5 Ways to Organize Your Office
Your work can falter when you have a messy office with papers scattered everywhere, missing documents, and no labels. When your office is disorganized, so are your thoughts and work ethics. Your concentration would dwindle, and you may even lose some important files that you need to finish your project!
Organize your office with our five tips on decluttering your workplace! You will be able to find those much-needed documents faster, and you’ll prevent the horrendous situation where an important document is accidentally sent to the shredder.
1. Declutter Your Office
When your workplace clutter is piling up faster than your work is, you need a good decluttering to get rid of unnecessary items, store unneeded supplies, and keep your office clear of any knick-knacks.
Declutter office areas one place at a time to avoid mixing workplace necessities together. Take the time to go through each item to decipher whether you need to trash it, store it, or keep it within reach for easy access. For personal office desks, encourage coworkers to clean up after themselves, and limit the amount of personal belongings sitting on desks.
Keep the frequently used items, such as printer paper, staplers, and chargers on hand for a quick grab, while others like printer ink and spare pens should be stored in the supply closet, preferably in baskets or boxes with proper labels. Any trash items, junk documents, and unneeded drafts should be shredded and thrown away.
2. Organize Your Files
Your files – both physical and digital, are the essence of your work, and where you record all the important information you need for your project. Files are of utmost importance around the office, as without them, your workplace cannot function properly.
Organize your paper files by segregating them into separate folders based on the department responsible for these files, project, and date. Arrange them in an easy-to-read way so anyone who needs to refer back to these documents would easily find the information they are looking for. This would decrease the time taken to look for documents.
Organize digital files with keywords and notes that would help you find them using the search function. For instance, all files referring to Project X should be filed in one folder named so, and labeled with [PROJECT X] in each filename. Include the date and specifics of the files as well. Alternatively, you can create a secure online database for your files to back them up.
3. Label Everything
One mistake many workplaces make is not labeling anything. Labels are necessary for a reason: you get to find needed documents at first glance. Labels tell you what the contents of a file, folder, or storage area is without needing to inspect the contents. These not only save time and effort, but they make it easy for anyone to find what they need even if they’re new.
Invest in a label machine to make your labels look professional, or simply use label stickers that you can write on if you prefer to make manual labels. Everything from supplies to files should be labeled, and don’t forget to label your cables, chargers, and digital files as well!
4. Duplicate Important Files
Have you ever had those important files you accidentally deleted, shredded, or tossed away? Those important documents should be kept under lock and key as they are essential to your work. For digital files, back them up to a secure cloud storage so you can have a copy when you need it. Physical files may be duplicated using the copy machine.
Keep important documents separate from others to avoid accidental mix-ups. If these documents are necessary in everyday tasks, then keep them on hand for easy access. Otherwise, store them in the file cabinet under labeled folders.
5. Keep Important Office Supplies within Reach
Nothing is more annoying than missing that stapler just when you need it, except when it’s looking for a working pen right when you need to jot down important information. Keep these within reach: on your desk, in an optimal drawer, or in a storage basket you can easily reach while on your desk.
If you have shared office supplies, then organize the office to make sure these are accessible to all employees. Printers, for example, should be within reach of the wireless network so every employee can print their documents with ease.
Umar Nisar was born and raised in the busy city of Abbottabad. As a journalist, Umar Nisar has contributed to many online publications including PAK Today and the Huffing Post. In regards to academics, Umar Nisar earned a degree in business from the Abbottabad UST, Havelian. Umar Nisar follows the money and covers all aspects of emerging tech here at The Hear Up.
When Can You Sue For Getting Cancer?
Being diagnosed with cancer can be devastating and affect anyone at any age. Several factors, such as genetics and lifestyle, can cause it. However, cancer can also be caused by the negligence of others. In such an instance, you can sue the people responsible for causing your cancer and claim compensation for the diagnosis and any associated damages.
Determining when and who to sue for getting cancer can be a complex process. So, it’s a wise idea to hire a lawyer to get you through the process and get the compensation you deserve. The attorney can advise you on when, how, and whom to sue for getting cancer.
With that said, here’s when you can sue for getting cancer:
- Product Liability
You can sue for getting cancer from a defective product. For example, in one hair product cancer lawsuit, a claim was made that a hair straightening product was causing uterine cancer in women. The defects in the hair product increase the risk of developing uterine cancer for whoever uses it. If you think you’re in a similar situation, you can sue the manufacturers if a certain product increases your risk of developing cancer.
However, proving your case and claiming compensation can be challenging. In such a case, you must prove the defective product caused your cancer to sue the manufacturer or retailer. You’ll have to request tests on the products to prove the defect and the relationship to cancer development. The product defect has to have caused your cancer diagnosis directly. One example is when the product has excessive amounts of lead. You’ll need to hire experts or resort to government authorities to investigate the product to prove this. This way, you have a piece of solid evidence to sue the product manufacturer.
- Medical Negligence
Medical negligence is one of the most common reasons to sue for getting cancer. You could sue for medical malpractice if the doctors, healthcare facility, hospital, or other medical professionals failed to offer the standard of care causing your cancer diagnosis. For example, if the doctor failed to order necessary tests or misdiagnosed your case resulting in cancer progression, you can sue for medical negligence.
To successfully sue for medical negligence, you must prove that the medical practitioner’s actions directly caused your cancer diagnosis. You must also show that you suffered damage because of the negligent actions of the medical practitioner. By doing so, you can claim compensation for treatment of progressing cancer, lost wages if you cannot work, and pain and suffering.
- Environmental Factors
Exposure to environmental pollutants and toxins is a common risk factor for cancer. Prolonged exposure to asbestos at the workplace, radiation, and other chemicals can increase cancer risk. If you can prove your cancer was caused by exposure to a certain environmental toxin like asbestos, consider suing the company or entity responsible for the pollutants.
Suppose a company’s activities produce excessive radiation that affects the population in a specific area and results in cancer. In that case, you can sue that company for exposing you to toxins that caused the development of your cancer.
Like the previous points, you must prove your cancer was directly caused by a specific substance you were exposed to. You’ll also have to show that the exposure was from the negligence of the company or entity you’re suing. Another aspect you must consider is the entity’s knowledge of the potential risks of exposing people to the toxin or substance. Since you’ll also claim that the company or entity was negligent, expose their bad practices that contributed to the development of your cancer.
Additionally, working in a hazardous environment may expose you to substances or toxins that can increase your cancer risk. For instance, if you’re a construction worker with constant exposure to asbestos, you’ll be at risk of developing cancer. Working as a firefighter can also expose you to asbestos and other carcinogenic substances that cause cancer.
You can sue your employer for getting cancer while working in a hazardous environment. To be successful, you must prove the cancer was caused directly by exposure to a specific chemical or substance at the workplace or in the line of duty. For example, getting cancer from asbestos exposure at a construction site.
In such a suit, you’ll claim compensation for the medical expenses covering the diagnosis and treatment, lost wages, damages for the pain and suffering caused to you and your family, and other associated costs.
Conclusion Getting a cancer diagnosis because of someone else’s negligence can be traumatizing and devastating. However, you can get a little relief through compensation for the medical expenses and other related damages, such as pain and suffering. The process of suing for getting cancer can be complicated, and it’d be best to hire an experienced lawyer to handle the litigation process. An attorney can also advise on the available legal options available and the compensation to seek.
Khalil ur Rehman is a proud born and raised in Abbottabad. Khalil has worked as a journalist for nearly a decade having contributed to several large publications including the Yahoo News and The Verge. As a journalist for The Hear Up, Khalil covers climate and science news. [email protected]