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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The pandemic-inspired future-of-work debate seems to be entering a new phase focusing on how many people will return/stay away if they can.
More than half of UK employees thinking about returning to the workplace would feel more comfortable if their employer used data to improve the healthiness of the building.
Few could have predicted the disruption of the pandemic, which has left thousands of buildings across the country lying empty. How do we think about what comes next?
The Sodexo-managed student accommodation at Northumbria University has received the Rise Safe label from Bureau Veritas.
As research continues to show preferences for continued homeworking, the associated increase in household energy use is causing concern.
Improving air quality is not just the right thing to do in terms of public health but will also have a significant impact on business profitability and productivity.
A new think-tank report calls on the government to incentivise the establishment of more local offices and hybrid-working initiatives.
Mitie has been appointed as a supplier on the Crown Commercial Service agreement for Covid community testing sites.
The group behind brands including Regus is seeing its market grow as companies begin to think about post-pandemic workplace solutions.
New research shows that workspaces currently on offer to a returning workforce are largely not up to scratch.
The British Council for Offices is calling on developers, owners and occupiers to ensure that UK offices have adequate ventilation ahead of a return to the workplace.
The protocol, developed by an NHS trust in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, is being rolled out across England.
In the wake of Covid-19, organisations around the world are rethinking space utilisation, employee engagement and wellbeing, sustainability and the overall real estate portfolio.
With students returning to schools in England, the Building Engineering Services Association is warning that opening windows is not a good strategy for managing virus transmission.
The British Safety Council is calling on government and the HSE to strengthen and enforce Covid Secure workplace rules to protect workers.
The facilities services company is to assist with a new Covid-19 testing initiative at a site it already manages.
The CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, has published guidance to help employers navigate vaccinations and the return to workplaces.
Steve McGregor shares his company’s journey through the challenges and opportunities faced by the built environment sector over the past year.
Nearly 11 months have passed since I started online education and there is still much that universities can learn from the FM sector, Sienna Emanuel writes.
The weight of information building up behind the view that office work has changed forever is considerable, though there is still much we don’t know.
One effect of pandemic restrictions has been an increase in the use of parks and open spaces. So, what are the best ways to manage these?
The cleaning software services start-up is extending its focus with an alliance that brings in digital technology to improve indoor air quality.
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