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Over 50% of Britons are injured by their biscuits on coffee break

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Are you one of the 25 million adults who has injured themselves while eating a biscuit during coffee break? A study conducted by Fox’s Rocky Biscuits reveals a list of the riskiest biscuits you can eat on your break, with the Custard Cream coming in at the number one. The safest biscuit to indulge in would be the Jaffa Cake. Want to minimise your risk of injury this coffee break? Then check out the rankings of the riskiest biscuits below!

 

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Prank your colleagues this April Fool’s Day with these silly office pranks

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In need of some inspiration for how to prank your colleagues this April Fool’s Day? Well help is it hand, check out our list below of silly office pranks guaranteed to perk up your workplace.

WARNING: Workplace pranks can be inappropriate and/or hazardous! We suggest only targeting colleagues with a good sense of humour and those who know how to take a joke.

1. There’s no point crying over spilt coffee

We all have that one colleague who cannot function without their morning cup of Joe, right? So why not make them think their precious cup of coffee has ended up all over their desk? All you need is hot gun glue and some Liquitex professional acrylic ink. Simple!

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Image courtesy of www.instructables.com

2. Show them the blue screen of death

This prank is simple, speedy and relies upon one of the most terrifying things that could happen to your work computer. Want to panic your colleagues into thinking they’ve lost all their work? All you need to do is download the blue screen of death screen saver onto their computer and set it as their wallpaper. Wait for them to come back to their desk, find that their computer appears to have crashed and watch them freak out. 

Image courtesy of www.pocket-lint.com

Image courtesy of www.pocket-lint.com

3. Make their stationary jiggle

If you have a bit more time on your hands, why not try this classic office prank? All you need to do is set your colleague’s favourite stapler, pen or mug in a bowl of jelly and watch them squirm when they have to pull it out in the morning.

Image courtesy of Cole Ewert

Image courtesy of Cole Ewert

4. Make sure they get the message

Do you have an abundance of Post-It notes on your hands and some time to kill? Then this is the perfect office prank for you. Target the person who takes pride in the cleanliness of their desk and watch them have a meltdown when they return from a meeting to find their cubicle covered in Post-It notes.

Image courtesy of www.lolpranks.com

Image courtesy of www.lolpranks.com

5. Everybody loves mustard cupcakes, right?

It can be the highlight of the week when a colleague brings in some baked goods for the office. To upset a few and get some classic reactions from others, all you need to do is add some yellow mustard to your cupcake frosting instead of food colouring.

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Image courtesy of www.greylustergirl.com

6. Kill their mouse

This sneaky trick is a classic and can be done when your colleague has popped off to the loo. Simply put a tiny piece of Sellotape over the optical sensor on their mouse and laugh while you watch them try to figure out why the mouse has suddenly stopped working.

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Image courtesy of www.officepranksmasters.com

How Your Brain Becomes Addicted To Coffee

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When it comes to coffee, we just can’t get enough. Although an estimated 80% of Americans sink several cups a day, they’re not the only caffeine cravers. In 2013, the BBC explored the impact coffee consumption may be having on us Brits, too. Now could be the time to get a hold of our caffeine habits – but first, let’s take a look at what makes it so hard for caffeine addicts to moderate their intake.

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How does it work?

Although people still may not realise it, caffeine is a chemically addictive drug. Without a chemistry degree, it can be difficult to understand why coffee becomes a vital lifeline that we depend upon. But in layman’s terms, our brains simply get used to the intake.

Caffeine gets into the brain and blocks the receptors for naturally-occuring adenosine. The filling of these receptors with adenosine is what contributes to tiredness, which caffeine interferes with. Blocked adenosine receptors can also cause the release of natural stimulants like dopamine and adrenaline, which make you feel, well, ‘perky’ and alert.

Drinking coffee every day doesn’t have to be a bad thing – in fact, it can have some positive effects when consumed in moderation. Some studies claim that the body absorbs the antioxidants provided by coffee quicker than it does from fruit and vegetables. Drinking a few cups a day can keep you alert at the office and even improve concentration levels – making you more productive as a result.

Coffee consumption only becomes an issue over time, as excess consumption means drinkers will build up a tolerance to the effects of caffeine – meaning they need to drink significantly more to achieve the desired ‘buzz’.

 

Controlling your caffeine intake 

The problem with consuming so much of the hot stuff is that, once we start drinking it regularly (and excessively), it stops giving us the ‘kick’ we crave. While caffeine consumption can have positive effects, too much of the drug can have some side effects. The ‘alert’ feeling we get from consuming coffee is exactly what keeps us going back for more – but if we have too much, we lose that feeling.

With coffee shops more popular than ever, it’s easy to see how the coffee bean has become an essential part of daily life – particularly for employees who rely on a regular fix to bring some scrumptious sustenance to their working day. From alluring americanos to indulgent lattes, we just can’t get enough – and the key is to think about how much we drink. Living by the ‘everything in moderation’ mantra, coffee can be a tasty treat and a welcome perk during your working day.

 

A healthier you

If you’re looking to control your caffeine intake, there’s no time like the present. Introduce some water to your work breaks and get the best of both worlds! Proven to help with brain activity and keep us alert throughout the day, there really is no substitute for H2O.

Coffee may be a tasty treat, but variety is the spice of life – and water is an essential part of our everyday. If you’re thinking about making some healthy changes, Eden Springs can help with that. Check out our wide range of eco-friendly water coolers to hydrate your office today.

Ground-Breaking Invention Of Plantable Coffee Cups

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With World Water Day and Earth Hour both happening this month, there’s no better time to think about how we can be helping our planet. Despite the increase in the amount of people that now recycle, waste going into landfill remains a serious problem – with coffee cups being a major culprit.

The coffee cup wasteland

Unfortunately, our continued longing for our daily caffeine fix means that the disposal of coffee cups remains a huge problem. Over 2.5 billion coffee cups are thrown away in the UK every year, with many of them not being recycled, resulting in a massive 25,000 tonnes of waste. America’s coffee drinkers are also contributing to the pollution, with an alarming 145 billion cups being discarded annually, making it an issue that needs addressing. Despite many coffee cups now being made from recyclable materials, a large proportion of these are still disposed of incorrectly – and get thrown in with the everyday trash. As consumer group Which? have pointed out, mixing materials (such as plastic and paper) when manufacturing coffee cups is also a major cause of the waste problem – making them extremely difficult to recycle. As the world’s largest coffee chain, Starbucks are responsible for distributing a huge 4 billion disposable cups worldwide. In 2014 they faced scrutiny regarding their approach to recycling, admitting they had failed in their mission to get more customers using their own reusable cups.

Plantable coffee cups

Based in California, environmentally-friendly company Reduce, Reuse, Grow have come up with a unique solution to the waste problem – designing the world’s first plantable coffee cup. The new creation aims to combat the high volumes of litter generated by disposable coffee cups every year. Not only is the new eco-cup biodegradable, but its walls are embedded with seeds – allowing it to be planted after use. As well as containing seeds which are native to the areas in which the coffee cups will be introduced, each cup contains at least one tree seed – in the hopes that this will repopulate barren areas of land. Although planting the coffee cups is the main focus of the initiative, the cup will fully biodegrade in less than 200 days – even if it’s thrown out with everyday waste. As well as encouraging customers to plant the cups themselves, the company are also happy to do the gardening work for them!

Is your business doing all it can to help the planet?

With many of us purchasing coffee on the morning commute and consuming it in the workplace, coffee machines are a great way to avoid unnecessary pollution. Your staff can enjoy endless cups of Joe without worrying about the damage they’re potentially causing our future planet. Water coolers are also an effective way to reduce your staff’s purchasing of plastic bottles. Encouraging your staff to be environmentally savvy is cost-effective and a positive improvement for your business. See how your business can do its part by checking out Eden Spring’s wide range of eco-friendly coffee machines and water coolers.

How ‘Coffee Naps’ Can Boost your Productivity at Work

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Do you want to make the most of your power naps? Then it’s time to reach for the coffee!

Although this may sound paradoxical – new evidence suggests that if you’re caffeinated, you can exploit a quirk in the way both sleep and caffeine affect your brain, achieving maximum alertness. According to experts, this combination of caffeine and sleeping can be more effective than a simple siesta or coffee on its own. So how does it work?

 

The science behind sleepiness

The power of the coffee nap all boils down to how caffeine affects you – and specifically, how it competes with the chemical compound adenosine.  Adenosine is a drowsiness-inducing compound that accumulates in your brain while you’re awake, and dissipates during sleep. When caffeine enters the brain, it fits into receptors that are normally occupied by the similarly-shaped adenosine molecule – when adenosine plugs into these receptors, it causes you to feel tired. So, when adenosine has to compete for receptors with caffeine molecules, its ability to cause drowsiness is decreased.

They key to the coffee nap is that sleep naturally clears the brain of adenosine – therefore, after just a 20 minute power nap, you’ll reduce the levels of adenosine levels in your brain, just in-time for the caffeine molecules to arrive via your bloodstream. It’s all about timing.

 

How do you take a coffee nap?

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Image courtesy of www.articles.bplans.com

Studies at Loughborough University have proved that a coffee nap is more effective than just caffeine or a nap – but how do you take one? Firstly, drink coffee. You could drink any beverage containing caffeine, but generally tea and soft drinks have much lower levels of the molecule – and therefore won’t be as effective. You’ll need to drink the coffee quite quickly to get the timing right, so an espresso could be your best option!

Immediately after finishing your cuppa, it’s time to go to sleep – don’t worry if you struggle to drift off straight away, you’ll get the benefit even if you only enter a ‘half-sleep’ stage. Most importantly, you must make sure you wake up after 20 minutes of sleep, just as the caffeine hits your brain. Any longer than 20 minutes and your body will enter a stage of ‘sleep inertia’, which will take some time to recover from.

Ready to boost your productivity and work a coffee nap into your day? Why not kit out your office or place of work with one of our eco-friendly office coffee machines, so you’ll never be short of a caffeine hit when you’re feeling drowsy!

How to Create the Ultimate Office Den

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Gone are the days of sad cubicles, bright fluorescent light rails and undecorated white walls, where office spaces were designed to provide as little distraction as possible. Today, corporate giants like Google, Red Bull and General Motors are proving that unconventional workspaces actually simulate creativity and innovation, resulting in happy, devoted and hardworking employees. This way of thinking also applies to the areas of the office where employees head for a well-deserved break – with employers realising that offbeat breakout areas are the secret to sky-high productivity.

If your office is in need of a motivation max out, we’ve compiled some of the most effective office den designs out there.

Relaxation: the office breakroom

Most offices will already have a break room. No matter what your business, breaks offer your employees a chance to relax and recharge. Traditionally, the break room will feature the office fridge, a notice board, a big lunch table and a small kitchen – and, more often than not, the all-important coffee machine. In most offices, coffee is the lifeblood of an energised workforce. In fact, studies have shown that productivity plummets when the coffee runs out – so don’t skimp on the office coffee machines, whatever you do.

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Peace and quiet: a room for distraction-free hard work

With flexi-time working and interchangeable workstations becoming increasingly common in today’s offices, more and more employees are seizing the chance to work the way they want. This creative approach to office layouts makes it easier to find a space free of distractions and primed for productivity. Creating a ‘quiet room’ designed for minimal distractions gives your team the opportunity to isolate themselves in the name of ultimate efficiency.

Office meetings: the conference room

The office conference room has been an office staple for years and provides a space designed with strategy in mind. As the conference room will be frequently visited by guests from outside the office, you’ll want it to reflect your company. Meetings can often run a lot longer than anticipated – so comfortable chairs are a big plus here, and putting a water cooler in your conference room will offer constant H2O access to keep hydration levels where they should be. So stock up on a water cooler for increased productivity during meetings. There are so many ways to optimise your office for peak performance – and it’s often the finer details that make the biggest difference. Introducing office art injects personality into the office and helps to inspire creativity in your employees, while plants bring life to an office environment and purify the air in the process. The options are practically limitless, so it’s all about choosing the layout that works for your business.   If you’re ready to turn your office into a certified hydration station, you’ve come to the right place. At Eden Springs, our eco-friendly office coffee machines and water coolers help your employees to stay happy and hydrated all day long – take a look at the full range now to optimise your office.

Perk up your workplace with these silly office pranks

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Are you having a bad case of the Mondays? Could you and your colleagues do with a good laugh? Why don’t you perk up the office with some of these silly workplace pranks?

WARNING: Workplace pranks can be inappropriate and/or hazardous! We suggest only targeting colleagues with a good sense of humour and those who know how to take a joke.

One or two light-hearted pranks every week could brighten up your day and make that tough working week more bearable. Here is a list of our prank ideas to get you inspired:

1. There’s no point crying over spilt coffee

We all have that one colleague who cannot function without their morning cup of Joe, right? So why not make them think their precious cup of coffee has ended up all over their desk? All you need is hot gun glue and some Liquitex professional acrylic ink. Simple!

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Image courtesy of www.instructables.com

2. Show them the blue screen of death

This prank is simple, speedy and relies upon one of the most terrifying things that could happen to your work computer. Want to panic your colleagues into thinking they’ve lost all their work? All you need to do is download the blue screen of death screen saver onto their computer and set it as their wallpaper. Wait for them to come back to their desk, find that their computer appears to have crashed and watch them freak out. 

Image courtesy of www.pocket-lint.com

Image courtesy of www.pocket-lint.com

3. Make their stationary jiggle

If you have a bit more time on your hands, why not try this classic office prank? All you need to do is set your colleague’s favourite stapler, pen or mug in a bowl of jelly and watch them squirm when they have to pull it out in the morning.

Image courtesy of Cole Ewert

Image courtesy of Cole Ewert

4. Make sure they get the message

Do you have an abundance of Post-It notes on your hands and some time to kill? Then this is the perfect office prank for you. Target the person who takes pride in the cleanliness of their desk and watch them have a meltdown when they return from a meeting to find their cubicle covered in Post-It notes.

Image courtesy of www.lolpranks.com

Image courtesy of www.lolpranks.com

5. Everybody loves mustard cupcakes, right?

It can be the highlight of the week when a colleague brings in some baked goods for the office. To upset a few and get some classic reactions from others, all you need to do is add some yellow mustard to your cupcake frosting instead of food colouring.

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Image courtesy of www.greylustergirl.com

6. Kill their mouse

This sneaky trick is a classic and can be done when your colleague has popped off to the loo. Simply put a tiny piece of Sellotape over the optical sensor on their mouse and laugh while you watch them try to figure out why the mouse has suddenly stopped working.

Image courtesy of www.officepranksmasters.com

Image courtesy of www.officepranksmasters.com

Five health tips that increase workplace motivation

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January can be a tough month, when many people feel tired and are perhaps trying to fight off illness. Here are five tips on how to increase your motivation at work while also taking care of your wellbeing.   Health-tips

1. Try these to improve your concentration

To ensure good nutrition at work you need to plan ahead. Avoid the vending machine and keep a supply of healthy snacks in your desk; pack a healthy lunch from home; avoid caffeinated and sugary beverages; and remind yourself to drink water by keeping a bottle or glass on your desk.

 

2. Improve the ergonomics of your work station

Sitting at a desk and working on a keyboard puts pressure on the back, neck and shoulders. To help prevent common aches and pains, take a moment to adjust your chair to suit you most comfortably, including the seat height, backrest angle, lumbar support and armrests.

 

3. Stay hydrated by drinking more water

Your body is made up of more than 65% water, so it is essential to drink water throughout the day to ensure adequate hydration and health. Even minimal decreases in hydration can negatively influence your ability to concentrate on your work. Drinking water keeps your mind clear and focused.

4. Perform these stretches throughout your working day

Taking the time to perform simple stretches throughout the day can help relieve muscle tension and tightness. It can also help increase your flexibility, which can help reduce the risk of injury.

5. Remember to take a coffee break

Like most people, you are probably sedentary for most of your working hours. To help prevent stiff and sore muscles, take a break at least once an hour. Go for a short walk and grab yourself a refreshing cup of coffee, for example.

New Year’s resolutions that will ‘perk up your workplace’

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Does your workplace need a fresh outlook for the New Year?  Well, you know what they say – a new year is the perfect opportunity to make some changes. So, why not try setting some New Year’s resolutions for yourself and your colleagues to make your office a happier place to work? Feeling stuck? Here are some of our top suggestions:

 

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1. Say ‘hello’ to your colleagues and get to know them better

Why? This creates a positive and more relaxed working environment.

2. Offer to make someone a cup of tea or coffee more often

Why? It’s nice to be nice and who doesn’t appreciate a good cuppa!

3. Drink eight glasses of water a day

Why? Not only is water good for your health, but staying hydrated also increases productivity.

4. Give regular encouragement and praise to your colleagues

Why? Going out of your way to support others helps team members feel valued and appreciated.

5. Clean your desk once a week

Why? Cleaning your workspace can help clear your mind and rid yourself of distractions.

6. Take frequent breaks

Why? Walking around and getting some fresh air will help to clear your mind; no one can be productive 100% of the time.

7. Be more sociable

Why? If you and your colleagues can laugh and feel relaxed with each other, this will be sure to make the office a happier place to work.

8. Drink more coffee

Why? It is a well known fact that drinking coffee increases productivity and concentration.