Elevating team morale: Office essentials with a light-hearted twist


14 May 2024 by WTF Notebooks

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In the fast-paced world of corporate culture, where deadlines loom and stress levels soar, maintaining high morale among your team members is not just a luxury – it’s a strategic imperative. As any great leader and boss will know, productivity and innovation can only thrive in an enjoyable, engaging work environment.

Research from prestigious institutions like Harvard and Gallup has consistently shown that humour plays a vital role in fostering employee engagement and satisfaction. That’s not to say it’s just about laughs, but it's about creating an atmosphere where ideas flow freely, collaboration thrives, and diverse opinions are welcome.

But how do you inject some much-needed levity into the daily grind without sacrificing professionalism? Enter WTF Notebooks – the intriguing conversation starter, disguised as an office essential that’s used by office workers everyday: a paper notebook.

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Not your typical notebook

Evidently, most people don’t think of paper notebooks as an integral part of their (work) lives. But whenever it’s time to jot down those unexpected phone call notes, safekeep important meeting outcomes, or document spontaneous lightbulb moments, we all instinctively reach for the trusted notebook. Even those committed to digital note keeping can’t deny the practical use of the good old fashioned notebook – especially in unforeseen situations where the simplicity of "pen and paper" often trumps the screen and keyboard.

Now, what makes WTF Notebooks special (and arguably more exciting than any regular journal), is the way we inject personality into our notebooks: Rather than labelling them with obvious phrases like “Notes” or “Contacts”, our covers feature unconventional titles, sometimes so ironic and bold, they will make you look twice.

You'll find notebook titles such as “My book to write in to appear busy”, and “Smart things I’m going to say later”, as well as our bestselling “My list of things I was right about”. Just imagine entering a staff meeting with a notebook titled “Meeting that could have been emails”.

With titles ranging from innocent and quirky, to amusingly nonchalant and playfully candid, the popularity of WTF Notebooks has been rising among offices since our inception in 2020. Even giant organisations, including Netflix® and Microsoft®, haven't been able to resist placing orders for their teams and business partners. 

Let's take a look at some customer favourites:

A WTF Notebook titled: Useless stuff to overthink
A WTF Notebook titled: Doodles I drew during important work meetings
A WTF Notebook titled: Exercise and other things I wish I could outsource
A WTF Notebook titled: Meetings that could have been emails
A WTF Notebook titled: Times my crystal ball didn't work
A WTF Notebook titled: Inappropriate comments to make in serious situations
A WTF Notebook titled: Ways to pretend I'm working hard
A WTF Notebook titled: Things in the NDA I can't talk about

This is just a small selection of the titles you'll find at WTF Notebooks; and each one is customisable to your liking (more on that below). Corporate leaders looking for workplace presents, staff appreciation gifts, or custom business merchandise, can choose from more than 200 titles, conveniently categorised on our web store.

Take a peek at our full range of WTF Notebook titles here – we promise they’re worth the click, even just for a giggle.

Making staff feel seen

Now, some might argue that this kind of humour has no place in a professional setting. But incorporating any form of humour into your organisational culture not only fosters an atmosphere where staff members feel comfortable, empowered, and valued, but it also serves as a signal to your team that you embrace a touch of light-hearted humour. While WTF Notebooks may not be a magic wand that improves your office morale overnight, their playfulness offers a way for you to demonstrate your commitment to a positive workplace environment.

This commitment is also reflected in the gift itself, which represents a tangible token of appreciation. Previous customers of WTF Notebooks, including giants like Wells Fargo® and AstraZeneca®, have affirmed time and time again that gifting your team with WTF Notebooks is a fantastic way to demonstrate gratitude towards your employees.

Moreover, selecting notebook titles that resonate with your individual staff members, or align with your team's internal work culture, can help them feel recognised and appreciated. By choosing titles that reflect your team, you not only foster a sense of belonging but also encourage a culture where each individual is valued.

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Customise your work team gifts

As we’ve discovered, WTF Notebooks offers a title for everyone.

But the fun doesn’t end with the titles. We understand that the key to a thoughtful workplace gift lies in effortless customisation: That's why our web store lets you choose from a variety of cover colours, inside pages, and notebook types to tailor your order to perfection.

Your customised notebooks are then manufactured to order in our state-of-the-art print facility near Leeds, England, UK, where we take care of everything from printing and binding, to packing up your order and sending it on its way to you.

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Serious savings for corporate teams

The widespread popularity of our journals among corporate clients is proof that WTF Notebooks are a great investment in your company's culture. However, enhancing your workplace atmosphere shouldn't cost you an arm and a leg.

If you're itching to uplift office spirits without sending your budget running for the hills, we’ve got great news for you: Our tiered Bundle Discounts ensure that don’t need to be a tech giant (or a financial institution for that matter) to be able to afford WTF Notebooks.

Here's the scoop on our Bundle Discounts: Orders of 10 or more notebooks receive an automatic 15% discount and complimentary priority shipping within the UK. Teams with 50 or more members receive a 20% discount, while companies ordering 100+ WTF Notebooks enjoy an impressive 25% discount on their entire order.

Organisations eyeing up 250 or more WTF Notebooks can secure a generous custom discount, while also tapping into exclusive bulk customisation options like logo add-ons and custom titles. This special offer isn't available on our website, but here's a link to learn more about our bulk order solution for branded corporate gifts, or reach out if you're interested.

Whether you're a small start-up or a mammoth enterprise looking for corporate gifts, our Bundle Discounts ensure that sprucing up your workplace (while also stocking up on essentials) won't burn a hole in your budget.

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Order morale boosters and staff appreciation gifts today

Ready to take your workplace morale to new heights? Browse all of our titles, deep-dive into our Bundle Discounts, or learn more about bulk-exclusive branding options. Whether you're looking to boost productivity, give gratitude to your employees, or simply put a smile on your team's faces, WTF Notebooks has got you covered.

Ordinary is overrated

WTF Notebooks are here to make you laugh out loud. Custom-printed to order, they are the perfect gift for friends, family, co-workers or yourself. Say goodbye to boring notebooks and hello to WTF Notebooks!

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A customer holding his blue WTF Notebook titled 'Times I was right and nobody listened'
A happy customer holding her red WTF Notebook titled 'List of people who have wasted my time'
A happy customer holding her pink WTF Notebook 'Inappropriate comments to make in serious situations'
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