Month: January 2016

Our Year of Giving Back

Our Year of Giving Back

In the past year, we’ve made it an initiative to give back to the community through donations and service. We’ve taken pride in organizing charitable opportunities that appeal to all our staff’s interests, talents, and availabilities. We’re excited to continue into the new year!

If you’re looking for ways to volunteer your time as a company, chances are there is a need right under your nose:

  • Check with your local hospitals to see if they have a donation drive or volunteer program.
  • If you live near a large metropolitan area, there are likely many soup kitchens and food pantrys that are always accepting donations and volunteers. Check with local places of worship if you’re having trouble finding a place to donate.
  • Contact Habitat for Humanity to see if there is a need for volunteers. Not only are you helping a family build a home, you are participating in a great team building exercise!

Below is our year in service as a company.

 

January, February, March:

Collected household and school supplies for the Rose Brooks Center for women who have been victims of domestic violence. As a WBENC-certified company, we keep charitable causes related to women close to our hearts.

Spent a volunteer day at Happy Bottoms, an initiative of the Rose Brooks Center benefitting infants.

April, May, June:

Spent two full days volunteering on-site building a home for Habitat for Humanity.

July, August, September:

Stuffed snack bags in the office for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City.

Prepared dinner twice at a local Ronald McDonald House.

December  

Secret Santa children’s toy exchange to benefit Children’s Mercy of Kansas City.

9 Workplace Gifts for a Healthy New Year

9 Workplace Gifts for a Healthy Workplace

It’s the season of New Year’s Resolutions and finally getting that gym membership. Healthy employees are happier and more productive – find what can you do to encourage them.

Workplace gifts and giveaways are a great way to encourage a healthy lifestyle at your company. We’ve curated the best new ideas for you to start the new year off right, mentally and physically.

1. Trendy, functional waterbottles.

We love the S’well brand for its unique design, functionality, and commitment to the environment.

2. Drawstring bags and gym totes.

Half the battle is gathing your things for the gym – make it that much easier with branded or un-branded drawstring bags and gym totes that are every bit as stylish as they are funcitonal.

3. Pedometers.

All of us with desk jobs have been guilty of sitting all day without even realizing it. A small pedometer can be a great motivator for employees who want to get their steps in while at the office.

4. Fitness trackers.

A gift for those true fitness buffs, or those wanting to keep tabs on their health. Fitness trackers such as the Fitbit or UP by Jawbone track steps, heart rate, sleeping patterns, and more.

5. Company-branded planner.

Getting organized is the first step in maintaining a healthy, mindful lifestyle.

6. Stress balls.

A staple of desktops everywhere, the stress ball is a classic, inexpensive gift that makes itself useful when stressful tasks arise.

7. Yoga mats.

A branded yoga mat is a great way to show that your company cares about healthy lifestyles. Studies have shown that workplace yoga and meditation lowers stress and improves sleep quality.

8. Earbuds.

These days, it’s almost out of the question to hit the treadmill without good music and a set of earbuds. They double as a great way to minimize office distractions for those that like to jam out at their desk.

9. Sports apparel. 

Headbands, hats, and sweat-wicking material are welcome accessories during any workout. Add your logo for a tasteful touch on a gift that’s sure to get some use.