Here’s a fun little “Did You Know” blog post for ya. Did you ever even notice the numbers on a calculator (or number pad on a computer)and a telephone are the opposite? I will be honest here and say I never really noticed it (or I just never thought about it) – when someone told me this fun fact recently, I had to turn on my iPhone and compare it to the number pad on my computer to confirm!
We use calculators, computers, and cell phones on a daily basis – so why isn’t the layout the same on all of these devices? Well the answer is that no one really knows for certain why this is – but there are a few theories out there. One of the most popular theories is that the numbers on a touch tone phone are modeled after the old rotary phones – the 1 is at the top and the 0 is at the bottom – since people were so used to using rotary phones when touch tone phones were introduced. Another theory has to do with the numbers on a phone matching up with the alphabet. According to ABCnews.com – “When it came time to match letters of the alphabet up with the numbers, putting 1-2-3 across the top made a lot more sense because it was the most natural way to get ABC in the top row. If 7-8-9 had been at the top, one of two things would have happened — the letters and the numbers would have run in opposite directions, or PRS would have been the first set of letters. Either arrangement would have seemed very odd.”
Just a fun little piece of trivia for you to impress your coworkers with!
When companies look to tighten budgets and save money, the restroom isn’t typically one of the first places that comes to mind…but it should be. There are several ways that your company restrooms could actually be losing your business money without you even realizing it. Here are 4 ways that your company could be losing money in the bathroom and how to stop your money from going down the drain:
You are using multi-fold instead of roll towel dispensers.
Multi-fold towels are more expensive than roll towels and don’t always pull evenly. Have you ever pulled a multi-fold towel and had all remaining towels fall out? It happens more often than not. Roll towel dispensers require users to pull one towel at a time which minimizes waste.
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Online ordering makes everything so quick and easy these days. Just a few clicks and your order is on it’s way – but there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes that you might not even realize. Check out our new video to find out how your order goes from our warehouse to your desk the next day!
I have to admit I am often guilty of extreme optimism when projecting what I can accomplish in a day. I start with too many items on my To-do list and don’t always plan for issues to arise or the meeting that runs longer than scheduled. As a result I’m frequently scrambling and trying to find ways to conserve time without cutting corners and losing control over quality or costs.
If you’re like me or maybe just carrying too many responsibilities, the last thing you want is to become a bottle neck in the procurement process..
Here are 2 easy ways you can start saving time while gaining more control over your procurement process:
- Start by pushing your users to order from supplier websites themselves instead of having a middleman order everyone’s supplies. Users know what they need to perform tasks so why do you or anyone else need to be involved? And introducing a third party into the process only increases the paper trail and potential for mistakes
- Set up an automated approval process. You can restrict and monitor purchases, and approve with one click. Better yet, add department managers to the approval processes to monitor their team spend and free you up for other tasks.
These are two components of fully automated procurement processes. They save you time without giving up control. If you would like some help to set up a custom automated approval process click here.
If you want to learn more about approval workflows and how they could help YOUR business, download our guide.
If you’re in charge of the budget in your household, you probably like to have insight into where your money is going, right? You might keep an eye on your bank account to see what’s being purchased, how much you’re spending each month, if you’re staying within your budget, etc. Even if you’re not a bank account hawk like my husband often tells me I am, I’m sure you at least look at your account from time to time to make sure there’s money in there and that there aren’t any random charges being made to your account. Well the same should be said for purchases being made by your company – specifically office products.
If you are in any sort of procurement role within your company, it’s important that you have company purchase information available to you. You should know things like what supplies are being purchased most frequently, how much each department is spending, if you’re getting consistent pricing on the items you buy the most, and so on. The more information you have, the more educated decisions you can make. It’s a lot easier to make decisions when you have all of the information in front of you than it is to make decisions in the dark.
If you want to learn how you can find out this type of information about YOUR company’s office supply spending, download our guide: How Ninjas Arm Themselves with Great Reporting to Increase Productivity and Reduce Costs.
At many companies, Secret Santa has become a tradition during the holiday season. The annual tradition of randomly drawing someone’s name and then purchasing that person a holiday gift strikes fear into the hearts of many office workers each year. What if you draw someone’s name who you don’t know? Or worse, what if you draw the CEO’s name?? What if you put too much thought into it and give a gift that comes off as creepy? What if you don’t put enough thought into it and look like a slacker? For those who struggle with Secret Santa at the office every year, we have 5 tips to make this year a little easier for you: