Spread a Little Cheer this Year

Spread a Little Cheer this Year

Spread a Little Cheer this Year

Let’s face it, 2020 hasn’t been the easiest year for anyone. Now, with the holiday season upon us, let’s take the opportunity to acknowledge and show appreciation to our friends, family and colleagues.

These appreciations can be little acts of kindness such as visiting your loved ones with their favourite meal, surprising your work team with a half day or new snacks in the break room. Though, if you want to show your appreciation in a more tactile way, we have many gifting options that are sure to brighten anyone’s day!

Warm up their hearts with a mug to sip their favourite warm drink, or warm up their hands with some colourful touch screen gloves!

Do the people you are gifting love livening up their home with some music? Gift them a powerful bluetooth speaker.

If you are trying to encourage your employees to go green, why not offer them a reusable cutlery set?

Having lots of virtual meetings? Give them a trendy bamboo notebook to jot down important notes!

Maybe you’re looking for something more festive to spread the cheer? Check out our selection of Collectable Christmas Ornaments!

Whatever your needs, we can find you a solution and stick to your budget. Don’t delay, and order your holiday gifts today!

Need some more ideas? Check out our holiday lookbook!

The Mask: 2020’s Most Valuable Accessory

The Mask: 2020’s Most Valuable Accessory

The Mask: 2020’s Most Valuable Accessory

Not even Nostradamus could have predicted what we have experienced in 2020. COVID-19 has changed the world and how we equip ourselves everyday to be able to carry on and maintain a somewhat normal life. One of the recommended practices suggested by the Public Health Agency of Canada is to wear a mask in indoor public spaces and when it is not possible to physically distance from someone outside of your social circle. This recommendation has changed how fashion, athletic and streetwear apparel companies use their factories and materials. We are now seeing that they use their designing and manufacturing expertise, and help protect citizens against the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

With a growing number of colours and patterns available, these face covers are both protective and customizable. Serkin Promotions can help you protect your staff, students, team and most importantly yourself by offering masks that can be branded with your logo, message, image or pattern!

 

Check out some mask styles that we offer! Click Here to view some. 

How to Create a Productive Remote Work Space

How to Create a Productive Remote Work Space

How to Create a Productive Remote Work Space

Alarm goes off at 7:30am, freshen up, come down stairs in your pyjamas, make yourself a coffee and a bite to eat. You look at the clock and it’s already 8:00am! Are you late for work? Your commute most likely doesn’t take more than a couple minutes as you make your way to your at-home work space. We can credit the world-wide pandemic for opening up a new standard for when it comes to our new daily routine. 

Studies show that about seven out of 10 employees work remotely full time or part of the time. Of those seven workers, four of them prefer to work in the office. However, regardless of your preference, it looks like remote working will be the new norm for the foreseeable future with a slow transition back to office life. Some offices are re-opening slowly with limited desk space available that needs to be pre-booked. The days of having a personal desk space may soon be a thing of the past.

Whether or not working from home is your preference, it pays to know how to work from home effectively. Without keeping a close eye on your time and activities, you may start to see some negative consequences of working in a more relaxed environment.

Here are some suggestions on how to be productive while working from home:

1. Create a Reliable Daily Routine. Working from home saves you the hassle of a morning commute, but this doesn’t mean you should roll out of bed and right into work. It is important for professionals to stick to a morning routine that works for you. Whether you like to meditate, exercise or catch up on the news over a cup of coffee, do what works for your lifestyle. If you are supposed to start work at 8 a.m. and wake up at 7:55, you’re not giving yourself a good start to the day. Give yourself time to complete your regular morning routine. Tools like white boards that can be easily seen with your written out daily schedule can help you stay on track!

2. Remember to “Clock Out”. While remote work comes with the perk of no commute time, it’s easy to fall into the trap of constantly working. It’s all too easy to start your day sooner and work later into the evening since you are already at home. However, McManus says this is a bad habit because you will start to feel like you spend all your time working. To avoid this, be sure to sign off for the day at an appropriate time. We suggest having a little alarm clock, with a reminder alarm set to your “clock out” time to make sure you ‘get home’ at your regular time.

3. Schedule Breaks to Give Your Mind a Break. Even if you work in a home office with the doors shut, distractions are all around you. Rather than getting lost in a text message conversation, the endless rabbit hole of social media scrolling, putting on a load of laundry or coming across a great recipe you just have to try, schedule in regular breaks so that you don’t get lost in your work or your distraction. Try setting a timer to keep yourself on track. To ease the distractions within the home, a pair of noise reduction headphones may be the accessory you need!

4. Plan Out Your Work Lunch and Snacks. In the workplace, you often have to pay for snacks in the vending machine. At home, all the food is there for the taking—no loose change necessary. Prepare your lunch and snacks the night before, and pack it into a lunch bag to bring to your work space. 

5. Schedule Active Time. Your fitness routine may be thrown off, too, especially if you are accustomed to working out on your way to or from work. This could mean going for a short walk around the block or pausing for a yoga break. The idea is to try and eat mindfully and stay active while working from home.

You can work from home successfully if you keep yourself accountable. Create a reasonable schedule for your work and try to adhere to it as much as possible. Be sure to stay mindful about how you spend your time and look for ways to get up from your laptop. You can be productive and still enjoy the perks of working remotely by striving to avoid the bad habits above.

Celebrating the Virtues of the Month at Father Henry Carr

Celebrating the Virtues of the Month at Father Henry Carr

Celebrating the Virtues of the Month at Father Henry Carr

Below is a letter we received from the Father Henry Carr school:

Faith formation is an integral part of our school community.  By focusing, monthly, on different virtues, we are able to recognize students who have exemplified these virtues thus building an inclusive and Christ-centered community.

 

For the month of September, we chose students who demonstrated the virtue of hospitality by welcoming new Canadians through the N.O.W. program.

In October we thanked students who continue to prepare and serve breakfast every morning through the Breakfast Program and those students who help out in the program called Blessing In A Back Pack  which takes place every Friday .In November we will recognize the “Peacemakers” in our community through the S.A.T.(Student Action Team) program. This program allows students to work on different initiatives such as bullying prevention which is implemented in the school community so that this proactive incentive will maintain peace during the school year.

 

Throughout the year we intend to continue to recognize students who exemplify the virtues at our monthly masses which will, in turn, help our students on their spiritual journey.

Recognizing For Current Success Goes A Long Way!

Recognizing For Current Success Goes A Long Way!

Recognizing For Current Success Goes A Long Way!

Whether recognizing students, employees or customers, Serkin Promotions has been in the business of creating pride since 1978. We are always developing new programs and unique awards that will not only recognize but encourage those being presented. We develop programs that stand out from others, helping to differentiate us from our competition.

No matter what the environment is there are various benefits that occur when award programs are set up. This could be reinforcing positive ongoing behaviour, increasing cultural morale, creating a better environment for success, encouragement of personal growth, helping to achieve increased dedication, performance & productivity.

Recognizing success with medallions as an award is a program that many should implement. Medallions can be as simple as a company logo or school crest and as complex as a 3D design and mission statements copy on the second side. Medals are in fact less more cost effective then plaques as awards. Find out more!