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Offices Rife With Bacteria

A recent study from Kimberly Clark Professional, deemed one of the most comprehensive studies into germ hot-spots in the workplace has found that places where workers eat and prepare their lunch are the grimiest! The study, named The Healthy Workplace Project, was carried out by hygienists at Kimberly Clark,  and involved collecting 5,000 swabs from offices with more than 3,000 employees; which included call...

Paperless Office Resources: Is a paperless office realistic?

Look at your desk, what do you see? Paper? Lots of paper maybe? According to Reduce.org the average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of paper per year! Does your company have a ‘paperless office policy’ or maybe a ‘tidy desk policy’? Increasingly companies are moving to a paperless state, requiring staff to print as little as possible and shred/recycle documents once used for a meeting...

London’s Shard to get first office tenant

The development company behind London’s now iconic Shard has said up to three companies are interested in becoming the first to take up office space in the enourmous tower. Official opening The official opening took place on 5th July and saw huge lasers shining out from the Shard itself. A very impressive sight to match a very impressive building. It’s big in Europe As the tallest building in Europe,...

Working women more likely to put on weight

The results of research has found that if you’re a woman who works more than 35 hours per week you’re more likely to put on weight than those who work less than 35 hours. The Centre for Health and Economics at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia studied 9,276 woman during their research. The woman were all aged 45 – 50 and the study lasted two years. How can working more make you gain...

Changing office culture by changing offices

This might sound a little extreme, moving office just to change your culture but it’s a very serious recommendation. Offices are becoming more than just somewhere to house staff and equipment, they can play a key role in how your staff interact and even how productive they are. Altering company culture A recent meeting of key property personnel in Manchester (hosted by M.E.N Media) highlighted just how far...

Would your office be better without cubicles?

Imagine that your boss informs you that you’ll no longer have your own cubicle, all private offices are to be removed and even your phone will be heading out the door. That’s the scenario for staff at Microsoft’s Singapore office. A redesign by HBO+EMTB Group which sees the office branded as ‘Microsoft’s New World of Work’ is meant to increase productivity levels and...

Who’s Offices are Dirtier? Men’s or Women’s?

According to a recent study, it’s mens! The research conducted by scientists in America took samples from 90 offices in New York, San Francisco and Tucson, Arizona and found that men’s offices contain significantly higher numbers of bacteria than women’s. They identified over 500 types of bacteria, most of which originated from human skin, noses, ears and “ intestinal cavities”, and found that office...

Making Office Small Talk

If you work in a office, you will be no stranger to making small talk with colleagues be it in the queue at the vending machines or the annual Christmas party. However, chatting with colleagues can be difficult as you may not have much in common with them apart from sharing the same office space, yet it is expected of you to get on with your colleagues, and getting on with them certainly makes office life easier. So...

The Benefits of Working in a Shared Office

While many companies are becoming much more flexible when it comes to working from home, an increasing number of us are realising that there are distinct benefits to staying put in our offices. With the recession continuing to rumble on, business owners have found that rents and leases have become much more flexible, and cheaper too. What’s more, there is currently a wealth of workspace right across the country...

How Smart is Your City?

We were recently sent the infographic below which was created as part of IBM’s Smarter Cities initiative. The infographic illustrates some of the results from a recent ComRes survey highlighting how people living in London, Leeds, Brighton and Glasgow feel about their city. It was created to support a discussion which was held at BASELondon on 22 June 2011. This discussion brought together UK leaders and residents...

Google’s Les Paul Guitar Cost Businesses in Lost Productivity

A few weeks ago, on June 9th, Google marked what would have been Les Paul’s 96th birthday, with an interactive doodle. If you are anything like us, you will have spent a good amount of time strumming away with your mouse or keyboard, impressing your colleagues with your ‘skills’- and it seems we were not alone! According to website Extreme Tech, workers around the world spent a mighty 10.7 million...

Infographic: Getting Your Caffeine Fix in the Office

This week’s blog post features our first infographic ‘Getting Your Caffeine Fix in the Office’. With so many of us relying on a daily caffeine fix to get us through the day at work, we thought we’d look at just how healthy (or unhealthy!) our favourite caffeinated beverages are. The infographic is full of caffeine related stats, from how to get the ultimate caffeine fix, debunking common...

Getting On with Colleagues More Important Than High Salary

According to a new survey ran by job review site The Job Crowd, just under a third of workers felt getting on with their work colleagues was the most prolific contributing factor in satisfaction in the workplace. 520 employees were polled in the survey, all of whom had been in their current job for less than 2 years. They were asked to stipulate which factors brought them the greatest happiness in their current...

Do you feel guilty about going on your lunch break?

Then you aren’t alone. According to a new survey, increasing numbers of bosses are “guilt tripping” their staff over taking exercise and lunch breaks. This is resulting in one in three people now skipping meals at work, and one in five feeling guilty for taking time to exercise. The survey of more than 1,000 office workers and carried out on behalf of the health and education charity Central YMCA,...

Are You Eating Enough Fruit at Work?

A new survey indicates probably not! The  survey, ran by OnePoll and fruit delivery company Fruitdrop, found that only 10% of UK office workers are eating three of their five recommended portions of fruit and vegetables a day at work. With the British now spending on average around 60% of their lives working in the office, keeping up with the daily recommended amount at work is essential. However many Brits are...

Want to Firm Up at your Office Desk?

Well now you can! We know this sounds almost too good to be true, but thanks to Soap & Glory’s amazing new product Sit Tight, a firmer lower body can be acheived in days. The miracle product requires being kneaded into the bottom and thighs and allowed to absorb for 30-60 seconds- this sets up the Sit Tight Pressocapsular-Firm-System. After applying the cream, all is required is to sit and let it work its...

70+ Cool Office Design Ideas, Resources & Inspiration

The office is where we spend a high proportion of our working week and for the majority of us, the work environment is not incredibly inspiring. Walking in everyday to an office that looks grey, dull and uniform can leave  employees lacking creativity and searching for inspiration. However, some forward thinking companies are turning to ingenious office design to change this. Google, Red Bull, Nike and Etsy are...
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