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Don’t be caught by surprise by the hidden costs of commercial property

Don’t be caught by surprise by the hidden costs of commercial property

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  According to Colliers International’s recent Global Investor Sentiment Report, 2014 will see an increase in commercial property investor confidence, with 74 per cent of UK based investors saying they were more likely to risk investing across all property sectors, although offices remain the most popular category to invest in. Yet despite this vote of confidence, […]

Looking back on a year in which the office sought a clearer sense of identity

Looking back on a year in which the office sought a clearer sense of identity

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It’s not often that workplace management becomes national business news but that happened at the end of February when  the world became very interested for a while in the way we design and manage offices. The reason for this was the decision by Yahoo to ban homeworking for staff at its headquarters.  The resultant period […]

Interview: Greg Lindsay on engineering serendipity and harnessing chaos

Interview: Greg Lindsay on engineering serendipity and harnessing chaos

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Greg Lindsay is a journalist and urbanist. He is a contributing writer for Fast Company and co-author of the international bestseller Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next as well as a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, a senior fellow of the World Policy Institute, and a research […]

IT managers yet to accept the whole challenge presented to them by BYOD

IT managers yet to accept the whole challenge presented to them by BYOD

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How exactly does an employee’s convenience trump an organisation’s need for control? That’s the debate corporations are facing when it comes to managing the ‘Bring Your Own Device’ trend. BYOD allows employees to use their personal mobile products for business. In 2012, IBM decided a majority of their workforce could use their own phones and […]

UK Government making slow progress on commitment to spend more with SMEs

UK Government making slow progress on commitment to spend more with SMEs

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There is no doubt the UK Cabinet Office has been responsible for some commendable improvements in the Government’s approach to property and procurement. Yet, like most government departments it is also prone to fudging or spinning the outcomes of projects that don’t quite cover the department and its initiatives in glory. One of the sure […]

UK construction and manufacturing buoyant but mixed picture in global property market

UK construction and manufacturing buoyant but mixed picture in global property market

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There are signs that the UK’s faltering economy is on the road to recovery.  Construction activity in the UK jumped sharply in July to hit its highest level in over three years, according to the latest Markit/CIPS  survey of purchasing managers. This may have been driven primarily by a surge in house building, but even […]

Government report highlights failings in UK public sector procurement

Government report highlights failings in UK public sector procurement

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In the wake of a number of recent procurement failures including the G4S and Serco overcharging fiasco, the UK Government has published a highly critical report of the way it buys some £227 billion of goods and services annually. The report from the Public Administration Committee (PASC) says that in spite of steps to improve […]

“Time-bomb” of British workers unhealthy and old before their time

“Time-bomb” of British workers unhealthy and old before their time

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Bad lifestyle choices are shaving over four years off British employee’s lives, leaving them unhealthy and old before their time and creating a “time-bomb” for UK employers. According to the wellness survey of 10,000 employees in the UK, 86 per cent of British workers have an average Vitality (health) Age of 4.1 years older than their […]

Half the time it’s management, not the design that makes the workplace stink

Half the time it’s management, not the design that makes the workplace stink

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There is a general consensus around the workplace cognoscenti that design can and does impact upon the productivity and effectiveness of people in the workplace. That’s reflected in research, data and anecdotal exchanges, online and at events. What’s not often done is in linking this data to HR results, from employee surveys. While driven by professionally […]

Fearful UK employees benefit from engagement policies finds survey

Fearful UK employees benefit from engagement policies finds survey

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  A new study provides some proof that the employee engagement lobby has some validity. According to a new national survey, job stress has gone up and job-related well-being has gone down since the start of the recession, with Britain’s employees feeling more insecure and pressured at work than at any time in the past […]

Seven thoughts on the UK facilities management association merger

Seven thoughts on the UK facilities management association merger

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With breathless excitement a press release announces the proposed merger of all of the UK’s major facilities management and support services trade associations, or rather notes that they: “have agreed to the concept of forming one single and united body to represent facilities management and support services.” With a sense of crushing inevitability the first […]

BIM provides opportunities for the built environment finds report

BIM provides opportunities for the built environment finds report

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Building Information Modelling (BIM) will raise productivity, provide better buildings, faster and cheaper and represents opportunities for the built environment to become a powerful international player. This is according to a major new report, Growth through BIM produced by Richard Saxon, the UK Government’s BIM Ambassador for Growth who concludes: “No wonder it has been […]

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