Canadian Workers Continue to Face Office Stress and Burnout

Do you leave the office at the end of the day feeling satisfied and productive? Or stressed and burnt out? If you’re like most Canadians, you’re feeling a little from both sides of the coin. According to our second annual Workplace Index survey, Canadian workers are reporting that the office is the most productive place to get work done, but is also contributing to stress and burnout.

Almost 70% of Canadian office workers and managers report working more than 40 hours a week, and the majority consider the office the most productive place to get work done. In an effort to improve stress and overall morale, employers need to take action to ensure the workplace remains an inspiring and motivating environment.

Forty-three per cent of Canadians say they’re working longer hours simply to catch up on work they couldn’t tackle during an eight-hour day, with 22% working 11 hours or more per day. That workload is taking a toll.

Consider:

  • 68% of Canadians say their workplace has contributed to stress
  • More than one-quarter of Canadians (27%) cite the volume of their work as the number one stressor in their workplace
  • One in five Canadian respondents (19%) has taken a workplace stress-related leave of absence

“The Staples Business Advantage Workplace Index provides an important look at the state of the workplace and what Canadians want and need from their employers,” said Michael Zahra, President, Staples Business Advantage Canada. “Based on the results, it is evident that Canadian employees are working long hours just to keep up with their volume of work. It is the responsibility of employers to therefore provide an inclusive, welcoming environment that boosts employee productivity, increases happiness and positively impacts the bottom line.”

The Staples Business Advantage Workplace Index is a comprehensive study involving office workers and business decision makers in Canada to help companies meet their recruitment, retention and engagement goals.

Over the next few months, we’ll explore the Workplace Index survey and share key findings and insights through a series of posts. To get full access now, you can download the complete report here.

 

 

 

 

Mission: Sustainability

As every facility manager knows, offices go through a lot of paper, from paper towels and facial tissue to bathroom tissue and napkins. This presents the perfect opportunity to buy products that support their companies’ overall sustainability missions while saving money.
Here are factors to consider when stocking up on sustainable paper for the bathroom and the breakroom:

Pre-and post-consumer content.
Many products are made with pre-consumer recycled content, utilizing wood scraps and other wood waste from manufacturing plants. Look instead for labels that indicate the levels of post-consumer recycled (PCR) content which is salvaged and recycled from used and discarded products like magazines and office paper.

Production without pollution.
In the case of recycled paper products, processed chlorine free (PCF) products contain recycled content produced without elemental chlorine or chlorine derivatives. These processes cut down on chemicals and pollution formed as a by-product of paper production.

Dispensing system.
Making your facilities eco-friendly is more than changing what you use, it can also mean changing how you use it. Save money and wasted product by installing dispensing systems that dispense a set amount of paper product.

Additional benefits.
In addition to saving resources and cutting down waste and pollution, the right paper products and dispensing systems can minimize germs and contamination and deliver significant cost-in-use savings

Did you know?
Not all green and recycled paper products are created equally, and just because a product is “recycled” doesn’t mean it’s the most sustainable option. Look for products with significant amounts of PCR content.

Schedule a site visit.
Staples Advantage Facility Specialists can provide you with the information, advice and products you need to put your eco-conscious paper program into action.

Call your Account Manager today for more information or shop our Eco-Friendly products selection on Eway.ca.

 

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

Protect your employees against the germs of the season, browse a full selection of cleaning and personal care products on eway.ca.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Shop eway.ca for the best selection of office cleaning products. Add your cleaning tips in the comment section below, or tweet us @StaplesAdvCan.

It’s National Coffee Day!

In celebration of National Coffee Day today (September 29), Staples surveyed a number of office workers to find out just how serious they are about their coffee habits. It came as no real big surprise to learn that the workforce loves their coffee. In fact, 37 percent of workers say they can’t even get dressed for work without their first cup of coffee. And, nearly half consume at least three cups of coffee each day.

In addition, workers revealed that there are a number of tasks they can’t handle before their first cup of the day:

  • 44 percent said they can’t have a conversation or commute without coffee
  • 40 percent said they can’t check email before their morning brew
  • 38 percent said they can’t eat a meal before consuming coffee

For a significant percentage of the workforce, one cup each day will not suffice. Over 57 percent need at least two cups of coffee to feel productive and alert. In today’s always-on work culture, coffee has become even more essential. When asked if they had to give up social media or coffee forever, three out of four employees said they would give up social media instead of coffee.

To give a morning boost to employees across the country, and to celebrate National Coffee Day, Staples Advantage is giving away coffee for the office! Contest closes October 2, 2016. Enter today for your chance to win: http://ow.ly/RVzL0

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Six Tips for Keeping Your Breakroom Well Stocked

The benefits of a well-stocked breakroom are often more significant than some businesses may realize.

Having the right supplies on hand enhances employee morale, encourages worker socialization and collaboration, and provides employees quick access to the items they need, reducing the amount of time they spend out of the office.

Here are some tips on how to effectively stock your breakroom to get the most out of your employees, while reducing costs.

  1. Consolidate your spend
    Ordering breakroom supplies from a variety of different vendors is time consuming, expensive and can lead to more frequent stock-outs. Getting most of your breakroom supplies from a single vendor streamlines the ordering and restocking processes and offers opportunities for reduced pricing.
  1. Buy in bulk
    Buying in bulk makes sense for some products, but not all. High-use items such as cleaning supplies, dish detergent, disinfectants and paper products don’t expire — buy them in bulk and combine the shipments into as few as possible. For items with an expiration date, like coffee creamers and snacks, smaller, more frequent orders are the best way to keep stocked.
  1. Free and frequent delivery
    When an office manager is responsible for buying the breakroom products, leaving the office and transporting goods back becomes time-consuming. Working with a supplier that offers free delivery can ensure that breakroom supplies are consistently replenished with less wasted time for employees.
  1. Use versatile products
    Instead of buying multiple cleaning products, it can be more efficient to find one product that does the job of several. For instance, to keep all your breakroom surfaces clean, consider an all-purpose cleaner or wipes. But, one cleaner does not fit all — working with an account manager can help identify the right multi-use products for the job.
  1. Minimize waste, reduce order frequency
    Certain breakroom products require more frequent restocking than others. Making some basic changes in the breakroom can reduce consumption of some materials. For example, buying or encouraging the use of reusable glasses, mugs and plates instead of disposable equivalents is not only good for the environment but also cost-effective.
  1. Measure use to stay well stocked
    A common mistake when it comes to stocking the breakroom is not planning ahead. Make a plan to keep track of inventory and how often items are reordered. Working with a supplier that does this for you will help reduce costs, avoid last-minute, higher-dollar buys and will indicate the best timing for shipments.

In today’s economy there’s no room for waste — implementing these simple tips can help keep your breakroom well stocked while reducing costs.

To learn more about how Staples Advantage® can help you keep your breakroom stocked, visit StaplesAdvantage.ca/breakroom.

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 eway.ca to browse the full selection of options and products available.

Looking to Boost Productivity? Take a Break.

It may sound counterproductive, but encouraging employees to take a break can actually boost their productivity.

In a recent survey by Staples Advantage, 41% of US workers reported feeling burned out as a result of spending too much time at work. And with 66% of people spending more than 8 hours a day in the office, employees are bound to start feeling the effects of being overworked.

Keeping your breakroom stocked with the snacks and beverages your staff loves can be good for business. Why? 80% of employees say taking short breaks is important to them and makes them more productive, but when they head to the breakroom, it’s often bare.

63% of employees surveyed reported that they feel more appreciated by a company that offers complimentary snacks and beverages. And 76% felt they could reduce their stress and unwind easier in a comfortable and well-stocked breakroom.

Is it time for your company to explore better breakroom options to help motivate your employees?

Explore the Breakroom solutions by Staples Advantage.