9 Summer Office Party Ideas to Boost Morale

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Opening Day

While many companies note a decrease in productivity during the summer months, there are many ways to combat this! The summer season offers employers the opportunity to have some fun with their staff. Summer office parties are a great perk for employees and also serve as an effective method for building comradely. “I saw good responses to perks that weren’t…

Is Your Office Making You Fat?

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running at lunch hour

Even if you have an ergonomic work station and desk drawer full of granola, your office could be making you fat. Sitting around all day can make you fat, sick and prone to premature death, and those risks apply even if you make time for regular exercise. The good news is you don’t have to take the bad news sitting…

The Importance of Requiring a Vacation

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“The average U.S. worker with paid time off left 3.2 vacation days unused in 2013,” writes Inc. contributor Adam Vaccaro. “That information probably doesn’t come as a surprise; various estimates say anywhere from 40 percent to two-thirds of workers fail to use all their vacation time. And a report last year from the Center for Economic and Policy Research showed…

6 Perks You Should be Providing for Top Talent

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Forbes contributor Kate Harrison wrote an article about the most popular employee perks at tech companies in 2014. These perks ranged from free food to extra paid time off to game rooms on-site. Perks provided by your business for its employees aren’t just a great way to keep your staff satisfied and motivated, but a brilliant method for retaining your best…

How to Keep Productivity Up in the Summer Months

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There’s a reason many business note that productivity in the summer decreases. According to research compiled by Grasshopper, “25% of office workers felt their productivity decreased in the summer time.” Furthermore, 63% of respondents stated they left the office earlier during the summer while 60% report taking their lunch outdoors during this time of year. However, there are steps business…

Bike to Work! How to Get Employees to Participate this Summer

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Biking to Work

A healthy staff is a productive staff. This year, get everyone in the office geared up and ready to participate in Bike to Work Day. Or, better yet, make it a weekly event. Each Friday allow staff to dress casual and cycle to work. Why? Aerobic exercise, like cycling, walking and swimming helps you live longer by maximizing the amount…

How to Keep Adults Engaged During a Training Seminar

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training seminar

Training is a necessary evil in the corporate world. As the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, once said, “Job training empowers people to realize their dreams and improve their lives.” Additionally, training helps your staff remain up-to-date on procedures and policies so they can work effectively and efficiently. Even though you’re dealing with adults,…

15 Ways to Recognize Superior Customer Service

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“The way your employees feel is the way your customers will feel,” writes author of Taking Care of the People Who Matter Most: A Guide to Employee-Customer Care, Sybil F. Stershic. “And if your employees don’t feel valued, neither will your customers.” It’s simple. The better your employees feel about their work, the better your clients will feel about your…

How to Ditch Daytime Sleepiness at the Office (for once and all)

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While reaching for yet another cup of coffee to combat office sleepiness may seem like the most obvious thing to do, it’s not necessarily the best. Overloading on caffeine can actually make you feel worse, eventually disrupting your natural sleep pattern, making you jittery and nervous, or even resulting in heart palpitations or a stomach ache. Yuck is right, especially…

Top 5 Myths About Employee Retention

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We know a thing or two about employee appreciation at Paper Direct. Part and parcel with it is an understanding of employee retention. That’s why we’d like to share our thoughts on some retention myths. Recognizing these common traps is a great way to avoid them. Myth #1: Pay is the Leading Factor in Retention A 2014 survey by Bamboo…