Reducing Our Environmental Impact

Through our partnership with Bullfrog Power, Bullfrog injects clean, renewable electricity onto the grid to match the amount of energy our facilities use on an annual basis.

Our partnership with Bullfrog demonstrates our commitment to reducing our environmental impact and aligns with our ISO 14001 Corporate Registration.

Below is an infographic on our cumulative green energy purchase over the course of our partnership with Bullfrog to date, along with the emissions reductions associated with this and some equivalencies to help illustrate what they mean.

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Make A Move: How to maximize movement during your workday.

Are you sitting right now? And have you been sitting for most of the day? Chances are, if you’re an office worker, the answer is yes. And if so, you’re not alone.  Shockingly, 84% of office workers say they sit for four or more hours a day, and more than 50% of those workers say they sit for six or more hours a day, according to research from furniture manufacturer Allsteel.

There is no shortage of studies that speak to the negative and long lasting effects that sitting down all day has on your overall health, including an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, some cancers, diabetes, and musculoskeletal disorders, to name a few. But the good news is there are several easy ways to change up your sedentary workday and lessen or avoid the effects of sitting for prolonged periods of time.

The head of Allsteel’s Ergonomics Group, Dr. Lauren Gant, shares a few easy ways to infuse your workday with mobility, even when your day requires you to be at the office.

Think outside the desk. Move to alternate working areas when possible, even if it’s just a different area of your desk. Changing up your seating location every so often will help adjust your posture so you’re not stuck in the same position all day. Or when possible, take your work to a different area of the office, like an area with standing-height counters or tables, or office areas with more relaxed seating.

Meet on your feet. Leave the conference room behind and opt to meet your colleagues while you’re on the move. Try a walk outdoors, walking around the building or standing in an open area. Not an option? Try pacing or standing while on the phone to help break up a sedentary day (while respecting the office environment and your coworkers’ space, of course).

Sit back and relax. Reclining at your desk and fidgeting while you’re seated can help vary your posture throughout the day. Changing up your position in small ways can help reduce your exposure to the effects of sitting for long periods of time.

Take a stand. With the growing availability of alternative workstations like sit-stand desks, there are a number of ways to stay productive while you tackle your work without being in a seated position. Investing in an alternative workstation can lead to a lifetime of comfort and good health.

So will these small adjustments actually make a difference in your day? Take a look:

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Allsteel’s The Importance of Movement in the Workplace

Visit Allsteel’s Ergonomics page for full results from the study, and for ideas and inspiration on how you can implement some of these changes into your workspace, check out our latest Go2Book.

 

WORKPLACE WELLNESS PROGRAMS ARE THEY WORTH IT?

The importance of exercise to our overall health is a well understood topic – there have been decades of research and thousands of studies done to support the idea that movement is a key element to living a long, healthy and happy life. So much so that researchers began to wonder, if exercise is so beneficial to personal health, what can it do for the workplace?

Over the last several years, many studies have looked into how exercise and mental health programs benefit employees during the workday; and in addition, what the outcomes are for the corporations who provide these types of programs for their employees. It’s no real surprise that the research shows many benefits of wellness programs in the workplace. In fact, companies who provide employee wellness programs and provide support for healthy activities, both during company time and after hours, have seen many positive outcomes.

“For companies, wellness programs have been shown to boast an average return on investment (ROI) of about 3:1. Outside of the direct financial gains, companies have seen reductions in employee absenteeism, staff turnover and employee stress.” (source)

What can you do today to introduce wellness into the workplace?

  1. Start a walking club
  2. Reward employees for tracking steps or time spent exercising
  3. Hot a yoga class or light boot camp session during the lunch hour
  4. Provide spaces in the office for quiet reflection or meditation

Does your workplace encourage workplace wellness?
Comment below and tell us what you do at work to promote wellness or tweet us @StaplesBusAdv.

Flu Season Is Here. Is your office ready?

Did you know: The average desktop has 428x more germs than the average toilet seat 2
(source)

Germs are everywhere, and as the seasons change and the damp, colder months arrive, germs seem to make the rounds faster and thrive in even the smallest of spaces.
The cost of cold and flu season to your office could be greater than you think. In 2013, CBC reported that sick days cost the Canadian economy $16.6B dollars as the average worker took 9.3 sick days. So protecting your employees from nasty germs could be of great value to your workplace. Not only will your employees be healthier and happier, but your bottom line will be too.

One of the best ways to tackle cold and flu season at the office is to improve the overall environment of your workplace. Stocking up on germ fighting products before the flu season starts in order to arm your workplace with the proper tools can help you fight the germs before they spread.

Don’t Miss These 6 Office Germ Hotspots (source):

  1. Breakroom sink handles
  2. Microwave door handles
  3. Keyboards
  4. Refrigerator door handles
  5. Water fountain buttons
  6. Vending machine buttons

 

The Benefits of Colouring

The rise in popularity of adult colouring books over the last few years has been hard to ignore. They entered the scene and exploded with great applause from everyone using them and gained approval from the likes of therapists, mental health advocates (1), and research professionals from many different industries (2). Health benefits ranging from reduced stress and anxiety to an increase in calmness, creativity and nostalgia from a simpler time have all been reasons people are picking up the pencil crayons and markers and setting time aside for this therapeutic activity.

Have you been colouring?
Visit staplesbusinessadvantage.ca/colouryourlife for a chance to win your own Ultimate Fine Art Gift Pack during the Colour Your Life Contest! Learn more about Prismacolor tools that are perfect for colouring on eway.ca.

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Sources
1 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-nikki-martinez-psyd-lcpc/7-reasons-adult-coloring-books-are-great-for-your-mental-emotional-and-intellectual-health_b_8626136.html
2 http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/06/health/adult-coloring-books-popularity-mental-health/

How Modern Office Spaces Are Improving Our Overall Health

“For people who sit most of the day, their risk of heart attack is about the same as smoking”
Martha Grogan, Cardiologist, Mayo Clinic

Traditional office environments are often a “one-size-fits-all” approach. You may know the type of space we are referring to very well: a room lined with cubicles, each containing a desk and a chair, waiting for occupants to arrive and spend the day seated in one place in order to get as much done as possible. Flash forward a few decades, and a few research studies later, and the traditional office environment is making way for a more modern space, one which allows for workspace flow that promotes movement during the day.

As many studies have unveiled, the act of sitting at a desk all day can have a significant impact on health and wellness. Moving from a stationary workstation to one that promotes movement, like active seating and sit-stand desk set-ups, are said to have a variety of positive benefits that can improve overall health, including a reduced risks of obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and lower long-term morality risk (source).

As we make the shift from traditional workspaces to active workspaces, companies like Ergotron have developed products to make a healthy workday happen. Ergotron is redefining the 21st century workspace with an emphasis on health, productivity and affordability.

Ergotron WorkFit workstations bring new flexibility to traditionally static environments, increasing your options for equipment placement, improving workflow, and enhancing social interaction.

That’s good for a company’s bottom line.

Retrofit your current workspace now! The WorkFit-T comes fully assembly, so no installation is needed. Whether you are upgrading an existing space or designing for a new build, WorkFit units are easy to install and use. They offer tool-free adjustment to suit individual users, and are tested to help ensure years of trouble-free up-down movement.

“Obesity is increasing not only in numbers but in severity;
More than 1 in 4 Canadian adults are obese;
Obesity costs economy up to $7-billion a year..”
Source

Sitting less and standing more is healthy and in-demand. Not only can it help increase your bottom line, it can help maximize office real estate space and assist with talent acquisition and employee retention.

Product Spotlight:
Ergotron WorkFit-T, Sit-Stand Desktop Workstation

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See the difference sit-stand stations and other ergonomic products can make for your employees and the boost it will bring to your bottom line. Find the full assortment of products on eway.ca.

 

How to Create an Inspiring Workplace in 5 Easy Steps

The open office concept’s rise in popularity has come into question over the last few years, as many question the impact an open office design has on employee productivity. But on the flip side, a closed office layout decreases the opportunities for collaboration and spontaneous brainstorming.  So what layout option works best? Which one will inspire employees to do their best work? The 2016 Workplace Index surveyed a mix of managers and workers to find out.

The Workplace Index findings pointed to a split decision when it came down to the preference of the office floorplan layout and design. When asked what the preference would be, 34% said an open floor plan, 32% selected a closed floor plan, and 34% chose a hybrid option – an office floor plan consisting of fully enclosed office spaces or cubicles as well as open spaces.

Perhaps of equal importance to floorplan flow, those surveyed pointed to a number of features of an office that provide inspiration and add to productivity. Whether stationed in a cubicle or corner office, the following features were among the top rated in terms of what workers and managers are looking for:

  1. Natural light – 43% of survey respondents listed natural light as a feature in the office that they would like to have access to. Natural light is known to boost productivity and creativity among office workers.
  2. Private space – those who participated in the survey noted that they would like to have access to private space to get work done. In fact, 34% listed this as a preferred feature.
  3. Standing desks – the battle of sitting all day continues; 31% noted that a standing desk would be something they would like to have access to.
  4. Lounge areas – while private space allows workers to get their most pressing work done, lounge areas that promote collaboration were also requested by 30% of respondents.
  5. Flexible furniture for multiple uses – in addition to standard office furniture (cubicles, desks, chairs), respondents were looking for furniture that can adapt to their tasks.

Want to explore how you can introduce some of these elements into your workplace? Speak to the experts. The furniture team at Staples Business AdvantageTM can help. For more information, visit: StaplesBusinessAdvantage.ca/Furniture.