Trim the Fat: Office Budget Resolutions for 2011

28 Dec

Human Resources Pros Help to Trim the Fat From Office BudgetsAs we approach the new year, we start to hear everyone’s resolutions… I’m going to lose 10 pounds. I’m going to go on a diet. I’m going to work out more.  How many times have we heard those resolutions from our families and friends? How many times have we uttered those promises ourselves?

But this year, perhaps you, as a human resources professional, can apply those same principles to your company. That’s right. It’s time to trim the fat off the office budget!

Here are some handy tricks to save money in 2011:

  • Buy used office equipment.
  • Only buy printers that have refillable ink cartridge capabilities.
  • Save paper when printing by decreasing the margin area in order to fit more copy on one page.
  • Communicate with staff members to make sure duplicate printouts aren’t made unnecessarily.
  • Download free customizable templates online for business transactions instead of purchasing them from office supply stores.
  • Use rewriteable CDs and DVDs because they can be erased and used again.
  • Print on both sides of paper.
  • Use client testimonials on websites for word-of-mouth advertising.
  • Turn off all electrical equipment at the end of the work day.
  • Coordinate office shipments and mailings throughout the company to enjoy bulk rates.

Many of these tips will not only save you money but will also help your company go green.  The benefit to the bottom line is an added boost and you might even be able to use your conservation effort as a valuable marketing and public relations opportunity.

Is your office finding unique and inventive ways to save money in 2011?  If so, we want to hear about it, drop a comment below!

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