4 ways to make staff meetings productive and enjoyable

Let’s be honest. No one really looks forward to staff meetings.

Whether you’re having them once a day, once a week or once a month, we have a tendency to lose focus when we get employees together. Sidebar conversations can overrule, debates can go on a lot longer than expected, and we can get lost in the weeds discussing ideas.

With a little planning and discussion with your staff, you can make those meetings more focused, productive and maybe even fun. Here are a few ideas for getting started:

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Listen while you work: Podcasts for long days at the desk

Podcasts are a great alternative to music if you’re looking for something to listen to at work or during your commute that is interesting, inspiring or simply entertaining.

If you’re unfamiliar or have never listened to one before, podcasts are digital audio files made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, and typically available as a series. You can subscribe to them and receive updates when a new episode is available. There are thousands of podcasts out there about a wide variety of topics, and when you find one you love, it can become just as addictive as your favorite TV series.

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Ways to make your workspace more productive

A key element in having a more productive work day is your workspace. Are you comfortable? Are you inspired? If you’re sitting at a cubicle with nothing but your computer to look at, then those eight hours a day probably move by pretty slow. Likewise, if your desk is not positioned appropriately, then any discomfort you’re feeling in your back, neck or shoulders could keep you from being able to focus.

If you have flexibility to spruce up your workspace, here are some ideas for making it a place where you feel efficient, focused and comfortable.

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Help employees meet their goals with workplace wellness

One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions people make is to improve wellness in some way, whether it’s exercising more, eating healthier, or losing 10 pounds. In early 2017, Google searches for “get healthy” increased nearly 14 percent, while the number of specific searches for “gym” during that time went up 315 percent over the previous year.

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Find the cause that’s right for your business

An essential part of a company’s business strategy is determining how it will give back to the community. Corporate philanthropy helps foster employee engagement, builds trust with consumers and generates value for the business.

But how do you choose the cause your business should support? It is not a decision to be taken lightly. Take the time to assess what causes make the most sense for your business through an informed discovery process.

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It’s that time again: Office Christmas party time

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, we’re tellin’ you why — because it’s no fun being an office Christmas party pooper! So listen up: If you haven’t planned something fun or inspirational for your employees or coworkers to celebrate the holiday season, now’s the time.

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Meet the New WorkPlacePro® Website

We got a facelift! Check out our brand new WorkPlacePro.com – Your one stop shop for all your promotional apparel needs!

We’ve got brand new search functionality. Look for the magnifying glass in the top right corner

When you click, it expands into a text box

Our predictive search will show the results in the search bar.

Type keywords or design codes

To engage in online chat, click on the right hand side of the screen

Check out our BRAND NEW account log in-features! Log in or register new. If you previously had a WorkPlacePro.com account: You should already have an account set up on this new website also, but passwords were not carried over. Please use the “Forgot Password?” link to reset it to see your past orders.

Log-In or Registration Screen.

View your past purchases and order history!

Track Your Billing

During your checkout process, your personalizations will be saved so you don’t have to retype every order! View your previous personalizations here!

Account Settings

Support Cases are saved and tracked too!

You can also access account information by clicking the dropdown arrow by your name on the home screen:

If you have questions, please visit our Help Page. Click on the question to reveal the answer.

To see all products, click on Shop in the top left (on the home page)

Narrow your choices by embroidery, pad-print or screenprint

Change the view of the products displayed

Sort by deadline date or relevance (most recently added)

Change your view here:

Click on “Categories” at the top to sort by market

To place an order, find the product you want to purchase and click on it, for example:

Hover your mouse over the image to zoom in

Click on the color swatch and style first, and then the quantity size boxes will appear

Type in quantity or use arrows to reach desired quantity of each size

Choose whether you would like your items personalized or unpersonalized. View details for more specific personalization information for each design.

Click on view details takes you to a new page like this:

Click add to cart on previous screen to add items to cart

View cart and checkout or continue shopping

You can view your cart anytime by clicking at the shopping cart in the top right corner of the website

Once in checkout, please note volume discounts are applied per each item

You may update quantities by adjusting the arrows. If you wish to remove from your cart, click the arrow beside each sku:

Enter offer codes you received by mail, email, or social media to the right side of the screen. Click “apply”

Click “Proceed to Checkout” to continue the checkout process
Log In, check out as guest, or create an account

Enter Required and Optional Information, then click “Proceed to Checkout”

If you have an account with personalizations saved, click on “My Personalizations” to select your saved option. Otherwise, type in your personalization text. Choose bold if you wish that line to be bold text.

Then click submit. You will be given a choice to re-do or accept. PLEASE REVIEW ACCURACY BEFORE CLICKING ACCEPT.

Then click continue
If you wish to edit your cart, you may do so at any time by clicking on edit cart at the right of the screen in your order summary. Also, at any time, you may click on the logo at the top of the website, which will take you back to the home page where you can see the cart on the top right corner, and can edit from there.

Proceed with entering shipping and billing information, review your order, and click submit. Congratulations on placing your order through WorkPlacePro®!
For any questions or comments, feel free to contact us. Contact information is available by click the link at the bottom of the page.