If you are reading this article, then it means that some divine hand has guided you to this exact moment to hear about office supplies that you need to have in your place of employment. This article is written specifically for office managers and similar roles, because if you are in charge of the office supplies and work culture then you need to be on top of your game. Office efficiency can make or break the standard workflow procedures of your business, and too many times have I seen mismanaged time and poorly allocated resources in the workplace. One thing that I can say is that when it comes to office supplies, there are certain items that I think just about everybody needs to be using on a regular basis. I wrote this article so that you may take advantage of my business knowledge and entrepreneurship that I have accumulated over the years. I hope that this is helpful to you and that it will change the way you manage your office.
The first thing that you need to think about as you analyze what types of things you need in your office is furniture. Were you not expecting to hear furniture being under the umbrella of office supplies? Well, this is a huge part of any office, and I find in most cases managers greatly lack in providing good furniture for their employees to work in. I am not just talking about office desk chairs (which need to be good quality and have a lot of lumbar support), but I also mean couches, recliners, tables, and workstations that offer your employees and their teams pleasant, comfortable, and functional places to work and relax in. Yes, I said relax! Part of working means taking breaks when necessary, so it is good to have extra couches for a quick nap session during the afternoon. You know, foreign countries often take siestas on the regular, which is basically midday naps and rest times that will allow employees to come back to work more productive and satisfied.
Other office supplies that you should be using are different stationary items. There are the obvious ones like pens, pencils, sticky notes, envelopes, paper, legal pads, notebooks, and other things like that. It is also important to have proper technology at your office, and I don’t mean old laptops and printers that take forever to function properly. Your employees should be outfitted with laptops, printers, scanners, fax machines, iPads, and other devices that can properly keep up with them and their work. Obviously, you do not need to go overboard, but at least offer your employees proper tools to do their work and to work efficiently.
Another crucial part of office supplies that many people overlook is the importance of mailing and shipping supplies. Even if you’re not an eCommerce business and don’t usually ship things, having some shipping boxes and other supplies on hand is always a good idea. You never know when you might need to ship something off to a client or send a letter that you forgot about. Instead of having to go to the store quickly to buy more envelopes, packing materials, or shipping boxes, your life and your employee’s lives will be much easier if you have some of those things on hand.