It’s just life now: Debra Ward in conversation with Mark Eltringham

It’s just life now: Debra Ward in conversation with Mark Eltringham

There is currently a great deal of talk about the way people experience the workplace. It is a subject linked to the changing nature of work but also a growing awareness that the old demarcations of time and place are falling, and with them the demarcations between the workplace professions.  This subject may be topical […]

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The workplace sector responds to the 2017 UK Autumn Budget

The workplace sector responds to the 2017 UK Autumn Budget

Yesterday, the Chancellor Philip Hammond announced the details of the UK government’s latest budget. While Brexit inevitably cast its shadow over the whole thing, there were a number of announcements relevant to the workplace, construction, tech and built environment sectors, many of which have been broadly welcomed by commentators, industry bodies and experts. Among the […]

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The missing LINC between the office and the future of work

The missing LINC between the office and the future of work

There is a theory that if you want to know how the economy is doing, you ask a taxi driver. The basis for this idea is that they are the first to know when money is getting tight, because people make more use of buses and tubes. In a similar way, one of the best […]

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Seven stories about people, places and technology we’ve been reading this week

Seven stories about people, places and technology we’ve been reading this week

How to navigate beyond sustainability buzzwords The communist party offices around the world Hawking’s fear that AI may replace humans altogether Tech giants are transforming Sydney’s business district How AI will transform the employee experience Promotion improves men’s job satisfaction but not women’s Why we value physical objects over digital

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The contribution of personality to the performance of agile workers

The contribution of personality to the performance of agile workers

The introduction of agile working into organisations has typically focussed on the workstyles of different job roles, but has tended to treat the jobholders within these groups in the same way. The successful introduction of new ways of working clearly relies on the willingness of the people occupying the job roles to embrace new ways […]

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Seven workplace stories we’ve been reading this week

Seven workplace stories we’ve been reading this week

UK law firms chop staff space despite headcount growth What 15 minutes of solitude does for your emotions Like it or not, popularity at work still matters How younger men can help to break the glass ceiling What do small businesses really contribute to the economy? What technology will mean for traditional real estate models […]

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Seven workplace stories we have been reading this week

Seven workplace stories we have been reading this week

The link between air pollution and worker productivity Amazon’s wish list for it new HQ and what it means for the future of cities WeWork in talks to buy £785 million London project The startup era may be ending in the tech sector Rocking and rolling with the new era of workplaces Is Google’s plan […]

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An environmental psychology perspective on workplace design

An environmental psychology perspective on workplace design

I recently had the pleasure of travelling to Cape Town to present a keynote address at the Dare to Lead conference organised by Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA). I had just 20 minutes to speak on a psychologist’s view of health, wellbeing and performance; that’s a huge subject area and pretty much my whole career condensed […]

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Seven (or eight) of the best workplace stories we think you should read this week

Seven (or eight) of the best workplace stories we think you should read this week

A Google engineer has created a religion which will have an artificial intelligence as its God Nobody seems to know what mindfulness actually is Most people are neither extroverts nor introverts We are literally sleepwalking into a health and productivity disaster Are you working alongside a zombie? The five major roadblocks to smart city infrastructure […]

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Seven workplace stories you should read this week

Seven workplace stories you should read this week

Poland has a rapidly ageing population but has just cut its state retirement age Why IBM is bucking the trend and demanding its workers return to the office US cities are offering all sorts of incentives for Amazon to move there India is looking to create ten billion sq. ft. of green smart cities WeWork’s […]

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VodafoneZiggo workplace in Rotterdam sets out to redefine call centre design

VodafoneZiggo workplace in Rotterdam sets out to redefine call centre design

When you think of a call centre you probably picture a line of people seated in row upon row of desks in a featureless room. But call centre design is changing. As companies recognise their growing importance, the boiler room approach is disappearing and call centres are beginning to morph into a corporate centrepiece. Dutch […]

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Stranger than we can imagine: the future of work and place in the 21st Century

Stranger than we can imagine: the future of work and place in the 21st Century

This piece is a sample chapter from the book Creating the Productive Workplace: Places to Work Creatively, now available to order. However much we know about the forces we expect to come into play in our time and however much we understand the various social, commercial, legislative, cultural and economic parameters we expect to direct […]

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