Where office workers would really like to work? Outdoors.

Where office workers would really like to work? Outdoors.

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Last year, we shared research from Overbury which suggested that what most people really wanted from their offices was for them to be a lot more like Starbucks. Now new research from Steelcase Solutions claims that what people would really like is to be working in bucolic splendour, or at least an indoor approximation of […]

Virtually Uninspiring, Cautiously Aspirational – award winning offices for the VUCA world.

Virtually Uninspiring, Cautiously Aspirational – award winning offices for the VUCA world.

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World-of-work watchers will be more than aware that we are increasingly being informed that we are living in the VUCA age, which under normal circumstances is an acronym for volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous but in the context of these RIBA Award Winners for 2014 might be taken in a number of other ways. Commentators and self-styled […]

UK businesses have mixed attitudes to flexible working, according to two new studies

UK businesses have mixed attitudes to flexible working, according to two new studies

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The mixed attitude of businesses towards flexible working generally – and a new tranche of UK regulation in particular – is evident in two new studies. While a Citrix survey found that under half of small and medium sized business owners support the new flexible working legislation due to come into force at the end […]

Workplace ergonomics changed forever twenty years ago thanks to one design

Workplace ergonomics changed forever twenty years ago thanks to one design

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By common consent, the office is a little over 100 years old, with most commentators agreeing that the first true office as we understand it was the Larkin Building, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1904. Yet ninety years after this building ushered in the 20th Century workplace, there was another seismic shift in office […]

Workplace Strategy Summit starts this morning with stellar line up of speakers and topics

Workplace Strategy Summit starts this morning with stellar line up of speakers and topics

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The world’s foremost workplace conference kicks off this morning and Insight will be there to cover all of it. . Speakers include Franklin Becker, Frank Duffy, Alexi Marmot, Wim Pullen, Ian Ellison, Ziona Strelitz, Andrew Laing, Chris Kane and Simon Allford will address the most important and up to date issues relating to workplace strategy. […]

Workplace design and management of TMT sector aped by other firms

Workplace design and management of TMT sector aped by other firms

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The publication of a report last week by the British Council for Offices highlights the wider impact of workplace design trends and commercial property arrangements  in the increasingly important Technology, Media and Telecoms (TMT) sector. Not least it suggests that they are having a transformational influence on the way firms in other sectors approach leases, workplace […]

Office design should meet the basic human needs of workers, claims report

Office design should meet the basic human needs of workers, claims report

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Designers can install sleep pods, slides and play areas in an effort to create a cool office, but the problem is that for every renowned Google campus are countless stuffy offices with fluorescent lighting and cramped, crowded conditions.  When you drill right down to it office workers want those responsible for office design to meet their basic human needs; […]

Design skills cited as one reason why London is the world’s best city

Design skills cited as one reason why London is the world’s best city

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For the first time, London is the world’s best city for business, culture and finance, according to the latest edition of PWC’s annual Cities of Opportunity report.  And the city’s reputation as a global leader in design is cited as one of the main reasons. The index of thirty of the world’s most important cities […]

Poor office design costing firms in Gulf States dear, claims report

Poor office design costing firms in Gulf States dear, claims report

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Companies in the Gulf States with poor office design are losing a significant amount of money each year because of an associated loss of productivity and other factors including ergonomics and health and safety. That is according to a new survey carried out by YouGov on behalf of the Index exhibition organisers and office furniture […]

UK one of the top global business destinations for sales growth and profitability

UK one of the top global business destinations for sales growth and profitability

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Global manufacturing executives rank the UK as one of the top destinations for future sales growth and profitability, according to KPMG’s latest Global Manufacturing Outlook report published this week. This places the UK ahead of Germany, India and Japan and alongside China, beaten only by the US. The report also notes that the UK is leading […]

We need to add another dimension to meet the stress management challenge

We need to add another dimension to meet the stress management challenge

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As always, any discussion of stress starts with the headline figures. Work-related stress is evidently the UK’s biggest cause of lost working days. According to the HSE’s most recent data, around 10.4 million days were lost to it in 2012, the most significant cause of absenteeism and a massive 40 per cent of all work-related […]

BCO office standards include guidance on provisions for cyclists for first time

BCO office standards include guidance on provisions for cyclists for first time

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The new edition to the British Council for Offices’ Guide to Specification, which provides guidance on industry standards for workplaces across the UK will contain guidance on provisions for cyclists for the first time. The new 2014 edition to the office standards guide due for publication later in the year, recommends one shower per ten […]

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