How Promotional Products Can Help You Work Better In 2021

With the end of 2020 insight - and boy oh boy, what a crazy ride it's been! - now's the perfect time for a spot of reflection on the year that (almost) lies behind us.

What can we learn, what can we improve and what can we ultimately take away from another 365 days of this crazy thing we call life...?


Well, one thing's for certain: we can all improve the way we work.

For instance, you might be looking to order for your colleagues, who have been and continue to be working from home due to the pandemic, or are gradually returning to on-site roles.

Equally, you could be looking to purchase branded merchandise that your customers can use as they go about their daily working lives, with the simple goal of ensuring brand visibility with every use. 

Either way, it's safe to say that there are definite improvements that can be made to the way we all work. From items that can help hone concentration to products that will make collaborative teamwork that bit easier, we've got a wide range of ideas that will help - read on to find out more!

How The Way We Work Has Changed In 2020

With the government currently urging people who can work from home to do so, the number of WFH employees across the country is currently far higher than usual, with the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic impacting the way many of us have worked throughout 2020. 

This looks likely to continue into 2021, with many of us facing or having faced changes to the way we go about our normal working lives. This includes:

  • Where we work: many Brits are now working from home, with teams rallying virtually in order to ensure a smooth-running organisation 
  • When we work: WFH has led some companies to adopt a more 'flexible' approach to hours, with staff allowed to build working hours that suit their home lives
  • How we work: items such as hand sanitiser and face masks are now commonplace must-haves in customer-facing environments, with social distancing signage also required to maintain appropriate distancing

In short: whether your staff or customers are working remotely or conducting their days from their usual offices and workplaces, things will have changed.

From social distancing measures in shared spaces to the need for better organisation solutions at home, every aspect of the way we conduct our working lives has been turned on its head in 2020, meaning people have had to adapt, fast. 

What Are The Best Promotional Products For Working From Home In 2021?

If your team are currently working from home, chances are that they've been doing it for a while now. After all, the government first urged people to WFH back in March, with many companies choosing to allow their employees to continue home-working throughout the year and beyond. 

Whilst WFH might have felt like an alien concept to you and your team at first, odds are that you've all found a rhythm with it that works perfectly for you all. From nailing how to communicate to ensuring realistic goals are still being met, your remote-working team will be dab hands at managing their own time, staying connected with colleagues and offering customers their normal smooth experience. 

We have a wide range of promotional items available that are ideal for providing your team with as 2021 dawns. After all: new year, new start and all that jazz, no?

Keep It Classic With Branded Mugs 

The classic office tea-run might be off the cards but you can still add a splash of corporate pride to your employees' cuppas with the help of promotional mugs

Our best selling Cambridge mugs can be printed with your design in up to four colours, meaning unmissable visibility in video calls with potential clients, as well as on any desk!

Choose Branded Notebooks & Pens For Page-Turning Awareness

Our branded notebook and pen sets are a must-have for any home worker. Printed with your logo in one colour for striking brand awareness, these luxury soft-touch pads are a must for to-do lists, jotting down ideas and keeping track of what's what in meetings.

And of course, no notebook is quite complete without a pen - and happily, these two make the perfect pair. Neatly engraved with your logo, these promotional pens are available in a range of colours, meaning there's an ideal match for your corporate identity.

Help Them Stay Organised With Promotional Wall Planners

There's nothing quite like our printed wall planners to ensure your team stay on-track. Whether it's for meetings, project deadlines or client meetings, these in-your-face planners are the ideal way to make sure your colleagues never miss a beat.

Printed with your branding in full colour, these eye-catching promotional wall planners are ideal for positioning alongside desks to ensure tasks and goals can be prepared for and ticked off. Available to order from just 50 units, they can even be delivered straight to your colleagues' addresses to cut you out as the middle man. Easy! 

Ensure Privacy With Branded Webcam Covers

If your team are living with their work computers in spaces such as bedrooms or living rooms, they'll want to be able to properly switch off at the end of the day. If their device has a camera function, they might want a little extra assurance that they're not going to be seen or overheard once they've clocked off. 

With that in mind, our promotional webcam covers are ideal for offering your staff peace of mind. Promising fuss-free privacy, these best sellers are simple and discrete, and a must-have for any home office set-up.

Swap The Office Radio For WFH FM!

Whilst the office radio does have scope to be something of a contentious topic (Kerrang or Kiss - you decide!), working from home means your colleagues are fully in control of their own respective airwaves.

Custom branded Wireless Dome Speakers in Silver from Total Merchandise
Wireless Dome Speakers

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So why not give them something stylish to play their favourite music or radio shows out of? Our Wireless Dome Speakers are the perfect size for any desk and can be printed or engraved with your logo for an extra-smart finish. 

Browse our full range of Working From Home Essentials to find the perfect fit for your colleagues.

What Are The Best Branded Items For The Workplace In 2021?

If your team are unable to work from home and are instead commuting to and from the office, as well as spending the majority of their working hours in a shared space with colleagues, you might want to give some thought to the branded products that can help put their minds at ease.

After all, the relentless headlines and ever-evolving information about COVID-19 can feel overwhelming - so showing your team that you've got them covered and their safety and wellbeing at heart can prove invaluable reassurances. 

With that in mind, there's no better time than now to place your merchandise order and ensure you've got everything you need to safely welcome your staff back after the Christmas break. 

Opt For All-In-One With Office Hygiene Kits

What better way to greet your team back into the workplace after the festivities than with our smart branded Office Hygiene Kits? Presented in a neat box, each kit contains a branded hand sanitiser, promotional hygiene key, printed notepad and engraved pen, with every item bearing the design of your choice.

Equipping your team with all the essentials they need to ensure they can get back to work as safely and smoothly as possible, they're available to order from just 25 units, with dispatch in as little as ten working days. 

Keep It Clean With Antibacterial Lanyards

If your colleagues are required to show ID to gain access to your offices, making it easily accessible with a promotional lanyard is a no-brainer option. However, in the current climate, you might want to take things one step further by opting for our Antibacterial Lanyards.

Printed in full colour with your design, each of these branded lanyards is coated with special SteriTouch additives that offer continuous protection against bacteria and mould. Sound good? Tap the product image above to find out more and request pricing!

Rule Out Drinkware Mix-Ups With Individually Named Mugs

Another way to help your colleagues feel more comfortable in the workplace is to provide them with items printed with their very own names. A great personalised 'welcome back' gift, these branded mugs can also help to cut the risk of potential cross-contamination. Genius, we know.

Cut the risk of Molly inadvertently picking up Sarah's cup in the communal kitchen by placing an order of our Individually Named Promotional Mugs for your staff today. Available from just 36 units, these mugs can be printed with both your logo as well as the names of your recipients, offering a health-conscious twist as well as a kick of corporate pride.

Ensure Desks Are Hygenic With Bug-Busting Branded Mouse Mats

For another hygienic update on a classic product, search no further than our Antimicrobial Hardtop Mouse Mats. These branded mouse mats feature your branding in full colour, and are designed with an innovative AntiBug® coating that promises to help keep germs at bay.

With dispatch available in just ten working days from your artwork approval, they're a highly practical promotional product to order in - and they're also perfectly sized for mailing directly to your customers, too.

Encourage A Moment Of Relaxation With Promotional Candles

Okay - whilst they might not be strictly usable in the workplace itself, these delicious candles are ideal for gifting to your employees to help with unwinding at home.

Encouraging them to enjoy a little bit of R&R is a great way to demonstrate you've got their mental wellbeing at heart at what might be a stressful or miserable (hello, January) time. 

Browse our full range of promotional products for getting back to business.

From promotional pens to branded notepads, we've got all the promotional giveaways your business could need this winter. Need help finding a specific item? Simply contact a member of our friendly and experienced Sales team on 01376 509092 or email today. Main image via Pexels.

Written by

Katie Clark | Digital Marketing Manager

With over a decade in print and digital journalism, Katie possesses a wide skill-set that incorporates everything from SEO to PR. Joining the team in early 2019, her expertise lies in writing sparkling copy about promotional merchandise and related topics, as well as managing social media activity and developing creative solutions to keep the Total Merchandise brand at the forefront of people’s minds. With a background that includes event-planning and volunteering for charitable organisations, she has a first-hand appreciation for the needs and questions a customer might have when acquiring promotional products for their organisation. In her spare time, she loves reading, going to the cinema and learning to cook.

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