HR and Facilities Management bodies to collaborate on future of workplace

HR and Facilities Management bodies to collaborate on future of workplace

One of the main themes at the ThinkFM conference yesterday was the acknowledgement that facilities management and HR need to break down the silos that often exist between the two disciplines. This was the message of Chris Kane, CEO of BBC Commercial Properties, who explained that the British Institute of Facilities Management will be collaborating with the […]

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Using a mobile phone while driving is now commonplace for UK managers, claims survey

Using a mobile phone while driving is now commonplace for UK managers, claims survey

As if it weren’t perilous enough to be sitting on your backside for hours every day while trying to subsist on a diet of coffee and Ginsters’ pasties, new research from Regus UK has highlighted just how many British road warriors routinely work behind the wheel. The poll of 1,800 managers and business owners revealed that […]

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World’s most energy efficient office retro-fit opens in Norway

World’s most energy efficient office retro-fit opens in Norway

What is claimed to be the world’s most energy efficient office building has been opened in Norway. Powerhouse Kjørbo in Oslo is Norway’s first energy-positive building and the, according to its developers, the first in the world to be retro-fitted to produce more energy than it consumes. The building is part of the Powerhouse project, […]

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Employers urged to plan ahead as recruitment prospects rise

Employers urged to plan ahead as recruitment prospects rise

Fresh evidence that the recession is over as the CIPD reports employment intentions are at the highest level for six and half years. However, pay continues to perform well below pre-recession levels, and the HR body warns that with the economy picking up, now is the time for employers to consider both the levels of pay […]

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Wellness counts. Third of staff would consider leaving if they didn’t feel cared for

Wellness counts. Third of staff would consider leaving if they didn’t feel cared for

Measuring the impact of wellness initiatives at work is far from being an exact science. An examination of sickness absence figures for example, must take into account many variables; from the state of health of employees before the outset of a wellbeing programme, to the reasons behind each individual’s days off sick after a health programme […]

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New NHS purchasing framework announces list of appointed firms

New NHS purchasing framework announces list of appointed firms

Details have been announced of the firms appointed to a new NHS purchasing framework designed to provide best value and improved service levels across a range of procured services including architecture, quantity surveying, health and safety, environmental management, project management, mechanical & electrical and building consultancy. The procurement division of NHS Shared Business Services (NHS […]

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London large commercial property pipeline leads rest of Europe

London large commercial property pipeline leads rest of Europe

London will be home to 35 new large office buildings before the end of this year making it one of Europe’s most important destinations for major corporates wishing to occupy over 5,000 sq. m. of commercial property, according to a new report from Colliers International. The survey of 23 major European cities found that together […]

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British Land announces first letting at Marble Arch House in West End

British Land announces first letting at Marble Arch House in West End

Just a month after its launch, Marble Arch House in London’s West End, which includes 61,200 sq ft of new office space over seven floors, has been let by British Land. Fulcrum Asset Management has signed a ten year lease at £78.50 per sq ft, and will move into the 9,000 sq ft fifth floor […]

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Employers fail to monitor wellbeing and mental health alongside staff engagement

Employers fail to monitor wellbeing and mental health alongside staff engagement

Monitoring of employee engagement and wellbeing by FTSE 100 companies improved over the past year, but organisations are failing to measure or address the psychological health of employees. The latest Business in the Community (BITC) Workwell FTSE 100 benchmark showed an increase in the average company scores from 21 per cent to 25 per cent […]

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The business of workplace design and management; new issue of Insight is now available

The business of workplace design and management; new issue of Insight is now available

In the latest Insight newsletter, available to view online; Mark Eltringham lists just seven of the ways in which flexible working may have actually made our lives more rigid; expectations for rising rents as demand for commercial property reaches the highest level since before the financial crisis; ‘Walkie Talkie’ skyscraper signs up two new tenants; […]

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Walkie talkie lands two more tenants as demand for City space grows

Walkie talkie lands two more tenants as demand for City space grows

The ‘Walkie Talkie’ skyscraper, 20 Fenchurch EC3 – dubbed the ‘Walkie Scorchie’, after its unusual design was found to reflect and magnify the sun’s rays onto nearby parked cars – is now 87 per cent let, after securing a further two tenants. Insurance firm CNA and UK law firm DWF LLP are taking 35,000 sq […]

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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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