As we begin to reopen public spaces and return to the office, health and safety is on everyone's mind. Over the past year, with the help of our vendor partners, we've had the opportunity to hear from experts in the field of occupational health and workspace design. They all agree that the new office can't be business as usual. People's behaviors will be different, and our physical spaces must change to accommodate that. Making changes that address the health and safety of your employees and guests is the primary objective, but you can also use this opportunity to build a space that people want to be in, one that makes people feel comfortable and even energized.
I want to take a moment to provide an update on the current product distribution environment, including the disruption to our supply chains, pricing pressure, and the steps Rogards is taking to address these issues.
It would be redundant (and just downright unpleasant) to recap what happened in 2020. As we entered 2021, there was a great deal of optimism that recovery was on the way. I continue to believe that’s true, but this recovery has not been without significant challenges of its own.
We’ve heard from many of our customers that they’re gearing up to reopen their offices. Employees will coming back full time. Guests will being allowed in. Before you throw the doors open, you might want to take some time to think about your facility. Is it ready for all of those people? Have you given it a good deep clean? We want to help you make a good impression, so we’re sharing a list of five spots that people often forget when they’re cleaning the office.
Everything we love about spring – warm weather, sunshine, green grass, blooming plants, even the smell of rain – can reduce stress. If only we could all work outside. Unfortunately, most of us can’t, but it seems like a waste to let all that stress-relieving potential go unused. So we’re going to look at some ways that you can bring what’s happening outside into the office to help you have a less stressful day at work. We’ll also be sharing ideas for making small changes in your facilities that can help spread that stress-busting power to everyone you work with.
With fewer people in the office full time, this could be the perfect time to reimagine what you’re offering in the breakroom. a few small breakroom changes could lead to increased employee satisfaction, improved employee engagement, and a feeling of much greater comfort with the idea of returning to the office full time.
One of the most popular tips you hear for cutting waste and expenses is to buy in bulk. Especially when you’re talking about cleaning and janitorial supplies. It’s a great suggestion. It works. But what if you don’t have the room (or desire) to store boxes and boxes of supplies? Do you have to choose between overstocking and overpaying?
April is National Stress Awareness Month, so we thought it would be the perfect time to try to help you deal with your stress. Instead of just listing a bunch of stress busters and leaving you on your own to figure out which one might work, we’re taking a different angle. We’ve picked 10 of the most common signs of stress and a stress-relieving activity that addresses each one.
We’ve all been talking a lot about germs, bacteria, and especially viruses lately. Surely by now we’ve got a handle on what we need to clean to keep ourselves and our coworkers healthy, right? We wipe down our desks and phones and printers and copiers and breakroom tables and door handles, and phones, and sinks, and, and and. We’re as germ free as we can be. Well, there’s one spot you may not have thought of, so we’re here to lend a helping hand. We’re heading to the bathroom to find those germs, but they aren’t in the first, or even second, spot you would think of.
It’s almost Valentine’s Day and you know what that means. It’s time to look at office couples! Not the inappropriate, making out in the parking lot couples. These are couples that even HR can love because they’ll help you work more efficiently.
This year we’ve decided to spice things up a little. This year the path to coupledom won’t be easy. Our couples are going to have to fight for their relationships. It’s love triangle time! Don’t get to worried though. None of our suitors is the mean, lying, cheating, steal the family business out from under you type. No matter which love you choose, you win.
Well, it’s that time of year. The holidays are over. The skies are overcast and it seems like weeks since there’s been any sunshine. They’re calling for snow and freezing rain. Spring seems years away. If the gray skies outside your window have brought on a recurrence of your winter blues, read on. These tips should help you get through whatever winter is going to throw at us.
Like lots of people, you've probably made personal resolutions for improvement in the new year. Have you thought about making some resolutions to make your office a little better? It's not too late to implement some small changes that could make a big difference over the coming year. We’ve put together a few suggestions for you.
At Rogards, all of the chairs we sell have a warranty. If your pneumatic lift starts dropping you to the floor instead of lifting you up, we have you covered. But warranties only cover the big problems. What about the smaller issues: the squeaky back, the sticky wheel, the loose arm?
Ergonomics is about creating a space that’s comfortable and works with you and your body so you can work safely and easily. There are several parts that go into it, but we believe the basis of a good ergonomic set up comes down to one thing: your task chair. The truth is that a good, adjustable task chair can get you most of the way to a great-fitting workspace.
In news that will not shock you, disinfecting wipes have been hard to come by this year. And although the shortage isn’t as bad as it was in March and April, stock levels are still hit and miss. Manufacturers are still struggling to keep up with overwhelming demand. So, as COVID cases start to rise again and we all look for ways to help slow the spread, what are you supposed to do to keep your office safe? Let’s look at some alternatives to that hard-to-come-by canister of wipes.
When we’re talking to people about chairs, there’s one question we hear pretty regularly: “What makes your chairs different than the $99 ones I see advertised?” The most important difference is adjustability. A good chair can be adjusted to fit you perfectly.
We’ve been talking to you about workplace hygiene for a while now. At the beginning of this pandemic, most of us were worried about hands and surfaces, but more recently it’s clean air that’s getting the attention.
We get a lot of questions about whiteboards. How do you pick the right one? There are so many styles. Why do some cost so much more than others? What’s the difference? How can I tell which ones are the good ones? The truth is there aren’t bad ones and good ones. It’s just that they’re meant for different purposes. As experts, we’re here to break it down for you.
As your employees transition back into the workplace, you want to make this process as stress-free as possible. Have you considered upgrading your breakroom offering to increase comfort and cleanliness?
In speaking with our customers it’s clear that everyone is more concerned than before about keeping their workplace clean. Everyone wants to be as germ-free as possible, but many of the products we depend on for de-germing are hard to come by. So what do you do? Well, we would say, “Don’t panic.”