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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


    Brilliant place. Nature. Trees. Bliss.

  • Dirk R De Boer


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

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  • joyce walsh


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

  • James Oliver


    Went for a coffee.....great location

  • Sarah Dean


    Beautiful peaceful location. A hidden gem!

  • Derek Scott


    Very busy. All types of business are there

  • Sam H


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

  • Neil Holmes


    A great venue

  • Sarah Beaumont


    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


    Nice place for a business meeting

  • 1ndyskies


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

  • Ann Revill


    Lovely animals to watch and birds

  • Melvin Crofts


    Lovely place

  • Paul Gillon


    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


    Great park to host a business

  • Dave Watts


    Love this place

  • Maxine Dillon


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

  • Chris Kho


    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


    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



  • John Redfern


    Good food

  • David Draper


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

  • Pete Edwards


    A great place

  • Daryl Statham-waring


    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


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

  • Philip Merry


    Go experience

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    Great place,hidden away

  • T Butler


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

  • Bec Ward


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

  • S Curran


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

  • Andy long


    Nice business offices and restaurant

  • Robert West


    Love it. Great setting, and reasonable rents.

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