New report uncovers habits and habitats of London’s workplace tribes

New report uncovers habits and habitats of London’s workplace tribes

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City workers have been proven to ‘work hard and play hard’ more than those in other areas of Greater London, according to an extensive study of the capital’s office workers. Those in the Square Mile have the longest hours (45.3), spend most nights out drinking (two) and as a consequence suffer from the highest number […]

Barclays converts underutilised offices into free co-working spaces

Barclays converts underutilised offices into free co-working spaces

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Social enterprises, business start-ups and community groups will be offered free co-working space by Barclays as part of an initiative called Hatch, developed  in partnership with charity 3Space. The programme aims to transform underutilised Barclays’ properties into office space for social entrepreneurs, early stage local businesses and community groups, charities  and other qualifying organisations. The […]

‘Empty desks’ costing UK business 18bn a year, as job vacancies go unfilled

‘Empty desks’ costing UK business 18bn a year, as job vacancies go unfilled

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The economic impact of unfilled job vacancies on the UK economy may be leading to a staggering annual cost of over £18bn. Research by job site Indeed, claims that falling unemployment and robust job creation is resulting in many businesses finding it a challenge to locate and secure the right employees. This inability to find and recruit […]

New Scotland Yard sold to Emirati investors for £370 million

New Scotland Yard sold to Emirati investors for £370 million

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The buyer of the Metropolitan Police’s Scotland Yard headquarters building has been confirmed as  Abu Dhabi Financial Group (ADFG). The sale of the home of the Met as part of a huge shake-up of the police’s estate was first announced last year and last month news emerged that a buyer had been found, although details […]

UK employers lag behind on the importance they place on workplace health

UK employers lag behind on the importance they place on workplace health

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Two in five (40%) of UK employees say their employer offers no health or wellbeing benefits, a new study on workplace health has revealed. Although the research, conducted by Bupa, found that two thirds (64%) of UK employers agreed that a healthy workforce is a more productive one, two in five (40%) employees said their […]

ILM issues management guide to office Christmas party etiquette

ILM issues management guide to office Christmas party etiquette

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We’re well into the office Christmas party season and with it comes the usual management warnings; however, this one comes from the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) so it’s worth taking notice. A survey by ILM reveals some pretty predictable misdemeanours; including almost 9 out of 10 workers (87%) seeing colleagues drink too much […]

Flexible working could boost economy by £90 billion, claims report

Flexible working could boost economy by £90 billion, claims report

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The widespread adoption of flexible working in the UK could boost the economy by as much as £90 billion each year according to a new report from mobile tech firm Citrix and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr). The study of 1,272 British knowledge workers claims that their ‘best case scenario’  calculation is […]

Office workers have five key ways to get some peace and quiet at work

Office workers have five key ways to get some peace and quiet at work

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According to a new study carried out by market researchers IPSOS and the Workspace Futures Team of office furniture maker Steelcase, office workers are desperately seeking privacy within open plan settings, where they can function effectively and complete work without being driven to distraction. As a result people are increasingly in need of more choice […]

Bouygues wins £27 million office fit out contract in City of London

Bouygues wins £27 million office fit out contract in City of London

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Bouygues UK has been awarded a major new design and build contract by developers Morgan Capital Partners LLP. The award comes hot on the heels of the handover of another major office refurbishment at 71 Queen Victoria Street, which is a stone’s throw away from the new site at 45 Cannon Street, in the heart […]

Most people will continue to work in traditional offices for foreseeable future

Most people will continue to work in traditional offices for foreseeable future

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  The office remains the favoured location for work worldwide but there remains an ongoing mismatch between perceptions of the productivity and performance of flexible working employees and the reality, says a major new report from Dell and Intel. According to the Global Evolving Workplace Report based on a survey of nearly 5,000 employees worldwide, the […]

It’s no surprise a third of homeworkers choose to work in their pyjamas

It’s no surprise a third of homeworkers choose to work in their pyjamas

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When I worked for a large publishing house in the 90s, occasionally one of us would ask to work from home. My then editor always had an enlightened policy towards the home-working concept, telling people that she didn’t care if they worked in their pyjamas as long as they met their deadline. In the digital […]

HR managers appreciate importance of IT, but don’t work with IT people

HR managers appreciate importance of IT, but don’t work with IT people

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Research sponsored by Sungard Availability Services claims that while almost two thirds (63 percent) of the UK’s senior HR managers believe a closer alignment with their organisation’s Chief Information Officer will be vital in realising their department’s ideas, only 12 per cent currently work very closely with the IT crowd. The findings of the report show […]

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