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Coffee drinkers are nearly three times more likely to stay late at work, a new survey shows.

UK workers needing to stay late in the office are being fuelled by coffee. That’s the finding today after a study reported that one fifth (20%) of Brits stay one hour late at work if they drink two or more cups of coffee per day.

Coffee has long been believed to be the key for staying alert and engaged for long periods in the office and the research found that the amount people who drank coffee was directly proportional to additional time spent in the office.

It found that, while less than 1 in 10 (8.5%) of non coffee drinkers and those that drink just one cup per day, will stay an hour late, those that drink four or five cups are over 22% more likely to be seen working an hour late – almost three times more likely. Similarly, less than 15% of non-coffee drinkers stay behind for 45 minutes or more. This is compared to a whopping 42.6% of people who stay for the same amount of time who drink four to five cups.

The research also found coffee to be a mood lifter. Exactly a fifth (20%) of all respondents thought coffee put them in a better mood, while 16% thought it made them more focused. And the effects of a good cappuccino aren’t all in our head according to a study by Department of Psychology at Ruhr University in Germany which reported that just 200 milligrams of caffeine prods the brain to identify words and phrases more quickly. Perhaps it is this extra boost of brain power that encourages people remain longer at work, because they feel they are in the ‘zone’.

Honest Coffees commissioned this recent survey which also found that golden oldies are more likely to burn the midnight oil, with only 11.5% of over 55s clocking off the moment the day was over. Millennials were the most likely to leave on the dot, with 20.9% packing their bags and heading for home at the first opportunity.

The survey also highlighted differences in the caffeine preferences across the sexes – with men three times as likely to order an espresso than women. Latte came in as No.1 pick for both sexes – with 26% of women and 19% of men naming it as their favourite. Americano and cappuccino finished in the silver and bronze medal positions, with mocha and macchiato lagging well behind.

The top nutrition advisory panel in the United States; The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, recently noted that there are few health risks associated with drinking moderate amounts of coffee. Even better for coffee lovers, the panel cites “consistent evidence” of health benefits associated with drinking coffee and encourages people to boost their consumption to three to five cups a day.

Honest Coffees’ founder Wyatt Cavalier said: “It didn’t surprise us when we saw coffee drinkers tended to stay at work longer. Studies have shown it increases alertness and concentration, keeping you focused for longer. We’ve said for a while that having good coffee at work can actually save an employer money because it means people are less likely to pop out for a cup – but it seems like it might make them more inclined to stay longer as well.”


Number of coffees drunk a day on average People who stay 45 minutes – 1 hour late People who stay 1 hour or more late
None 6.25% 8.52%
1 7.06% 8.24%
2 8.70% 20.65%
3 7.25% 20.29%
4 / 5 20.37% 22.22%
TOTAL 8.96% 14.34%


But it’s not all good news for white-collar caffeine junkies: more than three quarters of those surveyed rated the quality of the coffee at their work as average or worse.

Cavalier continued: “Coffee is part of our national heritage and it plays a big role in our daily lives. The people who drink it are now discerning over quality, type and brand so it’s important for businesses to recognise this.”

More Than 1 In 4 Have Been Inspired by TV Shows To Start A Business

TV Shows such as Dragons Den and their panel of business giants are inspiring a new generation of job seekers, according to new research.

A survey of 2,012 British adults has revealed that more than 1 in 4 (27%) millennials have considered starting a business as a result of watching a TV show or film.

35% of those aged 18-30 confessed to taking inspiration for their career path from their favourite TV shows and box sets, with business and law among the top careers to pursue as a result.

The business-based TV stars that are inspiring Brits’ career choices include the Dragons Den panel (14%), and its personalities such as Peter Jones, Duncan Bannatyne, Theo Paphitis, and Deborah Meaden.

Applications for university business degrees have increased in the past five years in further proof that Britons’ best-loved TV series and characters are shaping their job choice.

However, despite nearly two thirds (62%) of people saying they have researched a job or career path they have seen on the telly, for 38%, the reality of working life and setting up a business differed from the silver screen, as they felt the television made their job look better than it is.

This survey was conducted by Fletchers Solicitors, Ed Fletcher, CEO of Fletchers Solicitors, said: “The impact of TV role models shouldn’t be underestimated. We have seen in previous years how shows such as CSI have lead to a surge in forensic science course applications, and it seems that it is now the turn of business professions to benefit from an influx in interest and applicants.

“Growing up I was fascinated by those TV lawyers who fought against the odds to secure justice for their clients, and that still affects how I see my job today. It also suggests that TV production companies could have a role to play in helping inspire people into professions where there is going to be most need in 10 or 20 years’ time. With that in mind, perhaps we need shows that popularise engineers or mathematicians to help shape future generations.”


Supermarkets can control our walking speed when shopping, new research has found, by changing the pattern or markings on the floor.

A study by Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), demonstrates that retail managers can persuade customers to walk at the ideal pace, either quicker or slower, on their shopping trip, by altering lines and patterns.

Bram Van den Bergh, who led the research, said: “Managing the flow of customers can be a challenge for retailers. When customers rush through the store, they miss interesting products and buy less. Spending too much time in front of the shelves can lead to annoying congestion in the aisles, which also leads to declining sales.

“It has been known for some time that walking speed plays an important role in shoppers’ purchasing decisions. But until now it was unclear what retail managers could do to influence the pace of their customers. This research was set up to find out how they might achieve this.”

The research reveals that closely spaced, horizontal lines on the floor slow the pace at which shoppers walk down an aisle, encouraging them to browse. Widen the gaps between the lines and shoppers move more quickly.

Marks on the floor alter the perception of the length of the aisle with more frequent lines making shoppers believe that the end is farther away so they instinctively slow down. If the lines are further apart, shoppers speed up because they think the end is nearer.

The researchers observed 4,000 people in a series of experiments that were conducted both in-store and in a lab. If the lines were 20 inches apart, they found it created the optical illusion that the end of the aisle was further away. Shoppers then tended to slow their pace.

In subsequent tests, slower shoppers were found to be much better at recalling what products they had seen than those who sped through.

The researchers related their findings to goal gradient theory: when an individual is closer to their goal, in this case, the end of the aisle, they will walk faster to reach it.

Many businesses across a range of industries have been enticed by the hot-desking model – but is it a sensible option for the working environment in 2017?

Hot-desking has seen a huge growth as a flexible working solution over the last few years. It offers the opportunity to cut the costs of running an office by up to 30%, and it’s not hard to see why many businesses across a range of industries have been enticed by the hot-desking model.

Aside from the financial gains, with employees sitting away from their respective teams/departments, it is believed that hot-desking allows employees to build connections and create collaborating opportunities with other employees they do not often engage with.  Moreover, as employees do not have their own work desk, hot-desking reduces individual clutter around the office, creating a more focused working environment.

With reasons such as these cited as endorsements for hot-desking, is this really the case? What do employees and experts alike think and feel about hot-desking?

A survey conducted by Reboot Online Marketing, received 460 responses from office workers across the UK, who are currently or have had previous experience of working under a hot-desking model. The statistics revealed that:

81% Said instead of hot-desking they would prefer to have their own dedicated desk or work station.

 66% Stated that they didn’t make any valuable new contacts from sitting next to or around different individuals from outside their own team or department.

75% Believed that cross-departmental relations and collaboration did not improve as a result of implementing the hot-desking model

59% Thought the morale of their own team/department had fallen as a result of sitting away from each other

Maria Parker a Business Consultant commented: “What many businesses tend to find after introducing hot-desking is that even though teams are away from each other, they still end up going to each other’s work desks or stations multiple times throughout the day. Instead of making valuable connections from other departments, they end up gravitating back towards a circle they have always been familiar with. It’s human nature”.

Christina (29) a Merchandise Buyer said: “I personally find hot-desking really irritating. Moving from desk to desk on a daily basis you never truly feel settled. Also I am one of those people that needs to splash files, notepads, documents, electronics and stationary across the desk to fuel my work ethic – so packing everything up at the end of the day is not only time-consuming but frustrating.

Additionally, with so many employees at our company, you often end up worrying about not getting a spot in-case you’re running late or have an external client meeting. If it was up to me, I would prefer to have my own desk for peace of mind.”

Justin (23) a Junior Financial Analyst said: “Even though hot-desking has reduced mess around the office, we don’t have the same harmonised spirit we used to have when sitting together in our teams. With our company also introducing flexible working hours complimentary to hot-desking, face-to-face interaction has also dropped enormously.”

RemindersWhen did you last snooze a reminder? Was it this morning or just a few minutes ago? Or, do you not even use the reminder-function?




A client asked me the other day about how to turn off the reminder-box which pops up when he opens Outlook. This got me thinking.

I can really understand how he wants to get rid of it since he does not wish to be reminded when it is comes up. Yet, we did in fact ask to be reminded when we set the reminder in the first place.

Just in time?

How many of all the world’s computer- and cell phone-reminders actually sound the alarm when we want to be reminded? Some do, but if I am to draw some conclusions from what I hear from my mentees, most do not. Thereof comes all this snoozing since we are not actually interested in being reminded when the reminder sounds.

Reminders, notifications and other notification sounds which go off when we do not want them to are only distracting us. They disturb us in what we are currently doing and make us lose focus.

Some are truly valuable

But, reminders in themselves are not ineffectual. They can, if used correctly and in the appropriate context, be true lifesavers.

They help us the most when acting as triggers that make us switch task immediately. The reminders which are genuinely useful and which are the right ones to use the reminder-function for are for example reminders such as:

“Get up and go right now, otherwise you will not make it!”

“You have an important meeting in 30 minutes, so it is time to start preparing for that now.”

“This was the time when you promised to call the client.”

“You just received the urgent e-mail you have been expecting, so you will be able to continue working now.”

“You are currently in geographic proximity to that place where you wanted to go and do/ buy something when in the neighborhood.”

and, of course: ”Wake up! It is time to get up.”

And some you can skip

On the other hand, instead of having reminders that say ”The following tasks are due today”, practice starting every day with looking through your to-do-list (on your own initiative) when it suites you to do so.

Instead of being reminded that [pling!]”You e-mailed N one week ago today and you still have not received a reply”, make it a habit to quickly look through your waiting-for-list daily, on your own initiative and when it suits you best.

Get rid of as many reminders and notifications as you possibly can and which you do not actually need. You are probably reminded and notified enough as it is.

Do this

When you are reminded of something this week by hearing a reminder sound or seeing a pop-up notification, take a minute to consider if this reminder is actually necessary.

Were you reminded just when you needed to?

Yes? Congratulations!

No? Do you really want to keep it then? Remove it if you are even remotely tempted to snooze it. How big is the chance that it pops up at the right time next time it rings – after you already snoozed it?

Nice to not be interrupted

If you from now on reevaluate your reminders you will end up with less inefficient reminders and you will snooze fewer of them. You will to a greater extent than before be in charge of when to look at your to-do-list or check your e-mail.

The reminders you choose to keep are kept for a good reason and you will enjoy how they actually help you not have to remember things you cannot afford to miss or forget.

You will have fewer sounds, interruptions and distractions, and be able to focus more. Good for you!

What do you want to be reminded of?

Did I forget an important reminder? Leave a comment and remind me!

David StiernholmSource: David Stiernholm
David Stiernholm is a trainer who teaches thousands of people every year in companies, government authorities, organizations and universities how to become more structured and attain a higher degree of personal efficiency.

Super Structured

“Information overload”, “too much going on”, “full email inbox”, “too
SUPER STRUCTUREDmuch on your plate”, “heavy workload”, “ASAP”, “piles that keep growing”, it has to get better soon… Yes, there are many ways to describe the chaotic life many of us lead at work. But, if we create a better structure at work, we will have more time for what matters most to us and to our business. Super Structured is based on a highly successful training program and is for anyone who wants to create a workday that runs smoother and with greater ease. In short chapters with useful advice and tips mixed with practical exercises, David Stiernholm teaches you how you can work in a more structured way through “organization”, “automation” and “focus”. The book gives you the tools, mindset, methods and routines that will make you more efficient, more flexible and actually happier.

HR TrapHere are some HR traps you might not have thought of, and our advice on how to solve them quickly and easily.
You haven’t told your employees that they have the right to request flexible working

All employees with 26 weeks’ service have the statutory right to request flexible working. What this means in practice is that they can request a change to their working hours, remote working or place of work, term-time hours, job-sharing, career break, or compressed hours.

You don’t have to approve their request, but you must consider it, discuss it with them and make a decision promptly.  You can reject requests for business reasons (see a full list here) but remember to explain your decision fully and wherever possible try and accommodate requests if they are reasonable.

You’re not quite sure what employer’s ‘duty of care’ means

As an employer you have a duty of care towards the health, safety and wellbeing of your employees. This could range from doing a risk assessment of them in different operational areas, ensuring their desks and working space is suitable for working; that the noise levels are appropriate in their working space and that they have the correct eye-wear (which you would need to pay for).

More intangible, but equally as important, are aspects like stress, uncertainty and anxiety. You need to make sure that your employees know what is expected from them (clear objectives), aren’t working too many hours (Working Time Directive legislation) and that they feel supported in their role (good management practice). Get any or all of these wrong and you’re letting down your employees and, in extreme circumstances, running a risk of breach of duty of care claims at tribunal.

You don’t understand Shared Parental Leave legislation

Despite having an important role for society, this legislation has a reputation for being complex. It allows parents to share statutory leave and pay when their child is born or they adopt – it can be taken separately or simultaneously.

Read up on the basics here (

Make sure your staff handbook has reference to this policy and talk to us about more of the detail of implementation.

You’re a bit worried about what you can and can’t ask during interview

You know the basics (don’t ask about age, questions relating to maternity, questions relating to marital status, criminal convictions and trade union membership) but you’re a little unsure about questions relating to health and disability.

If an applicant has a health condition or disability, you can only ask about this before interview if they might need an adjustment to help them do part of your selection criteria. You are allowed to ask about their condition after you have offered them a job.

Mistaking presenteeism for productivity

Your employees all turn up on time, don’t take long lunches and spend 8 hours at their desk. That’s a good start, but what are they thinking? When was the last time you sat them down and asked them? Go for a coffee and make sure they feel that you’re open to ideas.  In a bigger team a staff survey will help you to get an idea of what needs to be improved. Ask us for a free staff survey tool and analysis session from us at Bedrock HR.

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‘Made in Germany’ is the most highly regarded quality label for goods, brands and services around the world, outshining other major exporting nations’ trust marks such as ‘Made in USA’ or ‘Made in UK’.

‘Made in Germany’ takes prime position and is therefore the world’s leading quality label. The label’s first-place position is mainly due to positive ratings in the product categories ‘quality’ and ‘security standards’ along with the overall popularity of ‘Made in Germany’ across many countries in the world.

Switzerland is in second place and received very high ratings from around the world in the categories ‘status symbol’ and ‘authenticity’. Italy excels with regard to design, while Japan received the best ‘advanced technology’ ratings of all countries. China outshines others regarding ‘price/performance ratio’.

The USA just scrapes into the Top 10: All in all, the USA ranks eighth and is thus behind countries such as Great Britain, Sweden, and Canada. The United States is furthermore among those countries, whose global reputations have worsened the most over the course of the past twelve months, suggesting a ‘Trump effect’. But the USA is not the only example of the fact that major political changes do have a noticeable effect on the image of certain countries of manufacture. Turkey’s and Greece’s scores are also linked to recent political developments that damaged both countries’ reputations.

The bronze medal is taken by the ‘Made in EU’ label, which was established as late as in 2003 by the EU commission. The label primarily owes its positive reputation to consistently high global ratings. Thus, not only consumers from European Community countries such as, for instance, Sweden and Great Britain, have faith in the label, but also respondents from outside the EU. For example, “Made in EU” took top places in almost all South American countries (e.g. Argentina and Colombia).

SOURCE Statista GmbH. These are the findings from Statista’s Made-In-Country Index (MICI). Statista is one of the world’s leading databases for business-relevant facts and information, sought to find out which countries around the globe enjoy the best reputation as countries of manufacture and exporting nations. Statista surveyed some 43,000 consumers in 52 countries about countries’ quality labels. The result is the Made-In-Country Index 2017 – a global ranking of countries and an indicator of the power of the individual nations’ brand image.



Network Cognitive Networking – that makes dreams come true
Action brings about change

What can you do if you want to optimise your networking practice? A good starting point is the mantra “Action brings about change”. But you have to change a few aspects of yourself if you want to change people around you.

Unfortunately, old habits die hard, but why not start by taking a sober look at yourself? Are you – through your attitude and way of communicating – an attractive candidate for a professional business relationship?

If your answer is an unequivocal ”yes”, you are most likely a very competent networker who is already profiting from his network. If your answer is “I’m not quite sure”, you will probably find the text below useful.

Your network

It is a good idea to map your network. It is also important to identify the resources to which you have access and where you can find them. Generally, you can work with three different types of network:

  • Your professional network

Here, you find people with whom you share professional interests. These are often like-minded people with similar educations, job functions and workplaces.

It is an important network because it offers you the security you need to feel at ease at work.

  • Your business network

This network includes relationships outside of your professional network. These contacts are very relevant people too, but may have different approaches to business matters. They represent multiple competences and resources.
The contacts in your business network are very important in your career, partly because these relationships tend to be the ones that direct you towards your goals, and partly because development and progress are often generated through co-operation with people who possess different competences and perspectives to you.

  • Your personal network

Here, you find your family and friends. If you are focusing on your professional development, you should not spend too much energy on this network because efficient professional help is seldom found in a personal network.

By Simone Andersen, speaker and author of the bestseller: The Networking Book, 50 ways to develop strategic relationships.

Simone AndersenSimone Andersen: Simone is a journalist and has a Master’s degree in media science. She worked for many years at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR) as an editor and talk show host. She is an expert in business networking and building relations. Simone has just written the bestselling book “The Networking Book” and gives talks on this subject. Contact: – +45 26161818

The Networking Book
It is a well-documented fact that what we want and desire is more easily The Networking Bookachieved when we understand how to build the right relationships. Networking is basically the exchange of a wide range of services – and the most precious insurance in your private life and your career. This highly practical and accessible book will help anyone understand the power of networking quickly through face-to-face meeting and social media, as well as how they can use it as a way to enhance their prospects.


Secrets of a successful movie revealed in new research.

Whether a movie is a sequel does not make it more likely to be a success, but a big budget does, according to undergraduate student researchers from the Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University, Canada.

The researchers defined the factors that most affect a movie’s gross worldwide box office sales and impact critical acclaim, high financial performance and movie awards.

“Our findings suggest that budget is the most influential factor over the success of a film, although increasing other aspects such as star power has a profound impact on the reception of the movie,” says Alexa Hernandez, one of the student researchers.

“We also found that films which receive higher domestic opening box office sales usually score higher in gross worldwide box office sales, and that these movies are most likely to receive coveted awards such as Oscars.”

The researchers examined the influence of factors such as genre, star power, budget, duration and ratings on online sites on the success of the top grossing films of 2015.

“On average, seven out of ten movies end up losing money, two break even and only one makes a profit. The difficultly is that demand is nearly impossible to predict and all costs are incurred before the film is released. Yet we wondered if it were possible to understand what factors make a movie successful, could some of the high levels of financial risk in this industry be mitigated?”

Professor Serpa says: “My students used data analytics to gather information from various movie databases (including), and merge it with box office yields and box office audience. This allowed them to cobble together a very comprehensive database, and to observe the movie patterns in the 2015-2016 movie industry.”


Nutrition & HydrationGood nutrition and hydration are crucial for our performance at work.  So what happens if these two vital aspects of our wellbeing are neglected in anyway and what we can do to improve it.

(pauses and takes a good few gulps of water)



When we’re stressed, and particularly when we don’t get enough sleep, we tend to crave the starchy, fatty and sugary/salty foods that aren’t exactly optimal nutrition. Plus caffeine. Lots of caffeine. We can then get locked in a cycle of craving / sating / withdrawing / craving, where our bodies are subjected to a blood sugar roller coaster. The roller coaster affects our concentration levels and therefore performance at work. We can struggle to focus and get stuff done. We’re easily distracted and may seem to be busy, but what we’re not is productive and performing at our best, as reported in HBR.

Of course there are long-term effects of this unhealthy intake if we keep going. Serious health issues can follow, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and risk of type 2 diabetes. More on these from Healthy Performance.


We can become dehydrated very easily; not surprising when you stop and think that our bodies are largely made up of fluid. We use heaps of water, even if we’re not all that active, with our brains being a huge consumer of the stuff.

Our performance of everyday tasks can drop off dramatically even if we’re only slightly dehydrated, as alertness and short-term memory are affected, as reported by Water for Health. What’s more, our mood can darken and we get anxious – that’ll be the evolutionary wiring kicking in. And it’s got a very good point.

Truth is, most of us can eat and drink more wisely for a short while, but before too long we’re drifting back into bad old habits. So instead of putting ourselves through cold turkey withdrawal (and setting ourselves up for inevitable failure), it may be smarter to simply make some tiny tweaks:

  • Have a glass of water on waking. Your brain’s been busy while you were sleeping.
  • Add healthy snacks to your grocery shop and buy some small containers to take them to work in.
  • Have more snacks comprised of fruit and nuts than manufactured snacks of sugar, salt, processed fat and starch. There’s research suggesting greater curiosity and creativity at work can result from consuming more fruit and veg.
  • Plan what you’ll have for lunch just after a mid-morning snack; you’ll be better able to choose healthily then than if you leave it until later when you’re hungry.
  • Take a packed lunch a few days each week, so you don’t have to choose at the last minute (and you can save money).
  • Stop whatever else you’re doing when you eat and pay attention to the smell, taste and texture of the food – you’re more likely to feel satisfied if you do this than if you’re reading emails and social media updates as you eat (a little music or conversation won’t hurt though).
  • Keep a bottle of water on your desk and sip from it regularly (a friend has an hourly alarm on his Apple Watch, as he tends to get engrossed in work and forget otherwise).
  • Match each cup of tea or coffee, and each caffeinated fizzy drink, with a large glass of water.
  • If you must have a workplace ‘bake-off’, sell the home-made goodies to raise money for a charity of people’s choice. How about a charity that’s working to provide clean water, such as Unicef?

For other aspects of your wellbeing, you may also find this post useful: 10 ways to look after your wellbeing.

Source: Dawn Sillet

Dawn SillettDawn Sillett has been designing and delivering training workshops and executive coaching for over 15 years.


Author of: The Feedback Book

THE FEEDBACK BOOKMaintaining performance today is no longer simply about having an annual appraisal and telling employees “you must try harder”. Research demonstrates that regular discussions about performance and providing feedback to the people you manage is a more effective way to motivate them and keep them on track.Distilled into this single, handy-sized volume are 50 tips, advice and techniques to help any manager become quickly skilled at regularly discussing performance, setting goals and objectives and providing the necessary feedback to ensure individuals and teams thrive in the company. Structured into five key parts, each of the 50 concise chapters also contains a practical exercise to help the reader understand and implement the concepts and ideas of this book.