Might a lack of joined-up thinking undermine UK high-tech ambitions?

Might a lack of joined-up thinking undermine UK high-tech ambitions?

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Over the past week both Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson have offered up visions of economic success founded on new technology. Yet, as the CBI points out in a new report pinpointing the dearth of talent needed to  make such dreams a reality, politicians often appear to ignore the realities of […]

A field guide to workplace terminology (part 2)

A field guide to workplace terminology (part 2)

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A year ago we published the first part of Simon Heath’s acid lexicon of the terms people use to obscure the reality of what it is they actually mean. Part One can still be read here. While much has changed over the past year, we are fortunate that Simon’s corrosive, witty and informed take on corporate […]

The workplace of the future is one founded on uncertainty

The workplace of the future is one founded on uncertainty

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We now know for a fact that the good people at the UK Commission for Employment and Skills take heed of what they read on Workplace Insight. After Simon Heath recently eviscerated the idea of the year 2020 as a useful marker for the ‘future’, a new report from the UKCES draws its line in the sand a bit […]

Innovate or die? Why facilities management must embrace change to survive

Innovate or die? Why facilities management must embrace change to survive

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According to recent reports on workplace, facilities management and corporate real estate, the support services sector needs to change. Some even say it needs to innovate or die. That might be a little harsh, but the current model that the majority of FM service providers work to and that their clients take for granted is […]

New data suggests that London no longer belongs to the UK, but the World

New data suggests that London no longer belongs to the UK, but the World

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One of the subjects touched on in the first episode of Evan Davis’s BBC documentary series about the economic distinctions between London and the rest of the UK Mind the Gap was the impact of investment by the global super-rich into London property. At one point he asked the Malaysian investor behind the £8 billion […]

Musculoskeletal disorders rate highlights scale of ergonomic challenge

Musculoskeletal disorders rate highlights scale of ergonomic challenge

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More working days were lost last year to back, neck and muscle pain than any other cause. The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that although there has been an overall downward trend in sickness absence in the UK over the last two decades; with 131 million days lost in 2013, […]

HS2 is a project for today projected into an uncertain future

HS2 is a project for today projected into an uncertain future

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Barely a day passes in the media without some new battleground opening up in the debate about the UK’s plan to develop HS2, the high speed line connecting London with Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield and, for some reason, a place nobody’s heard of halfway between Derby and Nottingham called Toton (pop. 7,298). While the debate […]

Latest issue of Insight now available to view online

Latest issue of Insight now available to view online

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  In this week’s issue of Insight: we question why so many people still bother going to work given that the costs associated with it keep rising dramatically at a time when pay is standing still; Sara Bean reports from the Workplace Futures conference; we discover why so many construction industry leaders feel the UK […]

A Silicon Valley office that embraces classic design to create its buzz

A Silicon Valley office that embraces classic design to create its buzz

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It is now common for tech and media businesses to take inspiration for the design of their offices from their local Wacky Warehouse, with treehouses, slides, acid coloured cushions, chairs, play areas and other sub-juvenilia thrown into the building in the name of both ‘fun’ and an assumption that the Gen Y employees they are […]

Why do we bother going to work? Good question.

Why do we bother going to work? Good question.

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While the UK Government continues to explore new ways of getting people back to work more quickly following (or even during) illness, there are a number of counterpart questions that they continue to fastidiously ignore, one of which is ‘why bother?’. We might all ask ourselves that from time to time, whether petulantly or as […]

Architects should accept that other people do have a right to an opinion

Architects should accept that other people do have a right to an opinion

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All professions tend to wallow in a mire of their own existential angst, perpetually complaining that they are misunderstood, undervalued and misrepresented. But any members of the human resources, facilities management or other professions which come across as habitually concerned about their role, public image, direction or esteem in which they are held might want […]

3D printed pizzas – the future of fast food for (very) remote workers

3D printed pizzas – the future of fast food for (very) remote workers

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The printed word may be on its way out, but how about the printed lunch? Last year, an Indian engineer called Anjan Contractor was commissioned by NASA to develop a working 3D pizza printer and has now announced his first prototype. The machine prints each pizza in layers with dried ingredients from cartridges that Anjan […]

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