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40 Fun Secret Santa Gifts Under $25

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Office party this weekend? Employee gift exchange coming up? Just want to surprise your coworker with a gift this holiday season?

Secret Santa gift exchanges are tricky: You have to find something thoughtful for a potentially random person, and don’t want to spend a lot. We found some of the funniest, most thoughtful gifts under $25 that will work no matter whose name you pull out of the bag.

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Choosing The Best Work Desk

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The right desk can aide immeasurably  in accomplishing work tasks in a comfortable, ergonomic and productive manner. It can make your work day go much smoother, while the wrong desk can make you miserable. When the time comes to replace your office desk, consider these important points in choosing the best work desk for your needs.

Will it suit your workstyle and meet your job needs? Will its size fit well within the parameters and constraints of your office or work space? Can the desk surface withstand the daily-use demands of your particular job and work environment?

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10 Tips To Clean Your Office

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From Forbes Magazine:

  1. Divide your workspace into zones.
  2. Keep only what you need at arm’s length.
  3. Create a daily paper system.
  4. Establish limits.
  5. Sort your catch-all drawer.
  6. Don’t use email as a to-do list.
  7. Streamline your desktop icons.
  8. Hang hooks for outerwear.
  9. Keep a basket or drawer for short-term storage.
  10. Disinfect regularly.

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Why Buy Local?

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Top Reasons to Buy Local, Eat Local, Go Local (with documentation to back them!) By choosing local and independent businesses for your services, shopping, dining and other needs, you not only enjoy a more distinctive and personal experience, you’re helping:

BUILD COMMUNITY! The casual encounters you enjoy at neighborhood–scale businesses and the public spaces around them build relationships and community cohesiveness. (source 1, source 5) They’re the ultimate social networking sites! Click to see all four poster designs

STRENGTHEN YOUR LOCAL ECONOMY! Each dollar you spend at independent businesses returns 3 times more money (source 2) to your local economy than one spent at a chain (almost 50 times more than buying from an online mega-retailer) — a benefit we all can bank on.

SHAPE OUR CHARACTER! Independent businesses help give your community its distinct personality.

YOU CAN BUY IT WHERE YOU TRY IT! Local stores enable you to try on and try out items before you buy — and get real expertise — saving your time and money.
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7 Ways to Make Your Office a Sanctuary

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After a busy workday, there’s nothing better than to come home to your comfortable surroundings, including a happy family and your cherished treasures. If you’re like most people, however, you probably spend more waking time in your office than you do at home. Imagine if you could look forward to the comforts of your office like you do the comforts of your home. It’s possible. With a few simple tweaks, you can create an appealing space for yourself.

Here are seven tips to make your office a more peaceful and inviting place to work.Entrepreneur magazine article

1. Live clean and clutter-free.
2. Think of aesthetics.
3. Create and use systems.
4. Add some personality.
5. Bring nature inside.
6. Brighten your space.
7. Nourish your body and soul.

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What happened to the animals that were displaced in Hurricanes Harvey & Irma?

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Many animals that were in shelters in the affected areas before the storm hit are being sent to others across the country to make room for this week’s rescues. SPCA shelters in Norfolk and Virginia Beach already have offered to take some.

The rescued pets will be kept locally as long as possible so owners can find them.

HOUSTON, TX – AUGUST 30: A cat tries to find dry ground around an apartment complex after it was inundated with water following Hurricane Harvey on August 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

“Eventually we may get some of the animals from that part of Texas that have been there awhile and have not been reclaimed,” said Rob Blizard, executive director of Norfolk’s SPCA. “But the areas hit hard by flooding are going to be focused on returns to owners. I’m sure there are going to be a lot of people desperately looking for their pets.”*

Office Furniture Outlet is a drop-off location for donations to help these homeless animals. Items needed include: blankets, towels, dry PURINA cat and dog food, cat litter, dog and cat treats, dog and cat toys,  bleach, liquid laundry detergent, Windex & 409, Ziplock sandwich bags, cotton balls/swabs and gauze pads. Please bring your donations to 5595 Raby Rd, Norfolk by October 15th. If you have any questions, please call Joy at 757-855-2800. Thanks in advance for supporting us in this effort!

*excerpt taken from Virginian Pilot article by Jane Harper on 9/2/17

Is Your Business Hurricane-Ready?

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In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and the impending threat of Hurricane Irma, is your business prepared for potential disaster?

Hurricanes generate a series of threats to lives and property. The most obvious is the threat posed to buildings, equipment, and people by the high winds which characterize such storms. Here is a checklist to help you prepare for a hurricane’s effect on your business, employees and community by highlighting activities you should undertake before, during, and following the event.   When the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Hurricane Center issues a watch or warning, use the time available to begin taking the following steps. Click here for list

What is that little white tag on my chair?

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Why does the chair I purchased from OFO have a little white tag on the fabric?

Chair with Steri Fab tag

Chair with Steri Fab tag

Are you aware that stores selling used upholstered furniture are required by law to follow specific sanitation procedures? Every piece of upholstered furniture sold at Office Furniture Outlet has undergone a sanitation process using Steri-Fab, a disinfectant that is effective against bacteria as well as insects, fungus, mold and mildew.

According to Virginia’s Legislative Information System, 12VAC5-125-100:

“Steri-Fab or Microban, or a comparable product approved by the commissioner meeting all the qualities and specifications of these chemicals, are the industry-recognized chemicals for sanitizing and disinfecting mattresses, bedding or upholstered furniture. This process is required for any business sanitizing used, secondhand or renovated mattresses, box springs, or similar articles of bedding or upholstered furniture offered for resale or rent in Virginia.”

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What is BIFMA?

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BIFMA logoThe office furniture you purchase form Office Furniture Outlet meets BIFMA standards, and, therefore, has been tested for commercial-grade use over long period of time.

“Americans can take the comfort, safety, and durability of their workplace furniture for granted in large part because of the voluntary standards adopted by the business and institutional furniture industry. Chairs that support us securely day after day, casters that roll smoothly year after year, drawers that retain their shape even when jam-packed — these are some of the foundation stones of a safe and civilized workplace. BIFMA sponsors the development and maintenance of the standards behind these quiet achievements.”

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