Much like computers, pens, pencils and paper, sticky notepads are a common tool of the modern office. But that wasn’t always the case. 3M® began selling the Post-it® in 1977, under the name Press ‘n Peel. Marketed as a bookmark, it didn’t fly off the shelves.
It wasn’t until 1980—when 3M marketed its Press ‘n Peel under the name Post-it®—that sticky notepads took off. Post-it Notes were launched in Canada and Europe the following year.
Today, Post-it is a household name, much like Kleenex® and Q-tips®. And although these notepads are made by a variety of brands, the name Post-it really sticks. A recent study found that the average professional gets 11 Post-it Note messages every day.
What’s more, a study performed at Sam Houston State University in Texas showed people were more likely to fill out a survey when a Post-it was attached.
There are countless uses for promotional notepads. Here are just a few ways you can put promotional Post-it Notes to work for you.
A colourful take on planning
Despite the many programs and apps designed to help you plan major projects, sometimes it’s easier to see how a project will lay out with sticky notepads. The Neon Post-it® Note 3″ x 4″ is ideal for this kind of planning. Not only can you lay out and easily rearrange your timeline, you can also colour code your project by using a different hue for each staff member or project branch.
Simple computer maintenance
It might seem strange to think that promotional notepads can make the case for a better technology experience, but it’s true! A keyboard littered with crumbs can easily be cleaned out with the help of a removable note. And the tangle of cables running to computers, monitors and printers can quickly and easily be labelled using the Post-it® Notes 3″ x 8″. Simply wrap the sticky end around the cable and label for future reference.
An always-visible instruction manual
Are you training a new employee on a simple task they’ll need to repeat? Or learning a new process and need a few reminders for yourself? Create a simple reference guide with promotional Post-it Notes. Attach the guide to your computer monitor, wall or desk until the new process becomes second nature. Post-it® Notes – 3″ x 4″ are the perfect size for simple instructions, while Post-it® Notes – 6″ x 10″ offer extra space for more complicated directions.
Bonus: writing down the instructions helps to enhance memory, which means creating a list of steps will help both now and in the future.
Simplify planners and calendars
Busy employee calendars are often filled with erasures, strikethroughs and arrows pointing to moved appointment times and dates—sure to inevitably lead to a missed meeting or deadline.
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that communication issues contribute to annual company losses ranging from thousands to millions of dollars per year. Avoid all that writing and rewriting—and miscommunication—with the help of promotional Post-it Notes. The 4imprint Exclusive Post-it® Custom Page Markers – Reminder offer reminders, to-do lists, and follow-up markers that can be lifted, shifted and rearranged with ease, making it easier to keep important dates and times straight.
Food labels for the office fridge
Tired of seeing mysterious foodstuffs of unknown origin in the office fridge? Put a Post-it® Cube in the break room and encourage people to put a name and date on whatever food they place inside. You’ll help prevent lunch confusion and know when something needs to be moved from the fridge to the trash.
The office supply with a million uses
From a quick way to label files to a colour-coded planning tool, promotional Post-it notes are a classic product that makes office life easier.