Five things we have learned about flexible working ahead of the new right to ask regs

Five things we have learned about flexible working ahead of the new right to ask regs

You can’t help but notice that surveys about flexible working have been pretty thick on the ground over the last few weeks and months. The reason is that – as well as the usual ongoing fascination with the subject – the UK Government is extending the right to request regulations at the end of this […]

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The new issue of Work&Place is now available to view online

The new issue of Work&Place is now available to view online

The new issue of Work&Place is now available to view online. Published by Occupiers Journal in partnership with Insight it offers a wide range of thought leadership, research, commentary and case studies from the world’s foremost commentators, academics and practitioners in the world of workplace design and management. Contributors this quarter include Professor Franklin Becker […]

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Public sector procurement skills at heart of updated UK Civil Service plan

Public sector procurement skills at heart of updated UK Civil Service plan

The UK Civil Service has outlined the latest developments in the way it procures goods and services as part of its updated Civil Service Plan for 2014/15. These include a fresh take on the way the Crown Commercial Services (CCS) function operates with private sector firms. This is seen as an essential part of the […]

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England’s technology firms now employ more people than California’s, claims new report

England’s technology firms now employ more people than California’s, claims new report

As we reported last week, London and the South East of England remain the UK’s hotspots for new business start-ups and now new research claims that the region now has more people working in the vital technology and information sector than the capital of world tech, California. The report from South Mountain Economics and Bloomberg […]

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Big data not trusted by executives if it conflicts with their beliefs and instincts

Big data not trusted by executives if it conflicts with their beliefs and instincts

There were a number of themes that ran through the Workplace Strategy Summit that took place in Reading this week. One of the most talked about was Big Data and its influence on decision making. The consensus appeared to be that data should not be the sole determinant of decision making, even though it can […]

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Record uptake of flexible working masks what is really changing about the way we work

Record uptake of flexible working masks what is really changing about the way we work

This week the Office for National Statistics has released new figures which show that flexible working is at a record high in the UK. The headline figure from the ONS is that 14 percent of the UK workforce now either work at home full time (5 percent) or use their home as a base (8.9 […]

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Flexible working might help firms to deal with World Cup fever, claims ACAS

Flexible working might help firms to deal with World Cup fever, claims ACAS

While FIFA works out whether it wants to dig itself in deeper or climb out of its own hole in addressing the World Cup bribery scandal, thoughts in the business world about this Summer’s quadrennial festival of football turn, yet again, to the matter of how to deal with it all. One of the first […]

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Flexible working constrained by failure to incentivise off-peak travel, claims Government report

Flexible working constrained by failure to incentivise off-peak travel, claims Government report

New research from the UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) has revealed how a simple change in the price structure of rail tickets could allow increased flexible working and better manage the current rush hour crush on public transport. The study, carried out by IFF Research, claims that two thirds of organisations could increase the scope […]

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Goodbye 9-5: flexible working practices help retain and attract staff

Goodbye 9-5: flexible working practices help retain and attract staff

New ways of working are being fuelled by employees desire to take greater control of their lives. Over three-quarters (77%) of respondents in a survey by YouGov for Virgin Media Business said that remote working helps them address their work-life balance and almost four in five employees (78%) believe companies today need to offer it to attract […]

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A third of UK workers would welcome a digital assistant to free up their time

A third of UK workers would welcome a digital assistant to free up their time

In the 2008 Pixar film WALL-E, humans have fled the planet they have destroyed in an orgy of garbage-generating mass-consumerism and been reduced to morbidly obese, sedentary lumps living vicariously through screens and whose every need is catered for by the machines around them. Well, they say the best science fiction is really about the […]

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Workplace design and management of TMT sector aped by other firms

Workplace design and management of TMT sector aped by other firms

The publication of a report last week by the British Council for Offices highlights the wider impact of workplace design trends and commercial property arrangements  in the increasingly important Technology, Media and Telecoms (TMT) sector. Not least it suggests that they are having a transformational influence on the way firms in other sectors approach leases, workplace […]

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Information overload is a big problem for ‘infobese’ UK workers

Information overload is a big problem for ‘infobese’ UK workers

We all know –or should – that we have a real problem with information. We are not only deluged with the stuff, we appear increasingly willing to wallow in it voluntarily, even when we know it’s bad for us. The full extent of the challenge we face managing information is laid bare in a new report […]

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