Employee Spotlight: Amanda!

Amanda is our resident genius around here at WorkPlacePro. She has been here 12 years and I really don’t think any one of us could get by without her. She is the backbone of our website, the glue to our marketing team and all around just makes WPP “tick”. Yes, she is that good. We thought we’d sit down with her for some very important interview questions that we hope you enjoy and let you get to know her a little bit. 🙂

Interview Questions:

  1. If you were a Disney character, which one would you be? And why?

I googled “Which Disney character are you” and took this quiz https://ohmy.disney.com/quiz/2017/04/25/quiz-which-disney-pixar-character-are-you/

 

Here’s my result: Sadness from Inside Out

 

I haven’t seen this movie, but it’s on disney.com so it must be official.  I guess see what you get to judge if this quiz is accurate

 

  1. What skill would you like to master? Reading Japanese, but I’m too lazy to stick with studying it.

 

  1. What’s your favorite drink? I usually drink water, but the fanciest I get is Coke Zero with lime.  Or a white mocha cappuccino from Baxters.

 

  1. What are three small things that make your day better?
    1. Dark Chocolate
    2. New YouTube videos
    3. Feeling like I accomplished something

 

  1. What’s special about the place you grew up? Nothing really.  Cookie cutter house in a generic Somerset subdivision.

 

  1. What did you think you would grow out of but haven’t? Wanting a dog.

 

  1. If life is a game (like some people say) what’s two rules you would have?
    1. Don’t be rude.
    2. Be a geek about something you enjoy.

 

  1. Favorite restaurant? Food from what place? Given the opportunity, my favorite thing is to go somewhere new, or somewhere we rarely go, and have something a bit different that I wouldn’t usually have at home.

Employee Spotlight: Jim!

Jim is our Senior Designer here at Work Place Pro. His duties & task are many & he does them all with ease & organization that is met by hardly none. We love our senior designer & want you to know him a little better!

  1. If you could relive one day of your life, what day would it be and why? The day I Married my wife Tammy! 
  2. If you had to describe yourself using only three words, what would they be? Caring, Loyal & Car Nu
  3. Do you have any strange or unique phobias? Anything close to my Eye…I turn into a big baby when I need eye drops….I RUN AWAY!!!  LOL 
  4. What’s your favorite way to spend a Saturday? Spending time with my Family 
  5. Favorite way to say “I love you” to your kids without saying a word? Making them Laugh! 🙂 🙂
  6. Favorite movie quote? It’s a Wonderful Life, starring Jimmy Stewart played by George Bailey)  Clarence: [to George] “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”
  7. Favorite candy? Biscuits and Gravy….ha ha…..that is candy to me!! 
  8. If you were famous what would you be famous for? Loving my kids and helping children who are in need or have disabilities. 

Interviewed by Cierra of our Marketing Department

Back To School Safety Tips

It’s that time of year again when parents and children across the country are preparing to go back to school.

August is designated as Back-to-School Safety Month, and we want to remind motorists to be extra careful at all times.

Follow the tips below to make sure you keep your children safe while walking and biking to school:

School Zone Driving Safety Tips

  • Be on the lookout for school zone signals and ALWAYS obey the speed limits.
  • When entering a school zone, be sure to slow down and obey all traffic laws.
  • Always stop for school busses that are loading or unloading children.
  • Watch out for school crossing guards and obey their signals.
  • Be aware of and watch out for children near schools, bus stops, sidewalks, in the streets, in school parking lots, etc.
  • Never pass other vehicles while driving in a school zone.
  • Never change lanes while driving in a school zone.
  • Never make U-Turns while driving in a school zone.
  • Never text while driving in a school zone.
  • Avoid using a cell phone, unless it is completely hands-free, while driving in a school zone.
  • Unless licensed to do so, never use handicap or emergency vehicle lanes or spaces to drop off or pick up children at school.

Riding Your Bike to School

  • Check with the school to make sure your child is allowed to ride their bicycle to school. Some schools do not allow students to ride bicycles to school until they reach a specific grade.
  • Make sure your child always wears a bicycle helmet! Failure to wear one could result in a traffic citation. Furthermore, in the event of an accident, helmets reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent.
  • Obey the rules of the road; the rules are the same for all vehicles, including bicycles.
  • Always stay on the right-hand side of the road and ride in the same direction as traffic.
  • Be sure your child know and uses all of the appropriate hand signals.
  • Choose the safest route between home and school and practice it with children until they can demonstrate traffic safety awareness.
  • If possible, try to ride with someone else. There is safety in numbers.

Walking to School

  • Leave early enough to arrive at school at least 10 minutes prior to the start of school.
  • Use the same route every day and never use shortcuts.
  • Go straight home after school. Do not go anywhere else without permission.
  • Always use public sidewalks and streets when walking to school.
  • Demonstrate traffic safety awareness and pick the safest route between your home and the school and practice walking it with your children.
  • Try and walk to school with other students. There is strength in numbers.
  • Teach your children to recognize and obey traffic signals, signs, and pavement markings.
  • Only cross streets at designated crosswalks, street corners and traffic controlled intersections.
  • Always look both ways before crossing the street and never enter streets from between obstacles like parked cars, shrubbery, signs, etc.
  • Always walk and never run across intersections.
  • Avoid talking to strangers. Teach your children to get distance between themselves and anyone who tries to approach or make contact with them.
  • If a stranger does approach your child, make sure they know to immediately report the incident to you or a teacher.
  • Teach your children to never get into a vehicle with anyone, even if they know them, without your permission.

Clothing and School Supplies

  • To prevent injury, backpacks should have wide straps, padding in the back and shoulders, and should not weigh more than 10 to 15 percent of a child’s body weight.
  • When placing items in a backpack, place the heavier items in first. The closer the heavier items are to a child’s back, the less strain it will cause.
  • Children should use both backpack straps and all compartments for even distribution of weight.
  • Remove drawstrings from jackets, sweatshirts, and hooded shirts to reduce the risk of strangulation injuries.
  • Art supplies in the classroom should always be child safe and non-toxic.
  • Make sure your child’s school is up-to-date on the latest recalled children’s products and toys.

School Bus Safety

  • Make habit of arriving at the bus stop at least five minutes before the scheduled arrival of the bus.
  • Make sure your child stays out of the street and avoids excessive horseplay while waiting for the school bus.
  • Be sure the bus comes to a complete stop before getting on or off.
  • When riding the bus, make sure your child understands they must remain seated and keep their head and arms inside the bus at all times.
  • Do not shout or distract the driver.
  • Do not walk in the driver’s “blind spot” – this is the area from the front of the bus to about 10 feet in front of the bus.

Employee Spotlight: James!

Let’s get to know one of WPP’s veterans, James!

Interview Questions:

  1. If you were truly stuck on an elevator what are 3 things you would do or say? First, faulty elevators are a serious thing… no joke. This happened to one of my favorite musicians who fell to his death trying to escape an elevator….please view the following

http://pitchfork.com/news/37054-rip-jerry-fuchs-drummer-for-juan-maclean-maserati-turing-machine

So I wouldn’t recommend anyone jump or do anything too risky to escape unless truly a matter of last resort, like if the building catches fire or something. – First thing I’d say is stay calm. Locate the call box to try and get help. – If that fails, and no one is coming, then attempt to pry the doors open, and see if any escape is possible. The absolute last resort would be to look for any exit out of the top, like a service door or something. But this all sounds really dangerous.

  1. What are some of your weird quirks? It’s not a necessity, but I prefer all of the light switches to be in the same direction. I don’t like to get my feet wet, unless I am swimming. Nothing worse than wet socks or canvas shoes. Like LEGO Batman™, “‪I only work in black. And sometimes very, very dark grey.” ‬Just kidding, but as you may have noticed, I wear a lot of black and don’t like a lot of colors, especially bright colors (with few exceptions – mostly Sundays, where I can be seen wearing blue or navy).
  1. What’s your favorite thing about being a dad? …name some things you love…I have two daughters. They’re the absolute joy of my life. I never imagined being a parent and didn’t expect to have kids. So when my first one came along, she changed everything. And two was just double the blessings. When they were little, they’d want to me to carry them all of the time, at the same time. Now that they’re bigger, I sometimes miss that. One of my favorite things is I love watching their individual personalities and interests develop. My goal is to be supportive even if it’s not something I would really want to be involved in. One example is Cheerleading. I don’t enjoy sports, but because my daughters wanted to cheer, I found myself on Saturday’s attending youth football games. (Soon his girls are going to ask him to workout and this will be James coming into work afterwards hahahaha)
  1. Name 3 tips for new parents … that you learned the hard way? This one is essential for new parents… and I wish I’d known about it earlier. You know the little envelope tabs sewn onto the shoulders of onesies? They seem to serve no purpose, and most parents have always assumed they’re there to make it easier to get a onesie over a baby’s head… but they’re actually there for when the baby has a diaper blow out so you pull the onesie down over the baby’s legs and avoid a bigger mess. “What?” You’re saying. “Such a genius concept.” I know. Why don’t onesies come with instruction manuals so we could have saved ourselves so much time trying not to wake a sweaty, sleeping baby who had spit up all over everything? Another essential one is rest when the baby rests. You’re inclination is to try and get stuff done while the baby sleeps, and they do sleep a lot. But baby’s need so much of your focus that you can end up easily sleep deprived. So rest when you can. This is essential when you have a toddler and a baby, and another learned the hard way. ALWAYS GET THE IMMOBILE CHILD OUT OF THE CAR FIRST. There’s nothing worse than being in a parking lot trying to unhook the car seat from the base with one hand while the other holds onto a squirming toddler. (I too, learned the first two tips the hard way….but, in trying for baby #2…you can count your bottom dollar that I will get the immobile child out first when the time comes…hahahah!! Love it.)
  2. What was your favorite book growing up? My favorite book is Franz Kafka’s “The Trial.” I first read it when I was 14 and have read it many times since then. The story is about a man accused of an unnamed offense and his futile struggle against an unknowable court. He’s eventually found guilty and executed for the unknown crime. Essentially it’s a novel dealing with existential guilt and punishment who’s theme can be summarized as “We are all guilty.” (Wow…I guess all of his books are depressing lol…James try reading “Metamorphosis”..It’s pretty good…..I mean, in a Debbie Downer kind of way haha.)
  3. Have you ever re-gifted something? If so, what was it and who did you give it to? I don’t think re-gifting is a crime. Sometimes you get a gift that just doesn’t fit you, but you know someone else who might really enjoy whatever it is. Last year at the Christmas party, I got one of the blankets that were so popular. I didn’t have a need for it and the one I got was rather nice. SO, I gave it to my mom as part of her gift and she loved it. (I like how you know what James’ answer is going to be, when he starts off with “I don’t think re-gifting is a crime,” haha…like he’s going to state penitentiary. Easy killer, it’s just a question. No one is going to the slammer today. Also to be noted, I don’t want to draw James’ name for Dirty Santa…I might as well just wrap the gift up and give it to his mother LMBO. haha. I kid, I kid.)
  4. If you could be any flavor of ice cream, what ice cream flavor would you be and why? My favorite ice cream flavor is coffee. But that doesn’t seem to fit in this scenario. So… If I had to be a flavor of ice cream it’d be Superman … a multi-flavor concoction that can conquer all … even the flavor of life (aka “Rocky Road”). (My gosh James…as if 8 cups of coffee by 11 a.m. isn’t enough….you want coffee flavored ice cream too? That’s it. I’m signing you up for Espresso-nymous. You need help sir. A whole latte’ of it.) 🙂

Written & Interviewed by Cierra, Marketing/Analytics

Employee Spotlight: Jennifer!

 

Like always, I had to ask a few very important questions:

  1. What movie have you seen 152,987,452 times and can easily quote? Little Rascals. (I really feel the need to catch her at lunch and say “That ain’t sand…that’s kitty litter.”)
  2. Would you rather talk only in snorts or smell like an onion?Talk in snorts”. (“oh *oink* my *oink* gosh *oink*…me *oink* too *oink*”) haha 🙂
  3. What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?Dealing with a small little girl that is 5 years old going on 17”
  4. When using toothpaste, there’s two types of people in the world: those that squeeze from the bottom (always), or those that squeeze wherever, which one are you?Squeeze wherever”… (I’m with her, squeeze wherever girl……but, I know people like my husband are cringing on the inside….Bless their hearts haha)
  5. What was your favorite childhood cartoon? “Tom and Jerry” (it’s to be noted that she still loves and watches her some Tom and Jerry…haha)
  6. Tell me a weird quality about yourself? “I mix up meatloaf, mashed potatoes and corn… and squirt tons of ketchup over all of it.” (Some would say gag a maggot….but, my old school dad would say “It’s all going to the same spot anyways.” But, didn’t Elvis like peanut butter and bologna sandwiches?! So, we won’t think Jennifer is a complete weirdo on her strange eating quirks haha) 🙂
  7. If your life was a movie, what would it be and why? “Not sure. But, definitely a drama because life has thrown a lot at me.” (Well…hallelujah she didn’t say “Scream” or “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”..I would’ve had to skedaddle on out of the room if that was the case…)

 

-Written & Interviewed by Cierra of our Marketing/Analytics team 🙂

June is National Safety Month!

 

9 Safety Tips for Spring

Spring cleaning safety is not normally on people’s minds when they begin to haul out all those cleaning supplies and equipment, but it should be.

Everyday we need to be careful when going about our household chores, but when you really start tearing the house apart and moving things around during spring cleaning, especially with all those cleaning supplies and equipment out, it is doubly important to keep safety in mind.

Do not rush because you are tired or in a hurry.

Spring cleaning can be tiring work. Do not forget safety even if you have worked hard all day and want to get done. The better thing to do when you are exhausted is to stop and take a break, drink a glass of water, sit under a nice cool fan, and rest instead of being unsafe.

 

(1) Be careful moving large pieces of furniture and appliances.

Use proper lifting technique, keeping you back straight and lifting with your legs.

Also, wear shoes when moving heavy items so you don’t hurt your toes.

Finally, if you feel it is just too heavy and you can’t find someone else to do it for you, just don’t move it. It won’t be the end of the world to just clean around it.

Always have spring cleaning safety in mind.

 

(2) Be safe while on ladders and step stools.

When doing a task, such as washing windows, where you need to be on a ladder use extreme caution. Do not lean too far to either side. A good rule of thumb is that your belly button should not go beyond the sides of the ladder. Also, have someone available to hold the ladder steady for you if possible, and make sure before you step on them that the rungs are not wet, and you are wearing non skid shoes.

 

(3) Be careful when walking on wet surfaces.

Make sure you take the proper precautions to keep from falling. Also, make sure others in your family, including children, are also warned of the wet floor to keep them safe. You may need to block small children’s access to wet floors because they just don’t understand not to run and slide on them.

 

(4) Keep stairs, landings, and walkways clear of boxes, bags & other clutter.

Spring cleaning is a great time to declutter your home, but you need to make sure all the boxes and bags of stuff you are getting rid of don’t cause a safety concern.

Make sure you place them outside walkways and especially away from steps and stairs where someone may trip on them.
(5) Don’t carry too much stuff at once, especially on stairs.

Make sure you keep a hand free to hold onto the stair railing. Also, whether you have stairs or not, always make sure you can see over the load you are carrying so you do not trip.

 

(6) Follow cleaning product label safety instructions and recommendations.

Cleaning supplies can create nasty fumes, so make sure you get some fresh air by opening windows, turning on the exhaust fan, or placing a fan in the room.

In addition, do not mix ammonia and bleach together, both of which are common household cleaners, because they create toxic fumes when combined. You should also wear rubber gloves to keep your hands from getting dry and cracked from the hot water and chemicals.

 

(7) Wear a mask when cleaning dusty areas.

This may seem like overkill to some, but if you are at all allergic to dust this tip is very important.
(8) Do not leave buckets filled with water around your home.

Even if you need to take a quick break make sure you empty that cleaning bucket, or at least put it in an inaccessible area. Even small amounts of water are a drowning hazard for small children.

 

(9) Put away all your cleaning supplies when you are done.

Put the cleaning products away in a childproof cabinet for your children’s safety and well-being as soon as you are done with them.

 

Cleaning your home may not always be a pleasure, but it never has to be a hazard. Follow these spring cleaning safety tips to have a safe and productive spring cleaning!

 

 

 

“THE KEY TO SAFETY IS YOU”

This message is brought to you by Hinkle Contracting Company who would like to remind you that safety in the workplace makes Good Business Sense.

 

Thank you so much Hinkle for these great safety tips!!!

Employee Spotlight: Paul!

We want you all to know us a little better!

First up, Paul!

Interview Questions:

  1. If you had a million dollars, what’s the first thing you would buy? A house
  2. What’s your favorite food? Carnitas (if you’re like me….you don’t know what that is…I’m like carnivore, what??? haha…No worries guys….he confirmed that it’s pork tacos lol…who’s getting hungry besides me folks???) 🙂
  3. If you could have one super power (besides etching, duh) what would it be? The ability to fly… rescue cats from trees….(so, basically….. from that alone, we can conclude that Paul is in fact a saint right ‘meow’ LOL)
  4. Would you rather be trapped in a box filled with snakes or spiders? Snakes (Lesssbehonest… I only trust people that say “neither” right off the bat HAHA….)
  5. Favorite Movie? Star Trek Movies
  6. What words do you live by? “Treat others with respect” (We can all definitely live by those, am i right about it?!)
  7. Weird fact about yourself? I like to play tetris on the computer…and I like to cook!!

 

Round-Up Campaign

Round Up donation total for first 10 month

 

Every time you purchase through the WorkPlacePro.com website you have the option to round-up your total to the nearest dollar. When you decide to round-up your total you can choose from 3 different organizations to donate your money.

Currently the options are The Breast Cancer Foundation, The American Cancer Society, or the National Autism Association.

In 10 months, you as our customers, have donated $3,635.87 to these organizations collectively. For that, we thank you. We could not do any of what we do without you and seeing you offer up your donations truly means the world to us.

We are currently researching other organizations to add to our round-up program. If you have something near and dear to you please leave a comment so we may consider it for our next cause!

15 Must-Try 100th Day of School Activities

Everything from creative collections of 100, craft projects, math games, to writing projects and more!

1. Make a class list of 100 words the children can spell on their own.

2. Make art with 100 dot stickers.

3. Make a list of 100 things as a class they wish they had and 100 things they do not want.

4. Donate 100 canned goods as a class.

canned goods

5. Make monsters with 100 googly eyes.

6. Decorate crazy 100th day hats.

100th day of school hat

7. Make necklaces out of 100 fruit loops.

8. Work as a class to complete 100 acts of kindness.

9. Decorate drawings of what the students would look like at 100 years old.

10. Write about what you would do with $100.

11. Dress up as 100 years old.

12. Draw a tree using 100 thumbprints as the leaves.

13. Students bring 100 small items that fit in a quart size zip lock bag.

14. Make a “Before I’m 100” bucket list.

15. Make shapes/characters using the numbers “1”, “0” and “0”.

 

Have the best 100th day of school!!!