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Golden Rules for Surviving the Office


It may not be the outback or the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, but there are days when surviving the office can feel like an endurance test. Here’s our guide to survival.

Tackle email overload

The average office worker sends and receives around forty emails a day, making it easy to spend a good portion of your working day fending off the onslaught of electronic mail. But don’t. It’s just not productive. Set yourself a limit – and stick to it. Check your emails no more than once an hour – cut that back to once every two to three hours if you can (you could set an alert to tell you when you can check). After all, if it’s really urgent, they’ll call you. And while you’re at it, it’s time to cull your inbox. That email about the Xmas Party from 2007? You really don’t need it anymore.

Defeat backache and eyestrain

If you’re anything like the average office worker, you spend around six hours a day sitting down. That’s a lot of time to develop bad posture. So make sure you adjust your chair, keyboard, computer monitor, and anything else that needs to be in easy reach to a suitable position. Getting it right – i.e. comfy but not slouching comfy – could save you a whole load of backache and eyestrain at the end of the working day.

Fight frustration

You know that feeling you get when you’ve been working on something for hours and you just can’t seem to get any further forward? It feels like you’re tying yourself in knots – and it’s incredibly frustrating. The key to having a better day in the office could well be getting away from it. That means putting down your work and getting away from your desk for half an hour or an hour – however long your allotted midday break is. However busy your day is, taking that break will help you return to your tasks feeling refreshed and far more productive.

Shut out the noise

Thanks to the 21st Century obsession with the open-plan office, most of us have to complete our daily tasks against a surging wall of sound. The effects on productivity vary from person to person, depending on how easy you find it to shut out the buzz. The key to survival? Be prepared. Kit yourself out with some headphones (the best quality you can afford) and some soothing background noise you can work with.

And if you’re still struggling to concentrate try taking a break. Here at Ransom Wood in our 70 acres of woodland its easy to pop out of the office for 10 minutes to have a breather and a quick stroll in the great surroundings. Our on site restaurant, Forever Green, can refresh you with a coffee or a bite to eat before you head back to your desk. Give our friendly team a call to see how we can help move your office to this great location.

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Google Reviews


  • clair meade

    19/12/2023

    Brilliant place. Nature. Trees. Bliss.

  • Dirk R De Boer

    26/10/2023

    The old hospital, now a business centre, lots of parking, great surroundings

  • alison smith

    11/10/2023

    Lovely

  • joyce walsh

    17/06/2023

    Went for a course. Was easy to find and to park

  • James Oliver

    27/05/2023

    Went for a coffee.....great location

  • Sarah Dean

    16/05/2023

    Beautiful peaceful location. A hidden gem!

  • Derek Scott

    08/05/2023

    Very busy. All types of business are there

  • Sam H

    28/04/2023

    Lovely business park loads of free parking and plenty of 'hidden gem' businesses, including my favourite - Azure Aesthetics x

  • Neil Holmes

    31/01/2023

    A great venue

  • Sarah Beaumont

    15/12/2022

    This is such a beautiful setting for an office. Lovely & peaceful and the Ransomwood team are excellent! The maintenance team are always around if needed, great internet facilities and a fabulous café onsite too. I would highly recommend this place if you are looking for premises in the area.

  • Alan Benton

    28/11/2022

    Nice place for a business meeting

  • 1ndyskies

    15/09/2022

    I was on a speed awareness course at Ransom Hall, so not the ideal situation. The place however looked lovely. Very tranquil.

  • Ann Revill

    09/08/2022

    Lovely animals to watch and birds

  • Melvin Crofts

    30/05/2022

    Lovely place

  • Paul Gillon

    13/12/2021

    A well maintained business grounds with 100s of offices and a restaurant in the centre. Speed controlled and beautiful woodland surroundings, this place seems to be consistently upgrading.

  • Gareth Childs

    03/09/2021

    Great park to host a business

  • Dave Watts

    17/08/2021

    Love this place

  • Maxine Dillon

    15/07/2021

    We rent an office here and it’s just such a lovely place to drive into everyday

  • Chris Kho

    22/06/2021

    Still love to walk around. I used to live in the big house at the top of the drive, it was Oak House then and I nursed at Ransom Hospital , Byron Ward which was on the left side of Ransom Hall car park. Oak House used to be Sisters accommodation. I think the main chef lived upstairs when I lived there and just me downstairs mostly. I loved it but had to keep my kitchen door closed because of the squirrels. Loved looking down the drive out of my bedroom and lounge windows, beautiful in Autumn and when it snowed, I worked at Ransom Hospital until it closed in 1987. Wonder why Oak House was later named Ash House? Lovely dining at Forever Green in the grounds whilst I reminisce.

  • Tony Lewis

    20/05/2021

    Absolutely spot on as regards setting up a virtual office. Really friendly and helpful reception staff, with onsite meeting rooms available if needed. Very pleased.

  • Matthew Sheppard

    07/03/2021

    Beautiful

  • John Redfern

    20/07/2020

    Good food

  • David Draper

    25/02/2020

    Great place for taking pets a walk, lovely cafe with meeting rooms.

  • Pete Edwards

    08/02/2020

    A great place

  • Daryl Statham-waring

    20/11/2019

    Brilliant place, they have all sorts of businesses there. A cafe, hypnotherapy, hypnopuncture as well many others. Worth a drive up just to see what's there. Furthermore, it's in lovely surroundings.

  • Jo Harris

    13/10/2019

    Just go there and walk for miles! Beautiful views from strawberry hill too.

  • Philip Merry

    04/08/2018

    Go experience

  • victoria chandler

    28/06/2018

    Great place,hidden away

  • T Butler

    24/05/2018

    Set in beautiful woodland.. a very relaxing place to work.

  • Bec Ward

    12/03/2018

    Very tranquil here, feel at real ease could get lost in my own thoughts

  • S Curran

    17/01/2018

    Lots of meeting rooms. Follow signes not sat nav to find entrence as its moved. Plenty of parking.

  • Andy long

    03/12/2017

    Nice business offices and restaurant

  • Robert West

    05/02/2017

    Love it. Great setting, and reasonable rents.

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