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.
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.]]>
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.
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.]]>
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.
Get 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.]]>
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.]]>
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.
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]]>
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.
Look 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.
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We all know that incorporating a green philosophy into our business plan is best. It helps protect the environment, lowers our use of natural resources and perhaps best of all, saves us money. Here at Office Allsorts we enjoy offering advice on the best green products for your budget, but there are ways to go even greener, and they don’t involve any office supplies.
Just like at home, it’s important to reduce our use of this precious liquid at the office. Install a water saving toilet with dual flush system and you can save many litres per day. Some of the best ‘green’ toilets use just 3.5 litres per flush.
Report any dripping taps immediately, or better yet fit them with aerators or replace them altogether with water saving models.
In your office kitchen, make a permanent switch from disposable plates, forks and knives to proper dishes and cutlery. This means providing glasses instead of paper cups for water and mugs for coffee and tea, but you’ll be amazed how much office waste you eliminate.
Instead of paper towels and napkins, invest in sets of cotton towels and have them laundered regularly.
Turn Everything Off
Do not waste energy- when leaving the office, switch absolutely everything off, from computers to telephones, printers and copy machines. If you absolutely must leave a light on for security, make sure it’s fitted with an energy efficient light bulb.
Pay close attention to your use of the heater and be sure to switch it off when necessary. Or just lower it a few degrees.
Talk About the Commute
Encourage employees to car-share or bike to work when possible. Open a dialogue on best green practises and offer rewards for green ideas that end up saving your business money.
Going even greener is a matter of being creative and looking for environmentally friendly alternatives in every corner. And for the best green office products, look to Office Allsorts.
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Even if you plan to do most of your work from a solid office base, it’s often necessary to at least respond to a few emails from home. If necessary and possible, you can even plan to work from home several days a week. But, without the proper office supplies at home this can become a nightmare of rushing about to try to get things done under less than optimal conditions.
So what’s necessary for a basic home office? The following are just a few essentials that you’ll thank yourself for later.
Lightweight Laptop or Tablet
Any time you have to carry your computer to and from the office, it’s best to have the lightest option available. Do yourself the favour of buying a smaller, more modern computer or tablet to work from. You’ll also want to have a very protective carrying case to put your mind at ease.
Even if you don’t often need to print anything, it’s good to have the right equipment when the time does come to scan and send an important document to a client. You can also of course use a multifunction printer to make copies, etc. without having to wait until you return to your actual office.
You likely already have a telephone at home, along with a mobile phone. But, if you need to make or take an important business call at your house instead of the office, it may be best to have a separate line and number to give out.
Working from home is all well and good until you realise that you still have to balance your home life as well. A functional home office space, no matter how casual, must also have a door that can be closed.
Author: Carl Barton
Did you know? Studies show that most people don’t struggle to get their work done, but they do strive for recognition and approval. If you’re looking to impress your boss, there are a few simple things you can do to make her take notice. Let her know that you are 100% dedicated to your job and the company’s success.
Arrive Early and Prepared
It may sound obvious, but one of the best things you can do is get to work a little early. Just think- if everyone else slides into their desk at 9:00am and you’ve been there since 08:45, you’ll already have your computer on and have started the day’s tasks.
Be prepared to take on projects first thing in the morning- even 10 minutes of prep work the night before can have you ready to answer any important questions from your boss. The same goes for any projects or meetings- always prepare in advance.
On the subject of using time to show you’re dedicated, you can also leave a few minutes late- in other words show that you’re willing to put in the extra time to get the job done. Just be sure you don’t wind up looking like you’re behind and struggling to catch up.
Find Ways to Save the Company Money
The company’s main goal at the end of the day is to be profitable. Show that you are truly invested in the businesses’ future by looking for ways to save money. Research cheaper vendors and be creative with your ideas! Need inspiration? Why not browse Office Allsorts’ Offers Section for great deals?
Dress the Part
It always pays to be well-groomed and dressed for work- this just shows that you’re happy to be there and that you take pride in both your personal appearance and the company image. Even if you’re not directly aiming for a promotion, you can take a cue from those higher up on the ladder. Dress the part of an executive position you may wish to fill down the road.
Do things No One Else Does
Are there certain tasks that always get put off for the last minute because no one else wants to do them? Or perhaps there are things that everyone forgets to do. These can range from important reporting requirements to simple things like turning off the heater at the end of the day or tidying up the office kitchen. You don’t have to go overboard in calling attention to these actions- just do what needs to be done and you should eventually receive the recognition.
Stay Abreast of Company and Industry News
Even if you don’t work in the most ground-breaking industry it’s important to have a good idea of what your company is up to and where it stands within the bigger picture. Stay informed on company current events and important changes.
If you come across a good online article that pertains to your sector, send the link to your boss and colleagues. Or, scan and send interesting articles from magazines. Reading relevant information will also help you stay informed when conversing with higher-ups.
It’s also good to be able to share your educated opinion when the time is right, even if that opinion is a bit controversial. Superiors love employees that are able to think for themselves.
Keep your Desk Organised
A tidy work space just makes you look more polished and in control. You don’t have to file away every last paper at all times- just keep your desk clear of clutter and don’t let things pile up. Even a few extra lever arch files or a simple desk tidy can help you stay professional.
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If you’re holding a presentation at the office, it’s important to prepare in advance in order to avoid any equipment failure or awkward moments. When you’ve invited important people to your place of business or hope to close a significant deal, you’ll want to be sure you have everything perfectly planned.
First off, check your venue, even if it’s just a small meeting room in your building. Do you have enough chairs and are they arranged correctly? Make sure every element in the room is arranged for maximum participation and efficiency. It’s also good to set the room to a comfortable temperature before everyone arrives.
In terms of equipment, ensure there’s an outlet for plugging in your computer, data projector and any other electronics. Even if you plan to plug in your computer, plan to have the battery fully charged.
Check each and every element of your equipment- from speakers to remote controls and power cords.
When it comes to your saved presentation materials, backing up your data cannot be overstressed. If you have your presentation saved to a disk, for example, save a copy to your hard drive and a USB as well.
Before the actual day of the presentation, load your presentation and run through the entire sequence. Practise any illustrations you may need to do on your flipchart easel, for example, and any questions you may want to ask of your audience. If necessary, bring in other staff members to give you feedback on your performance.
As you’re prepping and determining your needs for future presentations, you can kit out your space with new presentation equipment to make things easier. Call our experts for recommendations- we are happy to inform you of new technology on the market and help you decide between products.
Author: Carl Barton]]>