Many of you might not have heard of “Hug Your Boss Day” because it is not an official holiday and the idea sprung up only a few years ago.
If you are an employee with a horrible boss, you might choose to ignore this day, but you should keep in mind that a happy boss can result in a better work environment for you and can also improve productivity.
If you love your boss, you can use this day to tell your boss how much you appreciate his mentorship and guidance.
If you are a boss, you won’t be able to sit on your seat today, as you might be getting multitudes of hugs and words of appreciation today.
As an employee, you can give your boss a hug, and that is bound to make him/her a very happy person. But what if you or your boss has Haphephobia, a rare phobia that involves the fear of touching or being touched? And what if you love your boss so much that you think a hug would not be enough to tell him how great he is?
We have made a list of five gadgets that will add comfort and happiness to your boss’s office life and can show him how much you appreciate his efforts.
For The Boss’s Caffeine Needs
Brugo’s Coffee Mug
If your boss is a coffee addict, he is probably used to drinking coffee that is either too hot or too cold because his coffee drinking session was interrupted by an important phone call or a client meeting. Brugo solves this dilemma by making a thermodynamic mug with a cooling chamber that keeps coffee hot and cools it down at the same time. Are you thinking how? The Brugo mug has two sections, one which keeps coffee hot and one which cools it down. The coffee is stored in the chamber which keeps it hot by default. When you want to take a sip, just tilt it away and coffee amounting to a large sip will enter the cooling chamber. When it cools down to a drinkable temperature in 2-3 seconds, you can take a sip.
How it will increase productivity
If you think clearly, this mug can improve productivity in multiple ways. Firstly, your boss can roam around in the office more quickly as he won’t have to balance a mug filled with coffee to prevent the contents from falling. Secondly, he would find a lot more time to work, as he wouldn’t be nursing a burnt tongue or making trips to the kitchen to get a hot refill.
The Brugo Mug can be bought here for $19.95.
For Your Boss’s Work Needs
Livescribe Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen
What if, on this day, you give him something that will help him write smoothly and act as a digital assistant that records everything he says? Well, the LiveScribe Echo Smart can enable him to do that. The pen can come in handy when your boss is taking down notes, and can also help when he is checking the report that you submitted and makes a mental note to tell you to confirm a fact.
The pen combines the beauty of traditional note-taking and writing with the power of digital. But it does have a downside: it only works with Live Scribe Special Notebooks that look and feel like normal notebooks with a play/pause button. All your boss has to do is to tap the record button with his pen when he starts writing, and the pen will start recording. The 2GB memory enables the pen to store 200 hours of audio recording and with the addition of wi-fi, the notes get stored in an Evernote account automatically. This ensures that all your boss’s great ideas and notes are never lost. The pen can also be connected to earphones to ensure that even the faintest voices are audible to your boss.
How it will improve productivity
The Live Scribe Pen ensures that all your boss’s ideas get executed. It would also save his time as he wouldn’t have to try to remember what happened two hours ago. If your boss has a habit of taking notes while speaking to someone, his notes would not have anything missing as he can just use his pen to check if he hasn’t missed out on anything. At the end of the day, your boss will be a lot more organized with a really cool pen in his pocket.
You can buy it here for prices starting at $119.95.
Much of the time your boss spends in the office is devoted to typing on the keyboard. With the introduction of wireless keyboards, your boss can relax as he leans back on his chair, keeps the keyboard in his lap, and types away. But wireless keyboards run on batteries that run out pretty quickly. What if you give your boss a keyboard that runs for months without the need for a recharge? If you are willing to do that, then you should go for the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard. With solar panels that can recharge from natural as well as artificial light, Logitech claims that the battery can last for three months, even with no light. Even if the claim seems too ambitious, two months without charging is huge. Add to it the sleek design and the ergonomic keyboard, this device is bound to improve your boss’s work experience.