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5 ultra-fun instruments to liven up any company celebration

We’ve all been there: the dreaded annual work soiree. You know, the one where everyone stands around nervously fidgeting with their plastic glass of rosé and making small talk about the new printer. Yawn. Well, this year why not switch things up? Company get-togethers are actually great for everyone. They allow coworkers to get to know one another on a whole new level, encourage team building, and boost morale. Work parties don’t have to be dull and boring. These ultra-interesting instruments will not only liven things up but also encourage refreshing conversation. Instead of, “Hey Bob. I like the new staplers we got last week,” the conversation will sound more like, “Heeeeeyyyyy Bob! I went to the coolest concert last weekend! The rhythm was off the charts! These maracas remind me of a tune they played! What’s your favorite musical genre?” Read on to learn more.

It will be interesting to see who chooses which instrument. Will the most outgoing employee choose the cowbells? Will the office manager direct the newly formed band? There’s only one way to find out! When coworkers enjoy the company of one another, productivity and enthusiasm increase. Imagine the buzz around the water cooler the next day! Make this year’s company celebration unlike any other!

Outstanding equipment for that team-building hike through Yosemite
Coworkers high five outdoors after doing a team building exercise

Yosemite is known for its glaciers, waterfalls, and tranquility, and hiking is one of the best ways to experience its overwhelming beauty. When it’s time for that annual team-building trip with your coworkers, why not visit Yosemite? Not only will you get away (far, far away) from the office, but you will be surrounded by some of the most breathtaking views the country has to offer. There’s no better way to bond with your coworkers.

You’ll have enough to consider -- everything from company dynamics to what to pack -- and we have some awesome suggestions to keep your hikes safe and enjoyable.

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Thoughtful retirement gift ideas for your coworker that loves to exercise
Women exercising in a fitness class

You’ve shared an office with your coworker for years and years. She took you under her wing when you were a newbie, showed you the ropes, and became your mentor. You knew that one day she would retire, but pushed that idea to the back of your mind. As tough as it is to believe, her retirement party is next week! Sigh. It's going to be so hard to see her go and you want to give her a special gift that she will use for years to come. She loves to exercise and was just talking about trying something new once she retires. Does she enjoy cycling? Perhaps yoga is more her thing. We’ve compiled a list of items that are not only useful for a retiree to use in their daily exercise routine, but that are thoughtful too. After all, encouraging your coworker to continue her fitness journey shows her how much you care.

Things at the office just won’t be the same without your coworker, and sending her off with a thoughtful gift will show her how much she means to you. Perhaps the two of you could even sign up for a fitness class together to ensure that you remain friends even though you won't see one another at the office every day. Change can be hard, but it can bring about great things too. We wish your coworker happiness in her retirement, and you an awesome new office mate who loves cats as much as you do! 

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Kitchen tools to strengthen your catering business
griddle pancake two cooks with gloves and red aprons

A career in the catering industry is typically heavily service-oriented. When catering, it’s important that your customers receive fresh, quality food and beverages in a timely manner. Because caterers are often hired by customers for scheduled special events, they usually require lots of planning and preparation. Still, accidents can happen. Garnishes may be forgotten, meats can be overcooked and side dishes sometimes burn but you can lower the risk of this happening with the help of some quality kitchen tools. If you’re a caterer and want to learn how to make the most of your next catering event, you might consider incorporating some of these useful products into how you work:

Though it would seem so, providing delicious food or beverages to customers isn’t the driving factor behind a successful catering business. To set your catering business apart from the others, it’s also important to focus on yourself and your employees. Having useful kitchen tools for preparing, cooking, and serving food is just as important as the food itself. With the help of some of the products listed, you can increase productivity among staff. From an apron that can preserve the integrity of company uniforms to a cooking sheet set that can act as a baking pan and cooling rack, these items are great for maximizing your work time.

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