Year: 2021

School environments have evolved a lot over the past year and a half. As we see schools go back to traditional schedules this fall, it’s important to remember to take safety precautions to ensure everyone’s health and safety. Each school district is different in terms of what is required. Some are requiring students to wear masks, while others are not. Whatever situation you might be in, there are additional items you can have in your classroom to help students and teachers stay healthy and safe.

Here is a list of our top 5 products to help you welcome students back to your classroom.

1. Sanitizing Stations

A lot of germs can be passed around at school. Especially when you have a full classroom. Students are sharing everything from notes, textbooks, and pencils to name a few. Placing sanitizing stations in classrooms and around the school can help eliminate germs to keep both students and teachers healthy. Parents will also be thrilled if their children don’t bring home all of those germs on a daily basis! Be sure to check out the OfficeSource Automatic Freestanding Sanitizer Dispenser. It would make the perfect additions to your classroom.

2. Easy to Clean Furniture

Each classroom set up is different and while some students might stay in the same classroom all day, there are others that will rotate rooms multiple times throughout the day, sharing desks with many other students. Having furniture that is easy to clean is essential to help limit the spread of germs between classes. Even better, the OfficeSource Mario Collection features stackable desks and chairs that are easy to clean and mobile!

3. Acrylic Barriers

If your classroom does not have the space for proper social distancing, or you are set up to have students sitting at the same table, acrylic barriers can make a huge difference in preventing the spread of germs as well as give them more separation and privacy. OfficeSource acrylic screens are the perfect solution. They come in a variety of sizes in order to fit the needs of your space and furniture.

4. Portable Barriers

Just like everyone has had to adapt to the changing world around them, your classroom should be ready to adapt as well. Portable barriers are a great way to put a physical barrier between people. Whether you are trying to keep students separated from each other or put a barrier between a teacher and their students, portable barriers are a great way to do that. OfficeSource has a variety of SafeGuard Barriers, some with clear side panels and others with solid, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs.

5. Cubby Storage

Another way to limit the spread of germs is to assign each student a cubby for storage. Having less at their desk that they can pass around and share will help limit how many people are touching their things. The OfficeSource Cubby Cabinet is stackable up to three high, so you can build a storage system that works best for your space and help keep personal items clean and safe.

Our Office Source furniture line offers many products that can help you get your classroom ready for school this year. Even better, most things are mobile, which means as this world continues to change and navigate this pandemic, your classroom will be able to adapt with it.

If you have any questions about our products or how they can help you, please reach out and contact us. We also love to hear your feedback!

Eric Kennedy, a PA Warehouse team member became our first second time COE Warrior, receiving the helmet because of his dedication to the company and the core values. Keep up the good work and continue being an example of what COE is all about! To read what receiving this honor means to Eric, please continue below.

1. What does winning the warrior helmet mean to you?

It means a lot when someone you don’t think recognizes what you are doing does and rewards you for it.

2. What did you or what do you look for when it comes to choosing the next recipient?

I looked at everyone around me to see who is putting in the most effort and just went by that.

3. How has COE helped you to get where you are?

Mostly that this company shows me how good it feels to know you gave everything you have and the way you feel after a job well done.

4. What goals do you want to achieve and how can COE help get you there? Personal and operational growth.

I am going to try to take the hard work ethic I acquired here and apply it to now raising three girls!

5. What is your favorite part of our employee engagement programs at COE and why?

Having a chance to be recognized.

6. What are you most excited for when it comes to our Penguin partnership?

Tickets and being able to hang out at the games with my work family and real family!

7. What COE value do you think you’re the strongest in and why?

Quality and Customer Service – I like doing the best I can to make everyone happy.

8. Share some fun facts about yourself!

I am left-handed and I am getting so old that hair is growing out of my ears, haha!

We’ve all heard the phrase, “Sitting is the new smoking.” Is there actually any truth to this statement? Turns out there is! According to The Heart Foundation, a study documented 800,000 people and their sitting habits. The study found that people who sit the most, compared to people who sit the least, have a greater risk of disease and death. Now that’s heavy. With more and more people working from home since the pandemic, our sit time has only increased over the last year. So what’s the solution to warding off any negative side effects from sitting too long, you may ask? Here are a few tips to improve your health during the work day:

1. Remember to Stretch: Make easing aches and pains part of your work to-do list. Try an easy neck roll or standing side bend to get the blood flowing. Bonus points if you can practice a few yoga poses like cat and cow or downward dog.

2. Take a Break: Every 30 – 45 minutes, take a moment for yourself. Get up from your desk and go on a short walk. Not only will your body thank you for the relief, your mind will too. That’s a double win!

3. Posture is Key: Slouching tends to come naturally, especially since we all spend time looking down at our phones or at our screens at work. Try and elevate your computer screen to eye-level to keep your neck aligned with your spine. Keep your chest out and shoulders back while seated to maintain great posture.

4. Keep Essentials within Arm’s Reach: Your mouse and keyboard should always be closest to you during the work day. Don’t risk straining your back or wrists trying to reach further than your level of flexibility.

5. Consider A Standing Desk: OfficeSource can provide some sitting relief during your work day. The Standing Desk Collection is the perfect solution to get you on your feet! Avoid the harmful long-term effects of too much time sitting with OfficeSource’s Height Adjustable Tables. They are easy, quick and quiet to operate, and offer the optimal vertical range to accommodate people of all sizes.

The use of stand-up desks has been proven to boost the health of the workers who would otherwise be sedentary all through their work day. This standing desk collection includes all the essential pieces that come together to create an office space suitable for up to 8 workers. This collection includes storage and privacy solutions to ensure the comfort and productivity of each person. It’s a great choice to include in your professional office setting, and will also work well in an educational or medical setting.

Create a comfortable office that offers all the ergonomic and overall health benefits, while offering you the full functionality that you are looking for. This office furniture collection offers the benefits that come from periodic standing while hard at work, while also offering great practical storage and organizational space. This office furniture is offered in some great finish options, to include cherry, mahogany, walnut, espresso, white, maple, and more. The hutch gives you two great storage cabinets for neatly storing away items, while also offering you a shelf space for additional organization and display space where you need it the most. The hardware adds just the right contemporary touch you need.

The Wobble Board Collection is perfect for any executive who stands for most of the day. Pair it with a stand-up desk for the ultimate office setup. This collection will help your balance and posture, while also keeping you active throughout the day. Give your feet the comfort they deserve and shop the Wobble Board Collection today.

Want to browse the entire StandUp Collection? You can find more options here.

There’s no better time than now to take care of your health, and we hope you choose OfficeSource to help you along in your wellness journey. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have! 

Paul Silbaugh, one our PA Warehouse team members, is our most recent COE Warrior! He was given this honor because of always going above and beyond and being talented in so many areas. This honor was greatly deserved. Please continue below to see what this honor means to Paul.

What does winning the warrior helmet mean to you?

This award made me happy and feel like a hard worker.

What did you or what do you look for when it comes to choosing the next recipient?

A hard worker.

What goals do you want to achieve and how can COE help get you there?

Just continue to work with me.

What is your favorite part of our employee engagement programs at COE and why?

When we are able to see each other.

What are you most excited for when it comes to our Penguin partnership?

Go see the games.

What COE value do you think you’re the strongest in and why?

Teamwork – our team does whatever it takes to get the job done.

Share some fun facts about yourself!

I am a hard worker, funny, and get along with anyone!

During the COVID pandemic, we didn’t see as many cases of the common cold. Hygiene was at an all-time high between social distancing, disinfecting, handwashing and people generally staying home. Trying to find hand sanitizer at the start of the pandemic became a challenge.  So much so that you saw distilleries pivot to create hand sanitizer to keep up with demand. (We love seeing other companies innovate too!) With the introduction of the COVID vaccine and cases declining in the US, people are letting up on some of these safe practices and common colds are coming back.

Why We Need to Keep Up Safe Practices Post-Covid

Even in a post-Coronavirus environment, the importance of hand sanitizer in the office, gym, hospital, classroom (etc.) is still astounding! In a 2016 research study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, objects such as office phones, water fountains, keyboards, computer mice, and elevator buttons are home to over 10 million bacteria. (That’s 400 times more germs than found on most toilet seats!)

Hand sanitizer units are an important tool to help stop the spread of germs and prevent illness and reduce the alarming rate of presenteeism (when employees come to work despite being sick and thus are not able to perform as well) in the workplace!

Making hand sanitizer easily accessible in your workplace will not only help keep your employees healthy, but also give your customers and guests peace of mind that they are in a clean environment. When a business installs a hand sanitizer station, it is telling clients and employees that “We welcome you, and we take your health and safety very seriously.”

Our OfficeSource Automatic Freestanding Sanitizer Dispenser is small, taking up just one square foot of space, so it can easily be placed where needed.  These dispensers are perfect for gyms & public spaces, classrooms & libraries, meeting & training rooms, hospitals & health facilities, entrances & exits and other high traffic areas.

These units are freestanding, which means they can easily be moved and placed where needed. There’s no need to mount them to a wall, and they are constructed with an all metal base for added stability. The 1,000ml universal fill reservoir can be refilled with your preferred liquid hand sanitizer (solution not included). Right now we are offering a promotion, so you can buy 10 and get 1 free to donate to charity. At COE, we believe in giving back, and these hand sanitizer dispensers are beneficial in helping to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Contact us if you have any questions regarding these hand sanitizer dispensers or any other needs you may have that COE Distributing can help with. 

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