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Desks Say More About Your Employees Than You Think

If you're like me, you spend most of the day at work. You work in an office from 9am to 5pm. You start your morning with a hot beverage, maybe a little water cooler chat and then you make your way to your desk. I'm a Grand & Toy employee who works [...] READ MORE


How to Hire the Right Employees For Your Small Business

Hiring the right employees for your business is one of the most important tasks in the human resource (HR) department. Unfortunately, many small businesses do not have a dedicated HR team, so this essential task tends to fall on the shoulders [...] READ MORE

How to Achieve Work life Balance as A Solopreneur

Do you know how many solopreneurs are in Canada? 1.8 million Canadians, and that number is growing. Embarking on the journey of becoming a solopreneur isn¿t always easy, as all aspects of the business fall on a single person. While it can be exciting to take on [...] READ MORE


3 Benefits Of A Docking Station

For businesses of all sizes, it's crucial to provide employees with the right tools to help them perform their best work. In 2019, this usually begins with supplying employees with a computer. When it comes to computers, companies today tend to give employees laptops instead [...] READ MORE


The Changing Workplace: Is Your Business Ready?

Have you ever heard the phrase that "change is inevitable?"; Well, change is an expected part of life and this includes the workplace. Changes in the workplace have been brought forth by several different factors, including [...] READ MORE


How To Combat Cell Phone Use At Work

In 1973, the first cell phone made its entrance. It was invented as a wireless device that made phone calls from anywhere. As time went on, the cell phone advanced to introduce SMS messages. Today the cell phone has advanced [...] READ MORE


How An Open Office Workspace Can Benefit Employees

With the millennial generation taking over the workplace, the traditional office design has begun to change. One way this is happening is with the transition to an open office concept. So, what is an open office workspace? [...] READ MORE


Chatbots: Meeting Your Newest Coworker

Imagine working with a co-worker who is always on time, who is available 24/7, and who never has to take a vacation. Well, this co-worker already exists. They might not be who you're expecting, because they are not human [...] READ MORE


Team Building Exercises to Keep Your Employees Motivated

Are you starting to notice a disconnect or lack of motivation from your employees? It sounds like it's time for a team building activity. Team building activities are a fun way to bring your employees together as a team. They help [...] READ MORE


4 Ways To Get Organized At Work Before Going On Vacation

Who doesn't look forward to taking a vacation from work? Whether you decide to go to the beach, explore a new city or take a staycation, vacation time is the perfect time to become stress free, recharge and relax. While taking a vacation is [...] READ MORE


6 Ways To Appreciate Your Employees

As you can probably know while attracting top talent is hard retaining top talent is even harder. In fact, 43% of Canadian workers said that they would quit their job for a new one. So, what can you do to prevent your employees from leaving? We suggest [...] READ MORE


4 Essential Cleaning Products to Keep Your Desk Clean

Even though most offices have regular cleaning crews, a recent study by Discovery Health has revealed that the average desk contains 400 times more germs than a toilet seat. Confused? Don't be. The cleaners [...] READ MORE


An Ergonomic Approach to Benefit Employees and the Business

Did you know that your employees' health could be having a negative impact on your small business? If you haven't invested in the health of your employees, it's time to start! More and more, employees are facing [...] READ MORE


How to Properly Adjust an Ergonomic Chair

Do you know what to look for in an ergonomic chair? A good ergonomic chair should provide employees with the ability to adjust the height, lumbar support, seat depth and armrests of the chair. For an ergonomic chair to have a positive impact [...] READ MORE


Get Moving with Ergonomics

Creating a work environment that encourages movement can make a huge difference in the health of your employees. Whether employees are complaining about the pain in their back or neck at work, it's highly likely that their discomfort is related to [...] READ MORE


The Benefits of a Sit-Stand Workstation

Do you know how many hours the average office worker sits in a day? It's shocking! The average office worker sits around 10 hours per day. This leads to a sedentary lifestyle which increases employees' chances of [...] READ MORE


The Office Manager - The True Unsung Hero in Every Workplace

Preserving and promoting a strong company culture that employees identify with and feel a part of, is one of the most important ways employers can retain top talent and grow their business [...] READ MORE


3 Tips to Organize and Declutter Your Desk

If you haven't seen it, you've probably heard of the popular Netflix show,  Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.  The show follows Marie Kondo as she goes to different homes that need organizing and decluttering. Her approach encourages [...] READ MORE


Working from Home: Creating an Effective Home Office

Canadian companies are raising the bar. Employees have asked, and employers have decided to answer. And thanks to an advancement in technology, more and more companies are allowing employees to work from home. According to [...] READ MORE


3 Ways to Refresh your Office for Spring

Have you thought about making a change to your office? With a change in seasons fast approaching, now is a perfect time! If you're ready to refresh your office for spring, it is important to focus on providing employees with an office space [...] READ MORE


4 Ways to Prepare Your Small Business for 2019

Where do you see your small business going in the next year? As companies begin wrapping up the year in Q4, it's the perfect time to reflect on the past and start setting up a 2019 plan for success. Many businesses choose to begin [...] READ MORE


Why Small Businesses are the Heart of Canada

In October, we celebrate Small Businesses, so it's a great time to reflect on the contributions they've made to our economy, and how they continue to enhance the lives of Canadians every day. We've certainly witnessed their impact [...] READ MORE


How Digital Solutions Can Transform the Way You Work and Connect with Customers

By now you've likely heard the gospel surrounding digital transformation. If you haven't set the digital wheels in motion with your business, you still have time. Embracing digital technology is good for business in many ways. The right [...] READ MORE


5 Easy Ways To Create A More Productive Workspace

A clean and inspired workspace can make all the difference when it comes to your team's productivity level at work. Whether it's work in cubicles or in a basement home office, we all know how easy it is to accumulate tons of stuff as the months go by. Laptop backpacks [...] READ MORE


Mass Distraction: Canadians at work

The workplace: it's where Canadians spend most of their time Monday to Friday (and the occasional weekend, too). While it's a place where engagement and productivity should be soaring, the reality is that it can be difficult to focus [...] READ MORE

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