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BYOD Bring Your Own Dog

A 2006 survey from The American Pet Product Manufacturers Association (APPMA) reports that nearly one in five American companies allows pets in the workplace. Other studies have shown that allowing dogs in the workplace can reduce work-related stress, improve morale and increase job satisfaction. A ...

Talking Politics

It's an election year! What does that mean for your Monday morning water-cooler talk? A big change. Many people bring their political views out of their morning commute-talk radio binge inside the office to share with their coworkers. This would seem OK if you weren't in a professional setting, but ...

5 Great Slow Cooker Recipes for Holiday Potlucks

With December in full swing, it's the time of year for holiday potlucks! From office potlucks to dinner and snack gatherings with friends and family, chances are you'll need to prepare a dish to share several times this month. Your slow cooker can become your best friend this month if you have a few...

Gulf Coast Business Associations

While getting involved with industry and occupation-specific professional associations can be a great way to build a solid professional network and participate in professional development activities specific to your industry or occupation, it can also be beneficial to become affiliated with and invo...

Gulf Coast Professional Associations

If you're a professional focused on career growth and advancement, it's only natural to seek out professional associations where you'll have a chance to keep up with the latest goings-on in your industry while having an opportunity to network with like-minded individuals in your field or industry. ...

6 Fun Gulf Coast Fall Festivals

Looking for something fun to do close to home? Autumn is a great time to live and play along the Gulf Coast. Enjoy the typically mild fall weather and check out one - or more! - of the great seasonal festivals the region has to offer! A few of the many terrific regional events you can enjoy during t...

Healthy Make-Ahead Lunches for Back-to-School

With summer drawing to an end (though you'd never know it from the weather!) and the busy school year starting, it's time to look for healthy school lunch ideas that you can make ahead. Putting in a little advance planning and prep time is a great way to make sure that your mornings aren't too hecti...

Great Summer Gulf Coast Staycation Ideas

Looking for a fun, family-friendly summertime activity that won't break the bank? One of the great things about living along the Gulf Coast is having a playground in your own back yard! There are plenty terrific staycation ideas to enjoy as day trips or super-short weekend getaways matter where you ...

Great Recipes for Your July 4 Celebration

Food is a focal point of every July 4 celebration. Whether you're celebrating at home, visiting friends or heading out for a summer vacation, you're sure to want to enjoy a variety of seasonal treats on the big day - and all summer long! Yummy Summer Celebration Recipes Try on...

Great Dishes for a Summer Office Potluck

If your company is hosting an office potluck this summer, you'll want to take a tasty appetizer, side dish or dessert that features the flavors of the season! A potluck is a great occasion for trying new recipes, as you'll be able to get opinions from several coworkers on whether the dish is a "keep...

4 Key Reasons You Need to Use Your Vacation Time

How long has it been since you've taken a vacation? Not just an afternoon or a day after a holiday during which you spend most of your time answering work-related emails, but a real vacation? It can definitely be hard to find the time to fit "days off" into your busy work schedule, but companies pro...

How to Build Positive Relationships in the Workplace

The key to building positive work relationships lies with recognizing that how other people see you has a lot to do with how you conduct yourself, how you allow yourself to be treated and who you associate with. Incorporate these tips into your workplace behaviors and you'll be on your way to improv...

Four Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Office

Spring is a great time to devote some energy to cleaning and organizing your workspace. Whether you work from home or go to work in a place of business each day, it's important to periodically purge items from your office space that are no longer necessary and to make sure that the things you do use...

Mardi Gras Recipe Ideas

Mardi Gras is an exciting time along the Gulf Coast. Food is a big part of Mardi Gras celebrations, whether you're tailgating along the parade route or hosting a party in your home. Whether you live or work in Mobile,

Holding an Office Holiday Cooking Exchange

Are you looking for a fun way to bring together employees in the holiday spirit? Consider hosting a Christmas cookie exchange at your office for team members who would like to participate. Planning a cookie exchange isn't difficult, and it's something that can be a lot of fun! Steps to Ho...

5 Tips for a Successful Thanksgiving Potluck at Work

Celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday with an office potluck a few days before the big event can be a fun holiday activity to bring workers together in an enjoyable, social setting. These types of workplace events can have positive impact on morale and team spirit, and - especially at Thanksgiving - ...

Six Great Fall Recipes

Now that fall is in the air, it's time to start enjoying delicious, warming dishes that feature the rich flavors and seasonal ingredients of autumn. It's a great time to try new cool weather recipes - chances are you'll find a few all-time favorites that just might make their way onto your holiday m...

Benefits of Having Office Supplies Delivered

Having office and janitorial supplies delivered directly to your business location offers a number of great benefits - and even important protections - for your company. Before you send a staff member to the store on a "quick" office supply run, stop and think about the potential problems that could...

12 Great Football Season Recipes

Football season is here! Not only does that mean trips to the stadium or hours spent in front of a big screen television with friends and family, it also means great food. Whether you follow high school, college or professional football - and no matter which team you are cheering for - football seas...

Staying Safe in the Summer Heat

The late summer heat can be brutally uncomfortable, and it can also be dangerous. If you work or spend much time outside - or if your company has employees who do - it's important to know what to do to stay hydrated and prevent heat-related illnesses or worse. It's just as important to stay safe whe...

Gulf Coast Day Trip Ideas

With the high cost of gas, it can be hard to convince yourself to take a vacation that requires several hours of driving. Fortunately, those of us who live along the eastern Gulf Coast, don't have to go far from home to enjoy a great getaway. Try one (or more!) of these great day trip ideas along th...

3 Tips to Reduce Your Office Carbon Footprint

Home isn't the only place that small changes can make a big different when it comes to doing your part to protect the environment. It's also important - and fairly easy - to take steps at work to reduce the waste generated by your company, thus reducing its overall carbon footprint. 3 Sma...

Starting a Workplace Walking Group

One of the keys to starting - and sticking with - an exercise program lies with getting in the habit of working out on a regular basis. One of the best ways to do this is to join up with people that you see regularly for exercise sessions, such as starting a walking group with your co-workers. Start...

Employee Outing Ideas

Are you looking for a fun employee outing idea to schedule for your workforce? Getting your team members - and their family members - together outside of the workplace for leisure activities can be a great way to show your appreciation while also building a strong sense of teamwork within your organ...

Tips for Managing Your Email Inbox

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the slew of messages in your email inbox? Email is really "paper" in your inbox; if not dealt with properly, it's no different than having a stack of documents piled up on your desk. Just like you have to periodically set aside time to deal with the items that accumula...

10 Email Etiquette Tips

In the workplace, email is an important form of professional communication. Using proper email etiquette is just as important as observing professional standards in all other forms of communication. 1. Effective Subject Lines Use an informative, detailed subject line that clea...

Healthy Lunch Ideas for the Work Day

While it can be difficult to follow a healthy eating plan when you work long hours, it's certainly not impossible. For busy professionals, healthy eating requires a bit of advance planning, as well as making careful food choices. Being mindful of what you eat - regardless of where or when you are d...

Fitting Exercise Into the Work Day

Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but it can be difficult for working professionals to find time to fit workouts into their busy schedules. If you find it too difficult to set aside time for physical activity before or after the work, you may be able to find ways to squeeze exerc...

Workspace Organization Tips for the New Year

January is a great time for getting organized in your professional life. Dealing with office clutter and a disorganized workspace day in and day out can be major culprits behind work-related stress. Take control of your work environment by committing to getting organized. Seven Simple Cha...

Practical Holiday Gifts for College Students

If you're shopping for a college student this holiday season, consider selecting a gift that will be helpful during the winter semester and beyond. After all, going to college is expensive - even beyond the cost of tuition, books and housing. Keeping up with the ongoing cost of supplies can be a cha...

Holiday Gift Ideas for Home Offices

Are you shopping for a Christmas gift for someone who works from home daily or on a somewhat regular basis? If so, purchasing something designed to make their home office a little more functional or attractive just might be the perfect gift idea! Three Home Office Christmas Gift Recommend...

Preparing for an Office Move

Preparing to move your business from one location to another can be very stressful. After all, you have to maintain continuity of operations while getting everything organized, backed and transported. If you're wondering how you'll be able to juggle your regular responsibilities while also pulling o...

Five Helpful Desk Organization Tips

Having a disorganized desk can be an unnecessary source of stress that zaps your productivity on a daily basis. While not everyone has the same idea of what an organized desk looks like, it's a fact that getting the items in and on your desk situated in a way that makes sense for you can go a long w...

5 Tips for Choosing the Right Office Desk

You spend a lot of time sitting behind the desk in your office, so it's certainly important to make a wise selection when shopping for a new one. Consider these five key factors the next time you're in the market for a new desk, and remember that OEC is standing by to assist. 5 Important ...

Three Benefits of Online Office Supply Shopping with OEC

Taking care of your office supply buying needs online can be a great way to save time and money, as well as keep a close watch on your budget and spending habits. Learn about some of the truly unique options available to OEC customers who shop online. Three Benefits of Ordering Online wit...

Buy Local to Boost the Local Economy

When shopping for the goods and services that you need, it's important to think about more than just how much you are spending and what you are getting for your money. You should also consider the impact that your money has on the local economy and the small businesses within it, because it can be s...

The Importance of Office Ergonomics

Ergonomics is an important consideration for the modern workplace that involves making certain that employee workspaces are set up in a manner appropriate for the work they are performing, as well as the environment in which they work and the tools that they use to perform their work. Factors Tha...

Tips for Choosing the Right Office Chair

If you work in an office, you spend quite a bit of time in your chair every day. It's important that your office chair be comfortable, as well as that it provides proper support for your back. If the padding is worn down in your chair's seat or if you experience back, leg or arm pain throughout the ...

OEC in Toronto Canada | Global Corporate Visit

Last week, our Executive Vice President, Gerri Holland, our interior design staff of three, Breck Blake, Bonnie Pate, Lauren Beckett, and several of our contract furniture sales representatives, including Lori Dedual and Nancy Bramlett had the opportunity to visit the Global Corporate office and som...

Vehicle Speedometer Accuracy | How Fast Are We Really Going

Have you ever passed one of those auto-radar signs in a construction zone that displays how fast you're going? Usually, it'll display a slower speed than what's showing in your car. Ever wonder, what's up with that? Here's the low-down. The US federal regulation on speedometer accuracy reads: Eac...

How to Speed Up Computer Startup | Quick Boot

It's one of the most annoying aspects of a well-seasoned windows machine. You turn your machine on and you have enough time to write a book before your system is loaded up and ready for use. Here a quick tip on how to get her up and going a little faster. The MSCONFIG Command If you're on a Wi...

Website Tips | Getting Indexed by Google | SEO

Here are a few tips to increase your website's potential to climb the Google ranking ladder a little faster. As you may or may not know, the more original content your website has, the better. A website with 27 pages of content is better than a site with only 6, but... Both of these sites could only...

Character

This will start our blog series on a book written by leadership guru John Maxwell entitled: The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader. I hope that you enjoy reading these blogs on Maxwell's wisdom has to say as much as I have writing them. Chapter 1: Character After a short story about Bill L...

Be Prepared

When living on the Gulf Coast the first thing you learn after walking is that hurricanes are nothing to toy around with. OEC has what you need to get your business, and home, prepped for the stormy season including bottled water and first aid kits. In the spotlight today we have an Energizer Weather...

Lessons Learned From History

Has anyone ever told you that you work too much? Consider this. Famous Tennessee whiskey distiller Jack Daniel decided to come in to work early one morning in 1911. He wanted to open his safe but couldn't remember the combination. In anger, Daniel kicked the safe and injured his toe, which later dev...

How About A Thank You

Call me old fashioned but whatever happened to a thank you note? I came across an article about business etiquette which referred to the long lost practice of thank you notes. Are we so busy that we have forgotten to take time to put pen to paper in a small card or note in show of simple appreciati...

Cleaning Spring to Summer

Has your Spring cleaning project continued into your summer plans? OEC has all of the boxes, bins, folders, sticky notes, markers, labels, zip ties, and cleaning supplies that you may ever need!...

Weight Of It All

Do you carry a ton of stuff to work everyday? Laptop, tablet, smartphone, files, etc? OEC carries a cornucopia of laptop bags, backpacks, and briefcases. You can organize so much stuff in this particular bag that your coworkers might nominate you for the TLC show Hoarders....

Original Desktop

Remember kindergarten? Using the fat pencils to train your fingers and large lined paper to train you to write in a straight line? Everything has its beginning. This pic is the beginning of the Desktop. Note, we keep every item pictured in stock. Well, except the original resolution....

Ordinary to Extraordinary

Apparently, you do not have to be born with incredible visionary skills! I learned a lot from the article below. But I don't know who has time to brainstorm 50 ideas every morning! I barely take time to stir creamer into my coffee! Enjoy!

Multitasker

Little Al has found another useful multitool: you can dock your 30-pin Apple device (any iPhone and most iPods) AND have three more usb ports to connect to your computer with. Sorry, this will not make that stack of reports fly off your desk, though. - Charge and sync your iPhone or iPod without ...

Quick Tip

QUICK TIP: With our EZ Ordering System on www.oecbi.com login and look under the My Account tab and select Invoices. From there you are able to look at your current and past invoices. Simply hidden right under your nose!...

Secret Agent Man

Are you apprehensive about carrying around a flash drive with all of your sensitive information? Fret not, 007. OEC has what you need. With a built in biometric protection system no villains or rascals can access your files. - Features two-factor authentication with fingerprint identification an...

A Pen and A Pad

Hey everyone, Al here! I've been thinking on this rainy day. iLove my iPhone and laptop, but sometimes I just need pen and notepad to jot down and doodle my thoughts! Luckily, OEC keeps me stocked! Remember to slow down and THINK!...

Pollen, O Pollen

A clinic at Vanderbilt University says that pollen count is the worst it has been in 12 years! Pollen is affecting us all from Texas to Georgia and Alabama to Ohio! OEC has another product to keep you breathing clearly! Check out our EZ Ordering System, by signing in there to the right, or shop as g...

Yes, People Do Spend Money on Pens!

With our modern technology ever increasingly cranking out devices that makes all things digital who would have thought a pen as such a necessity? Apparently a lot of people do. And Fox Business recently reported that there are a lot of people that really love pens, and they are not afraid to show it...

Searching for Steelcase furniture

Want Steelcase furniture? OEC is your local dealer from Gulfport, MS to Ft. Walton, FL! Check out our site or call our experts and talk to one of our knowledgeable representatives or designers!...

In the Air

In the air... POLLEN, that is! OEC carries just about everything your business needs to keep running, including sinus and allergy medicines. In our EZ Ordering system simply type Sinus in the Quick Search and relief is on the way!...

Rainy Day Drive

It's a rainy day here in Mobile, as usual, so I am taking the opportunity to test drive the Steelcase Media:Scape. I could get used to working with this large of a monitor! Contact us for more details....

Media:Scape

Do you need several laptops or mobile devices to share control of a large display during meetings? If your business needs a multimedia meeting solution, the Steelcase Media:Scape may be exactly what you're looking for!

Used Office Furniture

Did you know that OEC sells used office furniture in addition to new furniture? Are you looking for a used desk, desk chair or other piece of office furniture? Contact us and we will gladly assist you! We recently received a large shipment of used insulated fire files as well as regular vertical...

OEC Water!

Did you know that OEC sells water? Check out our EZ Ordering System, by logging in on the right side of this page or just click Shop as Guest, for all of your business' or office's water needs!...

Going to Vegas!!!

OEC has been named as a top 10 finalist in the Steelcase 2011 TrueBlue Dealership Challenge! Finalists were chosen based on the top sales growth and volume in the nation. This means Tom and Gerri will be whisked away to the luxurious Wynn Las Vegas Resort, all expenses paid, for their chance to win ...

Machine Matching Tool

Have you tried OEC's Machine Matching Tool? OEC's online tool will match your printer to the proper ink or toner. Try it out today! Sign into our EZ Ordering System to the right (or click Shop as Guest), then under Shopping, click on Machine Matching. Enjoy!...

Favorites on EZ Ordering System

Hello all! Al here! Did you know that when ordering from OEC's EZ Ordering System for all of your office supply needs, you can set up a favorites list of the items you need on a regular basis? Sign in on the right there, and click Favorites....

The Bark Side: 2012 Volkswagen Game Day Commercial Teaser

A canine chorus barks a familiar tune. Keep an eye out for our 2012 Game Day commercial - it will all make sense. Love Star Wars and Volkswagen? Then you are going to love this. Check it out below...