A poll of the more than 350 delegates at this year’s Workplace Futures conference provides good insights into what FMs expect to see over the coming months.
The British Safety Council is calling on government and the HSE to strengthen and enforce Covid Secure workplace rules to protect workers.
The group has acquired a 35% interest in Industrious, a provider of premium flexible workplace solutions in the US.
The weight of information building up behind the view that office work has changed forever is considerable, though there is still much we don’t know.
The plan is to deliver a revolutionary occupancy management solution for the post-pandemic hybrid workplace.
Over a third of UK mid-sized businesses expect to reduce the amount of space they hold in the future.
2019 was a year of optimism and growth for providers, and 2020 was a year of uncertainty and challenge. So what comes next?
Another survey sampling the UK’s working population has found most wanting to get back to the office, but only if it is clean and safe.
The flex space operator says its anticipated recovery has been delayed into 2021 as virus control measures remain in place in many of its markets.
Over 70% of the UK workforce does not feel completely safe working in their employer’s buildings.
An independent survey of more than 800 building decision-makers shows a clear shift to increased investment in healthy building trends and technologies.
Organisations face a crisis of trust this year if they continue to make workplace decisions in the dark.
The property professionals group CoreNet Global has been tracking members’ views on the lasting effects of the pandemic. They have evolved but the themes remain consistent.
Magenta, the communications agency for the built environment, has launched a guide to help businesses to communicate better as many think again about plans for a return to the office.
The corporate property world was already changing when the coronavirus arrived. The real challenge now is handling the new pace of that change,
Property advisors Avison Young looked into which elements of office-based and home-based working influence knowledge worker productivity.
Demand for high quality office space in London will remain robust post-Covid, but what companies want and where they want it will change.
Businesses across the UK are rethinking the role of the workplace in these pandemic-hit times, but many remain unwilling to commit to transformational change.
Office occupancy during the second lockdown remained six times higher than during the first, building sensor data shows.
The company, founded in 2018, is set on "making the unfulfilled promise of scalable IoT a reality". And it is targeting FM in particular.
Regus parent IWG will provide both a home-base and remote working sites for the business advisor’s Norway team.
The new offering brings together the company’s diverse expertise to provide employers with a connected, people-centric approach to transforming the workplace.
JLL is to provide workplace and real estate solutions to support the oil and gas group's transformation and net zero carbon ambitions.
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.
The pandemic could be the death knell for 'dumb buildings' as it catalyses and accelerates the long-term shift to smart technologies.
Ten trends, all in play now, will shape the commercial real estate industry in the coming year.
The workplace of the future will be versatile and hybrid, focusing on employee-centric solutions, according to a global survey.
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.
A new report identifies the trends that will have an impact on organisations, work and workers.
The workplace experience app will initially be available at the construction management group's global headquarters in London.
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.
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.
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.
Older home-workers are showing a significantly greater preference for returning to the office than their younger counterparts, according to new research.
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.
Over a third of business leaders are considering downsizing their primary office space and shifting towards smaller satellite offices.
Five businesses have been recognised in London at the annual British Council for Offices regional awards.
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.
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.
Organisations could be caught up in a matrix of pain if they do not carefully manage the new realities of hybrid working.
Even lawyers, perhaps the most traditional-minded when it comes to offices, now seem convinced that the future is about flexibility.
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?
Post-occupancy evaluation should be standard practice to ensure all new buildings meet intended energy efficiency ratings and provide optimum value for money.
The long-running conference series will be back, in virtual form, with a strong programme on 15 October.
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.
Research with a sample size of more than 125,000 workers shows that the home is outperforming the office in some fundamental areas.
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.
Cushman & Wakefield, the global real estate services firm, has teamed up with workplace operator Industrious to offer a flexible space solution.
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.
New research from the CIPD shows the shift to home-working over the lockdown period has been a positive experience for most employers.
As Londoners start to return to the city, flexible space providers are seeing some clear trends emerge.
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.
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.
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.
The group's workplace experience design consultancy, Wx, has launched a connected building management solution that supports organisations' return 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.
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.
Pandemic lockdown or not, the key to good performance, and to success for every business, is employee happiness powered by autonomy.
Altuity, the maintenance, facilities and asset management software company, has launched a new partnership with consultancy BenefitFM.
The Prime Minister's call for employers to begin bringing people back into the workplace in August has drawn another cautious response.
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.
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.
The trend towards workplace mobility was not created as a result of the pandemic, but it was certainly accelerated by it.
The independent benchmarking service has launched a working from home wellness assessment tool to support businesses and employees.
The new offer aims to support strategy development for a post-Covid environment, while building for a resilient and sustainable future.
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.
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 Technologies is developing a user-centric workplace experience solution for use at insurance group Zurich's new global headquarters in Switzerland.
National trade body the British Pest Control Association has issued a new guide to help facilities managers re-open premises as lockdown restrictions ease.
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.
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.
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.
That's the conclusion of a survey of building occupiers carried out by CoreNet Global, the corporate real estate professionals group.
Property services group Savills has published the results of a survey of its clients, and it is clear that change is on the cards.
Trust, social cohesion and information sharing are the areas most potentially vulnerable to damage when people work virtually.
"Covid-19 has presented an unprecedented challenge to all professionals involved in managing and maintaining buildings."
71% of UK businesses are planning to permanently adopt flexible and agile working practices post the Covid-19 lockdown.
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.
Occupiers across EMEA are planning to increase investment in technology, driven in large part by a post-lockdown focus on the employee experience.
The group is partnering with Bureau Veritas, the testing, inspection and certification specialist, to introduce a hygiene verification label for its procedures and services.
The engineering services group Ramboll has launched an interactive training app to help businesses prepare for returning to the office.
Demand by corporate owners to release capital from their real estate assets is increasing, spurred along by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Technology firm MyTAG has developed a new system to help companies ensure the safety and cleanliness of office spaces as employees return.
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.
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.
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.
A survey of HR professionals finds almost two-thirds prioritising employee experience more highly now than before the coronavirus outbreak.
Rumours of the demise of the office are much exaggerated is the predictable conclusion emerging from research commissioned by the British Council for Offices.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
As the lifting of some lockdown restrictions is reviewed by government, Mitie has published a return-to-work guide for facilities managers.
Workplace design experts are predicting the pandemic could prove a major challenge to the future of hotdesking.
Screens to protect receptionists, touchless unisex toilets and reduced occupational density are all likely to be features of the post Covid-19 workplace.
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.
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.
Clean air technologies and strategies should be adopted by every healthcare facility in the UK in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic.
The successful LGBT+ in FM group has stepped up to provide community support during the coronavirus crisis.
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.
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.
Sitemark, the independent benchmarking service, has released a free workplace risk assessment tool in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
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.
The property services group has joined others in the business, along with developers and property owners, with the launch of a flex offering.
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.
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.
A new report explores the 'workplace effectiveness index', a methodology tested at the company's own award-winning HQ in Birmingham.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Greg Bortkiewicz reports from WorkTech London 2019, where the key theme was 'transformation requires a human-centric approach for success'.
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 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.
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.
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.
Big commercial organisations are using flexible workspace solutions and seeing the benefits; but they are also seeing some of the limitations.
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.
The Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management has kicked off a research and development collaboration with the technology giant.
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.
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.
"It was so different only ten years ago…" was a recurring phrase in this year's Make a Difference World Summit. Ellie Davis reports.
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.
A new report from workplace experience research group Leesman concludes that a fifth of workplace change projects are not meeting employee needs.
A new interactive dashboard providing real-time environmental data enables building occupiers to optimise the conditions in the workplace, the engineering group says.
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 Group, the Warrington-based FM company, has engaged with charity retailTRUST to support the welfare of its employees.
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.
Hana, the property advisor's flexible workspace venture, has unveiled plans for its first three UK sites.
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.
The plan is to develop a new British Standard designed to establish performance benchmarks for healthier buildings.
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.
We're in the midst of a "coworking revolution" that will see the number of flexible workspaces continue to grow rapidly, say industry experts.
The Big Nine regional office markets saw a big uplift in flexible workspace activity during the second quarter of the year.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The group's US business has singled out four themes that each cover a number of trends expected to shape facilities management in 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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 meets Facility for Future' was the theme for IFMA's European conference held last week in Amsterdam. David Emanuel reports.
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 and T-Systems, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, have signed a three-year strategic partnership focusing on internet of things solutions.
Five office fit-out firms will pay fines totalling £7m after admitting to being involved in a cover bidding cartel.
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.
Tickets are now available for the annual London conference, which takes place on 14 March at the striking Freemasons' Hall.
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.
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.
Debate is expected today around the concept of mental health first aid in the workplace. This could be the start of significant change.
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.
Business services group Crown Worldwide has acquired Premier Workplace Services as the group underlines its commitment to the workspace sector.
MyTAG, the property management innovation company, has launched AirQ, a new way to monitor air quality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new white paper explores the fate of the traditional commercial property lease in the context of deep social, political and economic changes.
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?
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.
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.
Workplace design consultants Burtt-Jones & Brewer are celebrating their 10th anniversary by offering one lucky charity thousands of pounds worth of their design time.
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.
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.
Recent years have seen the big property services groups moving rapidly in the direction of becoming 'full service' providers and managers of work environments.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
That's the conclusion of a new study carried out by the property services group JLL and architects Hawkins\Brown.
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.
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.
Property advisor JLL predicts that coworking ventures could become a significant occupier on many high streets.
The FM manager has introduced the social enterprise Change Please to its Grant Thornton client sites.
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.
The real estate services group has recruited Andrew Hallissey as its new executive managing director of EMEA occupier services, based in London.
Businesses need to radically re-envisage their workplaces to optimise team productivity and maximise the value of their physical working environments, the group says.
The services group has appointed Trevor Wignall as digital and innovation director within its corporate services business.
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.
Katrina Kostic Samen has been confirmed as the new president of the British Council for Offices.
A new online toolkit provides guidance for owners and occupiers on how to integrate sustainability and wellbeing into office fit-outs.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new global report looks at the drivers and perceived benefits of alternative workplace programmes, uncovering the leadership and workplace strategy implications for organisations.
A new report from the British Council for Offices promises definitive guidance on supporting key people needs across an office building's lifecycle.
The corporate office FM specialist has published the second in a series of white papers exploring the evolution of agile working.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
A new report from property advisors JLL identifies 10 trends that are shaping corporate occupiers' decision-making in 2018.
Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP has introduced new workplace technology to support its agile work environments in London and Reading.
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.
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.
Space utilisation specialist Vantage Space is prototyping an augmented reality analysis platform for workplace utilisation and occupancy studies.
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.
Simon Iatrou reports from Workplace Futures 2018, a conference that covered the good and the bad in facilities management.
In a clear demonstration of the quality of the entries, the judges for this year's awards were unable to pick one winner.
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.
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.
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.
Under growing pressure to compete, especially to recruit and retain good people, financial businesses are beginning to look more like tech businesses.
i-FM's Simon Iatrou can be heard on the latest episode of Workplace Matters, a regular podcast produced by workplace consultancy 3edges.
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.
A new report from Lancaster University's Work Foundation highlights what it calls "the complex and often strained relationship" between productivity, technology and work.
The real estate advisory group has unveiled CBRE 360, a global capability focused on delivering enhanced employee experiences in the workplace.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two American universities are backing a global study that will examine how the indoor environments of 100 office buildings impact employee productivity and health.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'Bringing inclusive design into built environment education' is the new teaching and learning guide published by the built environment industry group.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The real estate services group's Madrid office has been awarded Spain's first WELL Building Standard certification.
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.
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".
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.
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.
That's the conclusion from corporate office FM specialist Anabas, which has published the first in a series of white papers on agile working.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New guidance to help facilities managers manage their organisation's transition to agile working has been published by the British Institute of Facilities Management.
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.
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 has joined Canary Wharf Group, Land Securities and Marks & Spencer as a lead partner on the UK Green Building Council's Innovation Lab.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
The Institute of Directors is urging the government to work with employers to 'start a conversation' on mental health in the workplace.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
Recruiting and retaining top quality employees means that organisations will need to offer 'best in class' workplace experiences based on quality technology and services.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
The UK Green Building Council has unveiled what it calls 'a radical new approach to innovation in the built environment'.
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.
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.
The only constant in life is change. Managing an office building in the 18th century would look a lot different to a 21st century workplace.
2021 will, we hope, see offices reopening and employees returning with new views on how they want to work. Technology has a crucial role to play.
The year ahead is a promising time for the office market. While the UK faces further lockdown measures, the vaccination programme brings light to the end of the tunnel.
Like many industries, the flexspace sector is facing one of its greatest challenges in the global pandemic.
As we move towards the end of an absolutely tumultuous year, it’s clear that Covid-19 has had a deep and lasting impact on remote working.
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.
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?
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.
Facilities managers are under pressure to re-open offices safely, but the stakes could not be higher. So how can technology help?
Facilities managers across all sectors are incredibly busy right now, as throughout the UK businesses are urged back to work by the government.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Covid-19 pandemic is causing us to rethink what is important for the workplace and how offices are designed, built and managed.
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%.
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?
With the number of coronavirus cases rising, businesses are more conscious than ever of the need to protect themselves against this invisible enemy.
Sienna Emanuel reports on how students are finding the switch from university facilities to studies at home, and how to make that work.
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.
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.
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?
Given what we already know, why isn't everyone making changes to create these, asks John O’Brien.
Eindhoven University of Technology's Atlas Building is reckoned to be the most sustainable educational facility in the world following a 'smart' refurbishment.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Compliance and safety are paramount to every pharmaceutical business, but the focus for the FM team is especially important. Mike Knapp explains.
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.
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.
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.
Adapting our working practices to support millennials can play a big role in staff retention, says Sienna Emanuel.
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 spaces create community and collaboration. Some enterprises want a bit of that buzz, reports Fiona Perrin from the frontline of flexible working.
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 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.
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.
Lieven Bertier explores how technology can help FMs create work spaces fit for the future.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Building systems engineering has become a much more technical discipline. What does that mean for today's engineers and for their FM colleagues?
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.
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?
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?
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.
In 2017, organisations will focus on flexibility and support workforce wellbeing, especially if they want to recruit and retain Generation Z, says Elyse Emanuel.
Can our workplace make us more productive? Yes, says Lillian Antonio, senior ergonomist at Herman Miller. The key is simple: be happy.
James Kelly, Chief Executive of the British Security Industry Association, discusses the importance of planning for safety in an increasingly dangerous world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ISS is working with technology partners to create intelligent buildings by transforming data into customer satisfaction and bottom-line improvement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marcus Brodin explains why an energy performance contract from an experienced solutions provider can offer a number of advantages over traditional procurement models.
Mike Welch explains why it makes commercial sense to adopt a more flexible, open approach to the control and management of lighting systems today.
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.
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.
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.
Jitesh Patel, CEO at Peldon Rose Workplace Consultants, asks whether your office is helping or hindering in achieving business goals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jitesh Patel explains how the implementation of new technologies is affecting the face of workplace design.
Simon Smith advises on how and when to upgrade your equipment.
Company culture is often discussed, but with so many organisations dispersed why does it matter now more than ever and how do we maintain it during these challenging times?
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?
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.
Mitie CEO Phil Bentley's four decades of work have left him with a few critical lessons learned.
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.
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.
The government is wrong. Hot-desking is a good solution to get people back to work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today is World Values Day, an opportunity to think about the principles that are important to us and to act on them.
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.
Gregory Blondeau discusses the trends set to transform the workplace this year including the management of technology, personal data and privacy.
The relationship between facilities management and the emerging discipline of Workplace has always been slightly awkward.
Considering how an environment makes employees feel and interact is key to creating business-supporting workspaces, says Jeff Flanagan.
Anthony Bennett discusses the role of the service provider in the employee experience.
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.
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.
Adam Burtt-Jones argues that design has to ask difficult questions of other professional disciplines to make sure a space is effective.
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.
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.
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'.
Christopher Pedersen offers his top 10 tips on implementing wellbeing at a very low cost
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.
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 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.
Next Monday many of us will be going to work in semi-darkness as the clocks go back an hour on Sunday.
Past experience tells us, or should tell us, that major shifts in working cultures and working practices are invariably linked to new technology.
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.
After temperature ('it's too hot', 'the office is freezing'), lighting is one of the main issues that keep facilities helpdesk lines buzzing.
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?
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'.