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Glass noticeboards needn’t be a memo graveyard. Here’s how a glass notice whiteboard can be the star of your workplace.

How a glass noticeboard can benefit your workplace

A magnetic glass whiteboard is the ultimate when it comes to glass noticeboards. So, after investing in one you’ll want to put it to good use.

But can the humble office noticeboard really be a big benefit in your workplace? The short answer: yes! The long answer is in this article you’re reading.

So, you should keep going to find out everything you need to know about office noticeboards, including how they can benefit your office, how to maintain them and some innovative ideas for how to use them.

Reflect your office culture

Good office culture is the goal of all workplace management. The right office ‘vibe’ increases job satisfaction, boosts productivity and encourages client trust.

The humble noticeboard might not seem like the lynchpin to your office, but as a place of socialisation and collaboration, your noticeboard can be one of the best canvases on which to reflect the office culture you strive to have.

They key is to choose a theme for a noticeboard - one that best reflects your office culture. If you’re running a laid-back workplace, a super structured noticeboard will stick out like a peacock in a henhouse.

If, on the other hand, you pride yourself on a businesslike workplace, then a board full of random selfies won’t work out well.

Promote the ‘water cooler effect’

The ‘water cooler effect’ is an interesting phenomenon. It’s observed in workspaces that have communal areas that encourage interpersonal communication of an informal nature. The space around the water cooler is a classic example, but these spaces can be anything from the communal kitchen, to the coffee machine to - you guessed it - the workplace noticeboard.

So, what’s so special about the water cooler effect? Studies show that it can increase worker productivity by up to 15 per cent. How did researchers arrive at that figure?

Well, a team from the Michigan Institute of Technology used special badges to track workers in office environments. They found that cohesion among staff was one of the biggest factors in both productivity and job satisfaction.

Cohesion, in this case, meant how interconnected the employees were as an extended group. And the interactions that drive this cohesion? They occurred around a symbolic (or actual) ‘water cooler’.

Essentially, the take-away is this: humans are social animals. Our connections with one another are key factors that drive our motivation, satisfaction and productivity.

Providing spaces where staff can engage in informal communication isn’t giving them licence to waste time, it’s actually a way to encourage higher job satisfaction, and, ultimately, improve the bottom line.

Avoid noticeboard clutter

A cluttered noticeboard does no one any good. Key information is buried or lost, new information has no space, and, well, it just looks plain ugly. If you’re going to set up an office noticeboard, here are some ways you can keep it from falling into disarray.

Use negative space

In designer-speak, a lack of content is called ‘negative space’. It’s one of the best ways to ensure a user-friendly layout.

This same principle should govern your noticeboard. When adding something, give it a bit of space on all sides. This will ensure your notices are plain to see and easy to understand.

Stick to one layer

Multiple layers of notes and papers on a noticeboard can get unwieldy fast. It’s also the fastest way to increase the cluttered look.

If you’re particularly bad at remembering to refresh your noticeboard, then a magnetic glass whiteboard is a great answer to your problem. When you end up with multiple layers the magnets will stop sticking and you’ll know it’s time for a cleanup.

Regularly clean your noticeboard

Just as your office kitchen has a cleaning roster, so too should your noticeboard. Once per week or fortnight, someone should go through and take down the out-of-date notices.

If your noticeboard is a glass whiteboard, then give the surface a clean as well: it’s quick, easy and will refresh your office look.

Direct the eye

This is another handy design principle. It’s essentially understanding how people will look at your noticeboard and then designing its layout around that behaviour.

Most of us, for instance, scan things left to right, top to bottom. So, it’s a good idea then to put your most important information to the top or left edge of your noticeboard.

The last place we tend to look is the bottom right, so design your layout accordingly. For example, the bottom right of your noticeboard is a great place to put notices that are permanent but not urgent - such as parking allocation maps, canteen price lists, etc.   

Organise in sections

If your noticeboard is an eclectic hodge-podge, make it easy to find important information through organising the content into sections. Using a magnetic glass whiteboard can be handy for this: you simply draw the quadrants right onto the surface with a wet-erase whiteboard marker.

Cool noticeboard ideas

Office noticeboards don’t have to be places where fun goes to drown in a sea of memos. Even if your workspace has a serious vibe, there are interesting approaches you can take to the traditional noticeboard. Here are some cool ideas:

Today I learned...

Who doesn’t love a good bit of trivia? The ‘TIL’ board is a great way to get people actually paying attention. Extra points if you have a reward at the end of the month for most obscure factoid.

Polaroid board

Weddings have been using this trick for years. Here’s how it works: Title your board and leave a polaroid camera nearby. The idea is to have your employees snapping candid photos of themselves or each other.

This works especially well with a magnetic glass whiteboard: simply stick your polaroid to the surface using a “rare earth” magnet and use a whiteboard marker to write a fun caption near it.

Best of the pets

Who doesn’t love looking at cute animals? Inviting employees to show off pictures of their pets is a great way to get people talking. It definitely stokes the informal dialogue you want to create. You can bet that office visitors will take a look at all the Mittens and Fidos too.

The portfolio

This one’s especially relevant if you give clients tours of your office. Displaying a portfolio of your best work is also an excellent way to congratulate the employees that worked on those projects. It’s your living showcase.

Put your glass noticeboard to good use

Used well, noticeboards can boost productivity, encourage interpersonal dynamics and reflect your brand. A magnetic glass whiteboard from WhiteboardsOnline could be the best noticeboard you’ve ever used.

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  • Greg Appleby