Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic is an unprecedented event in living memory. It has had, and continues to have, far-reaching impacts on individuals, our society, the economy and our industry. Many of those impacts have of course been negative; and the challenges implied by that, as well as by the long list of other changes we have been experiencing, will be with us for some time to come. On the more positive side, this does bring some opportunities, too, in terms of highlighting the possibilities of working in different ways, deploying new and appropriate technologies and finding ways to better use resources, for example. And, yes, there may also be some new business opportunities.

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Latest 24 Articles

BCC warns on staff burn-out

The British Cleaning Council reports worries that cleaning staff in healthcare, hospitality and other sectors are facing burn-out due to increased workloads.

IWFM warns on worker welfare

As employees return to work following the holidays, many will not be returning to the office as they had previously expected.

Three stations re-accredited for Churchill

St Pancras International, Stratford and Ebbsfleet stations have been certified by Bureau Veritas for Covid-19 risk management.

Covid-19: back to working from home

Employers should be well placed for the Plan B change, says CIPD.

British Safety Council advises extra care

Employers should consider what extra precautions they should take in the run-up to Christmas, the council says.

Office occupiers plan workplace change

Nearly three-quarters of office occupiers expect to transform their workplace design in the next two years.

FM market performance: better than expected

2020 saw the UK facilities management market hit hard by Covid-19, along with most other business sectors. But how hard?

Hybrid working: companies grapple with change

As companies bring employees back to the office, they are also coming to terms with how to manage varying occupation levels, plus new needs and expectations.

Senior execs focused on a hybrid future

Ipsos MORI’s latest Captains of Industry survey has found most expecting the pandemic to have a lasting impact on how and where people work.

Test sites: Sodexo becomes sole provider

Sodexo has become the sole provider of assisted Covid-19 testing at regional sites as part of the NHS Test and Trace programme.

Sign blindness: the next post-Covid challenge

With more people making their way back to the workplace, academics and H&S experts are warning about ‘sign blindness’, a side-effect of over-exposure to new rules, warnings and safety notices.

Sodexo awarded hygiene verification

Sodexo’s team at Richmond, the American International University in London has received the Rise Safe label from Bureau Veritas.

ABM tackles indoor air quality

Responding to the impact of Covid-19, the facilities solutions company has launched a programme of services designed to help businesses make improvements in IAQ.

Workplace: majority of staff expected back by year-end

But new research from the Chartered Management Institute also finds that many people will not return till next spring.

Reestablishing the customer journey

For many, September marked a return to the office. And a shock to the system for many, too.

New air cleaning guidance from CIBSE

Two new pieces of guidance on reducing Covid-19 transmission through ventilation and air cleaning technologies have been issued by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.

BESA backs demand for ventilation in schools

The Building Engineering Services Association has put its weight behind a call from six trade unions to take urgent action over ventilation in schools.

Amey lauded for Future Office Initiative

Amey Consulting has been presented with an Initiative of the Year Award by RoSPA, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

Employers expect more flexible work requests

A new survey from Acas has found that half of employers in Great Britain expect an increase in demand for flexible forms of working post-pandemic.

Workplace expectations: trouble ahead?

Staff may be officially returning to the office, but if employers don’t offer the right working experience 60% will leave or become less motivated, according to new research.

RICS Global Conference 2021: review

Some 16 months after the Covid-19 pandemic began, it feels like we’ve reached the final stages of grief.

BESA offers air quality guide

The removal of most Covid restrictions has increased calls for practical guidance and the setting of specific indoor air quality targets to support the health and wellbeing of building occupants.

ABM extends testing support partnership

Cignpost ExpressTest has selected the firm to fulfil resourcing needs at Covid-19 testing sites at Heathrow, Gatwick and Edinburgh airports, and retail sites across the UK.

Trade bodies call for caution

Two engineering services bodies have stepped up their health & safety advice with the arrival of ‘freedom day’.


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