Video Integration is Here- Learn More About the Products You Love!

Innovative strives to provide services that increase workplace productivity. In October of 2014, we implemented Smart Search, a website enhancement to help customers work smarter, not harder. This world leading search engine has been an extreme success in making an ease for online ordering. But with our company’s mission to “Make Your Workplace More Productive,” we seek to excel in providing you with resources and solutions to make your online ordering experience an even greater success. So without further ado, we have added another feature to our ordering website!

Announcing – We have integrated video footage on our ordering website. We now have over 2,500 products that incorporate video footage on the product information page, and the best part is – we have more to come! This feature will allow you to gain a better understanding of different capabilities pertaining to the product by watching the solution at work.

To watch the video, follow these simple steps. 

When you click on the product details, an image and description is displayed.

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Then, simply click “watch video.”

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A video box will pop up and play the informational clip.

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It’s that simple. We hope you enjoy this new feature to the website! As always,we have more features in the works to continually improve the experience and help you be more productive. Stay tuned!

Race Into the New Year with Help From Innovative Office Solutions | Innovative Office Solutions

Not only do organized races encourage a healthy lifestyle, but also increase awareness for countless different movements and organizations.  5K’s and other organized races seem to last year round.  If you’re planning an organized run – whether a 5K or otherwise – for the near future, let Innovative Office Solutions help outfit you with all the branded merchandise you’ll need!


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Innovative Office Solutions is known for providing companies with high-quality products and services.  Did you know those products also include apparel and ear buds, to trail mix and first aid kits?  Being that Spring is right around the corner (we hope), 5K’s and other races are going to more and more popular.  Be sure you’ve got all the essentials at your next event!  Check out what we can provide.

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Runners

  • Apparel
    • This goes without saying.  Everyone loves a t-shirt or hat to commemorate their participation.  Leave your participants with unforgettable memories  – and merchandise!

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  • Towels
    • Nothing can be more irritating than beads of sweat running down your face or getting in your eye as you run.  Keep your participants comfortable with branded towels!
  • Lip balm
    • Wind can be brutal on runners skin – surprise your participants with some branded lip balm.
  • Water bottles
    • Water bottles and running go hand-in-hand.  Keep your participants hydrated.

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  • Ear buds
    • Some runners enjoy music while running.  Provide your participants with sweet ear buds so they can plug into their “running” playlist!

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  • Trail mix
    • Perfect for refueling after an arduous race.

For those folks who come out to support friends or family members during their race, the participants don’t only have all the fun.  Attendees can get in on the action, too!

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  • Bottled water
    • Don’t let attendees sit and cheer on their friends or family members without something to drink!
  • Umbrellas
    • For those rainy, snowy, or overly sunny days – umbrellas are perfect for those avid 5k fans
  • Can Koozies
    • Help keep attendee beverages cold with branded koozies – another great idea when looking to give attendees something by which to remember the event!

From celebratory and commemorative metals, to finish line ribbons –  we’ve got everything to make race organizers lives that much easier.

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  • Medals
    • Because winners loved to be recognized, and again – a great way for participants to remember the race

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 These products are all perfect for, but aren’t strictly limited to, 5k runs!  Most would also work for things like corporate golf outings – or simply having around the office.  Contact Innovative Office Solution’s Promotional Specialist Pearlee Coty at 612.386.8204 or  PCoty@innovativeos.com if you’re in the stages of planning a 5K, corporate outing, or simply need to spruce up the office space with more branded products!

Shriners Hospital for Children | Minnesota Wild Charity of the Month

Innovative Office Solutions is the proud sponsor of the Charity of the Month program in partnership with the Minnesota Wild. The program brings exposure to a different Minnesota Charity each month throughout the NHL season.  The Minnesota Wild Charity of the Month for January 2015 is Shriners Hospital for Children.

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Shriners Hospitals for Children — Twin Cities’ board certified surgeons and care providers have been providing high-quality medical care for children in a family-centered environment since 1923.

Located in Minneapolis, their 40-bed hospital and clinic focuses on treating children with orthopaedic (muscle, bone and joint) conditions, cleft lip and palate, and specialized plastic surgery needs in an environment designed to put children at ease. Every member of their staff, from surgeons to therapists, to nurses to prosthetists work together to ensure the best course of treatment for each patient. As a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, they have direct access to Mayo Clinic resources and expertise.

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For more information on Shriners Hospitals for Children visit their website!

Word Find Revealed!

Have you been following our weekly email Word Find Challenge? If you have, here are the final two words!

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Email Bridget Martini at bmartini@innovativeos.com with your phrase to win an Innovative Prize Pack! 

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If you aren’t signed up for our weekly promotional emails, Click Here! Thanks to all who participated! 

Reasons to Increase Office Collaboration | Innovative Office Solutions

“A collaborative culture” sounds good on paper – but how many businesses actually put this key piece of interaction in place?  Collaborative workspaces seem to be a hot new trend in office layouts – and have proven to be beneficial to many successful organizations.

However cool they may look, the key part to collaborative workspaces can be found in the word itself – collaboration.  Cool layouts are for naught if they aren’t used properly.  We’ve touched on the benefits of collaborative workspaces on the Innovative blog before, but this post will focus on the importance of the action of collaboration – and how it will benefit you, your employees, and your business in the long run.

1.  Increased Innovation

  • When one thinks about “office collaboration”, the cliche phrase “two heads are better than one” comes to mind.  In this case – that phrase is correct.  Office collaboration provides you the opportunity to work with someone you may not always work with, in order to achieve a common goal.  However, as outlined earlier, that common goal must be clearly outlined before collaboration is to being.

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2.  Utilization of Multiple Strengths

  • By combining teams of coworkers who don’t often work together, new and multiple strengths can be uncovered.  For instance, someone in finance may have a knack for the written word, or a member of the customer service team has a deep desire to design.  When new partnerships are forged within the workplace, coworkers strengths can be uncovered – ultimately benefitting each other and the business as a whole.

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3.  Proper and Efficient Use of Resources

  • If one person in the office is tasked with something they are either unfamiliar with or something for which they are unqualified, it can turn into an inappropriate usage of time and resources.  However, when multiple people are focused on one project – where each worker’s strengths are properly showcased – different employees can shine – and projects get completed more efficiently.

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4.  Increased Efficiency 

  • Workplace collaboration allows businesses to efficiently complete important projects and initiatives. The more departments and employees involved, work can be distributed more evenly to those who have the time and expertise.  Often referred to as the divide and conquer strategy – a larger team, consisting of six or eight individuals – where multiple members could each take a small specialized part of the project and accomplish it in a faster timeframe.

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If you’re thinking about redesigning your office layout – or would like to learn more about the open office floor plan at Innovative Office Solutions – give us a call at 952.808.9900!

Increased Printing Efficiency and Security – HP JetAdvantage Pull Print | Innovative Office Solutions

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Maintain print job confidentiality with the new JetAdvantage Pull Print service offered by HP, both in the cloud and on demand.

By requiring user authenticationHPWLESP13034_JetAdv_PullProtect_IMG before print jobs can be released, you can be sure the right documents land in the right hands. And because it works with your existing HP fleet of printers and MFPs, you can get started quickly.

When utilizing the HP JetAdvantage Pull Print service, you eliminate accidental and misplaced print jobs – helping cut costs on paper, toner, ink, and time. Plus, you can increase productivity by enabling users to only print from the most convenient enabled HP printer or MFP.

Make your business more cost-efficient today with HP JetAdvantage Pull Print.

If you’d like to learn more about this service from HP – or to see if you qualify – visit our website or contact our Account Executive Christina Boerigter – CBoerigter@innovativeos.com – for more info!

Crescent Cove (Children’s Lighthouse of Minnesota) | Innovative Office Solutions

Innovative Office Solutions is the proud sponsor of the Charity of the Month program in partnership with the Minnesota Wild. The program brings exposure to a different Minnesota charity each month throughout the NHL season.  The Minnesota Wild Charity of the Month for December 2014 is Crescent Cove – formerly Children’s Lighthouse of Minnesota.

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Crescent Cove – formerly Children’s Lighthouse of Minnesota – is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building an independent home to provide short respite breaks for children with life-limiting conditions and families, and an option beyond the hospital or home environment for compassionate hospice care at the end of life.

The first of its kind in the Midwest and the fourth to be built in this country, Crescent Cove offers a family-focused environment. Along with therapy rooms and recreational space, family suites are designed so families may stay together while enjoying a temporary vacation from the constant demands of caregiving. Skilled, on-site professionals provide daily care, meals, pain and symptom control, and therapies that include music, art and hydrotherapy.

Children and kids 0-21 years old may stay at Crescent Cove in one of 8-10 bedrooms for respite stays and as a sacred place at the end-of-life. The home also offers 3-4 suites so that the family may remain close, if they choose, while receiving physical and emotional respite – and have the opportunity to develop meaningful and supportive relationships with other families with similar experiences.

For more information on Crescent Cove – or to learn how to donate to their cause – visit their website!

 

Word Find – Learn How to Play Along With Innovative and Win!

Each Thursday email Innovative sends out, YOU could have a chance to play along and win a FREE Innovative Prize pack. Here is how you play.

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1. For the month of December, each Thursday Innovative will unveil a new word coded in BLUE somewhere in the email.

2. Keep track of the BLUE word each week.

3. December’s newsletter will have the last word of the phrase and you will have a chance to submit your answer to win an Innovative Prize Pack!

4. Don’t miss out on our weekly emails to play along!

If you aren’t signed up for our weekly promotional emails, Click Here.

Dry Erase Surfaces – An Easy Whiteboard Solution | Innovative Office Solutions

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Dry-Erase boards are practically indispensable.  For meetings, brainstorming sessions, or just doodling – they are useful in more ways than one.  Sadly, they only have so much life to them before they start to look stained.  Until now.  With their innovation, 3M has yet again saved the day.

Take The Nerdery, for example.  An interactive software development company who’s culture thrives on collaboration, The Nerdery continually puts their whiteboards to the test.  “We are a huge whiteboard culture,” says Nerdery sales director Alan Kramer.  Because of that culture, The Nerdery needed to upgrade their white boards situation as their older whiteboards just weren’t cutting it.

“Just about every square inch of the perimeter is white board,” says the Jason, facilities manager at The Nerdery.  “We have some portable whiteboard walls that we’ve had for a long time that we’re considering getting ride of because they’re ghosted out – and now we can just resurface them.”

“We’ve resurfaced a meeting table that had a big scratch in it and we were ready to throw it out – and now its a whiteboard table.”

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The act of actually installing dry-erase boarding material or resurfacing older white boards isn’t as daunting a task as it may seem.  “The process of installing it was way easier than I thought it was going to be.  It was very smooth; it went on there perfect,” says Alex, an interactive program manager at The Nerdery.

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The Post-It® Dry Erase Surface goes on in 3 easy steps:

  • Can be cut to fit custom surfaces or existing boards
  • Peel-and-stick construction sticks securely and removes cleanly
  • 3M’s stain-proof material cleanly erases after every use

See for yourself the in the video below what these new surfaces from 3M can bring to your business.  And if you think your business could use some new whiteboards – or dry-erase surfaces – visit our Innovative Office Solutions website or contact Customer Care 952.808.9900 for more info!

 

The Importance of Nutrition – Productivity Series #1 | Innovative Office Solutions

With the Holiday season just around the corner, we’re moving into “comfort food season”.  We’ll be the first to tell you that we love our comfort food.  Sure, it always “hits the spot” and we’re full for what feels like days afterwards, but what are we doing to our bodies – and how can we avoid the dreaded “food coma” during precious family time?  Below are some nutritional tips talking about foods that help satisfy and keep you feeling “full” – all while helping keep you moving through the day.

In our first in a series of posts, we’re focusing on 3 key factors in increasing your productivity – things you might not always think about.  

First up is nutrition!

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) adequate nourishment can raise national productivity levels by 20 percent.  That’s quite the increase and, frankly, we could all use increased productivity in today’s busy world.  In a 2012 study, the journal Population Health Management stated that employees who eat unhealthily were 66 percent more likely to report a loss in productivity when compared to those who regularly ate grains, fruits and vegetables.  Thats every 2 out of 3 employees who feel less productive when not receiving adequate nutrition.

But what exactly is adequate nutrition?  Is it adhering specifically to the food pyramid?  The truth is – the answer is going to vary from person to person.  Hopefully, however, after reading this blog post – you’ll have a better idea of what will work for you.

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Nuts Can Help Keep You Sane

  • Chock-full of Vitamin E, nuts and seeds also help slow cognitive decline as you age.  Basically, nuts and seeds are an investment in your health.  The more you eat, the healthier you’ll be in the long run.

You Need Fat?!

  • Avocado’s, for example, can help reduce LOWER BAD CHOLESTEROL – ultimately decreasing your risk of cardiovascular disease.  Blood flow is increased as bad cholesterol and plaque build up are eliminated.  So go ahead, have another spoonful of guacamole.

(Grass-Fed) Butter is *GASP* GOOD for Your Heart?

  • Grass-fed butter is full of Vitamin K2  – is one of the most important nutrients in the diet for heart and bone health.
    • Vitamin K works modifies proteins, giving them the ability to bind calcium ions.  Calcium can “leach” our of bones, which can lead to osteoporosis and heart disease.  For this reason, it affects all sorts of functions related to calcium metabolism.

Antioxidants Keep You Healthy…And Productive

  • According to neuroscientist James A. Joseph, “dark-hued fruits and vegetables, especially blueberries, are just about the best foods you could consume for inoculating brain and body against the ravages of time.”  He goes on to state that blueberries can preserve cardiovascular health by acting as an anti-inflammatory agent, as well as promote brain integrity. “Oxidative stress and inflammation are the evil twins of brain aging,” Joseph insists.

Inflammation is Good — But Also Bad

Inflammation helps us heal, but out of control inflammation can have adverse effects.

  • Thought to play a role in obesity, heart disease and cancer, inflammatory foods are those high in sugar and saturated fat content. “They cause overactivity in the immune system, which can lead to joint pain, fatigue, and damage to the blood vessels,” says Scott Zashin, MD, clinical professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

The bottom line?  Results may vary.  But the first step is taking the initiative to realize that, just maybe, your productivity levels – or lack of – could be due to your diet.  Hopefully our tips above – and the research provided – will help you realize that not all increased productivity is due to increased caffeine consumption.