Eco-friendly Office Supplies

Make small changes to make a big change

Using recycled products is a great way to portray your company’s values to your employees and is a great way to impress your customers. Taking steps to reduce your carbon footprint and protect natural resources through recycling can also help you draw in new customers and clients who are environmentally minded. So, encourage your employees and customers to swap plastic pens and desk top accessories for recycled products and see what a difference you can make. 

There is no better time than the present to modify your daily activities and making them more environmentally responsible. We all love our favourite highlighter, marker, pen or pencil, but after that last scribble or strike on your paper, it’s out with the old and in with the new. Because we go through these items so often choosing eco-friendly office supplies is a great place to begin…

Paper

A green transition in this department will have a particularly positive impact considering how frequently paper products are used in office environments. From envelopes to compostable paper cups, recycled paper products now come in many different forms why not give them a try?

Pens

Any type of pen, felt tip, or marker can be recycled. Adopting biodegradable pens is a great way to make your office greener. We can even print your company logo on eco-friendly pens to give potential customers a great first impression.

Highlighters

A recycled highlighter does the exact same job as a non-recycled highlighter, why not switch to recyclable?

Desk Top Accessories

From file sorters, mouse mats and letter trays all these products can be made from 100% recycled material and still look professional, tidy and suitable for your desk!

Top Tips

Plastic vs Bamboo

Normally, plastic items can take up to 1000 years to decompose in landfills vs Bamboo, which takes as long as 5-10 years to fully break down.

So why not swap your plastic pen for a bamboo one?

Increase productivity through your office design

By choosing creative furniture which brightens up the office and makes the workspace less dull, you can promote a better working environment. The best solution is to look at each office space individually, as well as the needs of each individual, their corporate culture, and the energy of the environment that you’re envisioning for your team. Below are our tips on ways you can use office design to enhance productivity throughout your workplace.

Paint a rainbow Colours

The colour of your office can have a huge impact on your employees’ mood and the approach they take towards their daily tasks. Colour can sway thinking, change actions, and cause reactions. It can be used to make a statement, create an atmosphere, or call for a response.

So, when choosing your office interiors, think clearly about your choice of colour.

  • Think innovatively with a yellow
  • Think passionately with a red
  • Think healthfully with a green
  • Think creatively with a purple
  • Think confidently with a blue
  • Think friendly with an orange

Think that these are the attitudes you want your employees to have towards their job, think when it comes to colour.

Try out Ergonomics

When you work in an office, you spend most of your day sat at your desk and starring at a computer screen. Let’s be honest, it can get a little repetitive at times… So, there is nothing more important in your office then the desks and chairs you spend all day sat at, right?

Ergonomic furniture provides a positive and comfortable environment for the workplace. Designing a workspace that promotes good posture, less repetitive motions, easier heights and reaches is what nurtures a more efficient work process.

Providing your staff with ergonomic furniture will prevent employees problems such as, unproductivity, feeling uncomfortable and unmotivated. These simple changes help decrease stress levels and improve employee performance.

Let there be light!

Lighting as far as possible should be provided naturally through windows and other sources of natural light. Lighting should not cause glare and be suitably distributed and maintained, to ensure there is no visual fatigue or eyestrain for employees. Bad and dark lighting can lead to a lack of motivation in your employees and simply isn’t good for their health! So, make bright choices when it comes to lighting.

Organisation is key

An organized workplace encourages workers to be productive, reduces work-related stress and saves time – especially because employees spend less time looking for things. When you establish an efficient workplace, you establish structure. Filing cabinets, lockers, pedestals and other items can help your employees to keep their workspace organisation. So, keep the paper in the cupboard next to the printer and the highlighters in the top drawer with the staples.

Why not try something a bit different with a sit stand desk?

A study of 146 NHS workers found that workers provided with adjustable desks reported better job performance, reduced sickness at work, less anxiety and improved quality of life.

What’s the big idea with sit stand desks?

  • Allows you to break up hours of sitting
  • Standing is beneficial for your health (in moderation)
  • You have the option to sit and stand
  • Helps to maintain a healthy weight as you burn more calories
  • Good for productivity and focus

Tis the season to be sniffly

The time has come where we swap the shorts and sunglasses for hats and scarves and warm light evening for cold dark ones.  This means we also swap the sun-cream and oils for colds and flu. The spread of cold and flu is the last thing you want coming into the office. Therefore, it is important to provide your staff with the right supplies to stay strong and healthy through the winter season.

Why is it important to prevent the spread of cold and flu?

Firstly, for the sake of your employees health. Your employees are the heart and soul of your business and let’s face it, you’d be nothing without them! So, keep their health at the top of your priorities! Crowded areas, such as the workplace, pose the greatest risk for spreading illness so it is important to keep these risks to a bare minimum.

 A spread of cold and flu can resort to employees taking time off work and furthermore a decline in productivity. This isn’t good for your business, your sick employee or colleagues who must make up the time lost. So, fight against the spread of germs and viruses with some of our handy tips…

How to prevent the spread

1. Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough

2. Wash your hands often with warm soapy water.

3. Keep sanitiser close by.

4. Dress appropriately for the weather.

5. Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth if you feel you are coming down with a cold.

6. Wipe down your desk and other common areas with disinfectant.

7. Encourage flu vaccinations.

8. You don’t want you employees calling in sick, but allow time off if necessary, to lower the risk of a spread.

The tools for survival

Your workplace should be fully equipped with a range of hygiene products that can be used to prevent transmission of cold and flu. These include tissues, soap, paper towels and disinfectant gels and wipes.

Need a bit of help?

Lucky for you, Irongate are here to help. We have everything you need to ensure your employees stay healthy throughout the winter season and helping you maintain a functioning workplace. If you need more information on how to keep your employees healthy or some information on the right supplies for your workplace give us a call or email and we’ll be on hand to help.

The importance of uniform

Team Building

Uniforms are a great team-building resource for your staff, and they can improve overall customer service as well as brand awareness. Work uniforms can also help promote togetherness, unity, and pride. In short, they foster team spirit. When workers and managers wear the same uniform, it shows that they are all part of the same team.

Equality

One major benefit of a uniform is that it reduces anxiety for your employees over what they should wear work and saves them a lot of stress in the morning. It takes away the pressure of not keeping up with fashion trends and having the latest clothing. Unfortunately, people can be harmful with words towards each other so don’t give your employees the opportunity to cause negativity in the workplace.

Employee Benefits

How often do you look in your wardrobe and just can’t find anything to wear? Work uniforms automatically eliminate this problem for you. Not only is this beneficial to a company, it makes life easier for employees as well. Employees can end up saving themselves both time and money with company provided uniforms.

Sense of community

Putting on the same uniform as your co-workers can create a team spirit within your company. No matter how high up a person might be in a corporation, uniforms put everyone on the same platform.

Representation of your brand

Your employees are the heart and soul of your business and without them you wouldn’t be able to achieve your goals. A uniform is a statement which you want to be heard. Your employees represent your company everywhere they go wearing your uniform. Since work uniforms often feature the name and logo of the company they represent, it also helps boost brand awareness.

Professional look

Uniforms give employees a professional and an executive look. This pleases a customer when they first see the employee of a company they are working with. Arranging for uniforms will prevent any dress code violations you rather want to avoid.

Keep your employees safe

Not only do uniforms physically protect employees from harm, they also provide security. Depending on the natural of your work, there can be many risks within the workplace, so it is important that your employees are wearing the appropriate uniform that keeps them safe.