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Gratitude in the Workplace

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Gratitude is not commonly spoken about or often exercised at work; however, we’ve decided to create a new initiative to shift our focus and become more present with those around us. Gratitude is contagious, and a simple thank you can change the way employees feel and perform, with their success increasing by 50% when shown gratitude for their efforts.  

Each month staff can choose one of our in-house designed Neapolitan chocolate postcards and post it to a colleague who has made them smile. We have also expanded this initiative outside of the internal workplace and send a postcard to our customers once a week.


Employee recognition is an important part of creating stronger professional relationships and boosting overall morale. The simple small act of gifting someone a postcard with a warm message about them is enough to carry them through the next month. Acknowledging the value in the actions those do around you thanking them for it is proven to increase mood, confidence and team productivity. 


Aside from sending postcards, other ways to show gratitude are: 

  • Say thank you often 
  • Recognise efforts when things don’t go as planned
  • Respect other’s time 
  • Surprises such as lunch, coffee, chocolate
  • Greet employees each morning 

Our Neopolitan Postcards contain three UK manufactured milk chocolates with full colour wrappers. The postcard is made from 280gsm FSC® certified card with full colour digital printing offered on one or both sides.

If you’d like to get involved we are offering free samples of our Neapolitan chocolate postcards, just contact marketing@pens.co.uk.


Resources

https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/giving-thanks-can-make-you-happier

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Celebrating World Earth Day: Restore Our Earth™

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Dear Earth, We swear to challenge our policies, support you always and have your health at the forefront of our mind.

Nice to hear, right? But it’s not enough. 

Personal responsibility can be tough to swallow and also overwhelming with so much work ahead. This is where organisations such as Earth Day come in and offer support to individuals and businesses that find value in tomorrow and are eager to get involved. 


History of Earth Day

Earth Day is the largest civic observance in the world and began in 1970 and today works with 75,000 partners in nearly 200 countries to drive and promote positive transformational change. 

Today serves as a reminder that each and every one of us plays a definitive role in preserving and caring for this Planet.


What is today all about?

This year they are focussing on Restoration, with their theme Restore Our Earth™.

Campaigns they are running focus on carbon dioxide removal, regenerative agriculture, sustainable food practices, cleaning up of public spaces, education, and citizen science. 

With Coronavirus limiting our social interaction, activation has looked a little different in the past year. Needless to say, there is nothing to stop us from shifting our efforts to new ways to mobilise action. In this digital age, it has never been easier, we can drive action online just as effectively.

You can watch the live digital event at 5 pm here where world leaders, activists, industry leaders and nonprofit innovators will discuss: 

  • Climate and environmental literacy 
  • Climate restoration technologies 
  • Reforestation efforts 
  • Regenerative agriculture 
  • Equity and environmental justice 
  • Citizen science 
  • Cleanups, and more. 


What are we doing?

At The Pen Warehouse and Snap Products, we recognise that the fight for safe and sustainable environments requires action at all levels. We know that as a leading supplier, much of our distributors’ activity is a reflection of what we do. 

Just some of our mitigation strategies include: 

  • Helping Keep Britain Tidy to reach their 1 million mile goal by participating in the Great British Spring Clean next month
  • Ensure our pens meet longevity standards by testing their writing lengths
  • Verify our claims on biodegradability to avoid disposal in unsuitable environments by carrying out tests in our R&D department
  • All spent solvents are recovered by distillation in-house.
  • Donate pens that do not meet our quality control standards
  • Made substantial packaging swaps. We now use gummed kraft paper tape; serving as a biodegradable alternative to traditional plastic tape as well as switching to paper sleeves for eco-friendly product sample send-outs.
  • Installed LED lighting at our HQ. LED’s use 86% less energy than traditional lights
  • We use 80Kw Solar Panels in our remote warehouse. 


Take home message

If we don’t go green, there will be nothing left to be seen.

Climate change became a ‘hot’ topic in 2020 after months of record high temperatures, hurricanes and wildfires: events that have all stemmed from the use of fossil fuels, deforestation and human activities. All of which, we play a part in.

According to Nasa (we tend to believe them), 2020 saw the highest ever average land and ocean temperatures globally.

It is more important than ever that we educate, adapt and accelerate our efforts if we want to restore this earth, our home.

Resources

Broiling 2020 was the hottest year ever, NASA climate scientists say | Live Science 

Earth Day: The Official Site | EARTHDAY.ORG

The Pen Warehouse Our Stance on Sustainability | The Pen Warehouse (pens.co.uk)

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Back to Work: 3 Ways to Transform your Space

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The past year has left working alongside kettlebells and children the new norm and that squeaky office chair nothing but a distant memory.
As the UK continues its journey out of lockdown, we aim to see many people back to work but we are also likely to see employers adopting flexible working.

Whatever the situation, we believe practicality is vital and the importance of segregating your office space from your home space so that you don’t ever have to use toilet paper as a notepad again.

To help you get back into gear, we’ve come up with 3 ways to transform your workspace, wherever that may be.

1. Organisation

As much as you believe you are not a tidy person, we can all agree that nothing beats an organised office space. Proven to tackle lack of focus and productivity, a neat area can set you up for success. A study published in the Journal of Consumer Research showed a 40% increase in focus from students working in a clean room compared to those in a cluttered room.

There’s nothing worse than scrambling for a paperclip and finding one stuck to your shoe or the remains of a broken one stuffed in your chair. Our clever clip dispenser stores all your loose paper clips using a magnetic wheel, this product comes with coloured paper clips and makes a great addition to your desk. 

On the topic of keeping everything in one place, our triad pot is a great size for holding a suitable amount of pens, pencils and rulers whilst displaying 3 large print areas. Storing your pens so that they are readily available for when that genius idea comes to mind is a must for any desk. Studies have shown increased learning, engagement and coordination when writing notes physically as opposed to using technology.

So… turns out writing still matters, even in this digital age.


2. Functionality

Having a space that is functional allows employees to be efficient and will help to hit the above organisation goal too. 

Within our leading range of pens, we can offer 50 with a compatible stylus, making you the next whiz at note-taking. Within this range is the Spectrum Hi-Max Ballpen®, doubling up as a highlighter and stylus, this pen is undoubtedly the handiest on the market and a must-have for your workspace.

We also supply ball pens that neatly convert to a USB flash drive with up to 16GB of storage.
And if that’s not your thing, perhaps a USB that can comfortably fit in your wallet is. Our Credit Card USB flash drives are compact, slim and offer a large branding area.

Picture this; a last-minute meeting has been scheduled, your phone is out of charge and you’ve lost your pen. Our range of conference folders are the ultimate executive gift and will leave you effortlessly organised. The cover of each folder can be printed or debossed and can contain chargers, compartments, notebooks, phone stands and power banks. 


3. Comfort

If working from home is looking permanent for you, webcam covers may be a good tool to avoid any slip-ups between meetings because nobody likes that overriding fear of still being visible.


We all use mouse mats but what if they could serve more than one purpose… Hosting a USB cable and suitable for any smart mobile, the Geneva Wireless Charging Mouse mat is a smart addition to your space.


A snapshot into where this blog is produced

Some of you may be wondering what the desk behind this blog looks like, and eager to find out whether I’m a hypocrite.

When joining the company, I was given a mouse mat printed with an image of my choice, a small touch but meant the world to me as it helped to get me settled and made me feel comfortable at my desk (the plush chair helps too).

I was also given a pack of Mood® motivation cards on my first day at the Pen Warehouse. The first thing I do on a Monday is choose my card for the week and place it under my monitor. This almost becomes my mantra for the week, making me feel appreciated and keeps my mind focused.

In my Triad Pen pot I have my top 3 chosen ball pens: Contour® biofree® sanitiser ballpen, Spectrum Hi-Max Ballpen® and a personalised Mood® Softfeel Ballpen, not forgetting the matching notebook.


Final Words

Founder of brandalaxy stated “Making your office more efficient starts with company culture”. 

Whilst space and layout are important factors in mood and productivity, the addition of promotional products to your employees’ workspace is an effective method to communicate the integral part they play in your business.

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We have joined TikTok

Follow us on TikTok!

Last month we made the move to TikTok. The short-form, video-sharing platform will be used to showcase products, processes, manufacturing and employees, and will be available to be reshared.

Follow snapandpen for educational and insightful content about the companies’ culture, manufacturing processes, employees and values.

Follow mood_collection for fun, inspiration and engaging white-label content reflecting the brand’s core values of individuality and self-expression.

We are offering the chance to WIN a bespoke branded video, all you have to do is let us know what content you’d like to see by contacting marketing@pens.co.uk.

But for the time being keep your eyes peeled as we have many exciting videos coming your way.

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Promo Roadmap: May

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And… just like that, we are almost onto stage 3 of our 4 step roadmap out of lockdown in the UK (internal screaming).

Exiting Lockdown: The Next Steps for the UK

As of 17th May, we will see the return of events, more friends (if you have more than 5) and the reopening of most businesses including cinemas and hotels. Hygiene measures and social distancing will still be a thing of normality throughout May and beyond, so it is important that these sectors are well prepared for their reopening.

Products to help you get prepared

We are currently running an introductory special offer on our Polyester Face Masks until the end of April – so don’t miss out. To redeem simply quote PFM50SU on your PO. These are available with spot colour or full colour transfer printing on a rapid 5 working day lead time. To see our full range of protective face coverings click here.


Keep your staff members and customers safe with our Health and Safety Executive (HSE) approved hand sanitisers offered from our biofree® range.

  • UK manufactured in-house
  • WHO approved formulation
  • Contains 75% alcohol
  • Diverse range from travel size to jerry cans

Our extensive collection of hygiene essential packs include some of our best-selling biofree® hand sanitisers.


We can help to make sure your business follows the latest COVID-secure guidelines with our top-quality British-made floor graphics, signage and acrylic screen guards that don’t compromise communication or culture. Our floor graphics are made using R9 rated anti-slip and anti-scruff material suitable for outdoors, hard flooring and vinyl.
Perfect for:

  • Cinemas
  • Hotels
  • Stores
  • Events
  • Workplace


For added safety, we are proud to have created an industry-first: Biomaster ink. Biomaster is an antimicrobial spot colour printing ink developed in-house that disrupts the growth of bacteria and ensures the product provides complete antimicrobial protection effective for its lifetime. We offer Biomaster spot colour printing on our range of biofree® writing instruments.


With the return of sports and events in May and permission to leave the house, water bottles are a great product to gift attending guests. Sustainability is so important and promoting your business on a reusable product that will be used daily, is a smart move and will give you long-lasting exposure.


For more detailed information on the UK’s roadmap out of lockdown, and to learn about key products for each step, join us on Wednesday 28th April at Midday for our Promo Roadmap Webinar.

References:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021/covid-19-response-spring-2021-summary 

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Looking After You – Our Top Tips for Mental Wellbeing & Health

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Mark your calendar: It’s Stress Awareness Month!

April has hosted Stress Awareness Month for the past 29 years, a vital event for many and perhaps now more than ever. Since Coronavirus restrictions became a thing of normality, over 65% of the adult population experienced heightened stress levels in the UK. 

It is extremely important that we continue to look after ourselves and those around us when we notice signs of stress. Increased stress levels can leave the body feeling fatigued and can lead to further and sometimes serious health issues. Stress can also leave the mind highly active leading to trouble sleeping and with time can cause anxiety and/or depression.

On April 7th is World Health Day, an initiative created by WHO that helps raise awareness on a particular global health concern. The Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the socio-geographical divide in public health services, education and food. This year the topic is based on building a fairer world and the importance of recognising the lack of support in some countries.

Tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle


When feeling overwhelmed with emotion is it helpful if you have a coping mechanism that works. If you haven’t managed to figure out what that is just yet, here are a few tips that could come in handy.

The NHS has put together a list of top stress-busting apps, most of these are free to download and can be a creative tool if you feel you are not ready to reach out just yet. On the topic of apps, our personal favourite is Balance. It is a meditation app that helps with stress, mood and sleep.

After a year-long ban from the office, the anticipated return to work, although exciting, may bring a feeling of uncertainty, worry and stress to some. Our staff each have their own Mood® Motivation Cards, a small portable pack of cards that help to boost staff morale and remind us all that we can do anything! Head to our Mood® blog post where we talk about all things motivation.

Enjoy the outdoors, after all, it is free and has been proven to boost serotonin levels (the happy hormone). On days that haven’t gone to ‘plan’, we recommend getting outside and doing exercise. This does not have to be running a marathon! A quick 20-minute daily walk will do wonders and you can even combine this with a visit to the local shop to buy chocolate (we won’t tell anyone).

Taking time out before bed to read or write down any feelings, great ideas, tasks or even to draw. Putting a pen to paper and allowing yourself to offload can sometimes be the best form of therapy and can help you to make sense of your emotions or pinpoint the cause. This type of activity can help the brain to switch off and focus on the task at hand. Browse our range of stylish and high-quality notebooks here. Our colour range is unrivalled in the industry so there is sure to be a notebook for everyone. Paired with one of our many stylus pens, you’re set to switch between notebook and tech.




Stress Buster Calendar

The team here at The Pen Warehouse and Snap Products have collected our best tips for when it comes to mental health and have created a 30-day self-care calendar. Follow our daily challenges and we hope you have an April full of calm and self-care.


1st: Try a new recipe
2nd: Walk 12,000 steps
3rd: Do a 3 min breathing exercise
4th: Carry out a mindless activity – paint by numbers
5th: Each your lunch outside
6th: Reach out to a friend
7th: Happy World Health Day! Drink 3L of water
8th: Set a new goal (this can be small)
9th: Write down 3 things you are grateful for
10th: You time
11th: Go for a picnic
12th: Watch your work colleagues’ fave film
13th: Tidy out your wardrobe
14th: Watch the sunset
15th: Go on a coffee date
16th: Make a new music playlist
17th: Go for a 25 minute walk
18th: Make your favourite breakfast
19th: Create a to-do list for tomorrow
20th: Do some gardening
21st: Perform a random act of kindness
22nd: Try out some yoga
23rd: Have a lie-in
24th: Light candles & read a book
25th: Listen to a podcast
26th: Visit somewhere new
27th: Make some art
28th: No phone for 1 hour before bed
29th: Have an early night
30th: Confide in a friend


Promotional products to promote a healthy lifestyle

Amongst our collection of 900+ (and growing) products, we can offer a great selection that will help to maintain a healthy body and mind for your customers.


Research and References

https://www.stress.org.uk/national-stress-awareness-month-2019/
https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2021 https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/searchapps/?query=stress

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Our COVID-19 Roadmap

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With summertime and freedom within an arm’s reach (sanitised, of-course), we want to ensure all of our staff are safe in the workplace. So, we’ve got a few procedures in place that we’d like to update you on.

Our newest office additions

Employees are met with an automatic thermographic camera upon arrival at the office. This is an efficient and safe method to measure the temperature of staff before they enter the building and if necessary, gives us the ability to safely isolate those reading above the norm.


We have a plentiful supply of our in-house manufactured HSE licensed biofree® hand sanitiser located throughout the building and strategically placed ‘wash your damn hands’ tote bags in our office (we like subtlety here). On top of this, all employees have been provided with their own reusable face masks and personal hand sanitiser. Check out our hygiene packs which offer all of this in one letterbox friendly package.


Ensuring staff are able to do their job whilst being kept at a safe distance from each other is paramount. We are grateful that we have these essential office additions readily available as they are produced in-house. We have floor signage so individuals know where they can safely stand in relation to another employee, and we have acrylic screens in place where desks are positioned towards each other. Makes quite a good sticky-note board too.

More recently, we introduced bi-weekly in-house covid testing for all staff using lateral flow testing kits. I know, could things get more exciting? Wait they can… none of our staff have yet tested positive! As part of a UK wide COVID-19 monitoring scheme run by the Department of Health & Social Care, the process is not made mandatory for staff however, results for those who participate are uploaded to a Government portal and outcomes are distributed efficiently via text so that work can resume without any worry.

Our roadmap to normality

It’s important we stay positive as a work family and look forward to the future and progression of our business, whether that is with full, limited or no restrictions. Take a look below at our internal roadmap as we navigate back to normality. 

We are excited about the prospects of opening our doors to visitors again, this digital age is great however, there’s something about putting a face to a name and seeing things in person. During this difficult time, subject to Government orders we aim to keep staff morale high and engage in team-building activities with our end goal being our summer BBQ!

To check the latest Government guidelines regarding Covid-19 you can visit: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus