19 May is Work Happy Day. From the first cup of coffee to the time you turn off your computer, you need to have a positive experience when working in the office – whether a home office or formal corporate office.
It is important how it is designed, what furniture you are using and what products you have available.
Small changes can recreate an environment
Source: Business Furniture Solutions
Most of us just want to get on with our core business, we want to catch up on lost time and hopefully regain our previous business momentum.
And while discussions around the hybrid office & remote working might apply to companies with large workforces and global policies, most of us need our team back around us…and maybe we need to make a couple of changes to encourage them back:
After working from home, a softer more domestic feeling in the workplace could be key. Space to sit back & catch up, space to scheme & dream, and space to talk more privately – away from the gossips.
Escaping from barking dogs, noisy kids and hooting delivery vans is another added benefit of getting back to the office.
Capitalise on that need and set aside areas where staff can focus in silence, avoiding work related distractions that now replace home noise.
Allocating existing meeting rooms or empty offices can work. Acoustic furniture is another option.
Places to meet
Now that we are all experts on Zoom calls, Microsoft teams and Google meet, we are finding it so much richer to engage face to face, relating to subtle nuances and body language again.
Places to meet and brainstorm, to problem solve and dream together might now need to include online discussions, and the need to share working documents.
Pens and pencils are used almost daily by most people. As we observe “pen and pencil day” during Stationery Week, here are some fun facts about these important home and office tools.
- Pens are at least 5 000 years old. Ancient Egyptians used reed straws and ink made of soot or red ochre mixed with vegetable gum and beeswax.
- The largest ballpoint pen ever was made by Acharya Makunuri Srinivasa from India. The pen is engraved with scenes from Indian mythology and is 5.5 m in length and weighs 37.23 kg.
- Modern ballpoint pens have metal balls as the writing point. These are made from tungsten carbide which is three times tougher than steel!
- Ballpoint pens were very popular among World War II pilots because they did not leak at high altitudes.
- Gold-nibbed fountain pens slowly adjust to your writing style. As the pen is used, the nib flexes and softens.
- The United States is the largest manufacturer of pens, producing 2-billion pens in a year.
- In 95% of cases, the first word a person writes with a new pen is their name.
- The oldest surviving fountain pen is from 1702 and was designed by M. Bion from France.
- The most expensive fountain pen is “Fulgor Nocturnus”. It is made by Tibaldi of Italy and is decorated with 945 black diamonds and 123 rubies. Its price is $8-million dollars.
- There are five main kinds of pens used worldwide: ballpoint, fountain, soft-tip, rolling-ball and specialty pens.
- Pencil leads contain no lead – just graphite and clay.
- The longest pencil in the world is 323.51 m in length. It is made by Edward Douglas Miller from the UK.
- In 2004, factories in China made over 10-billion pencils, enough to circle the earth more than 40 times.
- Demetra Koutsouridou from Greece has a collection of 8 514 different pencils sharpeners – the largest collection of pencil sharpeners in the world.
- The name “graphite” comes from Greek “graphein” which means “to write”.
- The most expensive pencil is a limited edition of the Graf von Faber-Castell Perfect Pencil. It is made of 240 year-old olive wood and 18-carat white gold. Its price is $12 800.
- Famed author John Steinbeck used as many as 60 pencils a day to write his novels.
- Emilio Arenas of Uruguay has the largest collection of black pencils in the world. He has a total of 16 260 pencils from all over the world and holds a Guinness World Record for his collection.
- Newspaper pencils have casing made from old newspaper. Each one is made from one sheet of newspaper.
- The oldest surviving pencil dates from the 17th century. It was found on the roof of an old German house while it was being renovated.
Sourced from www.lincpen.com
16 May is international “make-a-note” day.
There are several benefits to taking notes in your own handwriting:
- Your ability to focus on the topic at hand increases
- Your comprehension improves
- You will be able to understand and process more information
- Your memory will improve
- It may inspire your creativity
- It keeps your mind engaged
- Your attention span is extended
- Your information will be more organised
- It is also a form of relaxation when you use a journal.
From diaries to journals
The modern diary has its origins in fifteenth-century Italy where diaries were used for accounting. Gradually, the focus of diaries shifted from that of recording public life to reflecting the private one. Leonardo da Vinci filled 5 000 pages of journals with ideas for inventions and astute observations.
Journalling is an art form that involves the writing down thoughts and feelings in a creative or beautiful way to try and understand them better. It can help you have more control over your emotions, and allow you to cope with stress, depression and anxiety.
Journalling has grown in popularity, with scrapbooking one of the best known methods of journaling. By making your memories or thoughts stand out, you tend to remember better and celebrate life.
Remember, you can get all your journaling or note taking material from a stationery shop near you! Visit our Product Source Guide to find suppliers.
We are stationery addicts and proud of it!
This is why shop-sa has decided to launch our own version of Stationery Week on social media next week! We will focus on trends and craft, innovation and old favourites – and you have an opportunity to help boost this campaign by buying a banner ad (Facebook images are 940 x 788 pixels) for R1 000 ex VAT for any one posting (you can book for all the days) between 16 and 22 May 2022.
Our Facebook page will run articles about the different products as per the list below:
16 May: Make-a-note day
17 May: Pen and pencil day
19 May: World Stationery Day
20 May: Fountain pen Friday
21 May: Stationery shop Saturday
22 May: Send a letter Sunday
Get your brand(s) out there during Stationery Week and let’s get people excited about writing, doodling and drawing!
To take part, please contact Wendy directly on (012) 548 0046, 082 963 7441 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BIC is to sponsor the 2016 National Stationery Week, along with Sheaffer, Maped Helix, Nu Notebooks and Staedtler.