Posts Tagged ‘workplace’

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Go Green in Your Office with Plants

by Brian Wheat on January 26, 2017 at 9:30 am

Office Plants at Work — Photo Courtesy Brian Wheat, AAF, PFCI, of Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop & Garden Center in Lafayette, Colorado. www.lafayetteflorist.comNeed to add some character to your workplace? Houseplants, or in this case office plants, help promote well-being and create natural space and separations in an office climate.

Easy care, low light and low cost make traditional foliage plants a bargain, and gosh darn it, they make you feel good in a concrete jungle. The right plant in the right location will bring you years of enjoyment.

Plus, they’ll make you work smarter. Texas A&M University research demonstrates that workers’ idea generation, creative performance and problem solving skills improve substantially in workplace environments that include flowers and plants.

In addition, the NASA Clean Air Study  proves plants’ abilities to cleanse our office and home air of pollutants and toxins. Thanks, Mother Nature for your green gift of health working in an office scenario, filtering 24/7.   Read More

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Flowers for Halloween

by Stephen Rittner on October 25, 2016 at 2:52 am

Halloween Flowers - — Photo Courtesy The Rittners School of Floral Design, BostonThe ancient Celts called it Samhain. It was believed that the dead and fairy folk could cross over into our world at that time. It was very scary in a world that lacked modern scientific sophistication. Halloween’s origins were obviously much more somber than our current celebration of the holiday.

Today’s Halloween is a festive time, where adults join the young in enjoying trick or treating, ghosts, spiders, witches and things that go bump in the night. Flowers can play a major role in creating an atmosphere and shaping space. There are so many fun ways to celebrate Halloween with flowers.

You can never go wrong with a witch. Hydrangea and berries bubble up in this delightful witch’s caldron. What a great conversation piece for an entry area, bay window or living room. Read More

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Photo Courtesy Blumz by…JRDesigns in metro DetroitThis year, Administrative Professionals Week falls April 24-30, with Administrative Professionals Day on April 27.

Contrary to popular belief, Administrative Professionals Day, formerly known as Secretaries Day, was not started by the floral or gift card industries. In fact, its roots began during World War II. The National Secretaries Association was formed to recognize the contributions of secretaries and other administrative personnel to the economy, to support their personal development and to help attract people to administrative careers. The association’s name was changed to Professional Secretaries International in 1981 and, finally, the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) in 1998. As the organization’s scope and name changed, so has the holiday’s name.

With the ever-changing role of the administrative assistant, the stereotypical female secretary in a typing pool is no longer even remotely accurate. The role of the “admin” encompasses anyone whose job is to provide support, office administration, administrative assistance, paper and electronic filing, supply procurement, communications, technical support and so much more. Men and women fill these positions.

So when deciding what is appropriate as a gift in recognition of the contributions made by your admin, don’t make the mistake of slipping into a gender pit fall.

Flowers are an appropriate and appreciated thank-you gift — for men and women. Research from Texas A&M University reveals that flowers and plants naturally lift moods, boost workplace productivity, and enhance creative thinking — all beneficial to any company or organization. Read More

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She Deserves Recognition and Thanks

by Jennifer Sparks on February 29, 2016 at 9:16 am

SAFWD_CelebrateHer_v3Flowers are given to celebrate achievements of all sizes, from celebrating a birthday to achieving a personal goal – such as buying a new home or getting a promotion. Commemorating meaningful moments is a thoughtful way of sending thanks, encouragement and recognition. International Women’s Day, celebrated annually on March 8, is a contemporary way to honor the milestones of the women in your life. Women’s Day pays homage to the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world.

According to a recent survey, in the past year, 40 percent of U.S. women have achieved a personal milestone, including overcoming a health issue, learning a new life skill or having a child. Think about your friends, family members, co-workers, or mentors and the many things they have achieved for success or overcome through strength. Wouldn’t it be great to recognize them? Think about the people you know who are intentional about helping others. What is the best way to thank them? Read More

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SmileSome days the skies are grey, the world seems like it’s on your shoulders, and no matter what you do you just can’t seem to catch a break. These are the days that you could use some cheering up. Times that you daydream about taking a vacation to Tahiti, think about quitting your job or feel like disappearing under the covers to watch hours of bad reality TV.

We all have these kinds of days.

As human beings, it is impossible to be happy all the time. It’s normal to have emotions that make you feel mad and sad. While you don’t want to stay stuck in the dumps, feeling emotions like anger and sadness is healthy. The trick is to touch those feelings, have the emotion, and then turn your frown upside down!

Most of us, however, weren’t given the tools to elevate our emotions in healthy ways. Thankfully we live in a time where you’ve been told that things like yoga, meditating, and going for a walk can clear your mind and boost your happiness levels. And maybe you have even tried these and found how beneficial they can be.

But there is another way to transform negative feelings into happiness that is usually overlooked and under utilized, but has the ability to turn your mood around in mere minutes. Read More