Posts made in October, 2015

Awesome Office Furniture To Make Your Employees Happier And Healthier

It’s no secret that most jobs these days require employees to sit at their desks for a majority of the day. Whether you own a call center or a design firm (or anything in between), it’s just a fact that most businesses use computers to get things done. The more society relies on computers, the more people sit. Your business might be thriving, but your employees might feel simultaneously antsy and sluggish from sitting at a desk from 9-5. Luckily, you can make things better by introducing cutting-edge office furniture to reduce stress on employee bodies. Here are a few options to consider.

Standing Desks

Sitting at a desk all day can give your employees bad posture and hurt their health. If your company uses cubicles, there’s a good chance that they come with an option to raise the desk height so employees can comfortably stand while working at their computers. Many of your employees might want to take advantage of this option, but will look to you for the OK. Purchase desk chairs that can be raised to offer a high seating option for standing employees that need intermittent breaks. Or, buy padded stools for a cheaper option.  

Treadmill Desks

If you want to take your company’s health to the next level, you can always opt for treadmill desks. These treadmills with built-in desks allow people to stay active, even when they are on their computers all day. While treadmill desks can be expensive, they send the message that you value your employees’ health and well-being. The investment might be worth it when you consider overall company satisfaction. A healthy employee is a happy employee, and that benefits you.  

Exercise Balls

For some businesses, standing desks and treadmill desks just aren’t an option. For a cheaper alternative (or maybe a baby step in the right direction), offer exercise balls in lieu of standard office chairs. Exercise balls work a person’s leg, core and upper back muscles. They also improve posture and maintain focus. An employee who gets antsy at their desk can benefit from the small but steady movements an exercise ball requires. Be sure to order large exercise balls (approximately 65 cm) if most of your employees are between 5’4″ and 5’11”. This will provide a comfortable height so employees don’t have to crane their necks or twist their wrists while seated. 

It can be a big investment to provide non-standard commercial furniture for your employees, especially if you have a big company. However, the small movements these furniture pieces facilitate will translate into healthier and more content employees.

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Effective Ways to Cope with the Death of a Parent

Did you recently lose one of your parents to death? The holidays and other family events may make grieving even harder. The following tips can aid in helping you to cope and comfort other family members as well as yourself. 

Actively participate in keeping your parent’s memory alive.

There are a variety of ways to do this. Think of things that your deceased parent enjoyed participating in while they were living. For example,  if they had a favorite charity, you could continue to make donations to the charity in honor of your parent. If a certain disease or condition contributed to their death, you could raise awareness by participating in state and local benefits or acquire memberships to these organizations for your family members.

Continue holiday traditions.

Your surviving parent may want to forgo holiday traditions. Offer the suggestion to other family members to turn the holidays into mini celebrations for your deceased parent. For example, if your family celebrates Thanksgiving and your dad normally carved the turkey, your family could have a moment of silence prior to carving the turkey in honor of your deceased father.

It may also help to bring out old photographs from previous years. Your family can use these to recollect past holidays and the fun times you all shared. Consider putting the photographs on a table and reference it as “the memory table.”

Refrain from being too opinionated about how other family members are coping.

People handle grief differently. Refrain from making statements such as, “You have got to get over this. You need to get out of the house and socialize.” Statements like these could cause others to feel as though there is something wrong with them for grieving in their own way. 

Plan a family activity close to the annual anniversary of your parent’s death.

This is a way to start new traditions. You could choose to have a family dinner or cookout. You can also come up with unique ways to commemorate your parent’s life. You could release balloons with personal notes attached, print t-shirts with a photo of your parent and their birth and death date, or visit their gravesite to leave gifts such as flowers, figurines, and balloons.

The funeral services provider your family selected can be used as a resource for getting more tips on coping with grief. They may also be able to refer you to additional community resources such as grief counseling or support groups. Contact a representative from an establishment like Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd for further advice.

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