Buying writing pads for your office sounds like a fairly straightforward task. It's just paper after all, so is there really much to think about? You could just find the cheapest writing pads available and buy it in bulk to save even more money and be done with it. But then what happens if you then receive your bulk order and when it arrives you find out that the paper is so thin and of such poor quality that you can’t use it? Now your whole order is worthless and you’ve wasted a lot of money. Paper isn’t the most complicated thing in the world, but when you’re stocking up your office with supplies, it pays to take a minute and consider what the best products are. Here are some things to look out for when buying writing pads for the office.
Before you buy any paper, you need to think about its GSM or Grams per Square Metre. This is essentially an indicator that tells you how high-quality the paper is. Paper with a low GSM will be poor quality, will tear easily, and will often make the ink go through to the next page. Anything with a GSM over 130 is paperboard and probably not useful for an office writing pad. Decent quality writing paper usually has a GSM of 80.
What Type of Binding?
Writing pads can come as either spiral bound (also known as wire bound) or tape bound. Spiral bound is often better if the pad is to be kept together and looked back on later for reference. Meanwhile, tape bound is easier to use if you’ll be ripping pages out and just using it for note taking. What type of binding you choose is often a personal preference. Some people find the spiral binding can get in the way while they’re trying to write.
Size of the Pad
Most offices will have either A4 or A5 writing pads. Other sizes are also available if you have a particular need for them. The size of the pad is mostly down to individual preference, so in an office it’s best to get a mix of common sizes and let workers choose which one suits them best. If you’re working in a very small office and space is at a premium, then you might want to opt for smaller A5 writing pads.
Paper is white, or at least it is nine times out of ten. Having coloured paper may seem like a whimsical or even childish idea that has no place in the office, as yellow or pink paper can seem less professional and give off the wrong impression. However, there can be benefits to coloured paper, especially for those with learning difficulties, such as dyslexia. Some studies have shown that coloured paper can help to alleviate reading difficulties. People with dyslexia or similar learning difficulties may prefer pink or yellow paper, so you should take into account if anyone in your office has learning disabilities that require a certain colour and shade of paper.