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.

Is Your Office Prepared for Severe Weather Events or Disaster?

September is National Preparedness Month!

In 2017, there were 16 weather and climate disaster events in the U.S., according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), resulting in 306 deaths and losses of more than $362 billion. It’s critical that businesses are prepared for severe weather emergencies!

Have a Plan, and the Right Supplies!

OSHA and NOAA encourage employers to create an emergency plan, train workers on these plans, stay aware of weather forecasts and keep emergency supplies at the ready. Below is a list of some of the basics every business should consider having in their severe weather emergency kit.

Protect your Documents from the Elements!

Consider a fire-proof file cabinet for your most sensitive documents and files. They come in a variety of sizes and varying degrees of durability in the event of a fire. And simple USB drives can be a handy way to keep data in a secondary location in the event of a disaster.

Is your emergency kit ready? Count on Perry Office Plus for the essential supplies you need to prepare for severe weather emergencies and other disasters.

Other resources: FEMA’s Emergency Preparedness Resources for Business: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/resources-documents/collections/357


Is Your Office Prepared for a Medical Emergency?

September is National Preparedness Month!

Most medical emergencies happen at home, but what if something happened at your place of business? Would your staff be prepared? It’s important to know what to do if a co-worker or visitor falls ill and needs medical attention. Here are some suggestions on how to prepare.

  1. Have a Plan

In the event of a medical emergency, it’s important to have a plan and for everyone to know and understand it. All staff should know the location of the nearest First Aid Kit and AED, if your office has them. Everyone should know your office address and any cross streets, to help guide first responders.

  1. Train Your Staff

More than 90 percent of employees who participated in two 2017 American Heart Association surveys said they would take employer-sponsored first aid and CPR training courses.

Even if not required, the American Heart Association says, employers should offer first aid, CPR and AED training because it can save lives.  An employee only has a 5 percent to 7 percent chance of surviving cardiac arrest while waiting for the arrival of emergency medical services. Employees who receive immediate defibrillation, however, have up to a 60 percent survival rate one year after cardiac arrest, the organization says.

Another life-saving option is to provide hands-only CPR training. This consists of only chest compression on adults or teens, and is good for the first few minutes someone is in cardiac arrest, pushing remaining oxygen through body to keep vital organs alive. This buys time until someone with more skills can provide help.

Your local Fire Department is a great starting place for training, as well as your local chapter of the American Heart Association.

Perry Office Plus brought in a trainer from our local Fire Department to train our team on hands-only CPR.

Side Note: Am I Liable?

People might be afraid of hurting someone and facing legal liability, but most states have Good Samaritan laws that will protect them when assisting someone in an emergency. The Texas Good Samaritan Act states, “a person who, in good faith, administers emergency care at the scene of an emergency or in a hospital is not liable in civil damages for an act performed during the emergency, unless the act is willfully or wantonly negligent.” Ask your insurance provider about your liability in the event of an emergency.

  1. Have the Right Supplies

Having an up-to-date and complete First Aid kit is also important. We recommend the Smart Compliance system from First Aid Only which helps you stay in compliance with OSHA regulations and offers an easy refill notification and ordering system.

Perry Office Plus also has defibrillator pads available, if you plan to implement this protocol in your office as well.

Finally, talk to your insurance company and local emergency response officials to get the best advice on how to prepare and train your office for a medical emergency. It could make the difference in someone’s life!

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.

7 New Ideas for Promotional Giveaways for 5K Races and Fun Runs

Are you tired of giving out the same old items for the springtime fun runs and yearly 5K races? We’re right there with you. So we’re suggesting some new ideas to get the most impact out of your marketing dollars this race season. (Pstt! These could also be good giveaways at any athletic or outdoor event!)

1. Wrap Sunglasses: How cool do you want your brand to be? This cool! These dark, ultraviolet protective lenses with UV 400 rating protect your eyes from the sun and feature sporty, wrap-around style frames.

Wrap sunglasses2. Bammies – The perfect outdoor accessory. These are inexpensive, covered in your brand, and can be worn a dozen different ways to suit the wearer — from a handy head band/wrap or dust mask, to a trendy armband or scarf.



3. Mini Water Bottle: A cutie quencher! A more compact version of the classic water bottle, for no-fuss refreshment on-the-go!

Mini Water Bottle

4. Waterless Tattoos: Don’t water down your brand! These are a fun, easy way to get your brand noticed at outdoor events.

Waterless Tattoos

5. Earbuds: Just add tunes! Not everyone is wireless and if you lose them like we do, an extra set of earbuds can really come in handy.


6. Hot/Cold Packs: Heat up your marketing! Plenty of shapes and colors available to match your brand.

Hot Cold Packs

7. Massager: Pick a fun style to rub potential customers the right way! 



Whether it’s an outdoor event, athlete-related, or simply a fun run, your next promo doesn’t have to be boring! Call me for more ideas today!

Debbie Yearwood
Promotional Consultant
Perry Office Plus
(254) 778-4755 x 112
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What to Consider Before You Choose a Standing Desk

The benefits of a standing or height-adjustable worksurface have been touted for several years now, from increasing blood flow to even burning a few extra calories. But is it for you?

While studies have shown that breaking up a sedentary workday with standing does have benefits, the most important thing is to simply avoid any single position — sitting or standing — for long periods of time. A sit-to-stand workstation is certainly one way to keep this in check.

If you’re thinking of making the switch to standing or height-adjustable worksurface, here are a few things to consider:

Try before you buy.

We suggest a trial period before committing to standing desk. Prop up your monitors with whatever is available – or get a sample from Perry Office Plus! – and try it for several days before making an investment.

Adjustable or fixed?

A stationary, standing height desk with a tall chair allows for both sitting and standing without moving parts.

More or less movement?

If you don’t plan to switch from sitting to standing very often, you can save money with a hand-crank option, while a pneumatic or electric option may be a better solution for more frequent adjustments. Electric desks can also be preset to your custom height preferences.

Don’t forget the tech!

How will you adjust your monitors and keyboard? We suggest mounting your monitors so they can also be set to correct ergonomic height when you switch from sitting to standing. If you use a keyboard tray, this can be mounted as well.

Let us help!

We’ll assess your current work area, listening to your needs, help you select and even install the sit-to-stand solution that’s right for you. Our consultants can answer your questions and get you set up quickly and easily. Contact the Perry Furniture Team: (800) 234-6605 or furniture@perryop.com

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3 Keys to Encouraging Healthy Habits with Branded Products

Is your target audience a health-conscious crowd? Are you considering a wellness program to help improve the overall health of your staff? Branded products are a great way to make a connection with either audience. However, there are some important factors when choosing a promotional product for your health-focused campaign.

portion control lunch kit1. Make it useful.

The more useful the item, the more likely it is to be kept, used, and seen repeatedly. So increase your ROI with useful items like these:


2. Choose something attractive.

Any promotional item is more desirable if it’s got a cool, trendy look.


3. Don’t skimp on quality.

A throw-away item will end up just that, while a quality fitness product will have staying power.