An average working week in the UK is 40 hours, and if you’re office based, most of those hours are spent sitting down. Whether you’re at your desk working through emails, in a meeting room making important decisions or having lunch in the staff room, you probably haven’t given the humble chair a second thought. (Unless a wheel fell off or it’s become a right pain in the back). But when was the last time you replaced your chairs?
If the chairs in your office have seen better days, is it time for an upgrade?
A recent study* shows that British office workers spend nearly 5 hours a day at their desk, often without moving. If that time is spent on a squeaky, lumpy, wonky wheeled chair, then it’s enough to make the most motivated workforce struggle. Keeping your staff comfy and happy whilst they’re at their desks should be a priority as staff are likely to be more focussed and productive.
When choosing seating, you need to consider the needs of the individual, so why not get your staff involved in selecting the new chairs? After all, a valued workforce will be more creative and efficient for you and the business.
Christmas is fast approaching and it’s the perfect time to thank your staff for all their hard work this year as well as build morale for the year ahead. If you’re still looking for the perfect gift to give your employees, make life a little easier and give a Gift Card.
Give a gift your employee will love
When choosing Christmas gifts, picking one item that’s perfect as a present for a range of individuals is difficult, but a Gift Card solves this problem. In an Argos for Business Christmas Gifting Survey, 40% of the nations employees said gift cards from their employers this festive season would be their ideal gift and it’s easy to see why:
- Gift Cards give your employees the freedom to choose what they really want at Christmas which makes your present even more memorable.
- They can spend it straight away or wait until the January sales
- They can use their Gift Card to treat themselves or treat a family member or friend
Treat your employees to an Argos Gift Card this year and give them the gift of over 50,000 products to choose from. Gift Cards can be used online* at argos.co.uk, via the Argos app or in any UK Argos Store.
Whether you are just starting out or have been running your business for a long time, are a small company with a handful of employees or a large corporation, something we all have in common is the need for new customers.
These days, every business has to work hard to attract new customers so we have gathered a few ideas that can help you bring in new business.
1. Word of mouth works
If you’ve already got a number of customers, give them an incentive to recommend their friends. If each current customer recommended one friend, you could double your customer base very quickly! The “recommend a friend” idea is widely used from small to large businesses. You could offer your customers money off their next purchase when they recommend a friend or you could always reward them with a gift to say thank you. Gift Cards are a perfect incentive to get referrals if a cash discount isn’t right for your business.
2. Make your website customer friendly
If your online presence doesn’t compare to those of your competitors, then it needs updating. Fast. If there isn’t a good journey for customers to follow on your website, then chances are they will leave and carry on searching elsewhere.
In most of our careers, we’ve had a mentor or someone we look up to for guidance and support. Sometimes that person is an ultra-successful celebrity figure such as Bill Gates or Richard Branson, and sometimes they’re an important family member or leader at work.
We’ve explored the internet looking for the best pieces of advice given by mentors. Some of these have been sent in by Argos for Business readers and some are key pieces of advice from business leaders.