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!

10 Ways to Save Time with a Custom Stamp

At Perry Office Plus, we offer a variety of pre-printed and custom stamps to help make your work life better. Whether you choose a convenient self-inking stamp, or a traditional rubber stamp and ink pad, you can save a lot of time on a lot of tasks.

  1. Mark the Date: For that thing you do every day week, or month, dater stamps can even include a variety of changeable phrases. Shop date stamps >
  2. Sign Here: Whether you sign a lot of documents or need to have your signature available to staff when you’re away, a handy stamp can help you speed through the paperwork.
  3. Avoid Handwriting Questions: Frequently used messages can get messy over time.
  4. Apply a Return Address: When you don’t mail enough to get custom printed envelopes.
  5. Endorse Checks: Never forget all the required information when you use a stamp.
  6. Add an Official Seal: Government, notary, or organizations can make it official with a  custom stamp.
  7. Fill out Forms: An address stamp can get all the info you need in one spot.
  8. Add Special Instructions: Especially if they don’t apply to everyone.
  9. Add a Marketing Message: Stamped messages get noticed — add a fun pop to your invoices!
  10. Play Favorites: Stars, smiley faces and other symbols are a fun way to give stamp your approval.

Need help with a custom stamp? Request a quote here > Or call our customer support team to discuss what’s available in our pre-printed options: (800) 234-6605.

Posture Tips for a Healthier Workday

bad postureMom was right to tell you to stop slouching and sit up straight. Not only does good posture make you look taller and more confident, it also increases energy, improves breathing and keeps your back pain free. Good posture ensures that you’re placing the least amount of strain on muscles and tendons. Whether sitting in front of the computer, standing, walking or lifting, always practice good posture.

STANDING

  • Keep your feet a comfortable distance apart, no more than the breadth of your shoulders, with your weight distributed evenly.
  • Imagine a vertical line drawn from the center of your head through your shoulders and down to your pelvis. This is your best standing posture.
  • If you stand for prolonged periods in the same spot, use a rubber or cushioned floor mat.

SITTING

  • Counter the slouch by pushing your buttocks all the way to the back of the seat and let your pelvis support your weight, making it easier to maintain good posture.
  • Your knees should bend at a right angle and be about the same level as your hips. Use a small foot rest under your feet if needed.
  • Avoid unbalanced postures such as crossing legs unevenly, leaning to one side, hunching the shoulders or tilting the head.
  • Give your shoulders and back muscles a break by using the arm rests.

WALKING

  • Many people lean forward when they walk, stressing the back. Walk without tensing neck muscles, while keeping your pelvis straight and head level. With good posture, your head should almost feel weightless.
  • Avoid flat-footed, “stomping,” but instead land softly on the heel, transferring weight onto the ball of the foot and finally the toes.

LIFTING

  • Plan before you lift.
  • Keep objects close to your body, rather than carried with outstretched arms.
  • Even with light objects, maintain a straight back and use knee-bending actions — not back-bending actions.
  • Tighten your ab muscles for extra support.
  • If lifting is part of your regular daily routine, consider investing in a back support.

WORKING AT A COMPUTER

  • Practice good sitting posture, as described above.
  • Keep your arms and wrists aligned.
  • Place your monitor at arm’s length when seated in front of it, and at your natural, resting eye position to avoid tilting your head to view the screen.
  • Adjust the monitor’s brightness, contrast and font size to comfortable levels.
  • When typing, keep your arms parallel to your legs.
  • Relax your upper arms and shoulders.

Unfortunately, poor posture can easily become a habit, causing chronic discomfort. The good news is, the main factors affecting posture and ergonomics are completely under your control. By following the advice above you can prevent the problems associated with poor posture and stay healthy, productive, and most importantly, pain free all day long.

Being Grateful: Perry People Brag on their Furniture

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In the spirit of Thanksgiving (and office furniture), we asked some of the Perry Office Plus team what they like best about their office furniture or workspace:

Debbie, Promotional Products Sales

“I am grateful for our amazingly comfortable break room that makes having lunch here more enjoyable than leaving to grab fast food — helps me relax and saves me money!”

The Perry Office Plus break room features HON Preside tabels and Motivate seating. The bar-height tables feature power plugs.

The Perry break room features HON Preside tables and Motivate seating. The bar-height tables feature power plugs.

Jessica, Furniture Dept.

“I am extremely grateful for my tasklight. I sit in a corner that’s a little darker, so it helps give me enough light to work. Plus, it moves around so I can adjust to different areas on my desk.  I LOVE IT.”

Jessica has the VIVID-LE Two-Arm LED Task Light by ESI, with a 50,000 hour life, 180° rotation at the light source and 360° rotation on the base.

Shelli, COO

“I really love my Allsteel Relate chair because I am short and it is one of the few chairs that I have been able to custom fit for great comfort.”

With all the adjustments available on the Allsteel Relate, it can be custom fit to accommodate 90% of people, from the 5th percentile woman to 95th percentile man.

Bonnie, Marketing

“My monitor arms make having dual monitors so much easier. I can easily turn and share my screen with someone across my desk, and even move them out of the way when I need more space for tasks at my desk.”

Dual Monitor Arms free up desk space and allow for easier screen movement for collaborating, etc.

Monitor arms free up desk space and allow for easier screen movement for collaborating, etc.

Lea, Furniture Dept.

“I like the HON Voi desks we use because they let me store so much stuff. The layering shelves allow me to organize books and papers into categories. I also like our shared worksurface and the ‘mixed materials’ look.”

HON Voi features a huge variety of layering options for storage and worksurfaces.

HON Voi features a huge variety of layering options for storage and worksurfaces.

What are you grateful for in terms of your furniture or workspace? If there isn’t much to be thankful for there, give our Furniture Consultants a call and find out what we can do to help!

TAKE 10% OFF SELECT HON PRODUCTS THIS FALL!
HON prices are going up in January so don’t forget our current promotion on HON Voi desking and HON Endorse task and lounge seating to help you save NOW. 
Save 10% if you order by November 30, 2014! Download the flyer here.

What Successful People Do With The First Hour Of Their Work Day

How much does the first hour of every day matter? As it turns out, a lot. It can be the hour you see everything clearly, get one real thing done, and focus on the human side of work rather than your task list.

Remember when you used to have a period at the beginning of every day to think about your schedule, catch up with friends, maybe knock out a few tasks? It was called home room, and it went away after high school. But many successful people schedule themselves a kind of grown-up home room every day. You should too. Read Original Post

Administrative Professionals: Making the Most of Changing Times

** An Administrative Professionals Week Post **

The times they are a-changing, right? With changes in the world and workplace, the role of the administrative professional changes, too. These are some of the things have affected change in the workplace and ways both employers and admins can make the most of them.

1. The Economy

Not only are office workers asked to do more with fewer resources, they are in many cases being asked to be the force behind cost controls. Many admins who are adept at saving their company time, are looking for even more ways to proactively save money, too.

Takeaway for the Boss: Companies that empower their admins to cut costs in reasonable ways could reap the benefits of having more eyes on the bottom line.

Takeaway for Admins: If you don’t already know, you have more opportunity to be a spending watchdog than almost anyone in your operation. When you spot and report waste, you become that much more valuable.

2. Technology

Admins know all the best tricks and shortcuts – and their co-workers know it! So it’s not unusual when the questions go from “What’s the best way to do this?” to “Can you help me fix this?”

Hey, Boss: Providing training and education for your admins and you’ll have some IT back-up  and someone to train new employees.

Admins Should Know: Getting some training – there are videos and free webinars online that can help – for software like Microsoft Office, Outlook, accounting software and even knowing how to troubleshoot the printers and other office machines can make you next to irreplaceable.

3. Web Marketing

Updating the company website and maintaining the company Facebook page and other social media outlets often falls to a marketing or technical staff member. But in small companies, guess who knows more about what’s actually happening and who has the skills to get the message out there?

So, Boss: If you’ve got a web-savvy admin, consider putting them in charge of the various online marketing opportunities. First, discuss the desired image and message you want to project online and then monitor the feeds.

Hey, Amazing Admins: Using social networking sites like Linked In and Facebook may be good for entertainment and even professional networking, but expanding your knowledge and watching what others are doing on sites like Facebook and Twitter can give you a better idea of how to market your company there, too.

What are some other ways that admins and their employers are adapting and making the most of changing times?

Nominate An Admin: The Winner!

We asked you to nominate a deserving administrative professional for APW and we had dozens of nominations in just a few weeks. After much deliberation, a winner has been chosen! Congratulations to

Cassie Crum, First National Bank Texas

“Cassie Crum is the administrative assistant for 2 Regional Managers at FNBT. She has an outstanding work ethic, working hard to ensure both RM’s are taken care of, 10 District Managers have everything they need on a daily basis and tracks over 300 employees with various bank initiatives. When I need a certain report, folders made for a meeting, last minute agenda’s made for a meeting, Cassie is responding with the information within the hour. Cassie treats all us like we are her family. She organizes our Manager Meetings and gets everything done with minimal to no help, taking care of her Managers. Cassie makes all of us feel special and for that I want her to be recognized for all her hard work and efforts.” – by Sue Owens, First National Bank Texas

Both Cassie & Sue will receive a new HON Ignition office chair! Thanks to everyone who entered! Here are a few of the stand-out entries:

Jamie Dedrick: Jamie always has a smile on her face even when it is so busy that she cannot even take a breath. She will always stop what she is doing to help other coworkers at any time of the day. – by Tessa Belden, First Community Mortgage, Killeen

Donnie Kinard: Donnie is very enthusiastic, always energetic, highly motivated, and has a positive attitude. No request is to big or small for Donnie. She is very knowledgeable on all policies, new and old. Donnie is very dependable and prompt on meeting all deadlines. She is an extremely valuable asset to the organization of which she has dedicated 18 years to. – by Loretta Grisham, Bell County Public Health District WIC, Temple

Shameka McClain: She is a very hard worker and spends hours on the computer crunching numbers and making sure everything is great on our website, in our system, and that guests are satisfied. – By Dorene Burlew, Candlewood Suites

Sharon Evetts: Sharon is the administrative assistant to the CEO/CFO of CMHS. She has worked in that position for over 30 years. Her constant smile and desire to help anyone that she can makes her a dream to work with. Sharon is the first face people see when they enter administration. She is a wonderful example of the spirit of excellence. Her work ethic is strong and she encourages others by example. – by Kathy Brady, CMHS

Dolores Hott: Dolores is such a pleasure to work with. She is very professional and yet very personable at the same time. She gets stuff done and done right and works overtime and helps where ever help is needed. She doesn’t just sit in her office like some bosses do. She gets in the middle of things along with the rest of us. She is so considerate of everyone and everything and willing to help anyone at any time. She knows her stuff and she gets stuff done. – by Brenda Lichti, TTI Communications/A&M University, College Station

Charlene Kirkland: Charlene is over several different departments and always makes time for everyone when they need her help. She is the back bone of this hospital and without her and all her hard work this place would not be the same. – by Megan Mohler, Coryell Memorial Hospital, Gatesville

Sharon Collins: has gone through health problems but this has not dampened her attitude about her work and the people around her. She is in charge of Dean Hunt’s office of the entire CTC Central Campus. She has always volunteered to assist anyone with questions and always has her door opened to students, faculty and staff. Sharon has kept our office and many offices up to date on campus materials and procedures. No matter what adversity she is facing she greets all who enter her office with her sweet smile and caring personality. – Helen Clements, Central Texas College, Killeen

Carolyn Bennett: Carolyn strives to always treat everyone with the utmost respect, providing superior customer service to all. Carolyn’s primary focus is to assist the Director of Public Works perform the duties of her job, but also to answer many Public Works questions, ranging from solid waste schedules and pick-ups, to water leaks and wastewater overflows. Many times, customers are calling because they are not happy, and Carolyn does an excellent job of listening, responding, and helping. She is truly a deserving worker who is to be commended for her service to her fellow neighbors. – by Nicole Torralva, City of Temple

Barbara Hayward: Mrs. Hayward truly goes beyond an Office Administrator. She keeps every record of our students neatly organized. She pleasantly greets all our parents in our office and makes them feel welcome to our school. Ms. Hayward is also accredited to saving one of our teachers when they were choking. She keeps our offices clean (she has even carried out the custodial duties) and always has a pleasant attitude, willing to help parents, teachers and students at any time. – by Beth Owens, Temple ISD

Kristie Evans: The backbone of the office. She works like a well-oiled machine. There is nothing she can’t do, but if she were to come upon something new, she would find the way to make it work.  Many other departments depend on Kristie for training and skill  and the knowledge that she possess in court administration and coordination. She brings both laughter and discipline to work every day! – Sophia Chapman, Brazos County, 85th District Court, Bryan

Diana Barnard: Diana is my Chief Deputy Clerk. She is my right hand and my left on some days. Diana is extremely conscientious, meticulous, and most attentive to the needs of the Bell County Clerk’s Office. Each and every day she goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the office is running smoothly, taking care of things before most others even know things need taking care of. – by Shelley Coston, Bell County Clerk, Belton

Hilda Sappenfield: Hilda works as the Administrative Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator for Fort Hood Area Habitat for Humanity. She shows excellent customer service skills, a heart for the people, takes the extra step of providing referrals to other agencies that may be able to help. She never lets anyone requesting help leave without referring them to another agency. She maintains a database with information on other organizations so she’s ready no matter what someone may need. She organizes/coordinates all volunteers for the job site, store, office. Hilda cheerfully trains a each new group of transient volunteers. She looks for ways to save. She provides feedback/suggestions to improve, keeps me updated on current events that we can tie into/that we can use to help improve our organization including ways to show appreciation to our volunteers. Hilda never complains about any task, she stretches our resource to make do. – TJ Conner, Fort Hood Area Habitat for Humanity, Killeen

Michelle Cosper: Hardworking, dedicated, always willing to help others, willing to go the extra mile. Michelle is someone who you can always go to with any questions or problems and she will always find the time to help in any way she can. – by Christina Rodriguez, Heart of Texas Landscape and Irrigation Co, Belton

Wanda Reid: Wanda has been taking care of the needs of our staff for 25 years now. She knows what we need and when we need it at all times. She also keeps us on a budget and knows what we don’t need. She is the best person to work with and always knows the right things to say to cheer up the office. She is a wonderful co-worker, friend, mother and grandmother to all of us! – by Misty Leofsky, Miller Heights Elementary, Belton

Heather Sellers: Heather came to the school shortly after the other administrative assistant left suddenly. While she was coming in to a new job with basically no transition assistance she immediately began to get things organized. She learned very quickly and it was not long before she was implementing useful changes. Heather is not only an asset to the school due to her organizational skills, but she is also very friendly and cooperative with all. She can be seen vacuuming, keeping score for soccer games or delivering lunches. No matter what the task Heather is willing to help. – by Tonnia Phelps, Memorial Christian Academy, Killeen

Debra Rowe: She hired on with our agency on Feb. 1 of this year. She is the most efficient and reliable secretary that I have met in all of my tenure with this agency. In just a few months, she has proven herself to be invaluable to our company. She is dedicated, morally sound, proficient in her work and in her personal appearance. Because of her, I am on the road to recovery and I think that I speak for our entire agency when I say that we are so much better as an administrative office due to her skill and style. – Sue Jordan, Bell County Public Health District, Temple

Irene Perez: Irene is the secretary to our school principal, Mr. Jimmy Cox. That is a huge job in itself, but she is so much more than that. She is our voice of reason, glue that keeps the ship afloat, and general all-around go-to girl. In a few words, she runs the show. And she runs it with democracy, grace, and an ever open heart. Her demeanor is a constant reminder to all of us that every day is blessing, and to strive for the best within ourselves. – by Jane Letts, Mays Middle School, Troy

Susan Stokke: Susan is our Chief Administrator and a leader in our firm. She is responsible for personnel, customer service and a myriad of administrative duties in all of our 11 offices. Susan shares her cheery smile and winning attitude with everyone she encounters – whether she is changing A/C filters, handling time/attendance issues or checking weekly reports. She takes care of tasks around the office as most people say, “that isn’t my job” without a second thought. If it needs to be done, Susan does it. No task is too petty or too great. She is friendly, outgoing, fun and a very hard worker. It seems like she is always at the office, but still she finds the time to be a great mom and wife, a runner and a special friend. She cares about people and our community and shows this through her actions. Our entire staff adores and looks up to her as the kind of person we aspire to be. Of course, because of the kind and humble person she is, she would deflect credit to others if she heard this. – by Lisa Griffin, The Carlson Law Firm, Killeen

Michelle Garcia: Mr. Listi has a very hectic and demanding schedule. And without Michelle, he would have an even harder job. She keeps his calendar, makes his travel arrangements, communicates with citizens and elected officials, runs interference, organizes the office, anything that needs to be done – and all with a smile and a great attitude. – by Cristy Daniell, City of Belton

Patricia Lewis: She is a hardworking and dedicated admin. Her attention to detail is vital in our workplace. When dealing with the public, she is friendly and professional in handling each situation. Our office is responsible for working with several volunteer agencies and committees. Patricia is efficient in maintaining records of each volunteer and event that our office handles. She is also responsible for maintaining our personnel time cards, monthly reports and budgets for five separate committees. – by Sheri Watson, City of Killeen

Donette Templeton: Donnette has been with our company for three years. She single handedly set up our office in Temple some 2 years ago. She always has a “can do” attitude and is always helpful. Most of our staff is out in the field taking care of our patients and Donette is always available to help staff members with questions over the telephone, investigate problems with payroll or mileage reimbursements and goes above and beyond in being helpful to staff members, vendors and our patients and their families. Donnette would be aghast if she knew I was nominating her, but she deserves a huge pat on the back for the wonderful job she does and for the continued positive attitude she exudes. – by Catherine Hausenfluke, Lighthouse Hospice, Temple

Beth Gallups: Mrs. Gallups is more than worthy of this award because she is a dedicated and positive employee. Her passion for what she does is obvious from the first moment you speak with her. She has a genuine and compassionate heart and always has a positive attitude. Mrs. Gallups commits all of her energy into ensuring that her job is completed to the highest of standards with unwavering motivation. She is supportive of her co-workers and is a constant encourager. – by Joshua Merillat, US Army, Copperas Cove

Thank you to everyone who entered and nominated a deserving co-worker!