keeping them organized is quite simple. Once you have finished your work on a document, simply file it. Organization in the folders should be from newest to oldest. The end of the year should preferably see you reviewing your files and throwing away any irrelevant material. You can scan your documents to form digital copies and save it electronically.

How to Stay Germ Free in the Office

Monday, July 7, 2014


According to latest studies, over 70 percent of employees in the US have admitted to come to office while being sick. Workplace is also one of the places where most airborne, waterborne and food borne germs and diseases spread rampantly. Places such as the keyboard in your office can have very high concentrations of bacteria that can get you sick. Here are some simple tips to keep your office germ free.


Hand sanitizer wipes

Hand sanitizer wipes are among the most effective ways to prevent any possibilities of contracting germs. These are more effective than hand sanitizing gels and make sure that your hands are clean. This is because; these wipes contain over 60 percent alcohol, which means when you use them, your hands would be cleaner than a wash with warm soap water. However, it is not advisable to use wipes with alcohol concentration exceeding 90 percent as this can render you vulnerable to several problems if any cracks or dry skin is present.


Sanitize your desk

There are a variety of sanitizers available that can be used for different purposes. You can use sanitizer wipes to clean your desk at least once a day. These wipes contain Lysol and other disinfectants that keep germs away along with light fragrances such as lemon and zest of orange to leave a fresh fragrance behind on your desk enhancing it's appeal and enabling you to maintain a well organized workspace. 

Setting Up a Home Office

Sunday, June 29, 2014

When setting up a home office from scratch, you could feel confused or overwhelmed. Deciding which items are important and which are not can be a daunting task if you don’t know what you are hoping to achieve with the new office.

One of the first steps you should take when creating a home office is to dedicate a single room to the purpose and analyze the space to determine where you will place different elements. After you have listed the essential elements, you can start by organizing the items and placing them in the right order. 

 Essentials You Will Need

Regardless of the type of work you will be doing at your home office, it is safe to assume that certain items are a prerequisite. For example, a computer dedicated to your work can be helpful with research, documents, creating presentations, and for many other tasks. Choose a reliable high speed internet service to ensure that your work is not interrupted and you are always open for communication with other professionals like your clients, colleagues and bosses.

You should also invest in a quality desk that is adequate for all your needs, is strong and designed for comfort. Ensure that the chair you choose when working on your computer is designed for comfort and is efficient in helping you focus. Other important factors you should consider when setting up a home office include proper lighting, dedicated telephone line, network routers, necessary software, office stationery like file folders and calendar, backup hard drives, file cabinets, power backup, storage boxes, printers and paper shredders.

Essentials Needed for Your Tax Return

Monday, June 2, 2014

When it’s time to fill their returns, people are usually unorganized and thus end up wasting a lot of time and money to get a simple yet important job done. Office supplies such as Tyvek envelopes and tax forms can be purchased in bulk any time of year so that you can make the most of inexpensive pricing and more importantly, be ready with the essentials when they are needed most.    

 

Tax forms and folders

 Tax forms must be properly filled in before your returns are filed. Pressboard folders can be used to safely store the forms as you can put everything together instead of leaving it here or there and having it misplaced. Depending on how many papers you must store, you can choose between pressboard folders, classification folders and two-pocket folders. Fastener folders are also available if you’re looking for effective and reliable solutions.

 

Are you filing your own returns?

People usually hire accountants to file their returns. However, there is a good number of the American population that prefers to do the job by itself. In such a case, you will need a good calculator to start off. Common office supplies such as pens and pencils will also be required to compute figures. If you’re going to be doing your own taxes, then it is recommended that you purchase your Tyvek envelopes and other office accessories in bulk from a reliable vendor whether it is on the internet or from your locality.

 

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