Caffeine – The Cure To Britain’s Productivity Problem

Real Business uses MessageBase's data on productivity to investigate whether coffee breaks can solve Britain's low productivity rates - and looks at what your choice of biscuit says about your business brand. Read more here: http://realbusiness.co.uk/article/30840-caffeine--the-cure-to-britains-p...

The Most Productive Hour Of The Day Is…

PA Life magazine reveals that office workers are 'morning people,' using MessageBase's productivity survey of 1,000 businesses and a previous nationwide survey of advertising and marketing executives. Read the full article at: http://www.palife.co.uk/surveys-current-affairs/1311-the-most-productive...

MessageBase Reveals 11am-12pm As The Busiest Hour Of The Office Day

MessageBase has spent four years researching office productivity using call handling data from 1,000 companies. Our findings show that the post-coffee, pre-lunch period between 11am and 12pm is the busiest hour of the day, accounting for the completion 13.5 per cent of the day's tasks....

Less Is The New Black

The current buzz in the psychology press is all about the power of doing less. Conventional business wisdom is being turned on its head - less is becoming more. When it comes to hours spent at work, quality trumps quantity. Periods of daydreaming, pottering, even...

Stop Trying To Be The Best At Everything

MessageBase's Nicholas Ashford tells Business Matters magazine that Businesses need to stop trying to be the best at everything. The reality is that companies that try to excel across every attribute either fail or over-invest. Consumers only care about Access, Product, Price, Service and Emotion....

Wild Winter Reminds Firms To Expect The Unexpected

The clean up operation is now underway after the wettest winter on record. The figure for repairs across the UK - to coast, city and country - could easily reach £1 billion and this sum may well prove to be a conservative estimate. With the ground still...

Switch And Save

Still figuring out new ways to cut overheads in 2014? Transferring your switchboard from in-house to a virtual reception team could result in savings of 20 per cent on staff costs, rising to an enormous 57 per cent if your office is based in London. We’ve produced...

The Power Of The Pink Lady

Having tasted some "Norfolk Heritage" apples over the weekend, which led to a discussion on the merits of different varieties of apples, I was attracted to an article today in the BBC Magazine about Pink Lady® apples.  These happen to be my favourite - crisp,...

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