You may commonly associate a whiteboard with a classroom and a teacher but there are many other ways in which they can be useful in other surroundings.

Take, for example, an office environment – there are many occasions here where a whiteboard could be very useful. The great thing about whiteboards is that as long as everybody remembers to use the right pens anything that is jotted down on them can be easily wiped off and rewritten. This makes them especially useful for people wanting to use them to keep a list of what they have to do each day, and it is certainly very satisfying when you are left with a clean whiteboard at the end of the day – even if you do have to fill it up again for the next!

Whiteboards can be used in other areas of the office, and many offices I have visited have a large whiteboard in the centre of the room to keep everyone up-to-date with what is happening – giving out announcements, events coming up or what their targets are. These can be really good to keep people focussed and pushing on towards their goals and can be especially effective in sales environment.

Finally the other innovative way I’ve seen them used in an office is in the kitchen where people can put just how they like their tea and coffee. This means that when you can see a colleague of yours looking a little bit stressed across the room you can make them a cuppa just to their liking – bound to cheer them up and get them feeling better.

Whiteboards aren’t just limited to the classroom and office however, and many people have them in their homes – often for organisational reasons. Whether it is to write a reminder, plan your shopping list or remind everyone of what they’ve got on this week they can be incredibly useful. You’ll probably most commonly find them in a kitchen, often the centre of a family home but there’s no reason why they can’t be used in a home office or in a child’s bedroom – they will love playing teacher and students with their friends.