Five Ways to Help Your Employees Beat the Summer Heat

Summer is here, and while we all love the sunshine, the season can also bring extreme weather conditions like humidity and heat which can have a negative effect on employees. Whether working outdoors in the sun, or indoors in warmer environments, employees can be impacted by the hot temperatures.

Don’t let the rising temperatures catch you off guard – be well prepared with a plan to equip your employees with the right products to stay hydrated and cool during the work day. Here are some key things to consider in order to be prepared for the heat:

  • Provide cool beverages. One of the primary risks for employees during the summer is the risk of dehydration. There are drinks designed for those working in hot weather that include levels of electrolytes, sodium and potassium appropriate for the adult worker and their environment – such as those from Sqwincher, sports drinks, and of course water.
  • Offer wearable cooling products. Ensure you provide employees with products that help cool them down while they’re doing their job. These include items like cooling bandanas, hard hat shades, fans, water mist sprays and cooling vests.
  • Outdoor worker supplies. Outdoor workers are at a higher risk of feeling the effects of the summer heat. Arm them with the right supplies to stay safe. Providing them with tinted or dark safety glasses will allow them to see well in the sun while keeping their eyes safe.  Sunscreen and insect repellent will help protect them against any unwanted bites and damaging effects of the sun. Also, make sure they are equipped with light weight high visibility and fire resistant wear.
  • Provide cooling snacks. Sometimes, it’s hard to remember to drink water, and snacks can provide more of an incentive. There are companies that make electrolyte-infused popsicles that not only cool workers instantly, but replenish the body with the necessary nutrients. Electrolyte-filled gummy snacks are available, as well.
  • Educate employees. Make sure employees understand the necessity of protecting themselves in the heat and what products are readily accessible for them. Consider placing erasable posters around the workplace that provide the heat index each day and how much liquid workers will should be consuming  to keep themselves in a safe zone.

Plan to keep your employees safe this summer and stock up on the necessary items to keep them cool, protected and hydrated. Visit to browse the full selection of options and products available.

The Work Space Shift: Working Outdoors

Over the last few years companies have opened their floor plans to include a variety of alternative working environments: collaborative work spaces, sit/stand workstations, shared desks for contract or rotary employees, telecommuting and working from home. The rising need for these types of spaces has come about as companies recognize and embrace the idea that employees function best in a variety of different spaces. Some of us work best in a private and quiet cubicle, while others flourish in an open, thought-sharing atmosphere.

Our recent Staples Advantage Canada workplace index survey revealed that workspace preferences differ for each generation. A millennial worker is more likely to have a preference for working in an open plan environment (lounge areas, outdoor spaces, cafes, etc.), whereas boomers prefer a more traditional arrangement.

This shift in generation preferences has called on businesses to be open minded and creative in the design and layout of their space. Connections and access to plants and fresh air has often been praised as a workplace productivity and creativity booster, so it’s no surprise that some offices are choosing to move beyond the office walls and giving employees access to outdoor working areas.

Why not think about hosting your next meeting in the great outdoors – your employees’ best ideas may be a result of a little fresh air and change of scenery.

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Go Green with Evergreen

Greener work places create greener learning spaces

How do your office product choices help create outdoor learning spaces? Filling your office with green supplies from our list of Eco Friendly products helps give kids more outdoor classrooms!

Staples Advantage is proud to partner with Evergreen for the fourth consecutive year. From April 22nd to July 30th, every $100 purchase of Eco Friendly products on will help build outdoor classrooms with Evergreen. The money raised goes to Evergreen’s school greening program which helps schools create dynamic outdoor classrooms that provide students with a healthy place to play and learn.

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Evergreen is one of Canada’s leading funders of community and school greening projects. The Evergreen Learning Grounds program helps schools create outdoor classrooms to provide students with a healthy place to play, learn and develop a genuine respect for nature. Since the program began in 2000, it has provided funds to over 3,000 schools from coast to coast, providing countless opportunities for students to engage with nature on their school grounds.

Explore our great selection of green products, from toner to cleaning supplies you’ll find everything you need for a more sustainable business.