How many times have you left a meeting feeling like you have achieved nothing? Next time you need to get your team together, consider one of our ideas for alternative meetings to get the most out of your time. Continue reading
Just like eating healthily and exercising, we all know that getting enough sleep is good for us. But you might not realise just how much of an impact that a lack of sleep can have on your work. The amount of sleep that you need will vary from person to person, but if you regularly get less than 7 hours of sleep per night, you may start to notice the following effects at work:
Inability to concentrate- If you frequently struggle to focus on your work, and find yourself missing things as they have slipped your mind, it could be down to tiredness.
Decision-making- Bill Clinton once said “Every important mistake I’ve made in my life, I made because I was too tired”. A serious lack of sleep can cause cognitive impairment, so if you have an important meeting coming up then make sure you are well rested for it.
Inefficiency- By skipping the snooze button and heading into the office early you might think you’ll have time to get more done, but in fact if you have not had sufficient sleep you will be less efficient and less productive, so those extra hours could be wasted.
How to stay awake in the office
If you’ve hit an afternoon slump, try one of these ideas:
Get outside- When you’re busy it seems like you have no choice but to eat lunch at your desk, but even a 10 minute break from the office can help you recharge enough to make your afternoon more productive. Exposure to natural light is a great midday wake up, as is exercise, so a quick walk around the block can make all the difference.
Moderate your caffeine- Although it can be tempting to mainline coffee when you’re tired at work, drinking too much caffeine can keep you from falling asleep at night. Try not to drink caffeine after 2pm- if you can’t live without hot drinks try swapping to herbal teas.
Hydrate yourself- Dehydration affects brain function, so keep a bottle of water at your desk and make sure to drink from it throughout the day, especially if you are craving sugary snacks as it is easy to mistake hunger for thirst.
Getting enough sleep is important not just for our health, but in order to function as a good leader. This, combined with a positive team, honesty and much more is the perfect recipe for great leadership. Follow these 10 tips closely and you yourself could be on the way to becoming a great team leader which can improve the efficiency of both your colleagues and your business.
Meetings can easily fall into the trap of being unproductive and a waste of time, but there are ways to make sure this doesn’t happen to your meetings.
We first saw these meeting ground rules in a conference room of a Japanese car company, and have been using and recommending them ever since.
The next time you decide to hold a meeting, try and enforce these meeting rules and see what difference it makes:
1. Make sure you start and finish on time Continue reading
Here at Team Building London we are always trying to promote creativity within the workplace, so thought it would be worth highlighting a company on the right track!
Pearlfisher, in Hammersmith, West London created a meeting environment reminiscent of a children’s ball play area – only this is for around 30 adults.
The reason for this was to create a place to help companies stimulate new ideas and creativity, which is something that can easily get lost in a normal daily meeting within the workplace. This type of environment is great to bounce ideas around and to have fun at work. Continue reading
Meetings can be extremely productive, but on the other hand there are a number of reasons why a meeting might achieve little or nothing at all. Meetings like this aren’t uncommon, but what makes a meeting “fail”?
Here are 4 reasons why your meetings might be failing to reach their potential:
Loss of Focus
It is commonplace that sub meetings will happen within meetings and this can disrupt the whole purpose of why you are there in the first place. Try to stay on course and avoid losing direction as members may lose interest and will become despondent. Continue reading
Working in a busy city like London can be physically draining and putting in extra hours might seem like the only thing to do, but working smarter instead of harder could be a better use of your time.
1. Take Naps
At Google, those employees that put in additional hours can enjoy a nap in one of their high-tech sleep pods to help recharge. There has been research that shows taking naps can lead to an improvement in cognitive function, creative thinking and memory performance. Continue reading
A heavy workload, coupled with stress, is a challenge for many people in the workplace. Time is short and can run out, whereas energy can be rejuvenated and extended.
Here are 5 ways Team Building London suggest you use to increase your energy levels:
1. Drink a lot of water. Water hydrates our brains, ensures we stay cool and can prevent illnesses like excruciating kidney stones. Coffee and sugary drinks may taste better but they do have the reverse effect of making us tired when their burst of energy wears off. Continue reading