Name Plate Holders and March 2019 Employee Spirit Month

howtoentrylevelemployees-750xx5350-3021-0-451In case you didn’t know, March is officially Employee Spirit Month. As the name implies, the month is designated as a time to boost employee morale and make the workplace a more fun environment. After all, it’s no secret that people enjoying their time on the clock are more productive and less subject to absenteeism.

What can supervisors and managers do to boost morale? Inc. Magazine tossed out a few ideas. One involved organizing staff members according to common traits they share, like those attending the same college or biking to work, for example. Then bring the groups together and see if they can figure out that common denominator. Include a prize and see what happens!

For many Americans, March symbolizes a lingering winter and longing for spring. All the more reason to battle low morale and lagging performance/productivity. The HR specialists at Kelly Services are also believers that celebrating Employee Spirit Month can certainly help remedy the situation. Perhaps an office dinner with recognition for individual and team achievements? How about a St. Patrick’s Day party? Some companies also organize office charities with paid time off for volunteers.NPBR085025-SSS-Insert-600px

Recognizing the people who help make operations successful can also be accomplished in more subtle ways. Accessorizing individual cubicles and workspaces can brighten the surroundings for those who spend so much of their lives in them. And what better way to acknowledge the individual than by each one’s Name Plate Holder?

Here are a few suggestions. Those cubicles will look much nicer when the Cubicle Name Plate Holder has polished edges and colored borders, say in silver, bronze, black, or white. Desk Nameplate Holders with Borders will also be well-received, as well as easy-to-mount Wall Nameplate Holders. Cool patterns, textures, and potentially free card stock included for custom inserts can make for a pretty sweet “thank you.”

Want to foster a more positive work culture the rest of the year? Inc. Magazine also suggests fun, creative rewards for goal achievements: a dinner-for-two certificate, massages, concert tickets, audio books…the possibilities are endless!

 

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Name Plate Displays and Office Accessories: a Modern Re-set in Traditional Office Environments

Purple Desk SettingIt’s a new day in modern office design as businesses figure out the formula for balancing worker productivity and comfort in a traditional setting. The basic tools haven’t changed – people still need desks, chairs, and organizational accessories. And don’t forget the Name Plate Holders! All are just as essential in 2019 as they were decades ago.

New challenges today crop up in multiple ways. Ergonomic chairs, keyboards, and   desks adjustable to different heights make it easier for office workers to do their jobs with less strain on the body. One office supply company also pointed to the greater number of those in the workforce with disabilities. Designing workspaces with easily reachable sockets and incorporating color-coded keyboards for those having trouble seeing certain keys are just two ways offices have changed.

This kind of “Assistive Technology” makes work environments more inclusive for talented individuals whose contributions might have been missed otherwise. A provision in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 even addresses the requirement for telecommunications upgrades, for example, to include those with hearing or speech impairments.

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Desktop Name Plate Holder

 

Beyond function, modern offices are also becoming more adaptable without sacrificing style. This is where upgrades to the traditional office look take on unique appeal. Just look at the Name Plate.

Originally, Desktop Name Plate Holders were largely uniform wood or metal. Today’s Office Name Plates still share the most popular standard size (2” high x 8” wide) but depart vastly in other ways. Bordered Desk Nameplate Holders are now available in Silver or Black. New pattern selections also lend a more textured appearance over the old standard.

Wall Mount Nameplate Holders in clear acrylic also take identification from desktops to eye level, including models with stainless steel standoffs for added appeal. Easy-to-install Office Name Plate Holders also mount to doors and cubicles. Some even come with free card stock for DIY custom printing.

If your office environment is due for an upgrade, be sure to account for everyone. As for those working with disabilities, recently departed President George H. W. Bush said it best upon enactment of the ADA: “Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down.”

 

How to Create an Appealing Business Card and Eye-Catching Display

Hungry-Workshop-Happy-hemisphere-8-unique-business-cardsDid you know that the first business cards appeared in the 17th century? Only aristocratic “celebrities” had them until they grew in popularity as calling cards for home visits. That popularity is just as strong in modern times, though obviously more for professional use. Even with a surge in e-commerce where business identities are formed by web presence and social media, the business card still holds a solid place as a form of professional representation and recognition.

Think about it from a consumer standpoint and everyday face-to-face transactions. The mechanic, hair stylist, accountant, doctor, bank representative, real estate agent, furniture showroom salesperson…no wonder 10 billion business cards are printed annually in the US alone! That’s according to http://www.statisticbrain.com, which also points out that company sales increase by 2.5% for every 2,000 cards passed out. Quite a return on a relatively small investment when you think about it.

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4-Tier Business Card Holder

How do you make your card stand out? Technology offers unlimited creative designs with colors, graphics, and text fonts that make even traditional horizontal rectangular business cards eye-catching. Going off the grid with unique shapes also separates your card from the competition…say, in an oval. Or go taller with an increasingly popular vertical card design.

You also want to complement your artistic business card masterpiece with the proper showcase: Business Card Holders designed to enhance your name. The Acrylic Business Card Holder has been a staple product of Plastic Products Mfg (PPM) for decades and styles have grown over the years to accommodate both classic and more avant-garde approaches.

Counter Top Single Pocket High Back and Vertical Card Holders make ideal showcases for those unique business card shapes and styles. A Vertical Card Display definitely stands out on your desk and/or counter. There’s also a Glass Green Card Display that lends a classy touch to the décor.

Multi-Tiered Business Card Holders also combine function with stand-out design and stair step styling in clear or black acrylic. Multi-Pocket Business Card Holders deliver a spotlight of maximum exposure on a complete department or sales force, especially in high foot traffic areas and busy office centers as well as car dealerships. Wall Mount Business Card Holders with a central Sign Holder design can also be put to effective use at eye level in those same high traffic spots.

Of course, the largest concentration of personal business card transactions takes place at trade shows and kiosks. Both are perfect venues for two different Business Card Holder approaches. First, the basic Single Pocket Card Holders…able to take the hardest knocks and they travel well without taking much space. You can also make Single Card Holders stand out in black.

Then there’s the Combination Sign/Business Card Holder, a proven effective vehicle for halting foot traffic with a Top, Side, or Center Sign Holder, surrounded by six or eight pockets. Imagine the possibilities with gift cards in those pockets, and the promotion itself prominently displayed in the Sign Holder. The advantages of Sign Holders with Business Card Holders are as clear as acrylic and shows how it can be used even beyond the business card.

No matter which way you go, it’s obvious the business card is not going out of style anytime soon. Neither is the Business Card Holder that helps make it – and you – prosper. The possibilities shown here are just the beginning and you can find even more inspiration at www.plasticproductsmfg.com. Show your name in the best possible light with the experts in Business Card Holders at PPM!

New Computer Mount Name Plate Holders for National Clean Out Your Computer Day

New Computer Mount Name Plate Holders for National Clean Out Your Computer DayIf you think of computer cleaning in terms of air dusting keyboards and wiping down monitors, there are a few elements you might not be thinking about. National Clean Out Your Computer Day serves as a reminder about more comprehensive computer cleaning in ways that can help your machine run more efficiently all year long.

Always observed on the second Monday of February, this National Day is designated for internal cleaning and organizing of files and folders while deleting junk files, duplicates, old/obsolete files, and unused programs. Those older files and programs can clog up computer memory, slow down PCs, and create potential problems when downloading data you DO need.

The computer security experts at Norton have also offered a check list of cleaning essentials for National Clean Out Your Computer Day. Norton’s two-prong approach comprehensively covers hardware and how to carefully clean the exterior. The second area moves from the computer’s “body” to its “mind,” i.e. backing up data, updating or removing software, and making sure antivirus software is adequately protecting against malware.

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Computer Name Plate Holder

 

While giving your computer a day of much-needed and well-deserved (hopefully) attention and TLC, here’s something new to add: Style VNPT Computer Mount Name Plate Holders from Plastic Products Mfg. The clear rigid vinyl is practically indestructible and ideal for re-use. It attaches easily to a variety of monitor sizes, making Computer Mount Name Plate Holders especially desirable in open office concepts, call centers, and school and business campuses.

Designed primarily to showcase inserts 6” wide x 2” high, this new introduction also comes with a bonus. Quality heavy-gauge 67 lb white perforated card stock and user-friendly templates are included FREE, giving end users the capability to custom print individual name plates. From there, each Computer Mount Name Plate Holder handles identification durably and with universal appeal.

By the way, National Clean Out Your Computer Day is not a recent development in light of the latest discussions about hacking and privacy. It actually began in 2000…not long after the Y2K scare.

 

February’s American Heart Month…Spread the Word with Acrylic Sign Holders

heart health 1February is American Heart Month! For millions of Americans, awareness could be a pivotal, potentially life-saving event! Since heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, the medical community is banding together to get the word out about taking action and reducing risk through a healthier lifestyle.

President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed the first American Heart Month in February 1964, when more than half the deaths in the U.S. were caused by cardiovascular disease. According to the American Heart Association, it’s still the leading cause of death globally at more than 17.3 million fatalities…a number that’s expected to rise to more than 23.6 million by 2030.

The news is not all grim, however. Again, awareness campaigns and medical advances have made a huge difference along with taking preventable measures when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions.

If you are in the medical field, now’s a perfect opportunity to spread the word throughout your facilities. Put your slicks, posters, and promotional literature in the spotlight with clear acrylic Sign Holders. Increasing awareness starts by capturing the eye and locking attention on the message. This premium thickness Sign Holder slants back to meet the eye in a material that delivers high visual acuity.

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Acrylic Sign Holder

 

Looking for other ways to get the word out? Why not include a segment on heart-healthy living in your newsletter? Maybe you can help host a community event and disseminate info about local health resources. Tweet about American Heart Month (and National Wear Red Day). Plus, the American Heart Association is glad to recruit members in the national movement supporting healthier communities.

February is the month for Sweethearts. Make it a month for STRONG hearts, too!

Name Plate Holders for 2019 Weddings and National Wedding Month

ballrooms-1-1024x682In case you didn’t know, February is National Wedding Month! And for good reason. February’s not only the month for Valentines, it’s also the most popular month of the year for wedding planners. Of course, the majority of ceremonies occur in June, August, and September, but now is when the question gets popped and the planning commences.

According to The Knot some creative new trends are capturing attention in 2019…like colorful smoke bomb exits and out-of-the-box venues, where ranches and greenhouses are replacing more traditional settings.

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Slant Back Name Plate Holder

 

Another key trend The Knot emphasizes is Fun, more specifically: Fantasy Fun! Where guests are served by impersonators and entertainers like Elvis, Magicians, and Palm Readers. Perfect for wedding photo-ops!

Here’s another way to personalize weddings even further. Start with name plates for guests, a great way to keep those all-important table assignment placements well-coordinated! Clear Acrylic Table Tents (Style NPF) and Slant Back Name Plate Holders stand firmly in place; Style NPS Series Name Plate Holders lend a classy, distinguished look to place settings. The latter two are available with colored borders in wedding silver/white.

Another detail that sets acrylic apart for 2019 weddings? Silk-screening and custom imprinting for the bride and groom’s special day…and that doesn’t just apply to Name Plate Holders. Acrylic Boxes for wedding cards are increasingly popular and eye-catching. Adding personal flair with custom imprinted text and colors helps create a certain allure in keeping with the wedding theme. Check out dimensions in Style PBS Donation/Suggestion Boxes. $_35

If you’re involved with pending wedding plans either professionally or personally, you know how important every visual detail needs to be. Now that it’s Nuptial Season and National Wedding Month, we hope these ideas have helped inspire you!

California Restaurant Month and 2019 Hot Trends!

california restaurant monthAnticipation is running high for 2019 in the restaurant, bar, and food service industry.  The National Restaurant Association surveyed nearly 700 professional chefs in the American Culinary Federation and determined which food, cuisine, beverages, and culinary themes will be this year’s “Hot Trends,” from Zero-Waste Cooking (#3) to Veggie-centric/vegetable-forward cuisine (#8).  To honor January 2019 as California Restaurant Month, here’s a sneak peek…

1. Cannabis/CBD oil-infused drinks.

2. Cannabis/CBD oil-infused food.

3. Zero-waste cooking.

4. Globally inspired breakfast dishes.

5. Global flavors in kids’ meals.

6. Hyper-local.

7. New cuts of meat.

8. Veggie-centric/vegetable-forward cuisine.

9. Chef-driven fast-casual concepts.

10. Craft/artisan/locally produced spirits.

If you’re in the food-&-drink biz, you know one constant that never changes from year to year: the importance of repeat customers.  That’s why Loyalty Rewards Programs are so vital…and increasingly popular due to the ease of technology.  This is especially true for chains, where loyal customers can be rewarded for ordering from any location.

Enter the Acrylic Tablet Holder.  Take advantage of this user-friendly technology and make it a focal point of attraction.  Interactive Point-of-Purchase (POP) centerpieces feature an eye-catching modern look, whether in free standing floor units or in custom kiosks.  Get better results from cross-promotions with updated offers and reward bonuses…everybody wins!  Acrylic Tablet Holders are a perfect fit for countertops, slat-wall displays, and desktops.

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Acrylic Tablet Holder

California Restaurant Month is inviting visitors from all over the world to sample cuisine not found anywhere else.  One spotlight is on the central coast’s Aubergine, recommended “after a day of exploring Carmel-by-the-Sea.”  This intimate setting has just nine tables in the main dining room with a 2,500-bottle wine cellar.  California-inspired and locally sourced dishes with the finest wines of France and Monterey County…Aubergine is an intriguing possibility!

By the way, you should also know that the Hot Trends list includes doughnuts with non-traditional fillings and ancient grains!