Category Archives: Workplace Ideas

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avanti printing
January
13, 2011
A carefully designed, attractive and legible menu is essential for any type of restaurant. Even a carry-out deli should put thought into their menus, although the end product will be very different from an expensive, sit-down restaurant. A restaurant’s menu is a key marketing opportunity that should be capitalized on. The menu is also a great way to inject a little personality to separate your restaurant from the rest. Your menu should be organized logically and make it easy for customers to focus on the food. Here are five menu printing tips to enhance your menu design. 1. Use Quality Paper Menus should be printed on thick, sturdy cardstock to avoid unnecessary tearing as they are handled by many people on a daily basis. Cardstock is more durable and comes in a variety of colors if you don’t want a plain white menu. Color is a great way to enhance any menu, as long as the food items and descriptions are easy to read. 2. Keep Menus Clean and New-Looking Whether you operate a casual or formal restaurant, if you have a standard menu that doesn’t change weekly, consider a laminated menu. Laminated menus prevent spills from staining or tearing the paper and allow you to sanitize menus after so many people have used them. Laminated menus can be bound in an elegant leather cover for a formal look or printed on a long sheet for a casual restaurant. 3. Table Menus If you want to highlight a special array of desserts, catering options or merchandise for sale at your restaurant, consider a laminated table menu that is designed to stand on its own and give customers something to read while waiting for food to arrive. Mouth-watering pictures never hurt either! 4. Kid Menus Kid-friendly restaurants rate highly with parents, and designing an interactive kid menu is perfect. The kids are busy completing puzzles and the parents can enjoy the time as well before the food comes. 5. Menus To-Go Any restaurant that offers delivery or carry-out orders need to print a separate “to-go” menu to include with every order. It should reflect the main menu in style and design, but be small enough to fit in a kitchen drawer for easy access. Printing delicious menus is a simple way to enhance your restaurant and keep customers coming back for more.
By
avanti printing
May
15, 2009
istock_000000489407small The business world can be extremely stressful, especially when you are an owner or entrepreneur. The pressure of satisfying the needs of employees, customers, and clients can be downright excruciating! In addition, recent economic downturn has the tendency to make all of life’s tasks all the more difficult. Rather than curling up into a ball and hiding from the world, however, you obviously need to pursue forward in your professional endeavors. It can be helpful to take a little time each day to remind yourself of a few messages. Here are some great daily mantras for stressed out business owners and entrepreneurs:
  • “Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day” – While this may be cliché, there is a real merit to it, especially for those type-A individuals who feel the need to do everything everyday. Occasionally, it can be useful to remind yourself that you can’t finish all of your tasks in a short amount of time. It is crucial to pace yourself in business, as in life.
  • “It’s Just a Job” – Yes, we know. Your business is more than just a job to you; it’s your passion. But even if you love what you do, it’s still just your job.  It’s not your spouse, lover, friend, or family member. It is simply your job.
  • “I Deserve a Break” – You are not bad, lazy, or selfish if you take an hour for yourself everyday. Overworking yourself will impact your business negatively, not positively.
  • “My Health Comes First” – Many busy businesspeople do not take enough time to work out or care for themselves physically. A lot of individuals prioritize work as being too important, especially for something as unproductive as the gym! However, adding physical fitness to your daily regimen will make a significant impact on both your body and mind.
  • “I Did My Best” – Yes, this one may sound extremely busy. However, if you feel very stressed out after trying your hardest, it is important to remind yourself that you indeed did the best job that you are capable of doing.
By
avanti printing
May
4, 2009

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“The Dow Drops To Record Lows” “More Local Businesses Going Bankrupt” “Deranged Space Aliens Invade New York City” Perhaps that final headline was just a joke. But the first two are indeed representative of the real headlines that we read and see every day. In these tough times, it can be extraordinarily difficult to find any happiness during the workday, let alone any humor. However, it has been proven time and time again that humor and laughter can be an extremely effective way of raising one’s overall demeanor and mental health. Thus, it is crucial that you strive to bring a little humor to the workplace.  While it can be challenging to do this while maintaining professionalism, here are some tips on how to tactfully bring humor to the workplace:
  • Lighten Up Morning Meetings – If your company or business has a daily morning meeting, try to liven it up. A daily joke or “funniest employee flub” can really set a positive and funny tone for the day. Do you have a hard time invoking your inner comedian? Do a Google search for great inoffensive jokes.
  • Lift E-Mail Chain Bans – Plenty of companies place regulations on sending mass e-mails, even terminating those who do not oblige. If you have a ban like this in place, lift it immediately. As long as sexual, sexist, or derogatory jokes are not allowed, allowing employees to exchange jokes over e-mail can be an extremely positive thing. Reprimand individual employees who spend too much time e-mailing and not enough time working; don’t punish those who can balance both responsibly.
  • Listen to Comedy – Do you spend your time in the office listening to talk radio, where political pundits spend endless hours screaming at each other? Do you listen to pulsing rock music that raises your blood pressure, or smooth jazz that puts you to sleep? These days, Satellite and iTunes radio both offer plenty of comedy stations. Playing these in the background while you work can be a great way to bring a little humor into your workday.
Bonus: Need a joke to break the ice at tomorrow’s meeting? Here’s one: A boss tells his employee that he has to move to New York City. The employee is furious, and immediately exclaims, “New York City? But there’s nothing there besides loose women and taxi drivers!” The boss responds, “Look buddy, my wife was born and raised in New York City!” The employee – clearly flustered – immediately says politely, “Oh, is that so? What was her route?”