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3 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day ….Reduce…..Reuse….Recycle….

earth_day_2015April 22, 2015 marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, a worldwide event founded to educate the public about global warming and inspire appreciation toward the environment. Your company can take simple, little steps to help the environment. Not only will you be cutting your waste and carbon emissions, it’s great press coverage to launch environmental initiatives. Here are three simple ways to start sustainable programs at work:

Determine energy consumption— Before you launch green initiatives, you first need to determine your company’s energy consumption. Use the EPA’s Energy Star program to help you gauge energy use. This will then help you decide which green programs will be most beneficial for your company.

Alternative transportation— Cut down on greenhouse gases by encouraging your employees to carpool and bike to work. Use incentives, like gift cards, to inspire the most participation in carpooling and biking. Also, make sure to install a bike rack or retrofit a bike room so your employees feel safe leaving their bike during the workday.

Recycling— Rethink your company’s waste management by enrolling in a local recycling program. Educate the management and employees by distributing lists of what can be recycled. Lastly, make sure recycling bins are easily visible and accessible.

NJC Printing provides quality digital and offset printing to businesses in St. Louis, Missouri and throughout the Midwest. Please visit our website at www.NJCPrint.com to learn more about us or to Request An Estimate.

A Checklist of New Year’s Resolutions for Businesses

New_Years_ResolutionsWe usually think of personal goals for new years resolutions, but resolutions can also apply to businesses. The New Year is a great way to reflect on your company’s strengths and weaknesses. How can you improve? Whether it is more vacation time or revamping your company’s social media strategy, there’s always something that can be done. Here’s a checklist of resolutions that may apply to your company:

Be SEO-savvy—Become more knowledgeable with search engine optimization strategies. Does your company have an SEO strategy? Learn more about the process behind SEO to keep up-to-date.

Revamp your social media—Ask yourself: what is your company’s presence on social media? Which platforms do you need to be on? Make an effort to drive more traffic from social media to your company website and create more engagement.

Take time off—Vacation time is essential to staying fresh and creatively problem solve. Let your brain take a break by treating yourself to time off. Extend the gesture to your employees. Create a resolution to increase vacation time.

Update your technology—Whether it is updating computer monitors or buying more comfortable office chairs, assess where your company is lacking in resources. What do your employees need to get their jobs done?

Add a feature to products—Benefit your customers by making a resolution to add a new feature to your product this year. Make it a goal to enhance your customers’ experience with your products and services.

NJC Printing provides quality digital and offset printing to businesses in St. Louis, Missouri and throughout the Midwest. Please visit our website at www.NJCPrint.com to learn more about us or to Request An Estimate.

3 Last-Minute Customer Gift Ideas

gift boxThe holiday season is in full swing, and it’s important to recognize the valuable relationships your company has with its customers. Use the opportunity of giving customer gifts to showcase the amazing talents of designers and the creative team by creating unique holiday gifts. It’s still possible to stand out from the crowd even if it is last minute. To help you out, here are three customer gift ideas:

Charitable donation—Instead of giving an expensive gift, donate those funds to a variety of charities. Send a card with five different philanthropic options. Ask the customer to send the card back with a chosen charity to donate to. Your customers will greatly appreciate the gift that keeps on giving.

Personalized Holiday Gift Wrap—Be creative with design and utilize the typography, pattern and illustration to create a personalized holiday gift wrap for customers to use. Personalized holiday gift wrap is unique and inexpensive. You may offer your customers the chance to download a matching a computer desktop wallpaper, too.

Annual calendar—Design a fun annual calendar that showcases your company’s personality. Create seasonal designs for each month, or feature designed quotes throughout the calendar. No matter the design idea, an annual calendar is a great, useful gift.

NJC Printing provides quality digital and offset printing to businesses in St. Louis, Missouri and throughout the Midwest. Please visit our website at www.NJCPrint.com to learn more about us or to Request An Estimate.

4 Gift Giving Etiquette Tips for Clients or Business Associates.

business-gift-giving-etiquette-3-660x369Buying gifts for clients or business associates can be an awkward if you don’t know the etiquette behind it. You could purchase a gift that is too expensive or not aligned with the recipient’s interests. So before you start shopping for your next round of gifts for clients, colleagues or employees, consider these 4 gift giving etiquette tips.

Make Gifts Personal When Possible

Whenever possible,  personalize each gift to each recipient. Your clients want to know that you appreciate them. So giving an item that is specifically aligned with their interests can mean more than a generic token. And if you have  many clients that you can’t possibly buy for each one individually, give them a small but useful item or even a gift card.

Know How Much to Spend

The mistake to avoid is spending too much on gifts. Decide on a budget for your holiday gifts, or other gift-giving occasions throughout the year. Even if you can’t afford much, a small token or even handwritten cards will let people know you’re thinking of them.

Be Conscious of Religious Beliefs

Not all of your clients or colleagues may celebrate Christmas. Giving a holiday gift to someone who can’t accept it because of their beliefs can make both you and them uncomfortable. To avoid this, you can simply ask if they celebrate Christmas, without getting into specifics about their religious preferences.

When Possible, Include Everyone

The most important thing you can do when giving gifts is to make sure you remember everyone.   You don’t want anyone to feel less important or forgotten. To avoid overlooking anyone, keep a running list of clients and employees and check it carefully before sending out gifts or cards. If you are looking for business gift ideas, please check out our website for personal business promotional items and while you are at it take the time to order your NEW 2015 Calendars while it is still fresh in your mind!

To sum things up gift giving at the Holidays is a great way to cement relationships with business associates, customers and employees. Happy Holiday!!

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REST…..RELAX…..REJUVENATE

imagesNow that the weather is getting colder, you want to retreat indoors and hibernate, so to speak. It is important to take a couple breaks for fresh air. But staying inside, most of the time, presents a great opportunity to recharge your productivity. You naturally become more sluggish and less productive with less daylight time, but take a moment to recharge and get back to business. Use the weekend to rejuvenate and plan your week ahead. Here are a few tips to use the weekend to fall into an autumn routine:

Pencil in social time—Friends and family often become a lower priority when work gets hectic. Make time for your loved ones by spending time on the weekend with them. Write it in your planner or create an alarm on your phone. Do not forget to take time to laugh and have fun in order to energize for the week.

Write out your grocery list—Time shuttling back and forth to the grocery store can be cut down by taking five minutes each weekend to plan each dinner and writing out all the groceries. Go to the grocery store once on Saturday or Sunday to gather each item for dinner throughout the week. Then, that task will be crossed off your list for the week.
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Take a bubble bath—The weekend is time to relax and reflect. Have a presentation due? Soak away your stress with a bubble bath. Give your brain a rest from the stress of work and home and renew yourself. This will help you be productive for the rest of the week.

Clean your home—Studies show that we focus better if we have a clean and neat workspace and home. Take one hour each weekend to pick up stray objects, make your bed, dust or vacuum. Cleaning your home can often feel overwhelming. Think of it as one task at a time. Cleaning will help organize your personal and work life.

Manage your to-do list—Do you have some old items on your to-do list? Get them checked off. Take a moment to get those pesky items crossed off before you start the week. If a handwritten to-do list is not motivating you, then try an alarm on your phone or computer to remind you to get your list done.

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