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  • Safety Advise for Over the Firework Period

    It seems that between end of October and New Year every weekend someone is letting of fireworks or having a party which while fun can come with some dangers. Did you know that in recent years 990 people were injured through fireworks and sparklers in October and November. 121 of them at public events.
    Sparklers are just as dangerous as fireworks as when 3 of them burn together the heat is the same as a blow torch! So here are a few top tips to keep safe over the celebrations!

    1. Ensuring you have the correct first aid equipment at your private or public event is essential. This way if any accidents do happen you can immediately treat them before taking the person to hospital (should they need to go). Make sure the consumables in the first aid kit are specific to burns.

    2. Is your celebration being put on for the public? In this case the correct safety signs are essential to helping prevent accidents. They show people where they can and cannot go as well as any first aid stations and where it is safe for them to leave their car.

    3. Make sure that people know where they can and cannot go to keep them safe. Also highlight staff that are there to help with high visibility vests and first aid / fire warden arm bands. This will also mean that any kids that need help will know who to tell.

    All the celebrations at this time make it the most fun of the year, just remember to stay safe at the same time!

  • 3 Reasons Why Working for a Small Business is Best

    There are lots of reasons why people choose to work for large or small businesses, here at JEC, as a small family run business, we have noticed a few reasons why working for small companies can be best!

    1. More Personable : Having a smaller work environment often means that everybody knows everybody else which can create a much friendlier atmosphere to work in. It can also mean that staff are not intimidated by other members of staff or scared to ask questions. This kind of close and friendly atmosphere can sometimes be missing in larger businesses, not to say that it is always absent!

    2. Broaden Skills : The fact that working for smaller businesses often means that you pitch in a little bit in every department you can develop skills in every area, not just the one you were employed to do. It also means that you can get some kind of understanding of how the company works and leave perhaps knowing how to run your own business, or discover a love of a part of work you would never have thought about.

    3. Interesting : It is always interesting at a small business, the fact that you will probably be doing a range of jobs rather than working in one department means that you will be doing different things everyday and not getting bored. This also leaves you with room to grow in any department or skill that you find you enjoy the most. Small business does not mean slow working environment, the fact that there is less staff can often mean more work to do so you never get bored!

    As a small business we are of course bias as to whats best, but there is a perfect job for everyone. We think that working in a small business, particularly as a young employee as a first job is the best. You can get to know the work environment around a small bunch of people and learn every section of a business so you can choose what you would like to be doing. Maybe even run your own one day!?
    Whatever you decide to do! Have fun!

  • 7 Effective Stress-Busting Techniques for Salespeople - A Guest Blog by Tenfold

    Your alarm clock goes off for the nth time this morning. Snooze button abused.

    You’re late for work — so you miss breakfast and grab a coffee on the way – which, of course, you spill on your suit.

    Arrive at the office, sit down and start calling customers who just aren’t too enthusiastic about your company’s offer. You try your best to strike up new leads, do everything you can to keep the sale on the line, and then all of a sudden, the client decides to go to your biggest competitor instead. You keep on going, mindful of the weekly, monthly and yearly quotas that you need to meet to keep your family well-provided for.

    If you’re a sales professional, chances are you’ve experienced this scenario at least once in your career. While salespeople are often expected to be lively and energetic at all times, the long hours, the growing list of responsibilities and the pressure to meet quotas can all add up and take its toll.

    In fact, sales professionals are considered by some experts as highly overworked.

    “As technology automates much of the function, there is simply no need for a human interface,” said Roy, a career coach and author of The Wall Street Professional’s Survival Guide. “Since the products are now not much more than commodities, sales people are seeing shrinking spreads and fewer opportunities to generate rich commissions.”

    More stress= less sales?
    We all know that too much stress is bad. It can make us overeat, sleep too much or too little, lose focus, and if left untreated can lead to diseases like diabetes, hypertension and other cardiovascular illnesses.

    But did you know that apart from its ill-effects on your personal health, stress also has economic consequences? An article released by the Farleigh Dickinson University shows that “workplace stress costs U.S. employers an estimated $200 billion per year in absenteeism, lower productivity, staff turnover, workers’ compensation, medical insurance and other stress-related expenses.”

    In particular, skyrocketing stress levels have detrimental effects on a company’s sales force. According to The Oxford Handbook of Strategic Sales and Sales Management, sales reps who experience stress on a regular basis “tend to be less involved in their jobs, less committed to the organization, and to experience lower levels of work and life satisfaction. These salespeople do not perform as well and are more likely to leave the organization.”

    In short, high-stress levels among your sales team can lead to unmet targets and decreasing sales figures, which can trigger even more stress. Before you know it, you’ll have a burned out sales force and a company on the verge of collapse. It’s a vicious cycle—and decisive steps need to be taken to stop it.

    Here are some proven stress-busting techniques for salespeople:

    1. Understand the 4 A’s.
    Stress often stems from feeling out of control—you become anxious or afraid because it seems as if you cannot control the situation or its outcomes. As such, the first step to beating stress comes from recognizing that you do have control—you can control how you respond to a problem.

    Stress management experts from the Mayo Clinic suggest the 4A’s approach in dealing with stress, wherein you can choose to alter, avoid, accept, or adapt to any given situation.

    Alter: Sometimes changing the situation is the most promising strategy. Let’s say you are always stressed when you are going to be late for a meeting. Change the situation by setting an alarm so you will leave five or ten minutes earlier, depending on the traffic. Your stress levels will most likely decrease once you’ve had ample time to prepare for your meeting, and are confident that you’ll arrive early enough to make a good impression.

    Avoid: Believe it or not, sometimes avoiding a potentially stressful situation altogether is the way to go. For example, you might have a persistent caller who repeatedly calls to ask for unreasonable discounts or complains about the company’s services despite your previous attempts to resolve the issue. Avoid the situation by learning how to say no. You might say “I understand how you feel, but I will not [or cannot] provide you with a 70% discount off your monthly subscription rates.” Take note however, that avoiding the situation is only valid if there are no or limited repercussions to you and to the company.

    Accept: There are things, like taxes, that we simply cannot alter or avoid. This is where the art of graceful acceptance needs to come in. For example, you need to accept that despite all of your efforts, there are always going to be leads that reject your offer or that there are always going to be clients who are fickle and extremely difficult to deal with. Learning to accept these as a part of your job makes it easier for you to anticipate and handle stressful situations.

    Adapt: Wayne Dwyer once said “the activity of worrying keeps you immobilized”. Learn how to adapt to the situation by looking at the bigger picture. For instance, you might be worried about a particular caller that you had difficulty handling. Stop and ask yourself, will this matter to me in a month? What about a year? If the answer is no, and as long as you try your best to improve your call-handling skills, stop worrying.

    2. Be flexible.
    Good salespeople are resilient, in the sense that they are able to handle stressful situations, look for a silver lining and turn their mistakes into learning opportunities. One key aspect of developing resilience is by learning how to be more flexible—developing your ability to take a stressful situation and use it to your advantage.

    Let’s say that after years of working on the day shift, your supervisor has suddenly decided to move you to the graveyard shift. Instead of resisting the change, look for positive aspects (you’ll be able to set daytime appointments, you won’t have to deal with rush hour traffic, you’ll most likely receive additional compensation), and make appropriate arrangements (look for a nearer place to stay, connect with others who are on the same shift, etc.) that will help you make the transition easier.

    3. Live well.
    Your overall physical well-being plays a huge role in determining your capacity to beat workplace stress. Basically, eating healthy food, getting enough sleep and taking the time to exercise can go a long way to making you feel refreshed and invigorated. Some tips to living healthy include:

    Stretch your muscles when you feel tired; use your chair or desk as a prop.
    Walk to the cafeteria instead of getting food delivered during lunch hour.
    Limit your coffee intake to two cups a day.
    Get enough sleep, 8 hours a day is ideal. Listen to soothing sounds or use blinds to help you fall asleep when you need to.
    Avoid too much alcohol, sweets or carbonated beverages. Snack on fruits and nuts instead.

    If you’re having trouble sticking to your exercise goals, find a buddy who can join and motivate you.

    4. Make it a team effort.
    Busting stress in the workforce can only be successful if it’s done by the entire team. Cultivating a sense of camaraderie and cooperation among your sales reps can help in making them feel more relaxed and capable in handling stressful situations. For example, after a conversation with a difficult client, you might want to take a break and talk with some friendly colleagues. Having a consistent support group can help you gain perspective and reassurance and will lessen your stress levels.

    5. Get organized.
    Chaos in your physical space can contribute to your stress. Some of the things you can do to make your workspace more productive and less stressful include:

    Keeping your desk organized. Use file folders, baskets, or containers – whatever you need to do to keep things neat. It can also be helpful to group like items together.
    Clearing up clutter on your computer. Make sure your electronic files mirror your hard copies, and that you have a way of keeping things organized. Don’t just throw everything onto the desktop or into My Documents. Use tools to manage your email.
    Using to-do lists. Have a notebook or a document where you can list all of your tasks for the day and tick off those that you’ve accomplished. This will help you prioritize tasks and make you feel more productive at the end of the day.

    6. Learn to relax.
    The simplest way to kick out stress is by learning to sit back and relax. You don’t have to go on a three-week vacation to do this, there are some simple ways by which you can loosen up and unwind, even while sitting at your desk. Some of them include:

    Breathing exercises. One of the most effective ways to eliminate stress is by regulating your breathing via the 4×4 breathing exercise. This involves closing your eyes and sitting up straight while keeping both feet firmly on the floor. Inhale through your nose for four counts; hold your breath for four counts, exhale through your mouth for four counts, then wait for four seconds. Afterward, repeat the entire process for four times. According to psychologist Judith Tutin, “Deep breathing works by slowing the heart rate and lowering blood pressure.”
    Listening to music. Music has the power to soothe or to give us energy. Find a type of music that relaxes you and play it when you need to calm down. When you fell tired and listless, play some upbeat tunes, instead of drinking coffee, to give you a pick-up.
    Simple massage techniques. Holding a fingertip to the point of most pain or tension and pressing very hard into the offending muscle for up to a minute can avert a headache or relieve tension. You can also use aromatherapy oils to help relieve headaches and calm you down.

    7. Take time off.
    A vacation represents a time of well-deserved rest. Make the most out of this by unplugging yourself from social media or other electronic devices that can remind you of workplace stress. Taking the time off to do things that you enjoy (be it cooking, playing sports, fishing, or simply enjoying a glass of wine in your living room), spending time with people who invigorate and inspire you (mentors, family and friends), or just being by yourself, can go a long way towards providing you relief and helping you win the war over stress.

  • New Website on its Way!

    If you have been wondering about what has been going on here at JEC over the last few months, we have all been working very hard to get the new website up and ready for you all. We are all very excited about the new site and we hope that you will be too.
    We have tried to keep as many of the products as possible, especially the more popular ranges and made sure the website has remained as informative as ever.
    We look forward to launching the new site soon and helping you with all your industrial equipment requirements.
    New Webiste

  • New Products Available at JEC

    Here at JEC we pride ourselves on being able to offer you a wide range of industrial and office equipment and that means that sometimes new brands are added to our site. We dont want you to get left behind so here are a couple of the new additions to look out for...

    Plastex - Plastex is a UK based company manufacturing leading edge products that meet legislative, safety and performance criteria. They have over 50 years experience in the health and safery industry and have since built machinery capable of producing matting with all the top level specifications. We have recently added a range of their excellent matting to our website, take a look and see what a quality product it is!

    Dynamic Office Solutions - Dynamic is one of the UK's leading office solutions manufacturers and designers. They have one of the largest portfolios of office seating, storage, furniture and accessories. All Quality products and available in their own shop by brand section of our website! Take a look today

    We always strive to make sure we are bringing you the most recent and highest quality products that we can! Cant see something on our site, give us a call. With over 30 years experience in sourcing we can help you get the product you need. Call us on 01258 488398 or email sales@jecltd.com today!

  • New Year, New You, New Business?? How JEC can Help.

    Its a brand new year and that is when everyone starts making their new years resolutions. If you are good you have still stuck to yours! It the 15the today and I know that I have still snuck a few sweets into my healthy eating resolution. While most of us are thinking about diet and excersise, possibly working toward a short term goal like a marathon or a charity sponsered event some of you might have more long term goals for 2018 and they may include a new business venture! When setting up a business you not only need all of the legal things like tax codes and registered addresses, accounts departments and websites. You also need the furniture and warehouse equipment depending on the nature of your business.
    Some of the more important items such as desks, chairs, meeting room furniture and warehouse equipment like pallet trucks, fork lifts and racking can be a mine field of different companies and websites, lots of seperate purchase orders and chasing up. Here at JEC we can help you because we sell all of that kind of equipment! One simple purchase order to get your business kick started and furnished ready for your 2018 resolution. Give us a call or email today and see how we can help you!
    01258 488398
    sales@jecltd.com

  • Bott Verso - What you need to know!

    Bott is one of the manufacturers we have been distributing the longest and is one of our most popular brands. Their main two types of storage equipment are the Cubio and Verso range. It has recently been bought to our attention that the Verso range has had a change and we are here to make sure you stay updated when shopping on our website.
    The first thing to make a change for 2017 is that the widths of the cabinets have changed to fall in line with the similar and popular Cubio range and the weight capacities in the drawers and on the shelves have increased from 50Kg to 60Kg.
    If you need any more information on this change please feel free to get in touch and we can help you to choose the best cabinet or cupboard for the job. We are available on 01258 488398 or sales@jecltd.com

  • What are the Best Products for Winter?

    Winter is well and truely here, it is absolutley freezing outside and its finally suppose to snow at some point, which we have all been waiting for i'm sure! But if you are running a business you may be thinking to yourself "How am i going to keep everyone safe this year?" or "What will i do if outside freezes over?" Well here at JEC we have the answers to those problems and here is a list of the 3 products we would reccomend you have this year to help keep the ice and snow at bay and yourself, your family and your employees safe.

    1. Grit Bins : Lots of people think that there is a grit bin somehwere near by to them and if the frost comes in over night that they will be able to get to one easily, this isnt always true. Sometimes they are quite far away from where you are and may involve a dangerous walk or drive to them. If you have your own grit bin stocked with salt and grit you know that your business is going to be safe whenever the ice hits.

    2. Salt Spreaders : If you have an area of land to cover that is quite big it is much easier and faster to do it with a spreader than by hand. You can have one that you push along or one that you drive if you have a huge area to cover. Another little bonus of a spreader is that the ones that you ride on are probably pretty fun!

    3. Shovels : Not as fun a way to clear areas of ice and snow but a shovel is good for the smaller areas or the budget concious. You can get them big or small and they are easy to store, easy to use and providing you buy a quality one will last a few winters.

    Here at JEC we can help you with all of these products and more. If you have need for a more industrial solution we even have a range of snow blowers. Give us a call today and start feeling safer in the ice this winter. 01258 488398 or sales@jecltd.com

  • UK Employment Not as Bad as Everytone Thinks

    Pre and post Brexit most of the UK's biggest fear was the job market. Will there be enough jobs? Will i have a job? and with the uncertainty never really leaving and alot of people still struggling to find work it has been shown that the last quarter the nation actually witnessed a job boom! There has been a huge 12.2% increase in advertised job vacancies which is a massive change from last years figures. The North and Scotland are still proving to be much better for the employed than the southern parts of the UK but the larger cities such as London are catching up. It seems that employees are proving to be very resilient and remaining positive in the face of an uncertain economic future. Not only has employment gone up but also salaries, which is always good news. Hopefully with all of this positive energy and change in the UK's job market the future will not be as hard as predicted.

  • 5 Tips to Create a Happy Office

    JEC is a small business where it is perhaps easier to do all of these things and maybe that is why we are all always so happy to come to work but in larger companies where people can perhaps feel under appreciated or ignored here are 5 tips to try and make your office a happier place and in turn you!

    1. Never be afraid to say No! : Nothing can make your life at work harder than feeling like you cannot say no to requests by peers, colleagues or managers. While we are not suggesting you say you will not do your work perhaps occasionally saying no to the extra load or jobs that do not fit you job description can free up a little of your time and make you less stressed.

    2. Boundaries : It is very important that you know that your office friends are not necessarily your home friends and family and therefore perhaps should not be treated as such. Always be friendly but oversharing can make for an awkward work space.

    3. Ask for Help : If you are ever feeling like you cant do something at work never be afraid to ask for help. People tend to not communicate enough at work for many reasons but all this does is create a harder environment to work in, you will be taking home your stress and falling out with colleagues as well as possibly getting told off by managers for not completing work when a simple ask for help would have got you through. Don't take everything on on your own.

    4. Praise : This one is especially for boss's and superiors, It is always a good thing to say well done or recognize an achievement a colleague or employee has made. If there is one thing that keeps a business going its happy staff that care about what they do and them feeling like they are making a difference or doing well can go a long way!

    5. Cups of Tea : This point is more of a joke but here at JEC we have many cups of tea to get us through the day! Its nice to have a chat and a cuppa, get to know your colleagues or relax for 10 minutes. Even if you are having your cuppa over your computer while you quickly type important emails.

    What works in some offices and workplaces may not work for everyone else so this may not be what you need, you also might think that these are very obvious things that should be happening anyway! Either way we hope that you are all happy at work and that at least one of these bullet points has given you something to think about.

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