Photocopiers and the Art of Office Mindfulness

Office mindfulness

To those who know me best, mindfulness is probably not the first word they’d use to describe me. Most of my customer discussions are about increasing productivity and efficiency using multi-functional devices. And I’m happy to help. But I wonder if sometimes we don’t give these devices the credit they deserve. We are quick to lambast them for any sort of delay. But maybe we should lean into office mindfulness in those moments we share.


It’s easy to forget that sometimes, the simplest things can bring people together. That’s right, we’re talking about office hardware, and more specifically, the humble photocopier. Maybe, there is gold in those brief moments we share with a colleague by a photocopier or other office hardware?


I’ve built a passion for these devices and the benefits they offer. I know others find them less captivating. You might be surprised that office hardware has the power to catalyse unexpected conversations and connections. So grab a cuppa and join us as we explore the lost skill of mindful photocopier use.


The Magic of the Water Cooler


Ah, the water cooler – the quintessential symbol of workplace chit-chat. While we all know that it’s a popular spot for catching up on the latest office gossip, did you know that it’s also a breeding ground for meaningful conversations? Colleagues from different departments who may not otherwise interact can share ideas, collaborate on projects, and even forge long-lasting friendships over a glass of water.


The Unspoken Ritual of Brew Runs


The British love affair with tea is no secret, and in many offices, the brew run is a time-honoured tradition. This ritual not only ensures everyone gets their daily dose of caffeine, but also serves as a bonding experience. As colleagues gather in the kitchen to put the kettle on, conversations flow, bringing people together and fostering a sense of camaraderie. Who knew that a simple cuppa could do so much?


Printers: The Unsung Heroes of Networking


Though often overshadowed by their more glamorous cousin, the photocopier, printers are also excellent facilitators of workplace connections. As you wait for your documents to print, you might find yourself striking up a conversation with the person next to you, discussing weekend plans or sharing an interesting article you’ve just read. Before you know it, you’ve discovered a shared passion for hiking or a mutual love for a new TV series. So next time you’re waiting for your printouts, don’t shy away from engaging in some friendly banter – you never know where it might lead.


Microwaves: A Recipe for Collaboration


Lunchtime at the office often sees a steady stream of colleagues lining up to use the microwave. As they wait to heat up their meals, the opportunity arises for spontaneous conversations that can spark new ideas and collaborations. Perhaps you’ll learn about a project your co-worker is working on that you could contribute to or find a solution to a problem you’ve been grappling with. The microwave queue, it seems, is an ideal place to cook up some teamwork.


The Power of Photocopiers: A Lesson in Office Mindfulness


The photocopier remians a staple of office life, now adapting to the age of digital technology. Printing speeds are much faster of course, but many will remember patiently waiting for copies to emerge and the power of the photocopier in fostering workplace connections. As colleagues gathered around the machine, waiting for their turn, they would start conversations that spanned topics from work-related issues to personal anecdotes.


In the fast-paced digital world, we now inhabit, it’s worth taking a moment to reflect on the benefits of office mindfulness in photocopier use. Rather than rushing through the copying process, take the time to engage with your colleagues and be present in the moment. You’ll be amazed at the connections and conversations that can be sparked by simply slowing down and being open to the opportunities around you.


So, Keep Talking


Office hardware – from the water cooler and the kettle to printers and photocopiers – can be valuable tools for fostering relationships and encouraging collaboration. By embracing the lost skill of mindful photocopier use, we can rediscover the importance of taking a moment to connect with our colleagues and create a more inclusive, supportive work environment. So next time you find yourself at the photocopier or in the kitchen, don’t hesitate to strike up a conversation – you never know where it might lead.