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Sodexo launches Vital Spaces

The new offering brings together the company’s diverse expertise to provide employers with a connected, people-centric approach to transforming the workplace.

JLL signs workplace deal with BP

JLL is to provide workplace and real estate solutions to support the oil and gas group's transformation and net zero carbon ambitions.

Planning for 2021

What's on the agenda for the coming year? FM never stands still for long: we want to hear about your workplace plans. And we have something to offer in return.

Covid-19: a boost for technology in the workplace

The pandemic could be the death knell for 'dumb buildings' as it catalyses and accelerates the long-term shift to smart technologies.

Work, workplace, risk: shaping property in 2021

Ten trends, all in play now, will shape the commercial real estate industry in the coming year.

Workplace: the future is more human-centric

The workplace of the future will be versatile and hybrid, focusing on employee-centric solutions, according to a global survey.

Workplace: a post-Covid flight to quality

The next three to five years will see a strong focus on flexibility, demanded by both workers and corporates, relating to work activity, space and location.

HR: key trends shaping the future

A new report identifies the trends that will have an impact on organisations, work and workers.

Spica to deliver workplace app for Mace

The workplace experience app will initially be available at the construction management group's global headquarters in London.

Should we tax homeworkers?

A new report from Deutsche Bank suggests that the answer should be yes, bringing a new dimension to discussions about what the 'new normal' might look like.

Third of home-workers feel disconnected

Data from Leesman's ongoing home-working study of more than 145,000 workers has revealed that a significant number of employees feel disconnected from their colleagues and their organisation.

Travel to work: management advice

Amongst everything else Covid-19 has impacted, there's the journey to work. Whether travelling now or at some point in the future, that journey may well need a rethink.

Generational divide in views on place of work

Older home-workers are showing a significantly greater preference for returning to the office than their younger counterparts, according to new research.

Workplace Week full line-up confirmed

The four-day festival showcasing how world-leading organisations are navigating the challenges of 2020 is set to provide virtual delegates with a window into multiple work strategies.

A hub & spoke future?

Over a third of business leaders are considering downsizing their primary office space and shifting towards smaller satellite offices.

BCO reveals London award winners

Five businesses have been recognised in London at the annual British Council for Offices regional awards.

Is flex space the answer?

It could be, says a new report, at least for many UK occupiers facing an uncertain future and needing an alternative to traditional corporate accommodation.

Workplace change: research backs research

An extensive report on the future of the office and office workers in the UK confirms that the seismic change in the way people work now is here to stay.

Hybrid workplaces will not work for everyone

Organisations could be caught up in a matrix of pain if they do not carefully manage the new realities of hybrid working.

Law firms looking to hybrid working

Even lawyers, perhaps the most traditional-minded when it comes to offices, now seem convinced that the future is about flexibility.

Commercial property: time for a change

For a whole series of reasons there is change underway in the property world, but underlying this is a more fundamental question: what is property actually for?

Calls for POE on all publicly funded buildings

Post-occupancy evaluation should be standard practice to ensure all new buildings meet intended energy efficiency ratings and provide optimum value for money.

Workplace Trends online next week

The long-running conference series will be back, in virtual form, with a strong programme on 15 October.

Lockdown good news: waste levels drop

According to facilities services group PHS, the amount of washroom waste generated by UK organisations in the last four months dropped by 49% year on year.

Working from home works

Research with a sample size of more than 125,000 workers shows that the home is outperforming the office in some fundamental areas.

Workplace Week to go virtual for 2020

The annual showcase for some of the best in work models and workstyles from some of the world's most forward-thinking organisations will take place 9–12 November.

C&W enters flex space market

Cushman & Wakefield, the global real estate services firm, has teamed up with workplace operator Industrious to offer a flexible space solution.

Covid-19: health and safety climb the agenda

The great pandemic work-from-home experiment has proved, broadly, a success. But a quarter of such workers express some concern about their mental wellbeing.

Home-working works, but mental health support needed

New research from the CIPD shows the shift to home-working over the lockdown period has been a positive experience for most employers.

Less space, close to transport 

As Londoners start to return to the city, flexible space providers are seeing some clear trends emerge.

CEOs see 'enduring shift' in office use

More than two-thirds of UK CEOs believe there will be a shift towards low density office usage as a consequence of the Covid-19 experience.

Online tool aims to get office occupiers thinking

A property consultancy has launched an online service to help organisations determine what their occupancy requirements will be in preparation for employees returning to the office.

Uneven recovery for flex space operators

Remote working may be an increasingly popular idea, but currently UK flexible office providers are seeing much lower levels of occupancy than elsewhere in Europe.

Sodexo launches Space eXperience

The group's workplace experience design consultancy, Wx, has launched a connected building management solution that supports organisations' return to the office.

Mixed feelings about returning to the office

Many are already back and some don't know when or if they will be back, as employers look for the best way forward.

We have seen the future and it is mixed

A report from property advisors JLL concludes that the pandemic working-from-home experiment is forcing companies to re-imagine the future of work and question the purpose of the office.

Autonomy makes the world go round

Pandemic lockdown or not, the key to good performance, and to success for every business, is employee happiness powered by autonomy.

Altuity teams up with BenefitFM

Altuity, the maintenance, facilities and asset management software company, has launched a new partnership with consultancy BenefitFM.

Return to work must be gradual, says CIPD

The Prime Minister's call for employers to begin bringing people back into the workplace in August has drawn another cautious response.

Flex space: JLL benefits from Serendipity

Another vote in favour of a flexible workspace future as US provider Serendipity Labs appoints the property services group to develop a series of UK locations over the next two years.

Londoners looking for a healthier commute

New statistics from a premium workspace provider suggest that the main concern for businesses post-lockdown is whether employees can get to and from work safely.

Coronavirus driving demand for flexible space

The trend towards workplace mobility was not created as a result of the pandemic, but it was certainly accelerated by it.

Sitemark launches home-working tool

The independent benchmarking service has launched a working from home wellness assessment tool to support businesses and employees.

Avison Young launches cost containment service

The new offer aims to support strategy development for a post-Covid environment, while building for a resilient and sustainable future.

Preference for home-working grows

New research commissioned by IWFM has found that the number of employees who do not want to return to the office has nearly doubled since the start of the lockdown.

HSE urges businesses to become Covid-secure

The Health and Safety Executive is calling for businesses in Great Britain to make sure they are Covid-secure as more sectors open their doors.

Spica to deliver workplace app for Zurich

Spica Technologies is developing a user-centric workplace experience solution for use at insurance group Zurich's new global headquarters in Switzerland.

Pest control: advice for FMs offered

National trade body the British Pest Control Association has issued a new guide to help facilities managers re-open premises as lockdown restrictions ease.

BSI updates Covid-19 guidance

Version 2 of BSI's Safe Working Guidelines has been published.

Post-lockdown expectations: divided opinion looms?

One unexpected side-effect of pandemic lockdown has been a steadily growing file of surveys carried out to uncover experiences and views. A number of these point towards a significant divide about the future of work.

Return to work: getting it right

Getting the workplace ready to reopen is a complex challenge and, happily, there is plenty of advice available. Ensuring the business itself is ready for reopening is a different challenge altogether.

The future of global office demand

A new report argues that increased working from home doesn't equate to reduced demand for office space. The situation is more complex than that.

9 to 5 is so in the past

That's the conclusion of a survey of building occupiers carried out by CoreNet Global, the corporate real estate professionals group.

Offices are vital, but need to change

Property services group Savills has published the results of a survey of its clients, and it is clear that change is on the cards.

The downside of working remotely

Trust, social cohesion and information sharing are the areas most potentially vulnerable to damage when people work virtually.

Engie offers Workspace 2 guide

"Covid-19 has presented an unprecedented challenge to all professionals involved in managing and maintaining buildings."

Businesses look to more remote working

71% of UK businesses are planning to permanently adopt flexible and agile working practices post the Covid-19 lockdown.

The future looks different

If the weight of opinion in survey research is a reliable indicator, there's no way the UK is going back to pre-Covid patterns once lockdown is lifted and 'normal' returns.

CBRE tests occupier sentiment

Occupiers across EMEA are planning to increase investment in technology, driven in large part by a post-lockdown focus on the employee experience.

Sodexo introduces hygiene verification

The group is partnering with Bureau Veritas, the testing, inspection and certification specialist, to introduce a hygiene verification label for its procedures and services.

Covid-19: free risk training app offered

The engineering services group Ramboll has launched an interactive training app to help businesses prepare for returning to the office.

Property: corporates looking for more flexibility

Demand by corporate owners to release capital from their real estate assets is increasing, spurred along by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Is it safe to work here?

Technology firm MyTAG has developed a new system to help companies ensure the safety and cleanliness of office spaces as employees return.  

The future of the workplace: a mix of locations

The results of a global survey on working from home during the pandemic point toward a shift from office-based to a "total workplace ecosystem", balancing office, home and other locations.

BSI publishes safe working guidelines

The UK's National Standards Body has published new safe working guidelines to help businesses manage the return to work and the reoccupation of their facilities.

Home-working: a success for most in financial services

Almost three-quarters of employees (70%) working in financial services rate their working from home experience as positive, according to a new survey from Deloitte.

Return to work: employee experience gets high priority

A survey of HR professionals finds almost two-thirds prioritising employee experience more highly now than before the coronavirus outbreak.

UK workers have mixed views on where they want to work

Rumours of the demise of the office are much exaggerated is the predictable conclusion emerging from research commissioned by the British Council for Offices.

Honeywell offers real-time 'healthy building' solution

With the prospect of a return to the workplace nearing a reality for many, support strategies of all shapes and sizes continue to emerge from product and service suppliers.

Back to work: social distancing will be critical

A UK-based technology company providing workplace sensors, digital signage and data intelligence has launched a social distancing solution to support businesses with the phased return to work.

Employers plan cautious return

Most companies plan to take a gradual approach to bringing employees back to their workplaces as governments begin to lift restrictions tied to Covid-19.

Lockdown working: what are we learning?

Last week we launched a quick poll of the FM community, asking if people were looking forward to returning to their usual places of work. There's a lot of ambivalence out there, and the reasons for that hold some lessons for us all.

myfm offers return to work guide

The specialist FM consultancy and interim management organisation has pooled the expertise of its team and its associates to produce a guide to preparing buildings for safe occupancy following lockdown.

CIPD: three tests before bringing people back

The UK HR body says employers should not bring their people back into the workplace until they have taken all practical steps to ensure employees feel safe 

IWFM: people worry about coming back

As lockdown measures begin to ease, many UK office workers are concerned about going back to the office. But working from home isn't perfect either.

Government publishes back-to-work guidance

A series of publications aim to offer practical guidelines to make workplaces as safe as possible and give people confidence to go back to work during the pandemic.

Cool workplace: lower temperatures coming?

CIBSE has been cited in the Sunday Times, advising that building managers increase the amount of exterior air flowing into the workplace in order to reduce the concentration of any Covid-19 particles.

Anxious about returning to the workplace?

If so, you are not alone. Over 40% of employees share that feeling because of Covid-19, according to a new survey published by the CIPD. 

Mitie offers post-lockdown guidance

As the lifting of some lockdown restrictions is reviewed by government, Mitie has published a return-to-work guide for facilities managers.

Does coronavirus spell the end of hotdesking?

Workplace design experts are predicting the pandemic could prove a major challenge to the future of hotdesking.

BCO: looking at change in the workplace

Screens to protect receptionists, touchless unisex toilets and reduced occupational density are all likely to be features of the post Covid-19 workplace.

Prepare for significant change to workplace catering

Workplace takeaways, shift-based lunches and more pre-ordering are all likely to be part of a new service pattern when the covid-19 lockdown period has passed.

C&W launches post-covid recovery service

Global real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield has formed a Recovery Readiness Task Force to assist clients with post-covid-19 returns to the workplace.

Air cleaning should be standard practice

Clean air technologies and strategies should be adopted by every healthcare facility in the UK in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic.

LGBT+ in FM: how to stay connected

The successful LGBT+ in FM group has stepped up to provide community support during the coronavirus crisis.

Leesman unveils covid-19 research initiative

The workplace assessment specialist, backed by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the International Facility Management Association, has launched a fast-track initiative to look into the impacts of covid-19 on FM and real estate.

Coronavirus: UK not prepared for homeworking

Figures released by the workplace analysis firm Leesman suggest that the UK is one of the least prepared countries to weather a mass homeworking strategy.

Coronavirus: workplace risk assessment tool

Sitemark, the independent benchmarking service, has released a free workplace risk assessment tool in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus: advice for employers and employees

With developments coming fast, anyone who feels overwhelmed by the flow of information, advice and opinion could certainly be forgiven. There are several good basic sources applicable to the workplace.

Cushman & Wakefield unveils flexible workspace service

The property services group has joined others in the business, along with developers and property owners, with the launch of a flex offering.

IWG reports strong growth

The flex space market is a good one: IWG plc, parent to Regus and a handful of other brands, has posted record results for 2019.

Corporate real estate: what to expect in 2020

January is the traditional time to make predictions and resolutions for the year ahead and so it was that CoreNet UK brought together a panel to debate the big issues facing the industry. Cathy Hayward reports.

Interserve offers insights into workplace effectiveness

A new report explores the 'workplace effectiveness index', a methodology tested at the company's own award-winning HQ in Birmingham.

The future of work is the future of the city

A poll of over 30,000 full- and part-time workers across 50 cities in 18 countries has found people significantly more optimistic about their local communities than the state of their nations.

Plants@Work gets a clean-up for 2020

The not-for-profit industry association for interior landscapers has given its website a thorough makeover to make it more accessible and useful to visitors.

Is coworking the answer?

The system of shared office space that offers tenants shorter leases and plug-and-pay spaces has made a big impact on the property world. But what's really behind its appeal, and does it have a long-term future?

Knight Frank unveils flexible workspace offer

It's beginning to look like the corporate property advisors' must-have. The list of firms offering a flexible space service seems to growth monthly.

Work smarter, not harder

Greg Bortkiewicz reports from WorkTech London 2019, where the key theme was 'transformation requires a human-centric approach for success'.

Flexible workspaces: good for local economies

New research from workspace provider Regus calculates the value that flexible office space and coworking locations would likely bring to local areas as operators look beyond major city locations.

Sodexo consolidates smart building expertise

Sodexo has confirmed the launch of Wx, a consultancy specialising in workplace experience design, calling the move clear evidence of its commitment to services for the work environment.

IWFM launches degree-level workplace qualification

Sixty learners have enrolled in the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management's newly created Level 6 Diploma in Workplace, launching what it calls a ground-breaking qualification.

Helsinki site is first to be Leesman+ certified in Finland

The technology company Wärtsilä has received Leesman+ certification for the Helsinki Campus where the company's almost 500 employees working in the capital city area moved one year ago.

Corporates still see value in coworking

Big commercial organisations are using flexible workspace solutions and seeing the benefits; but they are also seeing some of the limitations. 

Mixed messages on coworking

Research from design firm Gensler on the rise of flexible workspace in the UK corporate sector has found that 40% of flexible space users would rather work from a conventional office.

IWFM partners with Microsoft on smart workplaces

The Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management has kicked off a research and development collaboration with the technology giant.

Future Office Awards open for entry

Into a crowded awards calendar comes a new scheme launched by London-based office specialists ThirdWay to celebrate the changing workspace. The top prize is £100K towards an office fit-out.

C&W recruits workplace visionary

Workplace has become a big area of competition for property services groups. The latest move sees Cushman & Wakefield recruiting Nicola Gillen to fill the newly created role of head of total workplace.

Workplace wellbeing: the time is now

"It was so different only ten years ago…" was a recurring phrase in this year's Make a Difference World Summit. Ellie Davis reports.

IFMA & RICS working together on coworking event

The coworking concept is definitely 'in', while flex-space demand continues to reshape traditional property markets and the likes of WeWork continue to grab headlines.

One in five new workplaces fails to meet needs

A new report from workplace experience research group Leesman concludes that a fifth of workplace change projects are not meeting employee needs. 

BuroHappold launches workplace optimisation tool

A new interactive dashboard providing real-time environmental data enables building occupiers to optimise the conditions in the workplace, the engineering group says.

Workplace strategy: choice and variety work best

Private offices, open plan, hotdesking: getting the work environment 'right' is as contentious as ever. Into the fray steps Savills with its new What Workers Want survey.

Westgrove teams up with retailTRUST on welfare

Westgrove Group, the Warrington-based FM company, has engaged with charity retailTRUST to support the welfare of its employees.

Millennials and the workplace

A survey of young leaders in corporate real estate, presented at last week’s CoreNet Global Summit in Amsterdam, concludes that workplace design and flexible working are top priorities.

CBRE launches first three Hana sites in London

Hana, the property advisor's flexible workspace venture, has unveiled plans for its first three UK sites.

CoreNet takes on the productivity challenge

Optimising the human experience in the workplace to achieve greater productivity and creativity will be the focus of next week's CoreNet Global Summit in Amsterdam.

BESA working on new healthy building standard

The plan is to develop a new British Standard designed to establish performance benchmarks for healthier buildings.

Leesman hits 600,000 milestone

The Leesman Index, the workplace experience benchmark, has reached a new peak, with more than 600,000 responses contributed to what is now the largest independent research project of its kind.

Flexible workspaces to increase by 56% by 2022

We're in the midst of a "coworking revolution" that will see the number of flexible workspaces continue to grow rapidly, say industry experts. 

Flexible workspace drives Big Nine action

The Big Nine regional office markets saw a big uplift in flexible workspace activity during the second quarter of the year.

New BCO guide reflects new concerns

The British Council for Offices has published a revised Guide to Specification, which provides guidance on industry standards for workplaces across the country.

Flexible working tops RICS poll

Flexible working options are key in making construction a more attractive and progressive career choice for women. It's not hard to see that applying to all built environment professions.

Leesman teams up for wellbeing benchmark

The workplace assessment specialist is teaming up with WELL Building Standard founder Delos to investigate how real estate strategy can better support wellbeing at work.

Office design hindering productivity

That's the conclusion from research carried out for property consultants Savills, which also found that UK workers are happier with their office environments generally, with companies doing more to help employees' physical and mental health.

Savills launches into flex office market

The real estate services firm is the latest in this sector to unveil a new offer dedicated to helping landlords and owner occupiers to take advantage of the demand for flexible office space.

Savills extends offer with workplace consultancy buy

The property services group has announced the acquisition of London-based workplace consultancy and design studio KKS with the aim of extending its range of services.

Workplace: people want good design

Results from a recent YouGov survey highlight the importance of the work environment to office workers, with more than two-fifths believing design can encourage innovation and creativity.

Directors of fit-out firms disqualified

The Competition and Markets Authority has followed up its investigation of illegal cartel behaviour in the office fit-out sector with the disqualification of three company directors.

Sodexo names top FM trends to watch

The group's US business has singled out four themes that each cover a number of trends expected to shape facilities management in 2019.

BCO reveals London best workplace winners

Six London businesses celebrated success at the BCO Annual Regional Awards yesterday, with Facebook, 2TVC, Deloitte, Boden, Project North and Fora Borough all recognised as the capital's best workplaces.

UK productivity slump linked to the employee experience

Only half of UK employees consider their organisations to be effective at creating a positive work environment and only two-fifths consider their employer to be effective at creating meaningful work.

Join the club: British Land's new flexible space offer

The property investment group behind such developments as Broadgate in London, Plymouth's Drake Circus and Sheffield's Meadowhall has unveiled the Storey Club, a serviced flexible work environment.

People override cost in CRE strategy

Around two-thirds of occupiers rank employee engagement and talent attraction and development as being two of the three most important drivers of corporate real estate strategy, even ahead of cost reduction.

World Workplace Europe looks forward

'World Workplace Europe meets Facility for Future' was the theme for IFMA's European conference held last week in Amsterdam. David Emanuel reports.

Noise in the workplace: damaging wellbeing and productivity

In a survey of 1,000 UK office workers, 65% said noise impacts on their ability to complete work in an accurate and timely manner. Nearly half said that noise had a negative impact on their wellbeing, with over 40% reporting it caused them stress.

ISS partners with specialist on IoT applications

ISS and T-Systems, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, have signed a three-year strategic partnership focusing on internet of things solutions.

CMA busts fit-out cartel

Five office fit-out firms will pay fines totalling £7m after admitting to being involved in a cover bidding cartel.

Corporates to drive flexible workspace industry

Corporate occupiers are set to become the driving force within the flexible workspace industry as the way they view their office portfolios continues to change.

IWFM London conference programme confirmed

Tickets are now available for the annual London conference, which takes place on 14 March at the striking Freemasons' Hall.

Property professionals set to evolve into 'experience managers'?

In a broad study of the profession, CoreNet Global has identified the most influential trends in CRE through 2025 and beyond, which could include the disappearance of the CRE label itself. 

Landsec launches flexible office brand

One of the UK's top property investors is wading into the marketplace to provide customised office space for businesses looking for flexibility to enable future growth.

Parliament to focus on mental health in the workplace

Debate is expected today around the concept of mental health first aid in the workplace. This could be the start of significant change.

C02 in offices "silently damaging productivity"

The results from the first ever practical study into UK indoor office environments reveal that worker performance declines when CO2 levels are high and temperatures are too warm or too cold.

Crown Worldwide in Premier move

Business services group Crown Worldwide has acquired Premier Workplace Services as the group underlines its commitment to the workspace sector.

MyTAG offers air quality monitoring solution

MyTAG, the property management innovation company, has launched AirQ, a new way to monitor air quality.

Poor quality offices costing £4bn a year

New research reveals that 1 in 5 UK workers has around two unproductive hours every week caused by poor or inadequate work environments, leading to a huge cost to the economy.

Coworking: is it a new workplace cult?

This particular new way of working has taken off fast, with implications for corporate occupiers, facilities management and the entire commercial property world. David Emanuel has been to Amsterdam for full immersion in the coworking movement.

Paradigm shift: another CRE firm weighs in on change

There are five themes that will shape future occupational demand across global real estate markets. Each will be highly influential but in combination they represent nothing short of a new occupational orthodoxy, Knight Frank says.

Coworking on the rise: more evidence

Should you be in any doubt that the coworking phenomenon is reshaping corporate real estate's thinking, a new survey has found professionals expecting to see the trend "dramatically increase" over the next five years.

IWFM: the transition begins

This week sees the start of the process of transformational change at the BIFM as it moves to become the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management.

The key to the productivity puzzle: leadership

Quality of leadership is the single most important factor to impact the level of productivity in an organisation according to a new international research study.

Is the conventional office lease dead?

A new white paper explores the fate of the traditional commercial property lease in the context of deep social, political and economic changes.

Understanding the flexible office space phenomenon

Europe's flexible office space sector has more than doubled in size since 2014 and is set to grow by up to 30% per year over the next five years. What's driving this?

ENGIE in Smart move

The acquisition of Smart Buildings Ltd will provide a step-change in ENGIE's smart buildings capabilities and significantly enhance the solutions it is able to offer to customers.

CBRE introduces Hana

The property services group has unveiled a new offering designed to help institutional property owners meet the rapidly growing demand for flexible office space solutions.

Charities: £10,000 of workplace design services for free

Workplace design consultants Burtt-Jones & Brewer are celebrating their 10th anniversary by offering one lucky charity thousands of pounds worth of their design time.

Live and let work

Business mogul Warren Buffett once said: "Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago." Lessons can take time to learn and we don’t always get things right, but our efforts can have a massive impact on the future.

RIBA, CIOB and RICS launch quality tracker tool

The Royal Institute of British Architects, Chartered Institute of Building and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors have launched a new free-to-download tool to improve the quality of outcomes for construction projects.

Cushman & Wakefield buys into design & build

Recent years have seen the big property services groups moving rapidly in the direction of becoming 'full service' providers and managers of work environments.

Employee experience 'super-drivers' revealed

New research from workplace analyst Leesman reveals a series of mission-critical drivers that organisations need to deliver if they are to foster outstanding workplace experience.

Conference report: less world, more workplace

The International Facility Management Association's World Workplace event, which took place last week, brings together 4,000 facilities professionals from across the globe. Or rather that's what it's supposed to do. Cathy Hayward reports.

BCO names the UK's best workplaces

London's Bloomberg offices came out on top at the British Council for Offices' National Awards, taking home both the Best of the Best and the Corporate Workplace awards.

Sodexo unveils global partnership with Microsoft

The services group will benefit through access to cloud, internet of things and machine learning capabilities for new and enhanced digital services to clients, consumers and employees.

CBRE offers free online workplace planning tool

The property services group has announced the UK launch of Spacer, a free workplace planning product to help companies apply best-in-class workplace trends to their office layout.

Refurbished industrial buildings are the future of workplace

That's the conclusion of a new study carried out by the property services group JLL and architects Hawkins\Brown.

ISS signals workplace move

SIGNAL, the ISS group's strategic workplace management and design firm, is opening a new office in London to further strengthen partnerships with key account customers.

CBRE names top trends in FM

Increasingly people want to choose where and when they work and they look to the workplace, wherever that may be, to deliver much more in terms of services and amenities. This is reshaping FM, says the property services group.

Coworking heading for empty retail space

Property advisor JLL predicts that coworking ventures could become a significant occupier on many high streets.

ENGIE says Change Please at Grant Thornton

The FM manager has introduced the social enterprise Change Please to its Grant Thornton client sites.

All change as coworking sweeps into the property world

Not long ago it seemed like just a variation on flexible workspace, but all that has changed. The speed with which coworking has become both a corporate accommodation strategy and a major influencer in property markets around the globe is stunning.

Colliers: senior appointments focus on occupiers

The real estate services group has recruited Andrew Hallissey as its new executive managing director of EMEA occupier services, based in London. 

Interserve report tackles need to optimise the workplace

Businesses need to radically re-envisage their workplaces to optimise team productivity and maximise the value of their physical working environments, the group says.

Sodexo names Wignall for digital workplace solutions

The services group has appointed Trevor Wignall as digital and innovation director within its corporate services business.

BSI offers wellbeing code of practice

The business standards company has launched a new code of practice for organisations to help tackle what it describes as a crisis in the mental health and wellbeing of Britain's workforce.

New president for BCO

Katrina Kostic Samen has been confirmed as the new president of the British Council for Offices.

Guide to responsible workplace fit-outs launched

A new online toolkit provides guidance for owners and occupiers on how to integrate sustainability and wellbeing into office fit-outs.

Technology: real-world applications

Changes, opportunities, impacts, implications: technology is a big subject these days in facilities management. But how much of the talk is real, in the sense of being about things that are relevant and workable for FM policy and practice?

Flexible workspace: growth sector

Flexibility seems to be the way of the future. It's become a standard theme in corporate strategies and reports, property industry analysis and planning, and of course on the ground in commercial property markets.

CBRE predicts "profound and far-reaching" change in CRE portfolios

Looking just over 20 years ahead, the real estate advisory group says the major focus for corporates will be flexibility, resting on fast decision-making in turn fed by new technologies.

Sodexo confirms Maximo to "create connected workplace experiences"

The services group has announced that it intends to harness the enhanced capabilities of IBM's Maximo technology to handle and transform its worldwide asset management function.

Landlords see opportunity in flexible work space

Nine out of ten UK landlords believe that flexible office space is on the brink of becoming mainstream, according to a new study from property advisors CBRE.

Ten-year study highlights shifting workplace trends

A new global report looks at the drivers and perceived benefits of alternative workplace programmes, uncovering the leadership and workplace strategy implications for organisations.

BCO publishes guidance on health and wellbeing

A new report from the British Council for Offices promises definitive guidance on supporting key people needs across an office building's lifecycle.

Anabas takes on hot-desking in second white paper

The corporate office FM specialist has published the second in a series of white papers exploring the evolution of agile working.

Technology in FM awards open for entries

Time to start planning: we are welcoming entries for the annual Technology in FM Awards. Final submissions are due in October and the winner will be announced next February at the Workplace Futures conference.

"Optimal office" productivity gains could unlock billions

Tackling the workplace productivity challenge has itself turned into a small industry. The latest analysis of the opportunity waiting to be released puts a prospective value of almost £40bn on office optimisation.

Greening the workplace: award winners

The biophilia movement got a significant boost last week as plants@work, the not-for-profit membership organisation for interior landscapers, announced the winners of the annual Leaf Awards.

London law firms leading the way on workplace change

Things move fast in the legal world, at least when it comes to how people work. A new report from CBRE finds a rapid take-up of agile working practices and artificial intelligence technologies.

Sodexo publishes latest workplace trends report

The group's 2018 report highlights the most critical factors affecting the future of work and demonstrates how an improved workplace experience is key to both increasing companies' performance and enhancing employee engagement.

Making the business case for green building benefits

The World Green Building Council has launched a new report highlighting the economic benefits of green building and showcasing improved occupant satisfaction when companies implement new health, wellbeing and productivity features in existing green sites.

BCO highlights London's best workplaces

Bloomberg, White Collar Factory, Havas UK, Here East and 10 Lower James Street have all been recognised as some of the best workplaces in the capital at the British Council for Offices regional awards.

Workplace Week New York plans confirmed

Following a successful six years in the UK, Workplace Week will arrive in New York this summer. The Advanced Workplace Associates fundraising event, supported by the IFMA Workplace Evolutionaries Group, takes place 18 – 22 June.

Occupiers less concerned about Brexit: CBRE

Occupiers are less concerned about Brexit than they were a year ago, according to a new CBRE research survey of over 100 major occupiers across Europe.

Flexible workspaces and smart technology to drive corporate real estate growth

A new report from property advisors JLL identifies 10 trends that are shaping corporate occupiers' decision-making in 2018.

Rolling out technology to make agile working work

Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP has introduced new workplace technology to support its agile work environments in London and Reading.

Occupier expectations shifting as consumerisation takes hold

Nearly two-thirds of companies plan to increase their investment in real estate technology over the next three years, most of them in the next year, according to the 2018 EMEA Occupier Survey from CBRE.

CRE community to tackle uncertainty

One Big Day, a major event for the corporate real estate and associated sectors, attracts hundreds of professionals with a shared need for knowledge. This year, in response to a rapidly changing economy, the event takes on the issue of uncertainty.

Augmented reality: the key to understanding the workplace?

Space utilisation specialist Vantage Space is prototyping an augmented reality analysis platform for workplace utilisation and occupancy studies.

Government responds to Taylor Review with focus on 'good work'

The UK will become one of the first countries to address the challenges of the changing world of work in the modern economy, Whitehall has declared.

Adding value in a time of trouble

Simon Iatrou reports from Workplace Futures 2018, a conference that covered the good and the bad in facilities management.

Joint winners crowned in the i-FM Technology in FM Awards

In a clear demonstration of the quality of the entries, the judges for this year's awards were unable to pick one winner.

More to green buildings than energy savings

A Harvard University research team has concluded that green buildings can deliver billions of dollars in public health benefits, including fewer hospitalisations and reduced climate impacts.

Call for more health and wellbeing spaces in offices

Property investors seeking to future-proof office assets should consider providing space for gyms, nutritionists and medical consultation centres. Space for health and wellbeing has the most significant potential impact on employee performance, JLL says.

Ushering in a new era of workplace design

Neil Usher, the man behind Sky's multi-award winning work environments, has captured his views, experiences and advice in a soon to be published book. He's also speaking at next week's Workplace Futures conference.

Financial sector workplaces changing fast

Under growing pressure to compete, especially to recruit and retain good people, financial businesses are beginning to look more like tech businesses.

i-FM editor makes podcast debut

i-FM's Simon Iatrou can be heard on the latest episode of Workplace Matters, a regular podcast produced by workplace consultancy 3edges.

Corporate real estate: where to from here?

January is the traditional time to make predictions and resolutions for the year ahead and so it was that CoreNet's UK chapter took on the challenge. Cathy Hayward reports.

Productivity: change needs a plan and follow-through

A new report from Lancaster University's Work Foundation highlights what it calls "the complex and often strained relationship" between productivity, technology and work.

CBRE integrates workplace services in new offer

The real estate advisory group has unveiled CBRE 360, a global capability focused on delivering enhanced employee experiences in the workplace.

New Compass coffee brands target workplace consumer

The catering and support services company has launched two new coffee brands in an effort to recapture some of the market share that has been taken be high street coffee chains in recent years.

How can FM add value in the workplace?

Wherever you stand on the debate around how facilities management relates to workplace, one thing is true: how we work is evolving, opening the door to change in where we work. FM should be intimately involved in planning, programming and implementing.

WeWork set to become London's biggest tenant

There's confidence in a market, and then there's so much confidence that you are prepared to carve out a dominant position in that market.

Getting a feel for facilities management

Understanding how people feel and behave in work environments could be the key to better business outcomes; and building that knowledge within FM could be the key to greater impact.

Study on impact of offices on productivity and health launched

Two American universities are backing a global study that will examine how the indoor environments of 100 office buildings impact employee productivity and health.

Workplace Week to feature big-name site visits

HelloFresh, Macquarie, ZPG, Expedia and MOO are just some of the companies participating in Workplace Week 2017 to celebrate and showcase workplace innovation and creativity, with all proceeds donated to BBC Children in Need.

Cushman & Wakefield teams up for smart workplace initiative

Real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield has announced a new global agreement with smart building technology provider MCS Solutions, an Internet of Things specialist with experience in more than 60 countries.

BIFM plans workplace leadership programme

The British Institute of Facilities Management has entered into a partnership with 3edges to develop the programme, which will be delivered through the BIFM Academy from the first quarter of 2018.

Mental health in the workplace: Compass launches campaign

Compass Group UK & Ireland has marked World Mental Health Day by launching a campaign for its workforce, to raise awareness of mental health in the workplace and to provide colleagues with the support they need.

Flexible workspace market just gets bigger

The demand for flexible workspace seems to be growing fast. That's certainly the only conclusion to be drawn from watching what's happening on the provider side.

JLL launches search for new HQ

In what must be a novel experience, the property services group is looking for new offices to meet its own needs, as it plans to consolidate its existing West End, City and Canary Wharf operations into one location.

London dominates in BCO Awards

Six of the eight categories at the British Council for Offices' annual National Awards went to London buildings, with the new Sky Central scooping both Best Corporate Workplace and Best of the Best.

The why and how of flexible working

On-demand workspace has been in the mix for years, until recently a small part of the workplace landscape. But suddenly, flexible accommodation seems to be booming. Why? What's driving that and how far will it go?

Leesman singles out key workplace issues

Leesman, which holds the world's largest independent database on workplace effectiveness, has published a new report highlighting where things are going wrong for most people and what companies can do about that.

UKGBC turns focus on retail

The UK Green Building Council has launched its second Wellbeing Lab programme, this one focused on making the business case for retail spaces that support the health and wellbeing of employees and shoppers.

Keeping up with FM's soft side

It's become a big topic in the workplace community in recent months. The 'softer' issues, such as wellness, wellbeing, morale, productivity, feelings and experiences, have found their place on the agenda.

People just want to be trusted

UK workers rate feelings of trust and autonomy as increasingly important in keeping them productive and happy in the workplace, according to research from office design specialists Peldon Rose.

Skanska: test bed for new FM technology

The construction and services group has been trialling 'smart data' technology combining sensors, a mobile app and a web dashboard at its UK head office.

Why happiness matters

A management focus on happiness in the workplace sounds like one of those things sure to end in the opposite. But it turns out that happiness is really quite important to commercial success.

The robots are coming: should we worry?

There has been a lot of discussion in recent months about the increasing deployment of technology in the world of work. Automation seems an unstoppable trend, from data collection and analysis right up to, in the case of the FM sector, service delivery.

More proof: how people experience the workplace is critical

Human factors-oriented workplace research suddenly seems to be very much in vogue: many would say about time, too. The latest comes from design and engineering consultancy Atkins.

Business centres: serious alternative to traditional offices

Research published by the Business Centre Association in collaboration with CBRE shows that the business centre sector across the UK continued to thrive in 2015 and 2016 despite fears about the impact of Brexit and its effect on the economy.

CIC offers learning guide on inclusive design

'Bringing inclusive design into built environment education' is the new teaching and learning guide published by the built environment industry group.

Wellbeing: a new real estate fundamental

Offices that respect and support users' wellbeing offer occupiers, developers and landlords greater value. People count, according to a new report from real estate advisors Cushman & Wakefield.

FM gets serious about workplace technology

There's a change underway in how FM providers see their role in delivering workplace services. Three new partnerships with technology firms, reported here in recent weeks, are evidence of that.

Servest takes stake in ICT company

It's starting to look like a trend. Another top FM services provider is teaming up with a specialist technology company with an eye on the changing workplace.

Productivity: learning from the consumer world

Companies should aim to create a sense of 'brand loyalty' among their employees in the same way that consumer businesses do with their customers, according to a new study by Interserve.

Bouygues E&S teams up for the connected workplace

Bouygues Energies & Services has announced a new partnership that brings together global expertise in facilities management with context-aware computing and machine intelligence capabilities to deliver the workplace of the future.

BRE to test benefits of biophilic design

The building research group has launched The Biophilic Office project, a unique office refurbishment that aims to provide quantified evidence for the benefits of biophilic design on occupant health, wellbeing and productivity.

Battling the summer drain on motivation and productivity

Keeping employees engaged and motivated during the summer months can be a challenge. New research indicates that targeted action on the workplace and workplace culture could help.

Riding the wave of change

There's a sea-change underway in the corporate real estate world. Our CRE colleagues are increasingly realising, as FM has done, that the focus of services has to be at least as much people as buildings.

BSI launches D&I code of practice

At a time when issues around diversity and inclusion are rising up the agenda at many organisations, the business standards company has launched a new standard for employers providing guidance on good practice.

CBRE office named first WELL building in Spain

The real estate services group's Madrid office has been awarded Spain's first WELL Building Standard certification. 

BIFM: new guidance on space planning and management

The British Institute of Facilities Management has published updated guidance to help in-house FM teams understand what is involved in managing and changing space.

Can real estate enable business transformation?

Property advisors JLL argue the answer is yes, as they back that up with a new report and an accompanying online tool focused on "how workplace experience can help businesses thrive in the new world of work".

Making property pay

For most UK businesses buildings are the second biggest expense after staff and present a huge cost-saving potential. And any savings from reduced running costs drop straight to the bottom line, so focusing here can pay off.

FM, workplace, productivity and all that

We may or may not be witnessing the transformation of FM into some form of workplace-branded discipline. We are undoubtedly witnessing the rise of productivity as a key FM concern, with all the challenges that brings.

Work futures: personality type to trump organisational culture

That's the conclusion from corporate office FM specialist Anabas, which has published the first in a series of white papers on agile working.

Productivity: in pursuit of the elusive

Improving productivity in the workplace has been a much-discussed challenge in recent times. Understanding what's involved is not simple, but a new project may be close to clarifying the question and identifying at least some of the answers.

Condeco partners with workplace design specialist

The specialist provider of workspace utilisation technologies has teamed up with HOK, a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm, offering workplace occupancy and change management consultancy services.

Flexible working isn't always working

A new report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development finds that many workers experience problems working away from the office. Better guidance on flexible working is needed, CIPD says.

ISS opens 'workplace of the future' in Germany

The group's new Dusseldorf headquarters has been designed as an activity-based workspace lab, where new ways of working will be tested before rolling out innovations to customers.

Coworking: is this the future?

Recent research carried out by corporate real estate group CoreNet Global and property advisors Cushman & Wakefield has found that property costs and lease lengths are key factors driving interest in shared workspace.

BIFM offers guidance on agile working transition

New guidance to help facilities managers manage their organisation's transition to agile working has been published by the British Institute of Facilities Management.

BCO launches health and wellbeing research

The British Council for Offices has commissioned a research team for a year-long study of health and wellbeing in offices, with the aim of producing definitive guidance.

The winds of change

You can almost feel it, the warm, dry wind pushing new technology applications through virtually every aspect of FM operations. In fact, you can feel it in the washroom as hand-dryers reach a new level of high-tech.

Carillion joins green Innovation Lab

Carillion has joined Canary Wharf Group, Land Securities and Marks & Spencer as a lead partner on the UK Green Building Council's Innovation Lab.

FM and the productivity challenge

Workplace productivity, and specifically how FM can contribute to enhancing the performance of both individuals and organisations, has become a key theme in the industry.

Making change work

Talking about new technology and what it might mean for work and the workplace is the easy part. Deciding what to change and how best to do it is the process that reveals the scale of the challenge.

Occupiers focus on making space work better

Corporate real estate priorities are increasingly focused on efficiency gains and enhancing workplace strategies in a quest to make space work 'smarter'. Greater use of technology is seen as key enabler of these objectives. 

Up to a third of UK jobs could face automation

'The robots are coming' has been a semi-facetious angle on many of the discussions around technology and the future of FM. A new report from business advisors PwC puts some numbers on the broader trends.

CIC launches accessibility guide

The Construction Industry Council has published its Essential Principles Guide, designed to provide built environment professionals with information and advice on creating an accessible and inclusive environment.

IoD calls for more focus on mental health at work

The Institute of Directors is urging the government to work with employers to 'start a conversation' on mental health in the workplace.

Most companies unprepared for digital disruption

Despite the clear trend towards increasing use of technology shaping work and supporting disciplines like FM, just 13% of UK companies say they feel ready to create 'the organisation of the future'.

NICE standard for staff health and wellbeing

A new quality standard designed to help organisations improve their employees' mental and physical health and wellbeing has been published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

FM and the productivity challenge

Productivity has become something of a hot topic for FM, one of a handful of areas of opportunity where the industry collectively sees the prospect of making a significant contribution to economic and social success.

POE: power to the people

Post occupancy evaluation frequently seems to be one of those things that sounds better in concept that in practice, to both clients and contractors. Sounds good, they often say; maybe we'll try that next time.

Workplace quality becomes a weapon in war for talent

Recruiting and retaining top quality employees means that organisations will need to offer 'best in class' workplace experiences based on quality technology and services.

Time to get on-board with change

A new report from Sodexo highlights a series of major trends shaping workplaces in 2017 and calls on organisations to shape their business strategies and workplaces in response.

ISS acquires strategic workplace advisor

ISS is set to buy the Nordic workspace management and design consultancy SIGNAL in a move that will strengthen the group's focus on strategic workplace issues.

Workplace design failing knowledge workers

A new in-depth study has revealed the crucial factors affecting productivity, engagement and retention in one of the UK's biggest and fastest growing employment sectors.

Gen Z: who are they and what do they want

Over the past couple of years there has been much said and written about younger workers, how they might think and behave differently and what that means for organisations and the workplace. Much of that is probably rubbish.

Facilities Management 2017: programme details confirmed

A top line-up of industry specialists will debate and share knowledge with delegates at Facilities Management 2017 say the organisers of the event, which takes place at the NEC on 21-23 March.

Call to 'detoxify' work environments to improve wellbeing

'Toxic' workplaces are jeopardising employee wellbeing, leading to poor productivity, long-term sickness and ultimately impacting staff recruitment and retention, according to international engineering group AECOM.

Sodexo team wins major grant to study employee health

A four-year grant from the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health will fund research on the connections between the workplace and health outcomes.

Home sweet office: design predictions for 2017

This year will see the wellbeing of employees remaining central in office design with a noticeable shift towards home-inspired interiors, according to design, fit-out and refurbishment specialist Morgan Lovell.

Interserve calls for 'workplace guardian' role

A new report concludes that businesses need to shift their focus away from functional issues, such as cost per square metre, and towards the productivity boost that can be delivered through well-designed work spaces.

UKGBC launches Innovation Lab

The UK Green Building Council has unveiled what it calls 'a radical new approach to innovation in the built environment'.

BRE to test biophilic design concepts on itself

The research and advisory group is to test the effects of biophilic design on office occupants by refurbishing one of its own buildings and monitoring the outcomes.

HSE unveils new health and work strategy

The Heath and Work campaign is launched at a time when stress and musculoskeletal disorders account for around 80% of all working time lost due to illness, according to the Health and Safety Executive.

Smarter use of space could deliver huge economic boost

Smarter use of Britain's office space could improve productivity by 1 to 3.5% and deliver a boost of up to £70bn to the economy.

Interserve debate underway: join in

The first debate in a planned series focuses on the importance of physical space in improving employee productivity. Opening arguments have been made and responses are invited.

All change in drive for smart working

Bouygues Energies & Services has moved. Not far; just a mile or so down the road. But the transformation in work environment has been total.

National Grid: 14forty's double award winner

To win one top FM award is impressive. Scooping a second with the same client is remarkable.

Interserve plans workplace debate

The construction and support services group is launching an online debate series aiming to spark conversation about how the workplace experience can improve employee productivity and engagement.

Office workers value sustainable work environments

A survey by office design, fit-out and refurbishment specialist Morgan Lovell has found that 73% of UK office workers believe that a sustainable workplace aids productivity.

Green offices: WGBC offers business case evidence

A new report from the World Green Building Council draws together lessons and insights from a series of projects worldwide that demonstrate the benefits of going green for owners, occupiers, developers and investors.

War for talent shaping CRE decisions

Property advisor CBRE argues that the commercial world is in the midst of a paradigm shift as real estate decisions are increasingly driven by recruitment and retention concerns.

What does coworking mean for corporate real estate?

The UK Chapter of CoreNet Global, in partnership with HOK's WorkPlace practice, has released a new report that studies the impact of coworking from a corporate real estate  perspective.

JLL tackles technology impact on real estate

The property advisor has launched a new report series exploring the impact of technology, data and digital disruption on work spaces and real estate investment strategies.

More evidence that green buildings pay

Employees who work in certified green buildings have higher cognitive function scores, fewer sick building symptoms and higher sleep quality scores than those working in non-certified buildings.

University of East Anglia building takes top BCO award

The University of East Anglia's Enterprise Centre was named as the Best of the Best workplace at the British Council for Offices' annual National Awards in London Tuesday night.

LED lighting: is this the future?

Designers and manufacturers say yes. And quite a few FMs seem to think they might be right.

US owners see healthier buildings paying off

Building owners, developers, managers and investors in the US are increasingly interested in creating healthier buildings, according to new research, with many starting to see the business benefits of doing so.

Ho ho ho: working Christmas trees week is coming

It may be only September but next week sees the launch of the Christmas season for the interior landscaping industry.

Research: the factors shaping workplace perceptions

Smell, noise and temperature in the working environment are among the main factors that influence employees' experiences and in turn impact productivity and performance.

Breaking new ground in the City

Insurance may not be the first industry to spring to mind when the word 'innovation' is mentioned. But one major firm, Zurich, is partnering with Sodexo to pioneer some fresh ideas in how FM is done.

Poor air quality at work: top complaint

A new survey has found that indoor air pollution is prevalent in workplaces across Britain, potentially causing long-term health problems.

Integral LED scoops Which? badge of quality

The UK lighting brand is celebrating the accreditation of several new Which? Best Buys.

UK-GBC launches 'wellbeing lab'

The UK Green Building Council has unveiled plans to push forward a transformation in how working environments are thought about, designed and managed.

Gensler highlights have vs have-not problem

The international design firm has added to the fast-growing view that UK organisations need to rethink their attitudes toward the workplace, as it is those attitudes which are likely to be a key factor in low morale and poor productivity.


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A smarter cleaning vision

It is hard to predict the long-term impact that Covid-19 will have on working practices in Europe and the knock-on implications for commercial real estate and workspaces.

Workspace design post-Covid

It's been a challenging year for facilities management on many fronts, and one more lies in the future of the office. We still need them, but what does FM need to do to ensure they are fit for a new future?

Keeping your premises Covid safe

In the facilities management sector, you have the hefty responsibility of looking after your premises and building users, whether these be staff, visitors, customers, residents or patients.

Smart buildings for the 'new normal'

Facilities managers are under pressure to re-open offices safely, but the stakes could not be higher. So how can technology help?

Covid-ready communal areas

Facilities managers across all sectors are incredibly busy right now, as throughout the UK businesses are urged back to work by the government.

Managing safety and risk in workforce transition

With the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic far from over, facility owners and managers need to stay up to date with the latest information, and stay flexible in their return-to-work planning.

Potential trends and changes to workplaces

In the final instalment of this series examining the return to work post-shutdown in the UK, Faegre Drinker solicitors look at the potential trends and longer term changes that the Covid-19 pandemic will likely have on workplaces.

Addressing the economic impact of Covid-19

In this second instalment in a series examining the challenges UK employers are likely to face in the coming months, solicitors at Faegre Drinker look at how employers can manage the economic impact the pandemic will likely have on many workplaces.

Returning to work post-shutdown

The Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant lockdown have caused a massive shift in the way we work. The experts from international law firm Faegre Drinker examine the challenges UK employers are likely to face in the coming months.

What future for flexible workspace providers?

Demand for flexible workspace in the UK has dropped to roughly 20% of pre-Covid-19 levels and does not look set to recover soon. But many providers are remaining open, though often with skeleton staff.

Retrofitting workspace to meet new demands

The Covid-19 pandemic is causing us to rethink what is important for the workplace and how offices are designed, built and managed.

Why smart businesses minimise risk with smart detectors

Market research firm Gartner has predicted that in the internet of things marketplace building automation will be the segment with the largest growth rate in 2020, at 42%.

What happens after lockdown?

On Thursday 16 April, the UK government extended the lockdown by at least another three weeks. That’s not to say life will return to normal on early in May, of course. But, in the meantime, how should we think about this?

Businesses clean up to fight invisible enemy

With the number of coronavirus cases rising, businesses are more conscious than ever of the need to protect themselves against this invisible enemy.

University at home: lessons from FM

Sienna Emanuel reports on how students are finding the switch from university facilities to studies at home, and how to make that work.

Working from home: mixed messages, mixed success

Homeworking has rocketed up the agenda at many, if not most, organisations across the public and private sectors as covid-19 forces so much change. But the transition will not be easy for all.

Combatting the January blues with nature

Every January many head back to work after the excitement of Christmas, braving cold and wet weather and committed to ambitious diets and New Year’s resolutions. It’s no wonder many consider this their least favourite month.

Data-driven design to stand the test of time

Getting your workspace right can be a game-changer for any business. But how do you know what style will stand the test of time? What will the workplace of the future look like?

Productive, high-performing and healthy workplaces

Given what we already know, why isn't everyone making changes to create these, asks John O’Brien.

Smart solutions deliver benefits

Eindhoven University of Technology's Atlas Building is reckoned to be the most sustainable educational facility in the world following a 'smart' refurbishment.

Workplace planning: new tech opens new doors

As workplace needs and expectations change, 3D mobile mapping is becoming a key tool in building management, from construction to streamlining the process of maintenance and upgrades.

What the office really means to a business

Increasing the cost-efficiency of a business, managing health and safety requirements, extending the lifespan of assets and monitoring and maintaining compliance all showcase the importance of facilities management today.

Wellness and FM

The word wellness is everywhere. Type #Wellness into Instagram and you'll find 30 million posts ranging from bowls of green salads, to intense exercise routines, to bottles of activated charcoal. All with a collective 'shine' associated with good health.

When the lift doesn't go to the top

The subject of emotional intelligence seems to be everywhere, in bookshops, magazines and Twitter feeds. But how relevant is all this to workplace design and management?

LGBT+ in FM

The why, when and what: insights and updates from the LGBT+ in FM committee.

Combining the power of people and data

UK-based government solutions provider KBR is no stranger to the facilities management market. A major partner to 20% of the British armed forces, KBR also takes on contracts where they provide a client-side and strategic role.

Delivering the goods

In this case study, we look at how the FM team at delivery company Hermes is ensuring the workplace copes with today's pressures, and can also be ready for tomorrow’s.

Protecting people from an invisible killer

Air pollution is a global environmental health issue with reports increasingly suggesting that poor air quality may be associated with mental health problems. Peter Dyment examines ways FMs can help mitigate the problem.

Health, productivity and indoor air quality

As a business, you’re no doubt striving towards giving your customers the best possible experience. As an employer, you’ll be committed to the health and wellbeing of your staff. But something could be impacting your efforts more than you realise.

Solving the productivity puzzle

Leadership is what impacts productivity the most, but not enough attention is paid to it and anyway, asks Sion Davies, do we have the right calibre of leaders in the FM and workplace sectors?

Productivity: new insight into an old problem

New UK research shows high CO2 concentrations in offices are decreasing people’s cognitive capability. John O’Brien explains the background to this and what the findings mean.

How tech is transforming property markets

Over the past five years, new tech has drastically transformed the way B2B and B2C businesses operate. Ritam Gandhi looks at what’s available now and what's on the horizon.

Coworking and the demise of the commercial property lease

Traditional commercial office leases are under threat, as an increasing number of organisations begin to recognise the value of flexible working. But why should facilities managers care about this new trend?

The impact of IoT on facilities management

The Internet of Things is changing fast. What does that mean for facilities managers? David Armour looks at current opportunities and some possibilities on the horizon.

IoT and facilities management

Facilities management is a wide-ranging field that is standing on the edge of a precipice. Lee Davies looks at what technology has to offer for the best way forward.

Office design and the importance of empowerment

Over the past few years, businesses have started to question whether open offices really encourage the behaviours they’re supposed to inspire. But that might well be the wrong starting point for this discussion, as Gerry Brennan explains.

Technology and safety in pharmaceutical FM

Compliance and safety are paramount to every pharmaceutical business, but the focus for the FM team is especially important. Mike Knapp explains.

Workplace wellness now front of mind

Up to five million UK workers have a mental health condition, and UK FMs have a role to play in doing something about it. Fiona Perrin reports. 

Cash is no longer king for the FM

Driven by the phenomenal growth of smart technology over the past decade, the UK is heading towards becoming a largely cash-free society, with people preferring to use alternative and more convenient methods of payment.

Facilities management in smart buildings

Building technology has come along in leaps and bounds, and 'smart' projects that can offer tangible, operational benefits to building managers and tenants are becoming increasingly popular. Nick Sacke explores some of the issues and opportunities.

More than free food and bean bags

Adapting our working practices to support millennials can play a big role in staff retention, says Sienna Emanuel.

How nudging can drive higher workplace efficiency

Managers and companies looking to grow profitably can hardly disagree that employee productivity has become the major managerial battlefield. ISS offers some advice on the concept of 'nudging'.

Coworking comes to the corporation

Coworking spaces create community and collaboration. Some enterprises want a bit of that buzz, reports Fiona Perrin from the frontline of flexible working.

Keeping it real in tech

Artificial intelligence, the rise of the robots, the internet of things, big data: technology is coming to take over. But how much of it is delivering real FM benefits today? Fiona Perrin went in search of those who are keeping it real.

Change vs transition in service outsourcing

Change management and transition management are important processes of any service outsourcing project. But what is the difference between them and what outcomes can they help you to achieve? ISS offers insights and advice.

Achieving a high-performing workplace

Leesman, the global business intelligence tool that benchmarks how workplaces support employee and organisational performance, has launched a new research report which outlines where the best workplaces are outperforming the rest.

Collaborative workplaces: flexible and future-proofed

Lieven Bertier explores how technology can help FMs create work spaces fit for the future.

Smart data, efficient schools, improved performance

George Adams and Liam Rock explore some of the complexity of applying big data principles in an education setting, a challenge that promises significant benefits.

Biophilic design: sorting the facts from the myths

Ahead of The Facilities Event this April, i-FM talks to sustainable architectural and interior design guru Oliver Heath about biophilic design, separating the fact from the fiction about this deep connection between humans and nature.

Helping workers escape the concrete jungle

Research from bicycle manufacturer Ribble recently found that most Britons spend 92% of their time indoors. So, if people spend just 8% of their time outside, when do they get to interact with nature? Kenneth Freeman looks at some of the opportunities.

Flexible workspace: drivers and the direction of travel

Things are obviously changing fast in the world of work. Business centres, serviced offices and similar flexible options have been around for years; but suddenly the coworking phenomenon is taking off. Sector expert Kurt Mroncz explains why.

Getting the most from your investment in office space

Here's what we know. The world of work is rapidly changing. If people are happy at work, they will deliver the goods and achieve their potential. Happiness at work builds a solid foundation that enables a thriving, agile workplace. Julia Lindsay explains.

An intelligent workplace for a market intelligence agency

The world of work is changing: we all know that. And it’s great to see some companies move with the times, and sometimes even skip ahead by a few strides.

Why the future of work is more human than you think

Everyone wants to be happy at work, and a growing number of forward-thinking companies are starting to recognise the importance of happiness in the workplace. Marie Puybaraud explains what's behind this shift in attitude.

Sensory overload

Sensor technology is spreading fast. How do we balance the benefits of that with growing concerns about privacy? Raj Krishnamurthy looks at the issues and opportunities.

The workplace: indoor environmental conditions and productivity

Workplace and productivity have become major themes in FM over recent months. Here, Tom Cudmore looks at the crucial role of the environment, its impact on people and how all that can be measured.

Flexible working challenges

Just as today's workers expect greater flexibility from their companies, so should facilities managers look for adaptability and innovation from their contractors. Chris Parkes considers what flexible working means for FMs and their outsourcing partners.

Five ways to safeguard your mobile lone workers

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 employers have legal duties to assess all risks to health and safety, including the risk of lone working.

What's the deal with productivity?

Can workplace design improve productivity, and is that measurable? Simon Iatrou talks to some of the key players behind The Stoddart Review about the report, its aims and the workplace puzzle.

Defining the optimum workplace

Tom Cudmore introduces the Whole Life Performance Plus project, a collaborative effort that is aiming to create workplaces that enhance the productivity and wellbeing of occupants.

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?

Tips for effective change management

The world of work is changing rapidly and, as such, many organisations are trying to work out how to take full advantage of the mobility technology avails their people. Andrew Mawson offers some insights into the challenge.

Seeing the light: FMs' views on LEDs

LED lighting could offer a good solution to a number of the big challenges facing all organisations and their facilities management teams. But how much do FMs know about LEDs and what are their views on the pros and cons?

Using technology to improve service experiences

Technology will change how services are managed, how end-users interact with service providers, and how service employees interact with end-users. But what are the opportunities and risks in using technology to improve service experiences?

One FM's journey to see the LED light

Whatever facility you manage, no doubt you are judged by the bottom line. Whether you run a hospital or a warehouse, operating buildings at a lower cost is a continual challenge that often looks to new technology for a solution.

Gen Z: bringing new requirements to the office

In 2017, organisations will focus on flexibility and support workforce wellbeing, especially if they want to recruit and retain Generation Z, says Elyse Emanuel.

Social ergonomics in workplace design

Can our workplace make us more productive? Yes, says Lillian Antonio, senior ergonomist at Herman Miller. The key is simple: be happy.

Planning ahead: a holistic approach to security

James Kelly, Chief Executive of the British Security Industry Association, discusses the importance of planning for safety in an increasingly dangerous world.

Supply power

Simon Iatrou visits power supply company National Grid to see how facilities management services there are breaking new ground and winning accolades for its smart working programme.

Agile spaces: Bouygues makes a smart move

In February, Bouygues Energies & Services relocated its London offices to Lambeth Palace Road: an opportunity to design a new and innovative agile working environment that promotes collaboration and performance.

A new generation of light on the horizon

Are LEDs surpassing fluorescent lamps as the lighting medium of choice? David Clements argues that the greatest seismic shift in 60 years is now underway in the lighting sector.

Contract catering: new demands, new solutions

The UK food service industry is changing fast. Competition in the market is stiff, regulation is on the rise, customer expectations are shifting, and like much else in FM there's growing pressure for integrated solutions. Andrew Brown explores the issues.

How Will Work Change in 2018?

Mark Catchlove outlines some of the ways in which the pioneering furniture group Herman Miller works to predict the future for itself and its customers.

Four Trends that Affect Our Ways of Working

During the last decade, workspace has seen dramatic change. But this is nothing compared to how new organisational structures will impact the work environment towards 2020. ISS looks at the trends that will have the biggest impact on our ways of working.

Adding Intelligence and Innovation to Facilities Services

ISS is working with technology partners to create intelligent buildings by transforming data into customer satisfaction and bottom-line improvement.

Green Writing on the Wall

The benefits of both interior and exterior planting for all working environments are proven. Now, it's becoming clear that green wall systems offer a high-impact way for businesses to display their green credentials and also increase staff well-being.

The Perfect Workplace Brew

Coffee has become so firmly embedded in the cultural psyche, many of us simply could not work without it. Jenna Horsnell examines the various hot drinks options available to businesses to ensure workers never go without.

Understanding How We Got Here

Life, wrote the philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, can only be understood backwards, but must be lived forwards. That sums up our understanding of some of the key trends in office environments over the past 20 years, writes Colin Watson.

Creating Flexible Space

Tony Cahill provides advice on transforming an older building into a flexible workspace, ensuring the interior works are in line with the latest in office practice.

The Google Effect: How Workplace Design Drives Business Performance

Stephen Shallcroft says that facilities management needs to understand not only the needs of a business but also its workforce if it is to provide the most effective workplace.

The Office Furniture of Tomorrow

Steve Fitch reports from last month's Orgatec, one of the world's largest office furniture trade fairs, giving us a glimpse of the trends that are set to infiltrate our workspaces in the near future.

Not All EPCs are the Same

Marcus Brodin explains why an energy performance contract from an experienced solutions provider can offer a number of advantages over traditional procurement models.

How to Avoid Stranded Investments in Intelligent Buildings

Mike Welch explains why it makes commercial sense to adopt a more flexible, open approach to the control and management of lighting systems today.

The Search for the Optimum Office Solution

It's not often that workplace management becomes national business news but that happened early last year when the world became very interested for a while in the way we design and manage offices. Mark Eltringham explains.

Ergonomics and FM

Nigel Heaton explores a few key issues too many of us take for granted in the everyday world of work and looks at how a little more thought can produce a better result.

A Meeting of Agile Minds

Each year Workplace Week showcases some of the most exciting examples of workplace innovation currently in use. The highlight is a one-day convention where delegates come together to discuss key themes and contemporary issues. Richard Byatt reports.

Underpinning the Workplace

Jitesh Patel, CEO at Peldon Rose Workplace Consultants, asks whether your office is helping or hindering in achieving business goals.

The What, Why, How and When of Workplace Change

How do you implement fast, effective and lasting change in the workplace? Andrew Mawson of Advanced Workplace Associates explains why the most important part of the puzzle is managing people.

Light Refreshments

The advantages of using LED lighting stretch beyond energy savings. Coffee shops across the nation are installing the technology to keep staff cool and provide the right ambience for customers.

Risk-based Safety at Work

Amy Lyons looks at the emphasis on risk assessment in the new IET Code of Practice aimed at ensuring the safety of electrical equipment in the workplace.

Let There Be Light

Legislation is removing inefficient lamps and control gear from the marketplace, but greater steps are needed to drive home real energy improvements in lighting installations.

Space and Clouds

Jitesh Patel explains how the implementation of new technologies is affecting the face of workplace design.

Elevated Thinking

Ann Clarke reflects on what lifts teach us about modern-day life.

Lifts and Responsibilities

Jon Stannah outlines exactly what is required of lift 'owners'.

The Ups and Downs of Asset Management

Simon Smith advises on how and when to upgrade your equipment.

Rising Market

Recent big stories from the lifts and escalators industry

Lighting the Future

How many facilities managers know that lighting is the second biggest consumer of energy in any building?

Sound and Vision

Ken Bundy sheds some light on workplace design and management issues.

Getting the Balance Right

David Clements looks at lighting needs and solutions, and argues for well thought through action.

The Power of Light

Phil Hutchinson explains why lighting is such an important factor in the workplace and offers some views on making the most of it.


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How can FM prepare to lead change in 2021?

Of all the disciplines within the wider property arena, facilities management is that most accustomed to change. But are we ready for the coming year?

Planning the return to the workplace

Another national lockdown presents a real challenge for many. But if it can provide the time needed to ready the workplace for a strong and safe return, it will be well worth the effort.

The power of working together

Mitie CEO Phil Bentley's four decades of work have left him with a few critical lessons learned.

The FM industry under the spotlight

The role of the facilities manager is evolving. The coronavirus pandemic has changed the workplace experience for companies in all industries, finance, retail and tech among them.

How do we get there from here?

Coronavirus has made futurists of us all. This pandemic is responsible for the most severe change to life since the Second World War and now organisations are scrambling to understand what the ‘new normal’ will look like.

Why hot-desking is the way forward

The government is wrong. Hot-desking is a good solution to get people back to work.

Returning to the workplace: a matter of consent?

The subject of returning to work is on everyone's lips at the moment, following the relaxation in England of restrictions to control the spread of coronavirus.

Returning to work: are we ready?

Over the next few weeks and months, buildings across the country will start to be reoccupied. A gradual process, this will nevertheless presents enormous challenges to many businesses.

The transformational journey to workplace 2030

In the year 2020, I am approximately 43 years into a career that has been more or less exclusively focused on corporate real estate. So writes Chris Hood, looking back in order to see forward more clearly.

Open plan offices: due for disruption

Received wisdom says that open plan offices are good for both employer and employee because they promote face-to-face collaborative working and, as a result, help harness creativity and improve teamwork.

Too much focus on Gen Y?

Lately, there has been loads of copy dedicated to a very specific cohort of the workforce, namely millennials: their personalities, their requirements, what they’ll bring to the workforce and what employers shouldn’t expect from them.

Consciously tackling unconscious bias

Unconscious bias has been common parlance in the business world for some years, and it continues to be one of the most important issues for business to recognise and manage.

Mental health first aiders: a benefit for us all

Wednesday December 19th will see a debate in the Commons, pushing for the implementation of a mental health first aider in every workplace to help bridge the gap between mental health and physical health care legislation in business.

Showcasing values-based activity in FM and workplace

Today is World Values Day, an opportunity to think about the principles that are important to us and to act on them.

FM and the need for leadership

With the world changing fast this is an important time to position facilities management as the lead enabling function for positive progress in multiple aspects of our lives, from the workplace through to cities. Geoff Prudence argues for greater focus.

The top workplace trends of 2018

Gregory Blondeau discusses the trends set to transform the workplace this year including the management of technology, personal data and privacy.

The Elemental Workplace

The relationship between facilities management and the emerging discipline of Workplace has always been slightly awkward.

Broadening the FM view

Considering how an environment makes employees feel and interact is key to creating business-supporting workspaces, says Jeff Flanagan.  

Experience counts

Anthony Bennett discusses the role of the service provider in the employee experience.

Managing FM in an agile workspace

Agile working is a hugely popular trend in workplace circles, but how exactly does it look in practice? Ravi Bhatnagar unpacks some of the key issues around the concept for facilities managers.

The business benefits of hard data

Simon Iatrou's recent comment piece titled 'Where's the proof?' prompted a few thoughts on the analysis of data to make a case and how that applies particularly in FM.

Don't over design it

Adam Burtt-Jones argues that design has to ask difficult questions of other professional disciplines to make sure a space is effective.

Style over substance

The temptation to buy the latest must-have gizmo can often be too hard to resist. In the workplace, this impulse negates the practical needs of staff and leads to poorly performing spaces.

The importance of being diligent

Laziness is at the heart of many failures in workplace design, says Adam Burtt-Jones. The solution is to ask the tough questions of the right people.

Workplace management is NOT 'non core'

Another year has gone and we're within a short hop of this year's Workplace Week Convention, entitled 'The work/place revolution… taking human performance to new levels'.

Wellbeing doesn't need to cost the earth

Christopher Pedersen offers his top 10 tips on implementing wellbeing at a very low cost

Remote control

As Workplace Week comes to a close, showcasing some of the best examples of office innovation in the UK, Tim Clapham discusses how technology can help facilitate new ways of working.

Utilisation studies: science or sorcery?

We have all sat through workplace consultants' presentations in which they report that the benchmark workstation utilisation is around 50%. What exactly does that mean?

Flexible workspace: real benefits

Flexible working has long been a hot topic amongst industry folk, but the recent announcement from Yahoo! made the issue a national discussion point yet again.

SAD days are coming

Next Monday many of us will be going to work in semi-darkness as the clocks go back an hour on Sunday.

Getting the balance right

Past experience tells us, or should tell us, that major shifts in working cultures and working practices are invariably linked to new technology.

Game changer opportunity

No matter what the economic circumstances, the successful teams, the successful businesses and the successful people all have one thing in common: a sense of purpose provided by strong leadership.

Shedding light on a big issue

After temperature ('it's too hot', 'the office is freezing'), lighting is one of the main issues that keep facilities helpdesk lines buzzing.

Time to Get Personal

The nine-to-five monotony of the desk-bound office dweller is finally giving way to a work anywhere anytime culture designed to maximise creativity and efficiency. Are you ready for it?

Brand Spanking

It always pays to read the media for which you are writing: you can learn a lot.

Look After Your People

Read all the HR surveys, listen to all the commentators talk about the biggest challenges we face and somewhere up there you will find the word 'retention'.

Death of the Office?

Research suggests that almost total redundancy of the physical office is on the cards in as little as twenty years' time.