December 1, 2016

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The Top 5 Productivity Killers

In order to be more productive, you need to better understand yourself and your bad habits. Sure, we all have our little quirks but when it comes to workplace productivity, we can all agree on a few common distractions. According to a 2015 survey by CareerBuilder, these are the top five workplace attention destroyers. Memorize these productivity killers and then try to overcome them today at work. You can do it!

1. Cell phones/texting

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3. Gossip

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November 29, 2016

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Spotlight on: George Foreman

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Spectrum Brands is a global and diversified consumer products company who owns many top brands like George Foreman Cooking. As the groundbreakers of the indoor grilling category—and with over ten years as industry leaders—George Foreman Cooking understands better than anyone the innovative technology you want in order to cook the healthy, delicious food you and your family love.

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The George Foreman® brand is dedicated to providing practical solutions to Knock Out the Fat™ from your favorite foods. From a legendary athlete’s fight for better health, the George Foreman® brand was born as the answer to making everyday foods healthier, leaner and better-tasting – in less time than it takes to prepare and cook them using conventional methods. 15195818_10154169083781482_200222832320996204_o
Our commitment is to developing innovative cooking products that help consumers create great-tasting food that pleases the palate but with less fat. Products include countertop grills, indoor/outdoor grills, contact roasters, fryers and portable gas grills that knock out the fat. Our George Foreman® grills strive to make great-tasting foods leaner, faster and more convenient. 

Visit us at: www.georgeforemancooking.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GeorgeForemanCo

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GeorgeForemanHealthyCooking/

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November 25, 2016

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Holiday Office Gift Guide

giphyWhether you’re looking for ideas to give or receive, the following office-friendly gift guide has got you covered. Your favorite boss or coworker (or yourself!) will love these thoughtful and practical presents.

Fisher Space Pen

This pen was designed for astronauts (seriously!) so it will write in any setting – including zero gravity.

Leuchtturm 1917 Notebook

Think outside the Moleskine. This German notebook brand has a table of contents, numbered pages, and bookmarks to keep you organized.

Smartphone Stand

These days, smartphones are just another office accessory. This stand lets yours prop up at attention to make it easier to use—and harder to lose.

Pandora Subscription

Give the gift of no ads! For the music lover in your office, a streaming music service subscription makes for a fantastic treat.

Potted Succulents

Brighten up a draft cubicle with a tiny plant. Succulents love low light and low water, so you don’t need a green thumb to keep one of these guys alive.

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November 22, 2016

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We’re SO Thankful!

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Spectrum Brands embraces its role in local communities. In donating our time and resources, we’ve made a real impact in people’s lives and the world around us. We give back to local and national causes that are chosen by employees and aligned with our industry and products – so with a product portfolio almost as diverse as our employee population, that’s quite a list! Just a few recipients include:

We’re SO thankful for all of our amazing employees who made this year not only another year of growth but who also made 2016 another year of giving back to our local communities. Thank you for all that you do! View some of the great photos from these events over at our Flickr page.

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November 17, 2016

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Another Banner Year for Spectrum Brands!!!

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Our annual results are in! It’s another year of growth for Spectrum Brands – the seventh one in a row! CEO Andreas Rouvé told employees, “I  want to take this opportunity to thank you for this great accomplishment. We are very excited about fiscal 2017 and are confident that we will achieve our 8th consecutive year of record performance.”

Here are the highlights:

  • Spectrum Brands’ stock price has approximately doubled in the past three years – a rarity in the consumer products goods space.
  • This is the 7th consecutive year of record financial performance with good growth in every division despite strong currency headwinds.

Congratulations, everyone! Here’s to another amazing year!

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November 10, 2016

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How to Be Productive When You Work From Home

2315705263_31d3aa21ba_zThese days, the occasional work-from-home day is the norm. You may telecommute every Friday or just every now and again when your schedule allows. working from home seems like a dream come true, but it’s not for everyone. In reality, it can be much more difficult to stay focused and get work done. Even though it’s supposed to be relaxing, you could easily end your work day behind schedule and more stressed out! Here are some tips to keep you focused:

  1. Create a dedicated workspace.
    Not everyone has the luxury of a home office, but all you really need to get work done is a dedicated space–preferably a table and a chair, not a couch.
  2. Dress appropriately.
    Even though you’re working from home, pajamas will make you feel like it’s just another lazy Sunday, not a productive work day. You don’t have to hop in a suit and tie, but definitely get dressed for the day.
  3. Turn off the distractions.
    Working from home doesn’t mean you can squeeze in some TV, laundry, and grocery shopping. Every moment you spend not working is a moment, well, not working!
  4. Make a schedule.
    It’s hard to stay productive when all the comforts of home are calling to you. Set “office hours” in which you’ll do nothing but focus on work during that time. In between office hours, you can take a break or tackle some chores.
  5. Create a to-do list.
    It will be easier to separate your work life from your home life if you start with a to-do list. Once you’ve checked everything off your work list, you can clock out for the day and enjoy being at home!

Image via jinkazamah/Flickr.

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November 8, 2016

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A Guide to Good Posture

6545561959_865d1e9864_zWe all know slouching looks bad, but it’s bad for your body too. Poor posture adds strain and stress to your muscles and ligaments, which can cause backaches and pains. Better posture is better for your body but it’s also better for your mind too. See our post last week on how good posture improves your mood, productivity, and confidence.

Perfect posture takes practice and it may seem unnatural at first.  According to Harvard Health and the MayoClinic, these are the most important things to keep in mind:

  • chin parallel to the floor
  • even shoulders
  • neutral spine
  • arms at your sides
  • abdominal muscles braced
  • hips even

When you’re standing, there are a few more tips you’ll have to keep in mind:

  • head level and in line with your body
  • knees even and pointing straight ahead
  • neutral knees, not locked knees
  • feet shoulder-width apart
  • body weight distributed evenly on both feet

When you’re sitting, keep these additional bullet in mind points instead:

  • buttocks at the back of your chair
  • knees at a 90 degree angle with the floor
  • shoulders, hips, and knees at even heights
  • knees and feet pointing straight ahead
  • feet flat on the floor

Image via DijutalTim/Flickr. 

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November 3, 2016

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4 Reasons Why You Need to Improve Your Posture

4844566639_69a5d74e1b_zWhether you’re sitting, standing, or walking, good posture is important. Sure, it’s better for your back, but new studies are finding more and more reasons why you should straighten up and stand tall.

  • Good posture gives you confidence.
    According to a study by the European Journal of Social Psychology, ‘upright postures’ are correlated with confidence–and good posture has a significant affect on how you feel.
  •  Slouching leads to negative thoughts.
    The same study found that participants with ‘doubtful postures’ or slumping were not only more likely to feel badly about themselves but they also second guessed their own thoughts.
  • Good posture increases productivity.
    The mind-body connection is real, and some studies have found that you’ll feel more energized when you stand tall versus when you slouch. When you’re more energized, you can find focus and get work done. Fake it till you make it!
  • It’s good for you!
    According to Harvard Health, correct posture improves your balance and reduces the chance for injuries while working out. Not to mention the fact that your back, shoulders, and neck will feel better!

Image via Ryan Hyde/Flickr.

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November 1, 2016

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3 Ways to Humble Brag Like a Pro

4646665889_3d5c46192f_zBragging isn’t good…but talking up your accomplishments is a necessary part of the job search and your overall career success. Not only do you have to promote yourself during the interview, but once you start at a new company you need to fill in your new coworkers and supervisors on your capabilities. And once you’re established at a company, continuing to push your achievements to the forefront will only help when it comes to annual reviews and promotions. So how do you do it?

  1. Keep your online career profiles up to date.
    LinkedIn is a great place to showcase your career highlights. Be specific in your job responsibilities, but be sure to focus on quantitative results as well as before and after examples.When job searching, you should always be connecting with recruiters and HR professionals. When starting a new position, connect with new coworkers and supervisors so they can learn your background and understand your level of expertise. Throughout the duration of your position, continue to update your profile even if you’re not looking for a job.
  2. Let other people vouch for your talents.
    The best way to show others how great you are is by letting other people do it for you. Work on building up your LinkedIn recommendations throughout your career. But don’t keep the praise online. When you’re friendly and helpful to everyone in the workplace, you’ll gain a great reputation. Setting up lunches and informational meetings is the perfect first step in expanding your network at work and while you’re searching for a job. Recruiters keep tight circles of connections too and you never know what opportunity may fall into your lap.
  3. Be comfortable talking about your achievements and the achievements of others.
    If you often praise and give credit to others, it won’t seem unusual when you talk up your own accomplishments. And fostering an environment of giving credit may mean that others will speak on your behalf. Support your coworkers and they will support you. When appropriate, say “we” instead of “I.” After all, most achievements weren’t accomplished without the help of others. Remember: a rising tide lifts all boats.

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October 27, 2016

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10 Tips That Will Help You Fall Asleep

3821921840_4a69b09d08_zWhen it comes to sleep, there are so many things that can go wrong. Maybe you have trouble falling asleep because of anxiety, stress, insomnia, or a feeling of restlessness. Maybe you have trouble waking up because you didn’t get quality sleep… or you got too much of it. You feel so groggy and tired that you hit snooze over and over again.

Whatever your issue is, these sleeping tips are worth trying. They can help you break bad habits and start new ones that hopefully get your body back on track and your sleep cycle under control.

  1. No caffeine after lunch.
  2. Exercise in the morning or afternoon (not at night).
  3. Don’t nap. If you must, keep it to 30 minutes.
  4. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day — even on weekends.
  5. Take a hot bath before bed.
  6. Sleep in a very dark room, then welcome the sunlight each morning.
  7. Don’t eat too much or drink too much before bed.
  8. Make sure your bedroom is not too hot and not too cold.
  9. Turn off your phone and TV one hour before bed — no exceptions.
  10. Create a bedtime ritual that de-stresses and relaxes you.

What helps you fall asleep? Share your tips below!

Image via Michael Carian/Flickr.

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