Work Wise Week 2017: 5 easy ways to boost your productivity at work

With the dreaded end of year appraisals under way, now’s the time to reflect on your year’s achievements.  Did you get everything done that you wanted to?  Or were there certain tasks that remained neglected all year?  To mark Work Wise Week 2017 , we’ve come up with 5 easy ways to boost your productivity at work. If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got, so now’s the time to grab the bull by the horns and turbo-charge your work efficiency in 2017.

close up of two sets of post-it notes at work

Dean Hochman Post-it notes

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The rise of the office dog: interview with The Londog

Do you have an office dog?  Would you love to bring your own dog to work?  Perhaps, you feel that dogs have no place in the office. This week, we interview Cristina from The Londog and creator of the highly entertaining Office Dog series.  Find out about the surprising benefits of working with dogs as well as a few of the drawbacks.

Iggy office dog at ING Media posing on the office sofa

The Londog Iggy office dog at ING Media

 

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Running the Supernova London 5K at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Following last week’s post on Obesity in the workplace, I felt it was time to dust off the running shoes and pound London’s pavements again.  Going for glory, I opted for the Supernova London 5K race at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.  After all, if it was good enough for Jessica Ennis-Hill.……

The ArcelorMittal orbit illuminated at night at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The ArcelorMittal Orbit lit up at night at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

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Obesity in the workplace: is your employer responsible?

We’re all told that sitting is the new smoking but how much is really being done to tackle obesity in the workplace? Startling statistics from insurance company, UNUM, reveal that 64% of UK adults are now classed as overweight or obese. Yet while the majority of office workers remain seated for up to ten hours a day, less than a third of employers provide any opportunity to exercise.  Should your boss be in charge of your waistline? Find out what office workers really think in this startling infographic.

Obesity in the workplace infograhic providing stats on workplace wellbeing

UNUM insurance Obesity in the workplace in statistics

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Set adrift in float spa bliss at floatworks

Reduced blood pressure, better sleep and stress relief on a par with medication drugs: it seems there’s no end to the benefits of float therapy.  In an increasingly over-stimulated working world, could an hour of sensory deprivation be the answer to workplace stress?  Intrigued, I popped down to  floatworks in Vauxhall to drift off for an hour in a parallel float spa universe of blissful relaxation.

interior view of the floatworks float spa in Vauxhall, London

floatworks floatworks float spa reception area

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Exploring Okuda’s street art after work

Scurrying back and forth to work under sludgy February skies, I decided it was time to inject some colour into my life.  And what better way to do so than to experience Okuda’s street art exhibition, Lost Olympus, at the Stolen Space Gallery.  Mixing with surreal, mythological characters proved just the company I needed to lift the spirits on an otherwise mundane, Thursday evening after work.

Refugee Goddess by Okuda, Stolen Space Gallery

Refugee Goddess by Okuda

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Light box therapy in your lunch break

Scuttling to and from work in perpetual darkness has left many office workers, like myself, weary and depleted.  Was it only a month since the Christmas holidays?  Rallying to the rescue is the food and juice bar, Crussh, who have very kindly opened up the capital’s first pop-up vitamin D and light box therapy bar.  Seeking the light, I scuttled round during my lunch break to get a well-earned dose of artificial rays.

Vitamin D pop-up bar sign in Crussh in New Street Square

Vitamin D pop-up bar in Crussh in the City of London.

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Surprising sights on my way to work: the Bell Tower of St Alban

In 2017, we’re starting a new series of photo posts on the surprising sights that we pass every day on our way to work. From amazing architecture to hidden garden squares, there’s a wider world to discover if you take a closer look around you.

street view of the Tower of St Alban, City of London

The Tower of St Alban, City of London

 

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The top Office Breaks of 2016 revealed

As 2017 kicks in, we look back on another year of office breaks.  From a day trip to the end of the world to bank holiday weekends in Bavaria and Bohemia; it’s been an action packed year.  We share with you a few of our favourite memories which hopefully may inspire your own breaks out of the office during 2017.

The view from Freiburg Cathedral onto the main square

Views from Freiburg Cathedral

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Bridgedale compression socks review

No longer just for grandma, compression socks have become a staple of the long-haul packing list. Adopted by canny flyers everywhere, the socks are worn as much for their comfort as they are for their ability to prevent DVT and leg swelling.  With a family history of blood clots and a dread of “cankles” (swollen ankles), I agreed to try a pair of Bridgedale compression socks on my recent twelve-hour flight to South Africa.

Flight arrival in Cape Town, South Africa

Arriving in Cape Town

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