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2021 has begun with a swing back to extremely high levels of COVID-19 transmissions and tragically more deaths. With daily news about the terrible strain the NHS is under, we are back in a full National Lockdown. This upsurge in cases is likely to continue for another few weeks before peaking. Things will become even
Looking back on 2020, I ask myself who could have predicted the monumental events that we have seen. I certainly didn’t. No-one foresaw that the COVID-19 disease would turn into a global pandemic when we first heard reports of it emerging in Wuhan in January of this year. At the time of writing, only 11
In last month’s blog, I suggested that the old military adage ‘Plan for the worst and hope for the best’ was a sensible approach to adopt as we go into our difficult winter and tough 2021. Since then, England is enduring the imposition of a second lockdown because of the unabated spread of COVID-19. It’s
#Productivity in the workplace is often mistaken for ‘how much work can you squeeze out of your employees in smallest amount of time’ when in fact it is much deeper than that. Productivity is not about the quantity of work your employees complete but more about the quality. Encouraging the workforce to be in a
Since March we have been supporting our clients to manage the immediate impact of COVID. This has included supporting our NHS clients to programme manage and reconfigure their estates to manage the initial COVID wave of patients, reprepare workplaces for the safe return of staff and university estates for the return of students. As we
Whilst browsing social media recently, I found myself reading the Siemen’s remote working policy which I think is a masterpiece! A policy which encourages more flexible working does not seem all that different, but their focus on Outcomes and Trust makes it really special. the relevant clause states: “The basis for this forward-looking working model
At LCMB, we have been consistently working on optimising offices and workplaces for health, well-being, and performance for the last few years. This has been driven by our original research which examined the impact of the indoor environment quality on our performance and productivity. The Workplace Opportunity Our research has found that indoor environmental conditions
The UK Office of National Statistics reported that in April 2020, 49.2% of the working adult population were working at home as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. For many this change to homeworking was welcome and many have predicted that after this crisis is over, the office set-up as we know will be dead.
On Sunday night, 10th May, Boris Johnson addressed the Nation and announced a “conditional plan” to reopen society and take England out of the current lockdown. Life will not return to our old normal anytime soon and we will have to get used to maintaining social distancing for some time yet. UK Government are understandably trying to
I am amazed by how quickly we have all got in step with our new reality of living with COVID-19, the restrictions needed to keep us all safe and to protect our NHS. We are all fast becoming masters of new ways of working and technologies. Personally, I have been using MS Teams to stay in
LCMB has been in existence for ten years and we mark this year by looking at key topics that affect us, and how they have changed in the last ten years. Climate change has come a long way since “An Inconvenient Truth”, former United States Vice President Al Gore’s 2006 campaign to educate people about global
To celebrate our tenth birthday, over the next few weeks, and months, we will explore how building performance practices have developed since our founding. In this article, we look at how awareness of Productivity and Wellbeing has grown over the last ten years. Since 2010, an increasing body of research proves the surprising extent to
We will celebrate LCMB’s 10th birthday in January and we thought it would be interesting to look back how the world has changed over this time. Next month we’ll start looking at how productivity, carbon reduction and other building related issues have progressed over the last ten years, but right now we’re taking a slightly
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On the 16th October I was given an opportunity to share a stage in Oxford with Cllr Tom Hayes, Cabinet Member for Zero Carbon Oxford at Oxford City and Dominic Humphreys, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) lead on Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES). The event, organised by Oxfordshire Greentech and Oxford City
We live through our senses stimulated by the environment around us whether outdoors or indoors. Our existence is enlivened every waking moment by a symphony of stimuli from people, objects, building spaces, task interest and nature. This rich array of inputs to the mind and body generates the multi-sensory experience which can colour and enrich
Over the last thirty years, designing, constructing and operating buildings I’ve seen first-hand the benefits on people’s lives, their wellbeing and performance of improving their surroundings. And to me the business case is obvious for organisations to improve the workplace. However, it’s the more forward-thinking organisations in the UK that are doing this, and I
We are now under 100 days away from the deadline of the second phase for ESOS (Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme) which is the 5th December 2019. This means that qualifying companies are required to register their ESOS status and certification with the government by 5th December 2019. Failure to complete your ESOS assessment could result
Every month we’re presented with a new explanation for Britain’s low productivity – now dubbed as the ‘productivity puzzle’. The Bank of England blames Brexit for a 5% decrease in productivity British firms three years after the referendum. But Britain has lagged behind most G7 countries since 2008 so this issue goes deeper than Brexit.
On the 25th of July the UK saw the hottest temperature on record. With the trend of increasing temperatures, Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency announced the UK risks running out of water within 25 years. He puts this down to wasteful consumer habits and a shortage of reservoirs. “We won’t have
I’m now one month into my placement as a marketing graduate at LCMB as part of the EU funded Time2Grow programme which is designed to help businesses solve some of their most challenging problems by giving them access to a graduate workforce. Coming out of University I was always worried about what kind of role
How to plan and deliver your workplace relocation to secure your planned benefits and improve performance
A workplace relocation can be an unknown, daunting and stressful prospect, but if planned and managed effectively, it can be an extremely transformative move for a business. When the decision is made to relocate, advance and detailed planning is key to ensuring it is a positive and productive step for all stakeholders in the organisation.
UK Higher Education is in very rude health, how can estates and facilities teams help keep it there? Part 2: Our thoughts and recommendations
Our previous blog highlighted that no matter how you look at it, all measures suggest UK Higher Education is in very good health. But there are risks, and we identified the storm clouds on the horizon to which HEIs will need to respond if they are to maintain this success. Overall, HE estates and facilities
LCMB have a vacancy for a Senior Project Management Consultant. We are looking to recruit a dynamic and innovative person to join our team. We offer a competitive package, excellent benefits and the chance to make a real difference in the workplace. The role will be based in our Bloxham office with opportunities to work