10 fun Secret Santa gift ideas

It’s baaaaaack: That little office game where you draw a coworker’s name and sneak them super secret gifts every day for a week before your identity is revealed.

Secret Santa can be crazy fun but also mind-boggling, especially if you don’t know the person whose name you’ve drawn very well. Lucky for you, there are a few gifts out there that are universal, fit your predetermined budget and make great options for your debut as the office Kris Kringle.

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Tired of turkey? Unique ideas for your work Thanksgiving celebration

Though it may not have been present at the 1621 celebration of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, the turkey is undoubtedly the star of the Thanksgiving feast. Because this beautiful bird is large enough to feed a sizable crowd — and because it is uniquely North American (often hunted by colonists) — it became a staple of the table when Abraham Lincoln declared our national holiday in 1863.

But as the Day of Thanks approaches and your calendar fills with celebrations, it doesn’t mean you have to have all turkey all the time. Your employees will likely get their fill of the bird while they’re off on Thanksgiving, so it’s your chance to come up with a fun, unique menu for your workplace gathering that shows them you’re grateful for them — but doesn’t give them a turkey hangover before they get to the main event.

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What does your desk say about you?

There’s never been a more publicly private space than your desk.

It’s the one place that houses the things you need to function as an employee, but also the only place you have to call your own in this shared environment. You work to make it a comfortable, pleasing, homey, functional space. Over time, though, it’s easy for our personal habits and preferences to take over, making it a place that sends out all kinds of vibes about who we are — for all of our coworkers to see.

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Protect your workplace against the flu

It’s fall, and we hope you’re planning all of your favorite things right now — decorating with fodder shocks, painting pumpkins, picking apples and getting lost in corn mazes.

You can enjoy none of them, though, if you’ve got the dreaded flu, which also rears its ugly head this time of year. This highly contagious respiratory illness is caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes lungs. It can be mild or severe, and, in some cases, lead to death.

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5 ways to show your customers they are valued

Having loyal customers is key to success for any business.

Think about the companies you love. Why do you keep giving them your business? Maybe their product is top-notch, but odds are that product excellence is complemented by an extraordinary customer experience. Companies like Amazon and Trader Joe’s consistently top customer service rankings because they give consumers what they want and need, and they make consumers feel good.

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Rock that office Halloween costume contest with these ideas

Here’s an easy, peasy way to win a $250 prize to throw a Halloween party for your group: Just tell (or show) us why you love this spooktacular holiday and you’ll be entered to win! All you have to do is fill out the official entry form; we promise it won’t be scary. Wink. Submissions will be accepted until Oct. 1, 2018. The winning entry will be announced on Oct. 5, 2018.

We’re all about group unity here at Workplace Pro, and on Halloween is no exception. Not only is it the perfect excuse for an office par-tay, it’s the perfect time to put your best costume foot forward as a group.

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Bullying happens at school and work: Here’s how to fight it

What do you think of when you hear the word “bullying”?

A playground is likely a common visual. The screams of happy children in the background. The heartbreaking scene of a child getting pushed around by another in the foreground — not just physically, but verbally.

But bullying doesn’t just live in school hallways or the playground. Cyberbullying among young people occurs more frequently because of easy access to digital devices and social media. And bullying doesn’t just happen to children: Adults are experiencing it in the workplace at an alarming rate — 60.3 million workers report being affected.

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An escape plan can save your family from a fire

Fire professionals, unite! Help spread the word about Fire Prevention Week (and your pride about what you do) with our firefighter apparel. Deadline to order is Aug. 23!

Our homes are our safe places. We know the ins and outs better than anyone. Should something dangerous happen, we’d know exactly what to do and how much time we’d have to do it in.

Right?

Actually, not so much. Especially when related to fires.

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