Tags: Offices

New York schools start to drop desks, will workplaces follow suit?

Schools in New York are starting to drop desks from the classroom and move to a more open plan style of learning. Elementary (or primary schools) in Hastings, New York, are removing desks and instead are opting to create flexible learning spaces, free of the constraints of a wooden desk and a uncomfortable chair.

Wearing a tie to work: A thing of the past or a style flourish?

If you look at a picture of the City of London from the the 1950s, one of those back and white numbers that show hundreds of office workers dashing down Threadneedle Street, despite the differing faces, there will be one common thread, every man will be wearing a suit and tie, carrying an umbrella and possibly wearing a bowler hat.

Capital One retains top placing in the 2014 Best Workplace Awards

Nottingham based credit card company Capital One has been awarded the accolade of UK’s best large employer after winning first place in this year’s Great Place to Work® ‘UK’s Best Workplaces’ award for the second year running. Capital One has been rated as number one in the 2014 awards large category open to all UK…

An uncomfortable office chair can lead to mental health problems, claims new report

A major new report published today by Leeds Metropolitan University reveals a distinct and direct correlation between poorly equipped desks and musculoskeletal disorders, which can lead to serious longer term conditions such as mental health problems if not acted on. Office specialist Fellowes commissioned the institution’s Faculty of Health and Social Sciences to consider the…

Is your office too hot or too cold? Either way it can affect productivity

A survey suggests around 2% of office hours are wasted due to the temperature alone, potentially costing the UK economy more than £13bn annually. The survey also shows the extent of the divide between men and women when it comes to comfort with the office temperature. One Poll surveyed 2,000 people on behalf of heating…

The seven deadly email sins stressing employees out

Workers obsessed with checking their emails could be damaging their own mental health and that of their colleagues, according to research at London’s Kingston University. Occupational psychologist Dr Emma Russell believes she has identified the seven deadly email sins that can lead to ‘negative repercussions’ if not handled correctly. Some of the worst habits include…