Can’t live without…

When you hear the word “thankful” I bet office supplies don’t come to mind.  But around here we live and breath office supplies, so what supplies are we most thankful for?  Some may surprise you!

#1) The Pen.  That may not sound very exciting or worthy of being a “most thankful for” supply, but imagine your world without it.  We can’t.  Whether it’s the old-school stick pen or a new ergonomically designed pen with a secret highlighter inside, we love them all the same!

#2) Correction Tape.  Think back to when correction fluid first came out.  You thought it was great!  You could cover up your mistake and no one would ever know!  But then you tried to use it, and you discovered it was a gooey mess that left an impossible to write on uneven blob on your page.  Shoot, now your mistake is even MORE noticeable.  Then the most amazing thing happened – correction tape. Now you can precisely cover up a mistake with an even, flat piece of tape that can be easily written on and no one has to know.

#3) Post-it tabs.  Again you say, “not too thrilling”.  But these little guys are amazing! They’re colorful, durable, and easy to write on.  You can use them to label folders, and then reuse the folder, or flag important papers in a file for easy searching.  We literally use them EVERY day.

And there you have it.  The Top 3 office supplies we are most thankful for from the people who know office supplies.  Please comment and let us know what office supply you can’t live without either.

 

Winter, Work Workouts

Daylight Savings Time has officially ended. We got our glorious extra hour last weekend but now we’re left with painfully short days for the next few months. Add that to the dropping temperature and our motivation to get outside for a little exercise just tanked.  If you’re like me and not a fan of gyms, you have to start getting creative during the winter to work in the fitness. As it turns out, there are lots of little exercises you can do at your desk throughout the day or on your breaks to keep the blood flowing and burn a few calories! Here’s a quick list of some simple, at-work exercises to combat the winter weight gain. And an added bonus, studies have shown that light exercises throughout the day improve concentration and productivity!

Secret Sculptors: If you’re feeling a little funny about your new work fitness, start with these exercises you can do subtly while sitting at your desk.

Leg extensions-Sitting on the edge of you chair, feet flat on the floor, lift one leg up, extended straight in front of you until it’s parallel to the floor. Hold for 10 seconds. Alternate this with each leg 10 times.

leg extensions

Secret Handshake- With your arms in front of your chest, hold your hands in a handshake grip and pull hard against your hands for 10 seconds. Relax. Repeat 10 times.

secret handshake

Toe Raises-Keeping your heels flat on the floor raise your toes. Do 3 sets of 50.

toe raises

Stapler Curls-This can work with a number of office items, a stapler, tape dispenser, water bottle, etc. Find a slightly weighted object and do arm curls beside your body while seated. Try 3 sets of 10 with each arm.

stapler curls

The Paper Weight: Find an unopened ream of copy paper, place it between your knees and lift feet off the floor, holding it in place for 30 seconds. Repeat 3 times.

paper weight

Toe Tappin’: While sitting at your desk tap your feet in place rapidly for 3 minutes.

Bolder Burners: If you’re feeling more confident about your new regime or get other coworkers involved, here are a few more exercises that aren’t quite as subtle.

Chair Dips: Be sure to use a non-rolling chair for this one! Standing in front of the chair, grip the sides of the seat behind you and take a steps forward until you’re lowered at about a 45 degree angle to the ground. Lower yourself slowly by bending your arms then raise back up by straightening them. Do 2 sets of 10.

chair dips

Standing Push Ups: Pushups can be done just about anywhere and you don’t have to get down on the floor! Use the wall or a sturdy piece of furniture to work on those biceps. Do 3 sets of 10.

pushups

Calf Raises: These are great to do when you’re standing around waiting at the printer or for a fresh pot of coffee to brew in the break room. Standing with your feet flat, slowly lift up on your toes and back down. Do 2 sets of 25.

calf raises

Air Chair Sits: Every time you come back to your chair lower yourself slowly and hold yourself a few inches off the seat for 10 seconds before you sit down.

Chair Swivel: This works if you have a chair on wheels. Back up so you can grip the desk with your arms extended. Pull your feet up in criss cross apple sauce position. Now use your core muscles to slide yourself back and forth in your chair. Your arms should just keep you straight; work your abs for the side to side movement. Move side to side 10 times.

chair glider

Still Need Halloween Plans?

It’s been a busy week and somehow despite the sugar overload, your overachieving neighbor’s Halloween decorations and pumpkin EVERYTHING, you forgot that it’s Halloween and you’re last minute scrambling to make plans. Luckily for you, there is no shortage of fun, festive activities in the Queen City tonight. Halloween falling on a Friday definitely has its advantages.

For the thrill seeker-there are haunted houses, maizes and graveyards galore all over the region. Check out a list of spooky sites to visit this weekend.

Family Friendly-If you’re looking for something kid-friendly, there are plenty of fun, family activities to choose from. From fall festivals to craft fairs to pumpkin pie eating contests, there’s fun to be had for all ages!

Penny Pinchers-Looking for a good time that doesn’t cost you a dime? You can find plenty of free activities around town this weekend at Charlotte on the Cheap.

Music Fans-The NC Music Factory has a whole lineup of Halloween weekend activities for a variety of different interests and tastes.

So whatever it is you’re looking for, you won’t have to look far for a good time this weekend. Stay safe, splurge on some extra candy and enjoy your weekend!

We want you to stay COOL!

It’s no secret that it’s been pretty toasty lately.  Get these products today to help stay cool at work -

Lorell Clip-on Fan

LLR44552

LLR44552

This is a great option for work, especially if you have limited desk space.   It can be mounted anywhere, has 2 speed options and an adjustable tilt option to make sure you get it positioned just the way you want it.

 

Nestle Water

NLE101264

NLE101264

Be sure you stay hydrated with refreshing Nestle water.  Case includes 24 .5 Liter bottles.

 

Keurig K-Cups

View Entire Selction

View Entire Selction

 

Ok, stay with me on this on.  Experts say that drinking a HOT beverage will actually help you cool off faster than a cool beverage.  I’m not sure how that works, but who am I to argue with the expert.  So if you want to try it for yourself, check out our K-Cup selection.

 

Fellowes Laptop Lift

FEL9311201

FEL9311201

Don’t just keep yourself cool; keep your laptop cool to with the Fellowes I-Spire Series Laptop Lift. Features include an innovative design that elevates your laptop for enhanced viewing comfort and helps to reduce neck strain and shoulder tension. The built-in curved design helps keep your laptop cool, while tabs on front hold the laptop securely in place.

 

Macey Thomas | FSIoffice

 

 

How safe is your office?

Did you know that June is National Safety Month?   And believe it or not, the office is full of potential accidents just waiting to happen.  Below are several simple steps you can take to help make sure you and your co-workers stay safe and injury free.

According to CDC the most common office accident is a fall, and the most common causes of office falls are:

  • Tripping over an open file or desk drawer, electrical cord, loose carpeting or objects in walkways or hallways.
  • Bending or reaching for something while seating in an unstable chair.
  • Using a chair in place of a ladder
  • Slipping on wet floors
  • Inadequate lighting

Help avoid these accidents by following these safety tips:

  • Always pay attention and look where you are walking.
  • Keep file and desk drawers closed when not in use
  • Don’t stretch to reach objects from your chair – get up to get them.
  • Report any lose carpeting or electrical cords to the proper personnel to correct.
  • Immediately clean up any spills, and put out wet floor caution signs.
  • Use a step ladder, not a chair to reach items overhead.
  • Avoid leaving items in walkways and hallways.
  • Make sure all areas of your office have proper lighting.

Following these tips may not prevent all office accidents.   The best practice is to be prepared just in case an accident occurs.  A great place to start is making sure that your office has the proper size First Aid Kit for the number of employes on site.   In honor of Safety Month, we have our 10 person First Aid Kit on Sale!  Buy now to take the first step toward a safer office!

~Macey Thomas
FSIoffice

 

 

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Buy GREEN for Earth Day!

With great products like these, it’s easy being green this Earth Day!

recycled pen

Pentel B2P pen

Can you believe this is made out of a water bottle?!  That’s right, water bottles.  This is the B2P pen from Pentel, and it’s the first pen ever to be made from recycled bottles.

SAM16937

Samsill Earth’s Choice Binders

Want a FREE Binder?  Just follow the rules on this flyer, and you can get a FREE Earth’s Choice binder from Samsill.  They are biodegradable, and made from 100% Recycled content.

APD8511REC100

APD8511REC100

Introducing our new 100% recycled house-brand copy paper, APD8511REC100!  It’s 20 lb., 92 bright, and 8.5×11. We also offer a 30% recycled paper (APD8511REC) and a 50% recycled paper (APD8511REC50).

~Macey Thomas
FSIoffice