Supplies - necessary and unnecessary - keep work moving smoothly

Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2006

No office is complete without the proper office supplies. While certain items never seem to go out of style, like pen holders, mouse pads and desk calendars, there are a number of items that can make your workday run more smoothly. We asked a few experienced office warriors for their take on the office supplies they can't live without.

Lisa Giassa, managing supervisor of media relations for Fleishman Hillard in New York, says she has some must-have items when she starts a new job:

l Dry erase board with multi-colored markers

l Pilot Precise V5 rolling ball pens in multiple colors

l A mini-fridge. "It's an only child thing. The communal fridge is gross, and I don't want anyone swiping my Snapple," says Giassa.

Tried and true

David Shroads, president of Baytree Communications Systems in Amelia Island, Fla., says nothing comes in handier than a notebook and a good pen or pencil.

"Well-used, these implements can compensate for a lack of database technology, word processors or even poor memory," he says. "They can provide limited functionality for work during a power outage, drive failure or network failure."

On the move

For those who are mobile during the day and spend a lot of time on the road, it's important to have materials that allow you access to your office.

"I'm moving offices, and before remembering stamps or scissors, I am making sure to have remote access to e-mail," says Christina Attalla, president of PR Results in Downers Grove, Ill. "Although I won't be able to stay on top of everything during the move, I can take care of urgent matters and check on deadlines."



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