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Encouraging Employee Wellbeing This National Work Life Week

On the 2nd of October, the start of National Work Life Week, employers and employees around the country are being encouraged to focus on wellbeing at work and how they can retain a good work-life balance.

desktop essentials

There are many things employees can do to help with their own wellbeing at work, such as utilising their lunchbreaks, getting up from their desk regularly and ensuring they plan activities outside the office environment, but as an employer, what can you do to help things along?

We’ve compiled a list of how you can take part in National Work Life Week and what you can do to encourage wellbeing in the workplace.

  1. Encourage flexible working requests

Highlight some examples of staff who work flexibly in your office, whether it’s because of childcare or caring responsibilities or progressing towards retirement. While flexible working might not always be possible, have an open-door policy where people don’t feel afraid to ask.

 

  1. Have some rules on digital devices

Try and create some rules on using digital devices so that staff don’t work around the clock. If someone needs to be on call, have a designated ‘on call’ phone. It can be very tempting to expect your staff to answer emails when they’ve gone home from work, likewise it can be extremely tricky for them to switch off and relax if their phone is always bleeping.

 

  1. Put on a time management event

Pick staff in your business who manage their time effectively and put on a presentation lunch where they share their tips and tricks with the rest of the business. This can help others plan their time better and help reduce their stress levels.

 

  1. Make sure the cupboards are stocked and desks are tidy

Keeping office desks clean and tidy is often underrated. Being comfortable, organised and in a clean environment can have untold benefits to both your office and your employees. It can make people feel empowered at work, increase productivity levels and make it easier for staff to focus on the task in hand. Encourage staff to organise their desks by providing a range of desktop essentials like lever arch files, desk tidies, pens and wall planners. Having the cupboard stocked with free catering refreshments like tea and coffee can also be a nice touch.

  1. Keep the office clean

The average person spends more time awake at work than they do at home, so it’s important to try and keep the office as inviting and comfortable as possible. One of the key things you can do to improve happiness and wellbeing is to keep the office clean and to encourage staff to take pride in their workspace. Having cleaning supplies to hand makes it easier for your employees to do this, so make sure you’ve always got the cupboards stocked up.

 

At Discount Office UK, we offer a wide range of office supplies – from packaging and mailroom goods to stationery and catering products. If you need assistance with your purchase, or if you can’t find something you’re looking for, call us today on: 0800 298 57 42.

Our Top Office Savers

The average business spends up to £500 per head on office supplies each year. To help you keep costs down, we have some great money saving products in stock.

Compatible Ink Cartridges

If your business often uses one or more office printer you will know how quickly ink cartridges run out and how expensive brand name replacements can be. Our range of compatible ink cartridges are compatible most modern models and considerable savings.

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Recycled Pens

No office item disappears with quite the alarming frequency that pens do, so they are usually the first on a stationary re-stocking list. We have a great range of recycled pens at heavily discounted prices, offering a great saving and an opportunity to help the environment!

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Computer Cleaning Products

Desktop computers and laptops are often the most expensive equipment in an office and the most difficult and costly to replace. Keeping modern PC units clear of dust and debris is essential to maintaining performance and longevity, so computer cleaning products can save businesses money in the long run.

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Q Storage Boxes

If you’re looking for an inexpensive storage solution for keeping important business documents safe and tidy, look no further! We are currently offering a 50% discount on a pack of 10 high-capacity Q Storage Boxes, perfect for transportation and big enough to hold suspension files and transfer cases.

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Nescafe Partners Blend Coffee 500gm

If you are forever nipping down to the shops to buy a new jar of coffee for the office, this could be the special offer for you! We currently have a limited number of Nescafe Partners Blend Coffee 500gm Catering Tins in stock, available for less than £20 and capable of keeping even the most voracious coffee drinkers satisfied!

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If you would like to talk about your office stationery needs please give us a call on 0800 298 5742.

A Tidy Desk Equals a Tidy Mind – Encouraging a Clear Desk Policy

There’s nothing truer than the saying ‘a tidy desk equals a tidy mind’, and at Discount Office we love to help people streamline their working environment. But what are the benefits of a clean desk policy, and how can the right office equipment help?

tidy desk

  1. It saves time

 

When you or your employees have an untidy, disorganised desk it can mean that key information gets lost or even worse, stolen. By organising notes and paperwork through using the right types of lever arch files and archive storage, you can ensure that you know where everything is, at all times. This means that you can work quicker and smarter, reduce wasted time and ultimately, increase profits. It can also keep confidential information private, rather than it being on display for all to see.

  1. It helps you think clearly

Having an untidy desk can mean that you or your employees may find it difficult to concentrate and reduce performance. Keeping your office environment tidy through using things like desk tidies, letter trays and magazine racks can mean that there’s less risk of distraction and more headspace to focus on the task in hand.

  1. You can streamline lists and reminders

While some people are list lovers, not everyone has a process that works for them. By using tools like sticky notes, you and your team can be clear on what’s on your to do list, and what needs to be marked up ready for later in the day. This offers a clear system that makes everyone’s lives easier and reduces the need for messy scraps of paper all over the desks.

  1. You make a good impression

You never know who might visit your office, so it’s important to keep it looking clean and clutter free at all times. Doing this will give off the right impression, whereas an untidy office with paper, mess and stationery lying around screams unorganised chaos.

  1. You inspire creativity

A clear desk can be seen as a blank slate that inspires the imagination and stops the creative process being interrupted by unsightly scribbles or clutter. If you’re struggling to find a home for all of the things on your desk, take a look at the types of products available for keeping your desk tidy.

 

If you want to increase your team’s productivity through ensuring they keep their desks clear and clutter free, call us today on: 0800 298 57 42. Our wide range of office products are sure to fit the bill.

 

 

 

Top 10 must Have Office Supplies

Desk chairs

Having the right kind of desk chairs for your employees is very important. Your workers are in their seats between 9-5, five days a week, which means that there are bound to be some kind of health implications. So, it’s your duty as the employer to make sure that you provide comfortable seating that provides the right support.

Computer cleaning equipment

Believe it or not, if we were to swab your computer equipment, we can almost guarantee that we’d find all kinds of bacteria. It has even been claimed that some keyboards are dirtier than a toilet!  So stock up on some computer cleaning gear for your employees and make sure they clean equipment regularly.

Ball point pens

Is it just us, or do pens just disappear and at the most inconvenient time? You can never have enough pens, so make sure your stationary cupboard is full of them.

Box Files

Keeping organised plays an important role in managing your workload. So, we included box files in this list. Make sure you’re ahead of the game and your work is maintained appropriately.

Letter Trays

Having letter trays at your desk can help improve the quality of your work as well as help you keep organised. In our opinion, they’re an office must have.

Janitorial supplies

Maintaining cleanliness at your office is a legal requirement. So, to make sure you’re able to stay on top of things, have a cupboard full of janitorial supplies, ready for any messy situation.

Refreshments

You can’t have an office without refreshments. Although it may not be against the law, we think it should be! Having tea and coffee during a mundane day really can lift moods and increase motivation. So stock up now.

Notice Board

A notice board is a way to communicate with your employees. Let them know what’s going on in the company, or let them tell you.

Storage boxes

All offices have things they like to store away, so keep it neat, organised and out of the way with a storage box. A necessity for every office.

Memo pads

It goes without saying that memo pads are a basic office necessity. Regardless of offices going paperless, there will always be a need for the old fashioned paper and pen.

To talk to us about your office stationery needs, you can call Discount Office UK today on 0800 298 57 42.

Why You Should Be Switching To Self-Inking Stamps

In any business, it’s usually the small changes that can make a big difference when it comes to saving time. It may be an old cliché, but “time is money” so it’s always important to be looking for ways to make better use of time. Self-inking stamps are one way cut to cut down the amount of time spent filling in paperwork, forms and mail. At Discount Office UK, we supply Colop self-inking stamps and refill pads to help improve efficiency in your office.

Here are some of the biggest benefits of using self-inking stamps:

self-inking stampsThey can be custom made

Colop self-inking stamps can be custom made to suit your requirements. A large selection of different colours are available to choose from and there are a large selection of sizes. If you prefer, you can choose just one stamp to use for a variety of different documents, or you may prefer to keep large and small stamps, depending on the size of the document, envelope or package being stamped.

Colop self-inking stampsThey are long lasting

Self-inking stamps are designed to be used thousands of times before they require an ink refill. The ink is contained within the stamp, so unlike traditional rubber stamps and ink pads, there is no need to worry about ink drying out quickly if accidentally left out.

There’s no need to carry around ink pads separately

A key problem with traditional rubber stamps is that you also have to carry around ink pads. When you need to carry more than one part, it can be pretty easy to forget ink and bring a stamp or vice versa.

Colop self-inking stampsThey give a quality image every time

One of the key problems with using traditional rubber stamps is that if you don’t get a sufficient covering of ink on the stamp, the image may be appear unclear and messy. On the other hand, if you get too much ink on a stamp, this could make a real mess of paperwork or mail. In contrast, Colop self-inking stamps produce a clear image every time, even when used in quick succession. This means that you can stamp a pile of paperwork, or mail in one go.

The advanced technology used to produce self-inking stamps allows for much more intricate designs, from addresses, dates, or even brand logos. Rather than barely legible prints, the impressions are practically laser printer quality.

For further information and pricing on Colop self-inking stamps and ink refills, please call us today on 0800 298 57 42.

We also supply date stamps, rubber stamps and free proofs.

self-inking date stamp

The Must Have Office Products Every Workplace Needs

Whether you run a small business or are responsible for procurement in a large organisation, one thing you simply can’t manage without is office products. Designed with the needs of the typical desk based employee in mind, office supplies come in many shapes, sizes and colours but we think there are several must-have products that every workplace needs regardless of the size of business or the industry you operate in.

Here is our guide to the office products you can’t work without:

Computer peripherals – not many modern workplaces can exist without computer equipment and thus the need for peripherals such as monitors, keyboards, mice and mouse mats, printers and mobile storage devices. When purchasing your computer equipment, don’t forget to buy batteries or your office productivity may suffer.

computer-mouse

Waste Bins – Once you get past the furniture basics – desks, chairs, storage cupboards and the all- important tea and coffee facilities – next on the list comes waste receptacles. You can’t expect to run a tidy, efficient workplace if there is rubbish lying around, so providing plenty of waste bins close to desks and break out areas will encourage people to throw their rubbish away. Choosing colourful plastic or metal bins will ensure they can’t be missed and if you choose wisely, you can also co-ordinate with your other office accessories such as magazine racks and letter trays to reinforce corporate branding.

Paper Products – no matter how ‘digital’ your workplace is, it is almost impossible to manage without paper products of some sort. Whether it’s printer paper to keep hard copies of invoices or envelopes and labels to post items out to customers, there are plenty of paper essentials to choose from. Don’t forget to choose the most appropriate type and weight of paper to best meet your needs. If you’re a small business and your needs are varied, multi-purpose paper is often the best choice.

office paper

Desk accessories – there is nothing more satisfying than seeing a clean desk, but it is worth remembering that if you want your employees and colleagues to work effectively, they’ll need to have vital equipment and resources at their fingertips. Popular desk accessories will include monitor stands to raise the height of a screen to ensure the user is sitting at the correct height to minimise the risk of back problems and eye strain, as well as pen holders, filing trays and notepads to ensure everything can be kept in order.

Of course, there are many more office products which your workplace might need, and depending on the size and nature of your company, you’ll probably need to re-order on a regular basis. However, if you can get the basics right from the start, you’ll give your staff the best opportunity to do their jobs properly.

To find out more about the types of office supplies available or to place an order for your must-have office products please call Discount Office today on 0800 298 5742.

Top Ways to Buy Office Stationery on a Budget

With all the necessary parts of your business you’ll want to ensure that you’re saving as much money as possible whilst keeping things running productively. This is especially true for your office stationery and all the essential supplies that you’ll need for smooth operations. With some forward planning and consideration there are many ways you can quickly cut the costs of your stationery supplies without compromising on quality.

Here are our top tips for buying your office stationery on a budget:

Be organised

With so much to focus on, stationery might not be at the top of your priority list, however leaving it till it’s an emergency to place an order will only bump up the costs of delivery and contribute to rushed choices which may not be so cost-effective.

Be sure to purchase your office stationery before you completely run out, so that you can choose a cheaper delivery option and potentially save big over the course of the year!

Make bulk purchases

By ordering in large quantities for a longer period, instead of getting stationery as and when you need it, you could receive a good discount on your items as many retailers will give you a bulk buy offer. You could do this on a monthly or quarterly basis depending on your needs, meaning that you’ll save significantly on your necessary items as well as with delivery costs.

Set up a Business Account with your supplier

With a business account you’ll be able to set up a purchasing schedule to suit you, plus it will be less timely and simpler to place an order. Your supplier may also offer you exclusive discounts on your stationery and with a dedicated account manager you’ll benefit from better customer support, order tracking and returns processing.

Only buy what you need

Although bulk purchases may save you a lot of money, bulk buying unnecessary items like multiple different coloured packs of post-it notes or highlighters when you only need one, will add up hugely over the course of the year. Instead, cut costs and only get what you really need for productive office operations.

If your order is wrong, return it!

Although it may seem a hassle to return a box of pens that aren’t quite right or notepads in the wrong size, holding onto it and not making use of the supplies isn’t cost-efficient. By returning it you’ll be able to get the most value from your order, potentially save money and save on storage space for the products you really need.

If you’re looking for office stationery on a budget, why not browse through our wide range of quality office essentials, or contact us to find out more about the benefits of a Business Account? Simply call our team on 0800 298 5742, or use our contact form here to get in touch.

7 Tips for Organising Your Office Storage

Keeping important documents on hand, and having the essential stationery items and supplies accessible is a must to ensure your office operations run smoothly each day. However, all these necessary things can clutter an office space in an instant and hamper a productive environment.

So how can you keep your office and your storage organised and help staff organise themselves? Here are our 7 top tips:

office folders

Use a folder for everything

Whatever paper documents you handle, you should organise them and put them in a dedicated folder. There are so many different varieties of folder available and all make for an extremely cost-effective solution to securely hold and arrange your important documents. Be sure to label them all so you everyone knows where to find the things they need, and keep items that need to be used on a frequent basis within easy reach.

Get a good filing cabinet

Having a strong and secure filing cabinet will help you keep track of the more important documents that you may not want other staff members to have access to. Again, it’s important to label the folders and files within your cabinet and take the time to sort all documents into the appropriate places. Although many of these files may not be actively used, storing them away properly could help with problems where they need to be found in the long-term.

Set a dedicated activity space

If you or your staff need to complete tasks frequently, it may be best to assign one area of the office as an activity space. All documents and stationery needed to complete the task, such as staplers, scissors or a printer, should be put and kept in this space. Not only will this save the hassle and time of trying to find and assemble all the things needed each time, it could also improve how you arrange your office layout to increase productive working.

Having dedicated spaces for your office items is a good option for better organisation and can be applied to anything from equipment manuals, to items you’ll need to take when travelling out of the office.

Raise your storage

If you want to optimise for increasing storage and help to cut the clutter, go vertical with your storage and shelving units. Vertical storage will help to maximise office floor space whilst ensuring that employees’ desks are freed up of unessential items. This may help your staff to feel less overwhelmed as they’ll have a clearer workspace to keep them organised.

Label everything

Again, making use of labels is so important to making sure everyone knows where to find office supplies. As well as files and folders, label your shelving units, cabinets and drawers. A simple label may make people more inclined to return things to their right places to keep the office tidy, safe and presentable.

Divide up drawers

You can by drawers with in-built dividers or buy your own dividers (or trays if the drawers are shallow) which are very cheap to buy. Instead of having all pens, papers, notes and folders bundled up and lost in their drawers, staff can organise their space to save time and reduce stress.

Keep up a regular maintenance

Spark good organisational habits by carrying out maintenance at the end of each week. Make sure that everything is put back into place and unneeded paper or files are removed. This will prevent clutter from building and things from being lost.

If you’d like to get your office re-organised and give it the de-clutter and tidy that it needs, you can browse through our wide range of discount office supplies. We can also help you cut the costs and take the hassle out of your supply needs with our reliable management service. Call the Discount Office UK team on 0800 298 5742 to find out more.

Workplace Essentials for Keeping Your Computer Clean

When you work on a computer every day, it is inevitable that your computer will quickly get dirty. Even if you make a conscious effort to keep your workspace clean and tidy on a weekly, or even daily basis, your computer, computer monitor, mouse and keyboard can quickly become dusty and dirty. Cleaning your computer can be very frustrating, as just as quickly as it takes you to make it dust free, it will hardly take any longer for the dust to return.

In some cases, using the wrong cleaning products can lead to a quicker build-up of dust and dirt. Wipes and sprays that aren’t designed for a computer monitor can leave the screen looking dirty and smudged, and many wet wipes can attract dust. What many people don’t realise is that there are a number of useful and cost effective products that are specifically designed for computer cleaning:

air dusterAerosol Air Dusters

When cleaning your computer, you will likely find that there are many areas that aren’t easily accessible. Whilst you may be able to effectively clean most areas of your computer and keyboard, when there is dust stuck between keys, or inside the fan ducts of your computer, this can really stand out. Aerosol air dusters contain compressed HFC free gas and are designed to blow dust and debris out of less accessible areas of your electronic appliances, including your computer, keyboard, laptop or printer.

computer screen wipesScreen Cleaning Wipes

PC/screen cleaning wipes can be bought to effectively clean all glass and plastic surfaces of your computer and other office equipment, for example, printers, plastic PC housings and casings. However, when it comes to keeping your screen clean, specialist screen cleaning wet and dry wipes can be much more effective.

Using a wet screen cleaning wipe, you can wipe dust and debris away from your screen without leaving any smears. When using a wet wipe, dust in the air can quickly stick to the screen, and many tissues and cloths can also leave debris on the screen if they are used to wipe it dry. Low lint drying cloths are much more effective at wiping a screen dry and can be bought in packs with non-smearing wet wipes. By regularly using wet and dry wipes, you can keep your screen in a much cleaner and clearer state.

computer foam cleanerFoam Cleaner

Once you have used an air duster to blow all loose dust and debris away, an anti-static foam cleaner can then be used to clean all plastic and metal surfaces of your printer without attracting a fast build-up of dust. This type of cleaner is effective for cleaning textures surfaces that are common on computer housings and casings. It is important not to use foam cleaner on computer screens as it is not designed for this kind of surface and is likely to do more harm than good.

If you are looking for a workplace essentials supplier, or would like to learn more about computer cleaning products, please call Discount Office UK on 0800 298 5742.

Why Flipcharts and Flipchart Pads are Still Relevant Presentation Aids

FlipchartAlthough we live in a world centred on the latest technologies, with businesses always aiming to stay up to date with the latest high-tech gadgets for giving presentations, this doesn’t mean that traditional aids are no longer relevant.

When giving a presentation, it is easy to get carried away playing with the latest interactive whiteboards, tablets and presentation software; so much so that the presenter may lose focus on the points that they are trying to make. It is not the flashy visual aids and technology that make the presentation, it’s important to remember that the most important element of a presentation is its content, and the engaging way in which it is delivered.

Some of the best visual aids remain to be the most simple – rather than taking over the presentation, a visual aid should be just that, an aid to the presenter. For most businesses, particular small to medium sized companies, a simple flipchart remains to be a valuable form of visual support. In most cases, a presentation will be given to a maximum of 30 or so people, most of the time, much less, so a flipchart is the perfect size to provide a visual stimulus to a powerful presentation.

Let’s look at some of the biggest advantages of choosing to use flipcharts and flipchart pads:

  • A flipchart won’t let you down at last minute – Computer software and interactive screens may let you down at last minute, or even worse, in the middle of a presentation. You may lose an essential document, a projector bulb may fail, or you could lose electricity all together. By drawing or printing out your visual stimulus on a flipchart pad, or drywipe boards and mounting them on a flipchart easel, you will have a physical copy that won’t fail.
  • A flipchart is economical – Flipcharts are relatively inexpensive and don’t require any special films, printers or bulbs. In some cases, spending thousands of pounds on high-tech presentation software and equipment may not be the best use of your company spend, when the same message could be provided with a large paper flipchart pad.
  • Flipcharts allow for any last minute changes – If a new point comes up mid presentation or meeting, a flipchart allows you the freedom to add that point to the presentation visual aids there and then. Whilst digital presentations can provide a powerful visual impetus, they don’t allow for the same spontaneity as traditional pen and paper. For last minute, or mid presentation changes, all you need is a box of flipchart markers at hand.

Giving a presentation is not just about showing off your ability to use a computer and the latest technologies – the main focus should be on the speaker, not the visuals. A flipchart may be low-tech and old fashioned, but it is reliable and simple to use. There is no need for any special skills to be able to effectively get your point across.