Americans would still prefer a male boss to a female boss

Americans would still prefer a male boss to a female boss

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The news that Facebook and Apple are to offer US-based female employees the option of freezing their eggs for future use, in an effort to attract more women on to their staff, has raised quite a debate on both sides of the Atlantic on whether women are being actively discouraged to put off having children. Now a new […]

Awareness of benefits of BIM growing in US and UK, but implementation lags

Awareness of benefits of BIM growing in US and UK, but implementation lags

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Building owners on both sides of the Atlantic are increasingly aware of the benefits of Building Information Modelling (BIM), even though they may not yet use it directly, according to a new report published by McGraw Hill Construction in partnership with Autodesk and Skanska. The report, The Business Value of BIM for Owners, suggests that this […]

Employers unready to meet demand for flexible working in UAE, claims report

Employers unready to meet demand for flexible working in UAE, claims report

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According to a new survey from YouGov and Citrix, office workers in the United Arab Emirates are almost universally aware of the benefits of flexible working and increasingly demand it from their employers. Yet under a quarter of organisations ‘encourage and enable’ employees to work away from their main place of work routinely.  The report […]

Work begins on ‘living laboratory’ to test eco-build products

Work begins on ‘living laboratory’ to test eco-build products

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According to Constructing Excellence, buildings collectively account for around half the UK national output of carbon dioxide. To help address this, work has begun on the construction of a new £1.4 million ‘living laboratory’ at the Eden Project in Cornwall, where new eco-build products can be installed, tested and monitored. The Green Build Hub (GBH), […]

Generational shift means Gen Y women best suited to take a seat on the board

Generational shift means Gen Y women best suited to take a seat on the board

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Organisations that persist in appointing all-male boards were named and shamed last week by UK Business Secretary Vince Cable and Lord Davies, who published the ground-breaking Women on Boards report. Now a new piece of research by Hudson has found that Generation Y females – those in their twenties and early thirties – are the natural […]

Two more major US firms scale back flexible working because people work better together

Two more major US firms scale back flexible working because people work better together

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Perhaps the most talked about workplace issue of 2013 was the decision by Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo to oblige the company’s homeworkers to return to the embrace of the corporate bosom. It was controversial but a lot of businesses clearly prefer people to work together in one place for significant periods of time. Yahoo’s […]

Huge increase in Glasgow and Edinburgh office leasing activity, as demand grows

Huge increase in Glasgow and Edinburgh office leasing activity, as demand grows

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Glasgow and Edinburgh have both seen more than 80 per cent growth in office leasing activity in the past year. A comparison of Scotland’s two major cities to other major cities on the continent at a recent JLL Research Seminar revealed that leasing activity in Glasgow increased by more than 120 per cent between July 2013 […]

Few employers offer digital tools or support for flexible working

Few employers offer digital tools or support for flexible working

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As we reported recently, flexible working has become a massive recruitment incentive, and this is reflected in yet another survey which found nearly three quarters of parents rate flexible working as very important when they are looking for a new job. Homeworking remains the most popular form of flexi-work, yet according to the survey from Workingmums.co.uk of […]

HS2 will generate £40 billion in economic benefits and a surge of investment in office space, claims new report

HS2 will generate £40 billion in economic benefits and a surge of investment in office space, claims new report

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According to a report published today in The Daily Telegraph, the UK’s new HS2 high speed rail network will encourage housebuilding and commercial property development as part of a £40 billion boost to the UK economy. The report, produced by consultants EY, also suggests that  new developments around the main stations along the route, including […]

Government urges firms with all-male boards to think again

Government urges firms with all-male boards to think again

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Companies must not let up in their efforts to deliver 25 per cent gender diversity to their boardrooms by 2015. That is the message from Business Secretary Vince Cable – on the news that female representation on FTSE 100 boards continues to increase, but that within the FTSE 250, all-male boards remain. As of July […]

Is workplace management now a core capability for knowledge businesses?

Is workplace management now a core capability for knowledge businesses?

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That’s the key question for delegates coming to this year’s Workplace Week Convention at PWC’s More London office on the 6th November. Entitled ‘The Work/place revolution….taking human performance to new levels’ the convention aims to explore what organisations need to do to get ‘personal best’ performance from every worker on the payroll.For years, the management […]

Winner and shortlist announced for UK Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award

Winner and shortlist announced for UK Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award

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The (rather long) shortlist of nominees for the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award 2014 has been announced by the UK Cabinet Office. Hosted as part of The British Construction Industry Awards which aim to ‘recognise all-round excellence in construction, including the overall design, and delivery of buildings and civil engineering projects’ the award’s original […]

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