A great infographic…

I had a link to this infographic sent over to me last week and thought it would be good to share with you all

If you think working overtime, skipping your lunch hour and staying chained to your desk will make you more productive, you need to cut yourself some slack and take a break.

”Working non-stop without taking a break can increase your chances of weight gain, heart disease and worse. Staring at a computer screen for more than 2 hours per day can cause Computer Vision Syndrome, a real affliction, which causes blurry vision, headaches, dry eyes and can lead to long-term nearsightedness. However, getting up and away from your desk for just 5 minutes can alleviate eye strain and reduce fatigue in addition to making you feel better. The mere act of standing at your desk instead of sitting at it can help you burn up to 2500 calories per week. Not bad for just standing around”

Work hard and break hard; doing so will make you a healthier, happier and more productive employee.

Take A Break

What do you think?

A big thank you to Learn Stuff for sharing!


Top 10 Internet Links of the Week 27th April 2012

Happy Friday everyone! Sorry for the lack of a list last week, I was busy treading the boards at an amateur musical production Here are my top 10 links of the week, hope you enjoy them. As always, I will be sharing the Twitter accounts so you are able to follow them. Continue reading

Top 10 Internet links of the week – 23rd March 2012

Happy Friday everyone! Here are my top 10 links of the week, hope you enjoy them. As always, I will be sharing the Twitter accounts so you are able to follow them.

  1. Denial and resistance versus self evaluation.  How to approach continuous improvement – Another great post from whatsthepont on continuous improvement and the constant battle faced by innovation professionals.  (Twitter – @whatsthepont)
  2. Creative Thinking and Idea Magnets – 11 Vital Creative Characteristics – Do you know people who seem to have an incredible ability to surround themselves with creative idea people? This article from the guys over at Brain Zooming (@brainzooming) look at the 11 characteristics of the creative person
  3. The Innovator’s Secret Weapon – Empathy Part 2 – I have been spending a lot of time recently at the Innovation Excellence (@ixchat) website and they really do have so good people writing articles. This one jumped out at me this week. A really good piece, go on take a look!
  4. Characteristics of Winning Communities for Social Product Innovation – I liked this post so thought I would share it. This looks at allowing both internal and external stakeholders adding value to ideas. A great thought provoking blog. (Twitter – @karin_wall) Continue reading

Top 10 Internet Links of the Week 16th March 2012

Top 10 Internet links of the week


Happy Friday everyone! Here are my top 10 links of the week, hope you enjoy them. As always, I will be sharing the Twitter accounts so you are able to follow them.

  1. Critical intervention points of innovation peer-to-peer engagement – Another great post on Paul4innovating’s blog looking at engagement and peer to peer review of ideas. Well worth a visit (Twitter – @paul4innovating)
  2. Have a great idea? How to tell your boss – A good article from last year on CNN about ideas programmes. The really interesting thing though is at the bottom of the page when you look at the comments. How do you think we can overcome these negative responses in our innovation programme (Twitter – @CNN)
  3. Etiquette Guide for “Idea People” – One of the most popular questions we get asked is how can we improve the quality of the idea at the point of submission, although this article is a year old, the information it gives is still very relevant today. I would recommend any ideas manager to take two minutes of their day to read it! (Twitter – @leadchangegroup)
  4. Innovation’s Collaboration Curves and Performance – Another very good article from the Andrea Mayer at Innovation Excellence about making innovation happen within organisations.A very good piece on collaboration and sharing ideas.. (Twitter – @ixchat)
  5. How to get rid of old ideas -Have you participated in a brainstorming session that felt like wasted time? For some reason no new and interesting ideas were formed? Perhaps you need to get rid of your old ideas first! (Twitter – @karin_wall)
  6. Thoughts on how we collaborate to surface the very best ideas – I love this blog, I visit it a couple of time a week and always come away with a smile on my face. Anyway, this post looks at crowd sourcing and how to ensure the best ideas come to the surface and how to action them. (Twitter – @CogniStreamer)
  7. Front Line Employees Hold the Key to Long Term Growth – A very good blog post that looks at how an engaged workforce and be the key to increased customer satisfaction. It is amazing in this day and age how many organisations still don’t make the link between happy employees and happy customers. (Twitter –@vgalovski)
  8. Why IT says no to innovation –  I Was at an organisation recently who told me they opened up an employee innovation programme, but the only ideas they had were about IT and changing systems. This is not unusual in  my experience and this post explains why sometimes the IT function says NO to innovation. – (Twitter – @ovoinnovation)
  9. What is Engagement, Really? – This caught my eye as I am asked by people to explain just what is employee engagement  Not only does this post explain what it is, it also explains the benefits of an engaged workforce .(Twitter –@_brandoncurry)
  10. Something fun for you to look at from the guys over at The Employable They have recently made a list of the Top 10 funniest job titles take a look here. The strange thing is I am sure I have seen these in real life!

Well that is my top 10 links for the week, hope you all looking forward to the weekend? For me it is a weekend of family and the RBS 6-Nations!


Top 10 innovation and ideas management internet links – weekly round-up 9th March

Happy Friday, Everyone! Here are my top 10 links of the week, hope you enjoy them. This week I will againbe adding Twitter IDs where possible so you can follow great Tweeters as well!

  1. The rise and fall of innovation at Yahoo – A very good article from the guys at Innovation Excellence about making innovation happen within organisations. A brief explanation of how Yahoo used to incubate ideas. (Twitter – @ixchat)
  2. Disrupting the public sector – A good post explaining how to innovate in the public sector, although it has an North American slant, it can be applied to government departments in any country really. (Twitter – @harvardbiz)
  3. Cupcakes and Innovation – Any blog that can explain innovation in layman’s terms has to be good right? This post jumped out to me today. Fantastic piece that really does explain the thought process around innovation. (Twitter – @TalentAnarchy)
  4. The value of crowd sourcing – We are all aware about how important it is to engage your employees to come up with ideas, however, what if you ask your customers to collaborate with ideas of their own? Take a look here for some research that has been carried out (Twitter – @masscustom) Continue reading

Top 10 innovation and ideas management links – weekly round-up 10th February

Here is my round up of all the things I have been reading this week, as usual, there is no particular order, just things that have caught my eye.

  1. One of the questions we are always asked is regarding the tax implications of running an ideas programme within the United Kingdom. This article does a pretty good job of explaining it and it comes from a tax accountant.
  2. Found a great blog this week called The Employable. A great source of articles for the person looking for a job. Well worth a visit and spend some time there.
  3. Another blog that has recently linked into us vgalovski I have spent a few hours on this blog in the past week and the content is very good. Take a look for yourself, you won’t be disappointed.
  4. One of the delegates from our last networking session has done their own blog post about the event and asking the question – Can Social Media Enhance an Ideas Scheme – Again, do take a look and see what you think. Continue reading

Top 10 innovation and ideas management internet links – weekly round-up 27th January

It has been a while, but we are back with our infamous top 10 list of things that have caught our interest and have been reading this week! As usual, in no particular order

  1. Excellent article about ideas generation
  2. Some great links within this piece about cutting bureaucracy in business
  3. What innovation can do for your life
  4. Linking ideas schemes with Six Sigma Continue reading

Top 10 innovation and ideas management internet links – weekly round-up 30th October

Sorry folks, you must have thought I had forgotten all about you, it has been a hectic few weeks with customer visits and accreditation sessions (More on that in a future blog post).

I have met some great people over the past few weeks and visited many different organisations with different cultures. The one thing that stood out though is the passion and drive that is still there for innovation!

Anyway, here is my top 10 articles I have been reading this week, if you would like to suggest a link to me, just comment on the bottom of the page.

  1. I am always on the look out for sites that can help my innovation knowledge. Take a look at this page, some really good articles
  2. Making Open Innovation work. “Big and small companies—you need to open up!” This is the key message in this book, it is being given as a free download, chapter by chapter
  3. Staff Suggestion Schemes – A penny for your thoughts? Another good article that re-enforces what we have been saying at ideasUK for our entire history.
  4. 10 Reasons Why Innovation Suggestion Schemes and Idea Boxes Fail – I know I have linked to this article before. However, I think it is always good to revisit some articles especially one as good as this Continue reading

Top 10 innovation & ideas management links – weekly round-up 7th October

Well, planning for the conference continues apace and we have also been busy carrying out Accreditation visits to our members. After each organisation I visit I think I have seen all the best things happening with suggestions schemes and ideas, but each organisation surprises me with their innovative approach to employee engagement, which is fantastic news.

Anyway, here is my top 10 articles I have been reading this week, if you would like to suggest a link to me, just comment on the bottom of the page.

  1. Last week, someone commented on the blog and said I should take a look at this article and share it with you. This sums up employee driven innovation perfectly, it also shows how recognition for suggestions can take many forms.
  2. The Sunday Times take a look at innovation and show that organisations are teaming up with Universities and students to develop products or services.
  3. What do you prefer, one big idea that save lots of money or smaller changes in the business? A good explanation and video to watch.
  4. Where do you get your ideas?  It just goes to prove what we have been saying for years; that you get ideas when you least expect them. Continue reading

Coming Soon: Free eBook Download

ideasUK will soon be releasing another free eBook after the success of our first download: How to Start a Staff Suggestion Scheme.

We will soon be making available our newest free download: Top 10 Best Practice Tips for Evaluating Suggestion Schemes. This will be another free eBook which will introduce ideas and tips on how to evaluate a suggestion scheme.

Keep an eye on our blog for its release date.

If you have suggestions for other eBooks, please let us know in the comments below.