More women in the boardroom worldwide, but progress remains slow

More women in the boardroom worldwide, but progress remains slow

Women are still largely under-represented on corporate boards worldwide, despite continued efforts to improve boardroom gender diversity, according to the fifth edition of Deloitte Global’s Women in the Boardroom: A Global Perspective publication explores the efforts of 64 countries to promote boardroom gender diversity. The report claims that women hold just 15 percent of board […]

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Three quarters of HR professionals expect Brexit to escalate the war for talent

Three quarters of HR professionals expect Brexit to escalate the war for talent

New research claims that, as a result of the UK’s decision to leave the EU, nearly three-quarters of HR professionals (72 percent) expect the war for talent to intensify, and nearly two-thirds (61 percent) predict further difficulty recruiting senior and skilled employees over the next three years. The latest CIPD/Hays Resourcing and Talent Planning Survey of […]

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Office temperature is most likely source of conflict at work

Office temperature is most likely source of conflict at work

Nearly half of office workers (47 percent) cited differences over the office temperature as the aspect of their working environment that causes the most frustration in the workplace, according to a survey of 1,371 working UK adults by Emo Oil. 57 percent consider their office too hot, whilst 43 percent believe the opposite that the […]

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FIS publishes new guide to office fit out

FIS publishes new guide to office fit out

The Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS) trade association has published a new guide to help occupiers and others apply best practice in the creation of an office fit-out. The publication, A Client’s Guide: Office Fit-Out and Refurbishment, was launched at this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week and is available free to read or download. They do […]

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Taking action on climate change will boost economic growth, claims report

Taking action on climate change will boost economic growth, claims report

Integrating measures to tackle climate change into regular economic policy will have a positive impact on economic growth over the medium and long term, according to a new OECD report prepared in the context of the German Presidency of the G20. Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth claims that bringing together the growth and climate agendas, rather […]

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Google submits revised plans for vast new campus in London

Google submits revised plans for vast new campus in London

Google has submitted a revised application for planning permission to Camden Council for its proposed £600 million King’s Cross Campus in London. This building will be the first, wholly owned and designed Google building outside the United States. Construction on the purpose-built 11-storey building, comprising of more than 1 million square feet, of which Google […]

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Revised guidance is published by the BIFM on space planning and management

Revised guidance is published by the BIFM on space planning and management

The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) has issued updated guidance to help in-house FM teams understand what is involved in managing and changing space. The revised Space Planning and Management Good Practice Guide aims to provide practical advice on the tools and techniques that can be deployed when planning and managing space, clearly illustrating […]

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SME staff admit to faking sick days to help cope with an “always on” culture

SME staff admit to faking sick days to help cope with an “always on” culture

One in seven SME employees admit to feigning illness and taking at least three bogus sick days off each year in order to cope with a culture which expects them to be available all the time. Nearly half (42 percent) of staff who are pulling sickies do so because they need a rest as just under […]

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EU announces plans for free Europe wide WiFi network

EU announces plans for free Europe wide WiFi network

The main institutions of the European Union have agreed a plan to offer free Wi-Fi connectivity to public spaces such as parks, squares, public buildings, and hospitals all over Europe. The European Parliament, Council and Commission have reached an agreement regarding the decision to fund the WiFi4EU project. The project will provide “every European village and […]

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Workplace mental health support worse for public sector than private sector workers

Workplace mental health support worse for public sector than private sector workers

Workplace wellbeing support is worse in the public sector than in the private sector, according to a major survey by the mental health charity Mind. The survey of over 12,000 employees across the public and private sectors found there is a higher prevalence of mental health problems in the public sector, as well as a […]

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Every building on the planet must be net zero carbon by 2050 claims World Green Building Council

Every building on the planet must be net zero carbon by 2050 claims World Green Building Council

The building sector, which is responsible for global emissions roughly equivalent to those of the whole of China, must operate at “net zero carbon” by 2050 if global warming is to remain under two degrees Celsius, the limit enshrined in the Paris Agreement. According to a new report from the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), there […]

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Pressure group calls on incoming UK government to create a new contract with the self employed

Pressure group calls on incoming UK government to create a new contract with the self employed

IPSE, the association set up to represent the needs of the UK’s self employed and freelance workforce, has released a manifesto ahead of the general election. In A Contract with the Self-Employed, IPSE details all the policies it wants to see the incoming government implement for the 4.8 million people currently defined as self employed or freelance. In […]

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