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17 January 2017
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Articles on workplace


  • '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
  • ThinkTank: what tech advances are FMs really dealing with?How is facilities management as a profession handling the big technology challenges of 2017? 12/01/2017
  • BSRIA seeks views to develop future energy policyBSRIA is supporting a government consultation that is seeking input from the building industry to help develop and support future policies for heat in non-domestic buildings. 11/01/2017
  • 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
  • HMRC's plan to disperse to regions hits speed bumpsThe HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has admitted that its original plan to reduce the number of its offices and move to a regional centre model was unrealistic, according to the latest National Audit Office report. 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
  • ThinkFM 2017: 'FM in a Connected World'The 2017 ThinkFM conference is to explore the ways in which technology is impacting facilities management. 06/01/2017
  • 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
  • Metcalf to lead clampdown on UK's 'rogue employers'Sir David Metcalf has been named as the first director of Labour Market Enforcement to oversee a government crackdown on exploitation in the workplace. 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
  • Are FMs healthcare workers of buildings?Do you agree that the facilities manager is more of a 'healthcare worker' of the workforce than a doctor? 16/12/2016
  • The street goes onThe public's penchant for street food has left contract caterers adding niche specialist cuisines themselves or bringing street vendors in to their own service offer. Nick Martindale reports. 16/12/2016
  • 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
  • Leading ladiesKaty Dowding and Suzanne Beck may have different types of day job, but many common themes emerge when they're asked about the way they work and the future of the profession. Martin Read met the newly crowned leader and manager of the year in the days after the 2016 BIFM Awards ceremony. 12/12/2016
  • Chain reactionThe dynamics of the contract catering sector are shifting because of the rise in expectations driven by high street multiples. Sara Bean asks what contractors are learning from the chains. 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
  • 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
  • BaxterStorey secures Thomas Cook deal with 'Healthy Me' initiativeBaxterStorey has been awarded a contract with Thomas Cook to create sustainably sourced food for up to 1,200 staff at its newly refurbished Peterborough head office, as well as 350 staff in the Falkirk office. 29/11/2016
  • 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
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