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5 Workplace Resolutions

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5 Workplace Resolutions for the year ahead…

If returning to the office after the Christmas break left you full of dread and catapulted you back to feeling like a small child begrudgingly going back to school, then the 5 Workplace Resolutions list below is for you. Not only will it benefit you but also your colleagues around you.

  1. KEEP CONTROL OF TECHNOLOGY

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    In this digital age of smart phones and tablets, it is becoming increasingly difficult if not impossible for people to switch off and go incommunicado.

    For many gone are the days when a person could leave their desk at the end of the day and not have to think about work until the next morning. As technology becomes more sophisticated the boundaries of work and personal life become ever more blurred, and expectations of companies for their employees to be ever available is on the rise.

    Let this be the year when you reclaim your personal life and reset clear boundaries with your employer. If you must take your work home with you then let the times you do so be the exception not the rule. You will feel more energized and motivated within the workplace if you are able to enjoy a life outside of it.

  2. MAXIMISE YOUR ANNUAL HOLIDAY ALLOWANCE

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    Still on the subject of work life balance, make the most of your holiday allowance, and by that I mean take every single day of holiday you are entitled to.

    Too often people neglect to take time owed to them because they feel under so much stress from their work load they feel they cannot afford the time off.

    Taking a holiday from work will help you be more productive when you return, as well rested refreshed employees will feel motivated and be more resilient to stress. Remember you’ve earned your holiday, so make the most of it and enjoy it!

  3. DEVELOP YOURSELF

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    Examine ways in which you can develop yourself and your role within the company. Research courses and training which would benefit your company but most importantly benefit you by building your confidence and skills which leads to greater job satisfaction and future prospects.

  4. KEEP POSITIVE

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    Be a positive force within your office; take the time to speak to your colleagues especially those you have never taken the time to get to know.

    Give compliments and positive feedback to others. Listen to those around you and be proactive and constructive when solving problems. Fellow employees will respect and appreciate your positivity which in turn will contribute to a happier more cohesive workplace environment and better team work.

  5. ENJOY YOUR LUNCH

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    If you are somebody who is forever chained to their desk and who has forgotten what a lunch-break is, take action to remedy this. It is hugely counterproductive no matter how heavy your workload to refuse to leave the office and have a break. This will only lead to stress and eventually burnout.

    Even just a five minute walk in the fresh air can do wonders for your mood and on returning to work you will feel reinvigorated to carry on with your toils!

    Try once a week to share your lunch-break with a colleague, leave the office and work behind and enjoy good food and conversation-you deserve it!

Hopefully these ideas will set you on happier path for the year ahead. Remember folks we work to live, not live to work!

 

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

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.

10 Ways to make your workday that little bit better

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Got those Monday blues? Why not try some of our tips on how to make your workday that little bit better!

 

 

1. Have a delicious breakfast

Treat yourself to healthy breakfast baked goods that will go perfectly with your morning tea or coffee.

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2. Sit properly

A properly designed workspace is an important component of well-being at work; some simple things can make a big difference.

 

3. Listen to music whilst you work

Music has been proven to help aid productivity and motivation. So if you are finding it more difficult than usual to concentrate, why not throw on your favourite songs to help get you in the mood.

 

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4. Decorate your desk with an office plant

Having plants in the office helps workers to be more productive. They also have other benefits, such as cleaning the air, improving your mood and brightening up a drab desk.  

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.      

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6. Make sure you have a nutritious lunch

Certain foods help your mind to stay alert and motivated at work. Why not try some recipes on  Nutritious & Delicious, a healthy eating/wellbeing programme created for the busy employee.

 

7. Hang some motivational posters

Brighten up your bare office walls with some motivational quotes to help aid employee productivity.

 

8. Play some office pranks

One or two light-hearted pranks every week could brighten up your day and make that tough working week more bearable.

 

9. Use apps to boost your workday

Whether you are in need of a tool to help do your job like Evernote or something to keep you occupied when you are on a  Break, we have got it covered.

 

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10. Stay hydrated!

Stay hydrated at work with these top tips for turning your average glass of water into a revitalising treat.

What are the nation’s favourite lunches?

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Lunchtime is the time of the working day that most people look forward to. Research commissioned by Lurpak to launch its new “go freestyle” campaign, however, reveals that 32% of UK office workers eat the same thing for lunch every day and have done so for more than four years!

This statistic is astonishing, as there are so many great lunch options out there. So what are Brits eating, day in day out?

 

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The nation’s top 5 favourite lunches are:

1. Cheese sandwich

2. Ham sandwich

3. Chicken sandwich

4. Salad

5. Tomato soup

Are any of these options on your lunch menu?

Certain foods help your mind to stay alert and motivated at work. So if you are looking to switch things up, why not check out our previous blog posts “Work lunches to help you stay energised and motivated” or “Four ways to improve your desk lunch”.

 

5 Tips for staying hydrated in the office this summer

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Are you finding it difficult to stay focused at work this summer? Well, just maybe you are not drinking enough water! Check out our five easy tips for summer hydration success:

 

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1. Make your water more exciting

Turn your average glass of water into a revitalising treat by adding a squeeze of orange. This will also provide your body with an excellent source of Vitamin C. You could try adding some crushed fresh mint leaves instead.

 

2. Add some flavoured ice cubes

Nothing quenches your thirst like a glass of iced water. Why not spice it up by making some flavoured ice cubes? Strawberries, blueberries and kiwi are all good options.

 

3. Download an app

Drinking water keeps your mind clear and focused on the task at hand. Apps such as Daily Water helps you track the amount of fluid you drink and reminds you to drink water at the right time.

 

4. Get yourself a water bottle

Use a pen to mark time goals for yourself on the bottle. For example, by 10am you will aim to drink a quarter of the bottle. This is a good way of working out how many litres of water you are drinking on a daily basis.

 

5. Eat your water

Do you find it difficult to drink your daily water recommendation? Then how about eating foods that will aid hydration, such as cucumber and lettuce?

Sleeping on the Job: Would You Nap in the Nutshell?

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It’s a phenomenon as controversial as it is intriguing: the Nutshell napping pod. Pitched as ‘a pod-inspired platform for productive break-taking,’ this new invention not only allows you to sleep on the job but actually encourages it. The Nutshell was designed by Eden Lew, an MFA student at New York’s School of Visual Arts (SVA), who states that it’s all about ‘promoting the psychological benefits of solitude.’ Although a sale date for the Nutshell has not yet been confirmed, people are already getting excited about the prospect of a workday nap.

Image courtesy of Eden Lew / productsofdesign.sva.edu

Image courtesy of Eden Lew / productsofdesign.sva.edu

Get snug and take a snooze

The Nutshell is a collapsible, wearable product that allows you to enjoy a quick snooze in the workplace. The portable pod provides the wearer with a few moments of privacy to refuel their brain and refresh for the remainder of the day. Worn like an everyday scarf, the Nutshell simply wraps around the wearer’s neck and gives them the space to refocus without any standard workplace distractions. Lew’s design is suitable for all ages and sizes and offers instant access to an isolated environment when the working day is particularly stressful or tiring.

 

The benefits of napping

In our post on coffee naps, we discussed how fitting a power nap into the workday can help you and your staff become more productive – and the Nutshell provides the perfect space for you to snooze in private. An article by the NHS claims that energy slumps in the workplace most commonly occur around 2:16pm – and with studies proving that fatigue at work can be a genuine hazard, a power nap might be the ideal solution. If employees aren’t alert as they need to be to perform safely and effectively, this can lead to unnecessary accidents – but a 20 minute nap could potentially eliminate that risk.

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Image courtesy of Eden Lew / productsofdesign.sva.edu

 

Do we need the ‘Nutshell’?

While taking a nap in the office sounds like the perfect way to get us through the working day, is it something we really need? In an environment where social interaction and productivity are key to creating a successful team, there is an argument that the Nutshell might have the adverse effect – actually encouraging isolation as a result. If you’d rather power through the working day nap-free, there are other ways to help your staff stay energised. By staying hydrated all day, we can keep our minds and bodies alert and minimise the need for napping.

So, would you welcome the Nutshell into your workplace?

If the Nutshell isn’t for you, there are more traditional ways to help your team recharge throughout the working day. Invest in one of Eden Springs’ eco-friendly coffee machines or water coolers to help your employees stay awake, alert and hydrated all day long.

GPs rule dehydration as the cause of tiredness

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Do you often feel tired or fatigued? Is this affecting your productivity and motivation whilst at work? Well maybe you are not drinking enough water!

A recent study conducted by The National Hydration Council reveals that dehydration is thought to be the cause of one in ten visits to the GP in the UK for tiredness and fatigue. This diagnosis came as a shock to some patients with more than a third of them notably feeling better after drinking more water.

 

More findings reveal that:

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Image courtesy of The National Hydration Council

  • One fifth of GP visits are down to tiredness and fatigue

  • Dehydration is thought to be the cause of one in ten consultations for tiredness and fatigue 

  • Half of GPs in the UK would prefer to have more time to look at people’s hydration habits

  • GPs advise people follow the NHS recommendations on daily fluid intake

 

How much water do you need to drink?

1 in 250 people fail to meet their total daily fluids needs in the UK, so use the Eden Springs water calculator to find out how much water your body really needs.

 

 

The right way to drink water

Drinking water can have various health benefits but also remaining hydrated helps your brain to stay alert and motivated throughout the day. This will no doubt increase your workplace motivation.

If you are someone who doesn’t particularly enjoy drinking water check out out tips on how to make it a bit more exciting.

 

5 fun ways to make your water more exciting

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Perk Up Your Journey to Work: Get Active on Your Commute

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In a previous post, we discussed how to be more productive in the workplace – but what about making the most of your journey into work? While it can be very tempting to stay in bed for an extra 20 minutes and take the car to work, getting active out in the open air can have huge benefits to your health – not to mention setting a good example for your staff.

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The stats

In a long-running study carried out by the University of East Anglia (UEA), researchers questioned almost 18,000 commuters from around the UK on their preferred method of transport. Their results found that, while 73% of people travelled to work by car, those who walked or cycled generally had a higher level of well-being. With the World Health Organisation (WHO) claiming that, in the UK alone, obesity figures are set to rise to 74% for men and 64% for women, there’s no better time to take action.

 

Take a hike

If you work at a desk and drive to and from work every day, it’s unlikely that you spend much time walking – and this can have disastrous effects on your health. From fitness to posture, spending too much time sitting is bad for your body – but there are things you can do to shake up your routine.

Getting active doesn’t have to mean an hour in the gym every night after work, as small changes to your lifestyle can mean big rewards. If walking to work every day isn’t feasible, start small and leave the car at home once or twice a week. If you live miles away from the office and use public transport to commute, try getting off the bus a stop earlier and walking the rest of the way to work.

 

On your bike

While cycling is a less practical mode of transport in the cold, wet winter months, it’s the perfect way to embrace the warmer seasons. Cycling to work will not only give you a chance to enjoy the sunshine and take in the scenery as you ride, but also help you to get fit at the same time. Better yet, taking your bike to work will also be easy on your wallet. Driving or taking public transport into work may seem like the easiest option, but it can be costly – whereas cycling won’t cost you a penny.

As well as improved physical health, getting active can also have a positive impact on your mental health and brain activity – which is, of course, essential in the workplace. Whether it’s once a week or every day, taking a greener journey to work helps you to make a statement about your business – as well as a commitment to both your environment and your employees.

 

If you want to encourage productivity in the workplace, make sure your staff stay hydrated by providing regular access to good old H2O. Invest in one of Eden Springs’ eco-friendly water coolers to ensure your staff stay happy, healthy and hydrated all day long.

Fitness + Focus = A Productive Workforce

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It may seem ironic, but the busier our working lives are, the more us office workers find ourselves sitting down. Do you ever get to the end of your working day and realise you’ve hardly left your desk? Studies show that fitness (or lack thereof) is heavily influenced by how much time we spend stationary. In a previous post, we discussed how fitness and productivity are inextricably linked and the effect this could be having on our performance in the workplace. In this blog, we’re going to give you some actionable tips that will allow you to get fit and stay focused.

 

Move more, think more

In an article published in October 2014, the NHS discussed how sitting for long periods of time has been linked to ‘being overweight and obese, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer, and premature death’. While this sounds scary, small changes to the working day can help to prevent future health issues before they arise – starting with taking regular breaks.

Working hard is a commendable trait in any employee, but prolonged periods of concentration mean your staff will find themselves sitting for longer than is healthy. From using free standing desks to walking around the office, there’s plenty we can do to keep active. And if standing up doesn’t break a sweat, you could even invest in treadmill desks to get your staff going! While bringing the gym into the office may seem like a strange concept, it actually makes a lot of sense. With new studies proving that treadmills in the workplace not only improve concentration but help staff retain information, this could be the ideal solution to keep their bodies (and brains) as active as possible.

 

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Hydration stations

While exercise is great, keeping fit isn’t just about getting moving. Ensuring your staff are hydrated is an integral part of keeping them fit and healthy, and a water cooler in the office is a great way to do just that. While the novelty of a trip to the water cooler will encourage them to get up from their seats regularly, the refreshing H2O will also guarantee your employees stay alert throughout the working day.

 

Graze on the go

Refuelling throughout the day is an essential part of keeping our brains active – but it’s easy to get into the habit of eating lunch at our desks and failing to venture outside. Although your staff may seem like they’re being more productive by working through their breaks, the lack of exercise is more likely to lead to a break in concentration. Lunch hours are your staff’s greatest opportunity to incorporate activity into their working day – and you can help. Encouraging them to leave the office during their lunch break and go for a walk or dine al fresco means your staff are more likely to come back to work refreshed and raring to go.

If you want to encourage fitness in the workplace, you can keep your staff happy and healthy by making sure they have access to plenty of fluids. Invest in one of Eden Springs’ eco-friendly coffee machine or water cooler for your office and you can ensure your staff stay hydrated and their brains and bodies stay healthy all day long.