Congratulations! Your small business is now officially big enough to require office equipment and supplies. Stationary, computer stations, and storage solutions are only a few of the equipment you’ll need to continue growing your business to the point that you’ll have a department dedicated to taking care of this problem.
Furniture is essential and can improve the productivity of the workplace. Just imagine trying to get employees to do their best job with stiff-backed chairs that can’t be adjusted, or urging graphic designers to double time when their graphics tablets are outdated.
Good furniture means good news. Desks, chairs, storage, room dividers, collaboration supplies, down to the decorations—everything depends on the decision of a business owner.
If they can afford it, business owners can survey their employees for their preference in furniture. Workers with bad backs can ask for Ortho-friendly chairs, health-conscious employees can opt for standing desks or treadmill desks, wheelchair users can ask for desks with adjustable height, and so on.
Printers remain essential for modern workplaces. Though most office environments have paper reduction programs, printers are still in heavy use for archiving, accountability, and other important functions. Printing is also the lifeblood of broadsheets, magazines, and other printed media.
For small businesses, printers are used for nearly all aspects of your business. Taxes, order sheets, customer information and specifications, briefs, and others typically need to be printed out and handed to the appropriate department.
Many notable brands exist, including Zebra printers. Most printer companies offer repair services for their products whether or not they fall under warranty. Bring a Zebra printer to an authorized repair shop and expect your equipment to be in tip-top shape the soonest.
As with printers, physical supplies are still a must-have for any office. Writing utensils, materials, storage supplies all fall under the category of stationary. The most important supplies fall under the categories of paper goods, mail supplies; pens, pencils, markers, and miscellaneous items.
It’s important to keep a steady supply of stationary at the office. Mostly analog offices tend to burn through their paper supplies, though digital workplaces still use an untold amount of paper goods and writing utensils.
The smallest pantries still need the right equipment. A microwave and a mini fridge is a great comfort a square meter of a pantry can give to employees. A whole room can host a portable stove on top of these amenities and include a coveted coffee machine.
Kitchen supplies like coffee mugs, drinking glasses, spoons, forks, and knives can also be provided. Cleaning liquid and a sponge, to be replaced regularly, can promote eco-friendly practices at the office and discourage the use of one-use plastics.
Emergency supplies can range from earthquake kits to the humble first aid kits. The latter is a must-have for unforeseen injuries and accidents. Fire safety equipment such as an extinguisher and an ax should also be kept handy.
When your business starts getting to this point, it’s a good idea to set up a system where each employee can be held accountable for the location of each equipment, its state, and the number of supplies available for their department. Simple accountability for these petty matters can have a surprisingly huge effect on employee morale.