A Healthy Facility Is Good For Employees

The newest threat in workplace health is presenteeism, the act of attending work while sick. Sneezing, coughing and hand contact lead to the spread of germs (flu viruses can live on hard surfaces for up to three days), especially on railings, elevator buttons, doorknobs and in communal areas like breakrooms and restrooms.

With these steps, you’ll be closer to avoiding missed deadlines, lost sales opportunities, and customer dissatisfaction.

Identify germ hot spots and implement appropriate cleaning solutions.
Encourage proper hand hygiene by installing wall-mounted hand sanitizer dispensers outside restrooms and in common areas. Use disinfectant wipes and sprays on common high-traffic touch points.

Stop the spread of germs at the source.
Post signage that reminds people to wash hands properly and to “cover their cough” the right way (e.g., sneezing or coughing into their elbow, which is more efficient at stopping germs than using their hands).

Provide supplies and training.
Provide hand sanitizers and tissues in common areas, sanitizing wipes on every desk, and touch-free restroom features. Give your custodial staff the right cleaning tools and encourage proper cleaning techniques.

Log off.
Establish a telecommuting program or encourage the use of an existing program

Did you know?
Nearly 90% of office workers come to work even when they know they are sick*.
*According to the fourth annual Flu Season Survey from Staples conducted August 2013

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Mindfulness in the Workplace: Can it exist?

Hands up if you’ve ever been sitting at your desk and suddenly it hits you – that overwhelming feeling of having so much to do. You look around your desk and can’t quite focus on any one thing because the to-do list has grown and the projects just keep piling up. We’ve all been there. Today’s workforce trend seems to be ‘do more with less’. But less people and resources can leave us all feeling like we’re stretched a little (or a lot) thin. And most often, the last thing we stop to think about while we’re in the thick of it, is our mental wellbeing.

If this speaks to you, you certainly aren’t alone. More than half of Canadian employees report feeling overworked and even burnt out, according to a recent Staples Advantage Study. And we all know, stress can do some pretty damaging things to our bodies. “Stress is the no. 1 epidemic of our civilization,” Deepak Chopra said. “Indirectly or directly, it’s related to things like insomnia, anxiety, fear, but [also] cardiovascular illness, inflammation in the body, heart disease, autoimmune illnesses.(resource: Huffington Post).

Have you ever considered meditation? Before you brush it off, hear this: meditation has been scientifically shown to reduce symptoms associated with stress, depression and anxiety as well as improve productivity and quality of life.

Enter: Muse. This brain sensing headband is a brain fitness tool that helps do more with your mind by helping you calm and settle your mind. Muse uses 7 sensors to detect and measure your brain activity. This activity is converted into information you can track on your phone or tablet.

Muse training sessions can be done in as little as 3 minutes a day, with audio and visual feedback of your brain’s response in real time. This helps you improve your mind, your concentration and your focus each time you use Muse.

Other health benefits from Muse include:

Motivates you to change your brain
Muse can give you accurate, real-time feedback on what’s happening in your brain while you meditate. It provides motivational challenges and rewards to encourage you to build a regular practice.

Improves how you respond to stress
In the short-term, meditation has been shown to trigger the natural relaxation response – a state of deep rest that changes the physiological and emotional responses to stress. Your metabolism decreases and your heartbeat slows. The muscles relax, breathing becomes slower, and your blood pressure decreases.

Extended use can have amazing and lasting results
A study showed that 20 minutes of meditation for 3 days in a row reduced anxiety, improved mood, and reduced heart rate. Research on longer sessions has documented other benefits, like increased grey matter density, reduced thinning of the prefrontal cortex, decreasing amygdala activity (associated with stress response), and increased resilience – basically, an overall beneficial change of the brain’s structure and function.

Designed to help you form the habit
Research has shown using an app and starting with 3-5 minutes can dramatically help you build a meditation practice. Muse starts you with 3 minute sessions and rewards you for your achievements, making sure it’s easy and motivating to train with Muse.

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Learn to Love Your Office!

Over the last few years there has been a huge increase in telecommuting, freelance and contract workers, and company policies changing to allow people to work their entire workweek from home. In fact, the number of people searching terms online that include “work from home”, “remote”, “part-time” and “telecommute” has increased 42.1% in just the last two years, according to this Business Insider report. But to some, working from home may seem like a dream, as the reality is most offices still require employees to be present and in the office every day.

If you’re one of the millions of people that “lives” at the office from 9-5, Monday to Friday, then perhaps the challenge now is to learn to love your office. Adding a few personal touches can make your cubicle feel more inspirational and motivating. So if the beige office or empty cubicle walls are leaving you with little desire to spend even an hour in your office, it might be time to spruce up your space!

We’re not talking a major office overhaul, a few small changes can brighten up your space. Use these 6 tips to transition your cubicle or office to an inviting and inspirational space that you can get excited about:

Add some colour!

Office products come in so many colours to help spark creativity. Stock your desk with bursts of colour to help brighten up your day. From Post-Its to Sharpies, pens and tape, the every day workspace tool comes in so many fun and exciting colours.

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Add your personal flare
There are lots of ways to add some DIY projects to your cubicle to make it feel a little more like your personal space. Adding family photos, pictures of your travels, or a fun calendar are a good start. Other fun DIY touches like wallpapered cubicle walls, a funky chair and other easy design elements can transform the space. Check out our Pinterest Board: Love Your Office for some inspiring ideas.

Change up your lighting
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If the glare of fluorescent lights above your cubicle aren’t inspiring you to your best work, try adding a desktop lamp or task light to brighten up your space. Changing the lighting can help improve your concentration and workflow.


Add some fresh air

FBI27218Can’t open a window? Add some plant life to your desk. Even a small plant will help purify the air and boost productivity. If you have very limited natural light and a plant may not survive, try adding faux-flowers or plants to your office and pair it with a humidifier or air purifier to help rejuvenate the stale office air.

Tidy Up
Make the most of the space you have. The pure act of cleaning the area around you will help make the space feel clean and new. Stop procrastinating and file away the stacks of paper sitting on your desk. The new space could be used for your new plant or photos!

Change up your scenery
SAF4750CI SAF4755GSCollaborative spaces encourage employees to utilize breakout rooms to brainstorm new ideas in a fresh and open atmosphere away from the typical four walls of a cubical desk. Add moveable furniture to the office to allow employees to pull up a chair or stool. This helps promote impromptu meetings and thought sharing sessions while working with the current workstations or seating areas already established in your office.

Find lots more inspiration for your workspace in our February Flyer.

Do you have a fun or personalized workspace? We’d love to see it. Tweet us a picture @StaplesAdvCan!

Make Saving Lives Happen

February is Heart Month, and we’re bringing heart protection in the workplace to centre stage. According to a recent report by the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, heart failure affects 600,000 Canadians, and another 50,000 will be diagnosed this year.

Seconds count. When a cardiac emergency happens, time is of the essence. If someone in your organization goes into cardiac arrest, the best chance to save their life is to use CPR and an automatic external defibrillator (AED). Combined with CPR, the use of an AED may increase the likelihood of survival by 75% or more*.
*Heart and Stroke Foundation

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For more information and resources on heart health, prevention and care, visit the Heart & Stroke Foundation website.

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