5 Secrets to a Healthier Office Environment

September 23, 2008

September 24th 2008 – Supply Brothers



Does you typical day involve a sore back, a dire need to stretch out your body, a stiff neck, and sore wrists?


If you have answered yes, to even one of these questions, then you need to keep reading.


We took an office pool of 20 different companies, and we asked each of the employees what they use to help make the work day more comfortable and enjoyable. We have designated these tips to make your office more ergonomic. If you aren’t familiar yet with this term, allow us to explain.


Ergonomic-is defined as the applied science of equipment design, as for the workplace, intended to maximize productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort.


Follow these 5 tips to create a more ergonomic office.


1. Use footrests. These are often overlooked, yet it’s a very important key to office ergonomics.


2. Buy an ergonomic mouse. These help relieve the tension that’s put on the wrist’s median nerve. These mice are clinically proven to help reduce discomfort from carpal tunnel syndrome.


3. Now that you have the mouse, it’s time to buy an ergonomic mouse pad. One that features an angle adjustment will do just fine for maximum comfort.


4. Stop the wrist discomfort. Get a gel filled wrist rest that will bring some comfort to your desk. Better yet, buy one that is antimicrobial, so you won’t have odor causing bacteria growing on it.


5. Lastly, invest in a comfortable work chair for goodness sakes! This is most often overlooked. There are plenty of excellent ergonomic chairs that will make work seem easier and make your day fly by!



 We also recommend looking at Anti-glare Monitor Screens, split keyboards, and work stations.




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Top 10 Office Pranks for Your Coworkers

September 15, 2008

September 17th 2008 – Supply Brothers’ ‘Office Talk’


1. The Mouse Trick

Utilize the USB port to attach a second mouse to a neighboring coworker’s computer. This works especially well if you are sitting across from him or her. Plug in, wiggle away, and watch them squirm. Added points if you have a wireless mouse.


2. Mouse Trick Number Two

The laser mouse may have ended the era of mouse-ball stealing, but it opened up another option. Stick a few layered pieces of transparent tape on the bottom side of your friend’s mouse to really mess with its functionability. Or, tape a small Post-It note that says “Why won’t my mouse work?” over the laser.


3. Ketchup with Your Phone?

Yes that’s right. This is a classic trick to play on your coworker. I have actually had it done to myself, and it was quite a laugh for the whole office. Next time you go to lunch take a few extra ketchup packets. Next wait till your coworker steps away from his or her desk. Quickly place ketchup all over the ear piece of the phone. Gather your surrounding coworkers and let only them in on the prank. When your coworker returns to his or her desk, give them a ring and laugh obnoxiously.


4. Busy Computer

This is anther classic mouse trick. Under the ‘mouse settings’ go to the ‘pointer tab’ and click on the hour glass. This will switch their pointer to a busy hour glass. Suddenly your coworker’s computer is always busy!


5. Wrap it Up

Wrap your entire coworker’s desk with aluminum foil. This includes their computer, pens, pencils, folders, etc. Don’t leave anything out. The more the funnier it will become.


6. Can You be Mine?

Sent a fake love note to a coworker from another coworker.


7. The Paper Clip

Make some copies of a paper clip. Then, put this same paper into the paper tray of your copying machine. People will go bananas trying to figure out why all their copies have a paperclip on it!


8. No Toilet Paper

Place a sign on the restroom door that reads, “The Company ran out of toilet tissue; please use your own resources.”


9. Congratulations on Your Baby

Get all the women in the office to individually speak with the President, confiding that you are pregnant. By noon, he will think that all of his female coworkers are pregnant and he will not be able to tell anyone because each asked for confidentiality.


10. Booo!

Halloween never gets old. So why not scare the living daylights out of your friend at work. All you need is an old mailing box that is big enough for you to fit in. Next, put the box in a strategic location for scaring your victim. Some keys spots are near the elevator, break room, or near his or her cubicle. Get in the box and wait for your victim to come strolling by. Jump out and scare your victim using whatever means necessary; screaming, yelling, arm movements, etc.


Disclaimer: Supply Brothers is not responsible for any of the consequences as a result of these acts. However, if you do, be sure to have fun and be safe.









5 ways to protect yourself from email scams

September 4, 2008

September 4th 2008 – Supply Brothers

1. Mark suspicious emails as “junk.”

Use this feature in “Outlook.” All you have to do is ‘right click’ on the email, and then you can choose to send these emails to the category “add sender to blocked senders list.” This way, you will not receive any of these emails in the future.

2. Protect your password

Make sure you have a strong password for all of your email accounts by using at least 7 characters, a combination of upper and lower case characters, numbers, and symbols (e.g. # @ $).

3. Carefully read through any emails that seem like fraud before clicking on any links

Most emails that are fraud usually have misspelled words, typos, etc. They also use phrases such as “this is not fake” or “please forward this to all of your friends.” If you receive an email, and it appears to be from your bank, credit card, etc., be sure to go to their website directly. DO NOT click on the link from your email.

4. Make sure to check the email address thoroughly if you suspect anything

Nine out of ten times, you can identity a scam email just by looking at the full email address that it was sent from. Scammers will usually write a catchy title such as “Your EBay account is about to expire. Please click here to find out more information.” The email will usually appear from “EBay,” but the actual email is from fkdjsfsdks(at)Yahoo.com. Be sure to check the full email address when you see things such as this.

5. Avoid any emails asking for your personal information

If you receive an email that appears to be from your bank, credit card, or any other financial institution, and it asks for your name, address, social security number, or any other type of personal information, it is a scam. If you do receive one of these emails, contact your bank, credit card company, etc. immediately, and make them aware of the scam.



Supply Brothers urges you to keep this email for future reference. In the event you receive a suspicious email in the future, you can use this to decide what to do in regards to any email that seems out of the ordinary.