Of all the jobs I’ve worked in, most seem to have scattered organization when it comes to essential items like shipping supplies or other office supplies. Normally, this doesn’t cause any sort of disarray among the employees or some sort of other catastrophe for the business itself. But there’s just something to be said about the business at large if small and simple things like having a dedicated area for basic supplies is too hard to do.
It’s kind of like how your house tells a lot about you as a person. If it’s always messy, you’re probably the same type of person in any given scenario: scattered, unorganized, uncaring. Well, wouldn’t you agree that a business that has their supplies scattered around in different places doesn’t have their place in order?
This kind of disheveled take on organization unveils a lack of caring that can mean worse things for the company as a whole. If a manager doesn’t care too much about having to pay for another pair of scissors, they probably see it all as expendable. “Don’t worry, we can get another pair” is probably the worst phrase to utter in this scenario, too, considering it shows complete lack of care for the business’s expenses at large.
From my experience, though, the good companies (i.e., successful companies) have a dedicated space (usually a closet or cabinet) for their office and shipping supplies. This alludes to a larger sense of order and accountability than the other stores I’ve been a part of. Walk in closets are the absolute best space for these sorts of supplies, too, because you can make it sort of a warehouse of supplies that can last the entire year or longer, meaning you aren’t waiting around for something to be shipped to you or a worker to go pick up materials. Instead, it’s all available in the closet, and you only really need to do large orders of supplies once or twice in any given year.
For something as simple as supplies to be so hard to nail down for companies is a mystery to me. It honestly astounds me that the time of day isn’t given to everyday items that find use in many situations. If those can’t be handled, the bigger ticket items like company cars, building utilities, and warehouses are almost certainly out of whack, too. It’s always the minutiae that paint a bigger picture of everything else going on.