Biophilic design the key to improving mental health, productivity and stress levels

Biophilic design the key to improving mental health, productivity and stress levels

An expert panel at this week’s Welcome to the Biophilic Concrete Jungle event in London made the case for incorporating the principles of biophilic design into the workplace, including for health and wellbeing considerations, the promotion of productivity and to address workplace stress and urban disconnection from nature. HOK organised the event.  Panellists included Joyce […]

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More needs to be done to bridge the digital gender divide, says OECD

More needs to be done to bridge the digital gender divide, says OECD

Barriers to access, education and skills, as well as ingrained socio-cultural biases, are driving a digital gender divide that is holding back women’s participation in the digital economy, according to a new OECD report. Bridging the Digital Gender Divide: Include, Upskill, Innovate says women are not currently empowered to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the […]

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New report writes an obituary for the commercial office lease

New report writes an obituary for the commercial office lease

A new white paper from Magenta Associates (registration required) explores the fate of the traditional commercial office lease in the context of deep social, political and economic changes. Earlier this year, a group of senior corporate real estate (CRE) and facilities management professionals were invited to participate in a roundtable, led by author of The […]

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The top airports in the world for remote working (and the worst)

The top airports in the world for remote working (and the worst)

Web meeting provider PowWowNow has carried out research to find out which airports around the world are the best for remote working. The research is based on data provided by AirHelp and LoungeBuddy, and looked at on-time performance, quality of service, passenger service, Wi-Fi score, as well as number of passengers and available lounges. PowWowNow collated […]

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Two new studies set out business case for contemporary office design

Two new studies set out business case for contemporary office design

A brace of new reports sets out to identify the challenges organisations set themselves by inhabiting dated offices and how modern office design principles could address them. According to the Meeting Expectations report, released by K2 Space, workplace productivity is being impeded as a direct result of dated office design. The second study from Saracen […]

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Bureaucracy and low morale a particular challenge for UK workforce

Bureaucracy and low morale a particular challenge for UK workforce

Bureaucracy is holding UK workers back, with over half (51 percent). well over the global average, having ranked bureaucracy as a top five workplace issue, according to new research undertaken by Slack to reveal international perceptions of work. Morale however, is the number one work challenge, cited by more UK respondents (7 percent) than in […]

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Far too few people cycle to work despite promotion and investment in infrastructure

Far too few people cycle to work despite promotion and investment in infrastructure

In spite of the government investing £1.2 billion into cycling, new research claims that it is still only a few people who are cycling to work, with many citing nervousness about cycling in traffic as the reason. A survey of more than 7,600 UK adults published by Decathlon in the Decathlon Activity Index 2018, shows […]

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Advent of artificial intelligence demands HR managers look at the world in new ways

Advent of artificial intelligence demands HR managers look at the world in new ways

The HR profession must undergo a mindset shift in order to reap the benefits from artificial intelligence (AI), according to an new white paper. In preparing organisations for the potential gains from AI whilst minimising its risks, HR needs to become more proactive in engaging with change to secure a strategic role, according to the authors. […]

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Proportion of flexible space within corporate portfolios to increase dramatically

Proportion of flexible space within corporate portfolios to increase dramatically

Despite the proliferation of coworking and serviced office operators the majority of global corporates still occupy office space on a traditional lease model, with two thirds of companies in a survey by Knight Frank reporting that co-working, serviced and flexible office space comprise 5 percent or less of their current office space. Knight Frank’s Your Space report, […]

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Employee cybersecurity only getting worse as digitised workplace grows

Employee cybersecurity only getting worse as digitised workplace grows

New research suggests as the supposed ‘technologically savvy’ millennials enter the workforce they are more likely than older workers to break the most basic of security rule, reusing passwords across different accounts. This is according to the results of the 10th Annual Market Pulse Survey from SailPoint Technologies Holdings, which finds that despite an increased focus on cybersecurity awareness […]

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Quarter of UK workforce have turned down a job for not offering flexible working

Quarter of UK workforce have turned down a job for not offering flexible working

A new study claims that UK workers of all ages have shown a demand for flexible working. According to the research of 2,300 people commissioned by communications technology firm TeleWare, employees are actively turning down jobs that don’t offer flexible working. A quarter of all employees have turned down a job in the past for this reason. […]

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Gig economy set to boom to meet growing need for digital skills

Gig economy set to boom to meet growing need for digital skills

Over a quarter of businesses plan to hire temporary or contract staff in the next 12 months to help plug skills shortages created by digitalisation as more than half of CEOs are concerned about a lack of digital skills within their organisation. This is according to the Robert Half 2019 Salary Guide which argues that […]

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