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!

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!

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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!

 

Custom Envelopes and Stationary | Innovative Office Solutions

As you look at your admin budgets for 2015 – take a look at what you’re currently doing to save you money – and how could you increase savings during 2015.  Let Innovative Office Solutions be a resource in your search for lowering business costs in 2015!

Standard envelops are, well, standard.  Your company doesn’t stand out much with a standard envelope.  Customized envelopes are more difficult to come by, and companies willing to work with you on customizing your envelopes are equally hard to find.  Until now!

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Are you looking for a certain type of envelope?  Whatever the shape, look, color – Innovative Office Solutions has 100’s of types of envelopes to suit your company’s needs.  Sizes of envelopes we can provide range from 4 6’3/8″ to 4 3/8 by 5, and the types of envelopes we can provide range even more.

Anything from invitation envelopes, to window envelopes, to envelopes with flaps on the bottom – basically, folding flaps any way you can think of.  Did we mention all the color options we have?  It’s hard to narrow them down our second-to-none selection.

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The levels of stock we provide can range from standard white stock to different premium grade papers.  Different window options are available as well – ranging from different sizes to different window positions.  Whatever the occasion, Innovative Office Solutions has the perfect envelope layout and design for you.

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Based on all we can provide, it’s clear that Innovative Office Solution is your solution for upgraded business stationary, envelopes, and letterhead.  Whatever your print needs may be, know that your hometown team – Innovative Office Solutions – can do it for you efficiently and on-time.

Contact Bob Galetka our Print Specialist at 952-698-9115 for more information.

 

Randy Shaver Cancer Research & Community Fund | 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 November 2014 is The Randy Shaver Cancer Research & Community Fund.
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The mission of the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund is to support funding research, prevention, treatment and other programs relating to the needs of the Minnesota cancer community.  Grants given are spent on technology and tools that enhance early detection of cancer, new programs promoting research to help prevent cancer relapses, projects that demonstrate research in the area of cancer, and programs that enhance the lives of Minnesota’s cancer community by providing aid and assistance.

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Simple Office Changes Help Increase Hygiene | Innovative Office Solutions

It’s that time of year again – flu season.  It may seem like whatever you do to prevent the flu, you somehow always get sick.  But – could it be – that you’re not being germ-conscious in the right places?

This blog post is timely not only for flu season approaching – but due to recent epidemics spreading across the globe.  The more familiar you are with cleanliness best practices, the more well informed you’ll be when it comes to germs.  The more conscious you are when it comes to these issues – the healthier you and your family will be during the entire year.

One product we’d especially like to showcase here – one we have in our office, in fact – is the SmartStock® Utensil Dispenser.

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With one pull of the red lever, a utensil of your choice is dispensed – doing away with multiple hands rummaging through a box of plasticware.  A device like this – especially used in an office setting – may greatly reduce the amount of germs spread at the workplace, and keep folks healthier for longer periods of time.

Further Benefits and Features Include:

  • Each dispenser holds up to 120 utensil pieces
  • Promotes good hygiene – the enclosed design helps protect from contaminants
  • Reduced Consumption – One-at-a-time dispensing reduces cutlery usage on average by 29% and up to 49% vs. open bins.*
  • Speeds up restocking – just load the refill, insert, rip, pull, and your done in seconds
  • Frees up valuable counter space – sized just right to keep things looking neat and organized

For more information on this – and other hygienic products – visit our Innovative Office Solutions website or contact Customer Care 952.808.9900 for more info!

*Independent research commissioned by Georgia-Pacific

And just how dirty are everyday devices and surfaces?

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Innovative Office Solutions – Your One Stop Shop this Holiday Season

We at Innovative Office Solutions love the holidays.  But some of us don’t care for the bitter, cold, and snowy winters.  Having said that, we of course look forward to the holidays.  And with these awesome gift ideas, we’re sure you’ll make this holiday season – and seasons to come – memorable for all those involved with your business!

Scripto Sketch Ballpoint Stylus

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The Scripto Sketch Ballpoint Stylus is perfect for the tech-fanatic at your office, the traditional note-take, or both! With the ability to transform from stylus to traditional pen, this tool is a must-have for any working professional.

“The Scripto® Sketch Ballpoint Stylus makes the transition from ballpoint to stylus easy. The click-action mechanism and soft rubber stylus transforms into a ballpoint made for writing comfort. Smooth matte metallic colored barrel with black rubber grip, black detail and chrome accents. Black ballpoint ink cartridge with tungsten carbide ballpoint tip.”

 

Thunderbolt Dual USB Car Charger

 

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In today’s busy world, we sometimes forget to charge our devices. Thats where this comes in. Ideal for every on-the-go professional, the Thunderbolt Dual USB Car Charger can handle charging both iPhone and iPad at the same time, and is compatible with most of todays hottest gadgets.

“Get all the power you need for your devices from the Thunderbolt car charger that features dual USB’s with a total output of 3.1A That’s enough power to charge an iPad or other tablet and smartphone at the same time, at the same rate as if plugged into a wall charger. Compatible with devices such as iPod, iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tabs, as well as smartphones like Blackberry and Android OS based products.”

 

Luxe Renegade Tumbler 16oz

 

 

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*sets down coffee cup* Most of us need some sort of warm, caffeinated beverage to function in the mornings. If you don’t, please tell us your secret. But if you do – the Luxe Renegade Tumbler is perfect. With the ability to insulate drinks, your drink stays warm for hours.

“Push-button lid used to lock drink-through opening open or close. Angles shape of lid controls beverage flow for easy drinking. Luxe branding detail etched into bottom of tumbler. Stainless steel double-wall vacuum construction.”

 

Joule Slim Power Bank

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Tech and necessity meets sleek and powerful with the Joule Slim Power Bank.  This charger’s simple design makes it extra mobile, allowing you to carry it with you wherever you go.  If any of your smart devices need a quick charge, just plug in – and you’re good to go!

“This credit card sized battery backup will keep your mobile devices charged while keeping you fashionable. The 2,00 mAh slim internal battery has enough life to charge an iPhone. The 5V/1A USB output means that it charges at the same rate of most wall chargers. Includes a USB to Micro USB connecting cable which can recharge the battery backup or be used to charge devices that require a Micro USB input like Samsung, Android Smartphones, Motorola, HTC, Nokia and others.”

 

Lando Bluetooth Speaker

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This tiny speaker packs a punch, and is ideal for an office setting, your car, or at home!

“Power your music with this Bluetooth Speaker! Quality sound in a small form factor that plays your music or other audio from a Bluetooth enabled device or via the 3.5mm audio input, making it compatible with just about anything that plays music. Rechargeable speaker is perfect for traveling or in an office setting. Bluetooth working range is 10 meeter (33 feet).”

 

Perka Mugs

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The graphic says it all! Throw away that stress ball and grip this new mug even tighter!

Mug Specs:

  • 17 oz. Capacity
  • Soft Touch Exterior
  • Insulated Removable Sleeve
  • Polypropylene Lid & Liner
  • Spill-Proof Flip Up Lid

 

4 Piece Bamboo Cheese Set

 

 

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Perfect for those who love to host – or those who love cheese!

This set comes with:

  • Bamboo Cutting Board
  • Perforated Knife for Semi-Soft Cheese
  • Hard Cheese Knife
  • Cheese Cleaver
  • Stainless Steel Tools
  • Convenient Storage Drawer
  • Cutting Board and Drawer Made From Sustainable Bamboo

 

Jorg Gray Signature Watches

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Reward your employees with style! Jorg Gray time pieces are the epitome of class and sophistication.

This watch comes in both mens and women’s sizes, and further specs included below:

  • 43/33mm Solid Stainless Steel Slim Case
  • Polished Silver Finishing
  • High Precision Japanese Movement
  • Flat Mineral Crystal
  • Crocodile Pattern Leather Straps
  • Water Resistant to 3ATM (96 feet under water)

We offer these – and countless other holiday gift ideas for you, your employees, or clients!

Visit http://www.innovativeos.com for more gift ideas – or contact Pearlee Coty our Promotions Specialist at 612.386.8204 for more info!

Turning Recycled Water Bottles Into…Pens? | Innovative Office Solutions

Yes – you read that correctly.  Pilot, your favorite pen company, is literally breaking the mold on writing utensil creation.  Read on to check out their awesome new project!

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Pilot’s product, Bottle-2-Pen (B2P), is the world’s first pen made from recycled bottles.

Approximately 2.5 million plastic bottles enter landfills every hour in the United States, and make-up close to 50% of all recyclable waste.

The B2P gel ink pens are made from 89% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles.  As to be expected from Pilot, the B2P pens write smoothly, have vibrant inks and are 100% refillable.

  • The world”s first pen made from recycled bottles!
  • Made from 89% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles
  • Vibrant G2 gel ink for smooth effortless writing
  • Retractable and Refillable with G2 refills

Write the next chapter for a cleaner planet with B2P!

For more information – and to learn how to support this innovative and responsible product – contact contact Innovative Office Solutions Customer Care 952.808.9900 for more info!

Creative Ways to Stay Healthy In Your Workplace!

Don’t let the fear of getting sweaty keep you from staying active in your workplace! Innovative Office Solutions has a fantastic wellness committee that focuses on the health and well-being of their employees. The committee is continuously brainstorming creative ways to stay healthy in the office. It is extremely important to take care of yourself, and can often be forgotten during the busy workday. What does your company engage in to stay active and healthy in the workplace?

 

Here are some innovative ideas that may spark the interest of your company!

  • Turn your conference room into a Yoga Studio
    • Conference rooms aren’t just for meetings; utilize the space – move the tables and chairs to open the room for engaging activities.
    • Every Monday, Innovative employees take 30 minutes out of their day to focus on themselves and get a nice stretch/muscle burn before heading back to their busy workday. Clear the mind = More productive workday

 

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  • Workout In The Park
    • If you have an open area near your office, what better way to get fresh air while simultaneously working out with               co-workers?
    • During the warmer months, Innovative utilizes an open area across the street to stay active!

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  • Office Energizers
    • When two 0’clock rolls around it’s about the time for a 3rd…4th….5th cup of coffee; why not replace it with 15 minutes  of physical activity you can do…even in your business suit!
    • Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, Innovative provides their employees with a trainer from Ultimate Wellness to lead a 15 minute office energizer. Exercises range from core focus, flexibility (ROM) and balance to strength and cardio.

 

  • Company challenges
    • Even if workouts may not be for everyone, come up with fun rewarding company challenges that can bring out the fun competitive edge in everyone.
    • Innovative participated in a “Walk to Vegas Wellness Challenge” in which 81 employees teamed up and tracked their steps weekly. The goal – As a team, walk from Burnsville, MN to Las Vegas, NV in 12 weeks. Each team had to walk 15,039 miles for the privilege of partying #Vegasstyle. Amazingly, the company as a whole walked 36,667.882 miles! If you were wondering, that is all the way around the WORLD!
    •  A tracking board was developed to see the progress of each team. Employees encouraged one another, and benefited greatly!

                            “Just by walking and being more conscious of my daily steps, I lost 10 pounds!” – Innovative Employee 

 

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  • Healthy Lunch Bunch
    • Join in with co-workers and take turns bringing in fun healthy recipes to share.

The ideas don’t stop here! Continue to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn how Innovative Office Solutions can make your workplace more productive!

Top 5 Things You’ll Need for Your Next Big Meeting or Event | Innovative Office Solutions

Everyone likes S.W.A.G. – or Stuff We All Get – as made famous by Michael Scott.  That being said, how do we make sure people actually want to keep our S.W.A.G.?  Well, we’re here to answer that question – and to be your go-to when it comes to all of your meeting/event/company get-together needs!

When planning an event, it can sometimes feel like you need to prepare an incredible amount of documents for attendees.  Sure, this is partly true – but fear not!  We’ve compiled a list of the Top 5 things we think you’ll need for your next big meeting or event, and best of all – we can take care of everything!

1. Pre-Conference Mailers

By sending out a pre-conference mailing, you can better gauge the amount of people who want to register for your next event.  Think of it as an RSVP or “Save the Date” – and it never hurts to know this information as soon as possible.   Another great reason for these are for informing your audience of sponsorship opportunities

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2. Speaker Material and Handouts

Hand out speaker material and information as soon as your audience arrives so they know what to expect – material and time-wise.  Things like daily itinerary and a program of speakers can be handed out prior to events starting, helping keep the event moving as smoothly as possible – while keeping everyone on the same page.

Follow-up your event or meeting with a questionnaire.  What could you do better next time?  This is viable information that can be utilized for the planning of future events, and to get a general idea of how attendees felt about your get-together.

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3. Program agenda/ Event Schedules

When talking about event or meeting take-aways, presentation, oftentimes, is everything.  The nicer the presentation of documents, the more referred to they will be – and the more your company will be remembered.  Bound program books are a great option when looking into easy to use and eye-catching materials for your audience.  Not just program books, but also bound event schedules – again making the event or meeting as memorable as possible, and something to which attendees often refer.

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4. Signage

Proper signage is essential for any meeting or event.  Easel board signage, directional boards and banners are all items that can sometimes be overlooked, but are greatly appreciated by those visiting for their first time.  Clearly marked registration areas are also helpful as they point newcomers in the right direction, and once registered – can focus solely on the event and enjoy their time.

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5.  Attendee Materials

Once attendees are all signed in and settled, now it’s networking time.  Things like ID Badges and Labels are crucial for even attendees as they clearly identify the attendee, and allows them to mingle with other like-minded folks.  Not to be forgotten are dinner and drink tickets, as these items are crucial to helping folks kick back and become more comfortable during your meeting or event.

 

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“Hype” up Your Meeting/Event With This Promotional Essential!

The Hype Padfolio is a great item to hand out for meetings/events, and the best part is, Innovative can personalize them with your logo. This padfolio will definitely get people “Hyped” up for your event!

 

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Whatever your print needs may be, know that your hometown team – Innovative Office Solutions – can do it for you efficiently and on-time. Contact Bob Galetka our Print Specialist at 952-698-9115 for more information.