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6 Ways to Simplify Your Work Life

August 1, 2018 | Written by Rose in WATER COOLER TALK

Use these strategies to boost your productivity quotient at the office.One way to simplify your work life is to clean up your workspace.

When 5 p.m. rolls around, and you’re headed home from the office, do you usually feel a sense of accomplishment? Or does your progress often get sidetracked by interruptions, inefficiencies, and other unwelcome surprises? If busy workdays are your gold standard, simple processes and strategies can help you boost your productivity quotient at work.

In honor of National Simplify Your Life Week, here are six easy ways to simplify your work life:

  1. Clean up your workspace
  2. Get organized
  3. Reassess your office supply vendor
  4. Avoid multitasking
  5. Automate where you can
  6. Delegate tasks

Keep reading to learn more about each of these ways to improve your daily output on the job.

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5 Office Safety Tips

July 27, 2018 | Written by Rose in WATER COOLER TALK

Compassionate ways to promote safety, security, and productivity at work.One of our office safety tips is to meet OSHA workplace standards.

A safe workplace fosters employee health, happiness, and productivity. But creating such an environment may not be as straightforward as it seems. This list of office safety tips – with some that may surprise you – will flex your company’s compassion muscles and make it an even better place to work:

  1. Heed OSHA
  2. Mind the body
  3. Purify the air
  4. Stock up on safety supplies
  5. Address emotional safety

Keep reading to learn more about each of these workplace safety tips for your office.

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6 Tried-and-True Customer Service Skills

July 25, 2018 | Written by Rose in WATER COOLER TALK

Best-kept secrets for improving client relationships and driving sales.One of our customer service skills is to regularly reach out to clients.

If you look at national brands like Zappos, Harley-Davidson, and Disney, you may notice something they all have in common: they’re utterly obsessed with their customers. From personalized experiences to loyalty perks, shoppers or guests get the royal treatment. And what company doesn’t recognize the value in that? With costs between five and 25 times higher to acquire a new customer than to retain your existing ones, businesses need their customers. Over the last 12+ years, we’ve identified several successful customer service strategies that have resonated with the clients we are so grateful for, and we’re sharing them – and other expert trade secrets – with you.

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Get Ready For Brat Fest 2018!

May 18, 2018 | Written by Rose in From Our Staff, WATER COOLER TALK

It’s Almost Time For Brat Fest 2018!

As the clock ticks down to Memorial Weekend, Madison looks forward to the 4-Day family festival celebrating one of Wisconsin’s most famous foods: The bratwurst. Brat Fest will again take place on Willow Island at the Alliant Energy Center this Memorial Day Weekend beginning Friday, May 25 2018. This family event is filled with free live music, carnival rides, a kids zone, and of course — plenty of brats for everyone so don’t forget to bring your appetite! There is no entrance fee and no parking fee. Here are some of our highlights for this year’s festival.

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Product Spotlight: Zoll Medical CPR Feedback Fully Automatic AED

May 18, 2018 | Written by Rose in Featured Products, WATER COOLER TALK

Product Spotlight: Zoll Medical CPR Feedback Fully Automatic AED

I will never forget it. The day was Friday around 7:30am. The year was 1994. It was an incredibly beautiful South Jersey summer morning – just a normal day – and everyone was talking with excitement about going ‘down the shore’ for the weekend. It was on that beautiful morning that one of my employees, Linda, died in my lap after going into Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Paramedics couldn’t get there in time. It is now 24 years later and I continue to think; “If only the company I was working for at the time had a defibrillator, perhaps I could have saved her…”

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Meet Our EZOPeop: Marilyn Gottschalk, Accounts Receivable

April 26, 2018 | Written by Rose in From Our Staff, WATER COOLER TALK

Meet Our EZOPeop: Marilyn Gottschalk, Accounts Receivable

It’s a blessing to get to work with people you truly love. Who would’ve guessed that more than five decades ago there was an amazing woman who gave birth to one shy, black-haired, barely 6Lb baby girl screaming with colic? (I know she had the desire to send that baby back from whence she came.) Then, life slipped along and one day she found herself calling her daughter ‘boss’. Meet “Money Marilyn” Gottschalk, one of our finest and very first EZOPeops. Best of all, Marilyn is my mother. She fills our role in accounts receivable along with other accounting responsibilities and considers her work a “retirement job”. Her prior career was working as a Fiscal Assistant for the Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association located on the square here in Madison for over 25 years. Get to know what Marilyn enjoys both professionally and personally.

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Join EZOP at the Cops for Kids Charity Basketball Game

April 16, 2018 | Written by Rose in Local Love, WATER COOLER TALK

Join EZOP at the Cops for Kids Charity Basketball Game

For the 2nd consecutive year, EZ Office Products is a proud sponsor of the Cops for Kids charity basketball game. Our favorite Green Bay Packers Green Machine will take on the wonderful Wisconsin Dane County Deputy Sheriff’s Association. Join the fun Wed Apr 25, 2018 at 7pm – Sun Prairie High School, 888 Grove St, Sun Prairie. It’s a blast for your kids & for a great cause! Get more details below.
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EZOPeops Suggest: Wonderful Waterfalls of Wisconsin

March 26, 2018 | Written by Rose in From Our Staff, Local Love, WATER COOLER TALK

EZOPeops Suggest: Wonderful Waterfalls of Wisconsin

We are blessed to have so many beautiful sights throughout Wisconsin. Travel Wisconsin recently featured the top “picnic-perfect” waterfalls. By getting to know our EZOPeops, you may have noticed – we like to be outdoors when we’re not on our delivery routes or in the office. So I decided to ask our EZOPeops where they would recommend going if they were looking to go “chasing waterfalls.” Here is what they recommended.
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Meet Our EZOPeop: Dave Ott, Territory Manager

March 15, 2018 | Written by Rose in From Our Staff, WATER COOLER TALK

Meet Our EZOPeop: Dave Ott, Territory Manager

We continue our employee spotlight! Let us introduce one of our longtime EZOPeops, David Ott, Territory Manager. We sure love Dave. In a decade long past, David worked with a since sold-out company called Corporate Express before joining EZ Office Products in 2006. Today, Dave focuses on building relationships with our current as well as prospective customers in our furniture and janitorial divisions. Read on to learn more about him.
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Meet Our EZOPeop: Amanda Turner

February 22, 2018 | Written by Rose in From Our Staff, WATER COOLER TALK

Meet Our EZOPeop: Amanda Turner

Nelson Mandela once said, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” This quote perfectly sums up the work ethic of Amanda Turner, our Marketing Coordinator and Customer Service Extraordinaire. Amanda relocated to Madison from Illinois in 2015 to join EZ Office Products.

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