Gemma has been preparing for her annual appraisal with a period of self-reflection… An annual appraisal is a good prompt to spend some time reflecting on our past actions but it’s important that we don’t limit holding a mirror up to ourselves to this yearly review. Reflecting helps us to develop our skills and review…Details
Christmas is fast approaching and along with it the time when we perhaps think about some New Year’s Resolutions. Gemma pondered over this popular annual tradition. Before you start planning your weight loss and fitness regime for 2019 though, I’d be interested to know what happened to last year’s resolutions. Are they long forgotten, languishing…Details
David spotted some beautiful Rambutans on a recent family trip to Barcelona to celebrate his birthday.
It was great to see such fresh Rambutans on European soil. These little beauties were front and centre of an amazing exotic fruit stall in La Boqueria Market, Barcelona. A very nice (and delicious) birthday surprise!
We Rambutans recently took a little personality test just for a bit of fun, and to see what kind of insight (if any) it could give us into ourselves, and each other. Kat was reflecting on the results. Called the Briggs Meyer 16 Personalities test, it’s formulated as a questionnaire where your responses are collated…Details
Don’t miss the music by just chasing dollars. David reflects from the side of a piano in one of the UK’s busiest financial districts. I recently took the tube in London for a meeting at Canary Wharf in London. It was amazing to see the sheer volume of people flooding to the area as they headed to their…Details
Our awareness system as humans has developed over millions of years and is a sophisticated neuro process designed (evolved) to help us and keep us safe. However, it could be dangerously inadequate for the digital age, as David investigates. Understanding what the Reticular Activating System (RAS) is and what it does has had a profound…Details
National Friendship month inspired Nicki to read about the importance of friendship in society. What she discovered was quite surprising… The causes of modern social problems, from divorce to homelessness and obesity, are often thought to be rooted in areas such as poverty, stress or unhappiness. But researchers suggest we are overlooking something crucial: friendship. Loneliness is a growing problem…Details
Gemma and her cycling buddies have decided to get back on their bikes for another fundraising challenge. This time the girls are covering some serious mileage – 300 miles over 4 countries in 4 days – whilst raising vital funds for Dementia UK. If you want to find out more or donate, take a look at Gemma’s JustGiving page. Gemma’s here…Details
Saying “sorry” often becomes a habit rather than a necessity. What if we used “thank you” more instead? Jami-Lei investigates further. There are two uses of the word sorry. One sounds like “sorry for rambling on” and the other goes something like “I’m really sorry for spilling tea on your curtains”. The first is polite and…Details
Who knew there was a modern form of the phrase ‘Did you know’? Jami-Lei has been learning there are quite a lot of things we maybe didn’t know. Even as a ‘millennial’, I still come across phrases that have been on the internet for ages but haven’t yet crossed my path. Recently I watched a…Details
Heavy job on? Getting bogged down? Take a breather! Nicki jumped up in the office the other day and randomly declared, “Right, everyone outside for a bit of fun!” Naturally, we all downed our tools/mice/laptops and followed her onto the balcony for a breather. It turned out to be a ‘wall’ exercise, where you squat…Details
In our bold and daring Rambutan way, we’ve matched our ideas on what your social media avatar might look like, depending on which social media channel rocks your world. Can you see yourself in our descriptions? Rambutan’s favourite social media sites are Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook – probably in that order! Twitter is great for…Details
Here at Treetops, having a beautiful first-floor office with large patio doors opening onto a balcony is wonderful at any time, but at its absolute best in the summer. However, nothing represents a Rambutan Summer more than our Sue running around squealing at the sight of a bee or wasp in the room! Perhaps ‘Don’t step…Details
July 1 saw International Joke Day… a celebration which Kat just couldn’t let pass by without a little nod to business jokes! A day in the office can be a tad tedious without some of the banter we’ve grown accustomed to! Jokes and pranks are standard in the Rambutan HQ, as we believe that having fun…Details
It’s Wrong Trousers Day!! Here are some of the bunch getting into the spirit of it at Rambutan’s HQ, Treetops. And what a fabulous day for it!
Head on over to www.grandappeal.org.uk/events/wallace-gromits-wrong-trousers-day/ for more info on how you can get involved in future events and help raise money for Bristol Children’s Hospital.
With the annual passing of the longest day of the year, also known as the summer solstice, Rambutan apprentice Ed ponders what it means and if we work at our best at different times of the year. Spring, summer, autumn and winter… the four seasons that make up our calendar year, the 365.256 days in which it takes…Details
22 June marks the official ‘bring your dog to work day’. Nicki got thinking about whether her cockapoo, Cassie would be an ideal office pet to have around… Here at Rambutan, we often joke about having an office pet and up to now, we’ve had a cuddly toy as a substitute.The benefits of owning a…Details
Lance was recently working from home with the patio doors open enjoying the sun when something caught his eye. It was a snake who was equally enjoying the East Yorkshire sun. It’s the first wild snake Lance had ever seen so he was quick off the mark to capture a quick snap before it slithered…Details
Jami-Lei was thinking about the importance of jotting down thoughts and ideas, which also came in handy for writing this blog! Blogs are a great way of capturing your thoughts, as are notebooks, voice notes, messages, emails and social media. It’s clear that many people have a need or want to save their thoughts in…Details
First launched in 1992, Stress Awareness Month is a collaborative effort to increase stress awareness, highlighting the causes, dangers and general misconceptions about stress as well as successful coping strategies on how to relieve this modern-day epidemic. Most people will experience stress and its negative effects at some point in their life, as a common…Details