Even if all you need to work with is a laptop, a desk and a chair, sometimes you need a little helping hand to keep you focused throughout the day. With that in mind, we give you eight of the best office gadgets and knick knacks that you need to include in your next office refurb. Did someone say improved organisation and productivity?
1. Cable cord clips
Why you need it: Organising messy cables
We all know the struggles of a jungle-like tangle of cables everywhere, so get on top of them all with this handy office gadget. It’s practical and makes your desk look incredibly tidy. And you know what they say, tidy desk tidy mind.
2. Window solar charger
Why you need it: Guilt-free charging
We already talked about the very real chance that you’ve got plenty of wires and plugs cluttering up the space under your desk, so don’t add another one into the mix! With a portable solar charger all you have to do is stick it to a window and your device will be kept topped up with guilt-free juice all day long.
3. Sit-stand desks
Why you need it: Exercise while you work
We all know that sitting for long periods of time is bad for us, but if you work in an office then it’s unavoidable. Sit-stand desks are an easy way to let your staff get their exercise in while still working. If you make them optional, people can hot desk throughout the day.
4. Tablet stand
Why you need it: Easy access
If you use a tablet in your day-to-day job, or if you have meetings, a tablet stand is a handy little gadget to keep information nearby and easily accessible. When working at your computer you can easily refer to it and the stand’s angle means it’s ergonomic, so technically it’s good for you!
5. Portable humidifier
Why you need it: To counter dry warm offices
The office is the battleground of many thermostat wars, but in the winter when the heating is on full blast, the air can become hot and dry, which doesn’t do anyone’s sinuses any good. You might be surprised to find that the heating is the source of your plaguing cold. A small and portable humidifier will do your lungs and skin a world of good by making the air much more tolerable.
6. Monitor stand with organiser
Why you need it: Ergonomics and organisation
Ergonomics is all about making the office and working environment a more comfortable and healthy place to work, and a monitor stand with an organiser underneath is a perfect and handy way to accomplish two in one. A stand will raise your computer monitor to your eye level so you don’t need to strain your neck by looking down. And you can organise your favourite stationary while you’re at it.
7. Noise cancelling headphones
Why you need it: Buckling down and concentrating
While it’s sometimes nice to join in the conversation and banter with those around you, there are also times when you just need to block everything out and graft. We’ve found that the best way to do that is put on a pair of headphones that completely cancels out everything around you. If you’re the kind of person who gets distracted by music, these will work wonders for your productivity.
Why you need it: Environmentally-friendly caffeine hits
Not really a gadget as such but still an incredibly handy thing to have on your desk. Not only is it environmentally friendly, but it also gets rid of the risk of your favourite mug being stolen by the company down the hall. It keeps your coffee warm and lets you stay hydrated on the go from home to the office and to meetings.