Prevent your pumpkin carving ambitions from turning into Pinterest fails with these 13 genius pumpkin carving tricks that will save you time, extend the life of your pumpkin, and keep all of your fingers intact.
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Many times when we talk with small offices about their office and janitorial products, they tell us they just send someone out to pick them up. Running out to a big box store to take advantage of the flyer price for BIC pens might save you a few cents, but it will cost you in staff time and potentially expose you to risks associated with having staff on the road rather than in their place of work. The prices at the dollar stores sure are hard to beat…but what do you know about the quality or source of that box of highlighters that just saved you $2?
Given enough time and resources, you can eventually find a lower price on almost any given item. But we have to ask – at what cost? The time and expense is obvious, but the associated risks are no less troublesome, and questions abound. What happens if your employee is in a car accident while shopping? What is the cost or risk of them being away from their assigned duties? What do you know about the origin or quality of those impossibly cheap supplies? Are you really saving anything when you have to replace your whiteboard markers three times as often? And the phenomenon of impulse buying is real – how much are you spending on unnecessary items because they were well displayed in a store?
To have a more realistic picture of the true costs, we have calculated the labor costs below depending on what the employee makes per hour. - see our chart below.
BAs many of you know, tariffs have been a hot button in the news these days. Earlier this year, there were significant price increases coming from tariffs on steel and aluminum, which resulted in an increased cost of goods on items such as furniture. However, the new round of tariffs against China have impacted pretty much everything in the industry. The first round of these tariffs went into effect on September 24th. The imposed tariffs on China were 10 percent in September, but will increase to 25 percent at the start of the new year.
What does this mean to you?
Unfortunately, more than you would think.
Even if something is made in America, it could have components (for example, a screw) that come from abroad. So, more is affected than you would first think. Another example is paper price increases. These increases don’t affect just paper, but items that come in paper goods (think a box). So, pens are affected because they come in a paper (cardboard) box. Basically, price increases, whether from tariffs or other material related increases, affect pretty much everything.
Here are suppliers that have already announced and sent out price increase notifications that are effective late 2018 or Jan 1, 2019:
Acme United Corporation
Busch Industries Inc
DMI Furniture, Inc.
Eveready Battery Company
HSM of America
Officemate International Corp.
Rubbermaid Commercial Products
Safco Products Company
Smead Manufacturing Co
This list is not be comprehensive, and we will continue to add to it as we receive more information from our suppliers. Many of the companies above are great partners with Twist, and have let us know in advance that they will be affected to ensure Twist and our loyal customers are not caught off guard. Many other suppliers will also be affected, but have not communicated this yet as they wait to see how they are affected. While the most recent tariffs were 10% and look to increase to 25%, these tariffs at the port does not constitute an exact price increase, even if 100% of the product is imported. For instance, some of the products will only have imported components, so the impact would only be on that portion of the product. You also have to exclude the cost of freight and overhead which is included in the cost of the product but is not part of the tariffed amount.
In conclusion, you can expect to see increases that range from 2% - 22% from affected suppliers.
SP Richards, Essendant, Trimega and various supplier announcements
Every October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an opportunity to spread awareness about the disease that kills nearly 41,000 women each year. No matter your office budget, there are plenty of ways to raise breast cancer awareness in the workplace. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to engage the local community through educational events and fundraising challenges.
Ready to get started? Here’s 7 ideas to spread breast cancer awareness at your organization:
1. Wear a pink ribbon daily in October
At the beginning of the month, hand out pink ribbons to everyone in your office. Encourage your employees to wear it daily as a reminder and to keep conversation opportunities open about breast health. You can add a twist and the company can donate $1 for every employee that wears it. Each employee has the potential to raise $31 each for the month. This is one of the most simple breast cancer awareness month idea to get employees involved in the cause.
2. Hold a pink pumpkin contest
Aside from being Breast Cancer Awareness month, October is a prime time for fun fall activities. Have employees create their best breast cancer awareness pumpkin to showcase. Display pumpkins in the lobby (or even the local chamber of commerce office) with collection jars next to each one. The pumpkin with the most jar donations wins!
3. Share education
Beyond the Shock is a free resource,an online guide and app to better understand breast cancer. It’s an ideal resource for employees struggling with a breast cancer diagnosis. Users can also watch inspirational videos from breast cancer survivors sharing their stories.
Sharing these facts with your employees may save a life. Send them off in a newsletter, share this blog, or print a list to hang in the break room. The following facts are from the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. and American Cancer Society, which offer excellent resources to learn more about breast cancer.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer for women worldwide
5. Casual Pink Friday
Let employees wear casual pink clothes or dress-down on Fridays. In order to participate, employees must make at least a donation of $1 each Friday.
6. Collect scarves and hats
Do you have an office full of givers? Take up a collection of brand-new scarves and hats to deliver to a local chemo center. Since many women lose their hair during treatment, a bright scarf or hat will make her day. Better yet, if any of your office staff enjoys knitting or crocheting, ask them if they’d be willing to make some hats.
7. Volunteer together
Giving time is just as good as giving money. There are numerous websites on the internet that post different breast cancer awareness volunteer opportunities. You can volunteer by participating in a breast cancer awareness walk like the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer or Avon’s 39 Walk To End Breast Cancer. There are endless other volunteer opportunities to volunteer your time. Some volunteer opportunities are becoming a breast cancer mentor, organize a breast cancer support group, become a breast health educator or donate your hair for wigs. There are endless ways to volunteer your time.
No matter how your company leadership decides to acknowledge breast cancer awareness month, you’ll want employees to feel comfortable reaching out if they have questions. These ideas and activities are meant to be lighthearted while still spreading valuable information that can start the conversation — and save a life.
What will you do to spread breast cancer awareness in your office? Share below!
October is National Women's Small Business Month, a time to celebrate the growth, accomplishments and ingenuity of our nation's women small business owners and the vital role they play in our economy. The latest numbers regarding women in business can't be ignored. The 10 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. hold tremendous value, employing 8.4 million employees, and generate over $ 1.4 trillion in sales, according to the National Women's Business Council (NWBC). While these numbers are encouraging for female entrepreneurs, women still tend to be underrepresented in the business world making up only 38 percent of all businesses. Women have to fight harder than other entrepreneurs to succeed, but they do have advocates, associations and resources that can help.
We have put together a few that we thought you might find helpful and encouraging.
The Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) is a nationally recognized leader in the field of women's economic development. The organization was founded in 1986 to provide services and programs to support and accelerate women's business ownership and strengthen the impact of women on the economy by creating jobs, fueling economic growth and building strong communities.
The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, operated, and controlled by women in the United States. WBENC, a national non-profit, partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations to provide its world class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the county. WBENC is also the nation's leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America's corporations.
Women Owned is an initiative from the WBENC and WeConnect International to create a movement of support for Women Owned businesses. They support female entrepreneurs and those who do business with them by raising awareness for why, where, and how to buy Women owned. Sign up for their weekly email newsletter, Women Owned Wednesday, that offers fresh content and inspiration celebrating Women Owned Businesses. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for product and business features, Women Owned product round ups, interviews with amazing business owners and more.
The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) boosts members and their entrepreneurial capacity by providing resources and referrals that expand their reach and promote their success. NAWBO's user generated articles library is a growing and diversified archive of timely information that is immediately usable and crafted by knowledge experts. Their membership directory connects members to meaningful conversations about entrepreneurship, leadership, important policy issues as well as chapter happenings and tips on achieving work life balance.
Ted Talks has a special collection of talks on the topic of Women in business. These talks help empower women into going after what they want, especially in the workplace. From asking to promotions or raises to asserting yourself, these talks can help women entrepreneurs find their voice and place in the business world. Check our Adam Galinsky's "How to speak up for yourself".
Girlboss Radio was created by the founder of NastyGal, Sofia Amoruso, and offers weekly podcasts highlighting women who've make their mark in their industries. In the podcast, listeners can receive advice from these fearless leaders'experiences and learn how to become flawlessly fearless themselves.
She Takes on the World has been listed on Forbes’s “Top 100 Websites for Women” four times and on ForbesWoman’s “Top 10 Entrepreneurial Sites for Women”. She Takes on the World helps women build their businesses or brands, offers advice from experts, discusses finances and much more.
“Own It: The Power of Women at Work” by Sallie Krawcheck is a career playbook in the era of new-wave feminism. Sallie Krawcheck offers new sets of rules for women in business. These rules, however, help them use their strengths and skills to their advantage in order to build on the power they already hold.
Sheryl Sandberg and co-writer Nell Scovell’s “Lean In: Women, work, and the Will to Lead” received top positions in international bestseller lists. In the book, Sandberg discusses her experiences working in some of the world’s most successful businesses, how women can help themselves succeed in their industries and how they can effect change on a larger, universal scale.
“Breaking into the Boys’ Club: 8 Ways for Women to Get Ahead in Business” helps women in business face office face challenges through extensive research, compelling stories, quizzes and advice. What’s more is that they offer extra advice for black women who face even more challenges in the working world.
Twist is proud to be 100% woman owned and is certified by the WBENC. We hope that you will help us build a movement of support for Women Owned businesses by following these simple steps;
Please share any other good resources that you have found helpful.
Originally Posted on August 29, 2018, Navitor Blog:
Written by Emily Roycraft
We all communicate differently. Some people speak loudly and make big gestures, some people spend their time listening and quietly responding, some people prefer to show charts and graphs, and still other people like to tell a story. Every communication style brings advantages and disadvantages with it—that’s why we’ve created this quiz for you to take a closer look at your communication style.
1. When you listen, what is your most common complaint?
A. People are too dry
B. People don’t give enough detail.
C. People are too emotional
D. People don’t connect on a personal level
2. How do you prefer to format your sales pitch?
A. I go with my gut—it helps to make adjustments on the fly!
B. I look for a logical progression from what I know about my customer to what products I think would best suit their needs.
C. I focus on the task at hand: a quick introduction to the specifics of the product
D. I talk to them about their business first, then connect what I hear to what I can do for them
3. What can you never have too much of?
4. How do you prepare for a presentation?
A. Make an outline, but leave the specifics for the moment
B. Make a list of important facts and figures
C. Make a powerpoint presentation
D. Make a handout for your audience
5. What is your favorite way to reach out to customers?
A. One-on-one conversations
B. Case studies with useful data
C. Tutorials and “how to” guides
D. Networking events or tradeshow booth hosting
Mostly A’s: Intuitive
You’re the kind of person who goes with their gut. You adapt quickly to new situations because you follow where your gut takes you. This can be a great skill to have, but make sure that you’ve spent the time supporting your gut instincts with facts so that you can also connect with more analytically-minded listeners. Speaking of analytical…
Mostly B’s: Analytical
You’re probably the most likely person in the room to have a checklist, chart, or graph at the ready. You love digging deeper into information to really get to know the facts and figures of what you’re talking about. However, it’s important for you to shift course on occasion.
Mostly C’s: Functional
You’re probably the sort of person who prefers that every word pulls its weight. You like for all of your communication to be functional, and that is a great way to express information. However, it can also come across as impersonal, so be sure that you are taking the time to add those personal connections around the functional information.
Mostly D’s: Personal
You’re a classic people person! You thrive on interpersonal relationships and, when communicating with people, you want to get to know them while you’re talking about other things. This is a great way to build rapport, but it makes it easy to miss important informational pieces along the way.
So, what’s your communication style? We’d love to see you join the conversation in the comments below.
Published with permission from Hammermill Paper https://www.hammermill.com
Writing a thank you card is a great way to express your gratitude. While it may be easier to send an email or text message, sending a handwritten card will make more of an impact. Make someone feel special by writing them a handwritten thank you card. Our tips below will help you express your gratitude.
Need a thank you card? Check out our easy-to-print templates here.
Handwrite Your Message
Don’t underestimate the impact a handwritten card can have on someone. The time and effort it takes to write your thank you message in a card is well worth it. The person receiving it will appreciate your effort, and will be more likely to remember your sentiment. If you have bad handwriting, you can always practice writing your message on a scrap sheet of paper before writing it on a thank you card.
Be Sincere and Keep Your Message Simple
Express gratitude in a way that is genuine. Make sure your words convey just how much their kind gesture meant to you. You can explain the reasons why their thoughtfulness made such an impact. If someone gave you a gift, be sure to include what you plan to do with the gift in the message you write.
Be specific on what you’re thanking them for.
A simple “thank you” doesn’t always imply what you are expressing gratitude about. Make sure you also choose the right closing phrase for your card. It may be formal or informal based on the relationship you have with the person. Some more formal and simple options are “Regards”, “Sincerely”, and “Best”. “Warm Regards”,” With Appreciation”, and “Best Wishes” are great options for a slightly less formal tone.
Reiterate Your Thanks
Be sure to thank the person again at the end of your message. It may seem redundant, but closing with a simple “thanks again” or “thank you” can help emphasize your gratitude. You don’t want to over-thank someone either. Express your gratitude in a way that won’t make the person you’re writing feel uncomfortable.
Write It Sooner Rather Than Later
Don’t wait too long to write your thank you cards. There is etiquette on how long is too long. For example, it’s generally accepted that thank you cards for wedding gifts should be sent no later than three months after your honeymoon. For acts of kindness that are more spontaneous, aim for sending it within the first 48 hours. Even if it slipped your mind and it’s six months later, your tardy thank you card will be appreciated.
We hope our tips will help you write your next thank you card. We recommend printing our thank you cards on Hammermill® Premium Color Copy Digital Cover 100LB. printer paper.