5 Must-Have Productivity Tools for the Office

July 13, 2017 Staples Advantage

You want to boost your productivity at the office, but you’re not sure where to start. You’ve got the right attitude, but do you have the right tools? We’ve moved well beyond a workspace made up of a typewriter, a desk and a Rolodex—we’ve even moved well beyond a traditional workspace that means sitting in the office from 8 to 5 every day. So what are some of the products and services that can help you get the most done? Here are just a few we think could help.

Axe the antiques – How many times a week do you hear someone yell at the printer in your office? Or their computer? With 70% of workers and 54% of managers citing poorly performing technology as a top productivity drain, having the latest technology is more than just “keeping up with the Joneses,” it’s crucial to productivity at work. The more time spent threatening to heave the printer out the window, the less time spent getting meaningful work done.

Take it to go – So what does having the latest technology mean to today’s workforce? While up-to-date computers, operating systems and other technology is still a good foundation, the growing ranks of teleworkers and the increasing demands on businesses to be everywhere at once mean mobile capabilities are more important than ever. Laptops, smart phones, tablets and other devices enable you to get more done no matter where you are, secure networking tools allow workers to be connected to company resources on the go, and mobile printing services can ensure full, uninterrupted productivity no matter where you are.

Press a button – Or swipe, talk, text, or tap—all the mobile technology of smart phones and tablets have not only given us high tech capabilities at our fingertips, it’s also opened up access to a nearly endless list of applications and programs that can help us get more done. Whether it’s as simple as setting a reminder for yourself, creating to-do lists, or managing your email on the go, or as complex as creating a strictly enforced work and break schedule for yourself, there are applications that can help. With research showing workers are more and more connected via smart technology all the time, you should put those connections to work for you.

Put it in writing – You might be looking for a foolproof, glitch-proof way to manage your time, or something to back up all those gadgets you have. There’s a reason planners and calendars still have plenty of devotees even with the many benefits of technology—there’s nothing quite like putting pen to paper to get down your thoughts, appointments and to-do lists. And science backs that up, with studies showing time and again that we’re more likely to remember what we write down than we are to remember what we typed (or said to Siri).

Fuel up – This one’s a little tongue-in-cheek (or coffee in cup): but one of the most important productivity tools that’s non-negotiable for today’s workers is getting the right fuel to stay going through the day. Whether that’s healthy snacks, a mid-afternoon sugar boost, or the much loved cup of coffee, both the act of taking a break and what we do when we take a break can have a tremendous impact on productivity. All the tools and tech in the world can’t keep your mind from wandering if your stomach’s growling.

 

 

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