Design of the Year shortlist contrasts what is practical with what is possible

Design of the Year shortlist contrasts what is practical with what is possible

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A great many of us pay architecture and design very little attention until it’s too late and we’re confronted with the workings of a mind that doesn’t consider whether just because we could really means we should. The kind of mind that designs a building that melts cars on the street or one with wind […]

The enduring need to put a bit more of the M into facilities management

The enduring need to put a bit more of the M into facilities management

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It may well be a statement of the obvious, but it’s worth reminding ourselves sometimes that the term facilities management consists of two words. There is often a bit too much emphasis on the facilities and a bit too little on the management and sometimes we look for design and product solutions to problems that […]

The workplace should be designed for (and by) people, not robots

The workplace should be designed for (and by) people, not robots

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From existential and dystopian fears expressed through books and films, we have long had an uneasy relationship with the idea of automatons and artificial intelligence. The UKCES saw robotics and automation as significant enough to include in it’s recent report on the future of work and the risks to jobs are very real based even on […]

Why work should be a key focus in improving our happiness

Why work should be a key focus in improving our happiness

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The iOpener Institute for People & Performance is an official partner of the UN International Day of Happiness, which took place this week. Here, iOpener’s Joint CEOs Jessica Pryce-Jones & Julia Lindsay explain why work should be a key focus of improving happiness. The UN International Day of Happiness is designed to recognize that ‘progress’ is […]

European executives overconfident about their ability to manage change

European executives overconfident about their ability to manage change

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There are a number of casual truisms about the modern workplace that everybody accepts to the point they become clichéd. But knowing something and knowing what to do about it can be two completely different things. While we might all agree that ‘change is a constant’ and the ‘main driver of change is technology’, both […]

What the UK regional divide can teach us about the way we design offices

What the UK regional divide can teach us about the way we design offices

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In the BBC documentary Mind the Gap, Evan Davis asks why London has an economy that is larger than and different to those of other UK cities, but also getting bigger and more differentiated. One of the main reasons he finds for this is something called agglomeration; the more skilled people you can put within […]

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, […]

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