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  • The paperless office is no nearer to reality than it was 30 years ago

    Posted on July 20, 2017 by admin

    The first paperless office opened in the Spring of 1979. Designed by a management consultant as a model of the office of the future, the building in Washington DC was filled with the first generation of electronic scanners, microfiche readers and other products. A computer expert who was present at the launch recalls that the demonstration […]

  • Modern office inclusive design should address everybody’s needs

    Posted on July 19, 2017 by admin

    Over recent years the principle of inclusive design has extended beyond its original focus on meeting the needs of disabled people to incorporate a more general principle of  how to use office interior design as a way of making sure everybody can work in the most appropriate and most productive way possible. So what can […]

  • Health and safety is no longer enough in the new world of work

    Posted on June 28, 2017 by admin

    The Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) is an incredibly important piece of legislation and one which gave workers and employers their first basic rights pertaining to the workplace. But the act is over forty years years old and while no one questions that it was a turning point in the way things were, […]

  • The elemental links between workplace wellbeing and productivity

    Posted on June 27, 2017 by admin

    The quest for a proper understanding of the links between the places we work and our wellbeing and productivity has been ongoing for a very long time. It predates the health and safety debate as we now know it with roots in research such as that carried out at the Hawthorne Works in Chicago in […]

  • Don’t stand so close to me: why personal space matters in the workplace

    Posted on May 9, 2017 by admin

    As successive BCO Specification Guides and the research of organisations like CoreNet Global have proved, the spatial dynamics of offices have changed dramatically in recent years. Put simply, the modern office serves significantly more people per square foot than ever before. Originally this tightening was largely down to the growing ubiquity of flat screen and the mobile […]

  • Great acoustic design in the workplace is about far more than turning down the volume

    Posted on May 8, 2017 by admin

    Open-plan offices are meant to encourage collaboration and contribute to a collective workplace experience, but they also come with serious drawbacks. New research claims that more than half of employees said poor office acoustic design reduces their satisfaction at work. Many feel compelled to solve the problem on their own, blocking out distraction through visits to […]

  • Half of UK employers now have a workplace wellness programme in place

    Posted on April 20, 2017 by admin

    Nearly two thirds (63 percent) of UK employees experience stress in their jobs, according to a new study of workplace wellbeing by Happiness Works on behalf of Robert Half UK. Of those who find their roles demanding, nearly one in 10 said their job was very stressful.  To address the high-levels of stress and other issues among employees, […]

  • 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 […]