US employers hold very mixed views on flexible working, claims report

US employers hold very mixed views on flexible working, claims report

It’s not just companies in the UK who appear to have mixed and sometimes contradictory views on the principles of flexible working. A new study from the US based Families and Work Institute in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management has found that while more and more firms are open to the idea […]

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Unprecedented rise in demand for commercial property outstrips supply

Unprecedented rise in demand for commercial property outstrips supply

There was a marked increase in demand for office space in the first quarter of this year. According to the latest RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) commercial property survey, tenant demand for commercial property rose at an unprecedented rate; with 52 per cent more surveyors polled reporting higher demand from clients for space. Proving […]

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New report aims to guide future direction of facilities management

New report aims to guide future direction of facilities management

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has published a new report authored by Dr Matthew Tucker of Liverpool John Moores University which aims to help shape the future direction and policy of the facilities management sector in the UK. Balancing the performance scorecard: how to maximise customer feedback in Facilities Management develops a customer performance measurement […]

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Hierarchical organisations ‘stifle’ employee productivity, claims CIPD

Hierarchical organisations ‘stifle’ employee productivity, claims CIPD

Rigid organisational hierarchies hamper the development of management, employee productivity and leadership skills within the workplace, warns the CIPD. Their report, ‘Leadership – easier said than done,’ finds a growing trend in developing the capability of individual leaders and managers, an approach known as ‘distributed leadership’. However, faced with outdated organisational structures and cultures – […]

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Wearable technology will improve productivity and job satisfaction, claims report

Wearable technology will improve productivity and job satisfaction, claims report

It’s remains a cause of a great deal of rancour in workplaces and public spaces around the world but new research from Goldsmiths, University of London claims that wearable technology can boost employee productivity by over 8 percent and job satisfaction by around 3.5 percent. The study was carried out as part of the University’s Human […]

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CoreNet issues phase one of road-map to zero energy buildings

CoreNet issues phase one of road-map to zero energy buildings

CoreNet Global and the Rocky Mountain Institute have issued new guidance that lays out a framework for corporations to better manage their energy usage. According to Next Generation Energy Management, corporations have made progress in energy management and performance since 2007 when CoreNet Global and RMI first collaborated on this topic. Over two-thirds of corporations […]

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BCO’s London workplace design and fit-out award winners revealed

BCO’s London workplace design and fit-out award winners revealed

Yesterday the British Council for Offices announced what it considers London and the South East’s best recently completed workplaces at an awards dinner. The winners included One Eagle Place, BBC Broadcasting House and Brent Civic Centre, who will now go forward to the national awards which will be announced in October. Earlier this month, the […]

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Half of all young people entering jobs market would work for free

Half of all young people entering jobs market would work for free

The death of an intern at Merrill Lynch last year after working around the clock, exposed the lengths many young people will go to get a foot on the corporate ladder. According to a new research project from Adecco, the demand for intern posts continues to grow; with half (49%) of all young people entering […]

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Flexible working practices could help disabled people stay in work, claims report

Flexible working practices could help disabled people stay in work, claims report

According to a new report from one of the UK’s leading disability charities, one of the main obstacles for disabled people when it comes to finding and remaining in work is a lack of flexible working opportunities. Nearly half of the 700 respondents to a survey carried out by Scope and published yesterday in a […]

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Innovative public sector property scheme to be extended

Innovative public sector property scheme to be extended

One of the UK’s most innovative property strategies, the One Public Sector Estate programme is to be extended, the Government has announced. The initiative was established in June of last year in 12 pilot areas as a way for central and local government departments to share offices and other public sector property. The programme will […]

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Managing stress is employers’ number one health and wellbeing priority

Managing stress is employers’ number one health and wellbeing priority

Being ‘stressed’ can describe a whole range of conditions; from having a particularly demanding working day to feeling cripplingly anxious and depressed. Although there are still an awful lot of managers out there who dismiss the term as a shirker’s excuse, it’s a condition that must be taken seriously. Stress accounts for a massive 40 […]

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RICS claims UK is enjoying construction growth at fastest rate for 20 years

RICS claims UK is enjoying construction growth at fastest rate for 20 years

Construction workloads in the UK are growing at their fastest rate for twenty years, according to the latest quarterly survey from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The report claims that while this is welcome news, it is causing pressure in the construction market in terms of skills shortages which are starting to put […]

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