Floored by design. The new issue of Works magazine goes where angels fear to tread
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by Mick Jordan
4d ago
Just what is it that you want to do? People of a certain age will know what answers come next. The rest of you can scroll down to find out. At least two-thirds of those responses still resonate when you ask people want they want from their work and workplaces. They wanna be free to do what they wanna do. And they wanna have a good time. And that’s what they’re gonna do. These are the exact same responses you hear when THE great, existential questions facing the office sector and occupiers are brought up along with those others that follow on from them. What is the office for, how should we de ..read more
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Do you walk or talk people centric change for success?
Workplace Insight
by Jennifer Bryan
4d ago
In previous articles, I shared that there is a McKinsey report that states that 75 percent of the organisations that were listed at the time on the S&P would no longer exist by 2025 – they would either merge, be bought out or go bankrupt.  This all means that organisations have to change and adapt or die. That is now less than 2 years away, so some organisations are now gone, some are struggling and some have adapted. With that said, organisations can no longer afford to get change wrong – they have to get it right and right now. And one way of doing this is to focus on people centri ..read more
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New legally-binding air quality targets fall short of their ambitions, safety body warns
Workplace Insight
by Neil Franklin
4d ago
The British Safety Council has warned that new legally binding air quality targets for the UK, which passed the final stages of parliamentary scrutiny earlier this week, fall well short of what is needed to keep people safe. The new limits will  come into force in the wake of last year’s Environment Act, after the Government missed its own deadline of December to introduce them, following a consultation. Meanwhile, cities around the UK are taking their own action to fight air pollution, by introducing Clean Air Zones (CAZs), with Newcastle the latest to bring its own CAZ on Tuesday 30 Ja ..read more
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Multi-tasking managers offer the key to cooperation between rival firms
Workplace Insight
by Neil Franklin
4d ago
For rival companies to successfully cooperate in the name of innovation, they need “ambidextrous” managers who can make the most of their pooled resources and exhibit strong multi-tasking skills, research from NEOMA Business School claims. Antony Paulraj, Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management at NEOMA, co-authored a study analysing the approach of over 300 companies that are collaborating with their competitors, known as “coopetition”. According to Paulraj, coopetition broadens the possibilities of what can be achieved by any one company in isolation. To optimise the potential f ..read more
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New study will explore the impact of economic turmoil on workplace experience
Workplace Insight
by Neil Franklin
1w ago
People’s workplace experience in the wake of recent economic upheavals is to be investigated as part of a major new survey led by Cardiff University and funded mainly by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The Skills and Employment Survey 2023 (SES2023), which also involves researchers at UCL, the Universities of Oxford and Surrey and the National Centre for Social Research, will help academics assess the impact of an extraordinary period of turbulence for workers which includes the economic downturn, Cost-of-Living Crisis, Covid-19 and Brexit. People aged 20-65 working in Brita ..read more
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Logovisual feature-packed mobile walls designed to divide and connect
Workplace Insight
by Freddie Steele
1w ago
The ThinkingWall Divider range from Logovisual is a collection of sleek, stable mobile dividing walls featuring web connected AV technology, drywipe surface and storage. The units are large enough to work alone or in pairs as a divider, but easy to move around to reconfigure space. Use ThinkingWall Dividers to split larger areas with no need for any floor or ceiling mounting. Create focus areas where teams can gather round the drywipe board without the need for a wall to mount to. The mobile walls are multi-functional, practical and fit perfectly with a modern hybrid work environment. The Thi ..read more
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New lighting guide updated to embrace era of hybrid working
Workplace Insight
by Jayne Smith
1w ago
The Society of Light and Lighting has launched the latest Lighting Guide 07 (LG7): Offices [paywall for non CIBSE members]. There have been considerable developments since the previous edition, published in 2015. The new guide considers hybrid working, addressing uncertainty around how office space will be used in the future. With increased hybrid working and the use of portable devices, people are spending less time at their desks and in the office. This revision of Lighting Guide 7 now includes home office lighting advice. “The future for the traditional office is looking increasingly uncer ..read more
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Siemens and Skyway collaborate to develop infrastructure to pave way for Vertiports
Workplace Insight
by Freddie Steele
1w ago
Siemens and Skyway have reached an agreement to work together to determine the electrical and digital infrastructure needed to support vertiport operations. Vertiports are hubs for vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicles such as air taxis and drones. The scope of collaboration involves both companies researching energy demands of vertiports and developing sustainable electrical supply, standard charging processes, and a “system of systems” to support aircraft operations. Innovation around vertiport infrastructure will be critical to the future scalability of electric vertical take-off a ..read more
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The business case for the retrofit of existing buildings keeps getting stronger
Workplace Insight
by Paul Johnstone
1w ago
The news last year that the M&S flagship Orchard House store on Oxford Street in London was to be demolished to make way for a new mixed-use development of shops, offices, restaurants and a gym sparked a very British sort of debate about the pros and cons of retrofit and refurbishment. This is M&S after all. It may not be the cultural touchstone it once was but it remains an institution. But the debate was also about some things you might expect right now, including the ongoing deterioration of Oxford Street, the loss of a landmark building (and an art deco one at that) and the suitab ..read more
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Firms failing to embed net zero into operations
Workplace Insight
by Jayne Smith
1w ago
A survey [registration] of 300 managers at organisations in industrial sectors across the U.K., U.S. and Germany by ESG consulting firm Sphera, claims that while 85 percent of companies now have net zero strategies, the majority are failing to incorporate them into daily business operations. Only 41 percent of operations managers have seen sustainability strategies produce significant changes in daily practices, and 32 percent say their firms do not align with science-based emissions targets.   Many report that responsibility for net zero is too heavily concentrated at the top, with ..read more
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