Some Things in Life Just Need to be Labeled


After spending the last two hours searching everywhere for a particular client file, I still come up empty-handed. A lump of frustration is swelling up inside of me. I sit back in my desk chair and let out an exasperated sigh.

Where in the world could it be?

I think back to my spring-cleaning efforts a couple of months ago, desperately trying to remember where I put things when I “re-organized.” Somehow it was easier to find documents when my office was in complete disarray.

As a last resort, I pick up the phone and dial Andy’s connection.

“Hello!” He answers, a bit too cheerily for my mood this morning.

“Hi Andy. Sorry to bother you. I’ve been looking high and low for the Centrix file and I can’t find it anywhere. Do you have any idea where it could be?”

“Hmm… Didn’t you file away last year’s clients in the staff filing cabinet?”

Aha! “Thank you!” I reply in excitement, hanging up the phone and hurrying out the door to the printing room where the staff filing cabinets are situated.

I find the file right away and head back to my desk, just as Andy meets me in the hallway clutching what appears to be a giant calculator to his chest.

I wave the client file in the air and smile, feeling both relieved and slightly embarrassed at my disorganization.

“Here’s the answer to your problems,” Andy says with a grin, as he follows me into the room.

He punches a bunch of keys on the device and a small piece of paper escapes out the side. He then hits another key to release the note and peels off the back before sticking it to my desk.

Rona’s desk. The tag reads.

“Just so you don’t lose this, too.” He laughs, handing over the device.

“It’s the PT-D200 Label Printer from this month’s Office Plus Flyer.” He explains. “Being organized just got a lot easier.”

I try it out, printing off a label of my own. “And perhaps a lot more fun,” I respond with a chuckle.

As Andy turns to leave, I thank him with a friendly pat on the back. He walks out the doorway, completely clueless to the Andy’s shirt tag I stuck to him. “Just so you don’t lose your shirt!” I call out with a laugh.

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Stocking the Office Supply Cupboard with Unbeatable Value


I am putting together the final touches for my presentation, when the stapler runs out of staples.

I dig through my desk in search of replacements. “Aditi!?” I call out.

She pokes her head through my office doorway. “Yes?”

“Would you mind grabbing me another pack of staples from the office supply cupboard? I have three minutes to finish getting these handouts together for the meeting.”

“Of course.” She hurries off, only to return moments later with a troubled look on her face.

“The supply cupboard is as empty as a box of Timbits left in the lunchroom.” She says, handing over the stapler she swiped from Andy’s desk on the way by.

“Ah, shoot. Brigid was supposed to restock but she’s been home sick with Strep Throat,” I sigh, using Andy’s last staples to finish up.

“Can I ask you one for more favour, Aditi?”

“I’m all over it!” She replies, waving the May Office Plus flyer in the air.  I hadn’t even noticed it sitting on my desk. Andy must have dropped it off earlier this morning.

“Look at all of the OP Brand products featured this month,” Aditi says with excitement. “OP Foldback Clips, and Reversible File Folders. And of course OP Standard Staples – with 5000 per box!”

OP, Your Savings Brand

I scan the flyer quickly, but I don’t really need to. The OP brand is not only top quality, but it’s also unbeatable value. The flyer couldn’t have come at a better time. After dropping into the red on the Q1 budget, it’s clear we need to lower costs to improve bottom line. It was a discussion topic on the agenda for today’s quarterly meeting with the staff.

“Office Plus saves the day again,” I smile. “Let’s go ahead with the usual order.”

“With all the money we’ll save,” Aditi says, “there will be plenty leftover to buy more Timbits!”

We laugh.

You can never have too many Timbits.

Going Green During Your Office Spring Clean


I sit on the floor of my corner office rifling frantically through the last file folder in front of me. To my right, sheets of paper are scattered everywhere. To my left, empty desk drawers hang open, their remnants now dumped all over the floor. “Aha!” I say, snatching up the client document that I just spent the last 20 minutes searching for.

This Monday morning is off to a great start. I let out a deep sigh and take a look around. My office is a complete disaster – clearly due for some spring-cleaning. I pick up the itchy, red and white scarf and matching mittens I received as a Secret Santa gift at the holiday office party four months ago, and toss them in the garbage. What better time than now?

Suddenly, there’s a knock at my door. I look up from the tsunami of office supplies to see Andy poking his head in the doorway. “What’s going on in here, boss?” He asks with a quizzical look on his face.

“Just reorganizing,” I reply, as I hurriedly begin stacking the sheets of paper into neat piles.

Andy steps carefully around the miscellaneous office products strewn across the floor.

Where am I going to put all of this stuff? I wonder to myself.

“Well, isn’t this just perfect timing then?” Andy interrupts my train of thought as he flashes a colourful piece of paper in front of my face.

“You could probably use some of these Recycled Storage Boxes from the April Office Plus flyer,” he says. “They’re made with 100% post-consumer content.”

I reluctantly look to where he is pointing. I really don’t need the distraction right now.

“Did I hear you say Recycled Storage Boxes?” A voice calls out from the hallway. The new intern, Marsha, rushes in through my doorway, nearly tripping over an empty coffee cup. She looks curiously over Andy’s shoulder.

“Wait, is that an O-Ring Recycled Binder I see?” She asks, eyeing the flyer.

Andy nods enthusiastically. “There are all kinds of eco-smart office supplies in here,” he says.

“This is perfect for our new Green Initiative,” Marsha looks up at me with excitement. She has been brainstorming ways to reduce our carbon footprint since the day she started the job – only three weeks ago. “Look at these Eco-Friendly White Filing Labels, boxes of Flexgrip Ultra Recycled Retractable Pens and – what’s that? Recycled Paper Clips!”

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I can’t help but smile. Their efforts really are inspiring. And with Earth Day just around the corner, we should all be focused on doing our part. I’ve just been so unorganized lately that I completely forgot about the initiative.

“Great ideas,” I tell them, picking up an empty paper clip box and casually tossing it in the garbage. “Let’s place an order.”

Marsha rushes over to the garbage can and pulls out the box. “We can recycle this,” she mumbles softly.

Andy’s eyes follow her. “Wait a minute – is that the scarf I got you for the office’s Secret Santa?” He asks, pointing at the itchy pile of red and white yarn.

My cheeks turn a rosy pink. “Oops, how did those get in there?” I quickly pull out the scarf and mittens and set them on my desk. “I guess I better get back to work!” I say, shuffling the two of them towards the door.

Here we go again, Monday.