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!!

 

Gift Ideas for Firefighters this Valentine’s Day

If you have ever attempted to buy a Valentine’s Day gift for your significant other, you know how difficult it can be. There are many options out there, from jewelry to candy to plush animals. If your significant other also happens to be a firefighter, the choice can be even more difficult. Do you want to go with firefighter-themed gifts? Do you get them something to help them relax? After all, fighting fires on a daily basis is a tiring, backbreaking job. If you are wondering what exactly to get your firefighter for Valentine’s Day this year, keep reading. We will discuss just a few of the great gift choices available, in a variety of categories. This way you are not limited to just one, and could even mix and match gifts if you liked.

 

Custom Fire Department T-shirts

Fire departments often suffer from a lack of morale. What better way to increase morale and give a truly treasured gift than to get your significant other a t-shirt with their fire department’s name and logo on it. These can be done in many different designs and colors as well as having your significant other’s name on them. No one will be able to see it when they are suited up, but your significant other will know it is there, and it will be both a reminder of your love and the important job that they are doing every day.

 

A Romantic Dinner At Home

Most people take their significant others out for Valentine’s Day dinner, and while this can be relaxing, if your significant other is a firefighter, they may be tired when they get home from work. This means they may just want to come home instead of going anywhere else. Making a romantic dinner or ordering one in if cooking is not your strong suit will provide them a nice meal and a chance to relax and unwind in the comfort of their own home. They can put up their feet, snuggle with you and let the cares of the day slip from their shoulders. Light some candles, turn on their favorite romantic music or television program, and cater to them for the night. Caring for people is a great way to show them how much they mean and are appreciated, and your exhausted firefighter will appreciate that perhaps even more than most. You could even throw in a massage or foot rub for that added extra touch.

 

Finding a Valentine’s gift for a firefighter does not have to be difficult. There are websites that offer fire department themed merchandise including t-shirts, jewelry, hoodies and plush animals, and a romantic dinner at home will give your significant other a chance to unwind and relax as you pamper them. What could be more amazing than that?

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!!!

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10 tips to save energy!

October is Energy Awareness Month! That’s an awareness we can get behind! 🙂 Here is 10 easy ways to cut your energy use in half…courtesy of greenamerica.org
1. Turn off the lights! – shut off lights while not using a room.
2. Install ceiling fans! In the summer keep them rotating counter-clockwise and in the winter clockwise to circulate the warm air rising.
3. Show your fridge some love! – clean the coils every 6 months to keep it running efficiently! Take up unused space with jugs full of water, these will hold in the cold rather than your fridge cooling blank space.
4. Wash clothes in cold water & air dry! – washing in cold gets your clothes just as clean & cuts your washer’s energy use in half!
5. Upgrade appliances! – many newer appliances now are more energy efficient, especially if built after 1993. It’s worth the investment.
6. Give your water heater a blanket! – seriously! an insulated heater can reduce heat loss by 24-45%!
7. Plug air leaks! – seal air leaks around doors and windows with caulk & weatherstripping…also curtains, films, and plastic covers over windows help keep the heat in during the winter!
8.Use your programmable thermostat! – learn how to use the settings on your thermostat to maximize the efficiency of your heating & cooling systems.
9. Air dry dishes! – ignore the drying option on your dishwasher!
10. Eliminate Phantom Load! – unplug your electronics when not using them to save energy they may be still using
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