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25 June 2017
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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.


  • 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
  • Shopping for multi-talented future FMsreport by the Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association about the trends for facilities management in the retail sector describes the FM of the future as someone who is no longer a skilled tradesperson 10 November 2016
  • Think Tank: The best of our abilityA Women and Equalities Parliamentary committee inquiry is looking at the extent to which accessibility is taken into account in the design of buildings. This prompted the question is FM doing enough? We asked our Think Tank audience a series of questions about the topic. Here's what our respondents told us. 13 October 2016
  • Defining the degree of FM learningThe Department of Education has just concluded its consultation on proposals for the development of new standards for apprenticeships, including in the FM sector. 13 October 2016
  • Are the Robots really coming?Robotics, automation and artificial intelligence have been. But how much is reality and how much is scaremongering? Here's what our think tank poll respondents say. 15 September 2016
  • The mental health debateHow vigilant is the organisation you work for about addressing levels of mental health/workplace stress among its employees? 12 August 2016
  • Service families being let downLast month the House of Commons Pubklic Accounts Committee published a report concluding that the Ministry of Defence and its contractor were "badly letting down service families" by providing them with poor accommodation. Herpreet Kaur Grewal reports on the evidence, and speaks to those involved. 12 August 2016
  • The war on wasteFood waste costs the UK food service sector £2.5 billion+ a year. How can FM combat this? Herpreet Kaur Grewal reports. 12 August 2016
  • Brexit, PM May, reshuffle and FMSince the last issue of FM World, and following the EU Referendum, the country has a new Prime Minister and Cabinet. The FM sector's sheer size and prominence means it should be considereed a bellwether of the UK's economic performance, writes Herpreet Kaur Grewal. 11 August 2016
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