Managers are essential for shaping company culture and a sense of belonging
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by Neil Franklin
1h ago
According to a new poll of employees from Workhuman, managers are crucial for both individual professional development and overall company culture. When it comes to company culture 42 percent of employees cite management as the most influential factor in shaping the workplace environment. And when employees feel like they belong, the top reason was, “my manager supports me,” as reported by 60 percent of respondents. When asked who employees look to for guidance on interpersonal conduct in the workplace, managers emerged as the clear frontrunner, with 42 percent looking to them for cues on ho ..read more
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Zeph side chair from Herman Miller adds colour and comfort to your workspace
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by Freddie Steele
7h ago
Herman Miller and Studio 7.5 have introduced the Zeph Side Chair to enliven and add comfort to shared workspaces. The Zeph Side Chair brings new applications to the colourful and ergonomic collection, providing a full family of seating that works together. Designed by Berlin-based Studio 7.5, the Zeph Chair collection is distinguished by a colourful one-piece seat and flexible back. Through the same research-backed ergonomics that led to the design of the multipurpose chair and stool introduced in 2022, Zeph Side Chair brings a natural recline to the four-leg side and visitor seating category ..read more
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European and Asian cities dominate latest smart city rankings
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by Marvin Gort
17h ago
Zurich tops the 2024 Smart City Index, with European and Asian cities dominating the rankings. The report, released by the IMD World Competitiveness Center’s Smart City Observatory and the World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization (WeGO), analyses data and resident surveys from 142 cities globally. Seven of the top 10 smartest cities hail from Europe. These leading cities prioritize initiatives that improve residents’ quality of life, such as green spaces, cultural events, and social engagement. Additionally, they focus on attracting talent, fostering sustainable investments, and tackling ..read more
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Hybrid working ‘allows organisations to cut energy use by a fifth’
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by Neil Franklin
1d ago
Hybrid working has enabled UK businesses to cut energy usage by a fifth as they replace large city centre office space with smaller, more energy efficient spaces including flexible workspaces, according to a new report from IWG, whose brands including Spaces and Regus.  surveyed more than 500 leaders and facilities managers at businesses that have adopted hybrid working policies. The findings revealed that average energy consumption in those companies has fallen by 19 percent since the introduction of hybrid working policies, benefiting both the environment and their bottom line. The stu ..read more
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Government to scrap employment programme for disabled people
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by Marvin Gort
1d ago
A £100 million program designed to help disabled people find work in England and Wales has been quietly cancelled, raising concerns as the government pursues plans to reduce disability benefits. The Work and Health Programme (WHP), launched in 2017, will cease operation this autumn. This news comes amidst Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s proposed benefit cuts for 420,000 sick and disabled individuals, aiming to push them into employment. Charities warn these cuts could leave many in poverty. Sunak’s plan also includes transferring the authority to issue sick notes from medical professionals to no ..read more
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VMA GROUP launches 10th edition of Inside Insight, offering exclusive industry perspectives for the UK Internal Communications profession
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by Freddie Steele
2d ago
VMA GROUP, a trusted name in the world of communications, marketing, digital and change recruitment, has announced the release of its highly anticipated research report, Inside Insight. This all-encompassing benchmarking report delves deep into the current state of the internal communications industry, providing invaluable insights to professionals and organisations alike. Formulated from the survey responses of nearly 600 UK-based internal communications professionals, along with commentary from key internal communications leaders and VMA GROUP’s specialist team of recruitment and executive ..read more
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We can have a dramatic impact on people’s lives with simple, small and cost-free changes
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by Mark Eltringham
4d ago
London, the crouching monster, like every other monster has to breathe, and breathe it does in its own obscure, malignant way. Its vital oxygen is composed of suburban working men and women of all kinds, who every morning are sucked up through an infinitely complicated respiratory apparatus of trains and termini into the mighty congested lungs, held there for a number of hours, and then, in the evening, exhaled violently through the same channels. The men and women imagine they are going into London and coming out again more or less of their own free will, but the crouching monster sees all a ..read more
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Most people want to work in jobs that have a positive impact on the world
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by Jayne Smith
4d ago
A new poll from hiring platform Indeed suggests that people now consider working in jobs that positively impact society (57 percent) and the environment (55 percent) more important than they did when they started their careers. Just over a quarter (26 percent) say they would take a pay cut and 44 percent would consider retraining to enter the environmental sustainability sector. The survey of more than 1,000 workers and job seekers and 500 employers in the UK, highlights the ongoing green skills challenge. Despite the clear appetite for sustainability-related jobs among working people, 42 per ..read more
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Roboquitting is the latest workplace trend to emerge in the era of hybrid working
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by Marvin Gort
4d ago
The era of hybrid working has driven many changes in the way people work. And the latest workplace trend to emerge is something called roboquitting. It takes advantage of remote work and AI to allow people to automate parts of their jobs, freeing them for side hustles and more free time. It builds on the trend for quiet quitting over the past four years, which describes how people do the minimum requirements of their job. They put in no more time, effort, or enthusiasm than absolutely necessary to collect a salary. Now many people are taking advantage of new technology and the ignorance of bo ..read more
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Green Building Council says Scotland has abandoned its role as a leader on climate
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by Neil Franklin
4d ago
The UK Green Building Council – which represents some of the UK’s biggest names in the built environment, including housebuilders, banks, social housing providers, local councils, developers, estates and engineering companies and universities – responds to the Scottish Government’s decision to scrap its 2030 climate target. Simon McWhirter, Deputy Chief Executive at UKGBC said: “This decision means Scotland has lost its place as a climate leader. The scrapping of the 2030 climate target comes after significant criticism of the relative lack of progress on delivery and illustrates the falterin ..read more
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