Your workplace can help save the world
September 19, 2017
Recycling, eating more plant-based meals, and riding your bike to work are all great ways to reduce your impact on our planet. But what about your place of work? Is your office aware of its carbon footprint, and is it taking steps to reduce it? An environmental initiative in your workplace allows...
A clean office is a healthy office
September 12, 2017
There are lots of ways to make your office healthier—step challenges, healthy break-room snacks, wellness programs. But one approach that may be overlooked is making sure your office is as clean as possible. Yes, when it comes to workplaces, cleanliness is next to healthiness. That’s because there...
Seven employee benefits that are so 2017
August 29, 2017
Picture this: You’ve applied for a job, gone through the interview process, and received an offer. You open your email and the company’s HR person has sent you the available benefits package. There are the usual suspects—health insurance, dental, 401(k). But these days, you might see something more...
Four strategies to strengthen your team and minimize gossip
August 22, 2017
Jamie walks into the break room and overhears two other coworkers talking near the fridge. Suddenly they realize Jamie’s there and immediately stop their conversation. They close the fridge, walk by Jamie without speaking to her, and leave the room. Ever since Jamie’s argument with a coworker,...
Help your staff through an uncertain time for employee health care benefits
August 15, 2017
The only thing we can be sure of when it comes to American health care policy is uncertainty itself. As of this writing, the first few attempts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) have stalled. Meanwhile, health care costs continue to rise, and the Trump administration...
Seven ways to celebrate office birthdays without the sugarcoating
August 8, 2017
Not so long ago, celebrating birthdays in the office was the proverbial “piece of cake”: order a sheet cake from the local bakery and carve it up in the conference room for everyone to share, accompanied by the sounds of all your coworkers being forced to sing the “Happy Birthday” song. But with...
14 ways to help your office save the planet
July 20, 2017
Interested in reducing your office’s carbon footprint? It starts with small changes you can make right now to move toward a greener future. During my time at the Oregon State University Sustainability Office, I spent many months researching how to create the most effective green office using...
Get the most out of your standing desk
July 6, 2017
Interest in standing desks has been growing ever since “sitting is the new smoking” became a mantra among the health-conscious. Maybe you’ve been swept up in the wave, courtesy of an office remodel, or maybe you were persuaded by one of the many articles on the Internet and ordered one for yourself...
An affordable approach to a healthy workplace
April 24, 2017
When you’re busy running your business, it can be easy to forget the importance of healthy eating, exercise, and stress management for yourself and your employees. Before you know it, your employees are trying to meet deadlines while running on coffee, doughnuts, fast-food lunches, and junk from a...
How to stay sane and productive while telecommmuting
April 12, 2017
At first blush, working at home sounds pretty dreamy: no traffic to battle, no time-sucking coworkers—just you, your computer, and possibly your pet. Working from home definitely has its advantages, for both employees and employers. A 2013 experiment run by professors at Stanford University and...