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Munn Insurance to offer Digital Nova Scotia members big savings and extra benefits on home and auto insurance

Digital Nova Scotia and Munn Insurance are excited to announce a collaborative effort to show their support for the tech sector in Nova Scotia. This new program will provide Digital Nova Scotia Members (and their employees), an opportunity to save on their home and auto insurance and receive exclusive coverages and benefits designed specifically for them. As part of this new partnership, Digital Nova Scotia Members are eligible for huge savings and significant discounts on their insurance and will also receive special coverages and unique benefits such as claims forgiveness on their first home and/or auto insurance claim and free legal assistance.

Munn Insurance have partnered with the leading group insurance markets in Canada to provide Digital Nova Scotia Members with the very best coverage at the lowest rate possible. Munn will also explore their many other markets and will present all those options to Digital Nova Scotia Members. As such, Munn will guarantee that Digital Nova Scotia Members will always be provided the best rate and coverage that they have available.

“The tech sector in Nova Scotia is a major contributor to our economy. We are proud to work with Digital Nova Scotia to show our support for this important industry and all those who work in it. We look forward to providing members with great service, exceptional coverage and significant savings.”- CJ Nolan, Munn Insurance President and CEO.

“Digital Nova Scotia is pleased to partner with Munn Insurance to provide extra value and savings for the many people working within the growing tech sector. This offering is a part of our member benefits program and is an opportunity for Digital Nova Scotia members to receive savings on their insurance, as well as extra benefits and coverage.” – Wayne Sumarah, Digital Nova Scotia CEO

About Digital Nova Scotia

Digital Nova Scotia is the industry association for Nova Scotia’s $2.5 billion ICT and digital technologies sector. Programs, events, and partnerships enable DNS to connect the digital community and promote its successes. Through skills development, capacity building, industry events, collaboration, and the promotion of IT opportunities, DNS supports our sector as it continues to grow, evolve, and thrive. As a membership-driven organization, DNS engages with all stakeholders from start-ups and SME’s to large multinational corporations, universities and colleges, government, and non-profits.

About Munn Insurance

Munn Insurance is one of the largest independent insurance brokers in Atlantic Canada with locations across NS and NL and employs nearly 100 people in the region. They’re a hard-working, dedicated, and progressive group of insurance professionals who are focused on their customers. As a broker, Munn can shop its extensive network of insurance carriers to provide customers with the choice and options they deserve; always providing the lowest premium and best coverage available. Munn’s history in Insurance dates to the early 1900’s and built on a tradition of exceptional customer service and helpful local advice. More recently, Munn have changed the way people think of insurance and their customer focus and commitment to technology and innovation are leading the charge.

If you would like more information on this exciting opportunity or would like to know how to take advantage of this program, please contact Munn Insurance toll free at 1-855-726-8627 or visit them online at www.munninsurance.com/DNS today.

What to do when a wildfire occurs

If you are a Munn Insurance customer with property coverage, you are protected in the event of a fire. While our brave firefighters will do everything in their power to get the fire under control, there are some things you can do as a property owner during and after a wildfire to keep your home and family safe.

During a Wildfire

If you are advised to evacuate, do so immediately. Take your disaster supply kit, lock your home and choose a route away from the wildfire. Watch for changes in the speed and direction of the fire and smoke. Tell someone when you leave and where you are going.

If you are not ordered to evacuate and have time to prepare your home, take the following actions:

  • Arrange temporary housing at a friend or relative’s home outside the threatened area in case you need to evacuate, or contact the Canadian Red Cross at 1-800-222-9597.
  • Wear protective clothing when outside, such as sturdy shoes, cotton or wool clothes, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, gloves and a handkerchief to protect your face.
  • Close outside attic, eaves, basement vents, windows, doors, and other openings. Remove flammable drapes and curtains. Close all shutters, blinds or heavy non-combustible window coverings to reduce radiant heat.
  • Close all doors inside the house to prevent drafts. Open the damper on your fireplace, but close the fireplace screen.
  • Shut off any natural gas, propane or fuel oil supplies at the source.
  • Connect garden hoses to outdoor water taps and fill any pools, hot tubs, garbage cans, tubs or other large containers with water.
  • Place lawn sprinklers on the roof and near aboveground fuel tanks. Leave sprinklers on and dowse these structures as long as possible.
  • If you have gas-powered pumps for water, make sure they are fuelled and ready.
  • Place valuable papers, mementos and anything “you can’t live without” inside the car in the garage, ready for quick departure.
  • Move flammable furniture into the center of the home away from the windows and sliding glass doors.
  • Turn on outside lights and leave a light on in every room to make the house more visible in heavy smoke.

After a Wildfire

The following are guidelines for what to do in the period following a wildfire.

  • If you remain at home, check the roof immediately after the fire danger has passed. Put out any roof fires, sparks or embers. Check the attic for hidden burning sparks.
  • For several hours after the wildfire, maintain a “fire watch.” Re-check for smoke and sparks throughout the house.
  • If you have evacuated, do not enter your home until fire officials say it is safe.
  • If you must leave your home because a building inspector says the building is unsafe, ask someone you trust to watch the property during your absence.
  • Use caution when entering burned areas as hazards may still exist, including hot spots, which can flare up without warning.
  • If you detect heat or smoke when entering a damaged building, evacuate immediately.
  • If you have a safe or strongbox, do not try to open it. It can hold intense heat for several hours. If the door is opened before the box has cooled, the contents could burst into flames.
  • Avoid damaged or fallen power lines, poles and downed wires.
  • Watch for ash pits and mark them for safety. Warn family and neighbours to keep clear of the pits.
  • Watch your pets closely and keep them under your direct control. Hidden embers and hot spots could burn them.
  • Follow public health guidance on safe cleanup of fire ash and safe use of masks.
  • Dampen debris to minimize inhaling dust particles.
  • Wear leather gloves and heavy-soled shoes to protect your hands and feet.
  • Properly dispose of cleaning products, paint, batteries and damaged fuel containers to avoid risk.
  • Discard any food that has been exposed to heat, smoke or soot.
  • Do NOT use water that you think may be contaminated to wash dishes, brush your teeth, prepare food, wash your hands, make ice or make baby formula.
  • You may find yourself in the position of taking charge of other people. Listen carefully to what people tell you, and deal patiently with urgent situations first.

In addition to insuring your home, we are committed to helping you and your loved ones stay safe when disaster strikes.

 

Emergency Supply Kit

While it is often not a priority until an emergency happens, you should put together your emergency supply kit long before a wildfire or other disaster occurs.

Keep it easily accessible so you can take it with you when you have to evacuate. Plan to be away from your home for an extended period, and each person should have a readily accessible emergency supply kit.

Ensure you plan with COVID-19 in mind.

Emergency Supply Kit Checklist

Face masks or coverings

  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food and three gallons of water per person
  • Map marked with at least two evacuation routes
  • Prescriptions or special medications
  • Change of clothing
  • Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses
  • Personal hygiene items
  • An extra set of car keys, credit cards, cash or traveler’s checks
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
  • Sanitation supplies
  • Copies of important documents (birth certificates, passports, etc.)

For those with babies, toddlers and children consider:

  • Formula
  • Diapers
  • Bottles
  • Wipes
  • Games, books, crafts

If you have a pet add:

  • Pet food
  • Water
  • Bowls
  • Leash
  • Kennel

Items to take if time allows:

  • Easily carried valuables
  • Family photos and other irreplaceable items
  • Personal computer information on hard drives and disks
  • Chargers for cell phones, laptops, etc.

The future of cyber security

Your cyber security is at risk whether you’re a local retailer, small business manufacturer, or professional office. Cybercriminals are becoming more and more clever in understanding companies’ weaknesses and breaking into so-called secure networks.

It’s time to install multi-factor authentication (MFA) on your company computers and software. MFA adds a layer of protection to the sign-in process. MFA requires users to provide additional identity verification when accessing accounts or apps, such as scanning a fingerprint or entering a code received by phone.

Passwords alone are no longer going to prevent cybercriminals from targeting your business. We know it is often difficult to overcome the false sense of security around passwords held by clients, staff, or contractors until a breach occurs. MFA is now a standard many cyber insurers require as a condition for obtaining cyber insurance coverage.

In general, people don’t see the need for MFA as they view passwords as secure, not realizing that an eight-character password – with a mix of numbers, uppercase, lowercase letters and symbols – can be cracked by a cybercriminal using automation tools.

A password without MFA is most vulnerable when used across multiple sites; This can lead to cyber-attacks such as “credential stuffing,” when a cybercriminal uses a stolen password and variations on the same username across multiple sites in an attempt to gain access.

In the future, your company may also want to require that your employees and contractors are given limited privileges to sensitive data. Most companies have already adopted some form of the principle by restricting users from installing programs, changing passwords, or surfing the web. Users are often given access to data throughout the organization for collaboration. Restricting user access can help limit the spread of malware and decrease the chances of cyber attacks.

Give Mike Collins a call today at 709-726-4498 to learn how a cyber insurance policy can help protect your company.

Top 8 Ways to Save on RV & Travel Trailer Insurance

Your RV / travel trailer is your home away from home and requires a tailored insurance package to fit your needs. With the camping season upon us we wanted to provide you the top 8 ways you can save on your RV and Travel Trailer insurance.

  1. Increase your deductible

A deductible is the portion you will be required to pay in the event of an insurance claim, by increasing the deductible on your policy you will lower your insurance premium, or the amount you pay annually. Vice versa, a lower deductible will increase your insurance premium.

However, before increasing your deductible it is important to remember that you will be required to pay the deductible in full if an accident occurs and a claim needs to be paid. So, before determining the deductible amount make sure it is something you will be comfortable paying.

  1. Make sure your travel trailer or RV is updated and well maintained

Annual maintenance is critical on all travel trailers and RVs. Proper weather sealing of the unit will provide the best protection. As any loss caused by poor or unmaintained units will not be covered by insurance. Insurance is not designed as a maintenance plan, and travel trailers and RVs that are not serviced annually to protect from water damage are at high risk of an uninsured loss.

  1. Avoid using your insurance for small claims

Your insurance policy is your protection when an accident occurs. Sometimes making a small claim will negatively impact you more in the long run then paying out of pocket for small claims. Things you may want to consider before making an insurance claim:

  1. If the cost of the repairs is equal or less, then your insurance deductible.
  2. You may lose your claims free discount, which can increase your premium 10-20%. So, you will need to feel comfortable knowing the repercussions are worth the settlement. If your travel trailer is insured on your home policy, this can cause an increase to your home insurance premium.

 

  1. Decide what type of insurance you want and need

We are here to provide you with expert advice to ensure you have the right insurance coverage to fit your needs. Many insurance companies will have upgrades to their policies—some of which are helpful and some of which you don’t need. For example, enhanced water coverage and replacement cost coverage can save you in the long term, however for an older travel trailer, the cost of replacement or all-risk coverage should be considered. If you have any questions or are looking for advice, please reach out to us!

  1. Consider permanently parking your RV/ travel trailer

Many insurance companies provide discounts if your travel trailer or RV is permanently parked. The key is that the unit is permanently parked at a secure campground/site, which significantly reduces the risk of accidents.

  1. Calculate RV annual km usage

If you are set to see the country in your RV, your premiums will be higher than someone who parks their RV for most of the year. Insurance premiums are often calculated by the annual km usage; this is because the likelihood of accidents and other road mishaps increases the risk factor associated with the RV or travel trailer.

  1. Find a group insurance program

Members of Munn Insurance Preferred Groups are able to take advantage of special discounts and many extra-valuable benefits. To learn more about our group programs and see if you qualify visit www.munninsurance.com/group/.

  1. Shop your insurance with an insurance broker

To get affordable travel trailer insurance quotes, contact an insurance broker, like us. One of our local agents can shop your unique needs at multiple insurance companies, provide a number of quotes for you to review, and answer all of your questions.

 

If you want to spend more time in the woods relaxing and less time worrying about your insurance coverage, contact us!

At Munn Insurance, we have multiple insurance markets to suit your needs and together we can make your insurance less complicated!

How to Prepare for a Wildfire

Munn Insurance How to Prepare for a Wildfire

Many homeowners face the risk of wildfires, which are usually triggered by lightning or accidents. They spread quickly, igniting brush, trees and homes. Reduce your risk of damage by preparing now to protect your family, home and property.

Preparing Your Home for a Wildfire

The following are things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your property in the event of a fire.

  • Design and landscape your home with wildfire safety in mind. Select materials and plants that can help contain fire rather than fuel it.
    • Use fire-resistant or non-combustible materials on the roof and exterior structure of your house, or treat wood or combustible material used in roofs, siding, decking or trim with fire-retardant chemicals.
    • Plant fire-resistant shrubs and trees. For example, hardwood trees are less flammable than pine, evergreen, eucalyptus or fir trees.
  • Regularly clean your roof and gutters; remove any debris that could catch fire.
  • Inspect your chimneys at least twice a year, and clean them at least once a year. Keep the dampers in good working order. Equip chimneys and stovepipes with a spark arrester.
  • Install mesh screen beneath porches, decks, floor areas and the home itself to prevent debris and combustible materials from accumulating. You should also cover openings to floors, roofs and attics with mesh screens to prevent sparks and embers from entering your home.
  • Install a dual-sensor smoke alarm on each level of your home, especially near bedrooms; test it every month and change the batteries at least once each year.
  • Teach your family members how to use a fire extinguisher (ABC type), and show them where it’s kept.
  • Keep household items available that can be used as fire tools, such as a rake, axe, handsaw or chain saw, bucket and shovel.
  • Keep a ladder that will reach the roof in case a family member ends up on the roof of a burning house.
  • Move flammable items away from the house and outside of your defensible space, including woodpiles, lawn furniture, barbecue grills, tarp coverings, etc.

Plan Your Water Needs

  • Have a garden hose that is long enough to reach any area of the home and other structures on the property.
  • Install freeze-proof exterior water outlets on at least two sides of the home and near other structures on the property.
  • Identify and maintain an adequate outside water source, such as a small pond, cistern, well, swimming pool or hydrant.
  • Consider obtaining a portable gasoline-powered pump in case electrical power is cut off.

It is recommended that you create a 10- to 30-metre safety zone around your home. Within this area, you can take steps to reduce potential exposure to flames and radiant heat. Homes built near wooded areas should have a minimum safety zone of 30 metres. If your home sits on a steep slope, standard protective measures may not be enough. Contact your local fire department or forestry office for additional information.

  • Rake leaves, dead limbs and twigs. Clear all flammable vegetation. Remove leaves and rubbish from under structures.
  • Thin a 5-metre space between tree crowns, and remove limbs within 5 metres of the ground.
  • Remove dead branches that extend over the roof.
  • Prune tree branches and shrubs within 5 metres of a stovepipe or chimney outlet.
  • Ask the power company to clear branches from power lines.
  • Mow grass regularly.
  • Clear a 3-metre area around propane tanks and the barbecue. Place a screen over the grill, made of a non-flammable material with mesh.
  • Regularly dispose of newspapers and rubbish at an approved site. Follow local burning regulations.
  • Place stove, fireplace and grill ashes in a metal bucket and soak them in water for two days, then bury the cold ashes in mineral soil.
  • Store gasoline, oily rags and other flammable materials in approved safety cans. Place the cans in a safe location away from the base of buildings.
  • Stack firewood at least 30 metres away and uphill from your home. Clear combustible material within 6 metres of a woodpile.
  • Review your homeowner’s insurance policy and prepare or update a list of your home’s contents.

Follow Local Burning Laws

  • Before burning debris in a wooded area, make sure you notify local authorities and obtain a burning permit.
  • Use an approved incinerator with a safety lid.
  • Create at least a 3-metre clearing around the incinerator before burning debris.
  • Have a fire extinguisher or garden hose on hand when burning debris.

During a Wildfire

If you are advised to evacuate, do so immediately. Take your disaster supply kit, lock your home and choose a route away from the wildfire. Watch for changes in the speed and direction of the fire and smoke. Tell someone when you left and where you are going.

If you see a wildfire and haven’t received evacuation orders yet, call 911. Don’t assume that someone else has already called. Describe the location of the fire, speak slowly and clearly and answer any questions the dispatcher asks.

If you are not ordered to evacuate, and have time to prepare your home, take the following actions:

  • Arrange temporary housing at a friend or relative’s home outside the threatened area in case you need to evacuate.
  • Wear protective clothing when outside, such as sturdy shoes, cotton or wool clothes, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, gloves and a handkerchief to protect your face.
  • Gather fire tools such as a rake, axe, handsaw or chainsaw, bucket and shovel.
  • Close outside attic, eaves and basement vents, windows, doors and other openings. Remove flammable drapes and curtains. Close all shutters, blinds or heavy non-combustible window coverings to reduce radiant heat.
  • Close all doors inside the house to prevent drafts. Open the damper on your fireplace, but close the fireplace screen.
  • Shut off any natural gas, propane or fuel oil supplies at the source.
  • Connect garden hoses to outdoor water taps and fill any pools, hot tubs, garbage cans, tubs or other large containers with water.
  • Place lawn sprinklers on the roof and near aboveground fuel tanks. Leave sprinklers on and dowse these structures as long as possible.
  • If you have gas-powered pumps for water, make sure they are fuelled and ready.
  • Place a ladder in clear view against the house.
  • Disconnect any automatic garage door openers so that doors can still be opened by hand if the power goes out. Close all garage doors.
  • Place valuable papers, mementos and anything “you can’t live without” inside the car in the garage, ready for quick departure. Any pets still with you should also be put in the car.
  • Place valuables that will not be damaged by water in a pool or pond.
  • Move flammable furniture into the centre of the home away from the windows and sliding glass doors.
  • Turn on outside lights and leave a light on in every room to make the house more visible in heavy smoke.

After a Wildfire

The following are guidelines for what to do in the period following a wildfire.

  • If you are with burn victims, or are a burn victim yourself, call 911 or seek help immediately. Cool and cover burns to reduce the chance of further injury or infection.
  • If you remained at home, check the roof immediately after the fire danger has passed. Put out any roof fires, sparks or embers. Check the attic for hidden burning sparks.
  • For several hours after the wildfire, maintain a “fire watch.” Re-check for smoke and sparks throughout the house.
  • If you have evacuated, do not enter your home until fire officials say it is safe.
  • If you must leave your home because a building inspector says the building is unsafe, ask someone you trust to watch the property during your absence.
  • Use caution when entering burned areas as hazards may still exist, including hot spots, which can flare up without warning.
  • If you detect heat or smoke when entering a damaged building, evacuate immediately.
  • If you have a safe or strongbox, do not try to open it. It can hold intense heat for several hours. If the door is opened before the box has cooled, the contents could burst into flames.
  • Avoid damaged or fallen power lines, poles and downed wires.
  • Watch for ash pits and mark them for safety. Warn family and neighbours to keep clear of the pits.
  • Watch your pets closely and keep them under your direct control. Hidden embers and hot spots could burn them.
  • Follow public health guidance on safe cleanup of fire ash and safe use of masks.
  • Dampen debris to minimize inhaling dust particles.
  • Wear leather gloves and heavy-soled shoes to protect your hands and feet.
  • Properly dispose of cleaning products, paint, batteries and damaged fuel containers to avoid risk.
  • Discard any food that has been exposed to heat, smoke or soot.
  • Do NOT use water that you think may be contaminated to wash dishes, brush your teeth, prepare food, wash your hands, make ice or make baby formula.
  • You may find yourself in the position of taking charge of other people. Listen carefully to what people are telling you, and deal patiently with urgent situations first.

In addition to insuring your home, we are committed to helping you and your loved ones stay safe when disaster strikes. If you would like more information on developing a family emergency plan or building a disaster supply kit, please contact Munn Insurance today.

PANL Paramedic of the Year

We were thrilled with the number of nominations we received for the first-ever Paramedic Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (PANL) Paramedic of the Year award sponsored by Munn Insurance.

This year the PANL Paramedic of the Year is Ruby Hynes. Ruby was nominated 26 times by friends, colleagues, municipality workers, fellow first responders, and family members.

Ruby has been working as a paramedic for over a decade; she is currently working both full-time and casual positions with Fewer’s Ambulance Service operating in Clarenville and Delaney’s Ambulance Service operating in Glovertown. In addition to working in her field, Ruby is a dedicated instructor teaching courses in Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), First Aid, and CPR.

Ruby has been described countless times as a well-respected, dedicated, compassionate professional who inherently exceeds all expectations.

“Munn Insurance is proud to sponsor the Paramedic of the Year award. We are happy to be able to give back to those who give so much, and we would like to congratulate Ruby Hynes on being named the 2022 PANL Paramedic of the Year! Thank you, PANL, for including Munn Insurance in this great initiative.” – Aaron Blackwood, Munn Insurance

“Paramedics Association of Newfoundland and Labrador is extremely pleased to be presenting the inaugural Paramedic of the Year award to Ruby Hynes. Congratulations Ruby!. We would also like to thank Munn Insurance for their support.” – Rodney Gaudet, President PANL

Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate a paramedic in your life and congratulations to everyone who was nominated for this award.

8 Easy Steps To Save On Fuel

The price of gas continues to rise across the country and for the first time in history, the price of gas in most parts of Newfoundland and Labrador has surpassed the $2.00 a litre mark. Often, the small things we do can add up to big savings. If you are looking to spend less time at the pumps, read on for some easy things you can start doing today.
Consider these cost-saving tips:

1. Accelerate gently
The harder you accelerate, the more fuel you use. So, you will use less fuel by easing onto the accelerator pedal gently. To be as fuel-efficient as possible, take 5 seconds to accelerate your vehicle up to 20 km per hour from a stop.
2. Maintain a steady speed
When your speed is inconsistent, you use more fuel and spend more money than you need to. Tests have shown that varying your speed up and down between 75 and 85 km per hour every 18 seconds can increase your fuel use by 20%.
Consider using cruise control for highway driving, where conditions permit. Be mindful that minor variations in speed can be good when gravity does the work.
3. Anticipate traffic
Look ahead while you’re driving to see what is coming up. And keep a comfortable distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you. By looking closely at what pedestrians and other cars are doing and imagining what they’ll do next, you can keep your speed as steady as possible and use less fuel. It’s also safer to drive this way.
4. Drive the speed limit
Keep to the speed limit and save on fuel! Most cars, vans, pickup trucks and SUVs are most fuel-efficient when they’re travelling between 50 and 80 km per hour. Above this speed zone, vehicles use increasingly more fuel the faster they go.
For example, at 120 km per hour, a vehicle uses about 20% more fuel than 100 km per hour. On a 25-km trip, this spike in speed – and fuel consumption – would cut just two minutes from your travel time.
5. Coast to decelerate
Every time you use your brakes, you waste your forward momentum. By looking ahead at how traffic is behaving, you can often see well in advance when it’s time to slow down. You will conserve fuel and save money by taking your foot off the accelerator and coasting to slow down instead of using your brakes.
6. Avoid idling your vehicle
Turn off your engine when you’re stopped for more than 60 seconds, except when in traffic. The average vehicle with 3-litre engine wastes 300 millilitres (over 1 cup) of fuel for every 10 minutes it idles.
7. Measure your tire pressure every month
Driving a vehicle with tires under-inflated by 56 kilopascals (8 pounds per square inch) can increase fuel consumption by up to 4%. It can also reduce the life of your tires by more than 10,000 km.
8. Use a manual transmission properly
Pay attention to the tachometer, which shows engine speed. Use it to know when to shift a manual transmission for the best fuel efficiency. The higher the rpm, the more fuel the engine is burning. So, shift through the lower gears smoothly and quickly, and build up speed in the higher gears.

We hope that you are able to implement some of these cost saving measures. Please call us today for a free review of your auto insurance policy to see if you qualify for any additional discounts at 1-855-726-8627 today. We are here to help.

Organize Your Home Office

Today, March 8, 2022, is National Organize Your Home Office Day; This is a day to clean up the mess that has accumulated in our home offices and to establish a productive and healthy working environment at home.

Having an organized home office is more important now than ever, as more and more organizations have adopted a work from home policy. Therefore, we have compiled our favourite top 7 tips to help your employees get organized so they can get down to work:

  1. Purge Paper: Having piles of loose paper can make the most organized space feel overwhelming. Go through each sheet of paper and organize them into file folders. Keep only the most important, recycle the rest. If possible, go digital!
  2. Colour code your filing system: A well-organized filing system is a good indication of a functional office space. Separate the filing system into colour-coded categories, and label each hanging folder according to your needs.
  3. Establish work “zones”: While it may be difficult, try to have a designated area in your home for working and limit the about of distractions.
  4. Clear off your desk: Remove everything, clean it thoroughly and put back only those items that are essential for daily use.
  5. Use storage containers: Store all your office supplies in containers, drawers, baskets and bins. Putting all these supplies out of sight will give your office a decluttered look.
  6. Utilize wall space: Empty desk space is key. Use your wall space to hang filing systems, calendars, whiteboards, shelving and more. There is so much more space available when you go vertical.
  7. Straighten your desk: At the end of the day, do a quick straighten, so you have a clean start the next day.

Remember, encouraging your team to declutter will help them feel less stressed and anxious while also boosting mindfulness and increasing their overall productivity. If you have any questions or would like further suggestions, please reach out to Brittany at [email protected]

Employee Appreciation Day

Are you ready for Employee Appreciation Day? It takes place on the first Friday of March every year (March 4th this year), and it’s a great opportunity to show your employees how much you value them.

Why should you bother with Employee Appreciation Day? When employees feel appreciated, they are much more engaged, perform at their best and are less likely to leave. And happy engaged employees will work even harder to service your customers and exceed their expectations. On the other hand, when employees don’t feel appreciated low morale will creep into your teams and will tank your productivity and often leads to higher and higher employee turnover — costing businesses in this province millions each year. Ouch!

Here at Munn Insurance, we consider employee engagement as one of our core strategic pillars. We go out of our way to recognize and thank our employees and create a culture where people love coming to work; whether that’s in the office or when they take advantage of our work from home option. Our people have fun and go above and beyond to deliver brilliant service to our customers.

There’s no better time than Employee Appreciation Day to start putting ideas for year-round recognition into practice. This year, go beyond the basics to show your employees that you really get them. Here are 10 ideas you can easily put into place to thrill your employees and keep them motivated on Employee Appreciation Day and beyond.

  1. Just say “thank you” — Simply saying “thank you” can have an enormous impact on your employees, boosting everything from productivity to retention to engagement. Encourage everyone to get in the habit of recognizing people frequently and soon every day will feel like Employee Appreciation Day. Make sure that the business leaders and owners take part as recognition from managers and executives often means the most to employees.
  2. Craft a special message — Create a heartfelt video from the CEO or encourage people to write thank you notes. An actual piece of paper thanking someone for their work can go a long way and really stand out in a digital world. Whether it’s as simple as a quick post-it note or an actual card, your people will greatly appreciate the thought. Receiving personal comments from leaders is an important way to show employees that their work really counts.
  3. You can’t go wrong with food — Everyone likes to eat. The gift of food brings people together and will help to strengthen interpersonal relationships in the office. Host a BBQ in the parking lot and have the executive or managers do the cooking and serving, Have a pizza lunch. Grab bagels or muffins and leave them in the break room. Gratitude in the form of food is one of the best ways of showing appreciation! Our Munn Insurance staff members love to see a food truck coming!
  4. Get social — Show you appreciate your staff by extending it beyond in-house thanks and recognition. Let your customers know through social media. Broadcast so your team can be seen by their family and friends as doing great work and being appreciated. Take a photo, talk about how much you appreciate what your people do, and how they earned recognition.
  5. Have a trophy — In professional sports, the championship trophies travel from one year’s winner to the next. Individuals get a day with the trophy to share with friends and family. Steal this idea. Create a trophy of sorts (an actual trophy, or something more humorous) that is recognized as a symbol by your people of appreciation and pass it around the workplace to those who have accomplished something extraordinary.
  6. Host a team-building activity — Team building can range from quick in-house ice breakers to full day activities. Team building can help your employees get to know each other on a more personal level and help build better relationships, which will boost employee morale.
  7. Give a gift — Few employees will be disappointed with a present, whether it’s some company swag, a gift card, or a cash bonus they will certainly appreciate the gesture. Wrap it around the theme of appreciation. Say thank you and let everyone know that you value their contributions.
  8. Offer in-office self care — Mental health is a big priority for people – especially during these stressful times surrounding the pandemic. Too often the importance of mental health goes overlooked. In addition to long-term changes to support mental health, consider bringing in a yoga teacher or meditation expert to teach a class during Employee Appreciation Day.
  9. Support work-life balance – People who are well-rested and have time to spend with their family and friends are more engaged and productive at work. Encouraging your employees to have a full and rewarding life outside of work is vital to preventing burnout.
  10. Turn Employee Appreciation Day into Employee Appreciation Week — If one day is good, five days are better! Consider expanding your celebration to add some fun every day. You could provide breakfast, coffee break snacks, and/or lunch on different days, dedicate one day to revealing a gift, etc. Spread out the joy for maximum impact! Remember Spirit Week in high school, when each day was given a theme and you dressed accordingly? If this is the type of activity that would energize your employees, go for it!

But most importantly, if employee engagement has taken a back seat these days, get back in the game. Do something. Anything. Do something simple and easy and build on it. You will see how easy it really is. And remember that showing your appreciation for your employees can cost as little or as much as you want; a thank you or a great job goes a long way in making someone’s day!

If you have any questions or would like further suggestions, please reach out to Brittany at [email protected]