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Month: November 2016

  • The complex links between office design, technology and productivity

    Posted on November 30, 2016 by Charles Marks

    office design and technology

    A recent  report from O2 suggests that technology has allowed us to become nearly five time more productive than we were in the 1970s. The Individual Productivity Report is a joint research project from O2 and the Centre for Economic and Business Research and used a metric called gross value added (GVA) per worker per […]

  • Laptop thigh is the latest thing to worry about in the workplace

    Posted on November 30, 2016 by Fresh Workspace

    Modern life afflicts us daily with new and pernicious ways of harming ourselves. One of the most recently identified has been named by researchers at the University of Basel as ‘Laptop Thigh’. Caused by prolonged exposure of the skin to moderate heat, the physical condition itself is nothing new. It goes by the medical name […]

  • Seven key workplace design trends from Orgatec 2016

    Posted on November 17, 2016 by Fresh Workspace

    Every two years in late October, much of the world’s office design sector decamps to Cologne for a few days. It bases itself by day in the huge Cologne Messe and, by night, in the bars of the old town. It is there to reveal its latest products, talk about the latest trends, ask how […]

  • The strategic advantages of green building design

    Posted on November 16, 2016 by Fresh Workspace

    One of the current preoccupations of the World Green Building Council is to demonstrate how green business is good business. The way it is presenting this argument is intriguing because as well as extolling the most anticipated benefits of green building design, such as lower energy bills, it is linking green building design with human […]

  • The changing faces of ergonomics and workplace design

    Posted on November 16, 2016 by Charles Marks

    workplace design

    The big problem with the way some people talk about the term ‘ergonomic’ is that they use it to describe the design of objects when really it’s about a relationship; that between a person and the things around them. It’s an abstract idea, about both facilities AND management, so is dependent on a number of […]

  • The office isn’t dead, but it is changing rapidly

    Posted on November 3, 2016 by Fresh Workspace

    There’s nothing new in the sight of technology companies and other vested interests producing research that not so subtly supports a growing need for their technology. Similarly anybody who has worked in the workplace sector for even a short length of time will have read one of these companies predicting nothing less than the death […]

  • Health and safety is essential but often neglected during an office fit out

    Posted on November 2, 2016 by Fresh Workspace

    According to the website of the Health & Safety Executive, electrical workers suffer approximately 1000 accidents and 25 deaths every year. This is a figure swelled by a number of accidents that could’ve been avoided with more stringent observation of safety practices and legislation and a different attitude to risk. Possibly more worrying than the […]