Building Healthy Work Relationships

It used to be thought that friendship and work didn’t mix.  Life should be compartmentalized into professional and personal.  Neither the two shall meet.  Employee’s personal lives should be left at the door.  But this line of thinking is beginning to change.  In his book Vital Friends, Tom Rath analyzed over 8 millions interviews conducted by The Gallup Organization.  He and his team found that people who said they have a “best friend at work” are seven times more likely to be engaged in their work.  Did you hear that upper management?  Seven times!  Now this doesn’t mean that you should necessarily be revealing your inner most thoughts or latest boyfriend drama to the third floor janitor and the cafeteria staff, but many of us spend more time with our colleagues than we do with out friends and family.  Having positive, supportive work relationships is therefore vital.   We’ve put together 5 tips for building healthy relationships at work.  But that’s not all!  We’re running a contest too, so make sure you read all the way to the bottom!

Speak positively:  Sincere complements can go a long way and encouragement goes even farther.  Life in scrubs is challenging.  You can either make it easier for your coworkers are harder.  You don’t have to be a Pollyanna, and we certainly aren’t saying to avoid issues, but instead of focusing on the problem, try finding the solution.  If the solution is outside of your control, work on rallying your coworkers around ways to make the situation better.  Negativity is intoxicating but it’s also toxic.  See it’s right there in the word!  (In-toxic-ating.)  See what we did there??

Avoid gossip:  Again, we aren’t advocating for a head-in-the-sand approach.  Avoiding conflict can be just as toxic to a work relationship, but gossip is never productive.  It focuses on the problem and keeps things stirred up instead of working towards a solution.  When someone tries to include you in gossip, you can sympathize with their frustration, but encourage them to address the situation directly.

Take an interest in others:  Sometimes we are so busy waiting to talk that we forget to really listen.  Ask more questions than you answer.  Don’t ask folks how their weekend was just so you can talk about yours.  Really listen.  Practice your active listening skills with your coworkers as well as your patients.

Be open:  It’s human nature to be drawn to folks that are like us, but by being open to folks who are different than we are, we can learn so much.  Putting ourselves in another’s shoes can open our horizons and broaden our perspective.  Have a coworker who’s into kayaking?  Ask them about their latest trip (and not so that you can tell them about your latest adventure).  What new gear they are looking to purchase and why.  Who knows, you might discover a new hobby of your own.

Be respectful:  The easiest way to damage a work relationship is to be disrespectful, and that doesn’t just mean how you talk to people.  Be on time.  Make sure you are completing your responsibilities and not pushing them off on others.  Offer to help when you see someone needs it.  Ask for help when you need it.  Apologize when you need to, and be open to other’s suggestions.  A little respect goes a long way.

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#TaffordStyle: Summer BBQ

Bring the summer BBQ indoors with today’s #taffordstyle outfit featuring this adorable top from Healing Hands. Even better, all Healing Hands scrubs are 20% off, but just like the lazy days of summer, this deal won’t last. Sale ends July 29th.

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Summer Binge-Watching

We all know that TV is hit or miss in the summer.  Most network shows go on hiatus, figuring that between vacations and school being out, most of us aren’t sitting in front of our TV as religiously as we are the rest of the year.  But, with the rise of streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime, and the advent of digital recorders, we aren’t as chained to the TV schedule as we used to be.  This makes summer the perfect time to catch up on some of our favorite shows we didn’t get to see as well as fall in love with new ones.  We’ve put together a list of 5 of our favorite shows we think you should add to your summer binge-watching list.

 

Leverage:  A ragtag bunch of “bad guys” including a hacker (Aldis Hodge), a hitter (Christian Kane), a thief (Beth Riesgraf), and a grifter (Gina Bellman), rally around a former “good guy” (Timothy Hutton) to provide leverage for those who’s wrongs cannot be righted through the conventional channels.  Originally airing on TNT from 2008-2012 this series is addictive, thrilling and heart warming.  All 5 seasons are available on Netflix and Hulu Plus.

Leverage TV show

Revenge: Set in the magnificent backdrop of the fairy tale Hamptons, this show centers a round newcomer Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) who it turns out is not a newcomer after all.  The twists and turns of this show will leave you breathless, as will the extravagance of life in the Hamptons.  Originally debuting on ABC in 2011, Hulu Plus has all 3 seasons.  Netflix currently has seasons 1 and 2.

Revenge TV show

MacGyver: Looking for a bit of nostalgia this summer?  Check out the adventures MacGyver, an ex-special ops agent trying to find a calmer life, but constantly being called in for just one more mission only he can accomplish. Usually with nothing more than some chewing gum, a match and some duct tape.  Originally airing from 1985-1991 on ABC it has a hint of campiness but isn’t that what we always loved about MacGyver?  Well that and who could pull off a mullet quite like Richard Dean Anderson?  Netflix currently has all 7 seasons and Amazon Prime has seasons 1-5.

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Say Yes to the Dress:  Looking for the summer equivalent of the beach read?  Say Yes to the Dress is that guilty pleasure you love, hate, love to hate and hate to admit you love.  Drool over some of the most beautiful dresses in the world, secretly plan your dream wedding, pass judgment on the bridezillas/momzillas/friendzillas and try not to choke on the price tags, all from the comfort of your own couch.  Originally debuting on TLC (which used to stand for The Learning Channel, who remembers that??) in 2007, Netflix currently has seasons 1-8.

Say Yes to the Dress TV show

That ‘70s Show:  Obsessed with Ashton and Mila and their soon-to-be little one?  Head back to where it all began!  Originally airing on Fox from 1998-2006, That ‘70s Show focuses on the lives of a group of friends (Topher GraceMila KunisAshton KutcherDanny MastersonLaura Prepon, and Wilmer Valderrama) navigating the teenage years in the 70’s.  Fun and funny, this series is the ultimate summer show.  Grab a Tab, an Orange Crush, Grape Nehi or whip up some Tang and enjoy the summer.  All 8 seasons are currently on Netflix.

That 70's Show

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#TaffordStyle: Christmas in July

We don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but this heat and humidity has us longing for the Holidays! Curling up in front of a warm fire with a cup of steaming hot chocolate and a good book. To get you in the mood, we are celebrating Christmas in July with today’s #taffordstyle board!  Are you one of those folks who already have half their holiday gift list checked off?  Well, you’re in luck!  We just added some new holiday prints to the website! Check them out here! Buy early and save during our introductory pricing through the end of the month!

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July is National Blueberry Month

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July is National Blueberry Month, and what better way to celebrate that to look at the great health benefits of this delicious fruit. Blueberry consumption has increased over the past two decades as studies have shown time and time again that these little berries are power packs of nutrition. Since July is their peak harvesting season, there is no better time to enjoy some. Here are five great health benefits of eating blueberries.

  1. Anti-aging. Blueberries have the highest antioxidant level of any fresh fruit. Natural antioxidant vitamins and minerals give your immune system a boost and slow down the signs of aging.
  2. Visual Health.Anthocyanosides are vital for healthy eyes and are found in abundance in blueberries. These compounds help preserve vision and reduce the degeneration of eyesight that is often a part of the aging process.
  3. Metabolism. Polyphenols found in blueberries have been shown to help eliminate belly fat and increase metabolism. Since blueberries are also low in calories, they are a great snack for those who are watching their weight.
  4. Strong Bones. Blueberries also contain manganese, which promotes healthy bone structure and growth.
  5. Fiber. One serving of blueberries contains 15% of the recommended daily allowance of fiber. This means improved digestive health without constipation or intestinal pain.

Bonus Benefit. They just taste great! The advantages to our health from blueberries are significant, but we would enjoy them anyway. The sharp, sweet taste of these tiny, dark berries is like no other fruit and is wonderful fresh or in recipes. Here is a delicious recipe for you to try for Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes.

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour (see Source)
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
3/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1 large egg
1 large egg white
1/2 cup nonfat buttermilk (see Tip)
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons canola oil, divided
3/4 cup fresh or frozen (not thawed) blueberries

PREPARATION

Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and nutmeg in a small bowl. Whisk ricotta, egg, egg white, buttermilk, lemon zest and juice in a large bowl until smooth. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined.

Brush a large nonstick skillet with 1/2 teaspoon oil and place over medium heat until hot. Using a generous 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake, pour the batter for 2 pancakes into the pan, sprinkle blueberries on each pancake and cook until the edges are dry and bubbles begin to form, about 2 minutes. Flip the pancakes and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes more. Repeat with the remaining oil, batter and berries, adjusting the heat as necessary to prevent burning.

NUTRITION
Per serving:
 238 calories; 8 g fat (3 g sat, 3 g mono); 68 mg cholesterol; 30 g carbohydrates; 12 g protein; 3 g fiber; 334 mg sodium; 128 mg potassium.

(source: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/blueberry_ricotta_pancakes.html)

Disaster Education and Awareness Month

Working in the medical community, life often feels like one disaster after another.  But what if a true disaster were to occur?  Of course your workplace has a disaster plan in place to deal with everything from fires to tornados to bomb threats.  What about your home, though?  Have you taken the same precautions?  Do you know what you would do in the event of a disaster?  In honor of Disaster Education and Awareness Month, we have put together some tips for keeping yourself and your family safe.

The Red Cross has an easy to remember phrase, “get a kit, make a plan, stay informed”.  We figured that was the best place to start.

Get a kit:  You probably have a fire extinguisher in your house.  You probably know exactly where it is and how to use it, but what about a disaster kit?  A disaster kit is one of the most important things you can have in your house.  There are plenty of places to purchase a kit such as the Red Cross website, but you can always put one together yourself.  The most important thing to think about when putting together your kit is that you may be on your own for a few hours to a few days/weeks after a disaster.  You’ll need water, food, some basic household items and any personal documents or medications you can’t be without.  Ready.gov, the Red Cross and the CDC all have great lists for assembling your own kit.

Make a plan:  Disasters don’t always strike at convenient times.  Does your family know where to meet if you are separated during a disaster?  What about your roommates and friends?  Did you know that it’s sometimes easier to get a phone call out to an unaffected area?  Have a friend or relative in another city designated as the official check-in person.  That way if your friends and family are having a hard time making calls in the disaster area, you can get messages to each other.  For some great articles on making a plan, click here, here, and here.  Having a plan is just as important as having a kit.

Finally, stay informed:  You may not live in “Tornado Alley” or on the San Andreas Fault, but you still need to be prepared in the event of a disaster.  House fires can happen to anyone.  Dangerous storms can develop suddenly, and as we’ve all seen, terrorism can happen just about anywhere.  This doesn’t mean we should live in constant fear.  It just means that we need to know how to stay informed.  The most important thing is to know how to get official alerts.  With many of us using online streaming instead of watching live TV, or listening to satellite radio, we need to think about ways to keep ourselves informed.  Yes, the alerts on our phones are annoying and we’ve considered shutting them off before. (Do we really need to know about a wind advisory for the lake an hour away???)  But the truth is, it could save our life or the lives of our friends or family.  Consider investing in a NOAA Weather Radio as another way to stay informed.  It may be old school but sometimes old school is the best school.  For more information on staying informed including a description of the difference between a “Watch” and a “Warning” check out this article from the CDC, or this one from the Red Cross that recommends creating Emergency Contact Cards for all family members.

It may seem like a pain in the behind, but the truth is that a little planning could save your life, or the lives of your loved ones.  What about you?  What disaster preparedness steps have you taken?  Do you have a story of a time you were thankful you’d taken the time to get prepared?  We wanna hear about it!  Post to our Facebook page, our Twitter (@tafford) or Instagram (@taffordscurbs).

#TaffordStyle: Little Black Scrubs

Are you classy and sophisticated? Ever thought about pairing your scrubs with pearls? This outfit is for you! Anchored by a simply beautiful mock wrap, collared top from WonderWink, this outfit will have you believing that scrubs are the new black.  Think it can’t get any better?  Think again!  All WonderWink scrubs are 20% off through July 21st.  Like something you see?  Click on it for more information, or click here to see our entire #taffordstyle Pinterest Board.

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Koi Sapphire…What a gem!

This new collection from Koi gives you the luxury of soft and silky 4-way stretch fabric combined with all of the details you love.  Koi has elevated the look of nursing uniforms and is giving you something truly special in these scrubs.  Stylish and sophisticated, these scrubs are going to make you look and feel great.  Inspired by some of your Koi favorites, the ever popular Katelyn scrub top, Olivia scrub jacket and Lindsey scrub pants have all been re-imagined in this super soft and wrinkle resistant luxury stretch fabric.  Cute nail head trims and metal tag logos are part of the special details you will only find on the Sapphire collection.  For those looking for even more style, prints are available to coordinate back to this look.  Skins and florals are hot this season so shop Tafford.com now to see what is new!  While you are there, take a peek at what we just marked down.  There are plenty of great styles at dramatically reduced prices just for you.

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CELEBRAT10N July

Cherokee Workwear is proudly celebrating 10 years of delivering reliable, durable, comfortable scrubs to countless healthcare heroes around the world. From day one, the goal has been to design professional uniforms that are as original and versatile as the people who wear them.

To demonstrate that unique versatility, 10 nurses form Children’s Hospital Los Angeles volunteered to model Cherokee Workwear for the spring 2014 catalog. At the same time, they shared their insights, inspiration and stories—unique to them, but universal to nurses and medical professionals everywhere—filled with humor, wisdom, advice and heartfelt emotion.

 Graham Valley, an ER nurse, shares his love of pediatrics, his passion for the spontaneous nature of the Emergency Department as well as key advice for men who are considering careers in nursing. Graham also relates a personal anecdote about his first day on the job and the anticipation and satisfaction he felt from knowing that he was going to be helping children for the rest of his life.

#TaffordStyle: Pretty in Pink

Who says you have to grow up?  Today’s #taffordstyle combines femininity, style and just a bit of childhood fun.  This Mickey Mouse top from Cherokee is great way to bond with patients of all ages without compromising your style.

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