Proceed with caution when using social media to recruit new talent

Proceed with caution when using social media to recruit new talent

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Time was, not so long ago that a job seeker could choose which aspects of their experience, interests and personality they wanted to reveal on a job application. For the employer this meant wheedling out the right candidates from a pile of written applications, then using the interview process to determine whether the applicant measured […]

Worldwide space standards moving closer to UK norm, claims new report

Worldwide space standards moving closer to UK norm, claims new report

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Worldwide office space standards are now moving closer to the norm seen in the UK according to a new survey from CoreNet Global. According to the CoreNet survey of real estate managers, the average amount of space per office worker globally has dropped to 150 sq. ft (14 sq.m.) , from 225 sq. ft. (21 […]

The war against environmental cynicism puts an onus on suppliers to be honest

The war against environmental cynicism puts an onus on suppliers to be honest

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Greenwash is one of those terms that has gone from needing an explanation to being in common usage in the space of a few years. The reason for that is quite simply that it is the perfect description of a particular form of marketing bullshit that we all recognise. However, while a degree of scepticism […]

Effective recycling is about good management as much as it is materials and design

Effective recycling is about good management as much as it is materials and design

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We all like to think we are discerning about what we will and won’t put in our trolleys at the supermarket. Not any old salty, fat-saturated gloop will make the cut these days. That’s why the producers of food like to proclaim its healthiness on packaging, regardless of the nature of the product within. ‘Lower […]

Predicting the future of the office means looking at what is happening now

Predicting the future of the office means looking at what is happening now

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Futurology is notoriously a mug’s game. Especially when it comes to making predictions about technology. Just ask Ken Olson, the founder of DEC who in 1977 pronounced that ‘there is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home’. Or Bill Gates himself who once claimed that Microsoft ‘will never make a 32 bit […]

Dual source lighting schemes illuminate the way ahead for office design

Dual source lighting schemes illuminate the way ahead for office design

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Too bright, too dull, too much glare – lighting (alongside air conditioning) is often one of the most contentious factors in a workplace. Office workers need illumination to read, write, type and interact. Yet many workplaces get it wrong and fail to consider the downsides of poor lighting, and as such staff will suffer from […]

Baltimore residents offered a “guns for laptops” exchange

Baltimore residents offered a “guns for laptops” exchange

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Growing concerns regarding the incursion of connectivity devices into our everyday lives ignores the fact that many people have little or no access to these tools. Access to the Internet may have been ruled as a UN human right, but that doesn’t really help those who can’t afford devices that connect them to the web […]

What Graeme Obree, the Flying Scotsman, can teach us about workplace innovation

What Graeme Obree, the Flying Scotsman, can teach us about workplace innovation

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Innovation is one of the over-used words in the UK built environment. In fact, it is used so much that its true meaning is being left behind by marketing teams and spin doctors. The real definition is about a new method, idea, product, i.e. some form of technological innovation. Think about the last time you […]

The challenge in Silicon Alley is providing the right quantity and quality of office space

The challenge in Silicon Alley is providing the right quantity and quality of office space

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News emerges from BNP Paribas that the most dynamic occupiers in Western European property markets belong to the technology, media and telecoms (TMT) sector and that the most important market in the region is London. This comes as no surprise given the plans of Google to move to its new home in King’s Cross and […]

Design Museum sale paves way for resurrection of Commonwealth Institute

Design Museum sale paves way for resurrection of Commonwealth Institute

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Deskheads of a certain vintage may have viewed the news that Zaha Hadid had bought the Design Museum’s London home for £10 million in a somewhat different light to much of the media that reported the sale. While journalists succumbed to the apparently irresistible pull of architectural headline magnet Zaha, to some of us the […]

BIFM partnership with DWP may prove an ill-advised and short-lived union

BIFM partnership with DWP may prove an ill-advised and short-lived union

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Rather like someone who collects friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter with the obsessiveness of the avid lepidopterist completist, news reaches us from the British Institute of Facilities Management concerning yet another partnership. Not content with the recently announced merger with Asset Skills, the Facilities Management Association and the Cleaning and Support Services Association, […]

Douglas Engelbart helped to define our relationship with technology and each other

Douglas Engelbart helped to define our relationship with technology and each other

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The obituaries of Douglas Engelbart, who died on Tuesday, invariably characterised him as ‘the inventor of the mouse’ which is downplaying the contribution he made to our ability to interact with computers. He had the foresight to see that our relationship with technology would become one of the defining characteristics of modern life and he […]

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