How to Protect Your Business Against Visual Hacking

Cybersecurity is a great concern for modern organizations. Among these threats is a low-tech attack known as visual hacking. It refers to the unauthorized capture of private, sensitive or confidential information by viewing it. This form of hacking is common because most organizations are unable to detect and prevent visual hacking in their offices.

How Does Visual Hacking Occur?

Visual hackers look for fully visible information on device monitors, desks, and other exposed locations such as printers or copiers. An unauthorized person can steal confidential documents or use a phone to take a photo of visible confidential or sensitive information. These attacks take place in full view of office workers, who are often unsuspecting because it happens quickly.

Certain situations — such as sensitive information on an employee’s computer screen — lend themselves more easily to visual hacking. The office layout is also a risk factor. Traditional office layouts such as cubicles make it hard to access confidential paper documents and computer screens. In contrast, open-plan offices are highly susceptible to visual hacking.

Protecting Your Business Against Visual Hacking

Companies can sensitize employees to the threat of visual hacking by implementing visual privacy protocols and policies. Effective visual security practices include the use of office security solutions. Two common and useful solutions are privacy filters for computer screens and document shredders for paper documents.

Paper shredders cut paper documents into thin strips or fine particles. Organizations and individuals use these devices to destroy private and confidential documents. When choosing a paper shredder for your business, you need to consider several factors. These include how much paper you want to shred, how fine you want to cut the paper, and special features such as anti-jam technology, energy savings and ability to shred other items (staples, paper clips, credit cards and CDs).

Privacy filters cover a computer screen and obscure it’s contents when viewed from the sides or top. This low-tech privacy solution uses polarized plastic to block out light from these angles. Few computer monitors come with built-in privacy filters so you need to buy a third-party filter. When choosing privacy filters, consider image clarity, your use case, size, matte finish and color.

In addition to using the above security tools, your business should set up procedures to report suspicious visual hacking behavior. Finally, regular organization-wide visual privacy audits have also proven useful in address visual hacking and other security threats.

Essential Brainstorming Aids for the New Year

Brainstorming is a powerful method of coming up with ideas for your business. It’s usually a group activity. In addition to helping you come up with ideas that you would have otherwise not thought of, brainstorming gives you insights on your what areas of your business you need to improve.

Start with a question to trigger news, and then use a mind map or word map to explore each idea. A SWOT analysis is another effective brainstorming technique. Put yourself in your customers’ shoes and ask who, what, why, when, where and how questions to come up with ideas.

Besides effective brainstorming techniques, you need the right tools to generate excellent ideas.

Presentation Boards

Modern offices use presentation boards at meetings to display information. In this case, you can use the boards to capture ideas that your team members share during the brainstorming session. Presentation boards are useful in this regard. They are available in various styles, sizes and surfaces to suit different preferences.

For a stronger visual impact, consider getting a brightly coloured board. You can also get corrugated cardboards for greater durability, and boards with a tri-fold feature are easy to carry around. Photos and papers adhere easily on these boards with the use of double-sided tape, glue sticks or glue dots.

Mind Mapping Software

Mind mapping software is another handy way to bring your colleagues’ ideas to life. The most basic among these tools mimic whiteboards. More advanced tools can link related ideas to create a plan. Coggle is a good example of such tools. This online mind mapping tool has both free and premium versions.

Coggle builds diagrams that connect a collection of ideas to a central theme. You can also use it to create workflow sketches, mind maps with single or multiple themes and organization charts. Coggle also has versioning, revision history and Google Drive integration.

Applying Brainstorming to Relevant Areas

Brainstorming is a highly effective way of quickly coming up with concise ideas. For this reason, it’s popular among companies that rely on their workers’ creativity to gain a competitive advantage. In the end, presentation boards and mind mapping software are applicable in all areas where market-oriented ideas are relevant to your team’s workflow.

Boosting Employee Engagement Over the Holidays

One of the hardest but most rewarding aspects of running a business is keeping employees motivated during the holidays. Some office workers go on break, leaving their colleagues to fill in the gap. Employees feel discouraged as they think about people who are off work. Duties at home pile up because the kids are home. Customer demands peak during. Pressure mounts as the company scrambles to meet year-end goals.

You need to take steps to appreciate your employees and recognize their efforts during this burdensome period. Here are three ways to keep your employees engaged over the holidays.

1. Promote a Healthy Work-Life Balance

Workplace wellness is an increasingly important priority in the modern workplace, according to a 2019 workplace survey by Staples. Empowering your employees to maintain a healthy work-life balance keeps them motivated.

Avoid encroaching their personal time with workplace demands. Accommodate their workplace preferences by offering options such as remote working and flexible working hours. Create a workplace culture that expresses gratitude to office workers that fill in for their colleagues while they’re on holiday.

2. Set Clear Goals for the Holidays

Be clear about the company’s goals for the holiday and set policies that support flexible work schedules. Let your employees know what your expectations are for them during over the holiday season. Show gratitude to employees who achieve these goals. Doing so uplifts them because they feel that you prioritize their needs.

3. Plan an Office Holiday Event

Plan an amazing office holiday party for your employees. It’ll help get their minds off the pressures and stresses of the workplace. Office holiday events are also an opportunity for coworkers to create new relationships and strengthen current ones. Common event venues include restaurants, hotels and conference centers. You can switch things up holding a themed event at a unique venue such as a sports facility or performance arts center.

Pick a fun interesting theme such as like an office talent show, office Olympics, obscure holiday (e.g., Employee Appreciation Day) or a company milestone. Get the timing for the event right, ensuring it doesn’t drag on too long. Consider hiring a corporate event professional to help you plan a memorable party.

Keep Your Employees in High Spirits

Working during a holiday is stressful. Keep your employees engaged by taking the above recognizing their efforts. Help your office workers maintain a healthy work life, set clear expectations for the holiday and arrange fun events.

Nos efforts en matière de durabilité au sein de la communauté

Chez Staples Avantage Affaires, nous sommes fiers des efforts que nous consacrons en matière de responsabilité sociale. Nous avons des associés(es) partout au pays qui prennent part à de nombreuses activités au bénéfice d’organismes de bienfaisance. Nous redonnons continuellement aux communautés dans lesquelles nous travaillons et vivons.

Le 25 septembre dernier, nous nous sommes associés à  Arbres Canada à titre de commanditaire national à l’occasion de la Journée nationale de l’arbre. Nous avons 40 associés(es) qui se sont portés(es) volontaires pour planter des arbres partout au Canada. Les communautés dans les environs de Vancouver, Winnipeg, Mississauga, Ottawa et Boucherville ont pu bénéficier de centaines de nouveaux arbres grâce à ce partenariat et le travail acharné de plusieurs associés(es).

Cliquez ci-dessous pour voir quelques photos du travail accompli par nos associés(es) à l’occasion de la Journée national de l’arbre.

Tree Canada

Des nouveaux produits pour tirer le maximum de votre journée de travail

Au moment où les entreprises visent à simplifier les processus et que les employés sont appelés à travailler de manière plus efficiente, Staples Avantage Affaires a créé une gamme de nouvelles marques de produits indépendantes pour aider les employés à tirer le maximum de leur journée de travail. En partenariat avec des designers et clients, ces produits ont été conçus dans le but d’inspirer la créativité et fournir l’énergie nécessaire  pour une meilleure qualité de vie au travail.

Découvrez ci-dessous quelques-uns de ces nouveaux produits formidables.


Union & Scale

Il s’agit d’une collection de mobilier et d’articles de décoration qui s’agencent harmonieusement. Ces collections qui se distinguent par leur qualité et leur capacité à marier mobilier et objets de décoration sont conçues intelligemment  et fabriquées pour durer.

Union & Scale


Lorsqu’il est temps de passer à l’action, avoir des outils fiables et bien conçus peut faire toute la différence. Ces produits essentiels de bureau soigneusement conçus, tels que stylos, cahiers de notes, déchiqueteuses et accessoires de rangement, peuvent aider vos équipes à mieux travailler, créer et innover.


NXT Technologies

Des produits technos qui répondent vraiment à votre façon de travailler. Ces solutions technologiques de pointe veillent à garder tous les membres de votre équipe connectés et productifs et ce, peu importe où ils travaillent.


Restez à l’affût, car de nouvelles marques seront offertes au cours des prochains mois!

Comment choisir le cadeau d’entreprise idéal pour impressionner vos clients

Offrir un cadeau d’entreprise peut être délicat. Quoique qu’offrir un cadeau de façon attentionnée peut s’avérer une expérience gratifiante, tenter de trouver exactement le bon article pour tout le monde sur votre liste peut sembler un peu décourageant.

Vous ne savez pas par où commencer pour choisir le cadeau parfait? Découvrez ces gammes de produits pour avoir une meilleure idée de ce qui pourrait plaire à la personne qui recevra votre cadeau.


Idées de cadeaux pratiques

L’une des choses les plus difficiles à faire lorsqu’il faut choisir un cadeau pour des collègues et des clients est d’essayer de trouver un article qui sera à la fois apprécié et utile. Les cadeaux pratiques sont plus susceptibles de laisser une impression durable et renforcer davantage votre relation d’affaires.

Functional Gift Ideas

Cadeaux qui ont une incidence positive

L’un des grands avantages de la période des fêtes, c’est qu’elle offre plusieurs possibilités d’offrir des cadeaux qui ont des influences positives. Offrir des cadeaux qui ont des histoires puissantes à raconter ne contribuera pas uniquement à soutenir des causes valables mais à démontrer l’engagement de votre marque dans une démarche de responsabilité sociale.

Gifts with Impact

Cadeaux à prix abordable

Même si nous aimons la période des fêtes, la saison peut s’avérer quelque peu difficile sur nous tous, y compris les entreprises. La pression de trouver le cadeau idéal pour tout le monde sur votre liste peut assombrir l’esprit des fêtes si tout ce que vous envisagez offrir dépasse votre budget.

Budget Friendly

Avez-vous besoin d’aide supplémentaire pour vous aider à offrir le cadeau parfait? Découvrez ces  gammes de produits et autres formidables idées cadeaux dans notre Guide de cadeaux des fêtes 2019.

New Products to Help Get You Through Your Workday

As businesses look to streamline processes and employees are tasked with trying to work more efficiently, Staples Business Advantage has created a series of independent new product brands to help employees through the workday. Partnering with designers and customers, these products were designed to inspire creativity and energy throughout the everyday Worklife experience.

Explore some of the exciting new products below.

Union & Scale

A collection of furniture and décor that works together in perfect harmony. Delivering quality, holistic furniture and décor, these collections are thoughtfully designed and built to last.

Union & Scale

Configure the office of your dreams, get started here.

Tru Red

When getting down to business is essential, having reliable and thoughtfully designed tools can make all the difference. These thoughtfully designed business essentials, such as pens, notebooks, shredders, and organizational accessories, help teams work, create and innovate better.


Browse more products from the Tru Red collection here.

NXT Technologies

Technology for the way you really work. These top technology solutions keep teams connected and productive – wherever work takes them.


Shop the full NXT collection here.

Additional brands will also rollout in the coming months, stay tuned!