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News Analysis

Regular analysis of the leading stories in the facilities management industry. Comment on topics such as environmental issues, wellbeing in the workplace, the Living Wage and more.

 

  • Data: Managing in the momentOur recent webinar addressed the issue of FM's ability to demonstrate the best possible performance from each member of facilities service personnel, using a data-driven approach to planning, monitoring, measuring and maximising the engagement and performance of the FM workforce. Here are some highlight quotes from the day. 12 April 2017
  • Think Tank: Informal, yet professionalThis month we asked if your organisation is carrying out, or has recently performed an 'informal yet professional' fit-out and if so, what effects has it had on both productivity and the sum of human happiness? 11 April 2017
  • FM team takes CIBSE plaudits - what goes into an award-winning university estate?The University of Bradford was named overall winner at the CIBSE Building Performance Awards 2017 - but why did it win? Herpreet Kaur Grewal reports. 13 March 2017
  • Think Tank: In retail, every little helpsThis month's Think Tank discussion looks at current facilities management priorities in one specific but crucial sector retail. What are the issues affecting the way FMs deliver service in this vital and ever-changing environment? 13 March 2017
  • Disruption and the disintermediatorsProfessor John Hinks, speaking at last month's Workplace Futures conference, spoke of how technology is presenting the FM sector with a trick-or-treat moment for a next-gen, data-led, service-led model. But, writes Martin Read, is FM ready to respond? 13 March 2017
  • Triggering Brexit: an Article of faithThree Brexit issues emerge as being particularly germane from an FM perspective; contract law, access to European facilities contracts, and staffing. Martin Read reports. 13 February 2017
  • Think Tank: FM's true tech testsHow is facilities management as a profession handling the big technology challenges of 2017? Our latest Think Tank question is all about the reality of technological advancements in FM and the operational consequences of recent innovations. 13 February 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. 09 January 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? 09 January 2017
  • Brexit means 'flex it' in the office marketIn its 2015 study, Bilfinger GVA's Big Nine report, which looks at the office market in nine major regional cities, said take-up was exceptional in the final quarter of 2014. 16 December 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 12 December 2016
  • Architects of our own destinyArchitects who follow up and conduct post-occupancy evaluations are better perceived by clients than those who do not, according to a survey by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). 08 December 2016
  • Jail breakthroughDesigning and operating prison buildings in specific ways could halve assaults on staff and significantly reduce the stress under which staff work, according to a panel of experts including prison managers, psychologists and criminologists. 24 November 2016
  • Planning in social value from the outsetCommercial property development could add from £15 to £20 billion into the community in which it is sited, suggests research by the British Council of Offices. 11 November 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 10 November 2016
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