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Month: March 2017

  • Four ways in which driverless vehicles could transform the way we work

    Posted on March 29, 2017 by admin

    Barely a day passes recently when some or other think tank or Government department isn’t publishing an apocalyptic forecast about what will happen to jobs as a result of automation and robotics. Yet recently a new picture has started to emerge, typified by one published by PwC last week. The study claims that up to […]

  • Office occupiers are looking for game changing workplace strategies

    Posted on March 29, 2017 by admin

    This is not just Brexit week, it’s also Flexible Working Week. In both regards, it’s no surprise to find that occupiers’ real estate priorities are increasingly focused on introducing flexible working and efficiency gains as well enhancing workplace strategies in a quest to make space work smarter, according to the 2017 CBRE European Occupier Survey. […]

  • Intelligent office design and fit-out can help facilities managers harness change

    Posted on March 28, 2017 by admin

    The workplace revolution we foresaw twenty odd years ago was supposed to have eradicated some of the oldest challenges known to facilities managers. The most prominent amongst these was churn, described in the Facilities Design and Management Handbook by its author Eric Teichholz as “the basic driver of the facilities management workload.” Defined as the […]

  • The workplace holds the key to a £70 billion productivity boost

    Posted on March 15, 2017 by admin

    Companies could boost their productivity by between 1 and 3.5 per cent, adding as much as £70 billion to the UK economy, by focusing on how the workplace might be used to generate revenue, instead of regarding them simply as a cost to be managed. That is according to the newly published The Workplace Advantage […]

  • How office design can help elephants and smaller beasts to dance

    Posted on March 14, 2017 by admin

    The challenge for most large organisations nowadays is often likened to being something akin to making an elephant dance. This metaphor has become a bit of a cliché in its own right since the American businessman Louis Gerstner used it as the title of his memoir describing how he had turned round the fortunes of IBM in […]

  • Have I got hues for you? The role of colour in office design

    Posted on March 13, 2017 by admin

    Colour forecasting is one of the often under-the-radar disciplines that help to identify and shape trends in product and interior design. That is why designers keep an eye out for the latest announcements from Pantone or DuPont for their colours of the year, seek the guidance of organisations such as the International Colour Authority or […]

  • We shouldn’t rely on narrow definitions of flexible working

    Posted on March 2, 2017 by Fresh Workspace

    One of the particular and often unspoken issues that shadows in any debate about flexible working is what we mean by the term. We’ve been talking about new ways of working for a good quarter of a century now and what is generally understood about the practice has evolved considerably. The very idea was conceived at […]

  • There are great reasons why we should use emotion in workplace design

    Posted on March 2, 2017 by Fresh Workspace

    Most of the arguments put forward for enlightened workplace design are fact based. That’s useful but such arguments can also ignore the fact that we respond to our surroundings on an emotional level as well as a functional one. Once you accept that office design is as much about how it makes people feel as how […]