Physical environment

A healthy physical environment in a workplace can be a key factor in maintaining employees’ health. A poorly designed workspace can result in lost productivity and disengaged staff, which could potentially lead to a high staff turnover.


Amazon opens its doors to public scrutiny

EXCLUSIVE | To improve perceptions of its warehouses' working environment, the online giant is inviting the public in to show what conditions are really like.

What is the maximum workplace temperature? City workers head outside to enjoy the sunshine. Photo: REX

Hot weather alert for workers in England and Wales

22 Jul 2019

Much of England and Wales is on the cusp of a heatwave, lasting until Friday at least, according to the Met Office. How should employers respond?

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Amazon investors told to press for better working conditions

20 May 2019

Investors have been urged to put pressure on Amazon to improve working conditions at its UK warehouses, following reports that...

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Three quarters of people want less physical contact at work

24 Apr 2019

Three quarters of UK workers (76%) want the amount of physical contact they experience in the workplace reduced, while 42%...

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Better working conditions needed to improve chef retention

3 Apr 2019

Chef training and working conditions need to be reformed to help restaurants retain the estimated 10% of chefs that leave...

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Neurodiversity: Creating a supportive working environment

29 Mar 2019

Ahead of World Autism Awareness Week, employers should be thinking about creating an inclusive and supportive working environment for neurodiverse...

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City of London to boost allure for firms with large-scale green plan

5 Nov 2018

Workers and companies in the City of London are to benefit from plans to improve office space flexibility, air quality...

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Workers spend 67 days a year sitting at their desks

17 Oct 2018

Eight in 10 (81%) office workers spend between four and nine hours a day sitting at their desks – equating...

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Top 10 things that people want from work

28 Sep 2018

Working hours has emerged as one of the most important factors people consider when thinking about a new job or...

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Restrictive tech holding back shift to flexible working environments

27 Sep 2018

An inability to quickly introduce new IT services to their workforce is restricting organisations’ competitiveness and ability to offer staff...

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Generation Z want to work in a ‘fun’ environment

25 Sep 2018

Two-thirds (65%) of Generation Z employees – those aged 18-24 – look for a “fun” working environment when assessing whether...

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MPs call for maximum workplace temperature to be set

26 Jul 2018

As the heatwave continues across the UK, MPs have urged the government to introduce a maximum workplace temperature – especially...

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Ministry of Sound launches ultra-cool London workspace

18 Jul 2018

A new workspace in south London is aiming to raise the bar for office space that’s attractive to small creative...

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Top 10 HR questions June 2018: Sporting events and background checks

3 Jul 2018

What kind of background checks can employers carry out before taking on a new employee, and has this been affected...

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Why the heatwave can be bad for productivity

27 Jun 2018

The Met Office has warned that parts of Britain will be hotter than the Sahara this week. But how does...

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