Coffee is a versatile drink, that can be enjoyed warm or cold, frothy or smooth, milky or strong. With dozens of coffee types to choose from, there’s a perfect coffee for every taste palate. So how well do you know your coffee?
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OFFICE COFFEE MACHINE OF THE WEEK – VITRO ESPRESSO
Coffee Machine of the week
Presenting the Vitro Espresso – Bean to Cup Machine
I’ve chosen the Vitro Espresso as our bean to cup office coffee machine of the week because of its contemporary good looks, ease of functionality and the great tasting coffee it produces.
Easy to use coffee selector
With its “ipad” style “in-touch” drinks selection system the Vitro Espresso instantly reaches out to customers and staff, providing them with 10 drinks variations, including Cappuccino, Espresso, Latte, Hot Chocolate and Hot Water for Tea, all at the tap of the screen.
Vitro Espresso Bean to Cup
High capacity bean hopper
The Vitro Espresso features one high capacity bean hopper (1100g) and 3 removable soluble product containers. These would normally be used for offering an instant decaff coffee option, hot chocolate ingredients and instant milk.
The perfect Espresso
Its 9bar brewing mechanism provides ample pressure to produce an authentic espresso, with a great taste and a perfect crema.
This machine is designed to be plumbed in and will deliver around 250 drinks a day. To increase autonomy a waste solution can be added which allows the coffee grinds to fall directly into an under cabinet bin, rather than the traditional grout tray.
Easy to clean and economical to use
The cleaning cycle is straightforward and easy to manage and with its low power LED lighting, advanced power saving mode and paperless brewing system it is also an economical and environmentally friendly machine – in fact 90% of its components are recyclable.
Accessories available for the Vitro Espresso include a base cabinet, universal cabinet, cup warmer and a coin/token validator.
7 Useful Tools For Monitoring Hydration – We’ve taken a look through the internet and have found some excellent tools to help you monitor your hydration levels throughout the day. Each one is designed to help keep you healthy, happy and productive.
Our mobile devices are less and less being used as phones, they have turned into our PA’s our child minders and even our fitness trainers. With so many apps out there we’ve picked a few to help maintain your hydration levels, some functional and some fun!
Waterlogged hydration App
Hey, you’re not drinking enough water. Waterlogged can help you with its charts and reminders. Every 6 seconds, someone around the world is using the Waterlogged application to track & improve their daily water intake. This APP works with Fitbit & by using photos of your favourite containers you can spend less than 60 seconds a day tracking your water intake.
Don’t get irate with the lack of water you are drinking, use iDrated and keep track of your water intake. With simplicity and gesture-based interaction at its core iDrated makes it quick and simple to log your water levels and check how hydrated you are. It can even give you a gentle nudge when the app isn’t running should you need the extra incentive. Log your water intake quickly and easily with a simple swipe.
Plant Nanny combines health with fun to remind you to drink water regularly. The cute plant keeps you company every day by living in your phone. In order to keep it alive and help it grow, you must give it water at certain periods of time. Choose your cup size and then as you drink you feed the cute little plant. Mutually beneficial and very motivating!
So, as we know water plays a very important role in our body, it transports nutrients and oxygen into cells, regulates body temperature, helps with metabolism and so on, drinking enough water can help us lose weight, look younger with healthier skin, less likely to get sick, helps in digestion and constipation, relieves fatigue, have a good mood and so on…
This more functional app is simple and easy to use and like many of the others allows you to set your daily intake goal and track it. Each time you grab a glass of water you simply touch the screen to log the intake.
Halo has developed the first ever real-time and non-invasive hydration monitoring technology. Their proprietary solution uses a combination of sensors to track an individual’s hydration at the cellular level. Electrical and optical sensors monitor fluid content and movement in and between both the intravascular and interstitial fluid compartments in the body.
It tells you how and when to optimise your water intake and keep fit.
The future is around the corner
Sandia National Laboratories researcher Ronen Polsky and colleagues are patenting a prototype model that can analyze various electrolyte levels on the spot, yet fit in a palm or be worn on a wrist. The device, when commercially available, could decrease the time ordinary citizens, athletes and the military must spend in emergency rooms, lab testing facilities or doctors’ offices.
“This is the future of personalized health care,” said Polsky. “These wearable technologies are just starting to come out in different forms. It’s inevitable that people will go there.”
The device is painless because it employs microneedles so tiny they don’t traumatize nerves when pressed into the skin. It also samples only interstitial fluid — the liquid between skin cells. Thus the device has the potential for long-term, noninvasive use.
Then let’s go back to basics. I know it’s grim, but one of the simplest wasy to monitor your hydration is through toilet trip frequency and the colour of your urine. Healthy and hydrated bodies produce urine that is a light yellow in colour. It also make sense that the more you intake, the more visits to the loo you can expect – on average 5-8 times per day.
The modern employee sees employment as an ‘experience’ more than a ‘pay-check.’ They want to be offered choice in how, when and where they work. Many employees work independently as well as collaborating with others, they work at desks, on the move, between 9-5 and outside of these hours.
Companies and organisations who have adapted to meet the needs of the modern employee are prospering. By simply taking time to understand the employee mind-set and considering employee wellbeing you too can enhance creativity and boost productivity.
Perk up your work with these 5 Must Get Productivity Apps for Business…
When searching for an app which will benefit your business and ultimately make your life easier, the sheer number available can be overwhelming. Facing so much choice can be off putting, and what starts out as a task designed to save you time and effort in the long run, can actually turn into an uphill struggle which can put you off completely.
Never fear, we have done the donkey work, and sifted through the hundreds of apps available to bring you our top five productivity apps which are guaranteed to make your working life easier!
Evernote gives you the ability to create digital notebooks for everything from managing your calendar and keeping track of your expenses to creating presentations. In order to take full advantage of everything this innovative app has to offer, add lots of notebooks, for example take pictures on your smart phone of notes you have jotted down during meetings, add them to a notebook and they will be easily accessible at a later date. Gone will be the days when you would have been frantically searching your desk drawers for that scrap of paper with all those important scribbling jotted on it. You can be smug in the knowledge that those oh so important notes are safely stored in your digital notebook! Thanks Evernote!
Letterspace is a fantastic note taking app which utilizes hashtags to organise your scribblings into a streamlined, easy to use interface. Superior editing features also make this a must for people in business. Antiquated shorthand will be a thing of the past with this clever app. Letterspace we salute you! #brilliant!
Humin, an indispensable networking app allows you to keep track of business contacts and connections. It remembers details such as how and where you met somebody, which means you don’t have to worry about remembering these details at a later date, or suffer an excruciatingly embarrassing meeting with a business contact who you ought to know but you just can’t quite remember why!
Humin also combines your contacts, dialing and voicemail in order to work out who your most important contacts are. Indispensable!
It has never been more important to protect your passwords and keep login details secure when there seems to be increasingly regular data leaks. 1Password is an absolute must have as it manages your web logins and other sensitive information in an incredibly user friendly package. This app will take away security anxiety and ensure that if you experience password amnesia you won’t have to go through the laborious task of resetting your login details.
bambam! Is an excellent project managing app which we think ranks among the best in its field.
We like this project management tool because it doesn’t have the complicated interface you get with the likes of MS Project. bambam is self-intuitive and has some great features that allow users to connect and share their project information, send messages to team members, upload files, track project timelines and basically collaborate better.
bambam is quick and easy to set up and is low cost. The flexibility and customisation functions are great. You really are in control of your projects with bambam and we particularly liked the instant messaging – allowing you to touch base on projects and share ideas.
Lacking Creativity – If you’re looking to improve your creative output then this list is for you. Some of these hints and tips may seem surprising, but give them a go and unleash your creative side.
Switching the brain on
1. A tired brain is more creative.
At first glance this seems very odd but allow me to explain! Creativity springs from allowing our minds to be free to wander and explore what may seem like unrelated thoughts. In contrast when we need to solve problems or be analytical our brain needs complete focus which can only be achieved when we are wide awake and at our optimum. A tired brain finds it difficult to filter distractions but creativity benefits from distractions and random thinking.
2. Exercise for creativity.
Exercise is good for us for a myriad of reasons and a recent study shows that it is beneficial for creativity.
“Sweat is like WD-40 for your mind-it lubricates the rusty hinges of your brain and makes your thinking more fluid. Exercise allows your conscious mind to access fresh ideas that are buried in your subconscious.”
Silence is useful for sharpening our focus but creative thinking thrives in ambient noise (think buzz of your favourite café), which promotes expansive thoughts and fresh ideas.
4. Creativity is not necessarily original.
Coming up with new ideas can be scary and put us under enormous pressure. Actually often generating new ideas comes from making connections between ideas that already exist.
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something.” Steve Jobs
5. Travel to promote creative thinking.
A study has shown that amongst a group of university students, those who travelled abroad rather than just staying on campus scored better on creative thinking tests. This could be explained because when we travel to different countries we experience different cultures and traditions which is bound to broaden our thinking.
Check out this research…which proves beyond reasonable doubt that having a messy desk can lead to more creative thinking! Wonderful news for a messy person like myself but perhaps not so with your hyper organised tidy boss, still at least you can legitimately argue the case for messiness now!
Be more time efficient – Stop trying to multi-task!
In order to prove just how time efficient and competent they are many people practice the art of multi-tasking. This often leads to outcomes that are the very opposite of what they were at the time. The majority will end up being less efficient and the quality of what the person has produced suffers. The truly time efficient know that concentrated focus on one project at a time yields faster and more satisfactory work.
Delegate delegate delegate!
If people bite off more than they can chew, productivity and efficiency take a huge hit. The uber efficient know when to delegate and who to delegate to in order to achieve the aims of the task in hand.
Good communication is key.
It is important before communicating to consider what the objectives are for the interaction and also to communicate effectively so that there is no confusion about the subject. For example before you send an e-mail consider how it can be worded to convey your intentions succinctly and politely. A little thought before you pick up the phone or hit send can save hours being lost if all you’ve achieved is to cause confusion or offence.
Structure your time.
In order to achieve a disciplined approach to your schedule create standard routines to stick to within each day. This will help you be ready for important events and gain control over projects. The more control you have over your schedule the easier it will be to cope with the unexpected when it arises. Control your time, don’t let it control you!
Organise your physical space.
Ensure that your workspace is organised and that everything has its place. Organisation is key if you want to avoid situations where you lose precious minutes every day trying to hunt down essential equipment for you to complete tasks. Spending time decluttering your desk and finding everything a home will save you significant time in the future.
Keep a productivity diary.
Try keeping a diary for a week which logs how long it takes you to do specific activities and also note down time that for whatever reason hasn’t been productive. Then the following week try to reduce time spent on similar activities, just being aware of what can potentially hold you back or distract you can yield large efficiency gains.
Do engage in downtime.
It is a fallacy to sacrifice your own leisure time in order to accomplish more at work. We know now that overly tired stressed out people are not as competent or efficient as their rested relaxed counterparts. A well-rested person will perform at their peak which is a win win for everyone.
Plan plan and plan some more.
When given a project many people in a bid to be efficient practise the art of impatience and completely fail to plan their objectives and how to tackle the task. Super-efficient people research the project and break it down into small steps in order to achieve success . This planning may require time at the beginning of a new assignment but it will be worth it to have clear objectives and a pathway to success clearly mapped out.
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.
KEEP CONTROL OF TECHNOLOGY
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.
MAXIMISE YOUR ANNUAL HOLIDAY ALLOWANCE
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!
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.
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.
ENJOY YOUR LUNCH
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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