This post was originally published by our friends at Hammermill.
There’s no denying that digital devices have made our jobs easier, in ways we now take for granted. For sharing, editing, organizing and searching information, digital apps rule the day. This blog itself is a great example of the wealth of information now available at out fingertips.
But if productivity is your priority, there are still times when a pen and paper can’t be beat.
For starters, let’s talk reliability. A pen and paper don’t crash, freeze or lose information. And they still work when you lose power.
Becoming a consistent lunch bringer is no easy task. You might start the day with good intentions, but then a meeting runs late, a coworker grabs you for lunch, or you just didn’t have anything to pack in the first place. Get inspired to start a lunch bringing habit with these 10 easy recipes from Ziploc. No PB&J sandwiches here. Just unique, delicious (and grown-up-approved) ideas.
Skip the line at your local coffee shop and pack your own bento box. Fill a Ziploc® Square container with a mini bagel spread with nut butter, a hard-boiled egg, apple slices, and grapes. Then, toss in white cheddar and gouda sealed in a Ziploc® Snack Bag. The ingredients can be prepped two to three days in advance, making it easy to grab your lunch and go!
Hummus and tapenade, sliced chicken breast, feta, pita, cucumber and red pepper slices, and grapes come together for the perfect light lunch. Cut the pita bread into triangles for an easy finger food style lunch or leave the bread whole for a yummy stuffed sandwich. It's up to you!
Guava Past, Ham, Brie Wrap
A sweet, savory, and irresistible flavor combo. Just roll apricot preserves, guava paste, ham, sliced red plum, and brie inside of a tomato basil tortilla. Tip: skip the ham for a vegetarian option. Full recipe.
Mix up a simple caprese salad, add some prosciutto-wrapped cantaloupe, a few small slices of French bread, and some pistachios
and you’ve got a DIY antipasto box.
Walnut Chicken Salad
The easiest chicken salad you'll ever make. Just mix mayo, crushed walnuts, grapes, and rotisserie chicken, right in a Ziploc bag.. Full Recipe.
Asian Lunch Box
Mix up a restaurant-worthy salad at home. Grab an Asian veggie salad mix from the grocery store and top it with mandarin orange slices, roasted nuts, and crispy noodles. Tip: pair it with leftover potstickers for an easy “Take-Out for Lunch” kind of day. Don’t forget to separate the dressing from your salad to keep the lettuce crispy.
Vegetable Lovers Wrap
Just mix guacamole with chopped bell peppers, shredded carrots, sliced grape tomatoes, black beans, and baby spinach to make an easy veggie wrap. Bring some crackers and fresh fruit in Ziploc® Snack Bags for a complete, healthy lunch!
Mix cream cheese, chopped black olives, green onion and crispy bacon together and spread onto a whole grain tortilla. Then roll and slice into bite-sized portions for an indulgent, satisfying lunch.
Tex Me Cobb Salad
Pack up romaine lettuce, grilled chicken, hard-boiled egg, black beans, corn, creamy cilantro-lime dressing, and tortilla chips in separate Ziploc® containers and bags and assemble the perfect, crisp salad at lunchtime. Tip: use rotisserie chicken for an even easier meal.
Greek Yogurt Mac N Cheese
Try this grown-up version of comfort food the next time you’re craving mac and cheese. Thanks to the Greek yogurt, this recipe packed with protein. Full recipe.
Small- and medium-sized businesses with more than 10 employees spend over $130K per year on equipment and office supplies expenses, which is nearly 11% of their total expenses. Getting the most out of your office furniture budget can make a huge difference in the health of your business.
For office furniture, the credo of creating one standard for everyone in order to save costs can actually result in higher costs. Since everyone is different, and people work in different ways, you have to make sure that the furniture fits the individual and their task. However, there are some other buying practices that will save you money. Many of these practices involve doing the upfront legwork to make the right buying choice the first time.
2. Focus on quality.
Less expensive furniture may work better for your budget today, but the quality may be poor and end up costing you more in the long run. For example, while two chairs may look similar, the more expensive one may last two to three times longer.
Investing upfront in higher quality can save you time and money overall.
3. Try furniture before you buy.
Go to the dealership and sit in different chairs, and look at different desks. Try out different chairs to make In addition to providing another quality check, you’ll sure you’ll be get to try out how chairs feel after sitting in them comfortable. for a while. Testing out office furniture doesn’t take a lot of time, and it can save you a lot of wasted money in buying the wrong products.
4. Think long term.
Make sure the manufacturer you choose has a track record of maintaining product lines over time, or at least having migration options. Also be sure to allow for expansion options and use among multiple employees if future growth occurs. Invest in chairs that have adjustments for a wide range of employees, including seat height, seat depth, seat and seat back, tilt, arm rest placement, and lumbar adjustment. Consider height-adjustable tables and desks to accommodate various work styles.
5. Check the warranty.
The length and terms of office furniture warranties vary greatly in length and coverage. Make sure the warranty lines up with your intended period of use. Also know who you go to if a warranty problem arises – are you working with the dealer or the manufacturer?
6. Purchase from a dealer who provides installation.
It’s fairly simple to assemble a single desk or chair. But putting together an entire office, including office workstations, is an entirely different story. Buying from a dealer who assembles and installs furniture can save you time and money
Twist OP has an experienced team of furniture specialists to work with you from start to finish to understand your
Many offices use a shredding service and think that their documents are secure. This isn't always the case! Even if you use an outside source, your company is still ultimately responsible should there be a breach and data gets into the wrong hands.
KEEP YOURSELF SAFE FROM A SECURITY BREACH – CONSIDER SHREDDING IN-HOUSE
SHRED SERVICE = VULNERABILITY
Security Level: Most shred services use pierce & tear technology that simply rips into large pieces, creating an increased risk that key confidential information is still readable after destruction.
Handing Off Custody & Control
This month we are featuring the HSM Shredders. Let us know if you would like more information - let us stop by with the manufacturer rep, and you'll be entered to win a shredder for your office! No purchase necessary, no obligation!
There’s a reason why we keep those loose receipts, notes to self and random doodads. But without a proper place to put them, these items soon turn into clutter, sprawling over counters, shelves and desktops. What’s an efficient way to take control of clutter and reclaim our space, once and for all?
Start the year off right by getting and staying organized. Avery offers smart solutions for filing, storing and organizing to help you stay on top of your responsibilities and make life run more smoothly. Our friends at Avery have a number of products that are sure to help you minimize clutter and simplify for life. Pair the products with Avery customizable labels and you've got this covered!
Hand hygiene, which includes washing your hands with soap and water and using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, like PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer, is one of the most important measures we can all take to reduce the spread of germs that can cause illness. Yet, oftentimes, questions may arise around using alcohol-based hand sanitizers. With that in mind, we have taken the most common questions and answered them for you.
Director of Public Relations, GOJO Industries
learn the basic differences between tapes and get ideas for using tape in unique ways to solve everyday problems
Tape 101 What's the Difference?
Doing a job right means starting out with the proper tools. Each one of Scotch Brand Tapes is designed to address a particular range of applications. Don't let the wrong tape keep your project from turning out perfect.
Get Organized with Washi Tape
With so many colors and patterns to choose from, washi tape makes it easy to distinguish between items at a glance. You can use it to differentiate electrical cords, keep glasses separate at a party, keep a calendar in order or label containers. To take your organizing to the next level you can even write on it in pen or pencil.
Fix a Frayed Shoelace
If you need to replace an aglet, the plastic or metallic tube at the end of your shoelace, look no further than Scotch MultiTask Tape. Simply wrap the tape around the frayed part to form a replacement cylinder. You can also use washi or decorative duct tape to personalize your shoelaces and add a pop of color.
Arranging Flowers with Scotch Magic Tape
Make sure your vases work harder with Scotch Magic Tape. Using strips of the same length, make an evenly spaced grid across the top of a vase (although the one in the photo is square, a round vase will work just as well).
Then, simply stick your flowers in the empty squares between the tape. This will ensure your arrangement will stand up straight without having to crowd flowers together or loading it with filler.
Billed as an "ergonomic mobile workstation", the Bond St. TravelDesk is an innovative marriage of carry-on luggage and portable desk with a little Transformers action thrown in for fun. Our initial impression of the product was, "Hmmm, I wonder why nobody thought of this sooner...but does this work?" We're happy to say the answer is YES!
At first glance it looks like a typical carry-on suitcase, mounted on two wheels with a comfortable padded handle on top for carrying and a telescoping handle hidden inside a zippered pocket for use when rolling. It's well put together and exhibits great maneuverability whether dragging it behind or pushing it in front of you through a crowded airport.
A front zipper compartment unveils a large storage area with plenty of room to accommodate binders, magazines, personal organizer, books, magazines or files and also feature two smart-phone size pockets (one with a velcro closure). Unzipping the center case area reveals a large space boasting an impressive array of storage nooks and crannies including padded pocket for a laptop or tablet device with a Velcro strap to hold them in place.
It;s when you unzip the back pocket that the real magic of this rolling case appears - a cleverly designed pull-out desk for the ultimate in portable office convenience. Top put the desk in action you simply pull out a stabilizing base hidden at the bottom of the case, then lift up on the plastic desk top surface and flip it into a horizontal position. I locks in place and there you have it - an instant desk surface for your laptop or tablet. There's a little sway when typing, but overall we found the work surface to be sturdy and secure to work on. Granted, you wouldn't want to work an 8-hour shift from this portable desk, but hey, that's not what it's intended for. It's designed to orrer a comfortable work surface alternative to your lap when polishing up that big presentation at the aiport gate, your customer's lobby or physician's waiting room. Perhaps a future improvement would provide for an additional height setting adjustment, but overall we found the Bond St. Traveldesk to be a well designed and attractive solution for working on-the-go.
We give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
BND TRVW777 $ 278.99
Mobil Work Station
Quick access adjustable section for computers up to 17"
Padded tablet pouch.
Expandable file divider with accessory pockets.
Dual fron panel zippered pockets.
17"W x 11 "D x 20"H
You might remember my interview with my friend and professional organizer for Chicago Anytime Assistants, Hannah. She gave some tips on how to cut through the initial clutter in your work space. But how do you stay organized throughout the year? Part of it is buying the right organizational tools and products that you feel good about and that you actually want to use, like products by My Pretty Office.
My Pretty Office is a unique collection of pretty desk accessories and decorative office supplies. You'll find anything from cute mini notebooks and pens to chic staplers and pretty paper clips. These products will make you love getting--and staying organized.
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