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Office Upgrades for 2015

With the new year comes the need for new gear.  Office upgrades usually include  new software and hardware, but can also mean rising up to the latest and greatest in business machines and office products.

 

A Resolution for Greater Productivity

The new AutoMax auto feed shredder brings the gift of free time for the new year. The SureFeed Technology allows anyone in the office to shred without attendance, automatically. Just load the drawer, push the button and walk away (hopefully back to the Christmas party).

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Perfect Lamination Without the Wait

If laminating is an essential part of your business, then the new laminators from Fellowes are the essential upgrade. Faster warm up technology (InstaHeat) and automatic pouch adjustment (AutoSense) have been combined into one machine for optimal laminating performance.

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See the new laminators.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Workstation Makeover

Drab workstations can lead to drab performance. Bring the desk back to life with a little style from I-Spire. These functional, elegant and effective office accessories can spruce up the desktop, and your associates.


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See the full I-Spire Series

 

Consider these other great office upgrades:

Bringing Ergonomics to the Workplace

Upgrading to a Better Binding System

Introducing Cleaner Air to the Office


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Corporate spies and dumpster diving

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Why do corporate spies still dumpster dive? Here’s a list of what they are looking for and why:

Company Phone books

Can give a hacker names and numbers of people to target and impersonate.

Organizational charts

Contain information about people who are in positions of authority within the organization.

Memos

Provide small amounts of useful information for creating authentic looking fake memos.

Policy manuals

Show hackers how secure and insecure a company really is.

Calendars

Can tell a corporate spy which employees are out of town at a particular time.

System manuals

Sensitive data and other sources of technical information may give a hacker the exact information he needs  to access the network.

If you are not sure whether or not it should be shred–shred it.

Need to select a commercial shredder? Chose here: Shredders for Business

Find more information on document based  identity theft protection.

Learn more about auto feed shredders for business.


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The difference between fresh air and air fresheners

 

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Air fresheners by their commonality may seem harmless enough for providing a clean fresh scent indoor scent. However, in a  study by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC)  many air freshener products contain phthalates, hazardous chemicals known to cause hormonal abnormalities, birth defects and reproductive problems.  NRDC’s independent testing of 14 common air fresheners, none of which listed phthalates as an ingredient, uncovered these chemicals in 86 percent of the products tested.

Time Magazine, however, raised questions about the research. “While the study looked at which air fresheners contain the chemicals and how much, it did not assess people’s exposure to phthalates from these products — the size of the room, the distance from the air freshener and how long a person stays in the room are all factors that would affect potential toxicity.”

“We’re not saying that there’s any clear-cut evidence here for health effects,” says Dr. Gina Solomon of the NRDC. “If consumers want to reduce overall exposure, avoid these products or pick ones with lower levels.”

Some fresh air alternatives

If there are health concerns about air fresheners, here are some alternatives for improved indoor air quality:

  1. Open the Windows-There is no substitute for good ventilation
  2. Houseplants-Scientists funded by NASA say their research shows that plants clean indoor air. These scientists and other vigorous advocates say that plants have been cleaning the earth’s atmosphere for millions of years, why not your indoor air as well?
  3. Air purifiers- safely removes 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns!

 

Why Purify Your Indoor Air? Learn more

Make Sure Your Air Purifier has the right filters: see the video


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Is Your Laptop Giving You HOLS?

That’s Hunched Over Laptop Syndrome.
With the increased use of laptops over desktop computers, we begin to adjust to our technology in unhealthy ways.
Looking “down” at screens for long periods of time causes neck and shoulder tension.
Flat laptop keyboards force us to bend our wrists in awkward positions in order to type, leading to wrist and arm pain.
And with the mobility of laptops, we work on them on sofas, on coffee tables and pretty much anywhere, thinking we are making ourselves more comfortable, but in fact, twisting our bodies into unrelaxed positions as we strain to work.

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Eliminating HOLS

Laptop Lifts raise your monitor to an ideal height, reducing neck and shoulder tension.
Lifts also angle the keyboard for more comfortable typing.
Most importantly, Laptop Lifts keep you working in a healthier, less strained sitting position so you can enjoy the mobility without the pain.

Learn More about Laptop Lifts: Click here: Laptop Comfort Solutions

 

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Flashcards help with learning languages

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Teaching Spanish with a Laminator

Language education always works better with teaching tools. Laminators allow educators to make useful flashcards that are durable and waterproof, sparing classroom budgets for more important things (like class trips to a Spanish restaurant!) In fact, 93% of all teachers say flashcards help students learn languages.

Here are some great flash card templates that can get teachers started introducing Spanish to students:

 

Months of the Year can be taught with these Spanish-English Month of the Year Flash Cards

Learning numbers in Spanish can be fun with these Spanish-English Counting Flash Cards

The names of animals in Spanish is a helpful approach to teaching young children Spanish. Use Animal Name Flash Cards  to make a game out of learning.

Learning words useful for travel makes that class trip more meaningful. Use Spanish-English Travel Flash Cards to get kids ready to speak fluently to the waiter at the Spanish restaurant.

Look for other great laminating ideas with free downloadable templates at the Idea Center:  Fellowes Laminator Idea Center

Need help selecting the right laminator? Click Here.

 


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Encourage Reading. Let Kids Make Custom Laminated Bookmarks

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One way to keep kids reading is to turn it into a fun and easy craft project. With a laminator and your personal computer, you can get the kids creating cool and interesting bookmarks that they can say they made themselves.

On your computer create a document in a word processing program or paint program that is 2.78” wide by 6.47” long. This is your bookmark template.

You can decorate it on the computer with images, quotes from favorite books or designs. You can also print the templates and let the kids design the templates with crayons or markers.

They can make scary bookmarks for scary books and silly ones for silly books. The possibilities are endless.

Once the kids are done decorating, insert the pages into your Fellowes laminator.

Trim the edges for cool, durable bookmarks that will last  the new school year.

For free bookmark templates  that are already designed, click here: bookmark templates

Look for other great laminating ideas with free downloadable templates at the Idea Center:  Fellowes Laminator Idea Center

Need help selecting the right laminator? Click Here.


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Laminating Fun ID Badges for Kids

badgesDo your kids what to be members of a secret club? Have special crime-fighting skills? With a little imagination and a laminator you can make this happen.

Creating fantasy ID badges lets kids imagination soar. And it’s easy.

  1. Help kids create a wallet-sized photo ID in a word or paint program on the computer
  2. Make sure to use a cool photo. Make spaces for name, special powers, secret agent abilities and secret club membership
  3. Print the document on index cards.
  4. Laminate to create awesome ID cards they can keep in a wallet.

 

Birthday Party ID Cards

For a birthday party, collect photos of all the kids invited and laminate special  VIP Members ID Cards to get into the party. Kids can flash their B-day ID at school so everybody knows they were there!

 

Look for other great laminating ideas with free downloadable templates at the Idea Center:  Fellowes Laminator Idea Center

 

Need help selecting the right laminator? Click Here.

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