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Do You Know Where The Germs Are Lurking?

September to March is high time for cold and flu season, which means that for over half of the year we are more susceptible to catching the bug that’s going around the office. Whether you’ve battled a cold or flu bug yet this year, someone you know likely has, and you probably did your very best to avoid contact with them so that you wouldn’t catch the germs.  But even with our best efforts to avoid direct contact, what many of us don’t know is that germs can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours! That gives us all plenty of time to pick up and pass around the germs.

Staying healthy can be a challenge, especially when you’re to and from work every day, and out after work and on weekends for errands and activities. We are continuously coming into contact with others. And since it’s not exactly possible to hibernate for the entire cold and flu season, arming yourself with the right knowledge to keep the spread of germs at bay is your best defense.

Find out more from this infographic:

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How To Create A Workplace Everyone Will Love

How do you create a work environment that is motivating and inspiring for your employees?  Look around. Everything that goes into your office space helps to create a positive (or negative) office culture. From the breakroom to desk space, employee programs, and even the office layout – every feature of the office has the ability to have an impact on the people that work there.

Learn how to create an office environment that everyone will love from these 4 great articles:

5 Ways to Spark Inspiration in the Workplace: Inspiration comes in many forms – and your workplace is either fueling it, or squashing it. Read more

Modern Office Spaces Are Improving Our Health: Why a “one-size-fits-all” approach to office space doesn’t work. Read more

These Designs Are Changing Up the Workplace: What does the future of office design look like? The road ahead is colourful and active! Read more

Wellness Programs – Are They Worth It? The benefits of a workplace wellness program may reach far beyond personal well-being. Read more

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Reducing Our Environmental Impact

Through our partnership with Bullfrog Power, Bullfrog injects clean, renewable electricity onto the grid to match the amount of energy our facilities use on an annual basis.

Our partnership with Bullfrog demonstrates our commitment to reducing our environmental impact and aligns with our ISO 14001 Corporate Registration.

Below is an infographic on our cumulative green energy purchase over the course of our partnership with Bullfrog to date, along with the emissions reductions associated with this and some equivalencies to help illustrate what they mean.

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Make A Move: How to maximize movement during your workday.

Are you sitting right now? And have you been sitting for most of the day? Chances are, if you’re an office worker, the answer is yes. And if so, you’re not alone.  Shockingly, 84% of office workers say they sit for four or more hours a day, and more than 50% of those workers say they sit for six or more hours a day, according to research from furniture manufacturer Allsteel.

There is no shortage of studies that speak to the negative and long lasting effects that sitting down all day has on your overall health, including an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, some cancers, diabetes, and musculoskeletal disorders, to name a few. But the good news is there are several easy ways to change up your sedentary workday and lessen or avoid the effects of sitting for prolonged periods of time.

The head of Allsteel’s Ergonomics Group, Dr. Lauren Gant, shares a few easy ways to infuse your workday with mobility, even when your day requires you to be at the office.

Think outside the desk. Move to alternate working areas when possible, even if it’s just a different area of your desk. Changing up your seating location every so often will help adjust your posture so you’re not stuck in the same position all day. Or when possible, take your work to a different area of the office, like an area with standing-height counters or tables, or office areas with more relaxed seating.

Meet on your feet. Leave the conference room behind and opt to meet your colleagues while you’re on the move. Try a walk outdoors, walking around the building or standing in an open area. Not an option? Try pacing or standing while on the phone to help break up a sedentary day (while respecting the office environment and your coworkers’ space, of course).

Sit back and relax. Reclining at your desk and fidgeting while you’re seated can help vary your posture throughout the day. Changing up your position in small ways can help reduce your exposure to the effects of sitting for long periods of time.

Take a stand. With the growing availability of alternative workstations like sit-stand desks, there are a number of ways to stay productive while you tackle your work without being in a seated position. Investing in an alternative workstation can lead to a lifetime of comfort and good health.

So will these small adjustments actually make a difference in your day? Take a look:

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Allsteel’s The Importance of Movement in the Workplace

Visit Allsteel’s Ergonomics page for full results from the study, and for ideas and inspiration on how you can implement some of these changes into your workspace, check out our latest Go2Book.

 

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WORKPLACE WELLNESS PROGRAMS ARE THEY WORTH IT?

The importance of exercise to our overall health is a well understood topic – there have been decades of research and thousands of studies done to support the idea that movement is a key element to living a long, healthy and happy life. So much so that researchers began to wonder, if exercise is so beneficial to personal health, what can it do for the workplace?

Over the last several years, many studies have looked into how exercise and mental health programs benefit employees during the workday; and in addition, what the outcomes are for the corporations who provide these types of programs for their employees. It’s no real surprise that the research shows many benefits of wellness programs in the workplace. In fact, companies who provide employee wellness programs and provide support for healthy activities, both during company time and after hours, have seen many positive outcomes.

“For companies, wellness programs have been shown to boast an average return on investment (ROI) of about 3:1. Outside of the direct financial gains, companies have seen reductions in employee absenteeism, staff turnover and employee stress.” (source)

What can you do today to introduce wellness into the workplace?

  1. Start a walking club
  2. Reward employees for tracking steps or time spent exercising
  3. Hot a yoga class or light boot camp session during the lunch hour
  4. Provide spaces in the office for quiet reflection or meditation

Does your workplace encourage workplace wellness?
Comment below and tell us what you do at work to promote wellness or tweet us @StaplesBusAdv.

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Flu Season Is Here. Is your office ready?

Did you know: The average desktop has 428x more germs than the average toilet seat 2
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Germs are everywhere, and as the seasons change and the damp, colder months arrive, germs seem to make the rounds faster and thrive in even the smallest of spaces.
The cost of cold and flu season to your office could be greater than you think. In 2013, CBC reported that sick days cost the Canadian economy $16.6B dollars as the average worker took 9.3 sick days. So protecting your employees from nasty germs could be of great value to your workplace. Not only will your employees be healthier and happier, but your bottom line will be too.

One of the best ways to tackle cold and flu season at the office is to improve the overall environment of your workplace. Stocking up on germ fighting products before the flu season starts in order to arm your workplace with the proper tools can help you fight the germs before they spread.

Don’t Miss These 6 Office Germ Hotspots (source):

  1. Breakroom sink handles
  2. Microwave door handles
  3. Keyboards
  4. Refrigerator door handles
  5. Water fountain buttons
  6. Vending machine buttons