Workplace Wellness – Make 2016 Your Healthiest Year Yet

It’s a new year — make it your healthiest one yet. What you may not know is that some workplace policies and practices might be making you sick. A few small and key changes can help improve the wellness of your workforce in 2016.

We’ve rounded up some of our top blog posts on health and wellness in the workplace to help make 2016 one of your healthiest.

Learn more in these four articles on health and wellness in the workplace. Click the images below to access each article.














Stand Out In The Crowd: 8 Ways Promotional Products Will Get Your Brand Noticed


Promotional products spread brand awareness and make a positive impression on your audience.

Businesses of all types and sizes benefit from incorporating promotional products into their marketing plans. So if you’ve been on the fence about whether or not they will work for your business, here’s a quick rundown of all the benefits promotional products can provide:

  1. Effective Advertising
    Promotional products are among the most effective advertising tools. They yield more brand impressions per dollar than television ads and print ads. They’re ranked as highly as digital marketing and radio. They also excel when it comes to longevity. Unlike other forms of advertising, consumers tend to hang onto promotional products for several months.
  2. Make Customers Happy
    The reason promotional products are so effective is that they make consumers happy. The vast majority of people love to get stuff for free, especially physical items that engage their senses and meet one or more of their daily needs.
  3. Shareable
    Promotional products also have the advantage of being highly shareable. The more a recipient likes a promotional product, the more he or she will use it, talk about it, and pass it on.
  4. Added Personal Touch
    Promotional products feel personal. Think about it: They involve a direct, person-to-person exchange between a business and a consumer. All promotional products become physical reminders of good brand experiences.
  5. Get Noticed
    Many businesses use promotional products in conjunction with marketing events—grand openings, conventions, trade shows, sponsored sports tournaments, and more. Not only do recipients enjoy the products, they also continue to enjoy memories of the event where they received it. There’s no better way to create positive associations between your brand and a cause or event.
  6. Brand Representation
    Great promotional products are brand representatives—physical representations of your company’s unique style and message. Promotional product buyers have an incredible freedom of choice. With thousands of types, styles, and price points to choose from, it’s possible to find the perfect product to represent your brand and appeal to specialized audiences. You can tailor your message to any occasion and reach potential customers in a personal, authentic way.
  7. Cost Effective
    The numbers don’t lie. According to the 2014 Global Advertising Specialties Impressions Study, promotional products continue to make a huge impact worldwide. Promotional products are among the most cost effective marketing tools, making them an affordable option for businesses of every size. They cost an average of only six cents per brand impression*, and some varieties—like bags—cost even less. Compared to other forms of advertising, that’s a real bargain. (*numbers based on US dollar and information)
  8. Generate Positive Views
    In addition to being cost effective, promotional products remain popular with consumers and generate positive attitudes about brands.
  • 83% of consumers report that they enjoy receiving promotional products
  • 4 in 10 plan on doing business with companies after receiving promotional products
  • 57% have more positive attitudes about companies that give out promotional shirts

Staples Promotional Products is dedicated to delivering your brand done right. Creative experts help you find the perfect promotional item to fill your marketing need with a wide selection of promotional items at competitive prices to meet your budget requirements.


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Is Your Office Air Harming Your Health?

Did staying healthy for 2016 make the top of your New Year’s resolution list? Like most Canadians who make resolutions, it likely did. Adding in fresh foods and more exercise is a great start, but did you know that the quality of air we breathe plays a major role in living and sustaining a healthy lifestyle?

In most cases, good indoor air quality (IAQ) goes unnoticed. It’s only when air quality is bad that people start talking about it. Many symptoms commonly associated with a cold or the flu can actually be attributed to poor IAQ.

Here are seven tips for maintaining your facility’s indoor air quality.

From changing air filters to keeping your HVAC system up to date, maintaining the building is the first line of defense against poor IAQ.

Keep the building clean.
A proper cleaning routine can help rid the building of harmful bacteria and dust particles that build up over time.

Choose the right chemicals.
Choosing cleaning chemicals that are free of volatile organic compounds (VOC). There are many highly effective non-VOC cleaning options available.

Ensure proper airflow and ventilation.
Consult with a space-planning expert to achieve optimal airflow.

Carefully arrange furniture and equipment.
When placing office furniture and equipment, keep in mind your air circulation and temperature control systems, as well as the pollutant removal functions of your HVAC systems.

Watch emission sources.
Position significant emission sources, such as large copy machines, away from occupied spaces like cubicles and offices. Also, keep them away from air intakes.

Unblock air vents.
Teach building occupants the importance of not blocking air ventilation panels with furniture, equipment or personal items.

Schedule a site visit with a Staples Advantage Facilities Specialist to provide you with the information, advice and products you need to put your indoor air quality program into action. Visit for more information.


4 Steps To A Germ-Free Desk

For most of us, we spend five days a week and countless hours working away at our desk. So when we released the “10 million reasons to clean your desk” blog post last April, it came as no real surprise that it ended up being one of our most read blog posts of 2015.

So in honour of National Clean Off Your Desk Day, we’re sharing some of our top tips to make sure your desk isn’t crawling with germs.

According to the UK Daily Mail, the average worker comes into contact with 10 million disease causing bacteria lurking on your mouse, keyboard, and phone (Resource).

While some bacteria are inevitable, it raises the awareness and the importance of doing a thorough clean at your desk and in the office to eliminate dust and illness causing germs.

Use these simple tips to thoroughly clean your desk and office space to get rid of lurking germs and bacteria:

  1. Remove everything from the surface of your desktop
  2. Use a pressurized air duster to clean out your keyboard
  3. Take a micro-fiber cloth to wipe down and dust the entire surface of your desk, including hard to reach corners, shelves, monitors, and even books and binders
  4. Use a disinfectant cleaner or wipes to clean all areas of your workspace. Pay special attention to high traffic areas of your desktop such as the mouse, keyboard and phone

Bonus tip: Don’t stop at your desk – breakrooms are notorious for harbouring germs. Tackle this area by using wipes or disinfectant sprays to wipe down microwave doors and handles, tea kettles, coffee makers, fridge door handles, and anything else that comes into contact with lots of hands.

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6 ways to be more organized at work in 2016

Looking for a fresh and organized start to 2016? We’ve compiled some of our top tips to help you get a handle on your organization habits so that you can start the year off on the right foot.

Feeling organized mentally often comes down to the organization of the physical space around you. And the start of a new year is the perfect time to de-clutter; from your desk to your computer,  take this time to purge old files and get a handle on your organization.

Inbox Organization
Creating folders and subfolders is one of the easiest ways to organize your inbox. Sorting emails by category or project, or by sender’s name is an easy way to start a filing system that will work best for you.Do the same with your sent items so that you keep a consistent filing system.
Make time at the end of each day to sort through your inbox and file emails in order to stay on top of your new organization system.

Computer Document Organization
Similar to your inbox, creating new folders on your computer is the best and easiest way to organize your digital space. Organize files with a system that works for your needs. Now is also a good time to decide what to keep and what to delete.

Making Space: External Storage
Purchase an external storage system such as a hard drive or usb key to store any large files. This will help keep your computer clear of large or outdated files, which in turn helps with the unit’s day-to-day speed and performance.

Desk Files & Organization
Any items you access on a daily basis (phone lists, department calendars), find a place to post them neatly on your cubicle or office walls, or file them into one binder so your most frequently accessed information is in one place. Next, create folders for ongoing projects or urgent assignments and organize these according to priority in an inbox tray or a desktop filing system. All other items should be sorted and organized more permanently in a drawer or filing cabinet, properly labeled for easy location.

Clear Your Desk
Working with a clean desk that’s clear of too much clutter helps focus on the most important tasks. Start by removing everything from your desk and only putting back the essential items: laptop/computer, phone, notepad, a few framed photos, and a desktop organizer to neatly keep pens, highlighters, scissors and any other office products that you access on an ongoing basis. Take all the non-essential items (additional notepads, paperclips, stapler, extra pens, etc.) and find a place for them in a drawer or small box or basket.

Start a To-Do List
If you always have a mental list of things to do, or lists and reminders pined all over your office or popping up on your phone, take this opportunity to create a new habit of keeping track of things in one place. Whether it’s a new agenda or calendar, writing all your action items down in one central place will help you manage your time and your tasks.


What are some of your best tricks to staying organized at the office? Comment below to let us know, or Tweet @StaplesAdvCan us with your top tips!

Make 2016 your most organized year yet!

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