Earlier this week, Boris Johnson announced that a new nationwide lockdown would be rolled out across the country in a bid to control the spread of Coronavirus.
As part of the new lockdown measures - which come into effect from January 6th 2021 - the government is urging UK businesses to allow their staff to work from home where possible to help reduce the risk of transmission.
For many professionals across the country, working from home will be a familiar scenario; after all, thousands of Brits began WFH at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, with some slowly returning to the workplace over the summer.
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Even for employees who have worked from home since the first lockdown in March 2020, getting back into the swing of #WFH life - especially after the Christmas holidays and in the gloom of January can take a bit of acclimatisation.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally written in March 2020 and has been updated in January 2021 in accordance with the UK government's evolving COVID-19 guidelines.
Working from home requires your team to tap into a whole new skill-set. For one thing, when you WFH, you're largely independent. It's up to you, the individual, to keep motivated and focused. For another, you're reliant on your at-home workspace to offer you all the comfort and practicality that your usual office abode might.
Also, you're in charge of you: keeping hydrated, staying on top of stress and being firmly on the proverbial ball, whether it's juggling Zoom meetings and conference calls or tackling budgets and daily to-do lists.
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With all that in mind, make slipping back into the WFH mindset that bit easier for your employees by arming them with the products that will help make things as easy as possible for them. Add your company logo into the mix and voila - promotional products that will make working from home that bit more doable as well as helping to add a sprinkling of corporate pride to your colleagues' home offices.
You can even take things one step further by making the most of our range of individually addressed promotional products - the items that we can send directly to your teammates at their home addresses. All you need to do is provide us with where you'd like the products to go - and we'll do the rest!
From branded pencil cases and printed mouse mats to promotional drinkware and branded folders, we've got all the items your team could possibly need for WFH this autumn. Browse our edit of must-have products below and explore our full Working From Home Essentials category to find the perfect fit for your brand.
Desktop USB Fans
Lead time: 10-12 working days from artwork approval.
The office air-con can be a topic of hot - and sometimes, freezing cold - debate. However, to ensure your colleagues and customers are able to keep their cool at all times, consider our promotional Desktop USB Fans.
Available in a vibrant range of colours, these branded desktop fans feature your logo, clearly printed in one colour at the very centre.
A1 Wall Planners
Lead time: 12-15 working days from artwork approval.
Help your customers keep on top of dates - whether it's for conference calls with clients or team video chats - with these generously-sized promotional wall planners.
Resplendent with your full-colour branding, they make a great addition to any wall - and make keeping on top of dates and times easy-peasy.
Mini Calendar Pods
Lead time: 10 working days from proof approval.
On a similar note, our Mini Calendar Pods make a brilliant addition to any desktop. As well as offering a full colour mini calendar - printed with your artwork - this clever set also comes with promotional sticky notes and index tabs.
In short, it offers complete practicality for the user - and as one of our best-selling promotional products, you can be assured you're making a solid choice with this remote-working essential!
Value Cambridge Mugs
Lead time: From five working days on our Express service.
A key part of any office experience is the tea break: it offers a chance to take a breather, step away from your desk and maybe even indulge in a spot of kettle-side office gossip. Just because you (or your colleagues and customers) are working from home, doesn't mean you can't bring a touch of office charm to your very own kitchen.
With that in mind, our promotional mugs could make a great addition to any working-from-home activity. Whether you opt for a Value Cambridge Mug like the above or a promotional travel mug (which are perfect for keeping tea and coffee hotter for longer, as well as for laptop working), they're a sweet and thoughtful touch that can go a long way.
Alternatively, take things one step further with our antibacterial promotional mugs, which are designed with a special antibacterial treatment to help slow the potential spread of germs.
(P.S.: On the subject of the tea break, promotional fridge magnets could also be a great way to bump up your visibility in kitchens across the land. #JustSaying.)
Brite Mat Tyre Coasters
Lead time: 11 working days from artwork approval.
Of course, if your team are going to be making tea or coffee (which they are, obviously - they're only human, after all), they might just need a coaster to help keep their desk clean. Our Brite Mat Tyre Coasters are made from 99.5% recycled materials, including - you guessed it - recycled tyres, and are ideal for protecting tables and desktops from hot mugs.
Available in both square and round designs, they can be printed with your artwork in up to three colours for brand awareness that truly lasts.
Time To Drink Water Bottles
Lead time: 10-15 working days from artwork approval.
We're not suggesting, of course, that a strong mug of coffee with four sugars isn't hydrating - however, just to be safe, we'd also advise considering branded water bottles, too.
Our Time To Drink Water Bottles are perfect for encouraging your colleagues and customers to hit their daily recommended water intake. With both the bottle and the lid available in a range of colours, you can create the perfect match for your branding - and the user will think of your business with every sip. We'll drink to that!
A6 Note Pads
Lead time: Seven working days from artwork approval.
Whether you choose to print our best-selling A6 Note Pads in one-colour or full-colour, you can be assured of this: they're a fantastic addition to any work-at-home routine.
The perfect size for writing down to-do lists, sketching out ideas or even just amusing a wandering mind during a long phone call, these branded notepads will keep your logo on full display every day.
Low-Cost Stress Balls
Lead time: 10-15 working days from artwork approval.
With its deadlines and targets, work can be stressful. Factor in doing it from home and it has potential to feel that little bit more panic-inducing - but a promotional stress ball might be able to tackle that.
Arming your colleagues and customers with branded stress balls is a great way to help them alleviate any pressure or tension throughout their working day, as well as demonstrating that your business is mindful of their emotional needs.
Moyoo Wireless Headphones
Lead time: 15 working days from artwork approval.
Drowning out external noise can be crucial to concentration. Working in a home environment can leave you susceptible to all kinds of unwanted sound pollution - from your next door neighbour's mallet-enthusiastic builder to loud traffic, it's a noisy world out there, people.
However, arming your colleagues and customers with promotional headphones will at least give them a fighting chance. We love these Moyoo Wireless Headphones - no fuss, no tangled wires and no struggling to concentrate, with your logo perfectly on display all the while. We'd call that a winner, wouldn't you?
Explore our full range of branded earphones.
Tiny Terracotta Cubes
Lead time: From five working days.
Add a flourish of green to desks by giving out these gorgeous Tiny Terracotta Cubes, which are available with a whole range of different seeds to choose from.
Each promotional plant can be customised with either a full colour label or completely bespoke packaging. Spread a little joy and help add a mindful element to remote workspaces across the country with these blooming beauties!
Sliding Webcam Covers
Lead time: 15-18 working days from artwork approval.
If chatting with colleagues and customers via video call is a key part to your day, investing in these Sliding Webcam Covers could be a savvy idea. After all, according to a study conducted by YouGov, almost three-quarters (71%) of Brits believe companies record our data without our consent via phones and laptops - meaning it's little surprise that 40% of Brits cover up their webcams when they’re not in use.
With this in mind, assure your customers and colleagues of their privacy when their webcams aren't in use. Our best-selling Sliding Webcam Covers are clearly printed with your logo to ensure maximum visibility for your brand - and maximum privacy for the user!
Premium Corporate Gift Packs
Lead time: five to ten working days.
Finally! If you're looking for something that will really dazzle your team, search no further than our smart Premium Corporate Gift Packs. (Corporate Gift Packs also available for a smaller cost.)
Each of these impressive sets contains a notebook, pen, water bottle, mint tin, coaster and hand sanitiser, as well as a box of chocolates for an extra sweet touch. All items bar the chocolate will be printed with your logo, making it the perfect all-in-one WFH giveaway for your team.
Want more WFH inspiration to help your team? Browse our Working From Home Essentials range today to find the perfect fit for your campaign or staff needs. Found something you like? Simply fill out our Rapid Quote form to receive bespoke pricing for your business within one working hour. Visit our Coronavirus Hub for more information and updates.
From items for working from home to promotional face masks, Total Merchandise has all the branded products your business could need to help keep its colleagues and customers safe in 2021. Need help finding a specific item? Simply contact a member of our friendly and experienced Sales team on 01376 509092 or email us today for more information. Main image via Unsplash.