5 Workplace Hazards Everyone Can Spot [National Safety Month]

Trip, Slip, and Fall Hazards

Report and move any cords, boxes, equipment, or materials from walkways and work areas where someone could trip over them, and quickly clean and water or ice from floors to prevent slips. Make sure absorbent floor mats are positioned at the entrances to reduce slippery conditions. Get more tips on Reducing Slips & Falls in the Workplace

Insects & Pests

Watch for nests and hives around your workplace and have them professionally removed when needed. Maintain a regular schedule of pest control and report droppings or other evidence of pests immediately.

Sun & Heat

Consider staff who are more frequently exposed to the sun and harmful UV rays. Encourage them to wear sunscreen or protective clothing. Summertime temperature extremes can be a major risk factor for heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Provide plenty of water and breaks in the shade whenever possible. Consider branded cooling towels and logo coolers for storing cold beverages. Make sure all team members know the signs of heat exhaustion and what to do in an emergency.

Poor Ergonomics

Improperly adjusted workstations and chairs can put strain on the body and cause aches, pains, and long-term problems. Reach out to your Perry Office Plus representative about our Ergonomic Assessment services for recommendations for your entire office. Read more on our blog: Posture Tips for a Healthier Workday and 3 Ways to Improve the Ergonomics of Your Workspace

Unlabeled Chemicals

Liquids in an unlabeled container are dangerous because there’s no way to know for sure what it is. It could be anything from a harmless cleaning product, to a flammable chemical or something that has harmful fumes. Make sure all chemicals are labeled properly with Avery Chemical Labels.

 

 

5 Ways to Use Easel Pads at the Office

Easel pads have been a staple of offices and classrooms for years. Some have been replaced by whiteboards and overhead projectors, but there are still plenty of places where a real-life paper pad makes more sense than an erasable board, or a technological solution. Here are some ways you might not have considered easel pads to be helpful!

1. Organizing Multiple Topics or Creating Discussion Stations

You might not have multiple white boards in a room, but you CAN have multiple easel pads. You might have them in different places in a room for interactivity, or side by side with different topics on each. Choose an easel pad in a value pack to get multiple pads at a great price.

2. A Parking Lot to Keep Meetings On Topic

Don’t let your discussion on Finances get derailed when someone brings up an employee wellness initiative. Put off-topic ideas and discussions in a ‘parking lot’ that can be returned to at another time.

3. Brainstorming

Collect and narrow down ideas in your next meeting by using an easel pad. Participants can add their ideas in different colors of markers or Post-Its, and you can easily start a new sheet to drill down on specific concepts without being distracted by previously mentioned ideas. Use an unruled easel pad to avoid too much structure and encourage sketches, charts, and more.

4. Temporary Lists and To-Dos

You might not always have a need for a dry erase board to be hanging in your office, but an easel pad is a great temporary option for your next project or a particularly busy season. Use a self-stick option for a way to keep multiple lists handy without screws or tape!

5. Back-to-Back Meetings

If you’ve got back-to-back meetings or sessions in one room, an easel pad allows the first presenter to tear off their notes and allow the next presenter to move in, without taking time to erase a white board.

Perry Office Plus is Central Texas’ source for easel pads and other meeting supplies! Visit our website to shop today: www.perryop.com

Old Promos with New Tricks: Power Up these Tried-and-True Imprinted Items

We love the way promotional products are getting makeovers, from new packaging, to unique add-ins. Here are just a few ways you can power up these traditional logo’d items.

Promo: Snacks and Candy
Power Up: Custom Magnet as the Label

Most branded treats, like mints or candy, are for in-the-moment branding. But Magnet Packs are a fun way to leave the recipient with a ‘sweet reminder’. Your message is printed on an attached magnet that will stick around long after the candies, trail mixes, or even dog treats are enjoyed!

Promo: Stadium Cup
Power Up: Silicone Pint Glass

Made from the same material as the popular awareness bracelets, now this pint glass can be given and used anywhere, with no worries about glass containers, or small flimsy plastic cups that can crack or wear out over time. Silicone means it’s microwave-, dishwasher- and freezer-safe, will not melt if placed near ovens or grills, and won’t chip or fade. Sturdy enough to hold liquids, flexible enough to carry in your pocket! Perfect for indoor & outdoor dining, camping, tailgating, and commuting.

Promo: Fridge Magnet
Power Up: Domed Magnet Set

The new 4-piece Domed Magnet Set comes in a gift-able tin for a high-end look, and the magnets can be round, square, or a mix of both. Makes the perfect client or staff thank-you gift.

Promo: Branded Journal
Power Up: Tip-In Promotional Pages

Advertising space like no other — your message, map, schedule, special offer, contact information, industry tips and figures, and more — all on 1 to 8 pages in side your branded journal, or even a tri-fold-out sheet for larger layouts. Now available in Castelli brand journals!

Promo: Insulated Tumbler
Power Up: Light-Up-Your-Logo Tumbler

This 16 oz. double wall insulated tumbler features your logo… illuminated! The patent-pending design and function lights up your logo by pressing a button at base. ABS Plastic exterior, 304 Stainless Steel interior and features plastic twist-on lid. Comes with 2 replaceable cell button batteries. Perfect for evening outdoor events, or a quality client gift.

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Perry Office Plus is ready to help you power up your promotional marketing! Teach your old giveaways new tricks with the help of our in-house Promotional Consultant. Contact us today at (800) 234-6605 or email promos@perryop.com!

Put Some Sparkle in Your Promos: 6 Imprinted Items to Dazzle Your Audience

A growing trend in the promotional products industry is the addition of glitter, sparkle, light, or other shimmering elements that helps your gift stand out from the crowd. Here are some of our favorites. Reach out to us if you take a ‘shine’ to any of these radiant ideas — we’ll help you get more ‘bling’ for your buck!

Reusable Glitter Tote Bag

This glitter-finish non-woven, polypropylene tote is a fun spin on the traditional grocery tote. It would make a fabulous addition to any event where you want to make a bold, flashy statement! Perfect for a women’s conference or swanky swag bag.

Illusion Sparkle Water Bottle

This 17 oz. vacuum-insulated, double wall stainless steel bottles are designed to have an ‘illusion’ effect, showing two color shifts as light hits the coating from various angles. Available in Green/Blue, Purple/Blue, and Orange/Magenta. Sure to compliment any luxury or beauty brand, or makes a bold great sideline statement for teams and clubs.

22oz Cool Gear Pop Lights

These 22 oz. Single wall Eastman Tritan™ plastic party bottle features LED lights that create a unique illuminated 3D effect for your imprint! The 8 rotating color light modes and shuts off automatically after 30 minutes. Includes 3 AAA Batteries and leak resistant flip cap. Light up the night with this amazing drinkware!

Mood Sparkle Pencil

Mood pencils change color by the heat of your hand, but these don’t just change, they sparkle! Perfect for holidays, trade shows, kid events, and awareness days! Choose from Green To Yellow, Orange to Yellow, Blue to White, Purple to Pink, Dark Red to Orange, or Black to White.

Custom Glitter or Glow Tattoos

Custom temporary tattoos are a favorite at many events — and now you can add a glitter effect or even a glow-in-the-dark option to really put a spotlight on your brand!

Sequin-Embroidered Apparel

This is a unique way to give your branded apparel a special sparkle! This decoration technique uses sequins to create attractive logo designs. Once a layout is complete, it is digitized in a sequin dot format. The design is then created by embroidering sequins directly onto the garment. Add it to shirts or hats for a wide variety of uses.

Perry Office Plus can help create the flashy promotional gift or giveaway you’re looking for! Visit our website at perryop.com/promos, call (800) 234-6605, or email promos@perryop.com for more information!

3 More Tips to Help Stop the Spread of Cold & Flu at the Office

Each year, between 5% and 20% of Americans get the flu and miss a staggering 70 million work days as a result. The indirect costs? Between $3 billion to $12 billion a year. Let’s knock those numbers down a few pegs with some simple ideas.

1. Consider all the spots around the office that hands touch during the day.

Imagine yourself as you move throughout your work day:

Using a door handle, typing on your keyboard, putting a phone to your face, shaking hands with visitors, sharing a pen with a co-worker, stopping by the restroom, using the vending machine, microwave, or coffeemaker… all these places are hot spots for germs and can spread viruses.

While some germ exposure is good for strengthening an immune system, during cold & flu season, it can’t hurt to be extra careful and give these areas a spot treatment.

2. Upgrade your supplies to emphasize personal hygiene.

Washing hands and covering coughs and sneezes are two of the best ways to avoid the spread of germs. But all those tissues and extra hand washing can leave skin dry and sore, which can actually make you more susceptible to germs!

For cold & flu season, consider adding some higher quality products to the usual mix of soap, towels, and tissues. Try providing extra-soft Kleenex Anti-Viral Facial Tissues or moisturizing Purell Healthy Soap for a few months to amp up the hygiene AND comfort levels.

3. Make cleaning and sanitizing supplies readily available.

When it comes to killing germs, a little can go a long way. Keep supplies on-hand in a central location. Purell Surface Disinfectant Spray is a safe way to disinfect surfaces without the harsh fumes or chemicals that some people can be sensitive to. Lysol To Go is a 2oz can of spray that can be tucked into a desk drawer or purse for quick and easy disinfecting.

But the number one thing you can do is to simply stay home when you feel sick, which can avoid spreading it. Take care, y’all!

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Perry Office Plus is your central Texas source for flu fighting supplies. Visit our website at perryop.com.

Perry Office Plus Announces Local Acquisition, Knoll Furniture Alignment

 

Knoll Showroom Toronto

Temple office products and furniture dealer Perry Office Plus has announced the acquisition of another local furniture dealer, Commercial Furniture Solutions (CFS), as well as their new alignment with furniture manufacturer, Knoll, Inc.

Perry Office Plus owners, Debbie and Harry Macey, and CFS owner Billy Wren completed the acquisition after partnering on recent projects.

“We are excited to bring the expertise and resources of Perry Office Plus to CFS customers,” Mr. Macey said.

Perry Furniture Manager Jessica Speer said Mr. Wren will transition to a sales role within her team.

Perry also announced the company is now a Knoll furniture dealer.

“Knoll emphasizes quality and design in their products,” Ms. Speer said, adding that Knoll is widely respected in the architecture and design community. “We believe this alignment will help keep more furniture projects in the local area. Rather than looking to a furniture dealer in Austin or Dallas, project managers now have even more reasons to look to Perry Office Plus, right here in Temple, for design, sales, and installation of projects of any size.”

The Perry Office Plus furniture team consists of design consultants, project managers, and installation specialists. The team recently completed the design and installation of complete furniture solutions at the new Santa Fe Business Plaza in downtown Temple, including the Temple Chamber of Commerce, Temple Economic Development Corporation, Central Texas Workforce, and Temple ISD Administration Building.

About Perry Office Plus
Perry Office Plus will celebrate 99 years in business in 2019. The company is headquartered in Temple, Texas and is one of the largest independent office products and furniture dealers in the State. Beyond office essentials, Perry offers complete furniture solutions, as well as janitorial and break room supplies, and custom promotional products. Their more than 35 team members share the company’s commitment to service and community involvement, and are led by local natives, Harry & Debbie Macey. For more information, visit perryop.com.

Is Your Office Prepared for a Fire Emergency?

Remember back in school when we all enjoyed the occasional fire drill because it got us out of class for a few minutes? At the office, a fire drill might be more of an annoyance than a relief, but it’s no less important now than it was back then. Here are some things to keep in mind when planning for a fire emergency at your office.

Protect Your People

Your facility should have a plan on how to evacuate the building in the event of a fire, just like you would have a plan for where to go in the event of a tornado. Consider all the people who are in your building on any given day – staff, visitors, vendors, contractors, delivery staff, or even the general public – and have a plan in place to make sure they are accounted for in the event of an evacuation.

The Perry Temple team had Fire Extinguisher Training in 2017.

Your facility should be equipped with fire extinguishers and most local fire departments offer training on how to use them, so employees can extinguish a small fire and know what to do in the event of different types of fires. Don’t forget smoke detectors, and be sure to keep the batteries up to date!

Protect Your Documents

Fire-proof file cabinets can keep your sensitive and important documents safe for a time in case of a fire and are often water resistant in preparation for the subsequent water damage associated with putting out the fire. Some are even impact-resistant should it take a fall in a damaged building.

Consider a durable safe for valuable data backups or other documents that need to be kept on-site.

The most important thing to protect in the event of an office fire, of course, are the lives of your staff and guests, so plan for the worst and be ready to respond for the best possible outcome!