A fantastic workplace does not necessarily have to be innovative, just fantastic

A fantastic workplace does not necessarily have to be innovative, just fantastic

A new report by AWA, Global Workplace Analytics and Haworth has identified that over half of those surveyed in 130 organisations work in assigned positions. What was more interesting – than the report was the positioning of the key findings – the message being that in many respects organisations were denying their people the full […]

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Noise pollution in offices is worsening and people are leaving jobs as a result

Noise pollution in offices is worsening and people are leaving jobs as a result

The majority of executives and employees report near-constant noise in their workplace and many say they lack quiet space for meetings or to focus, a new report from Oxford Economics, commissioned by Plantronics has claimed. According to the report, conditions are much worse now than three years ago when Oxford Economics conducted its first study. […]

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The week in seven stories about work, technology and people

The week in seven stories about work, technology and people

Digital addiction: how technology keeps us hooked Plumber wins gig workers’ rights battle Why exhaustion is not unique to our overstimulated age Ten red flags signalling your analytics program will fail The CEO society and our culture of metric fixation The bottom line on coworking spaces It’s time we value our data – as people […]

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Never mind the agile workplace, here’s something you already know

Never mind the agile workplace, here’s something you already know

The myth has it that John Lydon’s audition for the Sex Pistols consisted largely of wearing a Pink Floyd t-shirt with the words I HATE scrawled above the prog rock group’s name. It appealed to the new band’s managers and its existing members at a time when they needed a singer with the right attitude […]

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Keeping people at the heart of the modern workplace

Keeping people at the heart of the modern workplace

The modern workplace is undergoing significant change, and it’s no surprise that many of these changes are driven by the adoption of new technologies. However, unlike previous eras of technological change, most of the technologies being adopted by organizations today have the potential to offer more autonomy, choice and flexibility to their employees. This can […]

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BCO to provide definitive guidance on enabling wellbeing in the office

BCO to provide definitive guidance on enabling wellbeing in the office

A major research study “Wellness Matters: Health and Wellbeing in offices and what to do about it” by The British Council for Offices (BCO) is being launched today. The study critiques existing Health and Wellbeing measurement and certification, identifies the most recent and relevant medical evidence justifying a proactive approach to Health and Wellbeing in […]

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Coworking is breaking away from its cultural and geographical stereotypes

Coworking is breaking away from its cultural and geographical stereotypes

There is a persistent image of a coworking space as a sort of glorified serviced office for tech and creative startups who can’t afford the eye-watering rents in the areas they need to be. This is usually in the technology hothouses of the world’s major cities where they can work alongside the corporate giants and […]

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Seven stories about the workplace to round off your week

Seven stories about the workplace to round off your week

The behavioural scientist who transformed cities all over the world Your personal space is no longer physical but a global network of data The productivity problem in workplace design So what did you do with your freedom? Ten red flags signalling your analytics program will fail Enough design methods The three skill sets for the […]

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Progress depends on heterodox thought and asking difficult questions

Progress depends on heterodox thought and asking difficult questions

Between the 9th and 13th Centuries, the world’s intellectual centre and the source of much of its progress, discovery and achievement was Baghdad. This was the Muslim Golden Age and at its core was the House of Wisdom, established by the Caliph Harun al-Rashid. At one point, this library housed the largest collection of books on Earth […]

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Your happiness at work is not just down to your employer

Your happiness at work is not just down to your employer

When Google promoted a software engineer named Chade-Meng Tan to the role of “Jolly Good Fellow”, his career – and the entire culture of Silicon Valley – took a sharp turn. Meng, a cheerful employee valued for his motivational qualities, went from developing mobile search tools to spreading happiness across the organisation. Happiness became his […]

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Seven workplace stories that caught our attention over the last week

Seven workplace stories that caught our attention over the last week

Why telling an adult they are a hard worker can backfire Facebook takes on entire WeWork location on Soho Are these the world’s best tall buildings? How one Chinese city is spending more on AI than the EU Evidence that daylight can make a positive difference in the workplace Automation is starting the clear the […]

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Opening the door to a new workplace experience for everybody

Opening the door to a new workplace experience for everybody

There’s no one way to approach diversity and inclusion initiatives. However, we’re very lucky as fellow professionals involved in creating a great workplace experience for everybody to be able to take an active and vital role in improving the setting for these initiatives. If you work at a company that is embracing diversity and inclusion, […]

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