How to Organize your Workspace for the New Year


Get Organized for the New YearOn January 1, it’s out with the old and in with the new. But have you ever applied that to your workspace? Take a look around and we guarantee you’ll spot some fossils.

At the workplace, we accumulate items just as we do at home. But between deadlines and demanding clients, we rarely have the time to give our desks a proper clean.

This time of year gives us a chance for resolution. So why not start with something as tangible and simple as organizing your workspace?

Donate, trash, keep

First, take stock. Create three piles labeled donate, trash and keep. Then, begin organizing the contents of your desk into that space. Leave no item behind. When you’re finished, the desk should be completely emptied into your piles.

Before you decide to keep the item, ask yourself when you used it last and when you’re likely to use it again. You can also apply the well-loved Marie Kondo method: if the item doesn’t give you joy, it belongs in the trash. In other words, if the pen always smudges or gives you a callus, maybe it’s time to treat yourself to a new one.

If it’s an extra stapler that you never use, donating to a colleague or charity goods organization could be the answer. For the trash pile, ask what can be recycled or composted. Many of your old documents can probably go into the compost heap!

Use that shredder

Often, we hold on to old documents because they contain sensitive information. If you want to maintain client privacy while shedding redundant documents, head to the shredder. It’ll lighten your load without compromising your business’ integrity.

Clean it up

When’s the last time your desk was bare? Now that your items are sorted into piles, give every surface a good dust and spray.

Create new organizing systems

Before you start returning items to your desk, reconsider your placement. Perhaps it makes sense to use that bottom drawer for shipping supplies and the top drawer for invoices, but you had everything wherever it fit in the past. Make note of opportunities that will make doing your job more seamless.

Dress it up

It’s amazing what a potted plant or picture frame can do. Studies show that personalizing your workspace can have major psychological benefits. So get down with some feng shui or add a pop of your favourite colour. You’ll thank yourself later.

New Innovations from CES 2015!


CES (Consumers Electronic Show) is an annual gathering place for all technology lovers. The convention is held in Las Vegas every year, and has acted as a global stage for the latest innovations.

Last year we posted the coolest gadgets from CES 2014, and we want to keep you updated for this year as well! Check out some of the most cutting-edge technological advancements set to emerge in the market place in the near future.

1. Virtual and Augmented Reality

Within the USD 699, developers have created images with applications that blend into the real world creating virtual and reality games!

 

2. Instant Picture Prints from your Mobile

With the ZIP Mobile Printer you can instantly print polaroid pictures from your cellphone.

 

3. Eye Glasses that Stop Fatigue

Jin Meme’s smart glasses eyewear tracks your posture, eye movement and can indicate how fatigued you are. Take a look!

 

4. Control all your Home Gadgets from your Phone

Apple’s iHome Smart Plug allows you to control any device that uses a wall socket from your phone using Siri. From your garage door, lights, and robotic locks, Siri has a lot more available to boss around!

 

5. A Closet that Cleans

Who says closets are only meant for hanging your clothes? LG’s Styler will put your clothes through a dry cleaning process and is paired with an application so you can control the system from your phone.

 

6. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…

Panasonic unveiled their Smart Mirror, which does a little more than show you your reflection. This mirror can show you what you would look like with different makeup or facial hairstyles.

 

7. Holographic Computers

HP revealed their virtual reality holographic display computer this year. Paired with a headset, the HP Zvr provides a true holographic viewing of images on the screen.

 

8. Personalized Bicycle

The Connected Cycle is a bike peddle that is equipped with GPS and GPRS that monitor your movements, act as a fitness tracker, and is connected to an application on your phone that activates itself once the peddle starts moving.

 

9. Next Generation Gesture Control

We already experience gesture control with our phones, or tables – by swiping, scrolling and tapping. But this next generation gesture control by Elliptic Tabs uses “Multi Layer Interaction”, which allows the device to display or move depending on your hand movement without having to touch the screen.

 

10. Printing Food

XYZPrinting revealed their new printer unlike any other. The 3D printer creates shapes from food items rather than plastic (such as other 3D printers) and consumers can select from a touchscreen menu which item they would like to print.

How to Handle Awkward Office Holiday Party Moments


Have you ever spilled a drink on someone while at a holiday party?

Perhaps you are at a table with someone who has drank a little too much?

This time of the year is filled with holiday festivities, including corporate dinners, dances, events which are meant to bring coworkers together and celebrate the start of a new year. However, these gatherings don’t always go as planned, and sometime accidents can happen. An interesting blog post from Accountemps gives a list of six awkward moments and ways on how to diffuse them at an office holiday party.

Christmas Party Moments

Going back to our original questions at the start of this post, the following could help:

Spilled a drink on a colleague? If you do spill a drink, immediately help them clean their clothing as much as possible. Also offer to pay for the shirt to be professionally cleaned or offer to purchase a replacement.

Trying to manage someone who has had a “bit” too much to drink? First and foremost, do not get caught up in the moment and join in on the behaviour. Pull them away if possible, offer water and be certain that the have safe transportation back to their residence.

For more tips and awkward moments feel free to follow the link to the original post and find out how to diffuse some of these situations. One thing is for certain: being respectful towards others and enjoying the evening festivities in a well behaved manner will ensure that you leave a strong impression with everyone you meet while having fun at the same time.

So go out there and enjoy the holiday celebrations. We wish you a peaceful holiday and prosperous new year, from all of us here at Office Plus:

Happy Holidays!