If your office is all work and no style, it's time to make a change! Easy additions like a bright desk, statement clock, or a new light will make a productive impact without breaking the bank. The best part? Each find is under $100! Check out our finds, and while you're at it, consider these other affordable updates for your entire home!
Not all workplaces are OK with employees sporting elaborate Halloween costumes on Oct. 31. But before you throw in the Frankenstein-printed towel on having a hauntingly fun Halloween at work, we've found a few ideas that conjure up the holiday's spirit and may not be too spooky to a conservative office. Run your ideas by your manager and HR before you organize any Halloween activities to make sure that they approve of your plans, and check out these five frighteningly fun ideas!
If you're yearning for an office nook but don't have extra room to spare, you'll appreciate House Tweaking blogger Dana's creative solution. Allow us to introduce you to the dresker — a dresser-meets-desk hybrid that transforms a bedroom into a functioning office in no time flat!
After finding a dresser with a low enough height on Craigslist, Dana's husband busted out his drill and some hardware and got to work. The dresser is the perfect height for accommodating a laptop (on top of the dresser) and a wireless keyboard and mouse tucked into the drawer. Holes were even drilled into the back of the drawer so that a phone can be charged while sitting at the desk — genius! The finishing detail was a roll of self-adhering cork. Why the cork? Using it to line the drawer gives the surface enough grip so that a mousepad isn't needed.
Like what you see? Follow Dana's DIY tutorial to create a dresker for your home!
Maybe it's the thought of falling leaves, crisp air, and fragrant firewood, but this time of year puts me in an earthy mood. Whether I'm using delicate branches in home decorating or just spending more time in the great outdoors, I can't wait to get my hands on anything ocher, moss, and rusty brown or natural and knotty. And since many of us will spend the greater part of our days tied to our desks, why not bring some of those woodsy tones and natural materials indoors to keep us company while we type, file, and email? Here are some of my favorite desk accessories that will bring Autumn to the office!
Every job is different, but most bosses seek the same set of basic characteristics in their employees. You can wipe out some of the stress your manager causes by learning and anticipating her quirks, understanding her expectations, and talking to her about shared goals and needs. Get a head start by making sure you are radiating these attributes in the workplace.
- Arrive late, coffee in hand. If you waltz into the office 20 minutes late, clutching a Starbucks cup, chances are it's not going to be well-received. If you're running short on time, skip the coffee shop and head to the office coffeemaker instead.
- Dress inappropriately. Your boss doesn't want to feel like your parent, so she won't be thrilled if she has to regularly address your workwear. Keep things professional and remember to err on the conservative side.
- Regularly bring up your accomplishments. Patting your own back is fine every once in a while, but high-fiving yourself for every little victory is sure to frustrate both your co-workers and your boss. Save the boasting for your year-end review and always note your successes with a purpose — as in, say, while negotiating salary.
- Say you'll "try" instead of you "will." When you're asked to finish something, that means you're expected to finish it. Form your responses carefully, as even small tweaks can have a huge effect. Instead of saying, "I'll try to get to that," nod and assure your boss by saying, "No problem, I will get to that as soon as I've finished this."
- Ask personal questions. Your boss will offer personal information as she sees fit, so refrain from asking anything too intimate. Small talk is fine, of course, but remember to maintain professional boundaries during conversation.
- Tattle on other employees. Most information finds its way through the grapevine, so chances are your boss will find out about any significant scandals from someone else. Nobody likes the office tattler — and telling your boss someone else's secrets would say more about your character than theirs, anyway.
- Reply to all her tweets. You may be Facebook friends, but that doesn't mean you need to "like" every status or comment on every one of her pictures. Keep the interactions minimal so that you don't aggravate her with hourly notifications that say you've commented on five more of her Instagram photos.
Desk accessories aren't known for being the most stylish products out there, but there are items to help you get organized at work that don't look so drab. So with the new year, why not give your workspace a new look? We've rounded up some cute and practical picks that will rein in your clutter and shape up your space.
It's hard to believe 2013 is just weeks away, and one of our must haves to start the year off right is a good planner. No matter what your interests are, we've gathered some of the best out there for every type of person, from the fashionista to the geeky girl and everyone in between. If you don't pick one up for yourself, consider gifting one and helping make someone's life a little easier and more organized.
Be prepared for any 9 to 5 dilemma by stocking your desk with these 10 must-have items. From beauty mishaps to health setbacks, you'll be equipped with all the necessities to sidestep obstacles and stay focused on your work.
When Sugar HQ first moved into our current home in San Francisco, a rumor began skipping through the office . . . but not the kind you're apt to hear over the watercooler like the ones involving secret romances or odd co-worker behavior. As I stood in the elevator lobby one night, an editor pal excitedly asked, "Did you hear that this building is supposedly haunted?" According to a former building resident, a mysterious figure was once spotted in an elevator car and then proceeded to disappear into thin air. While we have yet to record any spectral beings of our own, around this time of year it's still fun to think that an uninvited guest might show up to mingle at our office Halloween party! So we're curious: