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.

Bammies

 

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.

Earbuds

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! 

Massager

 

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
promos@perryop.com
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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:

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2. Choose something attractive.

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

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3. Don’t skimp on quality.

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

 

Choosing a First Aid Kit for Your Workplace: 3 Things to Consider

With a First Aid Kit on hand, you can be prepared for medical emergencies, no matter the size or type of your workplace.

First Aid Kit1. Ensure your kit meets ANSI/OSHA requirements

Packaging should identify the kit as compliant with ANSI X308.1-2015 standards, which requires different supplies than previous (2009) standards.

2. Choose the right type and number of kits.

Portable kits are great for worksites, and in the vehicles of your on-the-go staff, while wall-mounted kits keep supplies centrally located at the office. A good rule of thumb is that a First Aid kit should be no more than one minute away from any spot in the workplace, so consider strategically placing additional kits if your workplace is larger.

3. Appoint someone to monitor the kit’s contents.

First aid kit refills services are convenient, but can cost you up to 30% more in overstocks and waste. Since many kits have refill cards for each item when supplies are low, it’s easy to manage in-house. Appoint someone to be responsible for periodically checking the inventory levels of each kit, disposing of expired items, and re-ordering supplies as needed. It’s quick and easy and most items are available for next-day delivery from perryop.com!

And don’t forget…

…to register your kit. Some First Aid Kit makers offer a registration process for select kits, and will notify you of any product changes or first aid requirements in your industry.

…First Aid Kits are not returnable after purchase. For the protection of all consumers, First Aid Kits can not be returned, even if they are unopened.

Perry Office Plus offers a variety of First Aid kits, refills, & supplies. Call or visit today!

3 Steps to Creating an Employee Wellness Program

Whether you’re planning for January and resolutions, or just want to invest in your employees’ health, a program to promote healthy habits and reward your team for participating is a great way to show you care. Plus, healthy employees are absent less, are more productive and even help to keep health insurance rates down! Custom imprinted giveaways should be part of your program, as these build awareness, encourage teamwork and are great daily reminders.

Here are three key steps to creating a company health program:

Lunch KitStep 1: Generate Buzz!

Before you launch your Employee Health Program, provide your employees with the tools they need to get ready.  A custom imprinted salad shaker, protein shaker or lunch kit are all great options to help your team prep their lunches to bring to work!

Salad ShakerConsider developing a special name, logo and/or slogan for your program to create a true team atmosphere, and a feeling of “we’re in this together”.

 

Health & Fitness JournalStep 2: Track the Progress!

Decide on a goal for your program and how to track it. Is it a competition based on weight loss? Have a group weight loss goal posted in your break room, or compete for which group of employees is most active! A custom-imprinted Health & Fitness Journal will help your employees be more aware of the choices they are making.

StepWell Smart PedometerThe Step Well Smart Pedometer is a cloud-based turn-key solution that allows each of your employees to compare their daily movement results against their team members AND their competition. You’ll want a personal demonstration of this promotional pedometer to see all the opportunities that come with it! Call our Promotional Product Specialist for details: (800) 234-6605

Gym BagStep 3: Reward & Encourage!

When your program comes to a conclusion, it is important to acknowledge not only your “winners”, but everyone who participated. Have a closing ceremony for the program and discuss ways to continue your new healthy habits. Fitness bandPromotional items like gym bags and wearable fitness trackers are great items to encourage long term healthy choices!

Let’s get started! Need more ideas for your health program? Call today!

Debbie Yearwood | Promotional Products Specialist
(800) 234-6605 x 112 | promos@perryop.com

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75 Places to Put the New Compact Purell ES Hand Sanitizer Dispenser

Purell ES Everywhere System from Perry Office PlusWith a small footprint and multiple mounting options, the PURELL ES System fits everywhere. Put it where hand sanitizer dispensers and bottles just don’t fit. Each refill holds almost twice as much as an 8oz bottle, but it never gets lost or knocked over like a bottle. It comes ready to install with 3M Command Strips (other mounting options available) and a pre-assembled base and refill.

Not sure if Purell ES is a good fit for you? Think about the places people gather or touch the same items a lot. Here are a few places that could be a good place for the ES to hang out. Shop for Purell ES on the Perry Office Plus website >

Offices or Schools:

  • Common areas
  • Lobby
  • Reception Desk
  • Time clock
  • Break roompurell-elevator
  • Vending Machine
  • Conference room
  • Shared workstations
  • Water fountains
  • Elevators
  • Near Copy & Fax Machines
  • Coffee Areas
  • Cubicles and Desks
  • Water Cooler
  • Lounge Areas
  • Stairwells
  • Mailboxes
  • Locker Room
  • Classroom
  • Public Computers

Retail:

  • Cashier Stand
  • Shoe Fitting Departments
  • Near Sunglasses Racks
  • Electronic Store Displays
  • Fitting Rooms

Convenience or Grocery Stores:

  • Food prep stations
  • Cashier Standpurell-drinks
  • Condiment Stations
  • Pharmacy waiting areas
  • Self-Serve Grocery Stations
  • Bakery Counters
  • Fountain Drink Machines
  • Trash Cans
  • Coffee Grinding Station
  • Deli Counter
  • Product Section

Restaurants:

  • Food prep stationspurell-buffet
  • Cashier Stand
  • Bakery Counters
  • Buffet Line
  • Drive Thru Windows
  • Coffee Shops
  • Fountain Drink Machines
  • Restaurant Tables
  • Ice Cream Parlors
  • Catering Setups
  • Host Stand

purell-checkinMedical, Dental & Healthcare:

  • Patient rooms
  • Check-in desk
  • Waiting areas
  • Medication carts
  • Dental Exam Room
  • Nurse Station
  • Hazardous Waste Receptacles

Public Places:

  • Public Bus
  • Airplanes
  • Light Switches & Thermostats
  • Post Officepurell-baby
  • ATMs
  • Baby Changing Stations
  • Concession Stands
  • Library Computer Station
  • Food Courts
  • Mall Kiosks
  • Sports Complexes

Facilities & Janitorial:

  • Maintenance Vehicles
  • Janitorial Carts
  • Supply Closet
  • purell-cartPort-a-Johns

Even More Ideas:

  • Laundromats
  • Bank Teller Counter
  • Video Game Arcades
  • Exercise Rooms
  • Hotel Concierge Desk
  • Airport Check in
  • Toll Booth
  • Bars
  • Taxi Cabs
  • Ambulances
  • Golf Course Beverage Cart
  • Tanning Booths
  • Hair Stylist Booth
  • Bowling Alley Ball Returns
  • Airplane Bathrooms
  • Campground Washstands

Can you think of any others? Shop for Purell ES on the Perry Office Plus website today >