When you're outfitting a new office or reequipping an old one, sometimes it can be difficult to ensure that you have everything you need. Sure, it might seem like common sense at first, but just like getting your home all set up, there are always little things you might forget.
For example, be sure to stock your entire office with hand sanitizer! Mountable sanitizer pumps close to the bathrooms and close to clusters of cubicles is a great way to fend off the spread of sickness and germs in the workplace.
In fact, statistics show that employees' regular use of sanitizer can reduce sickness-related absenteeism by up to twenty percent. Wow! Plus, easily accessible sanitizer will keep everything in the office much cleaner.
Make sure to keep large calendars posted in common areas so that the whole office can check when that big meeting is or whether or not they have that upcoming federal holiday off or if they're just offered some extra holiday pay.
Always have spare printer cartridges and tons of paper stocked, and be sure to re-stock before you run out so that you don't get caught with your drawers down. When it comes to computer equipment, you need to make sure you have flash drives (also called thumb drives).
You might even want to ensure that every employee has their own. This is so that each of your workers can transport important files, documents, and presentations to other office locations or to upcoming off-site meetings.
This can even eliminate the bother that sometimes comes with trying to e-mail documents to yourself, which can cause problems if the internet network goes down or the internet isn't available at all!
Also, I have had difficulties getting into my e-mail because of a specific problem with the e-mail host. What a hassle! So eliminate that difficulty and get thumb drives for everyone.
If you have had food and beverage-related accidents in the workplace, you may be tempted to make rules to keep coffee and even water out of cubicles. This can place unnecessary stress because it makes employees want to sneak past the "rules."
If this has been a problem in the past, consider getting USB-attached waterproof hard drives. This will make it possible to store all of the most important stuff in a secure spot.
Though they may seem a bit old-fashioned and outdated now, don't skip the fax machine. When it comes to transporting signed documents, scanning and e-mailing just doesn't cut it. Depending on how many employees you have and how frequently you fax, you might want to have several of them.
These are just a few of the things you will want to make sure you have in your office. Only you know everything you will need, but once you get your checklist ready, it's time to get cracking!
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