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17 January 2017
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People management

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


  • 'Toxic' workplaces can damage well-being and productivityToxic workplaces are jeopardising employee well-being, leading to poor productivity, long-term sickness and ultimately impacting on staff recruitment and retention, according to professional engineering, consulting and project management services firm AECOM. 17/01/2017
  • Vet security staff to BSI grade before hiring them, warns TrigionSecurity personnel should be thoroughly screened before being hired, according to security firm Trigion. 16/01/2017
  • Interserve report calls for 'workplace guardians'Businesses should adopt teams of 'workplace guardians' to curate workspaces that support employee well-being and overall business performance, says international support services and construction group Interserve. 11/01/2017
  • Companies should 'invest in their employees' environment'There has been a noticeable shift towards home-inspired interiors in the workplace, according to Amanda Godwin-Jones, office interior design, fit-out and refurbishment specialist and Morgan Lovell's London design team leader. 11/01/2017
  • Views sought on proposed FM Manager (Level 4) ApprenticeshipStakeholders across the facilities management (FM) industry are being urged to take part in a consultation on a new FM Manager (Level 4) Apprenticeship Standard. 11/01/2017
  • Think Tank: Dr. FM to workplace surgery two, pleaseShould FM do more to sell itself more on its role in sustaining the health of the workers it serves? Or should the profession concentrate solely on the optimisation and provision of workspace? 05/01/2017
  • Catering for productivityOrganisations' desire to provide a healthy diet is linked to a broad approach to improve productivity and, as a bonus, can help cut workers' risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and more. Diana Spellman explains. 04/01/2017
  • Stoddart Review: The Workplace AdvantageSmarter use of Britain's office space could improve productivity by 1 to 3.5 per cent and deliver a boost of up to £70 billion to the economy, a study by workplace, property and business experts hosted by BIFM has revealed. 03/01/2017
  • Thought diversity: now there's a bright ideaAt last month's Tomorrow Meets Today event, FMs and business leaders shared their thoughts on thought diversity, a topic and way of organisational management for which facilities managers are perfectly placed.,= 20/12/2016
  • Government must focus on skills to raise productivity, says CIPDThe Government needs to focus on policies that help improve skills in order to raise productivity, according to the CIPD's Ben Willmott, speaking after the publication of the latest ONS Labour Market Statistics. 14/12/2016
  • Think Tank: Does 'open-plan' equal open minds?Do open-plan workspaces foster more collaboration and productivity or create a cognitive dissonance that can demoralise a workforce? We asked our think tank audience to tell us about their experiences. Here are some of the respondents' verdicts 13/12/2016
  • Workers want to work remotely to combat commuting stressMore than half of workers are looking to work remotely in order to improve their travel schedule in 2017, says a survey. 12/12/2016
  • Is FM the key to workplace productivity?The solution may be ever-evolving, but there is much to take away from the research and debate on workplace productivity, and FM's impact on the effectiveness of a workplace, writes Martin Read. 08/12/2016
  • Think Tank: Nutrition and cognitive performanceEarlier this year, the government launched a Smart Working Code to help businesses ensure better and more flexible working practices. It's indicative of how employee health and well-being is rising up the public policy agenda. Ahead of a catering special next month, we asked you whether your organisation is making the connection between cognitive performance and food consumption 06/12/2016
  • Workers' sleep loss costs UK £40bn a yearThe UK economy sustains an economic loss of up to £40 billion or 1.86 per cent of its GDP owing to workers' sleep deprivation. 01/12/2016
  • 25% of workers with mental health problems fear lack of supportMore than a third of employees (36 per cent) believe that their organisation supports employees with mental health problems either very or fairly well, says research by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD). 30/11/2016
  • Rise of the machines could create more jobs, says CapitaDespite workers' fears that jobs will be lost to automation in the workplace, most UK business leaders believe that technology will actually create more jobs in their organisations over the next 10 years than it will replace. 28/11/2016
  • Chancellor vows to plough £23bn into UK productivity fundIn today's Autumn Statement, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, announced government plans to form a new national productivity investment fund worth £23 billion. 23/11/2016
  • Stephen Roots announced as next chairman of BIFMThe BIFM has confirmed that Stephen Roots, divisional director FM and Health & Safety, AA Projects, as the next chairman of the institute. 23/11/2016
  • FMs are healthcare workers, says US researchThe facilities manager is more of a 'healthcare worker' of the workforce than a doctor, according to authors of significant research into how buildings can affect the health of workers. 21/11/2016
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