Resourcefulness and Efficient Use of Office Supplies
In businesses, office supplies make the employee effective in doing his job well. Of course with the aid of technology such as computers, telephones, fax machines, photocopiers, and so on, employees are too dependent on the use of office supplies. But do you realize that as an employer, the manager or the supervisor, you have direct control over using these supplies resourcefully? Resourcefulness is also crucial in any business since most companies nowadays are in financial hardship. So if companies are used to laying-off employees, there is also a need to extend cost cutting and budgeting in using office supplies. This does not only make one resourceful but also save the company from total financial trouble.
There are ways to save on the expenses for office supplies. First, if you do a lot of printing for your memorandums, notices and other office correspondences, you might want to try using email and other messaging modes instead such as chat for employee reminders, information or discussion. Of course, important documents which need to be signed like contracts, agreements, job offers and the like have to be printed. If printing mistakes are done, the other side of the paper or what some people call "scratch papers" can be reused for personal notes, reminders or calculations. Second, buy your office supplies in bulk from a shop that offers great deals and discounts. Using an electronic stock control and repeat ordering system is also helpful to make sure that office supplies are properly accounted for and not to be ordered in supply shops all over again. This way, you can save on office expenses. Third, if you are fond of using post-its, mechanical pencils and other costly office products, there are alternative ways to do that. Since post-its are expensive, you might use scratch papers, an adhesive tape and highlight pens for your reminders. Using lead pencils can be alternatives for mechanical pencils as well.
So if employees wish to do their part in reducing expenses, they can do it in their own little ways such as wisely using office supplies.