OfficeBox Blog

Amazing office supplies: Ten things you never thought you could do with Sellotape

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Office supplies’ usefulness extends beyond the four walls of your work space. The most basic pieces of stationery can be put to all kinds of fun and creative, not to mention handy, uses. If you thought Sellotape was used simply for sticking up photos or sealing envelopes, think again. Here are ten alternative uses for the simple, yet versatile, Sellotape.

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Satisfying the five senses in your workplace

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Imagine yourself somewhere beautiful in nature. Yes, we know that sounds cliché and cringe-worthy, but just do it. Whether you’re on top of a snow covered mountain or taking a walk on a beach during a topical rainstorm, chances are your five senses are singing with the wonderful stimuli bombarding them. Now imagine yourself in your office. Perhaps the only sense working is your sight, as you stare at the screen in front of you. While you may no longer be conscious of the other four senses as you revert into robot mode, your sense of smell, sound, touch and taste are still influencing your present experience. We’re going to discuss why designing your office space with all five senses in mind is crucial for creating a comfortable workplace that’s conducive to great work. 

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Top tech companies coming out of SA 2016

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Innovation and creativity — all things we seem to have less and less time for in the fast-paced modern age. However, one small saving grace through this era of ever evolving tastes and need for more leisure time are, ironically, tech companies. We’re not talking mass corporate entities but rather small scale start ups, many of them originating from our very own entrepreneurial hub of South Africa. In 2016, OfficeBox joins hands with many others at the crossroads of how the history of commercial opportunity will be written.

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Tips on how to declutter your work environment

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If your work environment looks more like the aftermath of a paper-and-stationery volcano eruption than a place where you actually get work done, then chances are you’re on your way to qualify as the world’s messiest desk owner (this guy is your competition, FYI). While this may be your lifelong dream, in which case we’ll applaud you for having come this far, chances are you’re desperate to remember the colour of your desk … or even find it in the first place! But don’t despair, we’re here to help, so read on to discover how you can turn your desk from war zone to glitzy clean money-making machine.

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Five Online Services That Make Running a Small Business Easier

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Running a small business is not for the feint-hearted. It’s a juggling act. There are customers to deal with, never-ending admin, stock to order, staff to pay and a host of day-to-day responsibilities to manage. We found five useful online services that will help make running your small business easier. Read on to find out about the ones you can’t do without.

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How to avoid being the boss from hell with these management tips

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We’ve all had a boss from hell – someone who makes your heart sink the moment they walk into a room. No matter how hard you try to make the working relationship better and change your view of them, you still can’t stand them. Even bosses from hell have their own bosses from hell. That said, with a few management tips and a bit of effort, managers can tweak their behavior and transform from ogre to angel. If you’re worried about what your team are saying behind your back, consult our list of hot tricks to win them over:

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What your stationery list says about your personality

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If you’re reading this blog, it’s likely your fondness for stationery is greater than the average person on the street (apart from this guy). The most humble form of indulgence, stationery is something you might have grown to love during those back-to-school stock ups. As digital as the world has now become, stationery (and the requisite stationery list) still has a place in offices. The fact that Moleskin sold over 17 million notebooks last year is a testament to this. What’s more interesting is that the Moleskin stores closest to Apple stores sold the most notebooks, according to the CEO of Moleskin in an interview with Digiday. But what does our choice of stationery — and hence, our stationery list — say about us as individuals? Read on to find out.

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Why the open plan space is not as cool as you’d think

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A year or so ago, Lindsey Kaufman wrote a brilliant piece for the Washington Post about the open plan office space and how it’s really not all it’s cracked up to be. True, the majority of office spaces today might be the open plan variety, but does that mean it’s really the most effective and desirable layout? In our previous blog, we discussed the pros and cons of both open and closed plan office spaces and concluded that both have their virtues. In this blog we’ll take a look at why the open plan office space design needs an overhaul and how to create an office space that ensures productivity and workplace satisfaction.

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The stationery supplies that will save your life

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You probably think that the title of this blog bends the truth a bit. After all, how could stationery supplies save something as precious as a human life? Wouldn’t more glamourous objects like samurai swords, life jackets or knights in shining armour be more appropriate to ward off the inevitability of death? These might be more useful, granted, but how many people carry samurai swords and life jackets on their person in case of an emergency? And when did you last see a knight on horseback do  any rescuing? This is what makes stationery supplies a reliable source of succour: They’re always within reach. Let’s take a look at just how stationery supplies can save you from the jaws of death.

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Build your brand from the inside out — with branded stationery

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Have a rifle through your pen and pencil stash — I’m willing to bet that a significant chunk of them are branded, and I don’t mean by Bic or Staedtler. I’m referring to those freebie pens and pencils you stealthily (or not so stealthily) sneak away from conferences or promotion stands at festivals. And it doesn’t just stop at writing implements – branded stationery covers everything from stickers to business cards and branded notepads. These days, a branded USB stick could even fall under the category of branded stationery. So why should you care anyway? How powerful can stationery supplies baring your company logo be? Read on and find out.

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