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Coventry University To Create Digital Building Of The Future With Schneider Electric And Planon

The Engineering and Computing building will leverage the benefits of the partnership between Schneider Electric and Planon

Coventry University Engineering and Computing building Coventry University has partnered with Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, and Planon, the specialist in workplace management systems to upgrade its Engineering and Computing Building. The work will help to effectively future proof the building, improving sustainability, asset resilience and occupant experience, while reducing operational costs.

HSE Releases Annual Workplace Fatality Figures For 2020/21

Construction worker with safety harness Provisional data released by the Health and Safety Executive shows that a total of 142 workers were killed at work in Great Britain in 2020/21, an increase of 29 from the previous year, though the number of deaths in 2019/20 (113) was low compared to other recent years.

Trade Bodies Call For Caution After ‘Freedom Day’

Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) logo Two engineering services bodies have stepped up their health & safety advice in time for a return to more regular working conditions after ‘Freedom Day’ on July 19th.

Branding Refresh Aims To Enhance ASFP Recognition

Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) logo The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has refreshed its branding to promote a cleaner and more simple design and to improve readability and consistency, as well as offering a more modern and versatile logo.

UK Workers Under Pressure To Return To Unfit Offices

People working close together in an office

  • 50% of UK workers feel pressured by their bosses to return to unfit workplaces despite almost half (49%) revealing they are more productive working from home.
  • Almost two thirds (61%) claim little has changed in their place of work, with a third (31%) struggling to perform basic tasks in the office as the ‘new normal’ begins.
  • IWFM urges businesses to do more to support hybrid working, or risk losing talent.

Ahead of the lifting of the government’s work from home guidance, research from the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) warns that half (50%) of UK workers are being pressured to return to unfit office spaces by their bosses. Of those who feel pressured to return, almost half (49%) feel they are now more productive working from home than in the office. This was significantly higher amongst younger workers, with 50% of 18-34 year olds compared to 40% of those aged 55 and over.

How Are Businesses Preparing For The Return To The Office?

A half full office Many large businesses have confirmed that they will approach with caution returning staff to the office, despite the government lifting of final Covid restrictions in England from Monday, July 19th.

OSIT Research Identifies Enduring Demand For The Office As Impact Of Home Working Grows

A clean, spacious open-plan office, but empty

  • Survey reveals that 84% of respondents want to return to workplace once vaccinated and 75% report that their company has maintained its offices through the pandemic
  • Distraction, isolation and inability to unplug from work cited as greatest disadvantages of home working
  • Survey highlights “Worker Wishlist” of key steps to improve confidence in return to work

New research from Office Space in Town (OSiT) has revealed the growing health and wellbeing impacts of continued home working, as the UK awaits the final stage of lockdown easing. The survey additionally reveals a steady return to the office is now underway, with the majority of workers eager to return to their workplace once vaccinated.

Wave Of WFH Fatigue Hits The UK, But Employees Still Concerned Their Offices Are Not COVID-Secure

An empty office

  • More than half (52%) of British employees currently working from home (WFH) are ready to return to the office, with 43% admitting to WFH fatigue
  • Over a third (35%) are still concerned that their offices are not COVID secure
  • Better ventilation systems, increased cleaning regimes, and technology like ultraviolet disinfection systems and desk booking apps are all on the list of measures employees want to see in their workplaces

With COVID-19 restrictions set to end on July 19, more than half (52%) of British people currently working from home say they are ready to return to the office, but more than a third (35%) are still concerned their offices aren’t COVID secure, according to new research from Mitie 1.

Westgrove Group Secures £6m of Funding Independent Growth Finance

Inside Market Place Shopping Centre in Bolton Westgrove Group, a fast growing facilities management company based in Warrington, Cheshire, has secured funding of £6m from Independent Growth Finance (IGF).

Bob Bohannon Joins The Lighting Industry Association

Lighting Industry Association (LIA) logo The Lighting Industry Association are delighted to announce that Bob Bohannon has joined the management team in the role of Head of Academy and Policy.

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