Fall is upon us! You may be wondering what are some things you can do with your team to add some fun to the office or for team building. As an office manager you may responsible for planning or bringing ideas to the table to for such events. All eyes will be on you, the office manager, to have some great ideas that are budget friendly, fun, morale boosting and most importantly won't bore the socks off your team. No pressure right?
Fun with Food
Everyone loves food and most people will engage in an activity that involves food. Your team is no different. The fall offers so many fun ways to host a team event centered around something we all have in common: eating. Here are a few ideas to use this commonality to have some fun and enjoy good food with your team this fall.
1. Have a baking contest.
First off, sweets delight everyone from kids to adults. So having a baking contest is an easy win for fun and injecting some excitement into the office. Not to mention it can appeal to the competitive nature of some team members. For the fall, the contest could center around typical fall desserts or flavors like pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie or chocolate cake. To encourage more people to show off their best baking skills and adding some variety to the contest sampling, consider having multiple categories. For example have entries for pumpkin pies and another for pound cakes, ect. Reward your winner with a certificate or small trophy, or other prize.
The messy desk. There are at least a few in every office. We’ve seen our fair share of them. These are the desks that our crews really, really want to dust, but there isn’t an inch of clear space to do so. They can be found running over with everything from papers, mail, food crumbs and cluttered with personal items. The messy desk is not only a challenge for your janitorial service to dust and clean but it takes away from the cleanliness of the office as a whole. Even more, a messy desk can contribute to decreased productivity.
According to Inc.com, a messy desk not only wastes time but it can decrease the level of customer service your business can provide to customers. The article states:
Furthermore, your clients will judge your business and employees by how clean or messy individual work areas are cleaned. According to a survey by Adecco, a majority of Americans (57%) make judgments about people based on the appearance of their work desks. The logic is, if they can't keep a desk organized, how can they take care my business? Cleaning up the desks in your office is a simple fix and an easy way to create a favorable impression, which will boost client confidence.
Another survey by Office Max reveals that a messy, unorganized desk also undermines productivity and motivation. If a desk is cluttered and a mess, it can affect your metal state. A clean desk promotes clarity of thought, creativity and boosts productivity.
The messy desk is so near to our heart and a common complaint we hear from office managers. So much so that it is the first topic in the Keep it Clean challenge that we hosted a few years ago. Maintaining a clean and organized work space can seem like a daunting challenge, but the benefits of improved productivity, increased focused and favorable impressions from customers are worth the effort. Today we are sharing a few practical tips and some helpful web resources that can solve the messy desk problem in your office.
Moving to a new apartment or house can be a stressful and busy time. From packing, lining up moving assistance and getting settled into your new place, the entire process can be overwhelming. If you're leaving behind a rented apartment or house, most likely it will need to be cleaned in order to receive your deposit back and end on good terms with your landlord.
Many people save themselves time and increase the chances of getting their deposit back by hiring a move-out-cleaning company. Professional cleaning companies are skilled in deep cleaning, the exact type of cleaning that your old home will need to be restored to move-in-ready condition. The fees for this type of service varies based on your location, the condition of the home, the number of employees required and how long it will take to clean.
Hiring a move-out-cleaning company doesn't have to be a difficult task. With a little preparation and planning the process can be smooth and easy. Here are a few tips to help you successfully hire and work with a move-out-cleaning company.
1. Inspect your home before you contact the move-out-cleaning service. Take a few moments and walk through your apartment, inspecting it as if you were the landlord. Make note of any trouble areas such as stains on carpet, the condition of the oven and refrigerator and other areas that may need some extra attention. Also notate any damage that you find and take pictures for your records. Most likely, the cleaning company will do this as well to protect themselves from claims of damage. It is helpful if you and the company are on the same accord with this matter.
How to Properly Dispose of Used Ink Toner Cartridges
If you’re the lucky person who has to change the ink toner, you’re also faced with the challenge of deciding how to properly dispose of the old ink toner cartridge. Properly disposing of ink toner cartridges should be a topic that your business or facility has a plan in action for, so when the time comes there is no question of the correct action to take. But what is the correct way to dispose of toner cartridges and what should your business be doing?
Well the answer depends on a few things.
The answers to these questions will shape the answer of what you should be doing with ink toner cartridges. The information shared in the post will help you decide whether tossing or recycling is the best option for your business. You'll also learn tips on how to safely execute either option that you deem is best for your situation.
The office break room is easily one of the most used rooms in any office. It's used by pretty much every employee several times a day. From morning coffee, to eating lunch and hosting office pot lucks, break rooms are a central gathering place. Being such a high use area it's not surprising that break rooms can also become one of the nastiest rooms in a common office.
Your commercial cleaning company may clean at night, but unless your business has a day porter it's up to your employees to keep the area tidy during the day. And it's important for employees to take ownership of certain tasks like removing old food from the refrigerator that the commercial cleaning may not be tasked to perform.
In addition to the messes that we can see, there are the bacteria and germs that we can't. But those germs and bacteria can make us sick which could lead to employees using more sick days. Keeping a tidy break room will also help your commercial cleaning company to do a more thorough cleaning each service, which will further reduce the presence of bacteria and germs. Since no one wants to use a dirty break room, we've complied a list of five easy tips to keep your office break room yuck free. Getting your employees to adopt these habits will create a healthier, cleaner environment for all employees to enjoy.
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