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Ground Breaking

Wardens Office - Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Warden's Ground Breaking 9-2018

  


Blue Awning Leaving Downtown

Wardens Office - Monday, September 10, 2018

The big blue awning is leaving downtown;

Warden’s is moving to north Modesto!

August 15, 2018 04:36 PM




Happy Independence Day

Wardens Office - Tuesday, July 03, 2018


Happy Independence Day

The Fourth of July – also known as Independence Day or July 4th – has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.  However you celebrate, Warden's would like to wish all our customers a very Happy and Safe 4th of July celebration!

10 Steps to a Safer Work Enviroment

Wardens Office - Wednesday, June 06, 2018

10 Steps to a Safer Work Environment

It's fairly obvious that safety and health hazards can exist on worksites filled with heavy machinery and equipment, where employees often are required to engage in strenuous manual labor.
A job where most of the work tasks are completed while sitting in a chair in a climate-controlled office building would seem less fraught with danger. However, a surprising number of hazards can be present in an office setting.

Here are 10 steps you can take to reduce the risk of injury while at work.


1 Provide adjustable equipment 
One size does not fit all in an office workstation. Adjustability is the key, chairs, work surfaces, monitor stands, etc., should all be adjustable in order to accommodate the widest range of employees. Presenting a variety of options to employees is recommended. Although employers may be reluctant to pay for expensive ergonomic equipment, experts insist the equipment is a wise investment. A good keyboard tray may retail around $300; a good chair may retail around $500 to $700. Health claims that stem from not having these devices is much higher. Some of these hard claims cost many tens of thousands of dollars just in medical treatment, let alone cost of replacement, absenteeism, loss of work production, etc. 

2 Train workers on how to use equipment
Providing adjustable furniture and equipment is only the first step in creating an ergonomically sound workstation. A big issue that has been encountered a lot lately is employee inability to properly adjust their own office chairs. Many times, employers can invest $500 in an excellent adjustable chair, but employees still experience a bad workstation fit. The problem often is twofold: Workers do not know how to adjust their equipment, and they do not know the most ergonomically beneficial way to set up their workstation. Train workers on both the ideal setup and how to operate adjustable equipment accordingly.  Warden's can help you in providing this training.

3 Step on up
Standing on chairs – particularly rolling office chairs – is a significant fall hazard. Workers who need to reach something at an elevated height should use a stepladder. The Chicago-based American Ladder Institute cautions that stepladders must be fully opened and placed on level, firm ground. Workers should never climb higher than the step indicated as the highest safe standing level.  

4 Get a grip

Carpeting and other skid-resistant surfaces can serve to reduce falls. Marble or tile can become very slippery – particularly when wet, according to the National Safety Council. Placing carpets down can be especially helpful at entrance ways , where workers are likely to be coming in with shoes wet from rain or snow. 

5 Correctly position monitors 
Prevent Blindness America recommends workers place their computer monitors slightly below eye level and 20-26 inches from their eyes. Screens that can tilt or swivel are especially beneficial. Your eyes’ resting position is a few degrees below the horizon when you’re looking straight ahead.  Monitor arms can be a key in maintaining  the proper adjustability.

6 Wear the right glasses
Workers should tell their eye doctor if they spend a large portion of the day working on the computer, the association recommends. The doctor can check the efficiency of vision at 20-30 inches – the typical distance a computer monitor should be placed. Glasses are available for computer use that allow the wearer to see the full monitor without having to excessively strain the neck. Don't forget safety eyewear in the warehouse environment as well.

7 Keep your feet on the floor
One of the first questions to ask workers is whether their feet touch the floor when seated at their desk. It sounds like an incredibly simple question, but very often workers have their keyboard tray on the desktop, so in order to reach it, they need to jack up their chair so high that their feet can barely touch the floor. Unless an employee’s feet are on the floor, a chair will not be able to reduce pain and discomfort. Options such as adjustable keyboard trays or height adjustable tables adjusted to the proper height eliminate this problem. Footrests are a second-best option.  

8 Inspect space heaters
If employees use space heaters, verify the devices are approved for commercial use and have a switch that automatically shuts off the heater if the heater is tipped over, the Office of Compliance suggests. Further, make sure space heaters are not placed near combustible materials such as paper.  Space heaters can void many Panel System warranties.  Make sure space heaters are plugged directly into the wall, not into cubicle partitions or powered through an extension cord.

9 Shut the drawer
File cabinets with too many fully extended drawers could tip over if they are not secured.  Additionally, open drawers on desks and file cabinets pose a tripping hazard, so be sure to always completely close drawers when not in use.

10 Conduct walk-throughs
Periodically walking around the office can help with hazard recognition and maintenance of ergonomic task design. Consider conducting an ergonomics screen of every workstation at least once a year. Employee complaints are invaluable in the process, but yearly reassessments can help to ensure that a good fit is maintained between employee and workstation.

  




Be Kind to Yourself

Wardens Office - Tuesday, May 15, 2018


Being kind to others is sometimes easier than being kind to yourself.  But in order to do the former, it helps to do the latter.  Here are some good places to start:

Make me time.  Every day, carve out some time to do something that brings you joy.  Alone time is important for recharging your battery.

Recognize your wins.  It's easy to see others' achievements but often harder to see and appreciate our own.  When you do something you're proud of, pause and recognize it.  Once you can do this, you'll be better able to accept praise and compliments from others.  

Forgive yourself.  Stop blaming yourself.  Instead, forgive yourself so you can learn from the past and move on.

Don't berate yourself.  When you make a mistake or don't reach a goal, you have two choices.  You can either beat yourself up or you can lift yourself up.  

Take care of you health.  Get enough sleep, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, learn to handle stress, and get regular exercise.  Nobody else can do this for you. 


The Power of Kindness

Wardens Office - Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Simple acts of kindness can have powerful and transformative effects.  Consider a women visiting New York City who had only $10 in cash to pay for her $15 taxi ride.  Not only did the driver accept her $10, but he returned a couple of dollars to her because he didn't want her to be penniless in the big city.  The women says she was so grateful that it transformed her mood - she found herself performing random acts of kindness to strangers and friends weeks after the taxi ride.

Kindness is one of the most poignant sources of connection to others.  It fosters joy, relationships, health and faith in humanity. 

But kindness does not get the recognition it deserves.  Some people equate being kind with being weak or boring.  But it takes greater strength to be kind than it does to be unkind,  For example, it's much easier to avoid the elderly neighbor across the street than it is to stop by and see how she's doing, and it's much easier to carry a chip on your shoulder than to forgive a friend.  

Being kind requires great strength of character, but the benefits to you and the world are enormous! 


Spring Cleaning

Wardens Office - Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Whether you’re working at the kitchen table in your home, or you’re logging your work hours in a cubicle, staying organized can be a big challenge. The aesthetics of a messy, cluttered desk aren’t ideal for any office environment, but the real issue is the unnecessary time and energy you have to spend looking for important documents or handy office tools – and how that wasted time can affect your productivity. Here are a few tips to keep your workspace organized.

1. Get Rid of Old Papers
Chances are many of those papers piled high on your desk aren’t of any value to you. As you begin to sort through your stack of papers, begin asking yourself: Do I need this? Why? Where will I look for it when I need it? Then, create a filing system that best fits your needs, and make a point to file future printouts as they are created to keep the problem from reoccurring. Remember to think before you print. Ask yourself: Do I really need to print that file, or can it survive in binary code?

2. Remove Workplace Clutter
To save your company from the liability of workplace trips and falls, remove the clutter in any hallway, bathrooms, near stairwells, and especially break room areas.  Find a place to store objects that have been thrown into the corner.  If there is no use for them, donate or discard.


3. Keep Supplies and Often-Used Items Separate
Daily-use items that you’ll likely need throughout the course of a day, like your laptop, pens, planner, and Post-It Notes, all deserve a spot on your desk. Other items, such as tape, stapler, paper clips, and envelopes, should be neatly stored inside your desk. This keeps less-frequently-used items from taking up valuable desk real estate, but ensures that they are easily accessible.

4. Organize Your Computer
When your favorite desktop background starts getting obscured with icons, it’s time to de-clutter your virtual desktop. File away documents that you’ll need again, and send everything else off to the virtual recycle bin. Not only will you have a much more attractive looking desktop screen, but you will save countless hours searching for your important documents.

5. Slow Down
One of the biggest pitfalls to organization is finding the time. Invest the time to properly organize your space, so files, supplies, and other items are in an intuitive, easy-to-find place. Once you’ve established a system that works for you, stick to it! Spending a few seconds to return items to a designated spot will help you save lots of time in the long run.

Happy Spring Cleaning .... in your office!  

Identify Your Peeps

Wardens Office - Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Here's a novel idea: instead of committing to a list of resolutions, commit to friends and family.  Decide you'll make them a priority and spend more time with them this year.

The first step is to compose a list of the people you want in your life - people you love and people who are good for you (not people you feel "obligated to see").  That could be family, friends, people you want to know better, or people you have lost touch with.  Ask yourself: Who brings out the best in me?  Who makes me laugh?  Who elevates my mood?  Narrow your list to no more than ten people.  Next decide how you want to keep in touch.  Each person will be different.  You may be able only to Skype with your friend halfway around the world, but you can have monthly dinners with your sister or plan weekly workouts with your friend who lives just down the street.  

True relationships require time, commitment, and, yes..., work.  Relationships can't thrive and deepen unless you acknowledge that and work at it.  But the rewards are great: rich and satisfying relationships that can last a lifetime.  

Get Uncomfortable

Wardens Office - Wednesday, January 03, 2018

If you want to make the most of you career - and your life - then challenge yourself.  Playing it safe and sticking to what's known and comfortable will not help you fulfill your potential.  The problem with safe is that it doesn't force you to think outside the box, to experiment, or to broaden your horizons.  

If  you're more accustomed to sticking to your comfort zone, be sure you start out slow with small challenges and work your way up to bigger ones.  Each success will increase your confidence and knowledge so that next time, you'll take on a bigger challenge.  Getting uncomfortable and really challenging yourself will help you achieve your goals for 2018 and grow as a person!

Gratitude Works

Wardens Office - Friday, November 17, 2017

Gratitude Works

The benefits of practicing gratitude are nearly endless. People who regularly practice gratitude by taking time to notice and reflect upon the things they're thankful for experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and even have stronger immune systems. And gratitude doesn't need to be reserved only for momentous occasions: Sure, you might express gratitude after receiving a promotion at work, but you can also be thankful for something as simple as a delicious piece of pumpkin pie.