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Articles on workplace


  • How does it work? Access control by droneShared office space or large multi-tenanted sites mean that the front-of-house service must handle access control for visitors or delivery drivers. FM World spoke with Alex Shamy of Kisi about a true 21st century innovation that could make security and access control more streamlined process. 29/04/2016
  • Raising the BarAt the Bar Council's City of London headquarters, Sam Forman is an FM with 20 years' experience having effectively introduced and developed the role herself. Martin Read reports. 28/04/2016
  • Softcat and McDonald's are 'UK's best workplaces'IT firm Softcat plc and fast-food chain McDonald's have been named the best workplaces in the UK. 28/04/2016
  • Designing for privacyEmployee engagement in your company could be compromised by the workplace design, as Bostjan Ljubic explains 25/04/2016
  • Flexible working is key to better lives in LondonFlexible workers in London are more satisfied with their jobs, feel under less pressure and have better work-life balance than those who don't work flexibly, according to research. 14/04/2016
  • Space oddityGo back six, seven or even eight years and you'll find a lot being said about the importance of space usage in these pages, writes Martin Read. 07/04/2016
  • 60% of retailers plan to extend NLW to all staffSixty-four per cent of retail chains operating in the UK plan to implement the National Living Wage (NLW) for all employees irrespective of age, according to a survey by global advisory firm Willis Towers Watson. 01/04/2016
  • Living proofUnderstanding how client organisations work and what they need is key to creating successful workplaces. Richard Byatt considers the art and science of user briefing with a look at the WWF's award-winning Living Planet Centre 23/03/2016
  • Technology will soon drive occupancy decisionsThe technology in a property will have a bigger influence on buying, leasing and renting decisions than current traditional concerns of cost and location, according to a study. 18/03/2016
  • Cutting catering's capacityContract caterers are taking lessons from the high street and elsewhere as they seek new ways of maximising the smaller amount of food prep and dining space from which they're being asked to operate. Nick Martindale reports on a rapidly changing sector. 10/03/2016
  • UK workers less engaged than global counterpartsResearch by US-based furniture company Steelcase has found that just 13 per cent of workers are highly engaged at their workplace. 04/03/2016
  • Sub-standard loos cost 19% of SMEs a pretty pennyMany British businesses are not meeting minimum standards on office toilets, leaving employees with sub-standard facilities and long waits for cubicles and this is affecting businesses' bottom line, according to research released this week. 02/03/2016
  • CIBSE Awards: why so Sirius?The Sirius Building in Canberra, Australia, has won the facilities management team award at this year's CIBSE Awards. 26/02/2016
  • Futures shock?February's Workplace Futures conference saw presenters speaking about FM at a point in time in which the sector has the potential to have a fundamental impact on its own workers and the people they serve. Is the sector ready for the challenges ahead? Here, the FM World team selects some of the key quotes from the day 25/02/2016
  • Analysis: Scoring social goalsWhen Interserve's Adrian Ringrose spoke at the Social Value Summit earlier this month, he issued a "call to action" to commissioners and providers to embed social goals more depply into their methods of procurement and operations. Herpreet Kaur Grewal reports. 24/02/2016
  • Batteries included: a new way to power facilities?Battery technology is moving fast as manufacturers compete to produce the cleanest, most cost-effective answer to predicted UK power shortages within the next few years. By Sara Bean. 23/02/2016
  • Lighting - questions you should askThe ink is dry(ing) on Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) reports around the UK. Will they galvanise companies into creating achievable energy reduction plans as the government hopes? asks Richard Perry 23/02/2016
  • Analysis: Estate data - the effects of place on profitBut despite the apparent benefits to be gained from enhancing use of data and analytics, corporate real estate (CRE) teams do not appear to have taken to data and analytics as enthusiastically as might have been expected, according to a recent JLL report. Herpreet Kaur Grewal reports. 08/02/2016
  • Analysis: What advances will the Smart Working Code bring?The business standards organisation BSI, working with the Cabinet Office, has announced a new code of practice on Smart Working the BSI Publicly Available Specification (PAS3000). But what does this mean for facilities managers? Herpreet Kaur Grewal reports. 08/02/2016
  • Smart Working Code 'won't change business culture'Workplace strategy expert Monica Parker has said she welcomes the government's Smart Working Code but that it would not go far enough to changing a company's culture. 05/02/2016
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