Report claims workplace fails to support employees with musculoskeletal disorders

Report claims workplace fails to support employees with musculoskeletal disorders

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When determining what constitutes a well-designed office, it’s easy to overlook the overriding need to ensure a workplace is designed first and foremost to be inclusive. Given the fact that musculoskeletal disorders remain the largest single cause of days of work lost due to sickness absence, it’s worrying to discover that many organisations fail to […]

Workplace design is increasingly interwoven with the dynamics of the city

Workplace design is increasingly interwoven with the dynamics of the city

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The Workplace Strategy Summit, held near my adopted home town of Reading in June attracted some of the world’s most renowned experts on workplace design and management. As is the case these days, much of the talk focussed on urbanisation, both in its own right and in terms of its influence on the design of […]

London ranked the best city to invest in major office refurbishment

London ranked the best city to invest in major office refurbishment

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London offers the best returns on office refurbishment of any city in the world, according to a new report from ARCACDIS. The firm’s survey of buildings more than 20 years old in thirteen cities found that returns on capital invested in major refurbs (which extend the life of the office by up to 20 years) […]

The myths and the memes of public sector purchasing waste

The myths and the memes of public sector purchasing waste

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There has always been a certain degree of skepticism within the UK’s business community about the way the public sector goes about buying goods and services. Some of it is justified but some is unfair. The efforts of successive governments to address the problem demonstrates that there is always a will to improve things. So […]

Increased use of mobile devices give office workers space to move

Increased use of mobile devices give office workers space to move

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Office workers now spend up to six hours a day working on mobile devices rather than using desk computers; with men generally working with three or more mobile devices while women choose to work with a maximum of two. This is according to the intermediate results of a Global Posture Study carried out by Steelcase […]

Office planting improves workers’ quality of life and productivity finds study

Office planting improves workers’ quality of life and productivity finds study

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Claims by office designers and suppliers that office planting has wider health benefits for occupiers than just making the place look more attractive have been given a boost in a new academic study which provides some empirical evidence.  In the first field study of its kind, researchers found enriching a ‘lean’ office with plants could increase […]

New issue of Work&Place is now available to download and read online

New issue of Work&Place is now available to download and read online

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The September issue of Work&Place has today been published and is available to download or view online. Amongst this month’s highlights are: Ian Ellison’s review of June’s Workplace Strategy Summit; Jim Ware offers up a case study of workplace transformation at NEF from the perspective of the  firm’s CEO; Agustin Chavez and Laurie Aznavoorian consider how the […]

Hotels allocating more public space to meet the needs of business travellers

Hotels allocating more public space to meet the needs of business travellers

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Presenteeism isn’t restricted to the workplace. Growing demand from business travellers means hotels are increasing the amount of working and meeting space they provide in their facilities in cities across Europe and the rest of the world. Three quarters of British employees work while staying in a hotel according to the survey carried out by […]

The CIPD is right to focus on the multi-generational workplace

The CIPD is right to focus on the multi-generational workplace

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Amongst all the talk about Generation Y and its impact on the world of work, it can be easy to miss the fact that the modern workplace is not defined by one particular generation, but a number of them. The multi-generational workplace has significant implications for the way we design and manage offices. While we […]

Natural daylight increases wellness of office workers finds new study

Natural daylight increases wellness of office workers finds new study

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The importance of exposure to natural light to employee health and the priority architectural designs of office environments should place on natural daylight exposure for workers has been highlighted in a new study. According to researchers from Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign office workers with more light exposure at the office […]

Yet another report into the Future of Work that is really about the present

Yet another report into the Future of Work that is really about the present

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Just a few days ago, a survey from Morgan Lovell and the British Council for Offices highlighted the value British workers placed on having somewhere to work, regardless of its drawbacks, privations and distractions. Now a new report from consultants PwC seems to draw the opposite conclusion. Heralded by predictably tedious headlines declaring the office […]

A vision of office design that is the exact opposite of all it claims to be

A vision of office design that is the exact opposite of all it claims to be

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The currently voguish idea that ‘sitting kills’ finds an interesting interpretation in this conceptual office design by Dutch architects RAAAF and the artist Barbra Visser. Designed with the good intentions of encouraging movement, the hellish outcome has the aesthetics of a stealth bomber crossed with an underpass in Peterborough reimagined by MC Escher, the functionality […]

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