More evidence to dispel the idea that ‘sitting is the new smoking’

More evidence to dispel the idea that ‘sitting is the new smoking’

The apparently compelling idea that ‘sitting is the new smoking’ is given yet another shoeing by new research which confirms that long term standing at work can be harmful too, in both the short and long term. The study, “Long-Term Muscle Fatigue After Standing Work” is published in the journal Human Factors and available to […]

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New report lays out its 2040 vision of the workplace of the future

New report lays out its 2040 vision of the workplace of the future

By 2040 knowledge workers will decide where and how they want to work, according to a new report on the workplace of the future by Johnson Controls’ Global Workplace Solutions business. The Smart Workplace 2040 report claims that 25 years from now, work will be seen as something workers do, rather than a place to […]

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Report identifies the challenges and opportunities of workplace wellbeing

Report identifies the challenges and opportunities of workplace wellbeing

Much of what has been called workplace strategy in recent years has been more about cutting costs than supporting people, often to the detriment of the latter. That is the central claim of a new report authored by Kate Lister and Tom Harnish of Global Workplace Analytics and sponsored by office furniture maker Knoll. The […]

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Government must beef up the way it manages outsourced contracts

Government must beef up the way it manages outsourced contracts

Any poorly-performing facilities management contract can result in financial and reputational loss, but where a government contract has been mismanaged, and there is a thirst for information on how the public purse has been spent, the repercussions can be major and the casualties high. The UK Government is the biggest spender on FM services, with £40 […]

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HOK releases new workplace benchmarking report for financial services sector

HOK releases new workplace benchmarking report for financial services sector

Architectural practice HOK has released a new benchmarking report that examines design and work-style trends at leading financial services firms over the past three years, including the finding that space is underutilised across the sector by nearly a half, meaning that growth can easily be accommodated within the existing facilities of many firms. The HOK […]

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‘Overwhelming evidence’ of link between office design, productivity and wellness claims report

‘Overwhelming evidence’ of link between office design, productivity and wellness claims report

A new report from the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) claims it has “overwhelming evidence” that office design significantly impacts the health, wellbeing and productivity of staff. Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices: The Next Chapter for Green Building reports on a range of factors – from air quality and lighting, to views of nature […]

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Chinese banks set to take up to 2m sq. ft of commercial property in London

Chinese banks set to take up to 2m sq. ft of commercial property in London

According to a new report from commercial property consultancy Savills, the global expansion of Chinese financial institutions may see them take up as much as 2 million sq. ft. in the City of London over the next decade. The report claims that Chinese firms see London as one of the key centres for global finance […]

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New report offers latest evidence of link between office design and productivity

New report offers latest evidence of link between office design and productivity

So, does workplace design have any impact on productivity and business performance? Well duh. So why are we still trying to convince managers when there is so much evidence and experience to prove it. The latest study to demonstrate the link builds on decades of research and adds further compelling evidence in a debate that […]

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Free briefing – workplace legal calendar for 2013

Free briefing – workplace legal calendar for 2013

The UK coalition government’s battle against red tape hasn’t meant an end to the introduction of new workplace regulations or revisions to existing legislation. Far from it, in fact. In conjunction with one of the UK’s leading law firms Shoosmiths, here is our run down on what to expect over the coming twelve months including […]

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Free briefing – key technology trends for 2013

Free briefing – key technology trends for 2013

The latest of our free Insight Briefings, sponsored by Condeco, is now available to view and download. It explores the major workplace technology trends for 2013, including unified communications, BIM, space utilisation, the Cloud and BYOD asking not only what the technologies are in and of themselves, but what their likely implications are for workplace […]

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Free Unified Comms Briefing available

Free Unified Comms Briefing available

The latest technology that will revolutionise the way we work is now upon us. It is called unified communications and it is a principle that strikes at the very heart of this new world of fragmented yet interconnected work. It is a comparatively straightforward idea intended to solve a complex challenge. As organisations have started to […]

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