Tax Time: Smart Strategies and Office Solutions to plan for success
With tax time quickly approaching, now is the time to prepare your business for success in the new financial year with smart strategies and office solutions. The weeks leading up to June 30 can be a hectic time for Australian organisations, but it’s also the ideal time to step back and look at opportunities to work smarter and create an environment for success in the new financial year.
In the first of our Tax Time series, we share five smart strategies to plan for success:
Cultivate an environment for success
Organisations are realising that, to promote success, they need to unlock the potential of workplace design and facilities. So take the opportunity this tax time to consider how you can invest in the right office solutions and business furniture to stimulate productivity, collaboration and engagement. It could mean creating new breakout areas to inspire collaboration and creativity, or investing in new ergonomic chairs and workstations where employees can focus on the task at hand.
Activity-Based Working (ABW) solutions are another smart strategy for organisations, allowing people to move freely to carefully designed workspaces that meet their needs according to the activity. Our Business Interiors brand can help you explore the possibilities and create a custom-designed fit-out solution that complements your people, culture and goals.
Equip the workplace for productivity
Focus on equipping your workplace for productivity in the new financial year. Everything from office stationery to kitchen supplies can have a significant impact on employee productivity and engagement. However, if increased productivity is your tax time goal, make the workplace kitchen your focus. With a purposeful design, amenities and location, the workplace kitchen has untapped potential to help your people thrive. Aim to create a kitchen hub that goes beyond a functional place to prepare and eat food, and becomes a social hub where employees can recharge and engage in dynamic, collaborative conversation. In a kitchen hub, employees can build the trust and “social capital” that leads to new ideas, better problem solving and more empowered decision-making.
Be smart, safe and clean
Never underestimate the impact of an unclean and unsafe workplace on your bottom line. For instance, in our recent blog ‘Why Washroom Maintenance Matters and How Commercial Cleaning Supplies Help’ we outlined the smart advantage of providing a clean and well-maintained washroom including fighting off diseases and keeping happy and engaged employees.
By stocking up on office solutions that include cleaning and safety products you can achieve best practice workplace amenities, including kitchen and break out areas, that enable employees to do their job more efficiently while also promoting better health, wellbeing and morale. However, this is also an ideal opportunity to identify facility and safety solutions that will ensure your organisation is Workplace Health & Safety (WHS) compliant ready for the new financial year.
Work smarter‚ not harder
By capitalising on business technology and accessories, organisations can gain new efficiencies in the workplace and empower employees to achieve more. Today, work isn’t confined to the office; it takes place on the road, at home, on a laptop, tablet or smartphone. As a result, employees are demanding access to information and connectivity via any device, anywhere, anytime. This trend will only intensify as we progress towards the “workplace of things”, which is the idea that the workforce will be increasingly mobile and the work environment itself is smarter than ever.
Organisations can benefit by implementing office solutions that enable employees to work smarter, wherever they are. Wireless headsets, backpacks and laptops are just a few examples of office solutions that enable staff to move seamlessly from one work environment to the next. With the growing popularity of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies, this is also an opportune time to review the security of office technology, such as emails and file sharing, and keep your business protected.
Spend smart this tax time
There are a few simple strategies to help organisations make the most of their time and budget in the lead up to June 30. Start by making a list of office solutions that employees use on a daily basis, such as stationery, paper, cleaning products and kitchen supplies, as these workplace essentials always need restocking. Next, list the items that will support your workplace over the next twelve months, such as business technology, first aid kits and office furniture, including any items that need upgrading or replacing.
When you’re ready to commit your budget, use a Single Source provider to order all your office solutions. At Staples, our online ordering platform allows customers to choose from over 100,000 products across a range of categories so businesses can easily procure all their business essentials through one trackable invoice.
With tax time just around the corner, the smartest thing any organisation can do is start planning now. By taking action before 30 June, you can open up opportunities for success that will extend long into the new financial year. As an industry leading office solutions provider, Staples has your tax time strategy covered with office products, kitchen supplies, and safety products, technology solutions and business furniture to suit all types of workplaces. Check back for part two of our Tax Time series for more smart strategies to get ahead in the new financial year.