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I’m sure that most of us had already starting planning to meet up with friends, colleagues and clients and were looking forward to the 21st when the last of the restrictions would be lifted….
The pandemic has spurred workplace change. A survey from McKinsey found that the year following the initial UK lockdown accelerated the adoption of workplace technology by several years.
The latest addition to the ongoing debate about the future of offices in the UK comes from PwC’s latest Occupier Survey.
As Covid restrictions are eased, more organisations are thinking about the reopening of offices. Can they depend on their suppliers?
Covid-19 has driven changes in commercial cleaning with an increased demand for enhanced cleaning coupled with proof of effectiveness and increased hygiene standards.
BAM FM has been confirmed as Covid-19 testing partner for public sector bodies with buildings in the east of England.
To succeed in a hybrid future, organisations must stop duplicating office-centric practices and shift to a human-centric model.
The Health and Safety Executive has confirmed that it will continue to carry out spot-checks and inspections on businesses over the coming weeks as lockdown restrictions are eased.
Data, data everywhere, nor any idea what to think. Apologies to Mr Coleridge, but his ancient mariner’s tale is not a bad parallel for our persistent pandemic experience.
Following the success of February’s virtual conference, this year for the first time there will be a second. July’s event, free to attend, will tackle the return to the workplace.
A survey of sports fans’ attitudes about returning to stadium-based events has uncovered both enthusiasm and concerns.
A poll run by ISS UK during Lockdown 3 found that 67% of respondents missed social engagement when working from home.
‘Before’ and ‘after’ Covid surveys show growing flexibility in approaches to issues attached to work and the workplace.
Employment contracts and HR policies will need to be overhauled to create a ‘new deal’ for employers and employees reflecting changed ways of working.
The recent easing of lockdown and reopening of pubs, shops and outdoor spaces has re-energised discussions surrounding the return to offices.
Almost a quarter of UK workers are hoping to work from home all, or almost all, of the time once lockdown restrictions have lifted.
Just 5% of over 600 mid-sized businesses surveyed believe that full-time office working will be most effective for their people post-pandemic.
The cleaning and support services provider has launched NJC Assure, aiming to help companies and their employees return stronger from the pandemic.
New research from the British Council for Offices argues that a multisensory approach to workplace design can help improve wellbeing.
With the prospect of a return to the workplace climbing the corporate agenda businesses must adapt their premises to recover quickly, according to a new guide.
We must not drop our guard says General Secretary Frances O’Grady as Covid restrictions begin to be eased.
Sue Ryder is amongst the first organisations in England to use the recently launched NHS Deep Cleaning and Advisory Service to meet new cleaning standards.
Will Richards highlights three best workplace strategies to support talent attraction and retention in a post-Covid19 world.
The productivity benefits of homeworking have increased over the past year for some organisations, according to research from CIPD.
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