It doesn’t matter if you have a small home office or run a multi-floor office building, there is a range of items that every office runs better with.
Small things like paper, printers, a stapler… Items that you don’t know you need until you need them.
The idea is that each item plays a specific role in the office, and they enable you and your team to be efficient and productive.
The right tools for the job make everything easier.
At face value this one is simple. You need somewhere to sit and somewhere to place your laptop or computer. But actually, you should be thinking about the type of furniture that will allow you to sit comfortably.
Ergonomic furniture will help you avoid back pain, neck pain, slouching, and tight shoulders.
These three items are the basics of what you will need.
While paperless is the dream, for most businesses it’s not really possible. So being conscious about what you choose is vital.
If you have a large team, then you will likely find they will bring much of their own stationery. However, it is essential that you have at least the following:
- Printer paper
- Printer toner
- Folders and binders
- Mailing labels
- Multi packs of ballpoint pens, highlighters and other
- Whiteboard markers, white board cleaners and a whiteboard
- Stapler and staples
- Scellotape and dispenser
The safety of your staff is something that you can’t take for granted. There are some items that may be overlooked, yet are vital to keep your staff safe in an emergency.
- First aid kit – you may have a regulated kit depending on the building you are in
- Fire extinguisher
- Clean signage around the space
- Regular Health & Safety inspections
- Appointed person for first-aid
- Accessable information in case of an emergency
- Smoke detector
- Carbonmonoxide detectors
While the office is somewhere that people head to work, it is essential that they are comfortable too. Comfortable staff are happy staff. Even if you are doing this for yourself right now, it is important to practice for when your business grows.
- Cutlery – spoons, knives forks
- Mugs for tea and coffee
- Plates and bowls
- Coffee machine and kettle
- Napkins, towels
Having a stocked kitchen will allow staff to take a comfortable break. Fresh hot coffee and a warm lunch can make a significant impact on how productive your team is.
The bathroom(s) should be regularly cleaned by a professional. If you opt for professional cleaning, they may restock for you. If not, then you should ensure that you have the following items in your bathrooms.
- Toilet scrubbing brush
- Toilet paper
- Sanitary product dispensary
- Air freshener
- Hand soap
- Paper towels
- Wastebasket for sanitary products and a regular bin
Your cleaning will most likely bring everything you need, but for kitchen spills and other accidents around the office, a range of cleaning products is essential.
- Dish soap
- Cleaning cloths
- Drying rack
- Small vacuum, broom and dustpan
- Trash bags
How the office feels has a significant impact on how much people enjoy working there. The right colours, shapes and accessories can help keep morale high and productivity flowing.
- Plant of plants in a range of sizes
- Artwork and photos on the wall
- Area rugs or statement flooring
- Desk organization like desk tray, pen pots and folder holders for each desk
Offices take a little bit of time to arrange and make the best of. You must take into consideration the needs of all of your staff.
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Over time you will find out what you need to have a constant supply of and what will languish on the shelves. However, things like a fire extinguisher and first aid kits are non-negotiables.