How To Find The Right Work-Life Balance When WFH

 How to find the right work-life balance when WFH

Even before the Covid-19 outbreak, we lived in an Always-On culture – technology has allowed us to work anytime anywhere.
As many employees continue to work from home, significantly during Mental Health Awareness Week 2020, it seems more important than ever to find the right work-life balance. 

We’ve put together a few relevant tips on how to find and maintain that important line between work and life during the prolonged working from home period.
 

Frame1. Set aside a space dedicated just for work 

This will help you get in the zone and, more importantly, will help you to switch off at the end of the day.
 If possible, find a space with lots of natural light to improve morale and productivity.
Give your workspace a personal touch to make it your own. A green plant gives an instant uplift or you could even frame a photo of your favourite colleagues!
 


cafetiere2. Get ready for work

Follow your usual morning routine - make some tea or coffee and have breakfast.
Get dresses for your working day. 
Many of us do cheat and wear tracksuit bottoms – but that's ok, it’s important to feel comfortable too!



noise cancelling headphones3. Communication is key

Stay in touch with your colleagues throughout the day - there is no substitute for seeing each other's faces! 
There is a myriad of tools available to help you communicate with your team – for example at GeigerBTC we use Microsoft Teams and GoTo Meetings. We also hold a weekly company-wide video chat every Friday afternoon, where we catch up about the week and have a little bit of office banter that we all miss while working from home!




calendar pod4. Create a routine and stick to it

Write a plan or your to-do-list either the day before or every morning.
Set your goals for the day, week or month ahead. Put your work away at the end of the day, especially if your workspace is a shared space in your home.
It's also important to set working hours and stick to them, especially if you have children at home. 
 



tea and coffee set5. Take breaks throughout the day and do not skip lunch

Step away from your laptop, make a cup of tea, clear your head, and recharge.
Pop out for some fresh air, check on your children or pets, or make a call to check-in with your friends and family. Make sure to stretch regularly, here is a great guide





snacks6. Look after your physical health and eat well

It’s important to stay active while we are at home and take outdoor exercise if you can. There are so many fantastic apps and online videos that will allow you to exercise from your living room too.
Eat healthily, choose healthy snacks rather than salty, sugary and high-fat options. Maintain a healthy, balanced diet, drink lots of water, and of course, allow yourself the occasional treat.

 
And, most importantly, don't forget your mental health

Make time for mindfulness. Try your best to be patient and positive, and focus on here and now. Identify your triggers and have a plan on how to deal with them, there's a myriad of techniques available. For example, use the 'CALM' technique by assigning each letter to something that makes you feel better and calmer (i.e. C for chocolate, A for art, L for lakes, M for mum). 
Meditation can help you to keep focus and perspective in changing times, whilst reading can be your biggest escape and companion. Explore the many apps that are available for both meditation and reading, or why not join a virtual book club!

Remember, we are stronger together!
Even though we are separated in our homes right now, the advances in technology allow us to stay connected to each other in ways we couldn't even imagine 20 years ago! 
Make sure to regularly check in with your colleagues. Feeling lonely or isolated is very common these days - a simple call to say hello can make a huge difference. 

Take a creative approach to find your own work/life balance. It's important for your health, attitude and productivity. 

As employers, investing in an employee well-being strategy can help teams feel connected and valued during these difficult days. Sending your staff a gift is the perfect way to show you care about them. 
 

Competition Announcement!

Competition announcement!

Design a snood competition


We are inviting kids of all ages to design the official GeigerBTC multi mask!
Winners will receive a multi mask with their own design plus one for each of their classmates! They will also receive a surprise gift to keep all to themselves!

Entries to be judged by a panel including children of the #GeigerBTCteam!

How to enter: Simply create a picture or pattern that makes you smile!
Dimensions: 45cm x 22cm (landscape).

Pictures and patterns should be emailed to hello@geigerbtc.com with the following details:

- Child’s first name and age
- A sentence from your child telling us what they are looking forward to in brighter times (this could be seeing grandparents, going back to school or even a trip to McDonald’s!)
- Parent’s email address

Closing date: 10th of May. Winners will be announced on 11th May. Multi Masks will be delivered to winners’ schools when schools reopen. We’ll be sharing some of the entries here and we can’t wait to see your artistic skills!
T&C's apply.

 

 


GeigerBTC Announces Leadership Change

GeigerBTC Announces Leadership Change

 Vicky Kinasz - New Managing Director of GeigerBTC

London, UK April 16th 2020: UK Distributor GeigerBTC, a subsidiary of Geiger, a multi-generational family owned and managed company, announced that Vicky Kinasz will join the company as Managing Director, replacing Frank Murphy who will be retiring at the end of May 2020. 

Frank was a Founding Partner of BTC Group, which Geiger acquired in April 2018. Frank states, “Following a very successful two-year transition period I am looking forward to a new and exciting stage in my life, albeit one curtailed somewhat by the current Coronavirus crisis. I cannot speak more highly of the care and consideration Geiger has shown to me during this transition period. While I am saddened to leave behind an amazing team of colleagues, many of whom I have known for more than 25+ years, I could not be more delighted to hand the reins over to Vicky Kinasz. I know she will lead GeigerBTC on to even greater things.” 

Vicky Kinasz joins the firm as an entrepreneurial senior professional with an outstanding track record of success in commercial operations, management and sales. "I am delighted to be joining the team at GeigerBTC,” says Kinasz. “I have spent over 20 years in the promotions industry, and to have the opportunity to join a world class organisation with such an incredible culture and heritage is truly the most exciting opportunity of my career. I very much look forward to meeting in the near future with all our clients, partners and suppliers." 

Jo-an Lantz, President and CEO of Geiger Worldwide adds, “Vicky brings a track record of managing client relationships and teams with strong communication skills. Her experience as a Managing Director, as well as with promotional products, sales promotion agencies, and consumer brands make her uniquely qualified. I look forward to working with her in the years to come as GeigerBTC grows.” Jo-an continues, “It is difficult to imagine GeigerBTC without Frank Murphy. He has been the lifeblood of the organization for over 40 years. We wish him the very best in his retirement.”  

About Geiger and GeigerBTC 

Headquartered in Lewiston, Maine, Geiger is the largest family-owned and managed promotional products distributor in the world. Geiger operates from offices across the US and London, England and is affiliated with over 450 independent sales representatives. Geiger is a socially conscientious company, providing proactive, comprehensive marketing solutions to their clients. GeigerBTC was founded in 1977 and is based in Hayes, Middlesex and has a staff of 90. A full-service brand marketing firm, GeigerBTC offers on-site decorating, distribution, fulfilment, web development and customer corporate programs, and employee store expertise.

 

Hand Sanitiser Stand

Hand sanitiser gel - a key commodity

 

 

We salute those producers who are donating massive supplies of hand sanitiser, and other personal protective equipment, to the NHS and care sector. 

Unsurprisingly, there are opportunists out there who are profiteering from the sale of this now vital commodity. The problem lies with distribution; the situation is being exploited somewhere in the supply chain.

In the meantime we have been working with our supply chain to very high ethical standards, all the way down the line. 

GeigerBTC are still open for business. During this time, we will be continuing to support businesses and help ensure your requirements are met efficiently and safely. 

As we supply products for organisations with key workers, our factory has also remained open during this period to ensure the supply of essential goods can be maintained. However, we are adhering to government guidelines to ensure that our workplace remains a safe environment for all members of our team. 

Stand Sanitiser is the ideal choice to help your teams and your customers stay safe and protected.

  • Touch-free dispensing.
  • Recommended for shop entrances, educational establishments, sporting venues and all public places.
  • Drip catcher keeps floors and sink areas clean.
  • Wall-mounted or freestanding station options (push action). 

Our aim is to offer high quality, safe and compliant hand sanitiser gel and PPE products at the best market price possible.
Please get in touch at ppe@geigerbtc.com if we can help in any way.

COVID-19 update – 23rd March 2020

COVID-19 update - 23rd March 2020

Covid-19

We’re all in this together

As we all try to adjust to the unprecedented times we are facing, we at GeigerBTC are trying our very best to respond to the fast-changing environment while staying committed to our purpose.

It’s business as usual at GeigerBTC and we would like to reassure you that we are confident that COVID-19 will not significantly affect our business. With the collective experience, training and skills across our team, we hope to continue to provide the high levels of service and quality our customers and partners have become accustomed to.

Sadly, we are seeing many events around the world being cancelled, and the widespread impact of the virus is reaching all industries. Please do keep talking to us about your changing circumstances and your concerns, and together we will try and find the best solution for you and your business.

Our Distribution Centre in Hayes remains fully operational and dedicated to fulfilling orders and servicing our webshop clients. Our plan is to keep this facility open for as long as we are able to.

With regards to our supply chain, we are confident that our widespread supply chain can continue to fulfil all orders and meet with our clients’ high expectations and deadlines, however we are advising all our clients to plan ahead to minimise risk. We will, of course, notify clients immediately of any disruption to supply and orders as early as we can, and we will proactively find alternative solutions should this situation arise.

We are 100% committed to providing the safest working environments for our employees and we are fully adhering to the ongoing guidance from the UK Government. To this end, we have taken the following measures:

  • We have seamlessly moved a large proportion of our employees to work from home. Our systems and processes are fully set up to function through remote use, bringing absolutely no disruptions to our day to day business.
  • We are encouraging regular staff contact by video conferencing, particularly using Teams, to keep connected and in turn, enhance our employees’ well-being.
  • Meetings with our clients are now being conducted on the telephone.
  • All meetings with external suppliers and partners due to take place at one of our three UK locations have been temporarily postponed or moved to a video conferencing format.
  • Any members of our team returning from overseas trips are required to self-isolate for 7 days in line with Government guidance.
  • In our offices, we are practicing physical distancing by maintaining a 6-foot distance from others.
  • Hand sanitisers have been placed throughout our offices and we are continually sharing advice and information regarding best health practices with our team.

Thank you for continuing to work with us.

We will continue to assist, service and inspire.

Stay healthy and safe.

#GeigerBTCteam

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