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27 April 2017
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People management

Articles on access & inclusion, appointment, employment, motivation & reward 


  • BIFM publishes new guidance on managing the transition to agile workingNew guidance to help facilities managers manage the transition to agile working within their organisation has today been published by the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM). 27/04/2017
  • Third of UK managers ignore 'sitting disease' dangersThe vast majority of office-based workers are aware of the health dangers of spending hours on end seated at their desks, but management is failing to respond to their needs, according to a survey by Active Working, a community interest company. 27/04/2017
  • New certification for healthier existing buildings launchedA cost-effective certification system for promoting healthy workplaces in existing buildings has been launched in the UK today. 26/04/2017
  • Government must 'lead charge' on better access to built environmentThe government must act to lead the charge to improve access and inclusion in the built environment, says the Women and Equalities Committee in a major report. 25/04/2017
  • Pursuit of happinessWell-being's rise up the corporate agenda has been rapid and compelling. But what can facilities managers really do to affect their end-users' levels of happiness, for instance? Martin Read looks at what the fast-evolving well-being landscape means for FM. 24/04/2017
  • Design for livingAs workers increasingly spend a third of the day or more in the workplace, it makes sense that wellness programmes should begin there. Promoting employee health is proving beneficial for organisations that are actively embracing it, says Nick Martindale. 24/04/2017
  • G4S secures £41m healthcare deal with Croydon NHS trustG4S has secured a £41m healthcare contract with Croydon Health Services NHS Trust. 24/04/2017
  • Cycling to work makes you live longer and fights diseaseCycling to work makes you live longer and reduces the chance of adverse cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer, according to a study. 21/04/2017
  • BIFM calls for life-changing entries to Impact on Society AwardThe BIFM is calling for examples of facilities management projects that have positively affected society for one of its categories for its annual awards. 19/04/2017
  • Guidance seeks to ensure 'disability-smart' FM procurementBusiness Disability Forum, a not-for-profit member organisation that seeks to ensure disabled people are treated fairly in business and wider society, has published a guide aimed at improving levels of accessibility and inclusion in the workplace. 18/04/2017
  • Under pressureThe toll stress in the workplace can take on mental health has long been a taboo topic, and recent government figures for suicide rates in construction-related trades have highlighted the crisis. But, says Kevin Stanley, the FM industry is listening. 18/04/2017
  • Wates strikes £7m-a-year deal with Tamworth Borough CouncilWates Living Space has been appointed to carry out a repairs and investment contract for Tamworth Borough Council, which will see the social housing maintenance provider make housing improvements to 4,200 properties in the town. 13/04/2017
  • Well = To-doIn 2015 the WELL building standard, hailed as the first in the world to focus entirely on human health and wellness, was introduced to the UK. Last month, another such standard got its UK debut. Healthy buildings are fast supplanting sustainability as the 'must-have' building certification. Martin Read reports. 12/04/2017
  • ISS appoints new COO for private sector businessISS has appointed Andy Chappell as chief operating officer for its private sector business. 11/04/2017
  • FM sector is poised to 'ride out' Brexit doubtsFM is a bullish industry and will continue to perform well in challenging times despite the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, according to Clare Huffman, director of M&A at international advisory and brokerage firm Morphose. 11/04/2017
  • Savills predicts a business exodus to London's outer boroughsLondon's outer boroughs could provide greater flexible office space in future, according to a report by estate agent Savills. 11/04/2017
  • BESA teams up with bosses to create 'Trailblazer' apprenticeshipsThe Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) is working with building engineering employers to develop targeted 'Trailblazer' apprenticeships in key technical sectors. 11/04/2017
  • Carillion JV wins new deal with MoD for works in South-EastThe government's Defence Infrastructure Organisation has awarded a Carillion joint venture a contract to provide soft facilities management services for 87 key sites across Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire and Central and Greater London. 10/04/2017
  • Sodexo acquires home care providerSupport services group Sodexo has announced the acquisition of Prestige Nursing + Care, a UK home care provider. 10/04/2017
  • Apprenticeship levy is a blunt instrument, say MPsThe Government's flagship apprenticeships policies have a worrying lack of focus and will not fill widening skills gaps unless they concentrate on sectors and regions where training is most needed, MPs have concluded in their report. 10/04/2017
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