The changing workplace: Why wellbeing is one of the biggest HR issues of our time

The conversation surrounding health and wellbeing in the workplace has risen to the top of the business agenda in recent years. Many businesses are now questioning what they can do to make their staff feel comfortable, happy and healthy whilst at work. Meanwhile employees are choosing to work for the companies that will provide them with the support and tools they need to be productive in the working environment. According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD), employee health and wellbeing is one of the biggest human resources issues of our time, affecting millions of people worldwide. In order to solve these challenges, businesses are turning to a number of ergonomic solutions and products that create a comfortable office to work in.

The importance of an ergonomic workspace

So, why is it important to consider the ergonomics within the workplace? A desk is no longer somewhere to sit and work, but an environment that supports us to work efficiently. A workspace must be designed to enhance the productivity of the person using it and this extends to the way they sit and move about this space. Ergonomic workspace solutions mean that staff can tailor their workspace set up to suit their individual comfort needs and requirements.

Offering ergonomic solutions to improve staff wellbeing will provide businesses with some significant returns for the business’ performance. Research has shown that a comfortable, well-lit, workplace will increase productivity levels by as much as 16%. Ergonomic products are also crucial to reduce the number of employee sick days taken as a result of work related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs). It’s estimated that 8.8 million working days were lost in 2016 as a result of WRMSDs, so a key objective for businesses will be to reduce this number. Ergonomic and health and wellbeing office tools will play a major role in making this happen.

Tackling workplace wellbeing issues

A well-designed, ergonomic workplace will need to take into account the need for flexibility. This means that while a particular setting works for one person, it may cause another further discomfort or pain to another. So with this in mind, how can HR managers and business owners resolve wellbeing issues in a way that suits each employee?

A simple but effective way of targeting wellbeing challenges flexibly is to break them down by each of the body’s common pain points on the body and match it to the ergonomic product or solution that is designed to improve it. Common pain points are:

  • Neck – 2 out of 3 adults will experience neck pain
  • Back – It’s estimated that between 60-80% of people have reported having back pain at some point in their life
  • Wrist – Up to 12% of people report difficulty with wrist pain everyday
  • Leg – According to research, nearly 75% of people who work in an office double their chances of developing Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) by not getting up from their desk and taking regular breaks
  • Eyes – 68% of office workers are unhappy with lighting conditions, often working without the light of a desk lamp, causing strain on the eyes.

Once the key pain points affecting staff have been identified, it’s time to choose the products that tackle these issues. The Kensington SmartFit and Rexel ActiVita products give the individual user to power to choose the setting that works for them, without getting in the way of colleagues. The adjustability of these products means that more than one user can benefit from them at different times – delivering that all-important flexibility that the modern office requires.

A comfortable office makes for happy employees

The 2016 What Workers Want survey by the British Council for Offices (BCO) and Savills revealed that 25% of respondents would be willing to travel an extra 30 minutes to work in their perfect office, so it’s more crucial than ever for managers to get the office environment right. 18% of organisations have already started using ergonomic solutions specifically to improve employee welfare, and that number is only set to grow to ensure that workers everywhere are working comfortably and productively.

Banner has sponsored a report in conjunction with ACCO Brands for OEN that explores health and wellbeing in the workplace, and the solutions and products that are available to HR managers and employers to ensure everyone within the company is happy and healthy whilst at work. If you would like to download a copy please visit: http://www2.oenmagazine.com/HealthandWellBeing/.

How to clean your whiteboard – The Nobo Guide

Whiteboards have been a prominent feature in workplaces and classrooms for decades. A useful tool for encouraging creative flow, dry erase boards facilitate all types of group tasks.

The whiteboard was invented back in the 1950s as an alternative to the dated blackboard and became readily available by the early 60s. However, these new types of board didn’t really become mainstream in offices for another 30 years. This was because cleaning a whiteboard was a difficult and time consuming process, as people only had damp cloth or tissue available to them, which inevitably did not properly clean the board.

Now thanks to the introduction of dry erase board pens and erasers, it is much easier to clean and maintain a whiteboard. To ensure you get the best of your board, we’ve put together some hints and tips.

Caring for the whiteboard surface

There are three key areas of whiteboard care to keep in mind when cleaning your board. These are:

  1. Ink residue – where a colour copy of writing is left on the board, due to use of an unsuitable pen or insufficient cleaning after use
  2. Smearing – occurs when unsuitable cleaning products or dirty erasers are used to wipe the board’s surface
  3. Ghosting – not to be confused with ink residue, ghosting is when writing leaves a permanent white stain on the board (this usually happens over a long period of time)

It’s important to keep in mind that different surface types require different levels of attention. For example, if your dry erase board is made from painted steel like Nobo Nano Clean, it will require daily or at least weekly cleaning to maintain it.

However, enamel surfaces such as Nobo’s Prestige Enamel boards don’t need as much attention and monthly cleaning is sufficient to preserve the whiteboard’s surface. Diamond Glass boards require minimal maintenance, thanks to the extremely durable, high quality surface. You would only need to clean your glass board after use as a courtesy to the next user.

A winning whiteboard cleaning regime

Cleaning and maintaining whiteboards isn’t the most glamourous job but it’s essential in order for everyone to benefit from using them. Encouraging the entire office to look after and clean their board after use can be challenging. Take a look at our top tips for implementing a successful workplace whiteboard cleaning regime:

  • Create eye catching signage to display around the whiteboard eraser and the board itself, reminding users of the correct ways to clean a board
  • Explain to your team that a whiteboard supports brainstorming sessions and the generation of creative ideas
  • Talk to your staff about the importance of whiteboard maintenance and the different cleaning requirements for each surface type
  • Discuss the technology behind the whiteboards so they appreciate why maintenance matters

If correctly cared for, whiteboards are an invaluable tool for all types of workplaces. The presence of a board in an office encourages collaboration and offers a space for employees to communicate their thoughts and ideas to colleagues. A magnetic whiteboard is also useful as a display tool. It’s certainly worth ensuring that your whiteboards are kept in excellent condition.

This year, Nobo is running a special prize draw offering one lucky winner an office makeover worth £5,000 with additional monthly giveaways for a desk makeover. To enter, simply purchase a participating Nobo whiteboard product. Find out more by visiting the Nobo website.

 

The Evolving Landscape of Modern Office Design

From the humble open-plan offices of the not-so-distant past to today’s innovative office designs which feature employee-focused leisure areas, intended to boost the wellbeing and productivity of employees, the design of a typical workplace has undeniably changed over time. And as we move towards open-plan workspaces that are heavily focused on employee engagement and innovation, it’s time for businesses across the globe to take a closer look at how they could adapt to the latest trends in office design.

The Google Garage and Apple Spaceship make these international corporations some of the best-known pioneers of this design style, and today, we’ll be putting the key elements from offices past and present under the microscope. We want to lift the lid on where office design is heading and explain how businesses can incorporate new-age ideas into their own working spaces.

Applying an eco-friendly design

The acknowledgement of sick building syndrome (SBS) in the past 50 years has meant that, for business owners and managers across the globe, employing new techniques that are designed to improve the health and happiness of staff members is more essential than ever. And from reducing feelings of stress to improving the quality of air, shaking up your office design could improve the chances of long-term success for your company.

With research showing that indoor plants could enhance productivity levels in the workplace, integrating eco-friendly and natural design features is becoming a popular design concept. Exposure to natural light throughout the working day is thought to have a positive impact on sleep quality too – which is why office designers and businesses are making a conscious effort to brighten up workspaces with warmer and more inviting colour schemes. So, whether you inject some colour with strategically-placed wall art or open up your floor plan by exposing your natural hardwood flooring, creating a vibrant and environmentally-friendly office could mean that you evoke feelings of creativity and efficiency in employees.

Building designated break-out areas

With a pressing workload and tight deadlines, members of staff can find it all too easy to work through their breaks – which can often mean employees inadvertently compromise their own wellbeing. Traditionally, dated staff rooms with limited facilities mean team members are more likely to take a break at their desk too. With the temptation to check emails or finish off that report, employees can lose out on gaining some genuine downtime.

Taking some well-earned time out from work can mean that employees return to their workspace feeling significantly more refreshed, motivated and inspired with new ideas – which is why the use of break-out spaces is proving to be so effective in maximising productivity in offices. Upgrading staff rooms with colourful artwork will transform the space into somewhere that your employees actually want to spend their time – and by investing in interactive team-building equipment, you could boost staff morale and encourage cross-team collaborations.

Closing the doors on open-plan

Cost may be the primary reason to say goodbye to individual offices and cubicles, but not everyone is convinced that open-plan environments are the way to go. While an open-plan format may inspire the sharing of ideas and breed an increasingly positive company culture, research shows that the higher level of distractions and severe lack of privacy could end up harming the productivity of your team by 15%.

And with the welfare of employees taking a priority in any business that’s destined for success, adapting workspaces to suit the needs and desires of your staff is a must. Offering a variety of workstation types – such as private meeting rooms, sofa spaces with lap desks and the traditional computer desk format – means that your team will be able to focus away from the busy main office space and concentrate on completing the task at hand.

Encouraging co-working and collaboration

The benefits of team collaboration will be something that all businesses are familiar with, but it’s co-working environments that have risen to prominence in recent years. Blurring the boundaries between different industries, co-working office spaces enable freelancers, start-ups and self-employed workers alike to share ideas, equipment and knowledge. With savings to be made on both office overheads and resources, this form of collaborative working could prove invaluable for the future of business.

Whether you’re a freelancer who’s hoping to collaborate with others or a start-up company that’s looking to grow in the most efficient way, building your business from an incubator or accelerator space could mean that you gain increased access to some of the most effective and unique ideas – compared to what you would expect to see in a traditional office format. When choosing your workplace environment, remember that incubator environments are intended to build on innovative ideas to create a business model, whereas accelerators are designed to accelerate the growth of a company which already exists – so choose wisely and watch your SME grow from strength to strength.

The shift in focus towards the satisfaction and wellbeing of staff has motivated a dramatic development in office layouts in recent decades – and with research showing that these employee-centred designs are already improving productivity and staff retention levels, there’s every reason for businesses to continue adapting their working environments in their quest for success.

Creating stand-out documents

We often forget that printed documents are not only judged by their contents but also by their appearance. While in some cases, presentation is not always the first consideration when reviewing a particular document, there are many instances where a document does need to stand out visually, in order for it to be considered impressive. Examples of this include:

  • CVs
  • Official correspondences
  • Business proposals
  • Article submissions
  • End of year financial reports
  • University dissertations

Presentation makes perfect

So we know the types of documents that will require a good standard of presentation as well as insightful contents. But how do we improve the look of documents to ensure they stand out and how can we keep them protected, to avoid any damage occurring to key pages? Here are some top tools we recommend investing in, that will help enhance your document presentation:

  1. Paper trimmer: Ensure every page of your printed booklet is uniform or resize a presentation poster with the help of a trimmer. Trimmers provide fast and effective cutting for home or office projects, giving a professional and consistent finish on a number of document types.

  1. Binding machine: Transform a bundle of plain printed pages, be that a proposal or student dissertation, into a sleek and professional book with the help of a binder. Find advice and tips on making the best use of a binder here.

 

  1. Laminator: Laminating is a great way to protect and enhance important documents, posters or printed presentation graphics. For example, simply putting a one-page corporate letter in a laminating pouch can turn a dull document into a polished printed announcement. Find the best laminator for you here.

Invest for success

Investing in tools such as binders and laminators may seem like a lot of trouble just to be able to make your printed documents look well turned out, but they may well be the key to standing out to the employer who has received your CV, the potential new client reviewing your proposal or the lecturer who is assessing your final dissertation. As well as this, those that own a binder and laminator will find that they are not simply tools for professional use. In fact both tools are just as useful at home in a variety of ways.

GBC believes in the power of a stand–out document, delivering innovative document finishing tools that enable users to create printed documents that leave a lasting impression. 2017 marks the 70th Anniversary of GBC. Since 1947, the brand has stayed at the forefront of cutting edge developments in the print finishing market. To find out more about GBC, please visit our website or follow @gbceurope on Twitter.

Documenting Success

Document finishing techniques such as laminating or binding are often regarded as a great way of turning a stack of pages into a well-presented and professional looking booklet or poster. It is sometimes considered that the finishing process is time consuming and too complex for those unacquainted with the particular machine. In fact a simple bound and laminated document can make a huge difference.

Presenting information professionally

Even in the digital age, tangible documents still matter. When presenting information in a meeting, a printed booklet will create a great first impression, in any industry. For example, in creative agencies, handing out hard copies during a major pitch that have been bound and laminated will give a professional edge over competition and reinforce brand image. In a financial firm, distributing copies of a presentation is essential so clients can have a closer look at charts and graphs discussed. In law firms, a laminator and binder are essential tools, when presenting case files or protecting crucial documents that need to be filed.

GBC’s document finishing checklist

Now we know why it’s worth taking the extra time to ensure your documents look presentable and professional, here’s a handy checklist of things to remember when finishing a printed document:

  • What will the document be used for?

The purpose of the document will usually determine what type of laminating or binding it requires. Also consider how long the document should last

  • What type of binding does it require?

If the document you’re binding requires security, such as proposals or company briefs, the best binder material is wire. In a school environment, using a comb binding machine is a better choice, as it is very cost effective and a quick and easy method when binding large numbers of booklets.

  • What is the best laminator choice for the document?

Pouch laminators are a great choice to give a school arts and crafts display a clean finish, while a roll laminator is better suited to professional environments to achieve a good looking document in minimal time. The amount you use it will determine if you need a small or large laminator.

  • Does the document require any finishing touches?

Once you have transformed your document, remember to give all the pages a final check through to be certain there are no issues. Remember to trim pages using scissors or a guillotine to ensure every page is uniform.

2017 marks GBC’s 70th anniversary. Since 1947, GBC has delivered cutting edge document finishing solutions to a variety of industries. GBC ensures that every business has the tools required to create professional and well presented meeting handouts, helping companies worldwide to impress in meetings and business pitches. Learn more about GBC and discover the best binder and laminator for your workplace by visiting our website or following @gbceurope on Twitter.

Breaking the boundaries with binding

Innovative artwork created using GBC binder as an essential tool

Using ordinary materials to create standout and thought provoking documents can be challenging, but that’s just what artist Philipp Gufler has done in his latest project. With prior work spanning a variety of media including print and video, Gufler’s latest piece is titled “Indirect Contact” and contains personal writings as well as a textual amendment and alteration of the German novel series “Die Geschichte der Empfindlichkeit” by Hubert Fichte to challenge the normalisation of sexuality.

Heightening the intrigue surrounding the book and elevating the work beyond that of a traditional printed piece relies on the artist’s original use of GBC ColourClear binding covers. Gufler printed his text directly on the semi-transparent binding covers, a process intended to “visualise the textual fragility and serve to demonstrate the transparency achieved by the textual deconstruction.”

Photo: Roman März, Berlin and BQ, Berlin. Courtesy of the artist and BQ, Berlin

 

These translucent coloured covers are typically used when binding documents to protect and enhance title pages. Gufler’s use of GBC’s binding covers to print the book creates a unique effect.

Gufler’s artist book was presented in the exhibition “Romankreisen” at BQ, Berlin. The limited edition print run includes 100 copies in English and 100 in German. His project demonstrates how it is possible to create stunning visual artwork from everyday materials.

Photo: Philipp Gufler. Courtesy of the artist and BQ, Berlin

Binding machines are a great way to add a spark of creativity in the traditional workplace environment, make your documents stand out and improve their durability. Have you ever thought about using a binding machine to create reference guides, instructional manuals, workbooks, kids craft books or school hand-outs?

There are various types of binding machines available, from comb binding to thermal binding. The type of bind you select will affect the end result and each adds a different look and feel to your document. Thermal binding uses heat to activate a strip of adhesive glue that firmly holds pages within a document, in a similar way to how many books or novels are bound. The results are permanent and pages can only be removed by tearing, making them a secure choice for document binding.

Take a look at the GBC guide on how to choose the best binder to discover what machine will allow you to take your presentations, displays and booklets to the next level.

Check out more works from Philipp Gufler by visiting his blog and find more details about his recent exhibitions at the Françoise Heitsch and BQ galleries.

Have you taken an ordinary item of stationery and used it to create something incredible? Let us know by commenting below or tweet us @RexelEurope.

What Generation Z Can Teach Us About Data Protection

 

Generation Z is the first generation that has grown up surrounded by the internet. They are the generation born in 1995 or later and follow the millennials that reached adulthood as we entered this century. Sure, most of the Millennials had access to the internet from an early age, but their childhoods didn’t revolve around being constantly connected. With their entire lives spent online, Generation Z will be inherently more tech savvy with expectations of speed and convenience to match. So, when it comes to data protection and staying safe online, what can we learn from the generation that was born multitasking?

Generation Z – always connected

 Use Less Permanent Apps

While Facebook may still be the biggest social channel, Generation Z has widely adopted Snapchat. They have already witnessed and no-doubt been warned of potential the blowback from poor decisions made on social media.  The temporary nature of Snapchat, where messages are only visible for a short amount of time, is deemed, convenient, fit for purpose.

A Facebook post can be broadcasted to everyone and will stay on your wall permanently unless you take it down. Perhaps Generation Z has become more self-aware. The concept of a picture or video only being broadcasted for a limited amount of time appeals to young people who have been taught to be aware of their digital footprint and will be mindful of future ramifications of their decisions in the digital space.

Embracing Biometrics

In the last twenty or so years, passwords have become a much greater part of our lives. With the explosion of the internet, we have all acquired more and more accounts for a range of different purposes, meaning we have a whole lot of passwords to remember – or at least we should have.

The reality is that most people are terrible with passwords. For optimal security, you should have a different password for each of your accounts. If you use the same for everything, your life can quickly unravel in the event that you are subject to identity theft or the company storing your data suffers a security breach. Unfortunately, most people don’t want to remember multiple passwords, meaning that much of the online landscape is quite insecure.

Rather than coming up with multiple obscure and difficult to remember passwords, Generation Z seems ready to take a different approach. They are much more likely to use biometrics than other generations, with 70% of young people saying they would prefer to use biometrics instead of passwords by the year 2020.

While the use of biometrics does have some of its own complications, fingerprints and facial scans can help to solve many of the problems with passwords. We can’t forget our biometrics in the same way we can forget a password, nor can we create fingerprints that are easy for computers to guess. In this way, Generation Z is beginning to solve some of the problems that older users often struggle with.

Biometric security authentification is now becoming common place

 

Keeping It in the Cloud

Generation Z is also more likely to use cloud services than older generations. The safety debate between cloud storage and traditional systems raged on for years, but in the end, the cloud seems to have won. There’s a chance they’ve been educated using devices that own a Chromebook that doesn’t even have a hard drive. Cloud services can be just as safe, but they also come with much more flexibility and scalability.  External hard drives, USB drives and file storage media such as DVDs will not be the first thought had when thinking of backing up or transferring files.

 Generation Z and the Future of Data Protection

Generation Z may only be starting to enter the workforce, but it won’t be long before they play a much more dominant role. Their perceptions of technology are radically different from those that came before them and they have definitely adopted good online behaviour but are also likely to have less awareness of the need to think about the security of physical devices and documents than previous generations.

 When it comes to data protection employers should take note of how Generation Z approaches and interacts with the internet.

Perceptions of convenience and efficiency are likely to be dominating factors contributing to data protection employee compliance levels.

If you’re concerned about user compliance when it comes to protecting your data consider our user-friendly Rexel Auto Feed Shredders that allow users to load a stack of paper and walk away, making shredding as simple as stack, shut, done.

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Rexel’s top workplace lighting hacks

 

Today’s employees will tend to spend most of their time at work indoors, whether that’s at home or within a company office. A major part of that indoor environment is the lighting. We often don’t think lighting is that important – as long as we can see the computer screen in front of us, it’s fine. But in reality, the strength and type of lighting we use to work does impact on our productivity and wellbeing.

A recent study found that 68% of employees surveyed had complained about the lighting situation in their offices, suggesting that lighting is actually at the forefront of many employees’ minds. So why does light matter? Poor lighting can result in discomfort whilst working, for example eye strain, enhancing glare on computer screens and in some cases, it can even lead to postural problems. So, in fact lighting is a major contributor to our wellbeing levels at work.

Shine the right light

When adjusting light, it’s important to remember that different tasks require varied lighting and positioning. For example, too much light while working on a computer can result in a glare on the screen. Another top tip is to consider the time of day you’re working in order to proactively change the lighting.

Positioning of light is also crucial. While many offices simply use overhead lighting, a desk lamp may be a better option for some tasks.

Consider also the type of light used in the workplace. It is widely known that natural daylight is the best kind. Studies have shown that while artificial sources of light left employees feeling more tired at the end of the day, daylight resulted in participants feeling more energetic and alert, allowing them to work for longer.

Top hacks for a brighter day

Now we know why lighting levels in the workplace are important, here are a few of our tricks to ensure you have a bright day both in and out of the office:

  1. Get outside

Make the most of your lunch hour by taking time away from your desk and going outside to enjoy the wellbeing benefits of fresh air and sunlight. A short stroll outside may be what you need to have a productive afternoon at your desk.

  1. Be flexible

While you may be accustomed to sitting in a certain area of the office every day, it may be the time to move. If you find that you’re not getting enough natural light at your current desk, it may be time to seek out a new seat.

  1. Bring the daylight to your desk

When moving around isn’t possible, there are other ways to bring daylight to your workspace. Rexel’s ActiVita Daylight desk lamps are designed to mimic the benefits of natural daylight, rejuvenating and energising you to continue working efficiently throughout the day.

Incorporating some of these simple tips could well be what you need to improve productivity levels and of course, your wellbeing and comfort at work. Innovative daylight lamps by Rexel ActiVita not only deliver the energy boosting benefits of daylight but also enable users to choose and work with the light they need depending on the task, without impacting co-workers. To find out more about the Rexel ActiVita desk lamps, please visit the Rexel website or follow Rexel on Twitter @rexeleurope.

The air of success

What’s in the air you breathe in your office?

How often do you think about the quality of the air surrounding you in the workplace? Unless there’s something obvious causing an issue, the pungent odour from a colleague’s lunch for example, then we tend not to worry too much about air quality.

But that’s a mistake. According to research, we spend on average 90% of our time indoors. Some people are lucky enough to have a job that allows them to venture outside more often, but for the rest of us we have to make the most of the light that makes its way through the corner window and the breeze that blows in from the open door. 

Sources of indoor air pollution impacting the quality of the air in a building vary greatly and can include:

  • Particles from printers
  • Coughs and germs from co-workers
  • Chemicals from cleaning products
  • Dust mites from chairs and carpets
  • Moulds and bacteria
  • Pollen carried in on clothes
  • Pollutants from outdoors

What to look out for in your office

There are a few common symptoms that indicate the quality of your office air may be causing issues:

  • Irritation of the eyes, nose and throat
  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Allergies
  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Nausea

If you suffer from any of these symptoms or have staff showing signs of these symptoms, there may cause for concern. The American Industrial Hygiene Association provides a good summary of the impact of indoor air quality (IAQ).

Indoor air quality

When we think about the contributing factors to employee wellbeing, especially concentration and eye strain, noise and lighting are often considered before IAQ.

Damian Carrington, writing in The Guardian, reports statistics showing IAQ contributes significantly to ill health. Although the government and the World Health Organization set “acceptable” limits for air pollution, there’s no level of exposure that can be seen to be safe, according to the report.

A breath of fresh air

Personal air cleaners such as the ActiVita Air Cleaner deploy negative ions to improve the quality of air over a small area. The ActiVita Air Cleaner will look after an area 8m in radius, enough to serve a small team of office workers. Pollen is a great example of an indoor air pollutant. 1 in 5 people in the UK suffer from hay fever and pollen allergy symptoms are estimated to cause between a 3-8% decrease in productivity. Indeed, pollen can be more concentrated indoors than outdoors.

Negative ions attach themselves to the pollen particles to effectively remove them from the air. There’s a productivity gain to be had too; in a study conducted by Surrey University, people exposed to high levels of negative ions showed a 28% increase in overall task performance.

Check out the Rexel ActiVita range for more details about how a few changes to your workplace can help you feel healthier and happier.

Celebrate National Stationery Week in Style!

Even in the digital age, stationery remains an integral part of any workspace. It is not only useful in terms of its functionality to help us perform numerous tasks and be organised, but it also gives everyone the chance to express their personality. Desk accessories can transform a boring and ordinary desk into a customised, colourful and fun space to work.

Quality items last a long time and can become a mainstay of a desk, ultimately enhancing your workspace day-to-day. To mark National Stationery Week 2017, we are taking a look at the top tools that can help you to be proud of your desk.

Electric Stationery

Electric desk accessories are a great choice for anyone wishing to boost their productivity, when facing some labour intensive filing tasks at work. For example, an electric stapler can deal with large volumes of paper, making highly repetitive stapling jobs simple and consistent.

Space Saving Stationery

Having an array of accessories to hand certainly doesn’t have to mean your desk will be overloaded, leaving no space to work. Consider items that are specifically made to save precious desk space. Vertically standing staplers are a good example. They are designed to stand upright when not in use, making valuable room available on your desk to store your more of your favourite tools.

Colourful Stationery

It’s well known that certain colours, such as blue and green, can have a positive impact on our productivity and alertness. Brightly coloured accessories are not only useful but also jazz up a dull desk, allowing individuals to express their personal tastes and incorporate the bright colours that help them to work efficiently. Take a look at our bold and bright JOY range.

Simple Stationery

Sometimes even the most inconspicuous-looking item is incredibly useful. For example, an ID Guard may look simple on your desktop but in fact it will come in handy several times a day. Any desk will contain lots of personal information, from junk mail to company bills. An ID Guard ensures that your personal details are not clearly visible to identity thieves, allowing you to blank out names, addresses, date of birth and banking information.

Smart Stationery 

As the workplace gets smarter, so does our stationery. Productivity is a core focus for businesses worldwide and the tools used at work are all designed to ensure we perform all types of office tasks efficiently, to free up time for more important projects. Even scissors are getting smarter! Rexel’s X3 range of scissors provides 300% more cutting power than conventional scissors, making them a useful addition to any desktop.

Latest Stationery

Searching for something new to add to your supplies? A personal whiteboard is the perfect choice. A small memo board like the Diamond Glass Personal Desktop Pad gives any desk a stylish finish and is a great tool to display any important reminders, phone numbers or upcoming meetings to prepare for, in a place you won’t miss it. Glass is also the easiest to clean whiteboard surface, so it will always look smart and clean.

National Stationery Week brings together everyone who appreciates the tools they use everyday, to share their advice and tips on how to create a desk that not only enhances productivity but also stands out. We’d love to know your favourite desk accessory so please share in the comments.

To stay up to date with the latest releases of desk accessories, follow @rexeleurope on Twitter or visit the Rexel website.