Work pressures mean over half of managers plan to work on holiday

Work pressures mean over half of managers plan to work on holiday

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BYOD are either an aide to productivity or fuel unhealthy levels of presenteeism, depending on which piece of research you believe.  In a survey (by mobile comms supplier) Citrix, 24 per cent of managers think that using BYOD while away from the office is the best way to avoid the average 25 per cent drop in productivity suffered […]

UK’s superfast broadband arriving very slowly, claims government report

UK’s superfast broadband arriving very slowly, claims government report

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A new report from the National Audit office claims that the much vaunted roll out of superfast broadband to 90 percent of UK households is now two years behind schedule. The programme, seen as vital for the uptake of flexible working in rural areas, is now scheduled for completion in March 2017, around 22 months […]

Douglas Engelbart helped to define our relationship with technology and each other

Douglas Engelbart helped to define our relationship with technology and each other

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The obituaries of Douglas Engelbart, who died on Tuesday, invariably characterised him as ‘the inventor of the mouse’ which is downplaying the contribution he made to our ability to interact with computers. He had the foresight to see that our relationship with technology would become one of the defining characteristics of modern life and he […]

Infographic: the uptake of flexible working and long hours is driven by BYOD

Infographic: the uptake of flexible working and long hours is driven by BYOD

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The rise of BYOD as a near universal way of using smart devices in the workplace may be problematic for employers in some ways but is attractive in others. Not only does it save the cost of providing people with stuff in the first place, it is also driving the uptake of flexible working according […]

Five essential things to consider before you implement a BYOD policy

Five essential things to consider before you implement a BYOD policy

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BYOD is far more than just allowing your staff to check their email on their personal mobile. It’s about the security of corporate information – we’re all demanding more flexible working to fit our lifestyles, but with flexibility comes personal responsibility. Are we rushing to join the BYOD party without realising some of the more […]

Online BIM discussion group created for the built environment

Online BIM discussion group created for the built environment

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The BIM4FM group, representing institutes, trade associations and professional bodies within the built environment has created an online discussion group to stimulate the conversation around the engagement of facilities managers, owners and occupiers in Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Government Soft Landings (GSL). Geoff Prudence, Chairman of the BIM4FM group explained: “Since our launch many […]

UK employers are global leaders in flexible working and secure BYOD policies

UK employers are global leaders in flexible working and secure BYOD policies

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The UK’s small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) lead the world in flexible working and ensuring staff work securely in the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) era, with 34 per cent saying they have policies, procedures and/or IT systems in place to manage the use of personal communications devices for business purposes. This compares to […]

The future of retail – High Street Bladerunners and Apple in Wonderland

The future of retail – High Street Bladerunners and Apple in Wonderland

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I was going to write this week on the manifesto from MANTOWNHUMAN – subtitled “TOWARDS A NEW HUMANISM IN ARCHITECTURE” but frankly the dystopian visions it conjured up drove such a bulldozer through any human sensibility as to prove thoroughly depressing. You can find it here if you’re that way inclined. I’d be interested in your […]

Infographic: how work related social media use varies by country, gender and sector

Infographic: how work related social media use varies by country, gender and sector

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A new survey from Microsoft has highlighted a widespread mismatch in the use of social media in a business context across regions and between gender and age groups. It also claims that firms should be more open to social media use and that their unwillingness to adopt them more openly is hampering personal productivity. In […]

RIBA and CIBSE call for collaboration in CarbonBuzz initiative

RIBA and CIBSE call for collaboration in CarbonBuzz initiative

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The CarbonBuzz energy benchmarking initiative, backed jointly by the RIBA and CIBSE gets a new online platform next week. The CarbonBuzz project allows users to record, share and compare the real energy use of building projects and to shed light on the differences between predicted and operational performance. Now RIBA and CIBSE are calling on […]

UK public sector leading the way in procurement and sustainable building

UK public sector leading the way in procurement and sustainable building

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Over the last few years, the UK Government has grown increasingly interested in finding ways of making its £30 billion property portfolio more efficient. Both the last Labour government and the current Coalition administration have been driven by the opportunities offered them with the advent of new technology, new ways of working and new procurement […]

Flexible working going into reverse in parts of UK public sector

Flexible working going into reverse in parts of UK public sector

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A briefing from the Society of IT Management claims that while nearly all UK public sector organisations have adopted some form of flexible working, the practice remains far from universal and is going into reverse in some departments. The report found that  around  97 percent  of UK public sector organisations have now  adopted the practice […]

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