Author: Officeworks

Flexible Working Equals a More Productive Workforce

Despite the substantial benefits to flexible working, only 53% of Australian small business owners offer employees the opportunity to switch up their working locations. A national study conducted by Officeworks, investigated the working habits of employees and preferences of small business owners across Australia to see how much emphasis is put on flexible working environments.

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Aussie workers failing at flexible working

Australia’s long-awaited flexible working revolution is being stifled, with employees failing to negotiate flexible conditions, despite 70 per cent claiming it would improve their work life balance, according to new Officeworks research. The national study found that almost 80 per cent of Australians who don’t currently work flexibly have never asked their employer to do so because they don’t believe it’s possible in their role (51%) or they fear it would stop them getting promoted and affect their performance rating (32%). And, even within workplaces that offer flexible working, nearly four in 10 employees are declining the opportunity with almost...

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DIY Mother’s Day gifts – Inspirational Quote Cards

This is an easy Mother’s Day gift to make which cost me less than $10 to create! All you need your own photos, a business card holder and some printed text. This is a great gift for Mum to pop on her bedside table, desk or a shelf around the house! What you’ll need Photos – pop them on a USB stick or print straight from your phone using photos on your Facebook or Instagram. Then head to Officeworks and use its easy Kodak Picture Kiosks in store. Within minutes you’ll have your photos. For this project I chose...

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DIY Mother’s Day gifts – Photo Heart Frame

I’m going to show you how to make an easy and personalised Mother’s Day gift using a bunch of your favourite photos. The photos will be used to make a gorgeous love heart frame to gift to your Mum that she will be able to hang up around the house! What you’ll need Photos – pop them on a USB stick or print straight from your phone using photos on your Facebook or Instagram. Then head to Officeworks and use its easy Kodak Picture Kiosks in store. Pull up a seat, use the touch screens and within minutes you’ll...

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DIY Mother’s Day gifts – Photo pot plant

Today I am going to show you how to make an easy and personalised Mother’s Day gift using your own photos, a garden pot and your Mum’s favourite flowers or plant. What you’ll need Photos – pop them on a USB stick or print straight from your phone using photos on your Facebook or Instagram. Then head to Officeworks and use its easy Kodak Picture Kiosks in-store. Within minutes you’ll have your photos. For this project I chose photos to be printed in a collage strip and then photocopied them to be black. This cost me about $2! Scissors Super Glue Paint Garden pot in the terracotta finish so paint will stick Decoupage glue Rope (Ribbon or twine will also do!) Instructions Cut out the photos singularly. Paint the pot in your desired colour and give it 2 coats. Once the pot has dried, coat the back of the photos with the glue. The reason I have used this product is because it dries clear and is an all-in-one glue, sealer and finish. I’ll also use it later on to coat the outside. Place the images around the outside of the pot. Let the photos dry for a few hours. Then use the glue again to coat the entire pot all over. It goes on white like thick glue! After about an hour you’ll see the glue has dried...

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DIY Mother’s Day gifts – Family photo blocks

I was inspired to create these after spotting the original Kodak photo blocks at my local Officeworks – these look super sleek and would make great gifts too. If you have a bit of extra time, try your hand at the DIY version! With some simple off-cuts and a few photos you can create your personalised row of photos to sit on a shelf or sideboard. It’s super easy and inexpensive! What you’ll need Photos – pop them on a USB stick or print straight from your phone using photos on your Facebook or Instagram. Then head to Officeworks and use its easy Kodak Picture Kiosks in-store. Pull up a seat, use the touch screens and within minutes you’ll have your snaps. I only needed five photos which cost less than $1! Blocks of wood – I cut up a piece of timber using the drop-saw at home to fit the size of my photos, but any hardware store will do this for you. The timber was an off-cut and cost just $1.70 Sanding block Ruler Paint Decoupage glue Instructions Rip the edges of all your photos to create a worn and messy look Check the photos will sit neatly on the blocks Paint the blocks of wood in your desired colour. Don’t be too fussy with the neatness. Just slap the paint on! Sand the edges of the...

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