Stress in office workplaces is a real problem with workers citing it as one of the reasons that they think about changing jobs. I’ve dealt with it before and am sure that I will deal with it again. If you have ever worked in an office environment, you know what I mean.
I think, though, that we have focused so much on our tension that we have failed to recognize the tension felt by our office supplies.
What? Office supplies experience tension? Yes they do and over the years I have become something of an expert at helping to reduce it.
So I thought I would share 6 ways to reduce office supply stress.
1. Keep your stapler and staple remover separate. These two simply do NOT get along for obvious reasons. And I doubt that they ever will.
2. Use your red ink pen for something other than correcting mistakes on occasion. Like us, red ink pens grow weary of always being the bearers of bad news. Try writing poetry or drawing hears with them sometimes instead.
3. Stop overfilling your paper clip holder. Humans aren’t the only ones with personal space issues. Overcrowding in the holder leads to unhappy and unproductive paper clips.
4. Don’t wait so long to refill your refillable calendar. Calendars are known for their perfectionist natures. It stresses them out when we wait until the very end of the year to refill them. Try doing it the day before Thanksgiving to give your calendar something to be thankful for, too.
5. Include the copy machine in conversations. Plenty of conversations happen at copy machines about politics, sports, relationships, and so much more, but the copy machines are rarely ever asked to join in and share their opinions. It wouldn’t hurt to see what your copy machine thinks about some of the stories of the day. If nothing else, I’m sure he know some pretty juicy gossip.
6. Your in-tray may look strong and sturdy, but he has a sensitive side, too. A simple thank you for bearing such heavy loads will go a long way.
I realize that these are silly, but I did hit on an issue that is serious–because we deal with so many problems and stress of our own, we often fail to recognize that others have burdens that they are struggling to bear as well.
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
I need help. You need help. They need help.
One of the reasons we are here is to help each other, to bear one another’s burdens.
To love each other enough to step into each other’s lives and stay there as long as it takes.
Is this hard? Sometimes.
But with God all things are possible.
What are some other ways to reduce office supply stress?
How have others have helped you recently?