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8 ways to keep your team engaged during meetings

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If you are struggling to keep your team motivated and proactive during meetings then perhaps you need to rethink the way you present and approach the structure and content of these sessions. Below are some simple ideas to help you get the most from your team…

  1. Purpose

    Ensure your team know the purpose of the meeting and their role in attendance. Getting their buy in from the start will help to keep them engaged, especially if they know they have a role to play and the importance of that role within the project

  2. Agenda

    Create an agenda and stick to it. If you do not do this your team will start to see their precious time drift away. This may cause resentment and it is likely that those who have no part to play will drift off as they see less and less relevance to why they were asked to attend. This means that their attention may not be 100% when you are covering the agenda item

  3. Timing

    Make sure your meeting starts on time – as scheduled. Otherwise those who made the effort to be punctual may start to lose interest as they clock watch their colleagues rolling in. It also sets the standard for the next meeting and shows that you are serious about conducting an effective meetinghandshake_office_reception

  4. The 10,20,30 Rule

    When presenting stick to the 10, 20, 30 rule  – 10 Slides max, keep your presentation to 20 mins and use 30pt font min. Pictures are great for putting across your points and remember people like being presented to, rather than read to. Also, when presenting, make sure that your bullet points appear on click rather than, on permanent display from the outset. If you don’t do this your team will already have read the content of your slide before you’ve had a chance to present it

  5. Comfort

    Keep an eye on the room temperature and ensure that everyone in your team has adequate refreshments at hand. Never underestimate the importance of a glass of water or a good quality coffee – hydrate your team

  6. Questions

    Ask your team questions during the meeting. Let them know that you will be doing this at the start and just see how this improves their engagementmeeting_with_coffee

  7. Ideas, ideas, ideas

    Start the session with some brainstorming techniques to engage your colleagues straight away. Remember these rules:

    1. Criticism of ideas isn’t allowed
    2. All ideas, no matter how wild, are encouraged
    3. The more ideas, the better
    4. Every participant should try to build on or combine the ideas of others
  8. Review

    Finally, at the end of the meeting why not review its effectiveness with your team and see where improvements can be made for the next one.

10 ways to impress customers in your office

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  1. Positive interaction

    It is of great importance to make sure that every single member of staff, no matter what their position can and will positively interact with any visiting customers. Employees should be friendly and polite and ready to offer assistance to a visitor if need be

  2. A great receptionist

    A receptionist will often be responsible for the first impression a customer will have of a business. It is therefore essential that your receptionist is a fantastic ambassador for the company. Ensure that he or she is an excellent communicator with good people skills and the ability to multi task. If for example your receptionist is on the phone when a visitor arrives it is important that they make eye contact, smile and can indicate that they will be with the customer ASAP

  3. Cleanliness is next to godliness

    Ensure that the office is clean and tidy, paying particular attention to anywhere that the visitor may have access to including toilet and kitchen facilities

  4. Refreshments

    Have high quality refreshments available for visitors. A high end coffee machine and water cooler that the customer can operate themselves in the reception area would be a brilliant idea

  5. Branded stationery

    Have professionally designed (complimentary) stationery with your company logo that can be given to the customer to keep (notepads, jotters, pens etc.). As well as being a nice gesture, it will also keep your business at the forefront of their minds

  6. Inspiring décor

    Offices don’t have to be boring and sterile spaces. It is certainly possible to inject some colour and personality into your workplace whilst still remaining professional. Perhaps for example, you could incorporate colours from your brand identity into the office

  7. Dress code

    Decide on a dress code within your company and stick to it. Employees at all times should adhere to the companies chosen dress code so that unexpected visitors always gain a good first impression

  8. Space and layout

    Modernise your layout and make the most of your space. Customers will be impressed by innovative technology which gives the impression that you are a forward thinking company. Avoid unnecessary clutter on desks and in the surrounding workspace which can be distracting and look unprofessional

  9. Genuine engagement

    Genuinely engage with customers through small talk so that they don’t feel they are yet again being schmoozed. Actively listen to what they are saying and if they offer small details about their lives be interested and remember to ask about for future meetings. For example they may mention a child of theirs or an approaching holiday somewhere. This shows that you view them not just as a potential business deal but as an actual person

  10. Go green

    Adding greenery to your office space, from reception to boardroom, enhances the environment both aesthetically and in terms of mood. By creating an inviting atmosphere, visitors will feel at ease and welcome from the moment they enter your office

Dehydration: Know the Score

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Keep hydrated with a fresh glass of water

Water makes up over two-thirds of the healthy human body. It lubricates the joints and eyes, aids digestion, flushes out waste and toxins, and keeps the skin healthy.

Some of the early warning signs of dehydration include:

• feeling thirsty and lightheaded
• a dry mouth
• tiredness
• having dark coloured, strong-smelling urine
• passing urine less often than usual

It is well known how dangerous and potentially life threatening severe dehydration can be, but what of the effects of mild dehydration? According to scientists the feeling of thirst that we all experience, is often an indication that our bodies are already becoming dehydrated. In fact a recent study concluded that even mild dehydration can affect our mood and ability to concentrate. Feelings of thirst, fatigue and irritability are subtle warnings from our body that fluid is needed to restore equilibrium and to stop further symptoms such as headaches and dizziness developing.

Adults should aim to drink at least six to eight glasses of water daily to keep us adequately hydrated, more if we are exercising. It is easy in the workplace when deadlines are looming and despite your best efforts your inbox refuses to shrink, to forget to do something as simple as have a drink. We often attribute fatigue, headaches and diminishing concentration in the office to pressure and stress, when actually we should be heading to the water cooler and nourishing our hardworking brains and bodies with that life sustaining substance, water!

So next time you start to feel those tell-tale signs, you know what to do!

Read more here: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Dehydration/Pages/Introduction.aspx

Top 10 motivational quotes to get you through the working week…

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Banish those Monday morning blues with our top ten motivational quotes to get you through the day and energise you for the week ahead.

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“Nothing will work unless you do.” (Maya Angelou)

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“The supreme accomplishment is to blur the lines between work and play.” (Arnold J.Toynbee)

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“Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.” (Anne Frank)

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“Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognise them.” (Ann Landers)

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“When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.” (Henry J.Kaiser)

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“Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.” (Peter Drucker)

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“All things are difficult before they are easy.” (Thomas Fuller)

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“Don’t stay in bed, unless you can make money in bed.” (George Burns)

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“No-one can arrive from being talented alone, work transforms talent into genius.” (Anna Pavlova)

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And my personal favourite….”You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.” (Dr.Seuss)

I hope these quotes have provided an inspirational boost. Why not share your own motivational mantra…

And if you still find yourself in the doldrums yearning for the weekend read a copy of Dr.Seuss’ ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go’ I promise you won’t regret it!

6 reasons you should have a water machine in your office

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In the UK 60% of the population drink just one glass or less of water a day, while only 1 in 250 of us are drinking enough water to function to our full potential.

Every one of us is made up of water, broken down our muscle mass consists of 75% water; our bones; 22%, while our blood is 83% water, and our brain consists of a staggering 90% water. To function properly and remain healthy we need to be hydrated. In return, we will benefit in both our personal and professional life.

Heightened mental alertness

Dehydration is, simply, what happens when the body loses more water than it takes in. By being as little as 2% under hydrated, cognitive ability, memory retention, mathematical skills, visual perception and reasoning, all diminish as an effect. Simply, even the slightest loss of water leads to poor mental alertness and negatively impacts productivity in the work place. So while lack of water leads to a reduction in awareness, problems with focus, and poor short-term memory, as well as other negative symptoms, a properly hydrated body and brain are able to function clearly, quickly, and perform to their full ability.

A more energy-efficient brain

According to a study conducted at King’s College London, as well as causing weakened mental alertness, dehydration also forces the brain to worker harder to achieve the same results. The study tested dehydrated teenagers against their hydrated counterparts, and found that the under hydrated subjects showed heightened activity in the brain’s frontal-parietal region during a problem solving task. Yet, despite that surge of brainpower, there was no improvement in brain performance. The concluding evidence; tasks literally seem harder. The dehydrated brain uses a greater source of energy to accomplish the same tasks.

A less fatigued workforce

As well as a reduced cognitive ability, at the price of an overworking brain, dehydration, even the smallest amount, can cause increased tiredness and fatigue. Lowered mental alertness and heightened fatigue do not bode well for a healthy and productive work day. A 2015 survey of 300 GPs found that one in five GP visits for tiredness often had dehydration as the root cause. While, only four per cent of the doctors surveyed said they believed patients were aware of how much water they should be drinking daily.

A happier workforce

When blood cells lose more water than they gain the result is fatigue, sluggishness, confusion and irritability. Dehydration in more extreme cases can lead to anxiety, tension and even depression. As well as drinking more water, small breaks throughout the workday also aid mood improvement. In fact, a small 15 second break every ten minutes when you’re staring at a screen for hours, can reduce fatigue by 50%. That could fit a slurp of water in at your desk.

While, according to another survey, 59% of people claim more breaks would actually improve their work happiness. That’s a lot of evidence that a break to hydrate throughout the workday could improve employee job satisfaction as well as improve productivity.

Relieved muscles and joints

Along with those mood and energy deficits, poor hydration can cause muscle and joint discomfort. The hydration you receive when you drink the amount of water your body needs helps lubricate and cushion joints. While, in a study of workers suffering forearm, wrist, and hand discomfort, taking a break for five minutes once every hour eliminated the pain. We suggest taking a short break to hydrate at the water machine once an hour to maximise comfort as well as energy and creativity. Although five minutes isn’t a huge amount of time, it should allow you to top up your water levels, give you a chance to rest your eyes, and stand and stretch. The simply action of reaching upwards drives oxygen to the brain and helps you feel more alert. While, a twenty-second break to rest your eyes can relive eye strain symptoms – try shifting your gaze 20 ft. away.

Less absenteeism

Headaches are a common symptom of hydration and a reason many employees take days off work. A dehydrated brain with low levels of water in the brain tissue causes shrinkage and the brain begins to pull away from the skull. As a result, pain receptors surrounding the brain are triggered, resulting in a headache. A lack of water also causes your blood volume to drop which, as a result lowers the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain. As well as improving general health and preventing headaches, staying hydrated can even prevent more serious illnesses such as colon cancer. Less sick days are better for the business as well as the employees’ health, workload and stress levels.

Hydration literally improves every region of your body and mind. From mental processing, to joints and muscles, and even preventing serious illness – water is essential to living a healthy fuller life. A healthy workforce is a less absent one and also a happier and more productive one.

UK coffee week 2013 – What’s it all about?

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This year UK Coffee Week ran from the 2228 April and brought together a variety of product offerings, activities and public events (including the London Coffee Festival) – all in aid of Project Waterfall.

Project Waterfall aims to improve the lives of those living in African coffee-growing countries by giving them better access to clean water through hygiene and sanitisation. Sickness from unclean water is a constant threat for places like Tanzania, where only 54% of the population have access to a clean water source. Even then, these people sometimes have to walk up to 2 hours a day just to reach a clean source of water. So really, this week is in aid of a fantastic cause.

Coffee@Work

UK Coffee Week launched in 2011 and has grown considerably since then. In 2012 over 300 thousand people were involved from supporters and sponsors to fundraisers and organisers. The flagship initiative of the UK Coffee Week is Coffee@Work, which encourages workplaces who enjoy coffee as part of their working day to fundraise for Project Waterfall – the workplace initiative is sponsored by popular coffee brand Kenco.

In addition to the Coffee@Work initiative there are a variety of other ways to fundraise during the week; consumers are asked to make a voluntary 5p donation when they purchase coffee at participating vendors, participating coffee operators offer to match consumer donations as well as making their own corporate donations and participating venues offer spaces to hold fundraising events such as bake sales and karaoke nights.

Coffee@Work ties in nicely with Eden Springs’s WellBeing and Energy@Work initiatives, which stress the value of drinks and beverages at work for motivation, energy and health.

London’s coffee fest

UK Coffee Week happily coincides with the London Coffee Festival which takes place from the 2528 April this year. The Festival celebrates London’s thriving coffee scene and brings together coffee enthusiasts, professional baristas, independent coffee shop owners and coffee experts to share their experiences and love of coffee. There are also coffee/food matchings, a scientific coffee lab, demonstrations and live entertainment throughout the festival.

You can get the ball rolling for 2014’s UK Coffee Week by organising a Kenco coffee machine for your office and requesting a Coffee@Work sign-up pack. Don’t just let coffee be your guilty pleasure – make it count!

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Meningitis Research Foundation say thanks for Eden water donation

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As part of our ongoing and very popular ‘free water for fundraisers’ initiative we donated bottled water for a couple of the Meningitis Research Foundation’s fantastic fundraising events:

A huge thank you to Eden Springs for generously donating 200 bottles of water for use at two major fundraising events. Our Grand Ball held in London in March raised £37,815 and our annual student collection in April raised a further £31,220.19. The money raised from both these events will allow us to continue our vital work into the prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia and support those affected by them.

Mike Taylor, Head of Fundraising
Meningitis Research Foundation 

Very impressive fundraising figures I’m sure you’ll agree! Well done to everybody involved and we’re delighted to have helped such a great cause.

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Celebrating World Water Day

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World Water Day is held on 22 March every year to celebrate fresh water, reaffirm its importance, and help develop the sustainable management of water resources across the world.

As a beverage company we’re clearly heavily involved in water and hydration, and our charity efforts extend into helping provide drinking water to Tanzania through the PeopleHelpPeople – One World initiative as well as helping charity fundraisers with free water closer to home in the UK.

Access to clean and safe drinking water is correctly seen as an important human right, and the day aims to increase awareness of the difficulties huge numbers face in accessing this vital resource. Millions of people across the globe are forced to drink dirty water daily in order to survive, causing disease, ill-health and suffering.

The day has been celebrated since 1993, following a United Nations Conference on Environment and Development recommendation the previous year. The theme for 2013’s event is the “International Year of Water Cooperation”.

You can follow World Water Day initiative on Twitter with #waterday, or see pictures and donate at waterday.org

 

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Eden provide water for charity fundraisers

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Eden Springs’ campaign to provide water to fantastic charity fundraising events continued in 2012, and will be running again in 2013! You can apply for water for your charity event through our Facebook page.

Here are a couple of recent picture highlights from our 2012 donations:

 

Meningitis UK Big Stroll

“Thanks again to all at Eden Springs for providing us with the bottled water – it was very well received by our thirsty walkers!”

Gemma Langley– meningitisuk.org UK Big Stroll

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Rhondda Santa Fun-Run

The Rhondda Santa Fun-run – organised by the Mending Broken Hearts Fundraising Group RCT in partnership with the British Heart Foundation Cymru – got everyone in the Christmas spirit with a run around splendid Gellgaled Park in Rhondda, Wales.

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Eden Springs help out the MOBOs

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Eden Springs were delighted to help out as the official bottled water supplier for the VIPs at the MOBO Awards this Saturday 3 November at the Echo Arena in Manchester. We’re now looking forward to next year when the event comes north, close to Eden Springs’s UK headquarters, in Glasgow!

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Twitter thank you message

Hopefully you were following the event on Twitter, where you’ll have seen Eden Springs mentioned.

Thanks to Eden Springs and all of other amazing suppliers RT @eden_springs: Eden Springs at the MOBO Awards @moboawards #MOBO #music

— MOBO AWARDS(@MOBOAwards) November 14, 2012

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