The Building Engineering Services Association has published new guidance to help engineering and construction firms keep their staff safe in the light of new government restrictions.
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.
As organisations struggle to plan the way forward amidst a national increase in Covid-19 cases and changing government advice, good hygiene in the workplace has never mattered more.
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.
Sodexo has launched its concierge service at two university campuses as part of its Residential Living programme.
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.
David Emanuel writes: our professional institutes and associations need to react to market change just as quickly as do commercial businesses.
Research with a sample size of more than 125,000 workers shows that the home is outperforming the office in some fundamental areas.
The latest RICS UK Facilities Management Survey shows the healthcare sector still seeing the strongest growth in demand for FM services.
The biggest facilities management conference and exhibition in the world has bowed to the realities of a global pandemic.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is placing 150-170 roles at risk of redundancy.
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.
The facilities management company has launched The Art of Brilliance training to support its workforce in weathering the Covid-19 storm.
Mitie has awarded an extra day of holiday to more than 25,000 frontline non-management staff.
The support services group has issued a broadly positive trading update on FY2020, coupled with news of actions taken.
A new report on the UK facilities management market concludes that outsourcing will outperform the UK economy in 2020.
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.
The standards organisation has refreshed its 'single-source' safe working guidance, coupling it with a planned webinar on implementation.
Bartlett Mitchell has developed the new service to support clients looking for temporary food solutions during the post-lockdown period.
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.
More than 20 leading companies and individuals from the food service sector have joined forces to launch Food Service Circle.
The group's workplace experience design consultancy, Wx, has launched a connected building management solution that supports organisations' return to the office.
In a focused Covid-19 response, the facilities services provider has lined up leading advisors on infectious disease and industrial hygiene.
Many are already back and some don't know when or if they will be back, as employers look for the best way forward.
Almost nine in ten UK CEOs see a permanent shift towards more remote working coming out of the Covid-19 experience.
The British Council for Offices has published new guidance for the safe use of escalators and lifts, as the country begins to return to the workplace.
Working together, the catering services group and the anti-food waste campaigner have saved more than 172 tonnes of food through the lockdown period.
The services provider is now responsible for a total of 59 Covid-19 mobile testing units following the latest transfer from the Ministry of Defence.
Business Moves Group, the commercial relocation specialist, has completed a different sort of project for NHS Scotland.
Cyber attacks will always be a worry, but Covid-19 has pushed its way towards the top of the list of issues shaping decisions around sourcing and managing data centre space.
London caterer Vacherin has published its predictions for the future workplace and its proposals for a more fluid and flexible approach to catering.
Conferences, exhibitions and networking events have always been an important and popular feature of the FM scene. For many people, the Covid-19 pandemic has changed all that.
Group organic revenue was down 44% in the third quarter of FY2020, the peak of the lockdown period.
The soft services group says its new initiative will help organisations create safe and hygienic workplaces.
Over the three-month period ending 30 June the FM group has seen revenue slip but new business is coming in and existing deals are being renewed.
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.
The FM group has been commissioned to operate a series of mobile Covid-19 testing units across England and Wales.
The pair are joining forces to develop new disinfection services for the healthcare sector to meet the challenge posed by the virus.
A new report from the Sustainable Facilities Management Index has set out how the FM sector can assist in a post-pandemic recovery.
The first industry assessment of the impact that Covid-19 has had on the managed services outsourcing sector is chilling but not surprising.
ISS Food Services has introduced Simply MADE, a food offering tailored to the post-lockdown 'new normal' world.
The catering and support services group has joined a handful of companies that do not plan to take the government's jobs retention bonus.
The Prime Minister's call for employers to begin bringing people back into the workplace in August has drawn another cautious response.
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 British Cleaning Council has stepped in to resolve any confusion or misunderstanding around industry terms, particularly important these days.
The property services group is collaborating with a leading inspection, testing and certification company to help building owners and occupiers confirm their spaces are clean and safe.
The trend towards workplace mobility was not created as a result of the pandemic, but it was certainly accelerated by it.
On-site counselling is now available to 6,000 Sodexo healthcare employees to help them deal with the pressures of working through the Covid-19 pandemic.
The independent benchmarking service has launched a working from home wellness assessment tool to support businesses and employees.
The pandemic has highlighted the critical role of cleaning activities as never before. Effective management is equally important.
A procurement framework to help public sector organisations access technology that supports social distancing in the workplace has been launched.
The new offer aims to support strategy development for a post-Covid environment, while building for a resilient and sustainable future.
The pilot, to evaluate the effectiveness of testing for people without symptoms of the virus who work in high-contact professions, is underway now.
The UK's lockdown months have inspired individuals and businesses to think harder about the environment, according new research.
Design and engineering consultancy Arcadis has been awarded £50,000 to help in developing advice on the return to work.
Bartlett Mitchell has launched a web-based Covid Info Hub, a portal providing access to support and information ahead of the reopening of the hospitality sector.
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.
Organic growth was down almost 30% for the support services group; but that's actually better than its earlier expectations.
Mitie is now providing services for seven coronavirus regional testing sites, building on the five previously commissioned.
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.
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.
One strange and worrying fact emerging from the current pandemic is that security has one of the highest death rates of any occupation. New research explores the reasons why.
Fast-tracking green investment and making rapid progress towards net-zero emissions while delivering sustainable jobs must be central to recovery plans, the CBI says.
The caterer has announced the launch of new technology enabling customers to order food straight to their desks, minimising the risk of transmitting coronavirus.
That's the conclusion of a survey of building occupiers carried out by CoreNet Global, the corporate real estate professionals group.
The group's package includes standards, consultancy, training, auditing and the BSI Kitemark.
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 Churchill Group has launched an advanced version of its award-winning Cati software featuring Covid-19 functionality.
"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.
Workplace technology company Freespace says its solution supports the implementation of dynamic cleaning schedules using live occupancy data.
The company's Bounceback Innovation Challenge aims to develop solutions that will help the industry better cope with challenges posed by the coronavirus.
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.
Two industry bodies have come together to offer guidance on the water safety issues involved in re-opening buildings after lockdown.
Demand by corporate owners to release capital from their real estate assets is increasing, spurred along by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mitie has launched the UK's first cleaning service with a chemical-free cleaning product proven to kill Covid-19 on surfaces for six months.
What impact has the pandemic had on learning and development in FM? That's the question that learning provider International Workplace is seeking to answer for a key conference this month.
With new business opportunities in short supply, turnover generally on a downward slide and the prospect of redundancies looming, UK FM companies have a lot to worry about. But some see positives on the horizon.
BESA and ECA have released a joint sector guide on work-related travel and updated their guides on working in close proximity and in areas of increased risk.
Technology firm MyTAG has developed a new system to help companies ensure the safety and cleanliness of office spaces as employees return.
"Covid-19 has shown both the fragility and the resilience of society and the ecosystem, and as we enter the recovery period we must take the opportunity to build back better by focusing on a green and just recovery."
The British Cleaning Council has written to the Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets to ask for a meeting to discuss key industry issues.
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.
A new building engineering services sector survey shows that almost three-quarters of businesses expect their turnover to fall in the second quarter of 2020, compared to the first quarter.
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.
KPMG, the advisory group, has joined growing calls on the government and business community to put the green agenda at the heart of economic recovery plans.
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.
'Rise with Sodexo' has been designed to support clients in meeting health, operational and confidence challenges when reopening workplaces.
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.
There is a lot of smoke and mirrors being used to drive demand for particular HVAC technologies in the Covid-19 crisis, according to the chair of an influential industry group.
Living under pandemic conditions has split the country along numerous lines, one of the most recent being how to deliver education services.
The security, cleaning and front-of-house services provider is supporting the pledge's goal for businesses and universities to help employees, customers and the community during the pandemic.
The food and support services group has released half-year results and at the same time launched a major equity fundraising initiative to cut debt and boost its finances.
The catering services group has completed a refinancing and fundraise with its existing lenders and shareholders.
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 company has announced that it will redirect funds from its annual bonus scheme to a special fund that will reward frontline staff who have worked through the Covid-19 pandemic.
The cleaning services provider is rolling out a programme enabling users to participate in real-time environment hygiene control in the post-Covid workplace.
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 mobile ordering platform aims to bring operations in line with 'the digital age' and the needs of the post-coronavirus workplace.
The property and facilities management services company is deploying a new mobile app to track the health and wellbeing of its remote workforce during the Covid-19 crisis and beyond.
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.
As many of the UK's businesses consider reopening their doors, the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme is encouraging them to consider the risks posed by their water systems sooner rather than later, to avoid health risks.
Today sees the launch of a dedicated page on i-FM pulling together all of our pandemic reporting, together with links to resources, for easy access.
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.
The facilities services provider has launched a new deep cleaning and sanitation division for residential and commercial properties.
ABM has developed a comprehensive programme of services designed to help businesses re-open in the wake of Covid-19.
Simply Solutions, the London headquartered facilities services provider, has stabilised its position with the help of a £250,000 Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan.
The soft services group has added a new app to its digital platform, designed to monitor signs and curb the spread of the coronavirus.
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.
A snap poll by industry journal Property Week has found that over half of the companies covered have furloughed staff.
April saw a 66% in new public sector contract opportunities compared to February according to Tussell, the market intelligence firm.
Corps Security has joined the return-to-work services market with the introduction of new tools to support organisations as they look towards 'business as usual'.
As the lifting of some lockdown restrictions is reviewed by government, Mitie has published a return-to-work guide for facilities managers.
The independent cleaning and support services company has developed an online hub to share information in support of a return to the workplace.
A new CIPD survey of 1,000 employers highlights a need for furloughed workers to be able to work reduced hours.
The coronavirus lockdown is causing lasting changes to the way UK companies operate, new figures from the Institute of Directors suggest.
Leading engineering services sector bodies BESA and ECA have jointly developed two new guides to help contractors to manage coronavirus-related issues on-site.
The soft services provider has developed a Covid-19 swab testing service to help organisations safely manage buildings and protect occupants pre- and post-lockdown.
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.
The International Facility Management Association has been working around the clock, it reports, to provide timely, topical resources for FMs facing the challenges posed by the coronavirus outbreak.
The company is now delivering cleaning and portering services at the new hospital, which was officially opened on Monday 27 April.
The British Cleaning Council is calling for all cleaners to be included in the expanded first wave of testing for coronavirus for essential workers.
Mitie has been appointed to provide support services at five covid-19 test centres.
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.
Sodexo has signed the C-19 Business Pledge created by former Cabinet minister Rt Hon Justine Greening and entrepreneur David Harrison.
Compass Group said in a trading update late last week that 55% of its operations had been closed as a result of covid-19 lockdown policies.
Amey has recently started to install the first wave of temporary cells at two facilities as part of the battle to reduce the spread of covid-19 within the prison estate.
We began the year in an optimistic mood, writes BDO's Satvir Bungar in the firm's latest update on merger & acquisition trends in UK FM.
Mitie is providing cleaning, catering, portering, security and waste management services for the NHS Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig in Cardiff.
Businesses can do much more to cut carbon and save costs during the covid-19 lockdown, according to an analysis of 300 buildings.
Mitie Security is helping businesses in the battle against the spread of coronavirus with the launch of a new suite of fever-screening solutions.
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 Student Living by Sodexo team has launched its residential living programme as a virtual service for students at Sodexo-managed university accommodation sites across the UK.
A sector that is too often overlooked or relegated to 'commodity service' is playing a critical role in the battle against the covid-19 outbreak. What does FM itself need and how can it access that?
CleanEvent Services has been assisting the North Middlesex University Hospital Trust and Tottenham Hotspur FC in setting up and providing cleaning services for the new maternity and antenatal unit at the stadium.
The independent benchmarking service for the facilities management industry has launched a workplace hygiene programme in response to covid-19.
Interserve will be recruiting in the region of 1,500 people to undertake essential roles to support the government's response to covid-19.
Interserve has been commissioned by the government to provide facilities management services for NHS Nightingale North West Hospital in Manchester.
Sodexo has confirmed its support for all its employees and continues to redeploy teams to support the NHS during the covid-19 outbreak.
Hygiene services firm PHS Group has launched an emergency-response cleaning service for organisations affected by covid-19.
In March London caterer Fooditude closed down its production kitchen, only to re-open it at the beginning of April with a new purpose.
We have been talking to a range of service providers about their experiences of what covid-19 means for their businesses right now.
The IWMS technology specialist is working with FM services providers involved at the temporary sites being developed for the fight against covid-19.
VINCI Construction UK has teams of employees working in eleven healthcare sites across the North West, Midlands and the South East and is working with the same number of NHS Trusts in support of the fight against covid-19.
Three major plants and landscaping bodies are pressing their case with the government for a rescue package for the industry.
Balfour Beatty has been appointed as principal contractor for the transformation of Glasgow's Scottish Event Campus into a new temporary facility for NHS Scotland.
Employers of cleaning staff operating in critical industries have been urged to provide them with written proof that they should be treated as critical and key workers.
The international energy and services group is the latest to update on the impacts of covid-19 on business.
The services group has launched a €30m programme to assist employees impacted by the covid-19 pandemic.
Employers need to act now to help prevent their employees from being at serious risk of mental ill health during and after the covid-19 pandemic.
The national standards body has made a suite of risk and business continuity standards available to help British businesses navigate the challenges they face as a result of covid-19.
The construction and services group says that trading from the beginning of the year is in line with expectations but it is moving forward with changes in the face of continuing uncertainties.
Restricting its view to current impacts only, the outsourcing group says it is seeing a mixed picture but at the same time looking at some longer term preparations.
Outsourcing groups have been asked to share staff resources to ensure the delivery of public sector contracts, according to reports.
ISS has been appointed to deliver cleaning, portering, waste management and other soft FM services at the newly created coronavirus treatment facility.
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.
Vinci Facilities is diverting volunteers from its mobile repair teams to support existing facilities management services across several hospitals in the North West, Midlands and South East.
Property professionals have come together to back a dedicated website for offers of space, supplies and support that will help in fighting the covid-19 epidemic.
Following the publication of the key worker list last week the government has been on the receiving end of appeals to add further disciplines, initially cleaning and security and now FM.
The training group is offering free qualifications for the unemployed, relaxed payment terms and support from their recruitment division to facilities managers who have fallen victim to the economics of epidemics, Chris Morris writes.
With thousands of people now working from home or prevented from travelling, many commercial buildings are moving into shutdown mode.
Organisations representing thousands of professionals across the surveying, architectural and planning specialisms have written to the Prime Minister to offer their help in fighting back against the growing coronavirus epidemic.
The Cabinet Office has published guidance for public bodies on payment of their suppliers to ensure service continuity during and after the current coronavirus outbreak.
The facilities services group reports that the rapid escalation of containment measures this month is having a negative revenue and operating profit impact.
The Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management has published a round-up of advice for FMs faced with issues raised by covid-19.
The British Security Industry Association is calling on the government to clarify the status of its members in the face of possible lockdowns and the impending closure of UK schools.
Over nine in 10 building engineering services businesses say they are concerned or very concerned about the impact of coronavirus on their business over the next six months.
The services group is warning that operating profit in the second half of the year will be significantly lower than expected.
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 annual NEC event will be held in September, as it becomes the latest item on the FM calendar to be derailed by concerns around the coronavirus.
The property world's major European event, due to open on 10 March, has been rescheduled to June.
Anyone working in healthcare has their own experience from the Covid peak. But what was it like for someone working behind the clinical care frontline in facilities management?
In any organisation, times of contraction can lead to difficult decisions. The same goes for periods of growth. Accurate, reliable data is critical in every case.
Amongst the many impacts of Covid-19 is this: everyone is talking about risk assessment.
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.
What began as a crisis of health is now having widespread global economic and social impact. The way we work and live has changed.
The Covid-19 pandemic is causing us to rethink what is important for the workplace and how offices are designed, built and managed.
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?
As the economic implications of the global pandemic are becoming clearer, most FM businesses are scrambling to assess the impact on their top and bottom lines. Others are scrambling simply to survive.
The NHS Nightingale Hospital in London was up and running in record time. We talked with ISS Healthcare MD Chris Ash about how this was achieved.
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.
No matter the sector, be it technology, finance, retail, manufacturing or any other, virtually all UK businesses rent their HQ and operational premises under commercial leases. Scott Keown offers some timely advice.
Thursday the 17th is Thank Your Security Officer Day, a Corps Security initiative timed explicitly to coincide with the international week of recognition, Security Officer Appreciation Week.
A lot has been said and written about the need for the cleaning industry to adapt to the challenge presented by Covid-19. Improved cleaning and hygiene standards are seen as critical in protecting against the spread of the virus.
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.
As companies start to understand the huge impact of covid-19, having to work extensively just to survive the unprecedented landscape, leadership teams are also faced with preparation efforts for what happens on the other side of the pandemic.
As the country continues to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, security officers have a vital role to play in keeping communities safe and helping to keep critical national infrastructure going.