New guidance on energy management published for facilities managers

New guidance on energy management published for facilities managers

The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) has published new guidance on energy management for facilities managers. The Energy Audits Good Practice Guide presents good practice for some of the important energy management procedures, ranging from developing an energy policy to deciding which improvements to make. It is designed to enable facilities managers to compare […]

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Sale of premier real estate portfolio More London announced

Sale of premier real estate portfolio More London announced

More London has been sold to Kuwaiti firm St Martins Property Group for approximately £1.7 billion, according to Reuter’s sources. Owners London Bridge Holdings said it had originally intended to refinance More London (which is located adjacent to Tower Bridge and opposite The Tower of London), by the early summer of 2014 but had been […]

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More than half of UK’s increasingly disengaged workforce looking to switch jobs

More than half of UK’s increasingly disengaged workforce looking to switch jobs

Staff disengagement is already costing the UK economy dear, and is also one of the reasons why nearly half of all UK employees are currently looking to leave their current jobs over the next year, a contrast of two new surveys reveals. The first report, from private healthcare provider BUPA, found that disengaged and unhealthy […]

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Businesses missing the potential of property to benefit performance says BCO

Businesses missing the potential of property to benefit performance says BCO

The UK spent an estimated £28.5 billion on offices in 2012 – outstripping business expenditure on legal services (£24.3bn), accounting (£14bn) and insurance services (£23.8bn). Yet despite this, nearly three fifths (57%) of 250 senior executives from large organisations in a recent poll said property issues are not regularly discussed in the boardroom and responsibility […]

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Dressing down for work could improve career chances says Harvard Business Review

Dressing down for work could improve career chances says Harvard Business Review

In his book How to Lose Friends & Alienate People writer Toby Young recalls when advised he could dress ‘casually’ for his first day at glossy magazine Vanity Fair, he opted for a tee shirt which said ‘Young, dumb and full of…. ‘ you can guess the rest. While most people wouldn’t so grossly misjudge […]

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New report finds lack of consensus in measurement of social sustainability

New report finds lack of consensus in measurement of social sustainability

A lack of consensus on what is to be reported on and measured makes comparison difficult when measuring social sustainability. This is one of the key findings of the first annual Sustainable FM Index report, which examines how sustainability is embedded within facilities management service companies. Compiled by Acclaro Advisory, the University of Reading and Workplace […]

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Benefits of social media for employers are not being realised says CIPD

Benefits of social media for employers are not being realised says CIPD

Research launched today at the CIPD’s Social Media in HR conference reveals social media is still a long way off from infiltrating the workplace to the extent it is used in our social lives. Three in four (76%) use social media in their personal lives, but just one in four (26%) use it for work […]

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Built environment vows to improve accessibility for UK’s 12m disabled people

Built environment vows to improve accessibility for UK’s 12m disabled people

Six of the top professional institutions that represent architects, town planners, surveyors, engineers and facilities managers have committed to improving accessibility for the country’s 12 million disabled people. To mark International Day of People with Disabilities, built environment institutions, including the Royal Institution of British Architects (RIBA), the British Institution of Facilities Managers (BIFM) and […]

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UK leads Western Europe in offering flexible working – and checking it’s safe

UK leads Western Europe in offering flexible working – and checking it’s safe

The inexorable rise of flexible working continues, particularly in the UK, where 64 per cent of the organizations questioned in a new poll said that they implemented flexible working more than a year ago. And despite the best efforts by some high-profile employers to roll back the trend, it is HR which is endorsing the […]

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Majority of businesses acquire employee data; far fewer apply it, claims report

Majority of businesses acquire employee data; far fewer apply it, claims report

Peter Drucker’s old adage that ‘what gets measured gets managed’ may be a cliché, but it’s endured to become one because there is a lot of truth in it. Now a new report commissioned this year by recruitment consultants Alexander Mann Solutions and the HRO Today Institute has found that firms that use employee data […]

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Mid-sized firms are unsung champions of the economic recovery says CBI

Mid-sized firms are unsung champions of the economic recovery says CBI

Medium-sized businesses (MSBs) are making a significant contribution to jobs and growth across the UK. Between March 2010 and March 2013 they have created 185,000 jobs, a 4.1 per cent increase compared with 1.9 per cent by large companies and 2.8 per cent by small firms. New CBI research published today shows that despite only […]

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Latest Insight newsletter is now available to view online

Latest Insight newsletter is now available to view online

In this week’s Insight newsletter, available to view online; Nigel Oseland makes a plea not to kill off the open plan office just because it has been misinterpreted; Cathie Sellars explains why Maslow continues to offer us the ideal definition of wellness and Annie Gurton says the ability to find meaning and purpose in our lives […]

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