Wednesday, October 1, 2014

title pic The Benefits of Using Lockers in your Office

Posted by Joanne Dewberry on September 30, 2014

It’s amazing how quickly offices can fill up with clutter. Even the best designed working spaces can descend into chaos within what seems like a matter of minutes. If you’re to stand a chance of keeping your office in order, it’s really important that you think carefully about storage.

As well as investing in typical storage solutions, such as filing cabinets and shelves, it’s worth taking a look at the lockers now available. Here are just some of the advantages associated with these products.

Keeping main working areas free of clutter

Lockers can provide your personnel with a convenient and secure place to store their bags, coats and other items. In turn, this makes it much easier for you to keep your main working area tidy. If you can, place your lockers outside your main office. For example, you may want to position them in your staff room or just by the entrance to your working area. You might be surprised by how much of a difference lockers can make to the overall look and feel of your office.

Having a place to put their personal items could also make your staff members more mindful of the sorts of things they bring to work in the first place. All too often, people head into the office with an array of items that they don’t really need.

Encouraging good practice

If you’re to make the very most of your lockers, it’s a good idea to encourage good practice among your staff members. For example, you can provide them with advice about the types of items they should be leaving in these storage solutions.

Increasing productivity

Of course, you’ll have to spend some money to get lockers for your office, but this should prove to be money well spent. After all, by cutting the level of clutter in your working space, you may be able to foster improved productivity. When there is less mess for personnel to contend with, they should find it easier to go about their tasks. Ultimately, this is good news for your bottom line.

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Boost security

As well as helping you to keep your office tidy, lockers may enable you to boost security. After all, as long as you buy good quality, lockable versions, these products make a great place to store items of equipment. For example, it’s now possible to buy versions specifically designed to house laptops.

Making the right choice

There are many different lockers available for you to choose from. To peruse your options, you can visit websites such as Furniture At Work™. Before you make any decisions, it’s important that you know exactly what you’re looking for.

For example, consider where your lockers will be situated and measure the space. This will help you to make the most of the available square footage. Also, think about the specifications of the various products. You may need highly secure lockers, or products that are capable of housing particular objects.

As long as you’re careful, you should end up with storage solutions that perfectly meet your needs and that help you to combat the clutter in your office.

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title pic Why noticeboards are important

Posted by Joanne Dewberry on September 29, 2014

noticeboardWhen you run a business there are many things you should make sure you do … and probably have good intentions to, I mean it’s on the to do list and everything! Relaying important information to staff members and customers is one of those important things. Sometimes we rely so much on modern technology – emailing, texts etc  that we forget about traditional techniques for relaying information like noticeboards and good old fashioned signs!

Noticeboards are great for displaying company values, goals of the week and any important news. With the best will in the world you won’t always catch all the staff, especially if you work out of hours. Makes sure the staff are informed of any changes / news – Kara Guppy – ChelseaMamma.

I love these internal noticeboards from Greenbarnes. The shatterproof acrylic glazing stops all those dog eared edges and certain people (yes you Daddy Moo) nicking blue tack or drawing pins. Even when you work from home it’s important to have information on show – insurance documents, certificates and like Kara mentions – goals of the week! (I like this idea!)

I think notice boards in retail outlets and so on provide a great opportunity for small businesses to promote to local customers… I have seen postcards pinned on a board in newsagents, gift shops, the post office and delivery office and jotted down the number from a card to make contact with another local business plenty of times! – Ces Creativity – Supportive Business Mums.

We do this quite a lot – more so for Daddy Moo’s gardening business. Local noticeboards are a great way to advertise your business in a low cost manner.

We do at Waterstones. Mostly for up to date news, book of the month, quotes and things we recommend. It works really well as we then don’t have to explain things over again to customers and it looks gorgeous! Laura Davis – Max and Mummy 

Do you have a noticeboard for your small business? What information do you display?

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