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The Business Stationery Essentials You Need for the New Year

With the New Year comes brilliant business opportunities and the chance to reignite staff productivity, and efficient running and engagement in the office. New stationery supplies will really help to drive motivation and a stronger work ethic; the right stationery will also promote company image and improve effective operations. Here we take a look at some of the items essential for the office, which will support a successful business in the year ahead:

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Paperwork is not dead

Research carried out by BusinessWaste.co.uk found nearly a third of 250 UK companies order more paper and associated products now than they did five years ago. The printed, physical document still carries authority and provides a stronger influence than with digital, as many staff prefer the tactile nature of paper products in comparison to the looking at a screen. Having a sufficient store of paper is always necessary in a working environment, and the start of a new year is a great time to review your office supplies and ensure you have enough of the stationery items you need for ease and efficiency for the following months.

Discount Office UK can provide your business with the right solutions and ensure that you are fully stocked up and prepared for the year ahead, leaving you to focus on your core business. See how we can help you with your office supply needs by calling us on 0800 298 5742.

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The power of persuasion

The power of persuasion

With the emphasis on fast paced business and staff needing to multi-task more and more, keeping on track of duties and prioritising tasks can be challenging, especially if you are relying on others to take action. This is where the friendly Post-it note comes in, as a persuasive tool to make sure the job gets done. A colourful post-it note with a handwritten request feels more personal, is more approachable and will make the receiver feel as if they are being asked a favour as opposed to a demand. They’re also useful items to have in the office for reminders, as they grab attention easily and can be stuck simply in a variety of places.

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The influence of the pen is still strong

Studies have suggested that people who hand write their notes as opposed to typing them on a laptop, process the information written down more effectively and can better recall it at a later point. Even if laptop note takers look back on the information they have typed, longhand note takers have shown to retain information more effectively.

It seems that traditional handwritten note taking is growing once more in popularity, meaning that pens should be stocked up and available in abundance. Pens are an office staple that won’t be going out of fashion anytime soon and they’re extremely cost efficient to buy in bulk.

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A personal planner

Many people still heavily rely on a paper diary or planner to organise their working routines and manage appointments, despite the increase in digital versions or apps available on technological devices. Whilst digital diaries are effective for creating shared events, checking it on the move or receiving reminders, the paper diary or planner cannot be beaten in the flexibility and privacy it provides. Staff may likely find paper planners easier and quicker to use, where information written down can be accessible at all times, without the chance of it being deleted. Planners are also a more professional item to be taken into meetings and offer a more personal appeal – staff won’t be constantly invaded with potentially unnecessary calendar invites.