Simple Ways to Show Appreciation in the Office


Everyone loves to be appreciated, especially for the work they do in the office. Take some time to appreciate your fellow employees with one of these examples!

Hand-written Notes

By living in such a tech-savvy world, we are used to sending and receiving so many emails that it typically is the main resource for sending out a thank-you to someone that deserves it. Odds are, whoever is receiving this thank-you will quickly scan the message then trash it. Try taking the time to write out a nice letter, it shows that you are appreciative enough of this person that you would take the time out to do something nice for them.

Thank you post-it notes in many different languages.

Small Gestures

A small gesture respecting someone’s comfort and convenience can mean a lot. Even taking an employee’s empty cup or paperwork for them can make their day just a little bit better.

Acknowledge Absences

We all know that when employees take a vacation or even a sick day, their work gets added to your to-do list. Instead of getting frustrated about it, take the work happily then when the person returns, let them know how much they were missed and how important their contribution is to the office.

Give it back

Make sure that when you borrow someone’s supplies that you return them as soon as you are done with them. Don’t let the lender feel annoyed and inconvenienced.

Clean it up

On a busy day, it is really tempting to leave your dishes in the break room sink or your files piled on the conference room table. Schedule some time in your day to clean up your mess, it shows that you respect and appreciate the shared spaces in the office.

Offer Public Praise

Look for opportunities to pay small, genuine compliments around the office. Everyone loves to be told that they did a great job or look great and sometimes those are just what a person needs to brighten their day.

Give Second Chances

Everyone makes mistakes, so show people that you trust them to make things right the second time around.

Celebrate Milestones

You don’t need to shower your colleagues with gifts, but just taking the time to go to them and say “congratulations” on their personal and professional milestones can mean a lot to them.

Leave a Lagniappe

A lagniappe is a small, inexpensive gift such as a flower, hand-drawn doodle, or even a post-it note with a smile on it. Small gestures can make a big difference on a hard day.

Source: https://www.inc.com

Whiteboard vs Glassboard – Which is Right for You?


So you want to update your workspace, or you’re looking to add some collaboration tools to your office.  A board for writing down ideas or to-do lists is just what you need! With many choices now available for dry-erase boards, it can be hard to determine which one is right for you.  Here, we’ve broken down the differences in all the options available and describe the pros and cons of each to help you narrow down the best option for you. 

Whiteboards

First we start with the more traditional, Whiteboards.  You may be surprised to learn that not every whiteboard is made equal.  Here you have 3 different material options:

  1. Porcelain – these durable boards have a smooth porcelain surface and steel-backing to make the board magnetic. The porcelain is non-porous, which prevents ink from penetrating the surface and permanently staining. Porcelain boards are heavier than the other options, which will require a sturdy place to mount the board and multiple people to help with the installation.
  2. Painted Steel – these are your classic-style whiteboards and most commonly found.  Made with a steel-backing, then coated with a white base colour and clear coating which gives the board its dry-erase ability.  These boards do not last as long as porcelain, but with consistent cleaning the life of the surface can be extended.
  3. Melamine – these are the most cost effective whiteboards and ideal for personal or occasional use.  Melamine boards are not magnetic and the surface coating is not as durable as the other whiteboard options. 

Glassboards

Glassboards tend to be more expensive than whiteboards but glassboards are generally longer lasting, more durable and have a premium look within an office environment.

Made with tempered glass, these boards are extremely durable and will not scratch or dent.  The smooth glass surface will not leave stains or ghosted writing behind.

Although they are the more expensive option, their longevity and high quality make them a good investment.


Board Comparison Chart

Source:  https://www.quartet.com/quartet-blog/buyers-guide/the-difference-between-whiteboard-surface-types/

How to Write a Proper Memo


May 21st is #NationalMemoDay

Even with all the technology available to us today, surprisingly, effective memo-writing remains an essential skill in interoffice communications. Memos may be delivered via e-mail, but they still should follow the same professional and formatting standards as those printed on paper.

Called memos for short, memorandums are routinely used within an organization to communicate a variety of ideas – from a new sick day policy, to short reports and proposals. Among their many uses, memos confirm conversations, share ideas, instruct employees, and communicate policies. Because memos either request or share important information, they need to be carefully and concisely written so that the message is clear and accurate. A poorly written memo could confuse readers, offend employees, and create a loss of time. Typically, memos are short and communicate a single subject. If you have two subjects to cover, consider writing two separate memos.

Helpful hints:

  • Think of your readers and their needs.
  • Be specific when making your points.
  • Make your subject line short and descriptive.
  • Use bullets or numbers to clarify points or lists.
  • Cover only a single subject.
  • Memos should be short and concise; try to keep them to one page.
  • Proofread, checking for spelling and grammatical errors.

Writing a memo is not difficult and does not require much time. Just remember that a memo is in writing, which means it is permanently documented. Your memo represents you and your company; any glaring errors may cast you in a negative light among your peers and subordinates.

The Parts of a Business Memo:

  1. Date
  2. To
  3. From
  4. Subject
  5. Body
Memo Example

Source: https://www.universalclass.com/articles/writing/business-writing/how-to-write-an-effective-business-memo.htm


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