10 Work Day Essentials Our HR Manager Can’t Live Without

Today, we’re taking a peek behind the curtain (or computer screen, if you will) to get a glimpse of which office desk essentials our Human Resources Manager, Ryley Stout, can’t live without. Whether you are a creative looking to get “in the zone” or a leader looking to shift perspective with a boost of positivity, Ryley shares ten work lifesavers that are guaranteed to help you increase productivity and be more efficient in the office. Let’s clock in and check them out!

1. Soul Sister Mug and Masala Chai Tea

I always have a big mug of tea on my desk, especially once the weather turns cooler. My go-to mug is this great big one from Paper Source in my favourite mustard yellow with dancing women and inspirational phrases. It makes me smile and reminds me that I work with an incredible team of women (and men!) at ttcInnovations. It is often filled with rich and spicy Masala Chai tea with a splash of almond milk and honey, or anything minty — both give me a mood and motivation boost when I’m starting to drag.

2. Family Photos

They don’t really need an explanation because look at their beautiful faces — who wouldn’t want to see them while working all day? And really, this probably shouldn’t be on the list as it does not add to my productivity when I get distracted staring at them…but having a picture handy keeps me balanced and reminds me of what’s important.

3. Pela Phone Case

This is the only iPhone case I will ever repurchase (and already have, in fact). It’s flexible, durable, and shock absorbent, which is important to me since it regularly takes a beating from my toddlers. It is also completely compostable — made of plant materials, it will break down in under three years! Having my phone well protected without a bulky case is critical since I do a lot of my work from it.

On the go? Mobile Learning: How Small Screens Can Lead to Big Results

4. Bic Cristal Pens

Whether on my desk, in my backpack, in my wallet, in my car — I am never without an over-abundance of Bic Cristal black ballpoint pens. In my opinion, there is no other pen. While this may seem dramatic, I am 99% certain that I take better notes and cross things off my to-do list faster when using these pens. They never fail, are never scratchy or faded, and write incredibly smoothly without smudging.

5. Great Thought a Day Notepad

This “Great Thought a Day” notepad sits right beside my keyboard (along with a handful of my trusty Bic pens) for quick notetaking and list-making, as well as a pick-me-up of encouragement and inspiration. It’s big enough to get my thoughts down, but not so big that it takes up valuable real estate on my desk. I’m a believer in a clear desk for a clear mind. I try to get through all the tasks on my to-do list and then recycle the sheet or file my notes away for later reference so a fresh, blank page awaits my next note.

A clear desk for a clear mind — desk essentials from our HR Manager, Ryley Click To Tweet

6. Aromatherapy Must-Haves

Before I sit down to work, I take a couple minutes to get my atmosphere set. This includes lighting a candle — lately I’m enjoying my Homesick candle in the ‘Australia’ scent, though any candle will do. I also turn on my essential oil diffuser, usually with something citrusy or minty to energize me and get my wheels turning. Orange is always my go-to oil. It’s so fresh and uplifting!

#UnlockInnovation With Us

• Collaborative and supportive network
• Work with L&D industry influencers
• Access to professional development
• Flexible hours and virtual environment

7. Threshold Micro Plush Blanket

At this time of year, I wrap myself up in a king-sized micro plush blanket like this one from Target. I tend to lean extreme in my temperatures — when cold, I am very cold — and this removes the distraction! It makes me feel like I am cozy on the couch, but still have the productive posture prompted from sitting at my desk.

8. Logitech Wireless Mouse

If you see me without any of the other items listed here, you can still bet that I will have my wireless mouse. On an airplane? Yes. On the couch? Yes. Standing with my laptop on the kitchen counter? Yes. The track pad is the thing that slows me down the most, so I always, always have my mouse with me. I also have a wireless keyboard when seated at my physical desk at home with dual monitors set up.

9. ttcInnovations Mission & Vision Infographic

I have a laminated copy of this culture infographic posted right above my desk to remind me of “the why.” Whether I’m feeling frustrated, sluggish, or demoralized, I read a couple of the blurbs on here to reframe my perspective. And with it being laminated, I can fill in my answers to the questions “Which core value are you representing well?” and “Which core value do you need to focus more energy on?” with a dry erase marker!

10. Saltspring Soapworks Rosemary Mint Lotion

There is nothing worse than dry hands when trying to get stuff done, so I always have this rosemary mint lotion from my hometown on Vancouver Island within arm’s reach. It’s smooth, creamy, and light so it doesn’t leave my hands feeling oily or slimy. The fresh scent is a lovely bonus!

Never miss a sip!

Subscribe to The Buzz for a fresh blend of L&D trends, actionable articles, tried-and-true tool reviews, and learning lessons to inspire your next buzz-worthy learning solution.

Keep on Learning

Meet the Innovator: Emily Meade

Meet Emily, our Social Media Manager turned Marketing Director, as of June 2020! We are so excited to introduce this Northeasterner who has been an

About the Author:

Ryley is passionate about helping companies drive organizational change. By constantly challenging the status quo, she has created practices that empower leaders and employees to work together to generate the best results possible. Ryley credits her inspirational thinking on having worked in diverse cultures and countries, as well as challenging environments. Those experiences give her a unique perspective on how best to help companies move forward. Ryley is a natural leader and guides the team toward efficiency and organization. She believes that when processes function well, the team is free to focus on excellence. Ryley always brings the lens of what inspires and gets results to the conversation, helping to influence positive change. In her free time, she enjoys visiting coffee shops with her husband and two toddlers in Portland, OR.

Need Instructional Design Brains? Go Ahead, Pick Ours for FREE!

Contact us today for a complimentary consultation where we’ll discuss your needs and outline your roadmap to results. You’re one step closer to peace of mind through our custom learning solutions.

Want innovation in your inbox?

INNOVATION IN YOUR INBOX

Subscribe to The Buzz for a fresh blend of innovation via email.

Privacy Policy & Terms of Use: This form collects information we will use to send you updates about promotions, special offers, and news. We will not share or sell your personal information. You can unsubscribe at any time.

INNOVATION IN YOUR INBOX

Subscribe to The Buzz for a fresh blend of innovation via email.

Privacy Policy & Terms of Use: This form collects information we will use to send you updates about promotions, special offers, and news. We will not share or sell your personal information. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Share on pinterest
Share on facebook
Share on linkedin
Share on twitter
You're a smart cookie...
We use cookies to ensure the sweetest experience. If you continue to use this site, you consent to our use of cookies.