We may not know what the future holds, but we can certainly be prepared for it

We may not know what the future holds, but we can certainly be prepared for it

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Given the track record of people when it comes to making predictions about the future, it’s easy to grow cynical, especially when it involves a profession as subject to the vagaries of technological and cultural change as facilities management. But while we should be wary of more fanciful and long term thinking, any natural scepticism […]

The collaboration between BIFM and CIPD unites the workplace tribes

The collaboration between BIFM and CIPD unites the workplace tribes

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The world of work and the workplace is always changing. We know it. You know it. In fact, there are a whole host of people that know it, but depending on what side of the professional fence you sit on, you might approach it in different ways, looking through a different lens or with a […]

There is a moral imperative to meet global standards in workplace performance

There is a moral imperative to meet global standards in workplace performance

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Many corporate organisations now operate on a global scale, with operations spread across a number of countries and continents. But while they are geographically diverse, they nevertheless have a requirement to meet measurable standards of performance, delivered on a consistent basis regardless of location. If something works well in one country, companies want to be […]

Corporate social reponsibility remains a vital part of the business armoury

Corporate social reponsibility remains a vital part of the business armoury

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There is now an unstoppable energy for radical change in the way that companies of all sizes conduct their Corporate Social Responsibility duties. There are compelling economic and social reasons for companies to construct new ways of thinking and practice around CSR that go way beyond just doing something worthy or nice, from building effective […]

Keeping remote employees motivated is key to successful flexible working culture

Keeping remote employees motivated is key to successful flexible working culture

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Flexible working has barely been out of the news since the latest government changes. But while allowing employees to work remotely can do wonders for staff retention, motivating them and keeping them in the loop presents a new problem. Although self-starting employees feel that they have more control over their work and fewer distractions, it can […]

Three ways in which politicians display their ignorance of the workplace

Three ways in which politicians display their ignorance of the workplace

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The recent Cabinet reshuffle in the UK Government won’t alter one fact; politicians simply don’t get it when it comes to technology, the workplace, the way people work and the needs of small businesses. Once you dismiss the paranoid idea that they DO get it but don’t care because they’re too busy looking out for The Man, you […]

Book Review: Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace by Nikil Saval

Book Review: Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace by Nikil Saval

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Nikil Saval’s book Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace pulls off that rare feat for a parochial business book of being intelligent and informed (which many are) as well as fascinating, entertaining and realistic, which is rather less commonplace. He pulls this off with plenty of references to pop culture including television series such […]

How Arthur C Clarke and other writers predicted tablet computing and the iPad

How Arthur C Clarke and other writers predicted tablet computing and the iPad

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Arthur C Clarke was one of those scientists and science fiction writers who made a pretty decent fist of getting his technological predictions right. Not only did he foretell general trends such as flexible working and the future nature of work in cities, he also got a number of details right, too. His screenplay for […]

Physical workplace should provide an environment in which people can thrive

Physical workplace should provide an environment in which people can thrive

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In these post-recession times, companies are investing heavily in their operations and the UK business community definitely has more of a spring in its step. Now, more than ever, it is important to have the right team on board and employers are now finding that their biggest challenge is how to attract and keep high […]

Government must solve problem of London’s wasted commercial property

Government must solve problem of London’s wasted commercial property

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The UK Government needs to act on the growing issue of wasted commercial property space in Greater London, and it needs to do so as a matter of some urgency. Statistics from the Department for Communities & Local Government (DCLG) show that since 1998, a worrying 58 per cent of London boroughs have seen vacancy rates either […]

The debate about open plan offices is not helped by its use of stereotypes

The debate about open plan offices is not helped by its use of stereotypes

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The incessant debate about open plan offices is informed by a number of assumptions that can lead us to misunderstand the issues involved. Nigel Oseland eviscerates several of them excellently here, making it plain that a great deal is lost in translation somewhere over the mid-Atlantic. In truth, the European and US experiences of the […]

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

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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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