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What Does Your Office Want for Christmas?

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If your office was a human being, what would be on its Christmas list? If it was laden with a bounty of gift cards after the dust settles and the holiday season is over, what would it spend them on?

Unless you work for Skynet, your workplace has most likely not gained sentience and drawn up a list of things it wants for Christmas. That being the case, what sorts of things might make things in the office a little more cheery? What purchases could help improve productivity and morale? Let’s take a look.

A New Coffee Machine

You’d think that the good people at Keurig work for NASA, with all of the space-age gadgetry they’re packing into their coffee machines. If your workplace has been getting by with the same coffee maker since the ‘80s, it might be time to think about an upgrade.

Some of today’s most popular models make it ridiculously easy to brew individual cups of coffee in more flavors than you could hope to sample in several lifetimes.

New Office Chairs

If you’ve ever driven home from work at the end of the day with your lumbar crying out for relief, it might be time to replace the office chairs in your workplace. Much of America’s workforce spends a great deal of time sitting in front of a computer monitor, so maintaining a comfortable and ergonomic posture can go a long way toward lifting your co-workers’ spirits.

Some of the more popular chairs available right now feature open-back designs made with mesh fabrics, which can help with air circulation in the long summer months. Of course, you could always spring for leather, but that might not be for everyone.

A New Phone System

Let’s face it: it’s kind of hard to get excited about a telephone unless we’re talking about a new smartphone from the likes of Apple or Samsung. Even so, upgrading your business phone system this holiday season might be just the shot in the arm that your office needs to improve its productivity.

Office communication has been improving by leaps and bounds over the last few years thanks to technological advancements like VoIP, which lets you use a high-speed Internet connection as though it were a phone line. At first, this might not sound like a paradigm-shifting technology, but features like voicemail in your inbox might help change your mind.

New Computers

We’re getting into expensive territory here, but what better way to close out this list than with the ultimate gift for the office? If your workplace lives on the cutting edge, this might not apply to you. Rather, if you and your co-workers are still using Windows 2000 and dusty CRT monitors, some updated computers might start to look real tempting.

Unless the nature of your work makes the determination for you one way or another, you’ll have to think long and hard about buying Windows-based computers or going with Macs instead. Both have unique advantages, though many businesses love Macs for their ease of use and nearly effortless maintenance.

No matter what you choose, though, the improvement in productivity and morale should be nearly palpable, with your workforce spending more time working and less time cursing at their workstations.

Russ Fordyce

About Russ Fordyce

Russ is the Managing Director of Marketing at Broadview Networks where he works to help consultants and business owners better understand and put technology to use so they can transform how their employees get work done and improve results.

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