To do your job properly requires the correct the tools. The most appropriate IT is required. An efficient office space, layout and design play a role too. And having the right office supplies at hand also lessen the frustration of not having the things your need ‘at your fingertips’.
To assist with determining their business strategy moving forward, stationery company 3M recently surveyed office professionals to understand the most popular office supplies in the workplace. Interestingly, the survey also revealed the importance of organisation and how it contributes to overall office morale, attitude and productivity.
According to the study, organisation and access to the necessary office supplies play an integral role in office life, both for individual workers as well as the office as a whole.
Disorganisation Conundrum: In today’s offices, disorganisation not only looks bad, it can lead to decreased morale and productivity. Three in four office workers believe a disorganised office is indicative of deeper problems at a company.
Setting the Example: Executives might want to tidy up their desks as 96 percent of office workers believe that organisation is a sign of a better leader.
Undersupplied Equals Less Productivity: 94 percent of office workers are less productive when they don’t have all the supplies they need to work.
Unsurprisingly given the company behind the survey, some favourite ‘hard copy’ products continue to play an important role in office workers’ daily lives, despite the rise of the digital office and digital tools. The data showcased that workers continue to embrace analogue and rely on paper and “Post-it Products” (of course) to help them stay organised and on task.
Paper vs. Computer: 62 percent of office workers prefer to manage their to-do list on a piece of paper rather than through a computer or digital device.
Supply and Demand: There can be stressful days in the office, but one way to combat the stress is having the supplies you need to be productive; 47 percent of office workers feel overwhelmed without the much loved Post-it Notes during the work day, followed by a daily planner (43 percent) and a professional notebook (30 percent.)
An Office Supply Staple: The Post-it Note remains an office professional’s favourite ‘reach-for’ item. Office workers, on average, use 30 Post-it Notes per week, with more than 2 in 5 (43 percent) using 25 or more.