Do you ever have days in the office where you just can’t seem to focus and get stuck into a project? Well, despite what managers expect, this is completely normal; it is unrealistic to think that employees can be productive for all the hours of the working day. So, what should you do? The most important thing is to know what time of day you will be most productive and exert yourself during these hours. According to the Harvard Business Review this is how you should plan your working day.
This graph shows that, after the working day begins, it takes a few hours for workers to reach their peak levels of productivity and alertness – generally around 11am. This is when you should schedule your most important work or tasks for the day. This peak does not last too long, however, as after lunch energy levels begin to decrease with employees hitting an all-time low around 3pm. This would be the perfect time of day to have a ‘coffee nap’ if convenient, or to carry out some of the less important tasks of the day. After the 3pm dip, motivation and energy levels start to increase again until they reach the second peak of the day at 6pm.
Now, it’s known that most people currently spend their mornings answering emails, a mundane task which eats into your most productive working hours. You are then forced to do the most important work after lunch, just when your brain and alertness is on the decrease. So, why not take the time to plan and schedule your day to maximise your productivity? In short, do all your most important work between the hours of 11am and 1pm, and save your least important work until around 3pm when your brain is frazzled.
If you’re feeling self-doubt and struggling to keep yourself motivated – whether it’s at work, through a personal trial or wherever else – rest assured there’s nothing stopping you from pulling it back, except for you. With the help of some of the greats – and our powers of productivity – we’ve put together some motivational commandments, guaranteed to help you make the change today.
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I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. Thomas A. Edison – Tweet This
Positivity is an immensely powerful thing – and maintaining a resilient sense of optimism through struggles in your professional or personal life can mean the difference between making the leap and falling short. Don’t be discouraged by what may seem like failures – all this means is that you haven’t arrived at the solution yet. Keep your eyes on the prize – whatever your ultimate aim happens to be – and you’ll have the motivation required to succeed. Simply moving on to the next thing puts you back at square one with nothing to show for your efforts.
The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus. Bruce Lee – Tweet This
Success is about finishing what you start – and without the focus to power through, uninterrupted, it can be impossible to make progress. Rather than expecting things to fall into place the way you might like, exercise perseverance and commit to your goals – because you’re the one with the power to make it happen. Making sacrifices to make progress can be hard – but they won’t feel like sacrifices once your diligence and dedication pays off.
Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. Steve Jobs – Tweet This
Thinking outside of the box is the ultimate way to separate yourself from any peers or competitors you may have – and a little creative thinking goes a long way on the hunt for success. When you’re feeling demotivated, take some time to assess your situation – looking at unconventional solutions to the problem at hand. When clichéd advice and the usual quick fixes don’t work, it’s time to access your inner innovator and go against the grain to get what you want.
If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. Jim Rohn – Tweet This
Those without the drive to excel themselves are doomed to settle. If you’re facing a seemingly insurmountable obstacle at work, identify ways you can develop to a point where your objective becomes achievable. Whether it’s adapting a more confident mindset or eliminating any barriers that stand between you and your goal, a healthy willingness to take risks will enable you to achieve far beyond what you might expect from yourself.
Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value. Albert Einstein – Tweet This
If ‘success’ itself is your only goal, you’re unlikely to achieve what you want. Seek to add value wherever you can, not merely completing tasks to the necessary standard but offering some additional worth in any way possible, performing beyond expectations – you’ll be recognised for your unique merit and reap the benefits of your extra effort.
As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. Bill Gates – Tweet This
Motivation isn’t self-perpetuating – and it doesn’t happen in isolation. A strong and encouraging support network is essential for maximum success, and this needs to be reciprocal. Surround yourself with positive influences – and particularly with positive people – who are invested in your success, and practise mutual motivation so that you can empower your peers and find empowerment for yourself.
If you want to achieve greatness, stop asking for permission. Anonymous – Tweet This
The most valuable motivation technique you will ever learn is to understand that, while reciprocal encouragement is an excellent way to stay driven, your success is ultimately yours alone. This shouldn’t be a worrying or daunting thought – what this means is that no-one else has the power to interfere with your progress, and that you have all the tools you need to get where you’re going. If you want to be more motivated and productive at work, it’s down to you – and when you reach your goal, you can bask in the satisfaction that you made it on your own terms and earned your reward.
And if you’re looking for the secrets to productivity, you’ve come to the right place. At Eden Springs, we’ve written the book on office motivation and we can help propel your workplace to ultimate efficiency.
Phew, it’s Friday; you have almost made it to the end of the working week. It’s not quite the weekend yet, however, so are you in need of some help to boost your working day and perk up your office? Look no further… check out our list of free apps designed to do that exactly that!
Timeful is an app that syncs with your calendars and gives you smart suggestions on how to use your time both wisely and effectively. Designed to schedule things so you can get them done, it acts as both a calendar and to-do list. This app provides all the help you need to make the most of your time.
With fewer than 1 in 250 people in the UK meeting their total daily fluid needs with water, this seems to be an app that people should really use. Since your body is made up of more than 65% water, it is essential to drink water throughout the day and ensure you stay hydrated as minimal drops in hydration can negatively influence your ability to concentrate on your work. Drinking water keeps your mind clear and focused on the task at hand. Daily Water helps you track the amount of fluid you drink and reminds you to drink water at the right time.
The last thing you want to do when you get home from a hard day’s work is go to the gym, right? Then why not do your workout at work? The New York Times offers a free 7-minute workout app you can do in the office on your lunch break. The app acts as a step-by-step guide, offering animated illustrations of the exercises as well as a timer and audio cues to help you get the most out of your seven minutes. Remember: any exercise will benefit the body and provide positive effects.
Work stress can sometimes become overwhelming. Silva has created an app that users are saying is the ‘perfect way to relax, unwind and de-stress’. Simple relaxation techniques such as controlled breathing and meditation can help you manage your stress and keep your life in balance.
Who doesn’t need a break from their work every once in a while to watch a funny video? Break is the perfect app, with tons of hilarious videos and pictures including epic fails, pranks and stunts. You can even share these with your colleagues to perk up your workplace. Or be like Mary J who uses this app ‘every day to take a laugh break from work’.
How many times have you been making tea for your colleagues and forgotten about it, forcing them to drink the strongest cup of tea known to man or making you start all over again? Now you no longer have to worry about that. With this app you just choose the type of tea you want, press ‘start’ and the app will let you know when your tea has brewed to perfection.
Evernote is ‘the modern workspace that helps you be your most productive self’. It can be used to capture notes, ideas and project details and timelines, helping you keep organised and making sure nothing slips through the cracks.
In offices across the UK, I can guarantee that one of these office crimes has already been committed and probably before 10 o’clock on a Monday morning. Let’s be honest our colleagues can drive us up the wall sometimes and it’s only natural as we spend most of of waking day with these people.
But is there one thing that really bugs you more than others? Is it the mountain of dirty dishes left by the sink or the person who uses up the last of the toilet paper and does not replace it leaving you in a bit of a awkward position.
The Sunday Times’ Best Companies to Work For 2014 saw reputable businesses across the country compared based on the holiest of all professional criteria. The coveted positions on this 100-strong list are reserved for companies that do things differently – with innovators, motivators and industry leaders claiming their place.
As an employer or business owner striving for industrial excellence, these are the companies to keep your competitive eye on. And if you’re looking for the recipe for professional greatness, we’re about to fill you in on some of the essential ingredients.
Nurturing a positive working culture within the office breeds creativity – and businesses that pride themselves on a culture of motivation reap the rewards. Many companies throughout the Sunday Times’ list have earned their spot by shaking up office standards – teaching their teams not to settle for satisfactory, and promoting cooperation among all employees.
A sense of unity guarantees results – and business owners who see their team as a collection of uniquely valuable and skilled individuals are rewarded with exceptional performance. By instilling your employees with a sense of ambition, you’re arming them with the greatest motivational tool of all: the desire to achieve.
Leading your industry is impossible without leading your team – and businesses that acknowledge and actively demonstrate the difference between management and leadership are the ones making waves in their sector. Prioritising the wellbeing of your employees is essential to their job satisfaction, and guarantees a loyal and committed workforce driven to deliver results. Put simply, keep your employees best interests at heart – and they’ll return the favour.
The work-life balance is an essential factor in any employees’ professional happiness, and employers that understand the enormous role this equilibrium plays in job performance are sure to reap the rewards of keeping it in check. A team that doesn’t feel suffocated by unmanageable workloads or oppressed by their managers is a team with everything they need to perform at their best.
Operating efficiently is the key to your business’s financial performance, but upholding and communicating your company values is the key to building a brand. ‘Great’ companies aren’t satisfied with simply being successful, and instead leverage their success to benefit others. Employees are proud to work for an enterprise with a conscience – and by contributing to the local community or operating in an altruistic way, you can make sure your business is one your staff will admire.
When employees respect their colleagues, admire their leaders and love their work, that’s when you’ve found the recipe for industry greatness.
At Eden Springs, we’re bringing hydration to the masses – and if your office could use a productivity pick-me-up, our range of eco-friendly office coffee machines are sure to do the trick. Take a look at our full range right now to give your team a taste of excellence.
For many people, the New Year offers a chance for a new start – and for many employees, this means taking the leap and changing jobs. More people look for a new job in January than any other month, meaning the New Year can see employee turnover spiral out of control for some companies. January the 5th in particular is the date most unhappy employees begin their search for a new job – with a sense of restlessness setting in as we look to the 12 months ahead. High staff turnover guarantees a decrease in the overall efficiency of a company and can be seriously costly. Recruitment is a time-consuming and costly process, so it’s vital that managers implement measures to increase their staff retention and keep their talented employees. Here are a few ways you can hold on to your team’s greatest talent this year.
Trust your employees
If you feel your employees should check in with you before completing the simplest tasks, are you really hiring the right people? It’s completely understandable for employees to seek the approval of management when it comes to decisions that involve a large amount of the company’s money or resources, but a certain amount of trust should be instilled in staff to complete their work autonomously. If talented team members can’t make independent decisions, then you’re wasting money – and they may start to look elsewhere for a higher level of responsibility.
If your employees are performing well, let them know
Recognition and praise are essential for holding on to talented employees and keeping them happy and productive. Something as simple as an email of praise or monthly round up of achievements will go a long way to maintaining a happy workforce and a positive working environment. Offering tangible rewards such as bonuses gives high-performing employees something to work towards and will show them that they’re appreciated within the company. Rewards serve as a lasting reminder of what the company is willing to give back in reward for performance and loyalty.
Outline a clear and challenging career path
Giving your employees a clear career path that shows them exactly how much they can achieve is a great way to ensure that their loyalties stay within the company. Offering opportunities for personal development and the tools to climb the career ladder will motivate staff, leading to greater productivity and ultimately benefiting the company’s bottom line. Regular reviews and check-ins are vital to discuss progression, and a culture where workers are encouraged to approach their management with career questions should be promoted actively throughout the year.
Give your employees exclusive benefits
Some companies offer valued employees extensive benefits, such as private healthcare, company cars and childcare. This will not only encourage them to stick with the organisation, but will also help to attract the best talent when there’s a need for recruitment. For smaller companies, something as simple as having fresh fruit delivered to the office could go a long way without breaking the bank. Offering a certain amount of flexibility, such as the option to telecommute or a flexi-time arrangement, will help employees to make the most of their time outside of work – and a long weekend makes Monday morning infinitely more manageable. The happiness of your employees can have a huge effect on your business’s bottom line – and keeping a talented employee is much easier and cheaper than the lengthy process of finding their replacement. So give your retention strategy a shake-up this New Year and hold on to your company’s brightest talents. If you’re an employer, why not treat your valuable employees to one of our office coffee machines this year? That way, your employees can stay happy and hydrated all day long.
Christmas is an exciting time of year, with an extra sprinkle of joy and excitement in the air. However, with this atmosphere comes the inevitable stress that the holiday period puts on employees – as they struggle to fit all the planning and organisation required into their jam-packed schedules. This can then seriously weaken the motivation and productivity of your workforce.
The morale of your employees is vital to the success of your business, and an unhappy workforce will see profits plummet through inefficiency and high staff turnover. One of the best ways to keep employees happy over Christmas is to give them a long break, with time to relax and recharge – that way they’ll then return to work in the new year fighting fit and ready for action.
The importance of the work-life balance is a highly underrated issue that many companies don’t actively encourage to maximise the productivity of their employees. Overworking staff may work for your business in the short term, but in the long term it could have serious negative consequences.
Employees who work too hard will experience burn-out, which is a serious issue that can lead to sickness and months off work – due to either mental or physical illness. A major Canadian study by Carleton University’s Linda Duxbury found that 57% of those surveyed felt stressed at work, and work-life conflict was heavily associated with illness and absenteeism. This is not only important to keep employees healthy, but also a vital component of a successful career.
Keep Your Staff Healthy
Christmas may not be considered the healthiest time of year, but a bit of free time will allow employees to put into practice lifestyle changes that will see their productivity boom. Many people relish their days off as a chance to catch up on some much needed sleep, which is vital to keep you functioning. No amount of coffee can serve as a substitute for a good sleeping pattern!
Christmas is often seen as an acceptable time for binge eating, but it can also be an ideal opportunity to make healthy diet adjustments, albeit not on days where you’re presented with any amount of festive treats. Eating well will keep you happier, healthier and full of energy.
In the winter, the darkness creeps in a lot earlier and employees are more likely to swap a post-work gym session for the comfort of their couch. Time off over the Christmas period offers ample free time for exercise and to pursue activities that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. This is vital, as a healthy workforce takes fewer sick days – benefiting your organisation in the long run and ensuring that your team’s time is used as effectively as possible.
The benefits of giving your workforce a long break over Christmas are obvious – allowing them to recharge and spend time with their families, in what is a very special time of year for so many. That way, your staff will return in the new year happy, relaxed and raring to go.
Friday December 12th marks Save the Children’s third annual Christmas Jumper Day. You could encourage your colleagues to take part this year… Not only would you be supporting a good cause but, at the same time, you’d get to have a giggle at everyone’s jumpers. Why not ‘make the world better with a sweater’?
Christmas jumpers perfect for the office Scrooge
We get it, not everyone loves Christmas! So why not show your feelings for the festive season by donning one of these anti-Christmas jumpers?
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1. Avoid all holiday stereotypes with this jumper from River Island for just £30.
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2. Show your inner Scrooge with this jumper from Cath Kidston, priced at £70.
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3. Christmas is not just about Santa Claus and presents. For £19 you can make people remember who Christmas is really about.
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4. Are you a cat lover who hates Christmas? If so, at £14 this jumper could be yours…
Christmas jumpers ideal for the office film buff
Are you the annoying co-worker who has a movie quote for every situation? If the answer is yes, then these jumpers will be right up your street.
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1. Is Elf one of your favourite Christmas movies? If so, then why not rush out for this jumper, priced at only £12…
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2. If horror movies are more your thing, this play-on-words Christmas jumper is ideal for you at just £19.99.
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3. Home Alone, a modern day Christmas classic. Anyone who has seen and loves this film will appreciate your jumper – and for just £15, who can complain?
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4. If you are one of those people who has become obsessed with Disney’s Frozen over the past year, then this Olaf jumper is the one for you at just £19.99.
Christmas jumpers fitting for the office prankster
Are you the office comedian, constantly cracking jokes and making everyone laugh? If so, why should today be any different? Make your co-workers crack a smile with these jumpers.
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1. This jumper is bound to squeeze a smile out of even the grumpiest colleague. Now, isn’t that worth £18.99?
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2. This jumper has that Christmassy look, while its jolly slogan will help you get in the festive spirit. For £28 is this the jumper for you?
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3. You have probably seen this t-shirt done in dinosaur form, but can you pass up the opportunity to be Santa? At £24.95 I think not.
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3. If this jumper doesn’t make you giggle, then I don’t know what will! We’re sure it’s worth £39.99 anyway.
Christmas jumpers for the staff member who actually does love Christmas
There is always one, the person who wants to start playing Christmas music in the office in November and is raring to put the decorations up ASAP. If that is you, then you might appreciate these jumpers. No gimmicks – just nice, simple Christmas jumpers!
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1. If green and red is your favourite colour combination, then why not head to M&S and pick up this stylish candy cane jumper for £25?
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2. Are you on the naughty list or the nice list this year? Of course you are on the nice list; you are Mrs Christmas herself, so head to River Island for this jumper at just £35.
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3. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? If not, then you definitely need this £20 jumper from BHS.
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4. There is nothing gimmicky about this sleek jumper and, for just £18, we think it’s a steal.
There are over 2.5 billion internet users across the globe, and this number continues to grow – with six new users joining the web every second. If you’re reading this post, then you have access to the internet – and chances are, you couldn’t imagine life without it! To celebrate International Internet Day on the 29th of October, we’re taking a look at how the internet has revolutionised the workplace over the years by streamlining productivity in the office.
Long gone are the days keeping in touch was done by using a good old fashioned pen and paper! Email and instant messaging have changed the face of business communication today, with colleagues, customers and clients instantly and constantly accessible at the click of a button. Moreover, mass email services such as Mailchimp provide the capacity to email thousands of people at once – something that would take hours of work during the days of printed messages.
Have you always dreamed about working from the comfort of your own home? Thanks to the internet, that dream is now reality for almost 3 million Britons. The invention of cloud services such as Google Drive and Dropbox mean you can store all your documents safely on the web and share them with any device you like. This means many businesses are now happy to have their employees work from pretty much anywhere – and more importantly, you don’t need to worry next time you spill that cup of coffee all over your laptop.
Tablets and smartphones
Internet connected smartphones allow us to take our work wherever we go, whether you need to access your texts, emails, documents, Skype or, of course, make that all important business call – you can now do it all on the move. The next introduction into this sphere will of course be Google Glass, enabling vast amounts of data and information to literally flash before your eyes.
Tablets are also a great resource to improve your productivity both inside and outside of the office. They allow all of the functions of a smartphone, and can also be used to give presentations or make conference calls – the possibilities are endless.
The internet has completely revolutionised the marketing profession, opening up a whole new world of opportunities to reach customers. It’s imperative that businesses know what their customers want and need – and the internet has put this information at every marketer’s fingertips. Surveys, questionnaires, feedback forms and comments on a website can be used for market research, so businesses can understand exactly what their customers want. Historically market research took months, but thanks to the internet – enormous volumes of valuable consumer data can now be gathered in mere hours.
The internet also presents vast advertising opportunities. Customers can be attracted from all four corners of the globe, using ads, search engine optimisation, websites and social media marketing – allowing businesses to reach millions people with just a few strokes of a keyboard.
Mass data storage
Once a job for the sturdy office rolodex – keeping contacts safe is now so much easier thanks to the web. Online contact databases and CRM systems allow businesses to quickly and effectively gather information on their customers and clients – making contact details accessible anytime and anywhere.
If all of this talk of productivity has got you thirsty to get working – keep your team healthy, happy and hydrated with a water cooler from Eden Springs. We supply offices all over the UK with our eco-friendly drinking water solutions and coffee machines.
This table is perfect for the creative office, your team can sit around it and have brainstorming meetings. Designed by Aileen Bennett and it is cheap to make your own all you need is an Ikea table with some paper cut to fit on top, simple!
Having the right balance of work and play in the office is crucial to employee motivation and productivity. This arcade game coffee table encourages fun in the office with a work hard play hard attitude.
Fancy an award winning coffee table? Well this one should be right up your street, position it in a chilled out part of the office and load with books that will increase your staff’s knowledge of the industry that you work in. Encourage them to take breaks and head over to the coffee table to learn something new!
Do you work in an office where people are not the most talkative? This table could be a creative and fun way to get your team interacting with one another. Get them to leave notes for other colleagues, take notes or even share stories/ideas.
Do you work in a fast paced stressful office? Then this fish tank coffee table would be suited to your workplace. It will act as a calming gathering place where your employees can go to clear their mind or have a moment to relax.
This multifunctional coffee table is perfect for the types of offices that have a lot of paper to shred, for example a law firm or a bank. Not only does it look nice but it gives the staff something to do while they have their morning coffee.