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The Benefits of Colouring

The rise in popularity of adult colouring books over the last few years has been hard to ignore. They entered the scene and exploded with great applause from everyone using them and gained approval from the likes of therapists, mental health advocates (1), and research professionals from many different industries (2). Health benefits ranging from reduced stress and anxiety to an increase in calmness, creativity and nostalgia from a simpler time have all been reasons people are picking up the pencil crayons and markers and setting time aside for this therapeutic activity.

Have you been colouring?
Visit staplesbusinessadvantage.ca/colouryourlife for a chance to win your own Ultimate Fine Art Gift Pack during the Colour Your Life Contest! Learn more about Prismacolor tools that are perfect for colouring on eway.ca.

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Sources
1 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-nikki-martinez-psyd-lcpc/7-reasons-adult-coloring-books-are-great-for-your-mental-emotional-and-intellectual-health_b_8626136.html
2 http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/06/health/adult-coloring-books-popularity-mental-health/

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How Modern Office Spaces Are Improving Our Overall Health

“For people who sit most of the day, their risk of heart attack is about the same as smoking”
Martha Grogan, Cardiologist, Mayo Clinic

Traditional office environments are often a “one-size-fits-all” approach. You may know the type of space we are referring to very well: a room lined with cubicles, each containing a desk and a chair, waiting for occupants to arrive and spend the day seated in one place in order to get as much done as possible. Flash forward a few decades, and a few research studies later, and the traditional office environment is making way for a more modern space, one which allows for workspace flow that promotes movement during the day.

As many studies have unveiled, the act of sitting at a desk all day can have a significant impact on health and wellness. Moving from a stationary workstation to one that promotes movement, like active seating and sit-stand desk set-ups, are said to have a variety of positive benefits that can improve overall health, including a reduced risks of obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and lower long-term morality risk (source).

As we make the shift from traditional workspaces to active workspaces, companies like Ergotron have developed products to make a healthy workday happen. Ergotron is redefining the 21st century workspace with an emphasis on health, productivity and affordability.

Ergotron WorkFit workstations bring new flexibility to traditionally static environments, increasing your options for equipment placement, improving workflow, and enhancing social interaction.

That’s good for a company’s bottom line.

Retrofit your current workspace now! The WorkFit-T comes fully assembly, so no installation is needed. Whether you are upgrading an existing space or designing for a new build, WorkFit units are easy to install and use. They offer tool-free adjustment to suit individual users, and are tested to help ensure years of trouble-free up-down movement.

“Obesity is increasing not only in numbers but in severity;
More than 1 in 4 Canadian adults are obese;
Obesity costs economy up to $7-billion a year..”
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Sitting less and standing more is healthy and in-demand. Not only can it help increase your bottom line, it can help maximize office real estate space and assist with talent acquisition and employee retention.

Product Spotlight:
Ergotron WorkFit-T, Sit-Stand Desktop Workstation

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See the difference sit-stand stations and other ergonomic products can make for your employees and the boost it will bring to your bottom line. Find the full assortment of products on eway.ca.

 

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Proud to Be bullfrogpowered

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 Over My Charity Contest

Calling all charities. Enter the $10,000 Make Over My Charity Contest!

Charities give so much to Canada. So we wanted to give a little bit back. That’s why we’re giving away $10,000 in workplace products to one charitable organization.

Together with our vendor partners, we will makeover the office space of a deserving charitable organization with everything from office furniture to business supplies. The prize consists of $10,000 in workplace products, from various brands including Keurig Canada Inc., Ergotron Inc., Bush Business Furniture, Safco, Plantronics, Acco Brands, Danby®, and Kimberly-Clark Professional*.

“We realize that there are many charitable organizations that are in need of new office furniture and equipment to do their jobs well,” said Michael Zahra, president, Staples Business Advantage Canada. “Our goal is to assist a charity that needs it most so they can continue to support individuals and communities in need.”

Eligible charities must submit a photo of the office in need of a makeover online. The winning charity will be selected on November 30, 2016.

Click here to enter now.

More contest details:

  • Makeover Contest opens October 17, 2016 at 08:01 am (EST)
  • Staples Business Advantage will select a winner by November 30, 2016 at 11:00 am (EST)
  • Contest open to all registered charitable organizations in Canada
  • Deadline to submit entries is November 18, 2016 at 11:59 pm (EST)

To learn more, visit the contest website for details and full contest rules.Contest is only open to registered Canadian charities.

Know a deserving charity?
Share the contest with a deserving charity you admire. Or place vote on your favorite entry for a chance to win* 20 movie tickets.

RBC #make150count Initiative

Staples Business Advantage is proud to support and be a part of the RBC #make150count initiative!

To celebrate Canada’s remarkable past and looking to its bright future, RBC launched its Canada 150 initiative by giving thousands of young Canadians $150 with one simple request: use the money to help communities prosper. Through #Make150Count, RBC will celebrate these extraordinary acts of kindness that are generated across Canada.

To kick-off the program, some Staples Business Advantage associates joined RBC employees and used 300,000 Post-it Notes to create large scale portraits that depict some of the young Canadians who have already used their $150 to #Make150Count. The vivid images of these young community leaders are front-and-centre on the windows of RBC’s offices in Halifax, Toronto, and Vancouver.

Find out more about the RBC #make150count initiative here: http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/rbc-celebrates-150-years-of-canada-by-inspiring-young-canadians-to-make150count-597455171.html

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Eway.ca is now bullfrogpowered with 100% green electricity!

The last time you placed an order on eway.ca, did you happen to notice the little green frog at the bottom of the page?

bullfrogpower_logo_jpegWe’re excited to announce the expansion of our partnership with Bullfrog Power—our e-commerce services are now bullfrog powered with 100% clean, green electricity! At Staples Business Advantage, we strive to minimize our environmental impact on the planet and the communities we serve. Expanding our partnership to green power our e-commerce site means that every order you place online through Staples Business Advantage just got a little bit greener!

Staples Business Advantage and Staples Canada have proudly partnered with Bullfrog Power to choose clean, renewable energy for our business since 2013. Through this partnership, we’ve been able to reduce the carbon emissions footprint of our organization and help support new, renewable energy projects across Canada.

To learn more about how Bullfrog Power is helping Canadian businesses like us reduce their environmental footprints, visit bullfrogpower.com.