Surface cleaning wipes have become one of the most important items to have on hand in the workplace due to the increased focus on cleanliness in the wake of COVID-19. Using these products to wipe away germs is a key strategy to keep an environment as sterile as possible.
However, the wipes industry continues to be challenged with rising demand and not enough supply. A variety of factors are contributing to the shortage. According to Brian Sansoni, senior vice president of the American Cleaning Institute, restrictions placed on factories in China that manufacture cleaning wipes have made it harder to obtain certain ammonium compounds, the chemicals that allow certain wipes to disinfect. Cleaning wipe materials are also being diverted to make other kinds of products, such as PPE, contributing to the scarcity.
Adding to the severity of the situation are COVID-19 outbreaks in places that have started to open. States with spikes are grabbing the limited supply that is available to consumers, preventing the overall demand in the marketplace from being met. The shortage is likely to get worse in the coming months. Linda Rendle, Clorox’s CEO posits that, between the upcoming cold and flu season and the continued presence of COVID-19, supply for cleaning wipes will continue to be low.
Due to this ongoing shortage, the market has been flooded with new products to meet the demand, creating confusion as to what wipes can perform what type of cleaning, and which are effective against COVID-19. With these new options available, it’s important to pick the right wipe for the job.
While the weather's warm and inviting, take meetings outside! The fresh air can change the way you do business!
1. Fresh air, Fresh ideas.
A change of scenery helps employees see work differently, and encourages fresh ways of thinking.
2. Turn up the focus.
Thanks to fresh air and sunshine, vitamin D levels and endorphins increase, and help you focus more clearly.
3. Relax and refresh.
Being outdoors helps your team get re-energized and collaborate better.
Adjustable Desk Riser
This riser gives any desk or table sit-to-stand flexibility, so you can take advantage of the health benefits of actively standing throughout the day. There's even an adjustable keyboard tray that moves with you to make typing more ergonomic!
Monitor Desktop Mounts
These mounts attach to your desk or table with clamps and easily adjust to the perfect angle, thanks to the gas spring counterbalance arms. They feature USB ports for connecting and charging your devices.
Adjustable Height footrests
Three different settings offer maximum support and comfort for your feet!
A certain big event is happening in Brazil that we cannot actually mention due to sponsorship/trademark rules. However, if you happen to know what we are talking about (and EVERYONE in the world should know about it), then we thought you might want to create your own office fun to get into the spirit. The American spirit. The American spirit of competition and winning.
Here are some fun office games that you can play. But first, make sure everyone picks a country and dresses up; dressing up is half the fun!
Finger Skating is an individual event. Two athletes from each team will compete in a sixty-second typing competition. To do this, find a free timed typing website (like this). Of course using a projector attached to each computer, make sure everyone can watch them type to put the pressure on them! Each competitor has one minute to earn a typing score for both their speed and accuracy. Once all the teams are finished competing, rank them based on their scores.
Rubber Band Archery
Archery is an individual event with two players from each team competing. Provide a pile of rubber bands and draw a target on a whiteboard (or tap a target to the wall). Mark a line on the floor about 12 feet away from the target. Competitors have 60 seconds to grab rubber bands from the pile and shoot them at the target, one at a time. Count the number of times the athlete hits the target. The total number of hits becomes the team’s score for the event. Or, if you want to get fancy, you can have different point for each area of the target.
Collating is a doubles event. Each team is presented with a stack of unfolded numbered pages that have been mixed up. They must rearrange the pages in proper order and staple it. First team wins, with disqualification if pages are out of order. Penalties given for a sloppy job.
Desk Chair Sprint
For this event, create a race course with chalk or tape. Have a section in which they must spin the chair multiple times and use cones (or boxes) throughout the course as obstacles. You will need one office chair with wheels that swivel.
The Desk Chair Sprint is a two person event. One teammate sits in the chair while the other maneuvers the course; then they switch. They each need to complete one lap around the race course, and they are timed for the two laps. For every cone hit by the chair wheel, there will be 2 seconds added to the time.
If you want to raise the stakes, give participants a mug of water in their hand. Team with the most water in their cup at the end gets 5 seconds taken off their time.
The Staple Pull
Participants are given a staple remover and a piece of card stock with 25 embedded staples. Points are awarded to the participant who pulls out the most staples without damaging the card stock
Paper Airplane “Javelin”
Each participant must make a paper airplane. They then have to “javelin” throw it. Furthest airplane wins.
What would an office event like this be without awards? Everyone can be proud of their effort, but there will always be winners and losers.
What other office events have you played? Share in the comments. Bonus points if you share a link to a video of your office competing!
Get Rid of germs around the office
and have a fresh, healthy outlook.
Our checklist shows you how!
As daylight hours decrease, many people experience sadness and fatigue. At work it may be difficult to concentrate, you may feel irritable, and your to-do list might feel more daunting than usual. Winter blues, or seasonal affective disorder, affects up to 20 percent of us and there's more to it than just feeling unmotivated. The winter blues can lower your resistance and leave you vulnerable to colds and flu.
So how can you stay healthy and energized at work when all you want to do is hibernate until spring? Here are some easy ways to beat the blues.
Move it. Just ten minutes of activity can do the trick. Take a stroll around the parking lot, walk up a few flights of stairs, even gently stretching your arms, neck and legs can revitalize your body.
Play outside. Physical activity releases endorphins that can boost mood and health. Since most of us spend the majority of our lives indoors inhaling stale air, it's a good idea to take every opportunity to get outside despite the cold weather. It's even better if the sun's shining and you can soak up some mood-boosting Vitamin D.
Breathe. Sit in a chair and slowly count to four while inhaling through your nose. Visualize peace, energy and light filling your body. Hold it for a second then slowly count to four exhaling through your mouth while imagining tension and tiredness floating away. Repeat three to five times during the day.
Help out. Helping others less fortunate keeps your own life in perspective. Organize a group of co-workers to volunteer at a homeless shelter, for Meals on Wheels, or Habitat for Humanity. You'll break up the monotony and see your co-workers in a new light while helping out your community.
Have some fun. What's more fun than food? Plan a regular department potluck to liven things up. Consider adding a theme - say Hawaiian - and ask for tropical food and dress. Doing something different even for a few hours can boost your spirits and immune system.
Eat smart. Since most of us get sleepy in the afternoon, eat a healthy lunch that includes protein, non-starchy vegetables and fat for long-lasting energy. Good examples of balanced combinations include cooked chicken breast and carrot sticks, canned tuna and a lettuce salad, or fish with vegetables. Same principle applies for mid-afternoon snacks. Don't expect to stay energized if you're not eating right.
Set some goals. If you're feeling like every day is the same, shake things up by setting goals for yourself. Tackle your list of must-read books, finish a long-neglected project, brush up on your skills, attend a seminar or take a class outside your comfort zone.
Go fruity. Bananas, apples and grapes can give a much-needed lift because they contain natural sugars, vitamins and fiber. Bananas are one of the few fruits containing both simple carbohydrates, for instant energy, and complex carbohydrates, for endurance. Need something to keep at your desk? Try dates. They also include both simple and complex carbs and are loaded with essential nutrients and vitamins.
Keep it clean. A recent report states that the average desk has 400 times more germs on it than a toilet seat! And under the right condition, these germs can double every 15 minutes on shared equipment like copy machines, light switches, and coffee pots. Think about all the items you touch on your desk alone - keyboard, mouse, phone, pens. They carry a surprising amount of bacteria. Always wash your hands after using the restroom, use hand sanitizer after touching shared equipment, and regularly wipe down your office area with antibacterial wipes. You also might consider upgrading your mousepad, keyboard, and other items to the new antimicrobial products that inhibit the spread of germs.
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There's always talk about things 'going viral' in today's digital world. Well, do you know what's trending in a big way right here in the real world? Germs! Yup, they are everywhere! But I've got something that will stop them in their tracks and keep you and your workplace healthy everyday and everywhere! It's Purell's ES Everywhere System! You can place this easy to use, easy to access dispenser everywhere you need to de-germify! In high traffic areas, or in places you wouldn’t even think you need it, this handy germ killer has got you covered with just one squirt! Just check out the action!
Here’s everything you need to know about the Everywhere System:
• It features a small footprint and multiple mounting options that allow it to fit spaces where bottles and dispensers aren't ideal.
• Ready-to-install kit with preassembled base and refill cartridge securely attaches to surfaces with Command® strips from 3M.
• An exposed refill container for at-a-glance monitoring of product level and easy servicing.
• Dispenser holds almost twice as much as a standard 8 oz. PURELL pump bottle.
Now all you have to do is use it! With nourishing, skin-conditioning agents that maintain your skin’s health, moisture, and feel while killing germs, you have no excuse. Get one for everywhere you don’t want germs to go viral! Get It NOW!
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