How to Have Fun in the Office

How to Have Fun in the Office

Last week I wrote about the fact that employees like to feel appreciated.  Well, something else employees like is to have fun at work.  An occasional prank or practical joke helps to lighten the mood and make everyone's day a little more enjoyable.  From time to time, I search the web for posts about office humor and boy, did I find a good one this time!  

From the site 5funfacts.com, I give you excerpts from 23 people Who Know How to Shake Up a Dull Working Day at the Office

Do You Show Your Appreciation to Your Employees?

Do You Show Your Appreciation to Your Employees?

Everyone wants to be appreciated in their job.  Regardless of your level, we all want to know that we're doing a good job and that our boss notices. It's part of our nature and it's part of what drives our performance.  If we work hard and no one notices or recognizes us for our performance, we become passionless and uncaring.  We need that "atta boy!"

There are many different ways for bosses to reward employees and the trick is to find out what each employee values most.  Some people only want verbal recognition - a simple "Good Work, James!"  A stellar performance review in their file.  Others value monetary gains - bonuses, pay raises, profit sharing, etc. 

Technology Today: The VeriMark Fingerprint Key

Technology Today:  The VeriMark Fingerprint Key

There were more than 40 major data breaches in the U.S. in 2017, which included such big names as Dun & Bradstreet, FAFSA, Gmail, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Verizon, Uber and, of course, Equifax.  And just now, we all find out about Meltdown and Spectre, hardware bugs that affect the majority of computers out there (just what we needed to hear!).  Cybersecurity is a major threat and it isn't slowing down or going away anytime soon.

It's a New Year - Start with Organization!

It's a New Year - Start with Organization!

The beginning of a new year is always a busy time.  Filing and storing last year's documents, setting up new files, decluttering the office, organizing the supply cabinet, etc.  A good way to organize is by using storage compartments and modules.  These units give you a place to put the small items (pens, sticky notes, glue sticks, nuts, bolts, etc.).  They'll save space and create a well-designed storage unit.

Product Review: Zebra Fountain Pens

Product Review:  Zebra Fountain Pens

Fountain pens are not very common in the work place - in fact, I can honestly say that not only do I not use one (and never have), but I don't know anyone else who does.  And although we do offer them, I've never had anyone buy one from me.  So I was surprised when I found out that Zebra Pen has come out with a new line of fountain pens.  It just didn't seem like a product that is in demand.

Introducing "an easier fountain pen":

Buying Guide: Choosing the Right File Cabinet

Buying Guide:  Choosing the Right File Cabinet

Storage space is a key component in offices and which type of storage you use is determined by several factors, such as floor or wall space, frequency of use, decor and type of business.  Today we're going to focus on file cabinets.  I'll showcase a few of the options and, hopefully, give you information that will help you decide which type is the right one for your office.

Safety and Security

Safety and Security

Regardless of the type of business you’re in, every company has safety and security issues to deal with.  You need the proper equipment and supplies to keep both your employees and customers safe and to avoid workplace accidents.

 What types of items do you think of when I say “Safety and Security”?  Let me guess:

Unique Desktop Accessories for Your Office

Unique Desktop Accessories for Your Office

We're all familiar with the standard black plastic desktop accessories and the black mesh accessories.  You may also have seen the higher-end clear acrylic accessories and wood collections aimed more at the executives in your company. 

Today I'd like to show you a unique look from Lorell.  This collection has an industrial design to it and comes in a matte bronze finish. 

Most Improved Product of the Day Award

Most Improved Product of the Day Award

How many of you make mistakes at work?  (Come on now, I should be seeing a lot more hands than that.)  What do you do when you fill in a form with the wrong information or accidentally spell something incorrectly that you’re writing by hand?  Do you throw out the form and start over?  Probably not.  If you’re like most people, you reach for correction fluid or correction tape – and then you either wait (and wait, and wait) for the fluid to dry or you try to avoid writing over the edge of the tape.

Show Your Team Spirit With NFL Chairmats!

Show Your Team Spirit With NFL Chairmats!

It's football season (YAY!) and I've got a great way for you to show your team spirit!

Deflecto has a new line of NFL Team Chairmats.  They're made from clear PVC and feature the logo of your favorite NFL team.  Available in a variety of rectangular sizes, thicknesses and surface types, they are made in the USA and have a manufacturer's one year limited warranty.   Here are a few examples:

Trivia Contest - Win A Prize!

Trivia Contest - Win A Prize!

Every day we are bombarded by commercials on TV or radio and advertisements in print such as magazines or newspapers.  Many times, I've found myself singing commercial jingles.  I've often thought that I got into the wrong business - after all, somebody made a lot of money for coming up with a finger that had a face drawn on it (Ziploc bags). 

So today, I'll test your knowledge of:

Commercial Trivia

Be Prepared for the New Year

Be Prepared for the New Year

We're almost to the end of another year - do you know what that means?  It means that it's time to check your date stamps. 
Are you on the last year band?  Do you need to order a new stamp?

Some customers are confused by the process of ordering a custom stamp.  They know basically what they want,
but, when their office products dealer asks them for details, suddenly it seems not so simple.  It needn’t be difficult –
we’ll walk you through the process.  There are four basic steps:

Stickers vs. Labels - What's the Difference?

Stickers vs. Labels - What's the Difference?

Stickers vs. labels - what's the difference?  

Is there one?

Why yes, there is.  Both labels and stickers are a piece of material (usually paper, vinyl or polypropylene) that have an adhesive backing.  However, they have different purposes and designs.

Labels are used primarily for informational purposes. They can be on sheets or rolls and are a designed to fit a specific space (rectangle and circle are the most common shapes).  Labels normally contain text that provides information about a product. For instance: