There is a growing trend emerging in modern organizations to deck out offices with new technologies that include gaming consoles, wireless devices and tablets, and even food and drink machines. Does your workplace need more gadgets?
There are a number of reasons why businesses might want to invest in more technology for their workplaces, not only for production purposes, but also to increase employee satisfaction during lunch and leisure time. Many of these gadgets help to reduce workplace stress, which can be a major cause of absenteeism. What’s more, satisfied workers are more likely to be extra efficient and productive.
Here are a few ultimate gadgets for the office; from gaming consoles for winding down, to Tassimo coffee machines for often-needed caffeine hit.
The fun and the gimmicky
Not all office gadgets have to be hi-tech; some are simply fun to have around, like the desktop punching ball or the “what’s for lunch?” decision spinner. Or what about the flexible, light-up waterproof keyboard that is virtually indestructible (you can even scrunch it up in your pocket)?
Multi-purpose flash drives
Flash drives have come a long way since they were first introduced and today’s USB drives can do so much more than store important files. In fact, innovative designers have managed to incorporate everything into these versatile little gadgets, from humidifiers to cup warmers, making the ever-so practical USB technology even more wondrous.
Desk toys, especially perpetual motion devices such as balancing mobiles and pendulums, have been around for decades, helping to relieve executive stress as well as simply looking cool. The Newton’s cradle is perhaps the king of all desk toys; a classic executive toy for grown-ups that never seems to age. It has recently been updated in a new, polished silver metal edition that exudes beauty and importance.
Organizing just got much more hi-tech
Office and desktop filing systems and organizers sound extremely low-tech; for example, wire mesh trays and wooden pen holders don’t do much for the streamlined look of the modern office. The latest desktop organizers, however, are multifunctional and tailored to today’s digital age and feature a built-in USB hub, memory card reader and phone holder; oh, and a cup holder, naturally.
The ultimate coffee machine
If your office does not have the ultimate in food and drink machines, it might be time to act. Coffee machines have become a mainstay in just about every modern office landscape. With all the new and advanced models now on the market, they have become part of the range of high-tech office gadgetry; some of the latest models resemble the dashboard of a car more than they do a coffee machine.
A coffee maker is as much at home in the office as the copy machine or the printer. Practical gadgets, such as these, help to improve efficiency by making a great cup of coffee on their own, so your staff doesn’t have to waste their working time making it themselves.
No matter how big or small your company is, there are sure to be gadgets that don’t cost too much, but which will make a significant improvement to your employee’s attitude and level of job satisfaction.