Plenty of us have had our share of less than satisfactory days at work. Sometimes, they come in the form of an insensitive comment made by a coworker; not meeting a deadline; or just waking up on the wrong side of the bed. But we don’t have to let those things keep us down - we can actually have a FANTASTIC day, in spite of setbacks. According to CareerBliss.com’s article ‘How To Be More Positive At Work’, there are several things one can do to maintain sanity in their workplace. I’ll list them, first, then give my take on their suggestions.
1. Write down 3 things you are thankful for each day
2. Take 10 deep breaths under a beautiful tree
3. Listen to your favorite melodies
4. Compliment your colleagues on great work
5. Lend a helping hand
Writing down 3 things you are thankful for each day. This is a great idea because we tend to focus too much on what’s going wrong and forget about what’s actually going right. Taking the time to reflect on what we’re grateful for will help to put things back into perspective.
Take 10 deep breaths under a beautiful tree. It sounds a bit odd but this could prove very helpful. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t enjoy the serenity that relaxing underneath a tree provides (unless they’re allergic to trees).
Listen to your favorite melodies. Music can be very relaxing. Listening to music that you enjoy can put you into a better mood. For example, I tend to listen to upbeat songs on my way to the office, every morning. One of my favorite songs to listen to before work is ‘Walking On A Dream’ by Empire of the Sun. It’s such a feel-good song that can bring a smile to just about anyone.
Compliment your colleagues on great work. We all like to feel appreciated and that our contributions help make the business run smoothly. So, if you enjoy commendation, why not do the same for others?
Lend a helping hand. The old adage goes, “There is greater happiness in giving than there is in receiving.” When you avail yourself to help others, you truly do feel better about yourself; you feel like you have something to offer. And people appreciate those who take the time to assist them. Colleagues helping each other creates a kind office vibe.
These Aren't Your Grandparents' Business Card Holders
by Brittani Parker-Berdeguez
Some of us lose our sense of individuality when we join the corporate world. We become little machines that fuel up on iced lattes in order to crank out several Excel spreadsheets, and send status updates to our managers via Outlook. To maintain touch with the outside world, we need to shake things up a bit. Exhibit A: a unique business card holder. Put one of these babies on your desk and it’s guaranteed to spark an interesting conversation. In addition to garnering tons of “oohs” and “aahs” from visitors, it will help you to remember you have interests outside of the office.
Get In My Belly -- July Is National Ice Cream Month
Photo: Hector Sanchez
by Brittani Parker-Berdeguez
Ladies and gentlemen, we’re smack dab in the middle of National Ice Cream Month. I couldn’t believe it, either; there’s actually a month dedicated to everyone’s guilty pleasure! As I type this, I feel my stomach rumbling and my taste buds growing restless. Since this is an exciting month, I’ll share with you a delicious recipe from MyRecipes.com that is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. This recipe is for Buttermilk ice cream.
What you’ll need:
1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1 1/2 cups half and half
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup whole buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste (Vanilla Extract may be substituted)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1. Process all ingredients in a blender 30 seconds or until very smooth. Cover and chill at least 2 hours or up to 2 days.
2. Pour mixture into freezer container of a 1 1/2-qt. electric ice-cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. (Instructions and times may vary.)
3. Serve immediately, or transfer to an airtight container, and freeze up to 1 week.
If you want to be really adventurous, you can place a scoop or two between two big, soft chocolate chip cookies. Happy eatin’!
So, you’ve just graduated from college and you have your shiny new degree at your side. Now what? For most recent graduates (including myself), the job search ensues. If you were ahead of the curve, you would have begun that search at the beginning of your final school term. But sometimes, things happen and we’re unable to get that head start. When you finally land an interview, you find yourself like a chicken — without a head — because you know you have to perform, soon. Interviews can be completely nerve-racking but they don’t have to be. AnyPromo has got you covered.
1) As soon as you pull into the company’s parking lot, YOU’RE ON. Even though you haven’t stepped foot into the building, people are watching you. Not in a creepy, stalker way but in a let’s-see-the-whole-package way. They’re observing you to see if you’re someone they would want to represent their company.
2) STAND when the interviewer walks into the room and be the first to SHAKE his/her hand. Be sure to make EYE CONTACT, too. This shows confidence, as well as respect.
3) SILENCE your phone. One of the worst things that could happen right when you’re rounding third plate is your phone ringing or vibrating. A phone left on reeks of rude and the interviewer may mentally dismiss you. In addition, you don’t want anything to detract from your “self sell”.
4) DRESS the part. You would be surprised how many people do not pay close enough attention to their physical appearance on interviews. I, myself, have seen people show up to interviews in the most wrinkled jeans and dingy flip flops. Dress professionally, unless the interviewer discourages it. You don’t have to make it a red carpet affair but dress like someone YOU would hire.
As I stated, earlier, I was in your shoes. But if you make sure you’re prepared, everything will go just fine. And always remember to be yourself!
Today is the day we say ‘goodbye’ to our lead graphic designer, Fabian. Fabian has been with AnyPromo for the last two and a half years. You know it wouldn’t have been a proper send off without food. Everyone brought in their favorite dishes and dessert to show their appreciation for Fabian’s work. Now, he is joining the ranks of many by attending graduate school; he will be pursuing a Master’s Degree in Graphic Design. Even though we’re a bit bummed he’s leaving, we’re happy that he’s moving forward with his career goals.
Below are a few words from some of AnyPromo’s team:
Adam - “Thank you for the opportunity to work here!”
Kevin - “Thanks Fabian. Good luck on your next journey.”
David - “A super cool dude with great potential. His skills are through the roof.”
I believe I speak for everyone when I say he’ll be missed. We wish you all the best, Fabian!
Foam fingers are NOT just for Miley Cyrus, ladies and gentlemen. I’m sure you’ll use them as they were intended ( .__.) These simple, yet, fun pieces are just what you need to take your wedding reception from regular to a full on party! The DJ who played my wedding told me he used them at his wedding and they were an absolute hit! And I believe him; I saw the pictures (including one of my brother doing the Tootsie Roll in the middle of the crowd).
2. Mason Jars
Mason jars are also on trend for the wedding season. In fact, I incorporated them into my own wedding centerpieces. But they are also really cool to drink from. These would be a great item to personalize with your name and wedding date so each time your guest sips from it, they’ll be reminded of your spectacular day.
Sunglasses are definitely a great choice for your wedding reception. They add a certain cool factor that everyone will appreciate. Wear them for the wedding party’s entrance into the reception or hand them out as a ‘Thank you’ to your guests.
Are you a coffee drinker? Do you know any? If you fall into either category, you can appreciate this idea: the Sharpie mug. The Sharpie mug makes for a great gift or it can add a little pizazz to your cupboard. Personally, I like using festive mugs more than your run-of-the-mill plain ones; they simply make me happy :) Whether you’re looking for your next gift item or you’re an employer who would like to show gratitude for great staff, this mug is sure to be a hit!
What would you do if your employer told you that you could finish college on them? Sounds like a dream! However, for just over 100,000 Starbucks employees that dream is a reality. The colossal coffee chain’s CEO, Howard Schultz, explains why this is a great move to the New York Times saying, “I believe it will lower attrition, it’ll increase performance, it’ll attract and retain better people.” Starbucks has worked out an online program with Arizona State University, to help employees complete their undergraduate degrees. The prospective employees to benefit from this tuition-reimbursement plan are broken into two groups: those who have enough college credits to qualify as a junior or senior; and those who are considered a freshman or sophomore. The former group will be eligible for full reimbursement by Starbucks and the latter will be eligible for partial reimbursement.
Some working students may hit a snag in their education because of unforeseen occurrences, or just because college has become increasingly expensive. At one time, I was a working student, myself. I worked about 20-25 hours per week, while maintaining a full class load of 16-18 credits per quarter. Balancing work and classes can be a daunting task, especially when bills may be piling up. And something I encountered while working and attending school was lack of empathy from an employer. Starbucks is not only showing it cares about its employees’ education but it is also investing in it. Have you been waiting for a ‘catch?’ Well, there isn’t one. Unlike many employers, who send staff to school and require they remain with the company for X amount of years upon completion, Starbucks does not place such conditions on tuition assistance. With the economy in the position it is, having your employer behind you is a huge help. I’m certain Starbucks will receive a big return in terms of employee quality and retention.
If you’re looking for an item to boost your brand presence or to have your impressions carry over—promotional tote bags are worth considering.
According to the recent ASI Ad Impressions Study:
Logoed bags tie with writing instruments as having the lowest cost per impression of any promotional item in the US.
Bags generate more impressions in the US than any other promotional item.
31% of US consumers own a promotional bag.
But how do you choose the right bag for you?
With the variety of types and materials available – it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Narrow down your choices by budget, intended use, and whether or not you have a preference in materials.
We’ll start with the most popular option, Polypropylene (used nationwide as an eco-friendly alternative to grocery bags). Essentially a recyclable plastic fabric, Polypropylene is strong and lightweight and measured in GSM (grams per square meter). Its nonwoven form is undoubtedly the most cost efficient.
Between the two, Nylon is denser than Polyester. Both are measured by Denier (a measure of linear density expressed in terms of grams per 9,000 meters) and Thread Count (a total amount of threads in a square inch). The higher the Denier and Thread Count measurement, the more durable and stronger it is when comparing the same material.
While we are more familiar with Cotton for apparel items, cotton is a high quality choice for tote bags—although it might run a little bit higher in price because of its greater durability. Made from 100% all natural cotton, this material is measured in ounces and can be easily washed.
Paper and Plastic, materials in wide distribution, round out this brief review of materials. Similar to Polypropylene, Paper items are measured in GSMs, the higher the number or measurement, the thicker the paper bag will be. In comparison, plastic materials can be differentiated by mil (a measurement of one thousand of an inch).
Interested in promoting your business or organization on bags and apparel? We’ve got thousands of products to choose from: www.anypromo.com.