Summer Picks for Your Workspace by Team Perry

It’s definitely summer, and we’re ready for the beach — or some serious indoor AC time, depending on who you ask around here. So some Perry people have a few recommendations for enjoying the summer a little more at the office.

Vacay in the Workplace

“Here are some products to help bring summer vacation to the office. It’s as close as you can get to the beach when you are almost out of vacation days!” – Debbie Yearwood, Promotional Consultant

Freshen Your Desk

“These are cute—they come in a bunch of colors and they make your devices stand up!” – Lea Goates, Furniture Consultant

Check out the SAFCO Splash™ Multi-Colored Wood Desk Set in Wood Color or Blue Gray Color

Treat Yourself

“Clear the air with summer scents and treat yourself with snacks!” – Angie Batiste, Marketing Specialist

Colors of Summer

“I love these products that add a ‘Miami Beach’ vibe to your workspace and projects.” – Bonnie Johnson, Marketing Manager:

You can find all these and other great products on our website at perryop.com!

Print This Post: Here’s How Using Paper Actually GROWS Trees (and Supports Our Economy)

Did you know, the average American uses nearly six trees worth of paper each year? And have you ever received an email with a note at the bottom, asking you to consider saving paper or “save a tree”, by not printing the email?

Yes, forests are vital to humans, filtering the water we drink and the air we breathe. Yes, forests are home to half the world’s species of animals. And yes deforestation and forest destruction is the second leading cause of carbon pollution.

Fortunately, paper is NOT the enemy of trees! And here’s why:

1. Most US forestland is privately managed and depends on DEMAND to continue operating.

More than half the forest land in the United States is owned and managed by some 11 million private forest owners. They provide over 90 percent of our domestically-produced forest products and support 2.4 million jobs primarily in rural communities.

If landowners can’t earn a living from these forests, they will sell the land off and/or convert it to farms, ranches or real estate development. Demand for forest products — including paper — means there’s an economical reason to keep preserve commercial forests.

You can learn more about private forest land on the US Forest Service website.

Who owns America’s forests? Forest ownership in the conterminous United States circa 2014: Distribution of seven ownership types – geospatial dataset. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Research Data Archive. https://doi.org/10.2737/RDS-2017-0007. Source: Hewes, J.H.; Butler, B.J.; Liknes, G.C. 2017.

2. Reputable manufacturers use materials from “responsibly managed forests”.

Look for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) logo and/or the Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) logo on the paper products you buy to identify a product that uses responsibly sourced forest materials.

These certifications give consumers the option to choose forest products, like paper, that have been sourced in an environmentally-friendly, socially responsible, and economically viable manner.

3. Paper is the most recycled material in the US, perhaps the world!

Everyday use of paper makes it a recyclable product that keeps on giving. In fact, over 66 percent of all paper products were recycled in 2015, with a goal of reaching 70 percent by 2020.

4. Forest owners actually grow trees faster than we can use them!

Increased demand has NOT depleted forests. The number of timberland acres has remained stable, increasing by about 3 percent. Total inventory has doubled because growth has outpaced harvests. There are more trees in America today than there were 100 years ago!

So maybe that email signature should read, “Need to print this? That’s ok. Paper is recyclable, and made primarily from renewable wood fiber resources. Please recycle this document when it completes its useful purpose.”

The Dirty Facts: Why Floor Mats Are an Essential Part of your Facility

Did you know that 80% of the dust, dirt and grime in public buildings are “tracked in” from the outside? Entrance floor mats are the primary defense against tracking in dirt and moisture. Here are the three things entrance and floor mats should do that make them important in your office:

1. Stop Dirt & Water at the Door and Store it for Removal

  • About 1 out of 5 of Americans are allergic to some component of dust. Dr. Robert Pumphrey, Washington D.C.
  • Dirt and dust cause nine out of ten computer systems failures. Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service
  • A buildup of .042 inches of dust on a heating or cooling system can decrease efficiency by 21%. Environmental Protection Agency

2. Minimize the Tracking of Soil and Water into the Facility

  • 3M Company estimates that without entrance matting, 1500 people can remove 42% of the finish from the floor.
  • 42% of consumers, when asked “What’s the first thing you look at when judging cleanliness?“, responded with “Floors”. CDI Research, 1991
  • 91% of shoppers select a store because of its appearance. Progressive Grocer

Shop wiper/scraper mats at perryop.com!

3. Provide a Safe Surface that is Slip Resistant and is not a Trip Hazard

  • Over 30% of worker injuries are slip-related. Wausau Insurance Company
  • The average cost of slip-related injury exceeds $12,000. Wausau Insurance Company
  • Falls are the second leading cause of accidental deaths and percentage-wise, it is growing 3 times faster than any other cause. National Safety Council
  • In the U.S. each year, an average of 7.75 claims per 1 million supermarket customers are filed due to slips and falls. Foodmarketing Institute

Bonus: Your floor mat can even be a promotional tool!

  • Put a logo at your entryway to reinforce your brand.
  • Create a strong visual impression for visitors.

Shop imprinted mats on promos.perryop.com!

Let Perry Office Plus point you to the floor mat, anti-fatigue mat, wiper scraper indoor outdoor mat that’s right for your front door, interior or facility. Call us at (800) 234-6605 today! We have been helping customers in the Temple, Belton, Killeen, Waco, and Bryan College Station Texas areas for nearly 100 years.

Paper Towels: Why they Beat Air Dryers, Hands Down, for Your Office Restrooms

There’s a debate over “air dryers versus paper towels” and we’re here to help set the record straight. While air powered hand dryers might make sense in ultra-large-scale applications — where it isn’t feasible to replace paper towel rolls fast enough to accommodate the crowd — in everyday businesses, a paper towel is the CLEAR winner for three simple reasons:

  1. More sanitary & effective
  2. Less mess
  3. Happier users

1. Paper towels are more sanitary & effective than dryers

While hand dryers were designed to reduce waste and be more sanitary, many studies have shown they can actually INCREASE the amount of bacteria on users’ hands. The Mayo Clinic found “hot air” dryers dispersed bacteria from hands and air, to within a radius of about three feet. “Jet air” dryers pushed contamination to nearly six feet. With paper towels, no bacteria dispersal was found.

Because the air inside of a jet dryer is not sterile, and with blasts of warm air up to 400 miles per hour, the research suggests that bacteria can be blown around the room, from hands to other people and surfaces.

Studies show that germs can be more easily transferred to and from wet hands, which is why drying hands after washing them is essential to staving off bacteria and limiting the spread of infection. Most people who have used an air dryer in a restroom can attest to it as a less effective drying method.

The Mayo Clinic recommends paper towels for use in locations where “hygiene is paramount, such as in hospitals and clinics.” It adds that providing paper towels may improve hand hygiene adherence among healthcare workers.

Blowing contaminated water and air around a room isn’t a great way to get hands clean.

2. Paper towels actually create less mess.

You might think paper towels would be a bigger mess because, well, once that trash can is full, those things are just everywhere… right? But it comes down to the lesser of two evils.

On one hand, you may have stray paper towels that need picking up, bagging, and removal. But how about the water that’s left all over the restroom from users who either choose not to use a dryer, or don’t find it effective? Wet floors are a slip hazard for your business.

And worse, some people will even resort to using wads of toilet paper to dry their hands when a dryer is the only option… and that can create even further problems and a huge difference in costs.

For an even more professional look, consider a countertop system like the Kleenex Reveal [shop on perryop.com].

3. Paper towels give users a better experience.

It would seem that users have caught on to the above facts, since a Cintas survey in 2017 found that nearly seven in 10 U.S. adults prefer paper towels over air dryers in public restrooms. Of the reasons cited most often, respondents said paper towels dry hands better  (70%) and faster (69%), give something to open the restroom door with (52%), and that air dryers blow bacteria (24%) and are too loud (22%).

Imagine being a guest in your establishment. Whether it’s a restaurant or healthcare environment, where cleanliness is always top of mind, or an office building where you want to make staff and guests feel welcomed and comfortable, a paper towel will never offend or leave them dissatisfied. Image is everything and the presentation of your restroom speaks volumes about your organization.

If effectiveness and cleanliness don’t convince you, perhaps your users will. Paper towels are what the people want!

Shop the Perry Office Plus website for a wide variety of towels to suit your needs. And ask us about our dispenser program! Call for details (800) 234-6605 or reach out online at perryop.com/contactus

Germ Alert! Your Co-Workers Might Not Call in Sick [infographic]

It’s not just parents making their kids go to school — Americans are also shuffling off to work with heavy heads and red noses. Click to zoom in on this somewhat disturbing set of statistics about your under-the-weather office mates.

Shop cold and flu prevention products at perryop.com and keep your office well all winter.

If Co-Workers Were Songs: An Office Playlist

If you could re-imagine your co-workers as songs or as having an anthem, how close would this be?

Listen to this playlist on Spotify:

 

The Hot Mess Co-Worker
Their Song: Manic Monday, Cindi Lauper

The Bad Boss
Their Song:Big Boss Man, Elvis

The Good Boss
Their Song: Stand By Me

The Cheerful-Beyond-Reason Co-Worker
Their Song: Happy, Pharell Williams

The Social Butterfly
Their Song: We Should Be Friends, Miranda Lambert

The Micro-manager
Their Song: Every Breath You Take, The Police

The Absentee Co-Worker
Their Song: Never There by Cake

The Annoying Cube Mate
Their Song: Go Away, Weezer

The Office Flirt
Their Song:Blank Space, Taylor Swift

The Co-Worker that is Always Ready for the Weekend
Their Song: It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere, Jimmy Buffet

The Co-Worker Who Always Wears a Sweater
Their Song: Cold As Ice, Foreigner

The Nose-to-the Grindstone Co-Worker
Their Song: She Works Hard for the Money, Donna Summer / Hard Workin Man, Brooks & Dunn

The Office Gossip
Their Song:
Something to Talk About, Bonnie Raitt

The Co-Worker that Watches the Clock
Their Song: 9 to 5, Dolly Parton

The Office Cheerleader
Their Song: Eye of the Tiger

How’d we do? Any you would add? Share with your co-workers!

10 Products that Make You Feel More Organized Just Looking at Them

Feeling a little overwhelmed at the office and looking to de-clutter and get organized? Here are 10 office products to inspire you to organized greatness!

12-Compartment Organizer with Mesh Drawers
Organize much? You’ll enjoy every one of the 12 drawers here.

Master Vision Magnetic Calendar Combo Board, 48 x 18
So much organization in a shorter height, perfect for underneath overhead storage or in a cubicle. Feels like the best way to start a day. Right after coffee.

Post-It Full Adhesive Roll
Use it as a note or label! The Super Sticky adhesive sticks securely and removes cleanly and the dispenser allows you to pull and cut the perfect length every time. You can use it as a sticky note to leave reminders and notes, or use it as a label to identify rooms, doors, supply baskets, tool boxes, shelves, tubs, and more. The full adhesive back means  it won’t peel up until you’re ready to remove it!

Safco White Mesh Organizer
Use it as an inbox, a to-do box, or to keep on-going projects close at hand. Five 1″ wide vertical sections hold file folders, slim binders, magazines and more, while three 1″ horizontal sections accommodate any letter-size document. How fresh and fun is that white, right?

HON Flaghship File Cabinet
At 30″ high, this multipurpose filing and storage cabinet can also double as part of your worksurface. Check out the link for other configurations. And don’t forget our Furniture Team can help you find just the right storage for your needs — just call 800-234-6605!

Smead Expanding Project Organizer
One of our favorites around the office — this has 10 pockets for keeping track of multiple projects — or multiple parts of a larger project. Keep track of project progress, contacts and notes, all in one place.

Pendaflex Assorted Clear Poly Index Folders
This 10-pack of file sleeves is a great way to put a visual with your ongoing projects. Durable poly folders have color-coded strips, plus white, write-on tab at top for color-coded organization.

Smead Cascading Wall Organizer
Save desk space by utilizing often overlooked wall space! The six cascading pockets are removable to make viewing and access to documents easy, and an elastic cord closure allows you to contract all the pockets and secure them for transport. Bonus: It adds a pop of color to your workspace!

Safco Onyx Mesh Mobile File
Ever wish you could roll that file cabinet out of the way? This a great option, with two supply drawers, a file drawer, a top shelf, and sturdy casters to keep you rolling through your day.

Dymo LabelManager 500TS
Now THAT’S a label maker! This touchscreen, handheld label has a full-color screen that allows you to easily change fonts, format text, and add graphics to your customized labels. Compatible with labels from 1/4″ to 1″ widths, you’ve got a lot of options for getting everything labeled and in its place.

Shop the Perry Office Plus website at perryop.com for many more organization tools and supplies!