Desk Feng Shui; what you need to do for a productive environment

These days, if you work in an office, you’re more likely to see your stapler more than you do your family. It’s true, the office atmosphere can prove extremely dull and leave you feeling drained of energy, so how can you adapt your environment to prevent your enthusiasm from melting away by Friday? Continue reading

How to be green at work!

It’s time to celebrate Green Office Week 2017 and this week Avery is on a mission to help UK offices make changes that will help the environment. Research shows that it takes 21 days to change your habits and we are encouraging office workers to make small changes that will have a big environmental impact.

What can you do to be green at work?

  • Conserve your computer’s energy.

For many people with desk jobs the computer is necessary to get things done. Yet, this “efficiency” comes at a cost – it is estimated that people waste over £1 billion in electricity every year just in computer use!

  • Turn off all peripherals when not in use.

Peripherals such as printers, video cards, speakers, and scanners continue to consume power even when not in use. Unplug them and save energy.

  • Reduce printer use.

The printer is one of the most used office items. Every day it cranks out tons of important emails and other documents. Don’t print unnecessarily. Most stuff can be handled online or on-screen. Learn to increase the font or zoom in if you need to see well.

  • Reduce your paper waste.

Do you have to print out every email and handout? Reduce paper waste by deciding to go paperless wherever possible.

  • Your lighting

It has been proven that if you increase the amount of natural daylight you get in the office, it improves productivity and satisfaction and is also crucial for your wellbeing. It is also a free source of light!!

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  • Maintain healthy airflow.

It is already bad enough that you must worry about air pollution every time you walk outside, but it is also a big priority when you work inside. If you work in an office, cubicle, or workshop, it’s likely that you’re spending most of your time indoors. A Canadian survey found that people spend over 96% of time at home indoors and over 83% of time at work or school indoors, equalling about 40 or more hours at your desk, office, or cubicle.

  • Green your desk, cubicle, office.

Get a plant and place it on or near your desk. Or, even better, buy plants for all your neighbours. They will not only see this as a friendly gesture, but they’ll also have cleaner air to breathe!  Plants absorb indoor air pollution and increase the flow of oxygen, so get a green accessory to complement your desk!

There are many items in your office that you can recycle. If you do not have a recycling station at work, start one on your own! You can get a few bins and post recycling guidelines above them.

  • Spread the word.

The best way to stay involved in the green scene at work is to get others involved. Share your practices and wisdom with your boss and co-workers.

Boosting office morale

We all know one’s mood can have a significant impact on productivity and therefore mean the quality of work is compromised and perhaps mistakes are made due to a lack of care. It’s crucial to keep a positive atmosphere within the workplace to make the most of each day; here’s some top tips on how to boost the office morale. Continue reading

World Health Day 2017

This year, the World Health Organisation’s World Health Day campaign focuses upon people suffering with depression. This is due to their latest estimates that more than 300 million people are living with the illness – an increase of more than 18% since 2005. The campaign aims to connect with those with depression and help them speak out about it, as well as seek and get help from others.

There are different types of depression. One of which is a single bout of major depression, or you can have recurring episodes. If depression lasts two years or more, it would be called a persistent depressive disorder. One less common type of depressions is called bipolar disorder, or manic-depressive illness. This involves an alternating cycle of extreme highs, or manias.

Depression can affect people of all ages, under any circumstance that has maybe lowered their self-esteem or a major episode of grief that has spiralled into depression. It can cause a mental anguish and can impact on a person’s ability to perform even the simplest everyday tasks. It can damage relationships with friends and family and you may even be in your room all the time. At worst, depression can lead to suicide – which is now the second leading call of death among people 15 – 29 years old.

But, depression can be prevented. It can be treated and as much as people suffering may not feel it, they all have someone who is there for them. No one Is ever alone. A better understanding of how depression can be triggered and how to reduce the stigma associated with the condition will hopefully lead to more people seeking for help.

Use the hashtag #letstalk to connect and speak out for help if you are or suspect you may be suffering from depression.

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4 ways to save printer ink

At the office, waste cutting equals cost cutting. By reducing the amount of supplies you use or how often you use them, you can improve your ecological footprint.

But where should you star? There are lots of easy to make your workplace into a green office, for one… Printer Ink. Every office uses it but few use it efficiently. Continue reading