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The first day for any employee can be nerve-racking. When a new worker arrives to find a fully-stocked cubicle, it is welcoming and gets them started on the right foot. Below are some first day essentials to show your new hire that your company is thoughtful, organized and wants to set you up for success.


Standard Equipment

Having your new employee’s computer and phone set up from day one allows them to get accustomed during training down time and gives them the opportunity to ask questions while they’re settling in. It also shows them what items are provided so they can order additional products like dual monitors or a wireless headset if it helps their workstyle.


Supply Basics

Everyone has their own office supply preferences but the basics will help them to get started. A pen and notepad will help them to write down new hire information they learn during training. The standards like a stapler, tape dispenser and scissors are great to have on-hand. A waste basket and recycling bin are also essentials that are often forgotten.


Login Credentials

Creating a cheat sheet with important login information for email, networks and software will help the new employee get started and will serve as a reference in the upcoming weeks.


Office Information

Supplying your new staff member with an employee handbook will help them to learn about the company culture and supply them with important policy and procedure information. If your office is multi-floor or spread out over a campus, a map will be a great reference as they get settled in. Lastly, an employee directory with job titles and contact information will be a helpful resource if they need to reach out with other team members.


In addition to the right supplies, make sure multiple employees stop by to issue a warm welcome and you’re likely to set the perfect tone. You’ve spent a lot of time and effort to get them there and you want to keep them around!

Since a large portion of our day is spent at the office, creating good work habits is important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. By making a few small changes to your workday, you’ll become a healthier, happier person inside and outside of the office. Try the list of items below to start changing your habits today!


Add small activity breaks to your day

Sometimes it’s tough to step away from your computer on a busy day but your body needs breaks to recharge. Implement a few easy things like standing every 30 minutes, getting out of the office for lunch or taking a walk with coworkers in the afternoon. Taking small breaks are good for your body and will help to boost your productivity levels.


Consciously drink more water

Staying hydrated throughout the day helps to curb hunger cravings, keeps your energy levels up and improves your general mood. To ensure that you stick with your water plan, fill up a water bottle or straw cup each morning when you arrive and set goals for when to refill during the workday.


Keep healthy snacks on-hand

Instead of having a drawer of old Halloween candy and a bag of chips in your drawer, stock your desk with healthy snacks for those afternoon cravings. You are likely to snack regardless so having easy access to healthy alternatives will help you to make better decisions. Dried fruit or nuts make great snacks and will keep for a long time in your desk drawer.


Create a happy workspace

To help improve your mood during the workday, decorate your area with your favorite colors, frame pictures of loved ones, post positive affirmations,  or and get a plant (live or faux). Seeing things that you enjoy will improve your mood and take some stress out of your day.


Unplug from work when you get home

Taking work home is becoming more and more common, but it’s important to set boundaries to prevent burnout from occurring. Constantly checking email or mindlessly scrolling through the next day’s tasks before bed not only takes you away from being present with your family and friends, but it also mentally exhausts you before the next day even arrives.

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Paper shredders aren’t something most people purchase more than once or twice in a lifetime. With such a wide range of prices and features, it can be overwhelming to decide which model is best for you. The guide below will walk you through the steps for choosing the right paper shredder for your home or office.


The cut of a shredder refers to what happens when you put paper into the feeder of the machine. The type of cut you need will depend on what you are shredding and the security level your company requires. Click here for a cut guide.



Selecting a spot for your shredder will help to determine the size you need. Does it need to fit under a desk or is it going in a large area next to your commercial printer? If space is not an issue, a larger bin will hold more paper and require less time emptying the machine. Machines also have various noise levels so if you are putting the shredder in an open office, consider choosing one with a lower decibel rating.


Sheet Capacity and Running Time

Smaller, home-office models typically only handle a few sheets of paper at a time and require longer periods of time in-between uses to cool down. A commercial shredder will shred more sheets at a time and can be used continuously for longer periods of time.


Materials to be Shredded

Some shredders are designed to handle more than just paper. Higher end models can destroy credit cards and CDs with sensitive as well.


Special Features

Some models have safety sensors that automatically stop the machine with a hand or object gets too close to the blades. Another bonus feature to consider is the technology that helps avoid frustrating paper jams.


If you’re still unsure of which shredder is right for your office, use the Fellowes shredder selector tool or contact the Keeney’s customer service team for more assistance.

In addition to being more sustainable and helping to support small businesses, shopping local helps to provide a positive economic impact on your community. Local stores recycle a much larger share of their sales revenue back into the local economy while chains funnel most of the dollars spent at their stores back to corporate headquarters or to distant suppliers. According to a study done by Civic Economics, if you were to spend $100 at an independent business, $68 dollars would go back into the community versus only $48 at a big box retailer.

Due to the following factors, local retailers are putting 20% more back into the local economy, strengthening the community.

  • Local businesses spend a larger share of their revenue on local labor
  • Local retailers spend more than twice as much buying goods and services from other local businesses. They typically bank locally, hire local professionals, advertise in local media, and source inventory from local firms.
  • Since the owners live in the area, a larger portion of the business’s profits stay within the local economy
  • On average, independent businesses donate more to local charities and community organizations than chains

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, consider purchasing bouquets from a local florist, selecting a unique gift from a store in town or enjoying dinner at an independently owned restaurant with local flavors!

Have you ever felt intense back pain at work from sitting all day? Or maybe you find yourself hunching over or rounding your shoulders frequently, even after you’ve left the office

A few easy stretches whenever you start to feel a knot in your neck or stiffness in your back, can be the key to the prevention of long term disability from occurring. In combination with a good ergonomic office chair, spending just a few minutes moving and stretching each day will help you to be much healthier in the long run.

Something as simple as standing periodically or as easy as stretching your arms overhead often can have major benefits when done on a regular basis.

Below are a few ergonomic exercises and stretches that can be done in the comfort of your office. The key is getting the benefits from these ergonomic exercises is to do them every day at work, so blood is allowed to circulate, and your muscles are never still for too long. It is recommended that you move around every 30 minutes.

Employees spend at least a third of their day at the office so creating a comfortable place for them to take a break or have lunch creates a good company atmosphere.

If possible, select a room in the building with windows and access to an outdoor space. It is also best for the location to be central for all employees. A breakroom in a dark basement that’s nowhere close to the main office isn’t going to be frequently used.

When decorating the space, select fun colors to make it feel less “office-like”, allowing employees to relax during their time there. Adding lounge furniture and large gathering tables make the room inviting and encourage team bonding.

To ensure the break room is usable, provide a fridge and microwave for storing and reheating lunches. (Bonus points for extra appliances!) A coffee maker, coffee supplies, and tea are also a nice touch your employees will appreciate. Lastly, if your budget will allows, providing snacks for when employees just can’t get away can be a life saver! Keeney’s works with Apple A Day to provide fresh fruits and vegetables each week.

Creating an appealing breakroom can be an easy and inexpensive way to show your employees you appreciate their hard work. Contact Keeney’s for everything from breakroom furniture, to compostable plates to snacks for your team.

Having an issue with a product or service you received is bad enough but seeing a 1-800 number as the customer service line is equally as cringe worthy. Communication problems, lack of knowledge and inflexible solutions can make a frustrating situation even more infuriating. At Keeney’s, we feel providing outstanding customer service is essential so we take pride in having an in-office customer service team available to help via phone, email or live chat.

Unlike most call center workers, our customer service team is very knowledgeable about the products we sell and how to use our online ordering system. They are also able to help find specific items quickly and have access to a team of supplies and furniture experts if they aren’t sure of an answer.

Being on-site also means they have the ability to consult the management team on unusual requests and get you a resolution quickly instead of giving you a scripted response or a promise that a supervision will call you back. The team is also in regular contact with our delivery drivers so delivery instructions can be relayed seamlessly.

Lastly (and we feel most importantly), having an on-site team means you receive personalized service. You speak with the same three team members each time you contact us so they are familiar with your company and needs.

Contacting customer service should be a great experience and at Keeney’s you will always be greeted with a friendly, knowledgeable and resourceful team member to help meet your needs.

Office colors make an impression on clients visiting your office and on how your team works within the space.  Generally speaking, warm colors evoke feelings of vibrancy, positivity, excitement, and optimism. Bold colors, like red or orange, usually represent passion, adventure, and creativity. Cool tones are meant to inspire feelings of trust, calm and stability. Cool colors like blue and green are often used to convey quality and reliability.

Neutral colors are the most frequently used in office design and furniture, but can be easily updated with a few bright accents. Check out five easy way’s Keeney’s has added a splash of color to projects:

Bold Accent Furniture or Rugs

Bright Desk Accessories

Unique Artwork

Plants in Vibrant Containers

Colorful Accent Walls

Lisa Keeney McCarthy, President of Keeney’s Office Supply | Office Interiors was named a 2018 Puget Sound Business Journal Women of Influence honoree. Visit the Puget Sound Business Journal for their profile on Lisa.


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