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What's it all about?
Monday 27th March 2017

There was a brief but spirited Twitter discussion last week in which some highly experienced FM players debated the relationship between workplace and facilities management. The two are grappling for primacy at the moment, at least in some quarters.

Lies, damned lies and big red buses
Tuesday 7th March 2017

In a recent blog post, workplace commentator Simon Heath criticised The Stoddart Review for its assertion that a 1% productivity gain could add £20 billion to the UK economy.

The long view
Wednesday 1st February 2017

A new year is a time for looking forward, of course. But looking forward is inevitably built on a foundation of looking back, at things left undone and things that perhaps aren't going quite as planned. And then there are regrets.

Is FM bulletproof in 2017?
Tuesday 10th January 2017

Happy New Year! In some ways, it feels particularly good to be moving on from 2016, which brought with it a few changes and challenges that many of us may be happy to see recede into the past.

Should we be confident?
Thursday 15th December 2016

2016 has been rough.

Triggering a reaction
Tuesday 22nd November 2016

There's a lot of knowledge and experience behind the idea that certain words catch our interest almost automatically, conjuring up a variety of associations and/or spurring us to action. The history of advertising is the history of key word development.

Fad or future
Monday 7th November 2016

History has a funny habit of repeating itself. Trends emerge, die and are sometimes inexplicably resurrected.

Where next for the BIFM?
Thursday 27th October 2016

With the swift exit of new CEO Ray Perry and IFMA and RICS now collaborating to focus on the development of the FM profession around the world, BIFM has some major issues on its plate. I addressed this last spring, but agreed not to publish.

Predicting the future
Thursday 20th October 2016

We seem to have entered an age in which crystal balls are particularly cloudy, at least in parts. And it is in those parts, where we are less sure of events and their implications, that risk lies.

It's all in the name
Friday 9th September 2016

Whenever someone wants to talk about branding, I'm immediately reminded of Sigmund Freud's nephew and his work in the tobacco industry.

Shaping the future
Monday 1st August 2016

More of the same: that's one way to interpret the conclusions of the latest market research study on global trends in FM. But in this case 'the same' means some very big changes over the next five years or so.

Avoiding a Fexit
Friday 1st July 2016

For months, the British politicians who campaigned to leave the EU were portrayed as insular and parochial.

When will the robots take over?
Tuesday 31st May 2016

Every research report that i-FM has been involved in over the past decade has pointed to technology being one of the key game-changers in FM. But where will technology actually take us?

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Q&A: Gender pay gap reporting
Gender pay reporting legislation kicked in this month. It's a new and potentially confusing area so we asked legal firm Steptoe & Johnson UK LLP to provide an overview and some insights into the requirements.
The rise and rise of technology
Building systems engineering has become a much more technical discipline. What does that mean for today's engineers and for their FM colleagues?
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Low cost improvements for workplace productivity
The Stoddard Review argued that an effective workplace can improve business productivity by as much as 3.5%, potentially contributing billions to the UK economy. But this largely depends on employees being able to work more productively.
The Apprenticeship Levy: challenge or opportunity?
Today, the UK's first ever Apprenticeship Levy officially comes into force, meaning 22,000 businesses will be liable to pay 0.5% of their annual wage bill into the fund. Andy Donnell offers a view of what this means.
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