Choosing an office notice board might seem a relatively trivial thing, especially in comparison to some of the memos, information and notices expected to end up on it. Yet, it is exactly because of the use a notice board is put to within an office that makes getting the right one, or ones, so important. An office board is, after all, a communications tool, and when put to proper use can play a huge part in keeping an office ticking over and running smoothly. Then, here’s a quick guide to ensure you get the right one, and get the most out of the one you choose.
Virtual vs. Reality
Living in the digital age, many businesses now rely on computer software, apps and programs to communicate and relay information which would previously have been placed on a notice board. This is all well and good, whether you use inter-office emails or an app such as one of those discussed and reviewed via the Whiteboard Blog website and proves a quick, efficient and viable means of keeping an office communicating. That said, even offices which make use of virtual notice boards usually also use actual ones either when presenting during meetings or to post memos, schedules and work itineraries. Hence, it is also advisable to invest in at least one actual notice board for use within an office space.
Singular vs. Plural
Another issue facing businesses is how many notice boards to make use of. A single notice board can have a tendency to get cluttered, making extracting, organising and prioritising the information contained on it a nightmarish task for staff, who often and consequently ‘give up’ trying. Hence, communication chaos can ensure.
Then, consider using separate notice boards, each of a different colour frame or backing. The NHS does this to make it clear different boards are used for different purposes. Not only does it avoid creating confusion, it also prevents information from getting lost or overlooked.
Size and Location
When purchasing or choosing a notice board, it is paramount first to know exactly where you intend the notice board to go within an office. After all, how else are you going to know what size and even what shape or type of notice board to opt for? Then, to help you decide where to put your office noticeboard and too what size to opt for, consider the following points:
- Large notice boards fit a lot on them, but often appear ‘wall like’ and so go overlooked.
- Any information much above or below eye level will be construed as of lesser important or get overlooked.
- Notice boards occupying corridors or areas where there is a high footfall get seen more often, but read less often.
- Never place a board where it is likely to be obscured for any reason or by any equipment etc. Even items placed in front of notice boards which are easily movable or there in the short term create the impression that what is on the notice board doesn’t really After all, if it did, it wouldn’t be half hidden behind the office yucca plant or have an employee’s bike propped against it, would it?
- If you already have notice boards in your office, pay attention to which get used, where they are, and their size. Also, pay attention to your staff, and ask them which they use, why and for what.
Types of Notice Board
Finally, it is important to be aware of the different kinds of notice boards out there before you start shopping so that you know what you are looking to buy and avoid getting one that is not best suited to your office and its intended purposes.
Fortunately, in the age of the internet doing this is easy; simply give a few minutes to look at and assess the pros and cons of the different type on offer. This is most easily and efficiently done by looking online and via a specialist notice board provider, such as The Notice Board Company.
Not only will undertaking an online shop prove the most convenient way of searching, researching and shopping, often it will further ensure you get the right notice board at the best price as companies operating online shops and services do not mark up their products to cover additional costs, such as premises rent and council tax, when selling.