The Future of the Office

The Future of the Office

COVID-19 has changed office life for good.  Lockdown saw the vast majority of the UK’s 4 million office workers begin working from home, many for the first time in their careers.  Now, as offices slowly begin to reopen, employers will be working out what a “new normal” means for them and their staff.  Some will offer greater flexibility around how, where, and when we work.  Big names such as Twitter and Facebook are even offering some of their employees the chance to work from home permanently.

Missing the Office?

office environment

Those of us who’ve been working from home are now familiar with the pros and cons: the lack of commute, comfort of familiar surroundings, and option to work in your slippers are balanced out by children running around, the temptation of a lie-in, and the lack of IT support when your online meeting tools are not working properly. 

We are also well-acquainted with the ups and downs of office life — and there’s plenty to miss: the weekly lunch with friends, the banter, the watercooler chats, the immediacy of asking questions and getting answers in person, the creative energy of meetings, and basic interaction with other adults to name a few.  

With teams working remotely, ad hoc conversations and quick decisions have been made far more difficult.  The sense of community, of all being in this together, may still be there, but it is harder to maintain when everyone is working at different times in different places.

When we do go back into the office, all those things we miss will return but take place in a new culture of social distancing and PPE — two terms most had never heard at the start of 2020.  If we’re going to return to our desks or workstations and discuss what we’ve been binging on Netflix whilst grabbing a coffee, it’s got to be in a safe environment.      

The Importance of Offices Being COVID-Secure

The British public is being urged to do their duty in tackling the spread of coronavirus.  Now those who will be venturing back to work will reasonably be expecting their employers to protect them as best as possible.

Based on government guidelines, the British Standards Institute (BSI) have set out new guidelines on safe working that can be downloaded here.

But what will a COVID-secure workplace look like?  In terms of staffing, it will be quieter for the foreseeable future.  Teams of workers are likely to work in rotation with staggered start and finish times; some people will alternate between the office and home.        

back to office presentation

 

Workspaces are starting to look different, social distancing meaning that desks must be kept far apart, one-way systems need to be put in place, screens must separate those in spaces that cannot be distanced. 

We’ve probably realised when out shopping that we’re always touching communal surfaces.  Some of the more hi-tech offices will be countering this with technology.  Apps will be able to open doors and order coffees.  We’ve had contactless payment for some time; and many businesses are moving towards contactless working environments. 

Where contact cannot be avoided, PPE will have to be used; people will need gloves, hand-sanitiser, and the tools to regularly clean their workspaces.

It will all seem very unusual at first, but will soon become a natural way of working.  At GeigerBTC, we have considered your wellbeing by offering PPE alongside the promotional products we’re known for.  Take a look here

Use the Power of Post to Stay Connected

As business slowly and carefully resumes, reaching out to existing and potential clients and customers is more important than ever.  With remote working increasing email noise to unprecedented levels, one sure way of cutting through and connecting is by using promotional merchandise — proven to be more effective than any amount of email or social media marketing.

Promotional products compared to other mediums

Promotional merchandise has multiple benefits.  For clients or staff working remotely, receiving a surprise in the post could make their day, helping them feel valued and connected to you.  This, in turn, can boost morale, something precious in these turbulent times.

You can check out our extensive range of working-from-home merchandise ideas for everyone from customers to employees here.

The Right Promotional Merchandise, Safely Provided

The new regulations apply to almost every workplace for the foreseeable future.  At GeigerBTC, we’ve adapted our day-to-day processes and working practices to make sure that we are completely certified and compliant with relevant guidelines.  We have the capacity and workforce to dispatch premium PPE and branded products or promotional clothing to your door, wherever that door is.

Contact us

Whether your needs are social distancing measures for your workplace or PPE, safety or wellness products for your teams, or corporate merchandise please get in touch with us on ppe@geigerbtc.com to discuss your requirements.

How To Find The Right Work-Life Balance When WFH

 How to find the right work-life balance when WFH

Even before the Covid-19 outbreak, we lived in an Always-On culture – technology has allowed us to work anytime anywhere.
As many employees continue to work from home, significantly during Mental Health Awareness Week 2020, it seems more important than ever to find the right work-life balance. 

We’ve put together a few relevant tips on how to find and maintain that important line between work and life during the prolonged working from home period.
 

Frame1. Set aside a space dedicated just for work 

This will help you get in the zone and, more importantly, will help you to switch off at the end of the day.
 If possible, find a space with lots of natural light to improve morale and productivity.
Give your workspace a personal touch to make it your own. A green plant gives an instant uplift or you could even frame a photo of your favourite colleagues!
 


cafetiere2. Get ready for work

Follow your usual morning routine - make some tea or coffee and have breakfast.
Get dresses for your working day. 
Many of us do cheat and wear tracksuit bottoms – but that's ok, it’s important to feel comfortable too!



noise cancelling headphones3. Communication is key

Stay in touch with your colleagues throughout the day - there is no substitute for seeing each other's faces! 
There is a myriad of tools available to help you communicate with your team – for example at GeigerBTC we use Microsoft Teams and GoTo Meetings. We also hold a weekly company-wide video chat every Friday afternoon, where we catch up about the week and have a little bit of office banter that we all miss while working from home!




calendar pod4. Create a routine and stick to it

Write a plan or your to-do-list either the day before or every morning.
Set your goals for the day, week or month ahead. Put your work away at the end of the day, especially if your workspace is a shared space in your home.
It's also important to set working hours and stick to them, especially if you have children at home. 
 



tea and coffee set5. Take breaks throughout the day and do not skip lunch

Step away from your laptop, make a cup of tea, clear your head, and recharge.
Pop out for some fresh air, check on your children or pets, or make a call to check-in with your friends and family. Make sure to stretch regularly, here is a great guide





snacks6. Look after your physical health and eat well

It’s important to stay active while we are at home and take outdoor exercise if you can. There are so many fantastic apps and online videos that will allow you to exercise from your living room too.
Eat healthily, choose healthy snacks rather than salty, sugary and high-fat options. Maintain a healthy, balanced diet, drink lots of water, and of course, allow yourself the occasional treat.

 
And, most importantly, don't forget your mental health

Make time for mindfulness. Try your best to be patient and positive, and focus on here and now. Identify your triggers and have a plan on how to deal with them, there's a myriad of techniques available. For example, use the 'CALM' technique by assigning each letter to something that makes you feel better and calmer (i.e. C for chocolate, A for art, L for lakes, M for mum). 
Meditation can help you to keep focus and perspective in changing times, whilst reading can be your biggest escape and companion. Explore the many apps that are available for both meditation and reading, or why not join a virtual book club!

Remember, we are stronger together!
Even though we are separated in our homes right now, the advances in technology allow us to stay connected to each other in ways we couldn't even imagine 20 years ago! 
Make sure to regularly check in with your colleagues. Feeling lonely or isolated is very common these days - a simple call to say hello can make a huge difference. 

Take a creative approach to find your own work/life balance. It's important for your health, attitude and productivity. 

As employers, investing in an employee well-being strategy can help teams feel connected and valued during these difficult days. Sending your staff a gift is the perfect way to show you care about them. 
 

Competition Announcement!

Competition announcement!

Design a snood competition


We are inviting kids of all ages to design the official GeigerBTC multi mask!
Winners will receive a multi mask with their own design plus one for each of their classmates! They will also receive a surprise gift to keep all to themselves!

Entries to be judged by a panel including children of the #GeigerBTCteam!

How to enter: Simply create a picture or pattern that makes you smile!
Dimensions: 45cm x 22cm (landscape).

Pictures and patterns should be emailed to hello@geigerbtc.com with the following details:

- Child’s first name and age
- A sentence from your child telling us what they are looking forward to in brighter times (this could be seeing grandparents, going back to school or even a trip to McDonald’s!)
- Parent’s email address

Closing date: 10th of May. Winners will be announced on 11th May. Multi Masks will be delivered to winners’ schools when schools reopen. We’ll be sharing some of the entries here and we can’t wait to see your artistic skills!
T&C's apply.

 

 


GeigerBTC Announces Leadership Change

GeigerBTC Announces Leadership Change

 Vicky Kinasz - New Managing Director of GeigerBTC

London, UK April 16th 2020: UK Distributor GeigerBTC, a subsidiary of Geiger, a multi-generational family owned and managed company, announced that Vicky Kinasz will join the company as Managing Director, replacing Frank Murphy who will be retiring at the end of May 2020. 

Frank was a Founding Partner of BTC Group, which Geiger acquired in April 2018. Frank states, “Following a very successful two-year transition period I am looking forward to a new and exciting stage in my life, albeit one curtailed somewhat by the current Coronavirus crisis. I cannot speak more highly of the care and consideration Geiger has shown to me during this transition period. While I am saddened to leave behind an amazing team of colleagues, many of whom I have known for more than 25+ years, I could not be more delighted to hand the reins over to Vicky Kinasz. I know she will lead GeigerBTC on to even greater things.” 

Vicky Kinasz joins the firm as an entrepreneurial senior professional with an outstanding track record of success in commercial operations, management and sales. "I am delighted to be joining the team at GeigerBTC,” says Kinasz. “I have spent over 20 years in the promotions industry, and to have the opportunity to join a world class organisation with such an incredible culture and heritage is truly the most exciting opportunity of my career. I very much look forward to meeting in the near future with all our clients, partners and suppliers." 

Jo-an Lantz, President and CEO of Geiger Worldwide adds, “Vicky brings a track record of managing client relationships and teams with strong communication skills. Her experience as a Managing Director, as well as with promotional products, sales promotion agencies, and consumer brands make her uniquely qualified. I look forward to working with her in the years to come as GeigerBTC grows.” Jo-an continues, “It is difficult to imagine GeigerBTC without Frank Murphy. He has been the lifeblood of the organization for over 40 years. We wish him the very best in his retirement.”  

About Geiger and GeigerBTC 

Headquartered in Lewiston, Maine, Geiger is the largest family-owned and managed promotional products distributor in the world. Geiger operates from offices across the US and London, England and is affiliated with over 450 independent sales representatives. Geiger is a socially conscientious company, providing proactive, comprehensive marketing solutions to their clients. GeigerBTC was founded in 1977 and is based in Hayes, Middlesex and has a staff of 90. A full-service brand marketing firm, GeigerBTC offers on-site decorating, distribution, fulfilment, web development and customer corporate programs, and employee store expertise.

 

Hand Sanitiser Stand

Hand sanitiser gel - a key commodity

Hand sanitiser units 
 

We have been working with our supply chain to very high ethical standards, all the way down the line. 

GeigerBTC are still open for business. During this time, we will be continuing to support businesses and help ensure your requirements are met efficiently and safely. 

As we supply products for organisations with key workers, our factory has also remained open during this period to ensure the supply of essential goods can be maintained. However, we are adhering to government guidelines to ensure that our workplace remains a safe environment for all members of our team. 

Stand Sanitiser is the ideal choice to help your teams and your customers stay safe and protected.

  • Touch-free dispensing.
  • Recommended for shop entrances, educational establishments, sporting venues and all public places.
  • Drip catcher keeps floors and sink areas clean.
  • Wall-mounted or freestanding station options (push action). 

Our aim is to offer high quality, safe and compliant hand sanitiser gel and PPE products at the best market price possible.
Please get in touch at ppe@geigerbtc.com if we can help in any way.

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