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.


MPs call for maximum workplace temperature to be set

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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UK workers among the most engaged, survey finds

20 Jun 2017

The UK has one of the most engaged workforces in the world, according to a global piece of research into...

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Millennials: Is your employee experience relevant enough?

14 Jun 2017

There are hordes of clichés around millennial workers, but which attributes should your organisation keep front of mind when hiring ...

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Why the UK needs to switch on to the agility mindset

7 Feb 2017

New research by the Agile Future Forum (AFF) published last week shows that more flexible models of work will be...

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The Digital Tribe: why it’s everyone, not just millennials (webinar)

24 Jun 2016

ON DEMAND | How we adapt to change is critical to our success. From the dawn of civilisation, humans have had to evolve in order to survive and thrive...

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Can you really blow the whistle about a cramped workstation?

12 Apr 2016

Consultant editor Darren Newman explains why the changes introduced in 2013 to the definition of a “protected disclosure” for whistleblowing...

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Fancy-dress days can create a sense of fun but how do they affect professionalism?

Play and professionalism at work: boosting engagement while maintaining standards

28 Jan 2016

ON DEMAND | If having more fun at work can help boost productivity, how can HR encourage the right amount of enjoyment in the organisation while maintaining professionalism?

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National Grid commissioned infrastructure services firm AECOM to radically redesign its headquarters in Warwick.

National Grid: how workplace design has boosted productivity

29 Sep 2015

National Grid has redesigned its workplace to help it engage and attract talented engineers. Simon Carter and Hilary Jeffery outline...

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Acrylic nails cause allergies in beauticians

1 Aug 2013

The fashion for acrylic nails may be behind a rise in allergies being treated by dermatologists, the British Association of...

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Should staff be sent home if temperatures exceed 30 degrees C?

19 Jul 2013

It is the question being discussed in any workplace without the luxury of air conditioning: is there a maximum temperature beyond...

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Occupational health’s role in preventing hearing loss

5 Jun 2013

Any OH practitioner who is likely to find themselves working in an environment where noise is a risk needs an...

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Government supports musculoskeletal disorder prevention

1 Jun 2011

The latest figures from the Health and Safety Executive have shown that of the 28.5 million days lost to work-related...

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