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Happy Administrative Professionals Week!

April 25, 2011

Another Administrative Professionals Week is upon us wherein we celebrate the hard work and efforts of administrative professionals. Due to the recession and downsizing throughout offices across the country, everyone has had to work harder. That’s why this year the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) is expanding their celebration to include all office professionals. To recognize everyone’s hard work during this difficult time, the theme for the 2011 IAAP Administrative Professionals Week and Administrative Professionals Day (Wednesday, April 27) is: This year, celebrate all office professionals.

There are many ways that your office can celebrate Administrative Professionals Day. Some offices celebrate by throwing parties for their administrative staff while others give individuals gifts or special lunches outside the office. The IAAP suggests offering additional training opportunities and seminars to help your staff improve their skills.

Since April is also Stress Awareness Month, I think a great way to celebrate Administrative Professionals Week is to find ways to make everyone’s day less stressful. When I’m stressed, I find that regular exercise and riding my Harley are two of my favorite ways to unwind. To get even more ideas on what people can do, I polled my Executive Council on what they do to relieve everyday stress.

Most responded that exercise like running, swimming and yoga were great stress relievers, while others said activities such as meditation and cooking help them relax after a stressful day. One seemingly obvious but often overlooked suggestion several people made was to cut off all connection to work while at home. It may sound tempting to keep your quantity of e-mails down over the weekend or while you’re on vacation, but it’s likely causing more stress because you’re limited to what you’re able to do when you’re away from the office. While at work you focus all your time and energy into your job, so shouldn’t you focus all your time and energy into your family when you’re at home?

I hope everyone has a fun and stress-free Administrative Professionals Week! How do you or your office plan to celebrate this year?

Read Across America Day

March 2, 2011

Every year, the National Education Association (NEA) celebrates Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2 with an event they call Read Across America. This event encourages communities and people of all ages to celebrate the importance of reading and promote literacy by taking time to read their favorite books or to reading to others in classrooms or libraries. Some communities even have large Dr. Seuss-themed parties. All of this reminded me of my favorite Dr. Seuss book. As a young boy, I was fascinated with race cars and dogs so clearly my favorite Dr. Seuss book was “Go Dog Go!” There were a lot of cool scenes to look at, and who could forget the party on top of the tree at the end?

These days in addition to fun books, I’m usually reading business books. One of my favorite business books is “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” by Patrick Lencioni. In this book, the author writes a fictional tale illustrating the key elements of building a team for success. One of the first and most important ingredients to having a successful team is trust. Lencioni encourages building an office atmosphere where everyone trusts each other and supports each other versus stepping on each other and showing off to get promoted.

Readingis a very important way to keep up with the ever-changing business world and can help give a variety of business professionals insights on how to improve themselves and their teams. What books have you read that have helped you in your job? What did they teach you?

New Year, New Goals

January 26, 2011

I’m a big believer in setting goals. When she first met me, my wife laughed at all my lists and especially the list of my life goals. I had goals such as skydiving, running a marathon, getting a quality job (I made this list in college) and of course meeting the woman of my dreams. I have actually accomplished all of these life goals and this August will be 25 years since I met that woman!

Starting a new year is a great time to re-evaluate some of our goals and set new ones. It is a new beginning and gives us a fresh start to aim for new objectives and to adjust our path accordingly. This works in both life and our business.

At Quill.com, we’ve developed a list of goals we call the High Five. These are five business objectives that will enable us to better meet our customers’ needs and grow our business. One of the goals in this year’s High Five is to focus on making our Web site more user-friendly. We will make finding the products you need even easier and offer suggestions that will help improve the efficiency of your office.

A few things that won’t change are our commitment to service, dedication to our customers and meeting all your office supply product needs better than anyone else. And should you ever have a problem, you can always rely on us to do whatever it takes to solve your concerns on the first try.

I always like hearing from you, so feel free to let me know how we’re doing and if there’s anything more we can do to provide you with the Best Experience in Office Products℠.

Season’s Greetings

December 2, 2010

It’s hard to believe that the holidays have already come around again. We’ve had some unseasonably warm days in the Chicago area and sometimes only the bare trees outside remind me that winter is on its way.

Another sign of the season is that holiday preparations around the building are in full swing and our facilities team has started decorating the stairways and main entrances. We’ve also started filling jars with change for our annual “Change Wars” fundraiser which raises money to buy gifts for local families in need.

During this time of year, we often make lists of things we’re going to give to friends, family, co-workers and charities. Last year was difficult for everyone…but in the spirit of the holidays, take a moment to remember the things you already have that you’re grateful for.At Quill.com we’re very thankful for our incredible customers and hard-working associates.

I’d like to hear from you. What are you thankful for this holiday season?

Problem Found. Problem Solved!

July 23, 2010

Sometimes, it seems, problems can arise in the most unexpected of places.

The other day, I was online reading an article at msnbc.com about just how dirty our keyboards at work can get. One cause is that people eat lunch at their desks and then type with sticky and saucy fingers…another is that our natural skin oils rub onto the keys and allow germs to fester and grow.

The result of all this stickiness, sauciness and oiliness? A keyboard can actually be up to 5 times dirtier than a toilet seat…and can sometimes hold a nasty-sounding bug calledstaphylococcus aureus which, in fact, causes food poisoning.

Surprising stuff…yes! And just a little bit scary to me, too.

I’ve always thought that we run a pretty clean ship here at Quill.com. (During last year’s flu season, we installed dispensers of Purell hand sanitizer at every entrance…and we plan on doing that again this year, too.) We’ll have to talk as a company about what to do to keep our keyboards clean, but I know that whether you plan on using canned airClorox disinfecting wipes, or some other kind of cleaning supply to keep your own keyboards germ-free, you can get whatever you need right here at Quill.com!

Hope Your Father’s Day was Great!

June 22, 2010

Last month, I wished all the moms out there a Happy Mother’s Day. Today it only seems right to do the same for all the dads — Happy Father’s Day!

My day was great: I slept in a bit, took a break from the usual chores and relaxed throughout the afternoon. What made the day the most special to me, however, was the fact that my oldest son just came back from his first year away at college. For the first time in more than 3 months, the entire family was together under one roof!

Of course, with all the new technologies out there, my son and I are never far away from each other even when many miles separate us. He’s taught me how to use Skype so we constantly chat or video conference each other (sure is different from when I was in college—I used to make calls from pay phones to my parents!).

It really is amazing what technology can do, and if your office is looking to upgrade its hardware or software I encourage you to take a look at everything Quill.com has to offer. From web cams to laptops, printers to CDs, we carry all the top brands and latest models. We even have our own technology specialists who will work with you to make sure that the products you buy are right for your needs and your budget, too.

Visit Quill.com/techspecials today and take a look at everything we have for you. Who knows…with a brand new laptop and web cam, you might just learn how to use Skype like I did!

Spring has Sprung!

April 15, 2010

After years of living in the Northeast and Midwest, I’ve come to think of Spring as a great time of the year. Gone are the days of walking to your car in the dark and freezing cold after a long day of work. Outdoor activities begin to start up again. Some are good (like golfing and baseball–go Red Sox!), some not so good (like spring cleaning the garage).

If it’s spring cleaning time in your office, I invite you to visit Quill.com and take a look at all the smart solutions we have to help you get (and stay) organized. Replace those old and worn hanging file folders with new ones, or encourage everyone to get their piles of paperwork neatly stored into a new set of binders. If your office prefers to go paperless, we also have great prices on a wide variety of data storage media, too.

Enjoy the magnificence of this season, and thank you for being such a loyal Quill.com customer.

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