More women on UK boards welcomed, but business leaders urged to do more

More women on UK boards welcomed, but business leaders urged to do more

Female representation on the UK’s top companies’ boards continues to increase according to new figures published today by the Professional Boards Forum (PBF). The statistics show that 19 per cent of directors are now female (up from 17.4% in May) and 24 per cent of board appointments since 1 March 2013 have been women. To […]

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Full details of Workplace Week event are announced

Full details of Workplace Week event are announced

More details have been announced about this year’s Workplace Week, which takes place on 5 November at  PricewaterhouseCoopers More London building. Our support for the event means that Insight readers are offered discounted tickets. The event is organised by Advanced Workplace Associates in aid of Children in Need. The event includes a chance to visit […]

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Third of Europe’s large firms have already lost data through BYOD

Third of Europe’s large firms have already lost data through BYOD

Bring Your Own Device remains the Gordian Knot of workplace technology. While firms have tried to label and co-opt the unstoppable propensity of employees to use their own devices for work as a way of cutting the business’s technology costs, they are paying in other ways. As we reported last week many remain unaware of […]

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Insight weekly newsletter is now available to view online

Insight weekly newsletter is now available to view online

In the latest issue of the Insight newsletter, available to view online; the urban environment is an increasingly important part of the “virtual” workplace [pictured]; employers warned they’re not doing enough to address the stress taboo; and following the publication of the IPCC climate change report, the built environment has a vital role to play […]

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Record breaking quarter for Central London commercial property markets

Record breaking quarter for Central London commercial property markets

According to a new report from property consultancy Colliers International, the West End of London has enjoyed a record £2.8bn of investment in the third quarter of 2013. Office occupancy increased by over 1m sq ft. in a market driven by activity in the tech and media sectors which accounted for 40 percent of the […]

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Stress taboo is the elephant in the room in many workplaces

Stress taboo is the elephant in the room in many workplaces

Attitudes towards mental ill health are supposed to be more enlightened these days, but the fact that a large supermarket chain would sanction the sale of a “mental patient” Halloween outfit shows that in business, there is some way to go. The mental health charity Mind, which received an apology and a donation from Asda […]

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Where’s the desk? UK offices weighed down by paper clutter

Where’s the desk? UK offices weighed down by paper clutter

We’ve been hearing about the paperless office for more than two decades, BYOD (or CYOD) is supposed to replace ‘dead trees’; but we’re still drowning in paper. Today, the average UK desk is weighed down by almost a stone of clutter – with over a fifth of office workers losing important documents at least once a […]

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Refurbished office named ‘best of the best workplace’ in BCO awards

Refurbished office named ‘best of the best workplace’ in BCO awards

A refurbished building which houses the manufacturer of the hi-tec GoreTex fabric range has been named the best of the best workplace in the British Council of Offices (BCO) annual awards. W. L. Gore’s Edinburgh headquarters was recognised for its transformation from a building which was no longer fit for purpose to a modern, green […]

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Open source talent could rewrite the meaning of the term workforce

Open source talent could rewrite the meaning of the term workforce

The digital revolution has changed the definition of the “workplace”, from a physical building where employees go to perform the tasks for which they get paid – to a more flexible model that allows staff to perform and deliver work from a variety of locations. But the employers’ role, i.e. managing the talent wherever they […]

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Over half of UK and US workers still go into work when they are sick

Over half of UK and US workers still go into work when they are sick

Over half of UK and US workers still go into work when they’re sick, according to separate surveys from either side of the Atlantic. The US study by Kimberly-Clark Professional found that 59 per cent of people go to work even when they feel ill; with three in 10 saying it was because they were […]

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Norway’s tallest tower named as one of the winners of the Nordic Built Challenge

Norway’s tallest tower named as one of the winners of the Nordic Built Challenge

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has been announced as one of the five winners of the Nordic Built Challenge with plans for Urban Mountain – the tallest tower in Norway.  Nordic Built Challenge is a design contest based around the refurbishment of existing buildings. The objective of the competition is to encourage the sustainable refurbishment of […]

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IPCC climate report: built environment has major role to play in cutting carbon

IPCC climate report: built environment has major role to play in cutting carbon

The built environment has one of the biggest roles to play in tackling global warming, said the UK Green Building Council following the publication of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report which confirms that there is at least 95 per cent certainty that human activities are its principal cause. The Summary of the Report […]

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