4 Tech Gadgets For A More Productive Business in 2016

The Tech Gift Guide is out, and this year’s tech trends are sure to make navigating through your daily work routine a little bit easier. From the desk to the boardroom and every stop in between, these tech gadgets make being productive on the go a breeze!

Surface Pro 3

surfaceproThe Surface Pro 3 is the tablet that can replace your laptop. The portable tablet provides the perfect balance between performance and value. With the ability to run desktop software, a full-size USB 3.0 port, and an integrated Kickstand, Surface 3 is the perfect productivity device for school, home, and on the go. With a 12” display, Surface Pro 3 has the power of a laptop in a lightweight, versatile form. Plus, work anywhere with the multi-position Kickstand. The integrated Kickstand now features multiple positions so you can work comfortably whether you’re on the plane, at your desk, or in front of the television.

3M™ Dual-Swivel Monitor Arm

MonitorThinking of a sit-stand workstation for 2016? Known to improve productivity, a standing workstation could be the perfect addition to your workplace. This adjustable dual-swivel monitor arm allows for several height options for placing your monitor in the best ergonomic position, while offering more desk space. This highly adjustable monitor arm moves up, down, forward and back. The height adjusts up and down through an 8″ range, swivels 180° and tilts forward and back +15°/-90° for optimal ergonomic positioning. Plus the monitor can rotate portrait or landscape.

CS540 Wireless Office Headset System

HeadsetPlantronics legendary CS family is setting a new wireless standard for desk phone communication with the CS500™ Series. The streamlined design and improved performance adds reliability for hands-free productivity and has made the CS family a best-seller for nearly a decade. With up to a 300′ range, voice dedicated 1.9 GHz DECT Techology, and up to six hours of talk time. It’s convertible with three wearing styles and noise-canceling microphone on extended boom makes for clear conversations.

WeMo Switch

wemoThe Belkin Wi-Fi enabled WeMo Switch lets you turn electronic devices on or off from anywhere. The WeMo Switch uses your existing home Wi-Fi network to provide wireless control of TVs, lamps, stereos, heaters, fans and more. Simply download the free WeMo App, plug the switch into an outlet in your home, and plug any device into the switch. You’ll be able to turn that device on or off using your smartphone or tablet. You can set schedules for your devices and control them remotely using a mobile internet connection. You can also add additional switches to your home to control more devices. Whether you want to turn on a light from your kitchen, front yard, or office, WeMo Switch has you covered.

Shop for these great tech gifts and many others in the 2015 Tech Gift Guide.

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Make Office Gift Giving Fun – Not Awkward

Gift gifting at the office around the holidays can sometimes be a bit awkward. Does a boss buy for the employee? Or does an employee buy for the boss? Should you buy for all your coworkers? And how much should you spend? You want to give a good gift, but don’t want to go over your own personal budget..
Bottom line: sometimes there’s no right or wrong answer. It comes down to each company, and sometimes each department, and the policies or traditions already established.

If you’re unsure of what to give this year, or you want to start a new gift giving trend to ensure everyone can get involved, here are a few ways to go about it that won’t make the season too uncomfortable for anyone.

Make it a Group Activity.
Eliminate the awkwardness of people not knowing who to buy for and make gift giving at your workplace a group activity. Set an affordable spending limit and rather than drawing names, set up a gift swap/steal game.

Make it Delicious.
Everyone loves food, especially gift baskets around the holiday season as they are easy to share with customers or clients that pop by the office, and can come in handy for entertaining guests at home. If you want to get personal, select a themed gift basket based on something the person enjoys – like chocolate, coffee or candy. A nice bottle wine or festive bubbles can also be a useful gift, however alcohol can sometimes be an inappropriate office present – just make sure you know your company policies as well as the person you’re gifting it to.

Make it Colourful.
Plants and flowers make great gifts as they can really brighten up an office or someone’s desk. Poinsettias are a popular choice over the holidays; in fact they are the most popular selling flowering potted plant. Other bouquets and flower arrangements can be made to look extra festive by adding in winter greenery and pops of red and white flowers. Plants that will last throughout the year also make excellent workplace gifts as plant life in an office is known to reduce stress while enhancing productivity – the gift that keeps on giving!

Make it a Donation.
Rather than exchanging gifts as a team or department, collect items for a local charity – canned foods, new unwrapped toys, useful household items and new clothing are all in great need over the holidays. Choose a charity to work with and ask them for a list of their most needed items so your team can work through the list to cover off some of the essentials. Or collect anonymous financial contributions and donate it to your company’s charity of choice.

Looking to make gift giving easy this season? Shop a selection of gift baskets, poinsettias, bouquets and floral arrangements through your eway account and have them delivered right to your office.