The Best Method to Evenly Season Your Meat

Seasoning tubes are a unique way to spice up your branding.

Seasoning doesn’t just give your meat personality, it determines whether your meal will be home alone on a Friday night, or celebrated as the life of the party.

When to season and what to use are generally what most people worry about, but the height can have a big impact on your flavor-dating success. For the most uniform results, you want to get all chef-y and sprinkle salt and other seasonings from up high.

Salt Bae | Photo by Jean Schwarzwalder

Seasoning food from a decent distance results in salt, pepper, and any other powders, blends, or rubs being distributed evenly across your steak, chicken breast, and other foods.


We sprinkled chicken breasts with ground black pepper from different heights—4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches—and found the higher the starting point, the more evenly the seasoning was distributed.

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So throw on your toque, grab your favorite seasoning blend, and make it rain on that delicious food-parade. Enjoy!

Think it’s not important to Recognize and Appreciate Employees? Think again.

Inc. Magazine’s MARCEL SCHWANTES@MARCELSCHWANTES reports:

A global crisis at the scale of the Covid-19 pandemic has changed every aspect of work. As employees’ needs have changed, many organizations have not followed suit with their policies, perks, and culture.

This misalignment may be why 52 percent of employees are planning to look for a new job this year — a concerning 43 percent increase from 2020 and 2019.

That’s according to Achievers’ fourth annual Employee Engagement and Retention Report, which uncovers what it will take to retain and attract employees in 2021. The report surveyed 2,000 employed adults across the U.S. and Canada, to discover what employees are really looking for in an organization, and what is bringing them to this breaking point.

With a post-pandemic world on the horizon, and the job market predicted to make a major rebound by the end of the year, what areas should employers consider when revamping retention strategies?

Act on feedback

Feedback from employees is crucial for companies to understand when rebuilding policies and strategies, especially during a time as tumultuous as the pandemic. Three in five employees (60 percent) surveyed reported their organization has sought feedback on at least one of the following key issues:

  • How to improve the employee experience (60 percent)
  • How to improve company culture throughout the pandemic (54 percent)
  • Remote/hybrid work preferences after the pandemic (52 percent)
  • How to improve diversity and inclusion (48 percent)
  • How to get involved with racial and social justice matters that are important to employees (44 percent)

However, many employees also report little to no action based on the feedback they provide. Nearly one in five (19 percent) say their company is horrible at acting on feedback and they never do anything with it. If employers do not make an effort to dissect the feedback they receive and make changes to cater to employee needs, they’ll risk losing employees for good.

Foster a culture of recognition

Achievers’ research found 71 percent more employees are disengaged in 2021 than they were at the beginning of 2020, and 66 percent of employees said they would be more engaged at work if their employer improved company culture. Nearly half (46 percent) of employees feel less connected to their company or colleagues since the start of the pandemic, and most employees blame a lack of communication (26 percent) or lack of effort to make remote employees feel connected (25 percent).

Creating a culture of recognition is also key for retention. Twenty percent of employees reported that feeling underappreciated for their contributions was hindering their engagement at work and 74 percent wish they received more recognition at work. More than three-quarters (80 percent) of employees also felt a strong recognition culture makes a company attractive to work for.

To drive company connection and culture moving forward, employers must consider creating more transparent and open communication, including increasing recognition, while also prioritizing connection for remote workers — especially if they plan to keep a portion of workers remote post-pandemic.

Weigh the realities of work-life balance versus productivity

“While many employees have gained significant flexibility during the pandemic as a result of working from home, that flexibility doesn’t mean they have a better work-life balance,” said Natalie Baumgartner, chief workforce scientist at Achievers.

The report found one in four employees (25 percent) reported work-life balance as the reason they would search for a new job. Additionally, more than half (51 percent) of employees who are currently working remotely said they worried their manager doubts their productivity, causing nearly half (44 percent) to start work earlier or stay online later.

Employee concern over productivity, leading to early mornings and late nights, can eventually cause burnout, disengagement, and turnover. Baumgartner added, “Leadership and HR teams can help managers curb employee fears by providing training on results-oriented management that focuses more on the outcomes of employees’ work rather than the time spent in the home office. Additionally, managers should lead by example, shutting off their computer at night and making sure to both encourage vacation time and take it themselves.”

As we look ahead to the second half of 2021 and beyond, it will be critical that employers are working to take action from employee feedback, commit to building back culture, and help employees strike a better work-life balance if they hope to keep employees on board.

Feeling Blue?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, 70% of Americans are suffering from “screen fatigue” due to prolonged use of digital devices emitting Blue Light. Are you and your team part of that growing number?

WHAT IS BLUE LIGHT?
Natural Blue Light from the sun is all around us and it helps regulate our sleep cycles, keeps us alert and elevates our mood. Artificial Blue Light is found in computers, flat screen televisions, LED lights and energy-efficient light bulbs. Blue Light has a shorter wave length and higher energy, which is more difficult for our eyes to process. In higher doses it can cause blurred vision, dry eye, headaches and restlessness.

DO BLUE LIGHT GLASSES REALLY WORK?
Yes! Special lenses filter 20% – 50% of Blue Light, reducing overexposure and minimizing symptoms.

Open your eyes to a safer way of working. Protect your team with branded Blue Light glasses, shipped directly to their door!

Sources: Eyebobs, Lens Crafters, Photo by Curtis Potvin on Unsplash

Are You Ready for Shipaggedon?

You better watch out, you better not cry, better not pout, I’m telling you why…

FedEx and UPS — as well as our key suppliers — have warned us to brace for ‘shipaggedon’ as they reach capacity ahead of the holiday season. This year brings an unprecedented ‘peak season’ with limited staffing resources, and limited inventory, all combining with COVID restrictions to create the perfect storm.

Don’t be caught in the stress mess! We’re currently working with our clients to pull forward their holiday gifting plans, ensuring production and delivery expectations are met. Together, we’ll create a custom plan for your branded gifts, creative packaging, kitting and drop shipping. So go ahead; make your list and check it twice, but do it NOW.

Remote Workers Want ‘Cool’

A recent study revealed 91% of remote workers who received logoed merchandise upon being hired, felt great about how their employer brought them on board. The same survey noted they would love to receive “cool swag”, not just printed throwaways.* Great! But what defines “cool”?

Cool doesn’t follow the norm. It’s not showcasing your logo on disposable plastic bottles and outdated technology. You won’t see employees showing off mundane stress balls or cheap keychains in Zoom calls. Give your team something they actually want to use! Long-lasting products from established brands, synonymous with proven quality.

We turn toward our elite retail brands for the latest must-haves. Trending products like timeless bags from Herschel; performance jackets from Carhartt, Stormtech and The North Face; copper insulated tumblers and bottles from Igloo, Tervis, and Yeti; and pure sounds from JBL and Skullcandy are all safe bets.

Did you know your logo takes on greater perceived value when it’s associated with a premium brand? Yep. Your employees will feel warm-n-fuzzy every time they enjoy your thoughtfulness.

Ready to get your cool on? Contact your sales associate.

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*source Advertising Specialty Institute