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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...

Google’s newly redesigned Covent Garden office to open in September

Google’s Head office in London’s Covent Garden has been given an amazing redesign by architect Penson Group. In true Google style they’ve really gone to town to create an environment that creative and tech types would love to work in. EDIT: More photos here http://www.fastcodesign.com/1670431/google-s-quirky-new-london-hq-fit-for-mr-bean#6 Visual Fun As the pictures below show, the designers have...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Are Office Workers Becoming More Green?

A YouGov poll of over 2,000 office staff has revealed that around 47% believed their office had become energy efficient since the recession. Led by managers looking to save money, this energy efficiency drive has resulted in 57% of those surveyed indicating that their greener workplace has produced reduced costs. The survey found a range of measures are being used with recycling paper being the most popular at 69%....

Is sitting down all day bad for your health?

We’ve just come across a really great infographic all about the dangers of sitting for extended periods. The guys over at Medical Billing and Coding recognise that it’s something that we’re all doing more of, and this is even before we take into account any unhealthy staff restaurant catering!  People tend to work longer hours and more and more of us are now employed in an office...

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...

Working long hours in the office could damage your health

A large majority of the UK working population spend their time in the office. But did you ever think spending more time there would increase your risk of a heart attack? No, neither did we… Well research published by University College London this week suggests workers who work longer than 11 hours a day have a 67% greater chance of heart disease, thus raising the risk of heart attacks. Maybe it’s time...

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