June 16th is National Clean Air Day and the key role played by mechanical ventilation systems in making buildings safer and healthier will be a central theme.
April Harvey has been recognised for her role as health, safety and risk lead in the mobilisation of the first Covid quarantine facility and Covid-19 test centres.
Employee mental health and wellbeing must remain a business priority and should not be de-prioritised as ‘nice to haves’.
Workers looking for the lowest virus transmission risk day of the week to go into the workplace should go in on a Wednesday.
Two years ago we were moving into Covid-19 lockdown, setting off what has been called the largest change in how people work in living memory.
Following the government’s shift to a ‘living with Covid-19’ strategy, the Institute says employers need to continue to be mindful of their obligations.
The British Cleaning Council reports worries that cleaning staff in healthcare, hospitality and other sectors are facing burn-out due to increased workloads.
As employees return to work following the holidays, many will not be returning to the office as they had previously expected.
St Pancras International, Stratford and Ebbsfleet stations have been certified by Bureau Veritas for Covid-19 risk management.
Employers should be well placed for the Plan B change, says CIPD.
Employers should consider what extra precautions they should take in the run-up to Christmas, the council says.
Nearly three-quarters of office occupiers expect to transform their workplace design in the next two years.
2020 saw the UK facilities management market hit hard by Covid-19, along with most other business sectors. But how hard?
As companies bring employees back to the office, they are also coming to terms with how to manage varying occupation levels, plus new needs and expectations.
Ipsos MORI’s latest Captains of Industry survey has found most expecting the pandemic to have a lasting impact on how and where people work.
Sodexo has become the sole provider of assisted Covid-19 testing at regional sites as part of the NHS Test and Trace programme.
With more people making their way back to the workplace, academics and H&S experts are warning about ‘sign blindness’, a side-effect of over-exposure to new rules, warnings and safety notices.
Sodexo’s team at Richmond, the American International University in London has received the Rise Safe label from Bureau Veritas.
Responding to the impact of Covid-19, the facilities solutions company has launched a programme of services designed to help businesses make improvements in IAQ.
But new research from the Chartered Management Institute also finds that many people will not return till next spring.
Two new pieces of guidance on reducing Covid-19 transmission through ventilation and air cleaning technologies have been issued by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.
The Building Engineering Services Association has put its weight behind a call from six trade unions to take urgent action over ventilation in schools.
Amey Consulting has been presented with an Initiative of the Year Award by RoSPA, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.
A new survey from Acas has found that half of employers in Great Britain expect an increase in demand for flexible forms of working post-pandemic.
Staff may be officially returning to the office, but if employers don’t offer the right working experience 60% will leave or become less motivated, according to new research.
Some 16 months after the Covid-19 pandemic began, it feels like we’ve reached the final stages of grief.
The removal of most Covid restrictions has increased calls for practical guidance and the setting of specific indoor air quality targets to support the health and wellbeing of building occupants.
Cignpost ExpressTest has selected the firm to fulfil resourcing needs at Covid-19 testing sites at Heathrow, Gatwick and Edinburgh airports, and retail sites across the UK.
Two engineering services bodies have stepped up their health & safety advice with the arrival of ‘freedom day’.
In preparation for reopening their buildings, four-fifths of UK businesses have already implemented clean air technology or plan to in the next twelve months.
Good ventilation in public buildings and on transport systems is essential to reducing the risk of Covid-19 and other infections, according to a new report from the Royal Academy of Engineering.
We’ve said it before and it remains true: one side-effect of the pandemic has been a steady stream of workplace-related research.
At Tuesday’s Workplace Futures conference we ran a series of polls to test views on some of the questions currently being considered and debated across the industry. The results are interesting, and occasionally intriguing.
Yesterday’s conference could not have been more timely and on-target, addressing the needs of not just the FM sector but all those in support service roles.
Global office occupancy rates decreased in June compared to May as organisations introduced strategies to tackle the resurgence in coronavirus cases.
The TUC has written to ministers to raise urgent concerns about the government’s ‘back-to-work’ safety plans.
And ‘nerve’ seems to be the right word, as the build-up to Tuesday’s conference is uncovering a lot of nervousness in the workplace community as the focus turns to dropping Covid restrictions.
Freedom Day shouldn’t signal a mass return to workplaces, but it could signal the start of greater freedom and flexibility in how, when and where people work.
The services provider has been selected to operate a further 121 fixed and mobile Covid-19 testing centres.
The group has won a new one-year contract to manage 175 regional and local coronavirus test sites and 105 mobile testing units across England, Scotland and Wales.
Serco has been awarded a contract by the Department of Health and Social Care to continue providing support services to Covid-19 regional, local and mobile test centres in England and Northern Ireland.
Public funding is urgently needed to ensure buildings benefit from improved awareness around mechanical ventilation systems and airborne disease risk.
The latest addition to the ongoing debate about the future of offices in the UK comes from PwC’s latest Occupier Survey.
As Covid restrictions are eased, more organisations are thinking about the reopening of offices. Can they depend on their suppliers?
BAM FM has been confirmed as Covid-19 testing partner for public sector bodies with buildings in the east of England.
To succeed in a hybrid future, organisations must stop duplicating office-centric practices and shift to a human-centric model.
The Health and Safety Executive has confirmed that it will continue to carry out spot-checks and inspections on businesses over the coming weeks as lockdown restrictions are eased.
Following the success of February’s virtual conference, this year for the first time there will be a second. July’s event, free to attend, will tackle the return to the workplace.
A survey of sports fans’ attitudes about returning to stadium-based events has uncovered both enthusiasm and concerns.
A poll run by ISS UK during Lockdown 3 found that 67% of respondents missed social engagement when working from home.
‘Before’ and ‘after’ Covid surveys show growing flexibility in approaches to issues attached to work and the workplace.
Employment contracts and HR policies will need to be overhauled to create a ‘new deal’ for employers and employees reflecting changed ways of working.
Almost a quarter of UK workers are hoping to work from home all, or almost all, of the time once lockdown restrictions have lifted.
Just 5% of over 600 mid-sized businesses surveyed believe that full-time office working will be most effective for their people post-pandemic.
The cleaning and support services provider has launched NJC Assure, aiming to help companies and their employees return stronger from the pandemic.
New research from the British Council for Offices argues that a multisensory approach to workplace design can help improve wellbeing.
With the prospect of a return to the workplace climbing the corporate agenda businesses must adapt their premises to recover quickly, according to a new guide.
We must not drop our guard says General Secretary Frances O’Grady as Covid restrictions begin to be eased.
Sue Ryder is amongst the first organisations in England to use the recently launched NHS Deep Cleaning and Advisory Service to meet new cleaning standards.
The productivity benefits of homeworking have increased over the past year for some organisations, according to research from CIPD.
The pandemic-inspired future-of-work debate seems to be entering a new phase focusing on how many people will return/stay away if they can.
More than half of UK employees thinking about returning to the workplace would feel more comfortable if their employer used data to improve the healthiness of the building.
The Sodexo-managed student accommodation at Northumbria University has received the Rise Safe label from Bureau Veritas.
As research continues to show preferences for continued homeworking, the associated increase in household energy use is causing concern.
Improving air quality is not just the right thing to do in terms of public health but will also have a significant impact on business profitability and productivity.
A new think-tank report calls on the government to incentivise the establishment of more local offices and hybrid-working initiatives.
Mitie has been appointed as a supplier on the Crown Commercial Service agreement for Covid community testing sites.
The group behind brands including Regus is seeing its market grow as companies begin to think about post-pandemic workplace solutions.
New research shows that workspaces currently on offer to a returning workforce are largely not up to scratch.
The British Council for Offices is calling on developers, owners and occupiers to ensure that UK offices have adequate ventilation ahead of a return to the workplace.
The protocol, developed by an NHS trust in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, is being rolled out across England.
With students returning to schools in England, the Building Engineering Services Association is warning that opening windows is not a good strategy for managing virus transmission.
The British Safety Council is calling on government and the HSE to strengthen and enforce Covid Secure workplace rules to protect workers.
The facilities services company is to assist with a new Covid-19 testing initiative at a site it already manages.
The CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, has published guidance to help employers navigate vaccinations and the return to workplaces.
The weight of information building up behind the view that office work has changed forever is considerable, though there is still much we don’t know.
One effect of pandemic restrictions has been an increase in the use of parks and open spaces. So, what are the best ways to manage these?
The cleaning software services start-up is extending its focus with an alliance that brings in digital technology to improve indoor air quality.
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 service provider has added a Lincoln site to the list of Covid-19 NHS Vaccination and Plasma Donor Centres it is supporting.
The Welsh Government is to strengthen legislation to ensure workplaces and shops are safer, as pandemic conditions persist.
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.
The corporate property world was already changing when the coronavirus arrived. The real challenge now is handling the new pace of that change,
The cleaning services specialist says its new offer utilises science and technology to ensure workplaces are clean and protected.
Last week’s World Workplace virtual conference saw Sodexo recognised for the development and implementation of its Covid-19 management app.
Property advisors Avison Young looked into which elements of office-based and home-based working influence knowledge worker productivity.
One in 10 people have walked out of a premises because they felt uncomfortable about the risk of catching Covid-19, according to a report by facilities services provider phs Group.
The new report examines how service providers can use data to demonstrate professionalism and make improvements in areas that are growing in strategic importance.
Demand for high quality office space in London will remain robust post-Covid, but what companies want and where they want it will change.
Office occupancy during the second lockdown remained six times higher than during the first, building sensor data shows.
The smart building sector looks set to benefit from a surge of spending in 2021.
The pandemic could be the death knell for 'dumb buildings' as it catalyses and accelerates the long-term shift to smart technologies.
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.
The workplace experience app will initially be available at the construction management group's global headquarters in London.
The Health and Safety Executive study will focus on the transmission of the coronavirus in environments including workplaces, transport and other public settings.
The Covid-19 Achievement Award aims to recognise the work undertaken by building services professionals and the wider supply chain to combat the effects of the pandemic.
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 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.
After more than a year of uncertainty and lockdowns across the UK, there is renewed confidence in returning to a more normal life as we approach the final stages of the government’s roadmap to lift restrictions.
Covid-19 has driven changes in commercial cleaning with an increased demand for enhanced cleaning coupled with proof of effectiveness and increased hygiene standards.
The recent easing of lockdown and reopening of pubs, shops and outdoor spaces has re-energised discussions surrounding the return to offices.
Will Richards highlights three best workplace strategies to support talent attraction and retention in a post-Covid19 world.
Rodrigue Zbinden considers the recent increase in cloud adoption and how hosted security solutions can help to manage teams, facilities and operations.
Few could have predicted the disruption of the pandemic, which has left thousands of buildings across the country lying empty. How do we think about what comes next?
In the wake of Covid-19, organisations around the world are rethinking space utilisation, employee engagement and wellbeing, sustainability and the overall real estate portfolio.
Like many industries, the flexspace sector is facing one of its greatest challenges in the global pandemic.
Social distancing must have been one of the most used terms of 2020. Looking ahead to 2021 this same behaviour seems set to be a part of daily life for quite a while to come.
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.
This year has, without a doubt, challenged workplace and facilities professionals with a whole host of safety and wellbeing concerns.
Coming out of the second national lockdown in England and into a new tiered system has brought fresh challenges for the FM industry.
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.
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.
For many, September marked a return to the office. And a shock to the system for many, too.
The pandemic has spurred workplace change. A survey from McKinsey found that the year following the initial UK lockdown accelerated the adoption of workplace technology by several years.
Steve McGregor shares his company’s journey through the challenges and opportunities faced by the built environment sector over the past year.
Nearly 11 months have passed since I started online education and there is still much that universities can learn from the FM sector, Sienna Emanuel writes.
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?
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.
Today, Wednesday 21 October, is Thank Your Cleaner Day, marking a special day of recognition for cleaning teams up and down the country and across the globe. This has come at an appropriate time.
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.