#LeftHandersDay – August 13!


Barack Obama. Paul McCartney. Oprah Winfrey. Tracy from accounting. These are just a few of the great left-handers that have impacted our lives. And on August 13, we’re paying tribute to them.

Happy #LeftHandersDay

After years of struggling with scissors and can-openers, southpaws are getting the recognition and respect they deserve. It’s Left-Handers Day! And to celebrate, we’re sharing a few things that make lefties so special.

  • 13% of the world’s population is left-handed. And it’s not by random luck. Scientists believe that the trait is genetic, meaning it runs in certain families.
  • Mensa says that 20% of its brainy members are lefties.
  • Lefties are better drivers. According to one study, being left-handed makes you 10% more likely to pass your driving test on the first try.
  • Of the team of five that developed the first-ever Mac computer, 80% were left-handed.
  • If you’re left-handed, you likely earn 15% more than your right-handed peers. Studies show that this may have to do with lefties being well-suited to leadership and entrepreneurial roles.
  • Though roughly one-in-ten people are left-handed, one-quarter of Apollo astronauts were lefties.
  • According to the ancient Zuni people, left-handedness was a sign of wisdom and good luck.

The difference in high-visibility apparel colours & striping


Woman wearing high visibility safety apparel

On a daily basis you will see high-visibility safety apparel being worn by people working across various industries – construction, warehouse and transportation to just name a few. It’s hard to miss them wearing florescent colours with reflective striping, and that’s just the point. But have you ever wondered why some will wear orange and others yellow, for example? Or if you’ve been tasked with ordering safety apparel, you may be overwhelmed with which colours you should order.

We know it can be quite confusing, so we’ve turned to the experts and would like to share this fact sheet prepared by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.

The fact sheet will answer all your questions such as:

  • When do I need High-Visibility Safety Apparel?
  • What is the difference between fluorescent and retroreflective materials?
  • What should I look for in High-Visibility Safety Apparel?
  • When would I wear the different classes of High-Visibility Safety Apparel?

Still need help deciding which safety apparel you need? Reach out to us and one of our product experts can help!

Tips for Organizing your Workspace


Get Organized for the New YearStop combing through the piles of paper on your desk to find that note you left for yourself last week.  Gain efficiencies and reduce stress by taking the time to organize your workspace and setup systems to keep your space organized going forward.  Here are some tips to get you started! 

Donate, trash, keep

First, take stock. Create three piles labeled donate, trash and keep. Then, begin organizing the contents of your desk into that space. Leave no item behind. When you’re finished, the desk should be completely emptied into your piles.

Before you decide to keep the item, ask yourself when you used it last and when you’re likely to use it again. You can also apply the well-loved Marie Kondo method: if the item doesn’t give you joy, it belongs in the trash. In other words, if the pen always smudges or gives you a callus, maybe it’s time to treat yourself to a new one.

If it’s an extra stapler that you never use, donating to a colleague or charity goods organization could be the answer. For the trash pile, ask what can be recycled or composted. Many of your old documents can probably go into the compost heap!

Use that shredder

Often, we hold on to old documents because they contain sensitive information. If you want to maintain client privacy while shedding redundant documents, head to the shredder. It’ll lighten your load without compromising your business’ integrity.

Clean it up

When’s the last time your desk was bare? Now that your items are sorted into piles, give every surface a good dust and spray.

Create new organizing systems

Before you start returning items to your desk, reconsider your placement. Perhaps it makes sense to use that bottom drawer for shipping supplies and the top drawer for invoices, but you had everything wherever it fit in the past. Make note of opportunities that will make doing your job more seamless.

Dress it up

It’s amazing what a potted plant or picture frame can do. Studies show that personalizing your workspace can have major psychological benefits. So get down with some feng shui or add a pop of your favourite colour. You’ll thank yourself later.