New digital edition of IN Magazine is now available for you

New digital edition of IN Magazine is now available for you

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The June 2020 issue of IN Magazine is now available as a digital edition. Print copies will be sent out when we know people will be able to receive them. Highlights include Kate Usher in conversation with Sally Gunnell on the challenges facing women in the second phase of  their lives, Toby Benzecry mapping organisational culture on to the physical and digital workplace, Debra Hill’s exploration of the stellar installation of Nordea’s Control Centre in Warsaw, Peter Löffler on the way digital twin technology will transform the way we design, construct and occupy buildings, Giuseppe Boscherini on the role of personality in working culture, Ian Ellison rediscovering a building that was ramshackle but a great place to work, our series of podcasts on wellbeing and a wry look at the intrusion of Zoom and similar tools into our homes. More →

Pandemic highlights the need for smarter, more adaptable cities

Pandemic highlights the need for smarter, more adaptable cities

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pandemic and smart citiesThe coronavirus pandemic is a new experience for every one of us. It has changed life as we know it – at work, at home and for public interactions. As some countries start to ease restrictions on public life, how can we go back to ‘normal’ while still maintaining social distancing and feeling safe? How do we manage crowded public spaces like shopping malls, cinemas and restaurants? How do we optimize safety in our offices and factories? More importantly, how do we avoid shutting down entire cities and countries when the next pandemic hits? More →

Remote working has a number of hidden risks

Remote working has a number of hidden risks

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Many of us have had little choice but to resort to remote working in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. It is just days since Google, Apple and Twitter were making headlines by ordering their employees to work from home, but you could now say the same about lots of companies. More →

Ridding ourselves of the productivity fetish will help us combat climate change

Ridding ourselves of the productivity fetish will help us combat climate change

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Climate action is often about sacrifice: eat less meat, don’t fly, and buy less stuff. These things are essential. But climate action can also be about gain. Many causes of climate change make our lives worse. So transforming our societies to stop climate change offers us the chance to make our lives better. More →

A brief history of workplace disruption

A brief history of workplace disruption

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Office work has existed in some form ever since people started writing on tablets and papyrus. Depictions of clerical staff are common in the Bible and on the walls of pyramids. In the mid 14th Century the Church of San Nicolò, commissioned the artist Tomaso da Modena to create the fresco in the chapter room of the church depicting forty monks of the order hard at it at their desks. The word office itself derives from the famous Uffizi in Florence, created in 1560. More →

There are some behavioural insights you cannot afford to ignore

There are some behavioural insights you cannot afford to ignore

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Behavioural insights combine psychology, neuroscience and behavioural economics with empirically tested results to understand and influence how people behave. These insights can be used to implement new policies more efficiently and successfully by nudging individual’s behaviour and shaping collective norms. More →

Is salutogenic design the next big issue for the workplace?

Is salutogenic design the next big issue for the workplace?

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Colleagues talk in a bright and lively office designA number of progressive workplace issues have crossed into mainstream thinking over the past few years, and perhaps none more so than biophilia. It is now a principle that has become an issue talked about in the mass media, as shown by a recent CNN interview with one of Europe’s leading proponents of biophilic office design, Oliver Heath. The interview explores how biophilia taps into our embedded love of nature to evoke certain behaviours and emotions.

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The new dimensions of workplace wellbeing

The new dimensions of workplace wellbeing

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A healthy, engaged and productive work environment starts with conversations about people’s needs. So whether you have always been on a co-located team or are a veteran of remote work, there are new circumstances and the old rulebook doesn’t quite help. The change has been sudden, in a sustained moment of uncertainty, and has disrupted employee routines and support structures. More →

Firms with strong DNA tend to have a strong immune system

Firms with strong DNA tend to have a strong immune system

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Mergers & acquisitions should always lead to a cultural identity shift. This can range from a complete reinvention of identity and purpose to just a slight shift that includes the new partner: its history, narrative and critical traits. More →

What happens to the workplace after the pandemic?

What happens to the workplace after the pandemic?

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Tomorrow morning I’ll be taking part in a live webinar considering some of the most important workplace issues that have been raised by the global corona-virus pandemic. As always, we’ll try to take on the least helpful ideas about the “future of work”, the impact on people’s lives, their reactions to the crisis as well as those of their employers. Crucially, we will also talk about what happens after this ends and what longer term effect it will have on work and workplaces. More →

The lights are on and there is definitely someone home

The lights are on and there is definitely someone home

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As COVID -19 has taken hold and the very necessary lockdown begins, there are A large number of workers thrown into semi-permanent work settings that we hadn’t anticipated a month ago. The transitions will be easier for some than others but we all need a space that feels comfortable AND is conducive to productive working. More →

What is the evidence for the benefits of basic income?

What is the evidence for the benefits of basic income?

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basic incomeThe idea of giving everybody something called basic income – an unconditional, regular income – has become increasingly popular in the last few years, partly because employment has become less secure and people fear that increasing automation may cause job losses across many sectors. More →

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