The average office worker will spend around 2000 hours per year in the office.
That’s a lot of time pushing paper and so naturally we all look for ways to make our office environments and working days more fun and enjoyable.
Here are 10 must have gadgets to spice up any office – if you can get away with it…
Designed by Andy Kurovets
It has been said that most men will not be able to successfully find the scroll wheel!
Come on fellas…get some practice in.
These fit right over your shoes and will have you finding any reason, however tenuous to deliver paperwork to your colleagues or visit the post room at breakneck speed.
You’ve often heard that you need to get up and walk around for 5-10 minutes every hour.
Well now you have the perfect excuse.
These skates will help to get the circulation going and improve your fitness levels at work.
The mask and body suit are optional extras to help prevent chafing!
These handy stamps will help you organise your paperwork into 2 distinct piles. One that you like, and the other that you want to avoid.
Take out your frustrations on piles of unwanted paperwork by pounding them vigorously with your dislike stamp.
Watch your thumbs…
Never again will your co-workers dare to lie to you in the office.
This no nonsense Button will alert your colleagues to bullshit occurring whenever and however it happens!
Just press the big red button and it will light up, buzzing loudly. Then simply make any necessary announcement you feel suits the occasion such as “Bullshit detected!”
Be wary of setting it off when your boss walks past or it may transform into a “Your Fired!” button.
Keep your eye in with this excellent waste bin and help to encourage tidy desks and workspaces in your office.
Just be prepared for predictable jokes about how ‘rubbish’ your basketball shots are.
Environmental advice: Please remember to recycle your paper products!
By Chinese designer Li Jianye
Official product name “iOlympic wastebasketball”
Are you plagued by office pen snatchers? It’s happened to most of us. You’re looking for a pen to take a phone message and realise that someone has half inched it.
Now you can get your own back with this realistic looking Shock Pen.
Twist the pen’s base and a working ballpoint tip emerges. However, if someone steals your pen, and the pen tip isn’t visible, they will most likely press the top button. This will give them a harmless electric shock.
There is an added bonus – the small stifled scream will give away the identity of the thief!
Available from GenieGadgets.com
Do you remember that swooshing sound when the doors opened in the original Star Trek series?
Well this great little gadget is sure to excite the inner ‘Trekkie’ in you.
This motion sensitive device can be mounted either side of the door and will alert you any time someone crosses the threshold. It has two sound modes, ‘swoosh’ and ‘red alert’.
There is also a push button communicator whistle sound on the front panel.
Available from ThinkGeek.com
For those of you that like a bit of old school, this antique typewriter has been modified so that it works as a USB keyboard for your PC, Mac or iPad.
Even non-standard keys such as F1-F12 etc. are available via a special toggle button.
Admittedly, this item is expensive – currently $699.00 US dollars which equates to £462.15 at the time of writing.
However, there is a cheaper alternative.
If you have a spare 5-8 hours and are a DIY enthusiast, you can actually modify any old manual typewriter to work as a USB keyboard using circuit boards and electronic parts. These parts will set you back $74.00 which converts to approximately £48.93.
This is quite a project but the end result will be worth it – Happy soldering!
Available from Etsy.com
Although this is not strictly a gadget, it would be a wonderful addition to any office desk.
Jellyfish are fascinating creatures and arguably you will find watching them an even more relaxing experience than keeping fish. This is because of the gentle way they float and move around in the water.
The kit comes with everything you need including non-stinging moon jellyfish, food, hydrometer and air pump.
Sure to calm and inspire your mind in any busy office environment.
This fantastic, environmentally friendly ‘stapler’ is such a simple idea.
Never again will you be faced with the frustrating situation of having a stapler, but no staples.
It works by cutting a little flap in the corner of your paper, folding the flap back and tucking it into a tiny slit.
In fairness it’s not as permanent as a regular stapler but the advantage is that it’s kid friendly and the pages can be pulled apart without tearing.
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