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Facilities Management Journal July 2014

FM and amalgamation FLEXIBLE WORKING RIGHTS FOR ALL EMPLOYEES As of 30 June 2014 every employee now * + & / hours. A right which was previously only /5 67869 ; Many trade unions and employment bodies have welcomed the move, which according to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills now provides 20 million people with the right ) /)\6% 6/)B/ working that suits an employee’s needs’ and 6 \6 #: # /) %& 5# must have worked for the same employer for +/)% It is envisaged that the new right will be particularly popular among older workers approaching retirement and the younger generation staring out in work but who may want to combine further studies or training 6 JULY 2014 :% & 0 #3 1)\6/)) good business sense and helps individuals //) /)% / 5 \6/) %& than half reporting an improvement in their / 5 motivation, 40 per cent reporting a boost in productivity and 38 per cent seeing a drop in 5% & will be 182,000 requests per year, with the new right accounting for 81,000 of the new $ %= #!''#""" to be granted – 64,000 of which would be ) 6 % & V((%{| / V}~%{ % SKIPPING LUNCH LEADS TO SKIPPING WORK Employers have been advised to allow staff to take longer breaks aft er a study suggested a lot of people are working through their lunch hour every day. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) said this increased the likelihood of illness and therefore time off work, harming both business and the individual. The study of 2,000 people revealed that 20 per cent of employees worked through their lunch. Half of those who did find time to take a break ate at their desk, another fift h managed to eat outside and three in every 100 went to the gym to work out. The CSP called on employers to encourage staff to be more physically active during the working day to reduce their risk of developing health problems, which can include anything from aches and pains through to life threatening conditions such as heart disease or cancer. Only a third of workers said their employer provided any kind of exercise opportunities, such as subsidised gym membership, lunchtime running club or an aft er-work fitness class. The survey was conducted for the CSP and health insurer Aviva, for the society’s annual Workout at Work Day. Corporate organisations are strategically <=<"! / / & & # B0  Integrated Workplace’, claims that this trend will continue to pick up pace, signifying a window of opportunity for FM providers to provide new service solutions that concentrate more on supporting people and less on the buildings from / /)% In particular, the report highlights the 56 range of consultancy-style services, such as space management and the analysis of FM and property % & : focusing on delivering new high-quality services and 5/ % &  Property consolidation – The rise of agile working and the need to save money will drive the continuing consolidation of property space over the next five years which will thus encourage new ways of delivering FM services Strategy disconnect – There is a disconnect between the business leaders and the troops on the ground who implement workplace strategies. Business leaders overwhelmingly predict a big reduction in property estates, whereas only 22 per cent of those responsible for implementation think this is the case Deserting the regions – Non-manufacturing organisations are deserting the regions in favour of consolidation in the south-east because of the large pool of skilled labour. The trend is for mothership premises in the southeast and supporting regional offices, with the City of London, Silicon Roundabout, Soho, and Kings Cross among the most popular locations FM as a strategic enabler – There is overwhelming consensus that FM is moving from being a commodity service to a strategic enabler that brings together different parts of the business. Fifty-seven per cent of end users felt this was the case as did the majority of the participants in the executive interviews & #/ - - - face interviews with property, estates and '":4? organisations, and also involved surveying over 200 facilities managers and other in-house property / 1 /% INDUSTRY INSIGHT FMJ.CO.UK


Facilities Management Journal July 2014
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