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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Bad management tolerated to a “shocking degree” say employment experts

Bad management tolerated to a “shocking degree” say employment experts

Employers wouldn’t dream of appointing a person to a senior role for which they have no experience, yet in a new study nearly half admit individuals within their organisation have been promoted into a managerial role based on their performance record rather than people management or leadership skills. According to a report from the CIPD, […]

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Latest issue of the Insight newsletter is now available to view online

Latest issue of the Insight newsletter is now available to view online

The Insight newsletter is now available to view online. This week; what’s wrong with adopting a more positive approach to work and workplaces? See the animated presentation on what drives us and makes us happy sponsored by the Royal Society of the Arts. Google has been chosen the most attractive employer by Gen Y and the […]

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Balfour Beatty appointed main contractor for St James’s Market scheme

Balfour Beatty appointed main contractor for St James’s Market scheme

The Crown Estate and Oxford Properties have announced the completion of a joint venture agreement to finance the £320 million St James’s Market scheme around London’s Regent Street area. Balfour Beatty has been appointed as the main contractor, with work due to start on site in the next month. The St James’s Market scheme is […]

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Bosses most likely to lie at work, while still promoting an ethical culture

Bosses most likely to lie at work, while still promoting an ethical culture

Business has been fighting a PR battle in recent years to convince us that ethics and corporate social responsibility is of equal importance to the bottom line. However, when it comes to individual behaviour it seems that managers are far from practising what their employers’ preach. Bosses are  much more likely than other staff to […]

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Growth forecast for the commercial architecture sector in RIBA survey

Growth forecast for the commercial architecture sector in RIBA survey

The commercial architecture sector is forecast for steady growth throughout 2013 according to the latest Future Trends Survey by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The survey, which uses an index to gauge workloads, reports that all sector forecasts remained in positive territory, with the workload balance figure for the commercial sector moving further […]

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Google is Generation Y’s choice as world’s most attractive employer

Google is Generation Y’s choice as world’s most attractive employer

Cool offices, generous employee perks and of course being a successful global tech firm may seem the obvious reasons why Google is perceived as the world’s most attractive employer by Generation Y, according to a global poll. However, employer branding company Universum Global’s annual list of the 50 companies business and engineering students would choose […]

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