10 Ways To Create a Healthy Office Environment

 

Anyone who has been responsible in keeping his employees happy knows how challenging it can be. Different things inspire different individuals and the same goes to what makes people happy, enthused, and more eager to perform. employees to be more productive.

If you want to create a good working environment that supports your workers as much as you want them to support your objectives, below are 10 ways that will help you create a healthy office environment.

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1. Clean working environment

Professional office cleaning or commercial cleaning can provide you with effective cleaning services that will ensure all your employees arrive to the office that is fresh and set for every new day. Keeping your office clean will also cut down germs, minimize the number of unpredicted sick days your staffs will need to use.

2. Provide added benefits

Many companies that employ full time employees offer benefits such as vocation days as well as health insurance. For any company to lure the best and the brightest workers to their company, additional benefits such as well being bonuses are imperative.

3. Get comfortable chairs

Since your employees are likely to spend most of their eight hours on the chair, you need to ensure they are comfortable. Most companies choose swivel chairs as they have the ability to adjust their height, backstreet as well as the height of the arms.

4. Lighting

Many studies have suggested that employees’ productivity can be increased with good lighting, and many have concluded that good light play a central role in productivity as it minimizes fatigue, anxiety and stress. You can do this by replacing fluorescent lights with softer lights.

5. Create family and flexible working hours

In today’s fast paced society, busy employees are trying to manage their careers with family duties. Provide your employees the opportunity to take one or two hours off at least once in a while to take care of family issues. This will create a happier, loyal and productive workforce.

6. Update technology

Your employees will become frustrated and annoyed if they have to work with slow and outdated software. This restricts their efficiency and productivity. It is also essential if files can be accessed easily from anywhere as this creates a sense of freedom and will leave your employees happier.

7. Trust your employees and coworkers

Trusting your employees to be accountable for their time and decisions is also crucial. While there should be some limits in which to work, most employees are responsible enough to ensure work is done appropriately and in a timely manner.

8. Music

A little bit of music can have some soothing effect on your workforce and can also help motivate them. Music can affect physical health, communication abilities, well-being and cognitive skills. People adopt smooth, uplifting music to keep the office charming.

9. Colors scheme

Scientific studies suggest that colors can bring emotional reactions in people. Reactions and attitudes to color vary from person to person, and it is vital to make sure you change your office color scheme from regularly in order to keep all your employees refreshed.

10. Say thank you

Do not hesitate to show your gratitude for an employee when he has done something well. A friendly gesture can beyond doubt go along way.It is important for companies to create pleasant working environment for their employees, so that they will look forward to coming to work each day. Moreover, a comfortable working environment will increase your company’s productivity.

 

Article inspired by  Cosmos Clinic , Australia 

Do You Need A New Printer? Of course you do!

You Need A New Printer

I think about 6 months ago I realized that we had way more printers than people in this house – all different brands, all of which take different cartridges, all of varying ages and qualities – but most of them are old and slow and crappy. So we went searching for a new all-in-one – one printer to rule them all sort of thing – something we could place centrally, connect all of our various devices to – and get fast printing. As both Kitty and I had good experiences with HP over time we looked there first, but in the end we found an awesome Epson printer (yes I know – Epson) which worked great for all of the various computers and devices that we have here. We settled on the Epson WF-3540 – its got a tons of features and allowed us to Goodwill/Craigslist all of our old stuff. Some of the key stuff:

  • Wifi
  • Bi-directional – you can scan to any wifi connected computer
  • Print from Windows, Mac, Ubuntu, iPad, Android devices
  • Cloud print via Google and Epson built right in
  • Prints fast and double sided, saving paper

We’ve had it a few weeks now and it rocks – highly recommended: Epson WorkForce WF-3540 Wireless All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer, Copier, Scanner, 2-Sided Duplex, ADF, Fax. Prints from Tablet/Smartphone. AirPrint Compatible (C11CC31201)

Our First Paleo Book: Make it Paleo

Our First Paleo Book

OK folks many of you have been clamoring for for info on the Paleo diet ever since that post yesterday on the bacon wrapped hot dogs (oh, so, good – and BTW make sure to use nitrate and gluten free bacon and dogs) so here is the first post in a series on the books we got to help us move to this way of eating.

This is not a clinical book with lots of reasons on why to switch – this is a great book with ideas, food and recipes which will inspire you. If you want a more scientific reasoning of why you should switch you need The Paleo Solution. But Make It Paleo is much more inspirational and the source of most of our recipes. Highly recommend the print book over the Kindle edition, great big imagery of food, food and more food.

Transitioning from conventional foods to a grain-free Paleo lifestyle can be a daunting proposition to most people. Hayley Mason and Bill Staley, authors of The Food Lovers Primal Palate, show you how easy it is to take any dish and Make it Paleo! Adapted from Chinese, French, Mexican and classic American meals, the over 200 mouthwatering recipes are each accompanied by vibrant photos and thoughtful notes to ensure you recreate each dish with ease.

Beyond its wealth of recipes, Make it Paleo describes fundamental cooking techniques, includes tips for selecting the best ingredients, and chronicles a variety of menus for holidays and special occasions. Hayley and Bill demonstrate how to make cooking gourmet Paleo meals a carefree affair for everyone, from a kitchen rookie to a seasoned chef. Make it Paleo is filled with meals that all lovers of great food will enjoy, whether they follow a grain-free lifestyle or not.

via Make it Paleo: Over 200 Grain Free Recipes For Any Occasion

Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs

Bacon Wrapped Dogs

Our paleo meal last night – Kitty and I had the dogs without bun on a plate but we put the kids in regular buns (actually I meant – the kids dogs… 🙂 ). I personally like mustard, mayo, dill relish (no sugar), dill pickles (my fav is Strubs but you can’t get those here so we have to make do with Bubbies – which I have a feeling are made by Strubs in Canada anyways) and sauerkraut as toppings –

Ingredients

  • 8 slices bacon not thick-sliced
  • 8 beef hot dogs
  • 8 hot dog buns, split (for your non-paleo eaters)
  • Favorite hot dog toppings (stick to the non sweetened if your paleo – as above…)

Directions

Heat oven to 400°F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Wrap bacon tightly around hot dogs; place on cookie sheet.Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until bacon is thoroughly cooked and hot dogs are browned. Serve immediately in buns with your favorite toppings.

via Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs – Crave Redding.

Going Paleo!

My Future Look

Yup! After a few weeks of Paleo, we are now converts – after losing a few inches and feeling a lot better than we have a in while – we’ve decied to fully switch ourselves over to the Paleo Diet. More information below but suffice to say that its a big chance from Eat To Live – plus it lets us eat all sorts of MEAT – which has always been good from my perspective…. 🙂

So why go Paleo? To start things off, here’s a little Paleolithic timeline for you. We started eating the Paleo way about 2.5 million years ago, and then we drastically changed our diets about 10,000 years ago when we began cultivating grains and legumes. That’s not much time for evolution to catch up with us, meaning our bodies are still most adept at eating the way we used to eat: meat, vegetables, fruits, and some nuts and seeds.

When I say not a lot of time, think of it like this: 10,000 years out of 2.5 million is equivalent to a little under 2 months of a 40 year old man’s life, or .4% of his life – not very much. Switching from our evolutionary diet of animal products, veggies and fruit to a diet full of grains and legumes is like that movie Super Size Me where Morgan Spurlock goes from eating his normal diet to eating only McDonald’s food for 30 days. His health plummets – he gets fat and depressed, and he develops fatty liver and sexual dysfunction.

via Why Paleo? | Paleo Plan.

Getting Things Done

Getting Things Done

If your household in anything like ours, then you probably have a giant list of things to do every day – not to mention the weekends when you think that you would just be able to relax and watch the game but no. Don’t you sometimes feel like that old joke in the cartoons about the husband and his “job jar” – whether you are a husband, wife, partner, mother, brother, sister or kids, its pretty likely that you have procrastinated once or twice – or many times in your life – and your job jar – whether its real or virtual – is likely pretty full or overflowing. Well, if you are sick and tired of not getting things done, now is the time to start. Your first stop is buying this book: Getting Things Done – doesn’t matter if you get the Kindle version or not. This book will, literally, if you follow even some of it, change your life – well at least when it comes to Getting Things Done. I’ve read it cover to cover and implemented many of the strategies in here. My favorites are:

  • If it will take less than 2 minutes, do it now
  • If it takes more than 2 minutes, schedule a time to do it
  • At the start, allocate 1-2 days to just list absolutely everything you need to do, then work through it and prioritize

I’ts a great book, for anyone who feels inundated! Get it here…

Bad, Bad Bloggers!

So sorry!

So sorry folks – we’ve been so swamped that we haven’t had a chance to update the blog – with luck things are calming down and we will get back to it – if you are interested in doing any guest blog posts please let us know – just check under the Write For Us menu item up there!

One Of The Best Cough & Cold Remedies

One Of The Best Cough & Cold Remedies

I have a cold. A pretty bad one actually. And I’ve been to the doctor and got my prescription of antibiotics in order to attempt to get better. But in the meantime, while the anti-biotics are doing their magic, I still need some kind of immediate relief. OTC to the rescue!

Ever since the taxman took a big chunk of our savings 🙁 , we’ve been going to Walmart more often, and this remedy fits the bill and is a good price – last we checked it was $2.34 – its got all the usual suspects:

  • Acetaminophen – (Tylenol) for pain
  • Phenylephrine HCI – for sinus pressure
  • Gualfenesin  – for chest congestion

Yes, it has the dreaded G word in there – you know that horrible tasting thing. They put “Cool Blast” flavor into the capsules but it still like Airwick over garbage.

This was a good choice for my cold, congestion and pain – but we aren’t doctors, so please talk to your medical practitioner before you take anything. Just saying it worked for me – as long as you keep to the schedule of 2 caps every four hours as per the directions.

PS: There’s only about 600Mg of Tylenol in a dose so we throw in a 500Mg Tylenol to help me out on that front. Add that to my antibiotic and put it all in a little cup, I’m getting flash forwards that I’m in some kind of old folks home already!

How To Make The Perfect Cup Of Coffee

Toss Your Coffee Machine

Well, maybe not toss your machine – keep it around for dinner parties and such. If you are like most of us, you probably don’t really make more than one or two cups in the morning to take to work on your morning commute in a travel mug, so why make a full pot – you make 10-12 cups, take 2 , and then the rest just sits there until the thing clicks off after a few hours of non-use. Why not make a fresh cup of coffee every time, in usually less time than it takes to make a pot. You will need:

  1. A hot water pot. Our favorite one is the Zojirushi – get one that is sized for your family. Most of them even have a timer so that the water is boiled just before you need it
  2. A ceramic or plastic filter holder
  3. Cone filters – you need a #2, usually Melitta brand filter, for a single cup
  4. A burr grinder for best coffee taste
  5. Coffee – we recommend Blue Bottle, any of theirs will do, but you can use your favorite whole bean blend from your favorite coffee shop. Starbucks Tribute blend, which is in stores now for a limited time, is really nice.
  6. A spoon
  7. A mug for the coffee to go into – travel mug or ceramic
Step by step instructions
  1. Make sure that you have enough hot water already boiled in the pot
  2. Set the grinder to the middle for a medium grind
  3. Grind the beans for about 20 seconds per cup of coffee.
  4. Put the filter holder over the mug
  5. Put a filter in the holder
  6. Put a small amount of boiling water from the hot water dispenser in a teapot with a spout
  7. Thoroughly wet the filter with the hot water in the teapot. This does two things – it heats the mug and it helps the filter to stick to the side of the holder
  8. Spill out the water after it drips into the mug
  9. Replace the filter holder with the wet filter on top of the mug
  10. Refill the teapot with hot water, enough for a cup of coffee
  11. Pour the ground beans into the wet filter
  12. Using the teapot, pour the water around the edges of the filter, between the top of the filter and the grounds of the coffee, until the filter is full of water
  13. Take the spoon and stir until the coffee gets creamy looking
  14. Once the coffee has run into the cup, refill the filter again, this time without stirring. Try to run the water around the edges of the coffee again, between the coffee and the edge of the filter
  15. Watch out! If you are using a ceramic filter holder then you will not be able to see if your cup is overflowing. Check it periodically to make sure that you haven’t put in too much water.
And that is it – in about the same amount of time it will take you to setup a coffee machine, you have a single cup of fresh hot coffee. Enjoy!

Savory Leek Pie

Leeks

Our organic box brought us leeks week after week so we found and adapted this recipe as a nice change from leek soup – although not really Eat To Live friendly, so you can only have a tiny piece, but our kids enjoyed it…

  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 4 large leeks – sliced
  • salt/pepper
  • 1 egg – beaten
  • 1/2 cup grated Kefalotyri or any other kind of hard cheese like Parmesan
  • 1 refrigerated whole wheat pie crust – this was our nod to the diet…

Saute leeks in butter for approximately 15-20 minutes or until soft and translucent. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Once leek mixture is cool, add egg  and hard grated cheese. Mix to combine. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spread leek mixture into tart pan. Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes until crust is golden brown. Allow to cool prior to serving.