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From chaos to calm: Our top 10 office labelling ideas

With long to-do lists and looming deadlines, life in an office can be very busy. A day without any problems or glitches is rare, but extremely welcome by every employee.


Technology plays a big part in keeping workers busy as it brings so many elements of our life to our fingertips.

The benefits don't stop there. Tech can also help bring order to day-to-day office life. It’s a simple process: Introducing labelling can make the workplace much more efficient, saving you time and reducing stress along the way.

Here are 10 of our top life hacks on how labelling can turn office chaos into calm.


  1. Labelling unplugged
    Ever unplugged your computer thinking it was something else? Research has found that 32% of us have lost work due to computers being accidentally unplugged1. Prevent this potential office disaster by labelling all plugs in the workplace. It's a move that could save time and prevent arguments.
  2. Visitor badges
    Say goodbye to unprofessional hand-written visitor books. Now you can streamline operations with a labelling visitor management solution. Such systems impress guests and enable you to pinpoint visitors on site at all times - ideal for security.

  3. Important documents in an instant
    Save time when looking for that all-important document by labelling files and folders. Provide extra stand-out by labelling private and confidential files with red and black text. As time is money, it’s an investment worth making.

  4. Safety first
    At work, safety labels are crucial and could prevent serious accidents and injuries. Bright and colourful labels can be created to warn people of any dangers or encourage them to wear appropriate safety equipment.

  5. Protect your possessions
    Did you know that 78 million working hours are lost every year as workers search for stolen items? And that 26% of office disputes are caused by items being stolen?1 Keep the peace and reduce the risk of both deliberate and accidental theft simply by labelling items. This can be anything from staplers and calculators to notebooks and laptop chargers.

  6. No cause for alarm
    Making it obvious when essential equipment such as fire alarms need replacing is crucial to keeping your employees safe. By simply labelling the equipment with the expiry date it provides a very visible reminder of the deadlines you can't afford to miss.

  7. Ease recycling
    With more of us becoming conscious of our impact on the environment, labelling devices can be used to identify recycling bins. Now the office staff can see where their plastic, paper and other recyclables need to go without confusion.

  8. Labelling food
    With food allergies posing a life-threatening risk and dietary preferences ever changing, having clear information labels is essential when providing food to colleagues or clients in the workplace.

  9. Personal mugs, lunch boxes and food containers
    Many employees prefer using their own personal coffee mugs in the office, and just as many will place their lunch box or plastic food container with today's lunch in a shared refrigerator. Labelling mugs, lunch boxes and plastic food containers with a durable label, that withstands water and abrasion, ensures that everyone knows who they belong to, and that they find their way back to their owner.
    Even after they have been in the dishwasher.

  10. Push or pull?
    When walking towards a new door, we all have the same thought – is it push or pull? Labelling your doors will prevent any embarrassment and potential accidents for your visitors. As a result, these labels can help stop any damage to your doors.

A shelf full of similar looking teal blue-green lever arch files has one purple file folder standing out. It is being picked up by an office staff member wearing a matching purple item of clothing.

For over 30 years, Brother has been passionate about providing go-to labelling solutions for customers in a range of sectors.

Our range of labelling devices reflect Brother’s business motto “At your side” and act as a personal PA for our customers. Their versatility throughout the office has helped to take many businesses from chaos to calm.

1 Office Labelling’ study conducted by YouGov on behalf of CityPress, UK, October 2017

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