7 questions to help you decide

Chair Mats: aren’t they just another unnecessary expense? 7 questions to help you decide If you’re anything like me, you’d rather not spend money on something you don’t really need. You have to know why you need it, determine if it’s a true need or an artificial “need,” and if it’s something that you can continue to live happily without, even if everyone else considers it a necessity. Maybe you don’t relate to that and are already convinced I must be a stick-in-the-mud. Please keep reading anyway- you’ll still benefit from the information I’m going to share! Because of this reluctancy of mine to part with hard-earned dollars, I’ve often wondered, what’s the big deal about chair mats? Why do I need one? Is it really necessary to have one, or does that fall in the category of products that “feel” helpful, whether they truly are or not, and therefore there is a market for them? (The popcorn bowl that filters out un-popped kernels comes to mind right now. Yes, it’s a fun concept, but is it really beneficial enough for me to give up the bucks for it? Nope. Besides, I like to eat the kernels occasionally, too.) It may sound silly that I’ve questioned the necessity of chair mats, especially since I work for an office supply company that sells chair mats. But just because I work in the office doesn’t mean that I’m an expert on all the products we offer. After hearing so much about chair …

Reducing Office Spend

You probably heard it from your parents as a teenager, “Money doesn’t grow on trees!” While some may still be trying to wrap their minds around this revolutionary concept, most of us as adults have finally gotten the message and are now trying to drill it into the heads of our own kids. We’ve grown up, taken on responsibility and have learned this fact for ourselves- maybe even through the school of hard knocks. We now better understand the value of money, and, hopefully, the importance of saving and making sure that our monthly spend doesn’t exceed our monthly income. However, with the hit of COVID-19, making sure that the dollar amount coming in for us and the businesses we either own or work for is greater than the dollars going out has become an increasing challenge. With many businesses in a state of slow recovery, cash flow is tight, and both employees and employers alike are having to look for ways to save money wherever they can. If you are looking for ways to cut costs in your workplace here are three simple ideas that you can start implementing immediately. Power Down This probably seems like a no-brainer, but turning off machinery, computers, fans, coffee makers, etc. can have a significant impact on your energy bills. In addition, programing the air conditioner, and in cold weather months the heater, to run less during the hours your business is closed can also save you a pretty chunk of change. Brand …

Safe @ Work

Keep your employees and patrons safe and healthy with the proper precautions As your business begins to reopen, ensuring the safety and well-being of those frequenting your business, whether employees or customers, is paramount. With that in mind, here are a few tips for maintaining a work safe environment that will offer peace of mind to everyone! 1. Make sure that all high-touch surfaces are being cleaned and disinfected daily. Those areas will include desks, phones, light switches, door handles, etc. (Need to know the difference between cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting? Click here!) 2. When disinfecting, make sure you’re using an EPA-approved disinfectant that is specifically for COVID-19. Remember, COVID-19 is not to be taken lightly, so make sure you’re using a high-quality product! Follow the directions on the product label closely. 3. Increase routine deep cleanings, paying special attention to frequent-touch surfaces like workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, doorknobs, water cooler handles, etc. During this extraordinary time, we are here to help you navigate the obstacle course of opening and running your business safely.

What’s the Difference

We are hearing a lot about the importance of keeping facilities and workspaces safe from harmful germs and viruses. But how can we make sure we’re doing all we can? What do you purchase to make sure your covering all your bases? We think giving definition to some of the terms we are commonly hearing will be helpful in your decision making as you endeavor to create a safe environment for employees and patrons at your business. So here goes! Cleaning: Removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces. Cleaning works by using soap and water to physically remove germs. This doesn’t necessarily kill germs, but it does lower their numbers and the risk of spreading infection. Sanitizing: Lowers the number of germs on surfaces to a safe level as determined by public health standards or requirements. This works by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces to lower the risk or spreading infection. Disinfecting: Kills germs on surfaces. This method works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This doesn’t clean a dirty surface, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection. We hope this is helpful as you seek to keep your employees and patrons healthy and thriving!