How About a Round of Applause for Flipcharts Easels?

March 7th, 2014

There is no doubt that communication tools have moved to a whole new level. It’s easy to produce your messages on a computer and project them onto a screen or series of tablets. You can add colour, sound, motion, vibrant images – and bells and whistles, if that’s what’s appropriate…

But – hang on a minute, what’s that hiding away shyly in a corner? It’s much less grand, never nearly as showy, but it’s still hanging in there. It’s like the experienced team member who lets the young guns have their say, but then makes the vital point, the one that’s key to the success of a project or campaign.
Flipchart Easel
So – let’s hear it for the flipchart!

Through all this terrific technology, here’s an old-school piece of equipment that still makes a vital contribution.

Still making use of that flipchart and easel

This pairing still have a lot of things going for them:

• Compared to all the whizz-bang alternatives, they’re an extremely cheap way of presenting messages at meetings, when teaching, or simply highlighting information, such as directions to a meeting room

• It’s much simpler and quicker to prepare a few flipchart pages ready for any event. They can also be added to as you go along, amended in an instant (it’s called ripping a page out – or missing a page out) when circumstances change. Imagine trying to do that with a file already loaded into all these pretty tablets!

• You can use flipchart easels to encourage audience interaction. For example, kids still love being invited up-front to add their own message to a page (older kids in business meetings do too – they have just learned to hide it a little better)

• For idea meetings, you can hand out pages and pens to different groups for their contributions and then combine them into a flipchart presentation in just a few moments

A final cheer

Of course new presentation technology has a huge role in today’s business or educational world. However, just sometimes, the amount of time and effort put into creating a stunning “just right presentation” could be better focused in producing a message that’s just – right! In other words, the technology can hamper the delivery.

An audience admiring the method and ignoring the content is of little use to anyone. Therefore, when the circumstances are right, be really innovative – use your flipchart easel!

Top Quality Business Cards: Print your Own

February 7th, 2014

Every business person needs a great business card. But the process of designing one and sending it to a specialist printer for production can be costly and time consuming. Thankfully there’s a way to do this yourself, and it’s much easier than you may think.

Printing your own cards is as simple as purchasing the right Avery business card product from our website and then downloading the software to your computer. You’ll then be able to create a bespoke design right at your desk. The result is a personalised business card, tent card or correspondence card that you can start using right away.

avery quick and clean business cards

On the more luxurious end of the spectrum you’ll find the Avery Quick and Clean Business Cards. These are printed eight to a sheet, and have a quick drying glossy finish. They are produced in brilliant colours and allow for full bleed, edge to edge printing of each card; a truly professional presentation of your products and services.

For a nice mid-range option, Avery also makes Quick and Clean Business cards in white, which are printed 10 per sheet. These can also be customised with an elegant minimalist logo or your initials. Avery also makes a Matte coated card at eight per sheet.

You can choose to print your own business cards on a regular basis, changing the design according to season. This is great for people who may not need to hand out hundreds of cards on a regular basis.

Printing your own business cards is also very convenient for new staff members or those who may have had a recent change in position. Instead of having to commission entirely new cards, you can simply draft them up and make them quickly available in your office.

If you don’t have time to make the cards yourself, call upon the best label-maker on your staff to use the technology.

Do you Need Corporate Coaching?

January 17th, 2014

Every businessperson wants to succeed, but in the executive world it can be difficult to know how to achieve what we really want. Sometimes despite all of our best efforts we just need a bit of outside assistance.

Corporate coaching refers to professional coaching to help an individual or team reach a common goal or simply become more efficient.

According to the Brefi Group, results can then be measured against the performance requirements of the organisation. 

So who needs corporate coaching? You might seek it out because your team has a challenging new goal to meet or because you need more leaders in your company. Or perhaps you’d like to improve your own leadership skills. Corporate coaching is also appropriate for businesses that really want to improve performance in certain areas.

Sometimes it can be extremely helpful to engage an outside, professional opinion on what’s working and what’s not within your business. You can then receive expert advice on ways to improve; even simple changes can make a great difference in how you get things done.

Coaching can be done on an individual basis or with a group. Although each coach may have different preferences, there may also be flexibility in location or administration. You and your employees can benefit from coaching in person, by telephone or even through continued support by email.

If you’re unsure of your actual goals, a good coach can help you determine them. Whether it’s improved communication between departments, a numeric sales target, or just better employee morale, coaching seeks to enhance key areas of your business processes and employee performance.

Visit sites like Corporatecoaching-sh.co.uk, Brefigroup.co.uk and mentorcorporatecoaching.co.uk for more information. 

Creating a Great Meeting Space

December 30th, 2013

If you’re looking to create a meeting space Office Allsorts has everything from furniture to equipment to help you design a functional area that fulfils all of your requirements. Whether you need a small conference room, professional presentation room or just a casual area for employees to meet, you’ll find everything you need on our website.

Consider the arrangement you’ll need to use for your space. Would you like to be able to have round-table discussions, or would it be better to arrange rows of chairs to face a presenter?  

Meeting Space

Once you have an idea of how you’ll use the room you can measure the available space. This will tell you approximately how many people you can accommodate. Visit our furniture section to view our available tables and chairs.

For a comfortable meeting room that can be used internally or for negotiations with clients start with one of our boardroom tables. You can then add your choice of chairs.

Create a great presentation space with a simple office white board, or go the extra mile with an advanced-technology electronic copyboard. Office Allsorts also has a range of message boards and magnetic glass boards; these can be used for everything from posting daily news to important messages about meeting times or what to bring.

Make your meeting space professional with bottled water from our catering section, and provide pens and note pads for attendees if necessary. You can also further your refreshment offerings by offering coffee and tea.

Add the finishing touches with the appropriate office waste bins and a decorative wall calendar or other framed piece of art. Once arranged, try to make optimal use of your meeting space. They’re great for brainstorming sessions or just to allow people a bit more space when working as a team.

 

Fun Alternative Office Christmas Party Ideas

December 11th, 2013

That time of year has snuck up on us again, and Christmas is just a few short months away. Smart planners will start planning a great office party now in order to avoid any last minute headaches. If the average party ideas sound like a bore, read on for a few fun and alternative ideas.

Have a Laugh Together

They say laughter is good for the soul, but it’s also great for bringing the team together and forgetting about work for a short time. Hire a private comedian for a fun office event- you can feature one at a party or make it a full dinner/comedy event. Click here for options. 

Make Something with your Team

Why not incorporate a bit of team building into this year’s Christmas event? Working together on something entirely not work-related can really help to forge the bonds that will help people work together in the professional setting.

Look for classes like chocolate-making or cocktail mixing. These will help people loosen up and just have a good time as they learn side by side.

Be Adventurous

Spending all your time in an office can really get to people. Sometimes it’s great to experience a complete departure from the norm; perhaps some adrenaline is in order! Try something like indoor Go-kart racing or rock climbing. Adventure Connections has loads of great options.   

Add Some Luxury

Sometimes the simplest ideas can be made exciting by adding a touch of luxury. Make dinner reservations for your staff at an upscale restaurant and hire a limousine to take everyone there. Popping champagne on the way over is guaranteed to make this a festive event.

Keeping your Work Place Safe: First Aid, Safety Posters and More

November 7th, 2013

As with any location where you plan to spend long hours, safety comes first. Keeping your work place secure for you and your employees is extremely important; it is an issue that should never be overlooked, even in small, seemingly benign offices with just one or two employees.

If your workplace has obvious hazards, you’ll want to shop our Workwear section for the right protective gear and signage. For other offices and businesses, it’s important to do a thorough assessment of any potential dangers. Find out Health and Safety Executives’ guidelines for doing a risk assessment by clicking here.

Keeping your Work Place Safe

Once you’ve made a realistic assessment of your risks and what you might need, you’ll find everything necessary to keep your business safe here at Office Allsorts.

Every office should have a first aid kit to treat any small injuries. From paper cuts to abrasions, it’s important to be able to apply a plaster or quickly disinfect any minor wounds. In our First Aid Kit section you can choose the right option for your place of work and number of employees.

Shop for safety signs and posters to make everyone aware of any potential dangers. You can also post proper instructions or warnings where necessary, such as No Smoking or Not Drinking Water. Alert your staff and any visitors to the nearest escape route with one of our Fire Exit safety signs.

Our comprehensive selection of safety equipment also includes things like key security systems, fire extinguishers and cash boxes. This is really a one-stop shop for all of your safety needs. You can also contact our customer service advisors for advice on products to keep your company safe and secure.

How to Improve your Work Performance

October 30th, 2013

At Office Allsorts, our goal is to provide you with all the tools necessary for success. We also offer you a low price guarantee. But even with the right office supplies and a comfortable environment, it can be hard to achieve your maximum potential. Everyone has moments of stagnation, where it seems like the work just can’t get done. Read on for a few tips to improving your performance at work.

Change your Attitude

It may sound overly simple, but attitude is one of the most important factors of success. Commit yourself to enjoying each day as much as possible. Even if you don’t love your current job, remind yourself of the positives of the situation- you may be learning much more than you think or on your way to a better position within the company. Or, just be thankful that you’ve got the means to earn a living and support yourself or your family.

Focus on your Health

One of the best ways to feel tired, fatigued, and generally devoid of energy is by eating a poor diet and never exercising. You may have heard it a million times, but it’s true: to enhance any aspect of your life, including your performance at work, you simply have to look after yourself.

Start a gentle exercise routine and make healthy changes to your diet- you may be amazed by the difference in your energy levels and even your mental outlook.

Start the Day Off Right

Now that we’ve a bit of information regarding your integral well-being, it’s important to focus on some actual work practices that will help you be more productive.

When you arrive, immediately tackle any outstanding tasks or things you’ve been putting off. Once you’ve done the thing that is the hardest, most boring or most time-consuming, it will seem like everything else is much easier.

You can then make a realistic list of goals for the day. If you have tasks with a longer timeline, include segments of time on your list to work on them. This will help you avoid any last-minute scrambling when the deadline looms near.

Work First and Then Play

Cyber-slacking is one of the easiest ways to waste time, but of course everyone likes to check their personal email everyone once in a while.

Promise yourself you’ll complete a certain amount of work before checking any personal accounts, and allot only a certain amount of time to anything non-work related. This includes chatting with colleagues or stopping for a snack (although you should plan for some healthy snack breaks throughout the day).

This reward-based system helps you to complete tasks without getting distracted. Even small motivations can be mentally stimulating when it comes to getting things done.

Organise All Paperwork and Supplies

It sounds cliché but an organised office is going to be much easier to work in. Today is the day to sort through all that old paperwork and make the switch to a good filing system. This is where Office Allsorts comes in- we’ve got all the files and labels you could possibly need to make your space more convenient.

Files and LabelsGet on Well with Others

Having positive relationships with those you work with can be extremely helpful. But if you don’t get on well with those you share an office with, your work performance can suffer as a result. Focus on building connections with those around you. Often the best way to start is by offering to help. You’ll be laying the foundation for finding the support you might need in the future. Plus, it’s good to try to enjoy the company of those you spend so much time with during the day.

Should you add your Employees on Facebook?

October 25th, 2013

Among the many new considerations that social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have brought to the table, there is the question of becoming friends with your employees. This delves into the realms of both workplace etiquette and appropriate work relationships.

As we all know, it’s important to maintain a professional level of distance in order to avoid any uncomfortable situations; but how does this apply to Facebook? When you spend so much time together at the office, it may seem natural to add your staff members as friends.

The general consensus among industry professionals is that it’s fine to become friends with employees on Facebook, but let them request you instead of the other way around. A request from the boss on social media may lead employees to believe you want to connect for the sole purpose of spying.

Once you become friends, make sure to avoid posting anything that may be insensitive to employees- complaints about work, about the staffing struggles you face, etc. will never be well received. This is important even if you haven’t yet officially become ‘friends’, as employees can still find your profile.

It’s also important not to post anything that could cause people to lose respect for you. Just as job seekers are encouraged not to post racy photos, employers shouldn’t either. You’ll also want to steer clear of any controversial topics or debates that could cause a divide.

What you can do is post relevant articles and information that pertains to your industry. Use Facebook as a tool to strengthen your relationships with employees, by letting them get to know a different, yet still professional side of you.

While you’re on Facebook, be sure to add Office Allsorts to receive the latest updates and offers.

Computer Workstations and Desks for an Attractive Office

September 27th, 2013

If you’re looking to kit out a new office, you’ll want to consider the aesthetic appeal of your furniture as well as its functionality. Office Allsorts has a range of eye-catching computer workstations and desks to make the room look great and contribute to maximum production.

Because we spend so many of our waking hours at work, it really pays to create an office that is pleasing to the eye as well as being efficient. This is where interior decor comes into play; while we may not think of offices as being the most interesting places for design, they can certainly be streamlined and pleasant. Office Desks

Once you add a few plants and framed prints, your office can in fact become quite lovely and inviting. There are even colours that are said to enhance productivity and creativity. Design experts point to colours like green or sage to keep you focused, and hues such as pale orange to keep your energy levels up and enhance creativity.

Whatever your colour choices, you’ll need furniture that is ergonomic and doesn’t require much effort to use. You won’t want to be continually stretching or bending to reach files while seated (although frequent breaks to stand up and stretch or walk are recommended).

Purchase the right computer workstation or the first time, and you can help stave off a good-deal of office­-related physical stress.

Our Trexus Budget Computer Workstations are offered in pleasing colours. These are excellent for numerous employees, as they can be easily moved to accommodate different office layouts and spaces.

For an attractive desk, why not try out one of our Wave Desks? They offer something a bit different in terms of office design, with a wave-like edge and solid hardware.

For each of these options and everything in between, visit our furniture section to design your unique space.

Author: Carl Barton

Multi-purpose Office Equipment to Save you Money

September 16th, 2013

Running a business can be expensive, and smart business owners are continually looking for ways to save. While some expense can easily be avoided, there are certain tasks that simply must be done in order to stay in business. For this it’s often necessary to buy costly equipment. But, one smart way to save is by purchasing office equipment that serves more than one purpose. Not only will it help you kill two birds with one stone, it will take up less space in your office as well.

Office EquipmentLook for a multi-function printer that allows you to print efficiently but also scan, make copies and receive faxes. You can choose an economic option that still offers the necessary capabilities. Models for under £60 are offered from the leading names such as Canon, Brother, Samsung and Hewlett Packard.

If you’ll be using your multi-function printer constantly or for bigger jobs, invest in a high quality model with extended warranty. The Brother Multifuntion Duplex Laser Printer costs a bit more, but you’ll see the value immediately in the copy speed of up to 40 pages per minute, high scan resolution and ability to process large documents very quickly.

Standard whiteboards can be used during presentations to employees or clients, but can also easily be used to leave notices or messages for staff. Purchase one with a magnetic surface so that you can easily affix documents to it as well. Don’t leave your white board to collect dust in the meeting room- bring it out and use to share information on a daily basis.

Office Allsorts also has many other options for saving money at your place of business. Check out our Offers section or contact our friendly advisors today.

Author: Carl Barton