Tired  and exhausted young woman sleeping on printer in the office.

How to battle through L.A.L. (Late Afternoon Lethargy)

It’s mid-afternoon. You no longer have lunch to look forward to and the end of the day seems very far away. The clock is ticking very slowly, perhaps too slowly. Has your watch stopped? No. Maybe you should get another cup of tea. Didn’t you have a bag of crisps somewhere? What’s for dinner? Maybe you should look for some recipes online. Before that you might as well have a quick look on Facebook…

Sound familiar?

Late Afternoon Lethargy (L.A.L.) is a problem thousands of office workers suffer with every day. The symptoms are generally described as low levels of energy and motivation, intense cravings, fidgetiness and a strong compulsion to go home. It usually occurs around 3pm. Most sufferers self-medicate with caffeine and sugary baked goods but this tends to exacerbate symptoms rather than ease them.

If you’re suffering with a case of L.A.L. we have five methods that are known to help increase productivity until the end of the day. Unfortunately there is no known cure for this debilitating issue, so please share any of your own methods on our Tate LinkedIn page.

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The 7 Deadly Stressors

It can sometimes be difficult to prevent the stresses and fears you feel at work from affecting your productivity, especially if you have a lot on and are struggling to take time out for yourself.

However, being overloaded with deadlines is not the only form of pressure that can alter how you feel about your job. It’s important to recognise other potential issues and learn how to deal with them properly for the sake of your career, your relationships and your health.

All in all we believe there are seven main areas that tend to affect job performance:

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Year of You

Pippa’s Guide to January 2017 – The Year of You

Hi everyone, Pippa here with my first column of 2017.

Did you have a lovely break over Christmas? I certainly did. It’s unbelievable how exhausting the build- up is though isn’t it? By the time I’d made the long train journey home, up North, with bags so heavy and stuffed with presents they nearly snapped my spine and fingers, I felt utterly broken. Nothing to do with the serious hangover I had from my work Christmas party the night before of course…..

Anyway, Dad picked me up from the station, like a wonderful mirage, a true Christmas angel of the North, promptly relieved me of my bags and bundled me into his nice warm car at which point I feel asleep and dribbled onto his upholstery.

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Your guide to being more effective in 2017

Breaking New Year’s resolutions has become almost as much of a cliché as making them in the first place. Despite starting off with the best of intentions, people often pour cold water on Dry January before the Christmas decorations have even come down. So how do you actually achieve the goals you’ve set yourself? Here are our tips on being more effective at work.

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Pippa’s look back at 2016

Hello one and all – Pippa here.

How are you? How is the ‘build up’ going for you? Are you feeling glittery, warm inside and as though you’re starring in one of those brilliantly cheesy American Christmas movies which Channel 5 seem to love? Or are you strung out, toxic and cynical with a complexion like suet? I’m sort of oscillating between the two. One minute I’m trotting through the streets of London marvelling at how beautiful it is all lit up and twinkly, the next I’m twitching and terrified as yet another commitment my liver can’t cope with looms on the horizon. Continue reading…


5 phrases you shouldn’t say in an interview

The purpose of an interview is to put a face to a CV – you’ll be asked to elaborate on your listed skills and experiences of course, but it’s predominately an opportunity for your prospective employers to get to know you and for you to get to know them.

Although you should feel able to be yourself while being interviewed, there are certain phrases that could potentially give the wrong impression and damage your chances of landing your dream job.

So, in order to truly showcase your talent and impress at an interview, please remove the following word assemblages from your brain and replace them with worthier phrases…

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5 tricky interview questions and how to answer them

Discussing your past experiences and qualifications is one thing, but what if your interviewer asks you something unexpected like, “How much money do you make at the moment?” It’s the kind of question your friends wouldn’t dare ask you, let alone a complete stranger, so how should you respond? Do you tell the truth? Do you exaggerate?

For this particular question it’s probably best to either politely refuse to answer or round up the figure slightly, but there are many other unusual questions an interviewer could ask that might throw you off your game.

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London’s Best Receptionist 2016

During the month of September, we invited Line Managers to nominate their Receptionist in order to be in with a chance of winning this prestigious Tate award and be recognised for their valued work. Three finalists were chosen and invited along with their Line Manager to join us in a celebratory lunch where the overall winner was announced.

The Winner was Su Gregory and the Runners up were Tina Sadler and Joanna Dryden.

A huge congratulations to all the winners and thanks to everyone involved. What a great day!
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Pippa’s Guide to Team Bonding

Hello, Pippa here. How are you all? Have your thoughts turned to Christmas yet?

Yes… I know I said the ‘C’ word and yes… I slightly hate myself for it. Every year I myself berate my mother for ringing in October to ask what present I want and what time she can expect me home on the 24th. My stock reply is always ‘the best present you could give me is not asking me to think of one in October and if you want me home on the 24th you need to calm down.’

The trouble is, she always thinks I’m joking so it’s become a tradition almost. Instead of changing her ways and realising she’s totally OTT she just laughs at me. If anything my plain speaking encourages her dubious pester tactics further and the volume of calls increase. So please now forgive me for my own premature Christmas chat.

In fact, maybe I should rephrase that opening gambit? Okay, I’ll ask this instead. Have your thoughts turned to ‘getting ready for the run up to Christmas’ yet? Mine have because two things have taken place, which signal that the run up is indeed upon us (mother’s phone call not included.)
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