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BYOD trend firmly established as three quarters of companies permit it

The tide has clearly turned in favour of Bring Your Own Device to Work (BYOD) policies with more than three quarters (76 per cent) of Chief Information Officers (CIOs) now reporting that they allow employee owned devices into the workplace, according ...

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A contradiction in terms as escaping the city crowds delivers more congestion in the workplace

New research reveals that while UK office space is shrinking, offices in London and the South East are more spacious than those in many other regions. London offices, which from an overall building perspective are less densely occupied than those ...

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The latest buzz: What is holding back nine out of 10 office workers’ productivity?

According to new research, UK workers are crying out for offices with more “buzz” – i.e. the combination of a good atmosphere, energy and teamwork. Nine in ten UK office workers say a buzzy atmosphere increases their productivity. Four-fifths claim ...

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FM service providers failing to earn client’s contract loyalty

Client-to-service provider loyalty in the Facilities Management (FM) industry is lower than in ‘any other sector’ new research has found. The new data shows service providers are failing to build strong relationships with their clients meaning clients are more likely ...

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Heat the occupant not the space – researchers set out to save energy with novel air comfort system

Possibly taking inspiration from our furry friend (right), the method of heating and cooling buildings of the future could be a matter of heating the occupant rather than the whole building or floor, if researchers at a California university prove ...

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The blurred lines between work and home life highlighted in new survey

A newly released survey presents a snapshot of just how much people work when not at work. The survey found more than 90 per cent of employees in the United States and Australia, and 88 per cent of employees in Great ...

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Diners willing to pay more for sustainable meals survey finds

In a shift in consumer concerns towards healthy eating and food waste, 50 per cent of diners said they would pay a premium for their meal if they knew the restaurant was investing in reducing its environmental impact and taking ...

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Dominance of FM firms in contract cleaning market challenging for smaller cleaning firms

Despite ongoing economic pressures and continued cuts across budgets in both the private and public sectors, the contract cleaning market has continued to observe year-on-year growth over the past five years, although this slowed significantly in 2012. While the occurrence ...

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Workplace Art – part two

How do workplace occupiers feel about art in their offices? In the second of three columns, Patrick McCrae, founder and director of Works in Print, analyses the current state of workplace art research A 2003 survey by New Hampshire Business ...

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Cleanliness – a real deal breaker for hotel customer retention

Cleanliness is the number one concern for customers as well as a leading global driver of value for the hotel sector, and facilities management (FM) can play a strategic role in increasing revenues and improving guest retention a new whitepaper ...

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