We are excited to ring in the New Year by announcing our new partnership with T-Promos to provide you with a comprehensive list of ergonomic and safety products that are completely customizable to fit the needs of your company. T-Promos specializes in customizing promotional items that you can purchase individually or in bulk for your employees. This partnership forms a perfect union between a company that can provide these products and a company that can ensure that the products are both ergonomically correct and safe for your employees to use. Some examples of the products available are pens, playing cards, anti-fatigue mats, computer mouse, mouse pads, safety vests, hard hats, safety glasses, aprons or smocks, first aid kits and many more. Here is the fun part; since the products are customizable, you can put your company logo, slogan or other fun safety catchphrases on these items. This allows you to accomplish two things at once: 1. You are providing your employees with incentives, or promotional items. 2. These items will be safe to use, can decrease ergonomic risks associated with their job, and serve as a constant reminder to work with safe behavior. For example, if you want to provide your employees with pens, we will ensure that these pens have a large grip diameter to prevent unnecessary stress on the hands, fingers, and wrists. You can then put your company logo or a catchphrase such as “safety first” right on the pen. Another benefit to this partnership will be if you are currently using CIS onsite for any of your injury prevention needs, anytime a risk is identified by one of our EIP Specialists and a recommendation is made for an ergonomic product, we can work with T-Promos to provide you with the most affordable options. This will reduce the stress involved with shopping around trying to find good deals and quality products as we can take care of this process for you. We are excited about this partnership and the lasting value that it will provide for all of our clients.
One of the known secrets of highly productive people is taking breaks. They know that taking breaks is part of maintaining sustainable energy throughout the day. Research shows strong correlation between the health of the workforce and their corresponding productivity. Power naps in the afternoon are known also to boost productivity. A quick nap of 30 minutes or less would be most beneficial to boost productivity especially during the difficult hours after the lunch break.
Taking breaks could also be in the context of taking vacations. All of us have paid leaves but some people don’t utilize them. That’s a bad move and that can mean lesser productivity. Taking a vacation replenishes job performance, while not taking vacations mean more mistakes and resentment towards colleagues. So take the time off your company gives you. You’ll do yourself a favor and them as well as a result of your increased productivity upon your return from your vacation.
In fact, scientists have found a formula for maximum productivity at work. Micro breaks (of less than 5 minutes) can have significant boosts on productivity. Taking regular breaks of 1.5 minutes can increase your productivity by 6.45 percent. Therefore, a quick walk to the bathroom or to the pantry to get some water can be a quick way to boost productivity. Apparently, 2:55pm is the most unproductive time for workers, so this can be one of the times you can take a microbreak.
The pomodoro technique is a simple system to follow to make sure you have regular breaks. A pomodoro consists of a 25 minute work interval of intense focus and productivity and then taking a 5 minute break after that interval. You can use a normal watch for this task or you can download an app for this.
Our brain has a limited capacity to focus and by not taking a break, our brains can be overwhelmed and so we end up suffering a burnout which totally destroys productivity. So taking breaks is one way to replenish our brain’s capacity to do productive work.
Another benefit of taking breaks is a cognitive one. Researchers from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign assert that taking breaks provides goal reactivation. This means after we take a break, we refresh our minds on what we are trying to achieve and so we remain focused on the task at hand which contributes to productive work. By not taking breaks, we might lose sight of our overall objective.
Another good break to take on a regular basis is by taking a walk. Even better if it’s in a park or it involves Mother Nature. Walking helps boost creativity and refocus after the quick walk.
It’s important we don’t fall into the ‘busy trap’. We need to carve out regular breaks in our working time to recharge. It may seem you’re taking one step back when you take breaks, but actually you’re taking three steps forward after each break.
Taking short breaks frequently throughout the day has been scientifically proven to decrease muscle soreness and fatigue. This is another added benefit of giving your body the rest it needs perform at its maximum potential. Do your body a favor and take a break.
Whether you plan to celebrate on your own or with someone special, use these tips to give a gift of health to you or someone you love on Valentine’s Day and all year long.
Make A Date With Your Heart! February is American Heart Month, and Valentine’s Day is a great time to start taking steps to be heart-healthy.
Consider making a healthy meal for Valentine’s Day. Serve food lower in salt and fat content, provide more fruits and vegetables, and make less sugary sweets for an overall healthy Valentine’s Day.
Protect yourself from the cold and flu.
Prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancies.
If you are going on a romantic getaway, be prepared.
If you drink alcohol, do so only in moderation. Excessive alcohol use has immediate effects that increase the risk of many harmful health conditions. It is also the third leading cause of preventable death. Don’t drink and drive or let others drink and drive. Women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant should not drink any alcohol.
Gear up. Are you considering a new, potentially risky, or unsafe activity? Be sure to use appropriate safety gear, including seat belts, life vests, and helmets to help prevent injury.
Watch the sparks. If you decide to cook a romantic dinner, light some candles, or have a cozy fire, don’t leave them unattended.
Be aware. Women are more likely to be victims of sexual violence, including intimate partner violence, than men. Risk factors such as drinking alcohol and using drugs are associated with a greater likelihood of violence.
Consider that your valentine may have allergies, asthma, diabetes, or other health conditions. You can be sensitive to your valentine by finding out if certain foods, flowers, pets, stuffed animals, or anything else might affect his or her health.