Whiteboards, Glassboards, Dry Erase Boards: What’s the Difference? 

Person writing on whiteboard.

Whiteboards – also referred to as Dry Erase Boards, Markerboards, Glassboards, etc. – have become one of the easiest ways to teach, brainstorm, schedule and assign tasks, track calendars, visualize thoughts, and so much more. Think of when you were in school – did you have a chalkboard? That’s now been replaced by a whiteboard. What about when you’re in a meeting trying to troubleshoot a problem? Throw ideas up on the whiteboard. Are you looking to assign certain tasks to certain employees? Putting these assignments on a whiteboard is an easy way to communicate. Keep track of schedules with a whiteboard calendar.

What to Consider When Buying

When you’re looking for a whiteboard, there are several things to consider:

1. Use- What are you using it for? Does it need to be mobile?

2. Size- How big does it need to be?

3. Material- We’ll go into this further, but what material do you prefer?

4. Durability- How well does it need to hold up?

5. Magnetism- Do you want it to be magnetic or not?

6. Features- Does it have a tray? A light? Is it a smart board?

7. Upkeep- What is the maintenance like for this board?

Materials

When choosing a whiteboard, material matters. There are several distinct types, each with their advantages. We’ll cover these four materials: melamine, porcelain, painted steel, and glass. The surface will determine the stain resistance, durability, and price of a whiteboard, among others.

Melamine

This is most commonly found in whiteboards used for personal, infrequent use. You’ll find them on door room doors, study rooms, laundry rooms, etc. While they aren’t the most durable option available, with proper cleaning and upkeep, melamine whiteboards can last quite a while. The best performing ones have a second coating to improve the eraseability and prevent staining.

Porcelain

Porcelain whiteboards are non-porous, meaning the ink doesn’t penetrate the surface of the board, allowing for easy cleaning. They do not scratch, dent, or stain, extending the life and use of the whiteboard. They are best suited to conference rooms, schools, shared spaces, etc. — anywhere it is being used frequently. Be sure to choose a sturdy wall on which to hang these boards, as they are quite heavy.

Painted Steel

While melamine whiteboards are commonly found in personal use, painted steel whiteboards are the most typically used dry erase style across the board. They are made with a steel backing which is then painted with a white base and a clear performance coat, which allows for the dry eraseability. Because they are steel, these boards are naturally magnetic. While they don’t last as long as others, consistent cleaning will extend the life of your board.

Glass

Glass whiteboards offer a modern look and feel. They are made with tempered glass and do not scratch or dent. One of the best features of these is that they do not stain or leave “ghost letters”. Glass boards can be made magnetic if you prefer but are also available in non-magnetic. They are a high-quality investment and offer extreme durability and longevity.

Mobility

In the modern workplace functionality is imperative, but mobility and form are quickly becoming important as well. We must be adaptable in our environments. What do you do when you want to turn a tabletop or desk into a whiteboard? With Flex Write technology, you can simply unroll the material, peel & stick it to a surface, and write freely.

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The Psychology of Smell

As employees come back to the office, consumers are shopping more, and restaurants are getting busier, it’s important to think about your olfactory branding. What is your scent? From bathroom to breakroom, your scent is a direct reflection of your brand.

It can be argued that many of the reasons we act the way we do is because of our sense of smell. This sense can affect almost every aspect of our lives and is a main part of how we experience our lives and determine our preferences. Without scent, we would only be able to taste that ice cream is sweet, not that it’s chocolate, or that pretzels are salty, not that they’re buttery. Our tastebuds tell us the taste and our noses tell us the flavor.

Scent is directly connected to the emotional hardwiring of our brains. Memories are tied to our experience of emotions and our emotional memory is tied to our sense of smell. This is one of the main reasons companies use olfactory branding. If you have a positive interaction with a brand and they have a signature scent, you’re going to have a positive reaction every time you smell that scent, whether you’re conscious of the reaction or not. And everyone wants to be remembered positively.

How Can Scent Improve Your Mood?

Have you ever walked past something – a burger joint, a freshly-mown lawn, a lilac bush – and gotten a great whiff? You know the smells. As soon as you read them, you knew them. Those smells can make you hungry, can remind you of your childhood, or remind you of a particular person. There are a few specific smells that are known to improve a person’s mood just from an aroma.

Lavender

Two bees pollinating lavender.

We often use lavender as a calming scent. Perhaps you put it on your wrists before a flight. Or maybe you drink a stress relieving lavender tea after a tough day. However you use it, lavender is great to help relieve stress and improve mood.

Jasmine

Flowering jasmine plant.

Similar to lavender, jasmine can calm someone down. It’s also known for its cheerfulness. This rich, sweet flavor can induce feelings of optimism and strength, allowing you to tackle the day’s tasks.

Rosemary

Sprigs of rosemary.

Did you know that rosemary increases brain function, improves blood circulation, and boosts the immune system? So much good comes from one small herb.

Lemon

Fresh lemons.

Lemon has antiviral properties that help you fight both sickness and sadness. This cheerful, bright scent is a “pick me up” in the day. A small sniff of lemon will wake you up and keep you focused and strong.

Ways to Bring Scent into the Office

Known for their “Smellitizers,” Disney parks have specific smells for a specific areas. This kind of olfactory branding is used to equate a good experience with a good smell. How can you bring this kind of technology into your office? Quite easily. Metered Dispensers will emit a scent according to an internal timer. Every 90 seconds, a small burst of Lavender-Chamomile will waft into the room, improving mood, focus, and output. Or perhaps you prefer Crisp Linen or Sandalwood. Whatever scent you choose, be sure to remember that smell sensitivities and allergies are important to consider.

Ways to Deodorize Your Office

Now, we know not all scents are good. So, we have things that can clean, cover up, or deodorize the air. The scent of something that is freshly cleaned can improve mood, as knowing you’re being kept safe is a great mood enhancer. You can also improve the air quality of your office with an Air Purifier.

Contact your Sundance Office account rep to order today!

The Best Bag for Your Trash

Which Trash Can Liner Is Best For You?

Do you find yourself wondering why your garbage bag always leaks or tears? Are you double bagging your trash because you’re unsure which bag you should be using? It all comes down to the density, size, and seal of your garbage bag.

Finding the best bag for your trash doesn’t have to be confusing. We’ll walk you through everything you need to know to ensure you’re purchasing the best liners for your receptacles. From microns to mils and the difference between high and low density trash bags, you will be ready to get what you need.

Low Density versus High Density

There are several key differences between low and high density bags. They are used for vastly different things, have varying weight allowances, and are measured differently. Low density trash bags are more commonly used than high density bags, but only in specific ways. Let us explain.

Low Density Trash Bags

Low density trash bags, or linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) trash bags, are made from high quality resins. These allow the bags to be thicker, flexible, and more resistant to tears or punctures. LLDPE bags are incredibly durable and great for outdoor trash cans, bars, demolition & construction debris, kitchen trash, and more. They are ideal for trash that contains:

  • Cardboard
  • Wood
  • Metal
  • Sharp Food Waste
  • Glass
  • Irregularly Shaped or Jagged Items
Low density bags are measured in mils, which is 1/1000 of an inch. A higher mil count will equate to a thicker bag. For instance, a standard kitchen trash bag is .9 mil, while a contractor bag can be as high as 6.0 mil. The mil size will vary depending on the use of the bag itself.
Trash and recycling cans outside to be picked up

High Density Trash Bags

While LLDPE are more commonly found in receptacles, you will find high density polyethylene trash bags (HDPE) widely available, as well. These are produced from high molecular density resins in tightly packed straight molecules. They are directionally strong because of those straight molecules only facing one direction. However, they are thinner and therefore not as puncture resistant. This makes them ideal for carrying soft, yet heavy loads that do not have rough edges, like:

  • Dirt
  • Towels
  • Shredded Paper
  • Restroom Waste
  • Office Waste
  • Smooth, Heavy Objects
  • Clothing

High density bags are measured in microns, which is 1/1000 of a millimeter. Generally, high density bags vary from 5 to 24 microns in width, also dependent upon the use of the bag.

How To Tell Them Apart

While both high and low density trash bags have their similarities – they’re both used for trash, after all, there are two key differences to help you determine the density; all you must do is touch them and listen to how they sound. HDPE will be stiffer and sound “crustier”. LLDPE trash bags are quieter and smoother to the touch.  

Seals

The bottom of the bag is crucial to both how it fits into the receptacle and the ability to prevent leaks. There are three distinct types of seals, all useful for specific kinds of garbage disposal.

Flat Seal

The flat seal is exactly that: flat. It resembles a pillowcase. Flat Seal bags are generally leak proof but can be clumsy to handle, as they do not usually conform well to the insides of most trash receptacles. Home kitchen garbage bags are usually flat seal, as they are easily packaged to save space in a home. They are sized in 2 dimensions.

Star Seal

Star seal bags are most widely used, as the bottom can easily conform to any shape garbage can. They are sealed in a central spot on the bottom, with the folds of the bag coming out to form a star shape. They eliminate gaps along the seal where leaks can occur and are, therefore, able to distribute weight evenly and maximize carrying capacity, virtually eliminating leaks. They are sized in two dimensions.

How to Identify What You Need

Proper fit and size are necessary when choosing a trash can bag or liner. You want to ensue you’re not wasting precious plastic, so be sure to measure your trash can to find out which gallon size and length bags are best for you.

Remember the three things you need to consider when purchasing your bags:

  • Density
  • Seal
  • Size

How Office Awards Can Improve Employee Engagement

Positive reinforcement is “the act of rewarding a positive behavior in order to encourage it to happen again.” When we reward positivity, we’re increasing the likeliness of that behavior being repeated over and over until it becomes habit. Receiving recognition releases dopamine into the brain, improving both memory and motivation. This is not only important but can be necessary for success and retention in the workplace.

So, how can Office Awards improve employee engagement and morale?

Recognition Matters

Being recognized for your work, whether by promotions, raises, or awards, feels good. It makes you feel like a valued member of the team. When you feel valued, you’re more likely to work harder for the greater good of the office. Being recognized allows us to shine, basking in the light of our hard work. An Office Award is a way to spotlight employees among their peers and allowing them to receive recognition not just from management, but from the entire cohort.

Ideas for Awards

We’ve got some ideas for awards for your office. Some tried and true, some fun, some a mix of both!

The Employee of the Month/Quarter/Year Award

This is a tried-and-true award. For the person who has gone above and beyond in all aspects. This can be for the month, quarter, year, etc., whichever metric you prefer.

The MacGyver
Award

This is for the person who is always finding interesting ways to fix things or make things work, whether technological, incidental, or fundamental.

The “WOW” Award

Bring a little fun into your Office Awards. The fashionista of the office deserves recognition, too!

The Rookie of the Year Award

It’s tough to stand out as a new kid. If you’ve got someone on staff that is new and doing an incredible job, support and spotlight them!

The Leadership Award

Everyone knows that one person who is always there for reliable advice and leadership. Show your gratitude with recognition and respect.

The Customer Savvy Savant Award

It’s not always easy being the customer liaison. Show your appreciation with a small token of admiration.

The Early Bird Award

This is for that one person who is already in the office when you get there, even if you arrive thirty minutes early.

The Ghostlight Award

Borrowing a term from the theatrical world, this award can go to the person who is seemingly always working, even in the middle of the night!
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Spring Cleaning – It’s Never Too Late!

No matter when you are reading this post, it is never too late to Spring Clean! Call it summer clean if you need to, but really it just means a fresh start. We’ve got some expert tips to help you get started with your office spring clean:
  1. Tackle the piles of paper first. You can’t actually clean your desk if it’s covered in papers.
  2. Catch up on your filing. Once you recycle the paperwork you no longer need, make sure to utilize a filing system to store the papers you need to keep.
  3. Clean the spaces you’ve forgotten about all year! A fresh start includes making sure EVERYTHING is clean. This includes the places you normally don’t think about—tops of cubicles, behind your computer, the crumbs lodged in your keyboard, your filing cabinets.
  4. Disinfect all the high-touch areas. You might want to do this one more than just during spring cleaning. High-touch areas include phone, keyboard, headsets, desktops, as well as doorknobs and handles.
  5. Spring clean your air too! Did you know that indoor air is 5x dirtier than outdoor air? YIKES! If you don’t already have an air purifier, what are you waiting for? If you do already have one, now is a good time to check the filter and swap it out if needed.

Our Top Spring-Cleaning
Supply Picks

Not sure what supplies you need to get started? Here are a few of our top choices.

TruShot 2.0

Looking for a dispensing system for your small office or anywhere the occupants are cleaning themselves? TruShot 2.0 from SC Johnson is the way to go. It has an easy-to-use system that requires no mixing or measuring AND can be filled at any water source.

Decorative Bankers Boxes

If you need to utilize storage boxes, at least make them decorative. Stylish with the heavy-duty strongness you love about Banker Boxes. These fit both legal and letter files. Quick and easy to assemble and easily stackable.

Fellowes AeraMax
Air Purifier

This purifier has four-stage hospital-type filtration that effectively cleans small spaces. The Aeramax line detects air quality and automatically adjusts the fan speed to keep your air purified. True HEPA filter safely removes 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns, including allergens, viruses, and cigarette smoke.

Purell Surface Disinfectant

This product is fantastic! It is a one-step disinfectant and sanitizer that kills 99.9 percent of viruses and bacteria – including cold and flu, strep, norovirus, Listeria, MRSA, VRE, and human coronavirus. Can be used on both hard and soft surfaces AND can be used on food-contact surfaces with no rinse required. Perfect for the office and the breakroom!
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Office Breakroom Innovations

Team Enjoying A Coffee Break
The breakroom is an important part to today’s offices and company culture. Breakrooms need to act as a relaxing retreat for both your employees and your visitors. Gone are the days when the breakroom is just a table, chairs and microwave. Here are some breakroom innovations that can really step up your company’s offerings for those working in the office.

Layout and Design

The layout of your office breakroom needs to be inviting and appealing to everyone. Your space should reflect the need for some employees to have their own personal space and others may want a space for community and connection. Modular furniture allows for reconfiguration depending on the needs of those utilizing the space.
HON Astir Birk
HON Accommodate Arrangement

Don’t forget an outdoor space! Outdoor spaces can make people feel more energetic according to studies published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology. Lead author of the studies, Professor Richard Ryan said, “Often when we feel depleted, we reach for a cup of coffee, but research suggests a better way to get energized is to connect with nature.”

Lorell has a fantastic outdoor teak collection that we are currently loving!

Lorell Charcoal Outdoor Table

Looking to refurnish or spruce up your breakroom furniture? Sundance specializes in furniture design!

Contact Us Today and let our furniture specialists guide the way to a WOW breakroom experience.

Coffee and Equipment

No breakroom is complete without coffee. And these days, it seems like everyone has a different favorite flavor! Let Sundance provide you with all the coffee supplies and coffee service you need.

Did you know you can get a free Keurig Brewer from us and join our K-Cup Rewards Program?

Did you know you can get a free Keurig Brewer from us and join our K-Cup Rewards Program?

Does your office prefer regular drip coffee? We offer Free Bunn Brewing Equipment to our customers.

Keurig Free Brewer Promotion
New England Coffee Service Flyer

Snacks Galore

The best way to WOW your employees’ hearts is through their stomachs. Seriously. Let Sundance provide your office with all the snacks you need! This includes both fresh and frozen foods as well as the sweet treats you sometimes crave.

Food Service Disposables

You can’t have the coffee or eat the food without cups, plates, and napkins! Ensure your breakroom is stocked with all the disposable essentials. Easy clean-up for everyone and no dishwasher required (because we know if employees must hand wash dishes, they will likely pile up in the sink).

Disposable Breakroom Items

Additional Breakroom Needs

Spills happen. Germs happen. Make sure that your breakroom is set up for success. A dirty breakroom is one that employees will not want to utilize. From dispensers to disinfectants, we have all the cleaning supplies you need to ensure a WOW breakroom!

More Info on our Janitorial Supplies.
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