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How Handwriting Can Add a Personal Touch to Your Business

As we stumble through the digital revolution, we witness a downward spiral in the number of handwritten letters. Instead, we are seeing a growth in robotic computer fonts that convey little personality nor passion for our businesses and our colleagues lacking in pride while typing them. The way in which you dot your i’s and loop your y’s can add a personal touch to every letter you pen and convey a message in a way that no keyboard can.

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There are many reasons to take up the habit of handwriting more often for your business, such as:

  1. Retaining Research

For many, handwriting research notes has proven to be most effective in helping them process information. During a study conducted on 650 students from 10 countries worldwide, the students explained how handwriting their research notes was their favoured method of revision.

Apply this to a working environment, and you may find yourself working with a team rejuvenating their productivity as they begin to absorb more knowledge than ever before.

  1. Sentimental Value

In a world where 269 billion emails and over 1 billion Facebook messages are sent per day, seeing that someone has taken the time to sit down and beautifully pen a handwritten letter to you has been known to have a lot more sentimental value in the eyes of the receiver.

  1. Boosting Happiness Levels

Composing handwritten documents has been proven to boost overall mood levels. Steve Toepfer at Kent State University lead a study that explored this concept and found that the practise of writing thoughtful letters demonstrated an increase in happiness and satisfaction, as well as diminishing some symptoms of anxiety and depression.

In the workplace, you will find employees a lot more at ease and productive when they are given the opportunity to take a break from the screens to handwrite their work.

  1. Conveying Personality

Your handwriting style can often personify your personality, which is why handwritten slogans and letters could work great for your branding. Lawyers and solicitors may take a more formal approach with classic calligraphy, artists and nurseries may choose more casual, colourful fonts for a fun and creative edge and high-profile influencers may have their go-to pen that allows their signature to be recognised every time.

  1. It’s More Exciting

And lastly, receiving a handwritten letter from a figure of authority, such as the head of a company, can be an exciting experience and can make the receiver feel more valued. A handwritten letter can convey a range of emotions, such as being proud, genuine or grateful. It shows time and effort being put aside to create something so simple, yet so meaningful.

So, what are you waiting for? Stock up on pens to get yourself started.

Keeping Your Office Storage Cupboard Organised

An office storage cupboard can be a hive of activity with employees needing to dip in and out of it all day. Consequently, it can easily become a place of clutter and chaos and probably needs a dedicated team member to sort through it on a weekly basis to keep it tidy and organised.

By having a clear plan of action with your storage cupboard, you can avoid unorganised messes and make the office an all-round tidier place. Here, we share our top five tips for storage cupboard success:

  1. Declutter

Throw away any empty boxes, packets and broken equipment. Whether it’s empty cardboard pen pots or cellophane, these items quickly build up and take over. Most of the time, this type of waste can be recycled, so don’t forget to do your bit for the planet.

  1. Organise

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Organisation is the key to success. Make sure every office supply has its place so it’s easy to find, and ask staff to put things back where they found them. If there’s paperwork you need to keep safe, why not use storage systems and archiving folders? Labelling boxes and storage spaces can also be good signposts to help people find what they are looking for quickly and easily.

  1. Utilise shelving

Shelving gives you the opportunity to store things upwards, meaning you can squeeze much more in and keep your office storage far more organised. Pair shelving with a selection of magazine racks, desk tidies and document wallets,  and you’ll have one of the most organised office storage cupboards going!

  1. Don’t try and shove everything in one cupboard

While it might be tempting to use your office store cupboard to store everything, it’s unrealistic to think that it can house all your office supplies and paperwork. Supplementing your office store cupboard with things like filing cabinets and tambour units means you can have more space, therefore making it easier to keep organised. Likewise, keeping your catering and cleaning supplies in the kitchen means you free up more space inside the office itself.

  1. Make proper use of storage boxes

Utilising storage boxes can be an excellent way of clearing away paperwork, but only if labelled up correctly. After all, it’s no good shoving everything in a storage box, only for it to be forgotten about and left to take up valuable cupboard space. Using coloured markers to date and label boxes can be a great way of letting people know what’s in the box without them having to take it out and rifle through it, which can be a potentially messy process.

At Discount Office, we supply a huge range of office supplies to businesses across the UK. If we can help your office or business with your stationery or supplies, please call us on: 0800 298 57 42, or email.

Essential Office Supplies for Start-Up Businesses

Setting up a company is an exciting time, especially when you’re preparing to move into your first ever business premises. Here we list some of the key office supplies you’ll require to get your new business hub up and running!

 

Stationery

From pens and paper to notepads and staplers, there are a whole host of stationery essentials to consider when setting up a new office. They might not seem like essentials, but once your office is up and running you’ll be surprised how commonly items of office stationery are used in a fast-paced business, and how often they require replacing.

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Storage

As your business grows, being able to store business paperwork and other important materials will become increasingly important to the smooth running of your company. Installing a filing and storage system in your new office can make a big difference in the long term, so look to invest in essentials such as ring-binders, documents wallets or even a filing cabinet.

 

Mailroom

Whatever your line of business, you’ll need to send traditional mail through the post on a fairly regular basis, so it’s good to have supplies available. Envelopes, packaging tubes and bubble wrap are all likely to come in handy at some point, whether you need to send important documents such as accounts or invoices, or mail orders and samples to your customers.

Office furniture

There are some essential pieces of furniture required by pretty much every business environment, such as tables, chairs, bookcases, cupboards and pedestals. All these products are highly customisable, and can be purchased to suit the number of staff your company has and the amount of room available in your new office space.

 

How can we help?

Discount Office UK have more than 17 years of experience providing high-quality office supplies to keep businesses running smoothly. We pride ourselves on our personal, friendly service and, as a result, we’ve built up a loyal customer base whose testimonials speak for themselves.

 

If you would like to talk about stationery and supplies for your new office space, please give us a call on 0800 298 5742.

Top Tips to Save Money on Office Supplies

Whether you’re a small business owner or a multinational corporation, the chances are you’ll spend money on office supplies like stationery. And like most other businesses in the current economic climate, you’re probably looking for ways to shave down your bills and keep your profit high.

That’s why we’ve put together a list of the top five ways that you can save money on office supplies which are easy to implement and don’t involve huge sacrifices:

  1. Buy in bulk

There are certain office supplies that you can almost guarantee will get used up quickly. Whether it’s pens and notepads or tea and coffee, buying in bulk allows you to make great cost savings and ensures you don’t run out of essential items.

  1. Monitor usage

Whether it’s intentional or not, sometimes employees can end up taking office supplies home. While there’s probably no malicious behaviour behind it, over time it can tot up and cost you a significant amount of revenue. Try and set up a stationery or office supplies monitoring system to keep track of what’s what.

  1. Set up a supplier account

Setting up a business account with an office supplies company can mean you’re able to access exclusive discounts that you wouldn’t otherwise be privy to. You’ll also be able to save orders, repeat orders and receive rewards.

  1. Go for compatible cartridges

If you’re spending a lot on computer toner or ink, compatible cartridges may be for you. If they’re sold by a reputable source, they often work just as well at a significantly reduced price.

  1. Do all your shopping in one place

As the adage goes, time is money. And searching around for hours on end for office supplies can be a time-consuming task. Purchasing all your office supplies from one place leads to exclusive discounts, free delivery and is much quicker.

At Discount Office UK, we sell a huge range of office related products. From furniture to filing to desktop essentials and cleaning supplies, we offer low prices every day of the year.

For more information on how we might be able to save you and your business money, please call us on: 0800 298 57 42.

The Surprising Things You Can Get from a Stationery Supplier

Offices around the world are dependent on a steady supply of stationery, and the trusty pen and paper are often taken for granted.

 

But it’s not just stationery that keeps the office ticking along. At Discount Office, we’ve put together a list of popular office supplies you might be surprised you can get from an online stationery retailer:

 

  1. Tea and coffee

Behind every workforce is a steady flow of tea and coffee. Buying in bulk means there’ll definitely be enough to go round and keep your staff happy.

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  1. Client-worthy coffee

Perhaps you have a very important person visiting the office and want to pull out all the stops. While it’s an office luxury, fresh coffee can be a nice touch for any special meetings.

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  1. Disposable cutlery

Disposable spoons, forks and knives are ideal for office catering, perfect for buffets, meetings and conferences.

 

  1. Cleaner

With Winter in full swing, keeping office germs to a minimum can help reduce downtime. Investing in some cleaning spray can make all the difference – just use once a day to keep the surfaces clean.

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  1. Washing up liquid

Most offices don’t have the luxury of a dishwasher. Therefore, having a supply of washing up liquid in the kitchen is vital to keep the area clean and tidy.

 

  1. Disinfectant

Your office cleaner will need a steady supply of cleaning products to do his or her job, and disinfectant is vital. Buying it in bulk is far more cost effective and means there’ll be enough to go round the whole building.

 

  1. Bin bags

Buying bin bags from the supermarket can be an expensive carry on, so purchasing them in bulk from a specialist supplier works out more cost effective.

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  1. Computer wipes

It can be easy to forget about the germs that live on computer keyboards, but computer wipes can help keep an office clean and its staff healthy.

 

At Discount Office UK, we supply a huge range of stationery and other office supplies. To find out more about how we can help your office run smoothly, or for the latest deals, please call: 0800 298 57 42.

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.

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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.

How to Keep Your Office Stationery Supplies Safe

The occasional missing pen or notepad might not be worth your serious attention, however, if you have serial stationery thieves amongst your ranks it could be costing your business valuable time and resources each year.

 

It’s been found by Office Genie that millions of UK companies are victim to office supply theft, with nearly a quarter of employees stealing from their workplace:

 

  • Workplace theft is highest in the East of England, with 34% of staff admitting to it.
  • Creative companies – watch out. 45% of employees in the creative sector admitted to stealing items, which makes them the biggest culprits.
  • The top five stolen stationery items are pens, envelopes, Post-Its, markers or highlighters, and sellotape.
  • If caught red-handed 53% of staff believe that they’ll receive a warning from their employer, though 33% believe that there will be no consequences.

 

Why might people steal from you?

 

Sometimes office theft isn’t just about needing an extra supply of paper or printing supplies at home. Stationery theft often relates to the employer/employee dynamic as a whole, such as how trusted or valued employees feel. For instance, locking away and restricting stationery supplies to a minimum may create frustration amongst your workforce as it minimises trust. If a member of staff feels underpaid or undervalued, they may resort to behaviours like stealing to gain an upper hand.

 

What happens if your staff are stealing your supplies?

 

The Fair Work Act and Fair Work Regulation considers employee theft as a serious misconduct.
Following the National Employment Standards, serious misconduct can be remediated by terminating your employee’s employment without notice. But you may be thinking that stealing 5 pens is far less punishable than thieving £5,000 worth of product, right?
The seriousness of the offence will depend upon many factors, such as the circumstances of the act and what evidence you have; whether this is the employee’s first theft; what level position they are employed in; plus, the possible impacts of the theft on your business.

 

If it is not a serious misconduct, then there are a few things you could do to remediate the issue. Depending on the circumstance you could offer verbal warning or written warning, or agree on appropriate action according to the terms in their contract.

 

Preventing stationery theft in the workplace

 

Regardless of what it is or the amount that has been stolen, theft is still a misconduct and costs a business time and money. In order to prevent workplace theft, you’ll need to clearly set out appropriate policies which are consistently applied:

 

  • Assess the purchase and distribution process of office supplies to minimise potential for theft. Look at the company spend on office supplies – making set monthly or quarterly orders instead of having an ‘as-and-when’ approach will help you better control costs. Perhaps you may also assign a specific member of staff to purchase office supplies and require employees to sign for particular items.

 

  • Open engagement with staff by asking them about suggestions for preventing theft. Clearly setting out your expectations and applying procedures fairly will ensure a more trustful relationship.

 

  • Policies on office theft should be simple, with office supply items listed clearly. State what counts as theft, what measures will be taken if employees are caught stealing, and how employees can report suspected theft confidentially.

 

  • You may want to limit accessibility to stationery supplies by using locked storage, however remember to be open about your reasons for this action so as not to create frustration among staff.

 

For any more advice on streamlining your office supply costs you can speak to the team at Discount Office UK. We provide office product and planning services to help businesses save on all their office needs, and by setting up a simple business account you can have access to our extensive range of office supplies at the best prices.

Buying Your Office Supplies in Bulk

Keeping an office running smoothly doesn’t just come from hard work and dedication. It also relies on you and your employees having everything that’s needed to hand.

We’re not just talking about pens and paper – some would argue that a steady flow of tea is a key component of a successful day at work.

At Discount Office, we’d like to share the top reasons why you and your staff benefit from buying business supplies in bulk.

  1. There’s always fuel to hand
    First things first, most people like a hot drink when they start their working day. Ensuring you always have enough refreshments to hand means that your employees have the fuel they need to get through their workload.

    Having a stash of snacks always go down well with employees too – but try and stay away from things like sweets and chocolate that will just cause a 3pm energy slump.
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  2. Cost savings
    Buying things like paper, toners, and other office products from one supplier and in large quantities can often mean that it works out cheaper. You’ll also avoid unnecessary delivery charges. Need we say more?
  3. Less trips to the shop
    Going back and forth to the shops can be a time consuming exercise, and we’ve all heard the old adage ‘time is money’. By buying a big supply of something means that instead of going shopping once a week, you can spend more time focusing on your business.
  4. You won’t be caught out
    Just imagine – you’re in the final throws of getting together an important pitch document out to a prospective client. It’s 4pm and they need it before lunch the following day. You’ve started printing it, only for your printer to run out of specialist toner. Now what?

    By ensuring that you have stocked up on all your supplies, you’re less likely to be caught out.

  5. Enhanced employee productivity
    When your office has its stationery cupboard filled with the items your employees need to do their job, it increases their productivity. Things like pens and paper are basic items that most staff in an office will need. If you suddenly run out, what will happen then?

    At Discount Office UK, we sell all office related products. From furniture to filing, from computers to cardboard and from projectors to pin boards, we offer low prices every day of the year.

    For more information on how we might be able to save you and your business money, please call us on: 0800 298 57 42.

     

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.