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Fellowes Brands Wins IDEA Design Award for New Elea Office Chair

Category : Industry News

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The new Elea Office Chair from Fellowes is gaining notoriety for its distinctive design as well as its unique functionality. The Industrial Designers Society of America noted the elegant design and visionary engineering. The remarkable features have set Elea apart from all other office chairs in the workplace furnishing industry.

An Office Chair That Will Move You, Literally

The Elea patent-pending Omini-Kinetic Suspension Technology suspends the seat pan with steel rods that allows the seat—and you—to freely move while ensuring proper balance and stability. By introducing micro-movement into the workday, Elea encourages improved circulation, heart health, muscle and joint flexibility, and mental alertness.

The subtle movements of Elea flow in conjunction with body movement, so the chair syncopates with daily work activities. The user experiences a sense of energy and vitality not found in other office chairs.

An Office Chair Designed for Stability and Comfort 

Industrial-grade alloy steel rods and a cast aluminum framework together to form a unique load-bearing system, which allows free-movement within a durable construction.

A revolutionary designed curved chassis provides the support and comfort needed to carry you through your day for years to come.

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Driving a Robust Wellness Initiative

Elea is part of Fellowes Brand’s objective to introduce innovative wellness furnishings into the modern office environment. Elea is a design and engineering achievement that supports this broader wellness goal.

The Elea is currently available for purchase from all Tara Group Members


Tara Expands Membership

Category : Members News

Tara Dealer Group are delighted to welcome Office Pro to the group as there latest member.

Office Pro are Mayo and the West of Ireland’s leading supplier of office supplies, printing, consumables and office furniture. 


10th Anniversary

Category : Members News

Tara Dealer Group celebrates its 10th Anniversary

 

The Tara Dealer Group were delighted to celebrate our 10th anniversary recently. We held a meeting of the 20 Tara Dealer members from all parts of Ireland at the Castleknock Hotel. The meeting was addressed by Darren Mack, an E Commerce expert from Vow, one of our key suppliers. Darren discussed some of the key trends in online selling and how these affect our industry.

We held a golf tournament in honour of the late Eoin Bedford of Terenure Office Supplies. Eoin was one of the founder members of the Tara Group. Fittingly the competition was won by Eoin’s son, Neil.

 

We finished off the day with a meal in the hotel and were joined by several of our key supplier partners including Brother Ireland, AM Dunne, Fellowes, National Tape Sales and Acco.

 

Here’s to the next 10 years of Tara’s success!


Office Supplies Ireland New Retail Shop

Category : Advice , Members News

We are settling in to our new Ballymount location.

Call into Unit G1 Ballymount Drive, Ballymount Road Lower, Dublin 12 to see our new refurbished shop !

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Our Telephone, Fax and Email

Tel: 01-2898838 or 01-4604100

Fax: 01-2898842

Sales: sales@officesupplies.ie

Website: www.officesupplies.ie


General Data Protection Regulation

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect in May 2018, requiring organisations to apply sound security practices to all electronic and paper-based personal data with respect to its collection, storage, access and disposal.

Part of the requirement is to put plans in place for what should happen in the event of a breach. Whilst electronic data security has been top of mind for many organisations for many years, the security of paper based personal data is often neglected or overlooked.

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Paperwork still accounts for many common security breaches. Statistics indicate that around 40% of data breaches will be paper based.

How to avoid paperwork breaches
Introducing clear rules about the use of paper documents containing information about an identifiable person and their personal data – defining what is ‘personal’ – and then the process for correct shredding of documents – based on the sensitivity of the data contained – is the first step towards compliance. A clear and firm document shredding policy is required supported by robust GDPR compliance process. A lot of the GDPR obligations placed on businesses are common sense and should already be in practice in companies with solid data privacy and protection processes in place.

Here’s a quick six-point check list for compliance requirements:

1. Appoint a Data Protection Officer – keep records of all data processing activities performed by the company. This officer must be fully commensurate with the organisation’s responsibilities regarding GDPR and have a thorough understanding of what data within your organisation counts as ‘personal’, where it’s kept, who has access to it, how to spot breaches when they occur and who to report this to. The Data Protection Officer doesn’t have to be an employee – you can outsource this function.

2. Assess your systems – Review all contracts, technology support, procedures and tools that relate to the processing, handling, storing and deleting of data to enable you to identify any weaknesses or gaps that require changes to be made.

3. Develop a strategy – Construct a new strategy that will ensure full compliance with the GDPR. This strategy may encompass new investment in technology, revise staff procedures and responsibility for data processing, create new roles within the organisation.

4. Implement a new organisation policy – The next step towards GDPR compliance is to put your plan into action throughout all levels of the organisation. Invest and introduce new technologies and systems required in the workplace and publish an informative data handling and processing guide.

5. Employee engagement – Launch your new data compliance policy to all staff; provide training, information and guides to employees so they are educated and aware of the changes taking place and their responsibility in ensuring that the company meets the requirements of the GDPR.

6. Review and improve – After launching your GDPR compliance plan, now is the time to review and improve before the regulations come in effect. Identifying any necessary improvements well in advance of the GDPR’s deadline, once May 2018 arrives your organisation will have successfully and efficiently adapted to the changes and be completely compliant.


How to use a Flip Chart – Do’s and Taboos:

While the technical progress increases constantly, flip charts fall more and more into oblivion. But they are more than just relics. Flip charts are still the most effective presentation media of all.

Usually, the simplest visuals are the best because you always have to remember that your visual aids should just enhance your presentation and that’s what flip charts do in the easiest way.

Often when high-tech computer generated presentations were used, they become the presentation and not the speaker. And that’s very dangerous for a successful presentation. It’s important to remember that you should be the biggest part of your lecture and not your visual aids.

However flip charts offer more advantages. They are low tech, reliable and don’t require any special skills to use them.

So here are some tips for using flip charts more effectively:

The first thing you should do is the planning of how your flip chart pages should look. Usually, one idea per page works the best, so don’t try to fit lots of ideas and diagrams onto one page. When you prepare your pages, it is advisable to first design them on paper before drawing them on the actual flip chart page. Be careful when writing words on the flipchart, make the letters large and clear enough so people at the back can read them. Moreover, not everyone has the gift of really neat handwriting, so write your text lightly in pencil first before using the actual flip chart markers.

The second thing that makes your flip chart presentable is using colours, diagrams and pictures. Graphics and pictures allow you to communicate your message more effectively and make difficult topics clearer to the audience. You should draw some, even if you are not an artist. It’s easy – you could do it the same way like the writing – just sketch them in pencil beforehand. You don’t have to do it freehand style.

Using one dark colour and one light colour works best. The reason for using dark colours like black or blue is that they maximise visibility all the way to the back of the room and can be seen from a large distance. Light colours like orange or red can be used for highlighting your flip chart content, for example, circling or underlining. When using multiple colours, try to limit the variety to two or three colours per chart page.

The third and last thing is to be prepared for your own presentation. Before you are going to hold your lecture you should check the position of your flip chart to maximise visibility for your audience. Make sure every word you wrote on the flip chart can be read in the back row of the room. Moreover, check that all of your markers write well and that you have the expected number of flip chart pages. Another tip is to use pads with perforations at the top. They allow easier removal of the sheets and don’t cause a struggle to tear them off.