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28 September 2016
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People management

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


  • Bilfinger appoints London West End head of FMReal estate adviser, Bilfinger GVA, has appointed Shaun Collins as head of facilities management in its West End office in Berkeley Square, London. 28/09/2016
  • Women feel forced to look 'sexier' in the workplaceLarge numbers of women feel their employer has unfairly criticised their appearance in the workplace, with nearly one in five (19 per cent) saying they felt more attention was paid to their appearance by their bosses than to their male peers, according to a survey by a law firm. 23/09/2016
  • Beyond the hierarchyWorkplace cultures are changing. Under pressure to cut costs, office managers are looking to match more horizonal management principles with innovations in flexible working. 22/09/2016
  • Burning brightDavid Arminas analyses the themes from Think FM 2013, where beating back those innner and outer demons was a key message 22/09/2016
  • Stairway to healthObesity is an immense problem, said the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in November. Sadly, that wasn't a joke. But workers can increase exercise to lose weight even at work and FMs can help by adopting the StepJockey Initiative, claims director Nina Whitby. 22/09/2016
  • Cultural exchangeWhen office 'tribes' go to war over 'ways we do things around here', facilities management can often be caught in the crossfire. FMs would be well advised to train in dealing with such disparate group dynamics, says Joe Whelehan 22/09/2016
  • Simply the guestChiswick Park in West London continues to win awards for the way its estates management team focuses solely on the needs of 'guests'. Today, 10 years after FM World's first visit, what impresses is how the team is helping workers take control of their lives beyond the workplace, as Martin Read reports. 22/09/2016
  • Getting with the programmeSky's facilities management team is working to match the 'Believe in Better' slogan in the way it works on behalf of the company's employees, as Jamie Harris reports. 22/09/2016
  • Standing the test of timeSit-stand desks seem to have come from nowhere, but are now associated with a campaign to Get Britain Standing and a growing narrative seeking to rid the UK workforce of sedentary working. Added benefits, claim those in favour, include increased productivity and improved employee wellbeing. But what are they like in practice? 22/09/2016
  • Activity-based pros and cons'Activity-based' offices offer more flexibility in workstyle choice, but they also require managers capable of imposing strong user discipline if they're to be truly effective as research at the Center for People and Buildings, Delft University of Technology, has found. 22/09/2016
  • The best aid plansThe role of FM within international aid charity ActionAid has developed considerably since Will Bowen joined the organisation, as Jamie Harris reports. 22/09/2016
  • Pay it forwardFM should be seen as a value driver in the sense of selling future levels of productivity, say researchers Daniel von Felten, Manuel Böhm and Christian Coenen, who call it 'the multiplier effect'. 22/09/2016
  • FM's inner chimp challengeA provocative BIFM People Management SIG meeting in November celebrated the new FM of the Year as well as many of his predecessors. Also, in seeking to determine the 'DNA' of a successful FM, mind coach Glenn Mead explained that, inside of our heads, we all have an 'inner chimp' to deal with. Bananas? Not a bit of it, as Martin Read reports. 22/09/2016
  • A productive choiceThinkFM 2016's theme sees speakers focused firmly on how FM can impact organisational productivity. Andrew Pring and Martin Read talk to some of the speakers who will make attending ThinkFM a productive decision in itself 22/09/2016
  • Working out new anglesThe National Living Wage is legislation with great significance for facilities service providers. Here, representatives of FM firms explain how they think the market will be affected and how organisations will need to work in different ways to make the sums add up. 22/09/2016
  • US building owners increasingly interested in healthier buildingsA report has found that US building owners, managers and investors are becoming increasingly interested in creating healthier buildings. 16/09/2016
  • Think Tank: FMs and accessible buildingsHow important is the issue of accessibility in your organisation? 15/09/2016
  • Planning for high performanceCreating a high performance environment for today's sports stars means putting players at the centre of the process and empowering those people tasked with supporting them. That's the philosophy of consultant Clive Reeves, and one that has the potential to put facilities management in the spotlight. Martin Read reports 15/09/2016
  • OCS appoints specialist services MDService provider OCS has appointed John Fowler as managing director for its specialist services division. 14/09/2016
  • Silent steps: acoustic flooringCreating better indoor environments is now a real priority, says Forbo Flooring Systems. A much greater emphasis is now placed on the role sustainable buildings play in supporting and helping people live better, healthier and more productive lives. 14/09/2016
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