10 Great Ways You Can Celebrate National Flag Of Canada Day

The 54th National Flag of Canada Day, also called Flag Day, is February 15, 2019. Although Canada used several different flags from 1801 to 1965, the United Kingdom’s Royal Union Jack was the country’s official symbol during that time. Flag Day commemorates the declaration by Queen Elizabeth II of England making the maple leaf emblem the official flag of Canada. The monarch affirmed February 15, 1965, as the day the newly selected banner would fly over Parliament Hill as a symbol for all Canada’s citizens.

In 1996, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien proclaimed February 15 as National Flag of Canada Day. He encouraged his fellow citizens to recognize the privilege of living in a nation that encompasses a shared history, aspirations and future. The flag symbolizes the common ideals that connect all Canadians: peace, equality, diversity and inclusion.

Make Your Business Stand Out on Flag Day

This can be an ideal time to market your business as an enterprise that exhibits pride in the unique Canadian heritage. Here are ways to promote your business and help bolster respect and appreciation for the Maple Leaf.

  1. Order free promotional materials to share on Flag Day.
  2. Provide flag lapel pins to employees to wear on Flag Day.
  3. Offer a discount to patrons who display the maple leaf flag on their clothing on Flag Day.
  4. Distribute miniature flags or pins to customers.
  5. Commemorate Flag Day on your company’s website.
  6. Sponsor or participate in local Flag Day observances.
  7. Donate Flag Day mementos to local schools.
  8. Food providers: Offer special pricing on Canadian delicacies like poutine, beavertails or peameal bacon.
  9. Set up a Flag Day awareness art or essay contest for school-aged children.
  10. Promote and participate in the #CanadianDay photo challenge on social media sites Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Flag Protocol

The etiquette for displaying and handling the national flag is based on established practice. Take care to treat this symbol of national pride with the utmost respect. Keep these rules in mind as you prepare for Flag Day:

Do not use the flag to:

  • cover a seat or table
  • mask boxes
  • cover a podium or platform

The flag should not:

  • have anything sewn or pinned onto it
  • be marked or signed on
  • be displayed in discoloured or frayed condition
  • touch the ground or be stepped upon

Will you be celebrating National Flag Day? Show us your photos on Instagram using #nationalflagday and tag us @staplesbizcan.

 

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3 Tips for Beating the Winter Blues in Your Workplace

Keeping your spirits up in the dark winter months can be a trying task for many people in the workplace. The lack of sunshine and frequent cold and stormy weather can reduce workplace efficiency. Staying healthy is a top priority to avoid dry throats and colds during this season. Finding small ways to boost morale can go a long way to improving productivity in the cold dark months.

Add More Greenery to Your Workplace

According to a several studies, there were significant changes shown by office workers who had plants nearby and those that didn’t. Concerns like difficulty concentrating, fatigue and an increase in sore throats and coughs were present when the plants were removed from the workers. Plants purify stale air by absorbing carbon dioxide and emitting oxygen. Fresh oxygen in a closed office can help workers breathe freely and fight off colds. Try using office-friendly plants such as spider plants, philodendron and lemon balm.

Increase the Lighting

There is a literal lack of sunlight during the winter months, which can negatively impact efficient workflow. As there are fewer and fewer daylight hours in the winter, employees may end up starting their workday in the dark and leaving in the dark. This can cause fatigue, low energy and a lowered attention span. Keeping the lights bright in a workplace can help increase productivity. Try adding more lights during these months to encourage a bright and cheery atmosphere. A small lamp on each desk and a bright break area help offset gloom brought on by the dark season.

Break Down Large Tasks and Delegate

Winter blues affect workers in various ways, but one of the most common ways is a lack of attention and fatigue. This reduces productivity and efficiency. Bounce back by breaking large projects down into smaller ones, and delegating tasks to workers. Giving your workers small tasks to do makes it easier for large projects to get accomplished, and completing a small concise list of tasks recharges the brain and improves productivity. Delegating tasks to employees encourages a busy and efficient workspace. Workers gain in confidence and workplace moral increases when they are given responsibilities.

Best Practices For Securing Your Data At Work

As a business, there’s a lot at stake when it comes to data privacy. In the wrong hands, information from a security breach can cost your business, clients, customers and even vendors a lot of money. Part of your job as a company is ensuring business data is secure and out of reach of unauthorized users. Every February, people around the world participate in Safer Internet Day to make the internet a safe place for young adults. Use this day as a chance to secure your information from outsiders.

Utilize Multifactor Authentication

Multifactor authentication (MFA) is a security system that uses more than one method of identifying a user. Some of the most popular methods include biometric retina or fingerprint scanners or facial recognition. There are also several free applications, such as Google Authenticator, that prompt you to enter a numeric code that’s sent via text to your phone once you sign in to your account. The single-use code is only accessible from the registered phone on the account.

Follow Best Password Practices

Educate employees on best password procedures to ensure information remains secure.

  • Don’t use personal information like family names, birth dates, pet names, phone numbers or anything that could be easy to guess.
  • Create long, complex passwords that mix numbers, letters and special characters.
  • Avoid using the same password across multiple platforms.
  • Change your passwords at least once every three months.
  • Use a password management app like LastPass or RoboForm to help make your passwords more secure.

Incorporate Data Encryption

File and disk encryption help protect the data stored on your computer and network. There are several types of data encryption, including individual file and folder encryption that only encrypts what you tell it to. Volume encryption saves all files and folders in a specific area, while full-disc or whole-disk encryption saves all files and folders on a computer or a network.

Most operating systems have built-in encryption programs, but you can add a third-party program like VeraCrypt that is free to download and use.

Use a Secure Network

Consider the use of a virtual private network (VPN). A VPN encrypts all data between the user’s computer and the VPN server it’s connected to, which makes it virtually impossible to intercept the data locally.

Data security keeps important information out of the hands of unauthorized users. Train your employees on safe practices and utilize them consistently.