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What will alternative work communities look like in 2030?

There has been a general consensus around the shape and approach of office-based work communities for the past 50 years,…

Long working hours

Death wish: are we killing ourselves to work?

Across the world, the 40-to-48 hour minimum working week is almost standard in many professions. Despite almost every technological development…

Extroverts fare better than introverts in open plan

Introverts exposed: why outgoing types thrive in open plan

Ever since author Susan Cain attacked the ‘extrovert ideal’ of open plan office design in her best-selling book Quiet: The Power…

The evolution of work in Britain

Abolition of want? How work has become precarious in post-war Britain

The Beveridge Report, officially titled Social Insurance and Allied Services, was proposed to the British government in 1942 by Sir…

Wellbeing influences how we feel about our environment

Why perception of noise and objective recording can be at odds

Have you ever wondered why employee perceptions of such workplace irritants as noise, glare or dust are so often at…

Is desk management reflective of work?

Table manners: four ways an untidy desk can impact your career

There are two extremes of desk management in the workplace. On one side of the spectrum lies the ‘office hoarder’…

Productivity paradox: no gains without workforce wellbeing

Against a background of growing political concern over Britain’s weak productivity growth, new research from the UK suggests that improving…

Companies versus markets: how will the future workforce evolve?

In November 1937, at the age of 26, British economist Ronald Coase published The Nature of the Firm. The paper,…