Guest Blog: How to have a productive January - by Lilli Hender from Office Genie: A desk and office space marketplace.

Guest Blog: How to have a productive January - by Lilli Hender from Office Genie: A desk and office space marketplace.

It’s been noted that Britain has a bit of a problem when it comes to productivity, the Office for National Statistics estimated we’re 30% less productive than countries such France, Germany, and the US. The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to explore ways to improve this.

If you want to be an effective force in 2016, I have everything from organizational tips to useful apps to help you out. Start January with high levels of productivity and you’ll set a great example for yourself for the months to come. 

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Guest Blog: Can working from home help reduce air pollution? - Experts say maybe. By Liliana Sanchez, Communications Assistant, Survey Bee

Guest Blog: Can working from home help reduce air pollution? - Experts say maybe.   By Liliana Sanchez, Communications Assistant, Survey Bee

We have gathered some valuable insights from the environmental experts on reducing air pollution in the UK. 

The UK has been struggling with the air pollution problem over the past years. Despite the important regulatory efforts, the problem remains unsolved and it continuously threatens both the public health and the environment.

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Guest Blog: It's world paper free day! Are you paperless? By Rowan Jameson, managing partner of business services, Telefonica UK

Guest Blog: It's world paper free day! Are you paperless?  By Rowan Jameson, managing partner of business services, Telefonica UK

At O2, this week it’s all been about paperless working. Monday saw the launch of a 6 week paperless initiative. On Wednesday, we shared the four stages of going paperless.

And today is World Paper Free Day. The Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM) is behind this movement. They, like O2, have vowed to reduce the amount of paper they use to be more efficient, collaborative and sustainable.

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Guest Blog: The growth of extreme commuting times puts a strain on health and happiness - by Frances O'Grady - General Secretary - TUC

Guest Blog: The growth of extreme commuting times puts a strain on health and happiness - by Frances O'Grady - General Secretary - TUC

As autumn starts to bite we may start to feel a bit sorry for ourselves. Many of us are already travelling home from work in the dark, and as the year wears on we will lose the light in the morning as well.

The average two-way home-work journey is 55 minutes per day for UK employees (Source: ONS Labour Force Survey), that’s enough to make most of us grateful by the time that Friday comes around.

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Commute Smart Week Provides a Great Opportunity for Savvy Employers to Think About Workplace Culture and Smarter Working - By David Lennan - Chairman - Work Wise UK

Commute Smart Week Provides a Great Opportunity for Savvy Employers to Think About Workplace Culture and Smarter Working - By David Lennan - Chairman - Work Wise UK

Here we are again, after a decade of promoting Smarter Working practices and helping hundreds if not thousands of organisations small and large to introduce modern working practices, we still find that many organisations are not embracing all that technology can offer and still require people to be present at their desks, even during Commute Smart Week! 

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Are you a workaholic? - by Richard Morris, UK CEO, at global work space provider Regus

Are you a workaholic? - by Richard Morris, UK CEO, at global work space provider Regus

We’ve all had ‘one of those weeks’. By a nasty stroke of luck, you’ve got projects overlapping, deadlines looming, a dozen client meetings and a handful of new employees to get up to speed. Before you know it, you’re 70 hours deep and you can’t remember what a good sleep feels like.

But for some people, that’s not a bad week – it’s every week!

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Chief Executives Blog: Work Wise Week 2015 Exceeds All Expectations

Chief Executives Blog: Work Wise Week 2015 Exceeds All Expectations

I am immensely proud to report that Work Wise Week 2015 has been our most successful yet, with wide National Press and Social Media coverage and inspiring articles from our Guest Bloggers. The blogs featured on our web site have all contributed a huge collective knowledge to any organisation wanting to work smarter and become more productive. 

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Guest Blog: The homeworking message is gradually getting through, now its time to pick up the pace - By Frances O'Grady - TUC General Secretary

Guest Blog: The homeworking message is gradually getting through, now its time to pick up the pace - By Frances O'Grady - TUC General Secretary

The TUC has been part of the Work Wise UK campaign for smarter working since it began ten years ago. Real progress has been made during the course of the campaign. New figures published by the TUC today show 800,000 more people work from home on a permanent basis compared with a decade ago, taking the total to 4.2 million. In 2005, 12.0 per cent worked from home but by 2015 the figure had risen to 13.7 per cent.

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Guest Blog: Work Wise UK - Celebrating ten years of success - By Michael Hardware - Chelgate

Guest Blog: Work Wise UK - Celebrating ten years of success - By Michael Hardware - Chelgate

Chelgate was retained to handle public relations and public affairs for Work Wise UK from its launch in May 2006 through until 2011. It was an interesting assignment as it focused on changing working practices which have been engrained since Victorian times: working nine-to-five in a central work location is the way we have always done it.

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Guest Blog: Smarter working in the Czech Republic - trends and new challenges - By Jakub Heikenwalder

Guest Blog: Smarter working in the Czech Republic - trends and new challenges - By Jakub Heikenwalder

In 2011 the subject of teleworking and smarter working started to be discussed in the Czech Republic and projects were identified with the objective of assessing what the possibilities were for the implementation of new ways of working. I was lucky to be connected to some of these projects and have the opportunity to meet many interesting people and hear their experiences. One of the most important things for me was meeting and cooperating with Phil Flaxton from Work Wise UK.

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Guest Blog: A good work-life balance means cutting the commute, not the hours - By Richard Morris - Regus

Guest Blog: A good work-life balance means cutting the commute, not the hours  - By Richard Morris - Regus

It’s official: we in the UK are working longer hours than ever before[1]. And while more hours at work don’t necessarily diminish people’s sense of well-being, what does matter is choice. All-important is the sense of having some flexibility over when, where and how long we work, allowing us to juggle work, family and leisure. We all feel better if we have some control over our schedules and time allocation.  

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Guest Blog: Forget 'WFH'; why 'working anywhere' is the new norm - By Andrew Millard - Citrix

Guest Blog: Forget 'WFH'; why 'working anywhere' is the new norm - By Andrew Millard - Citrix

What did ‘working from home’ mean when you started out? For some of us, working from home means simply that – the ability to fulfil all the basic functions of being at your desk from the comfort of your own kitchen or living room. Working from home has long been acknowledged as having social and economic benefits (helping keep those unable to tackle today’s often punishing commutes in gainful employment on their own terms and helping families work flexibly around children’s schedules).

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Guest Blog: Providing a special service through working smarter - By Steve Byrne - Travel Counsellors

Guest Blog: Providing a special service through working smarter - By Steve Byrne - Travel Counsellors

The advantages of flexible working have been integral to the continued success of Travel Counsellors. Back in 1994, we were the very first travel company in the UK to empower experienced travel professional to run their own businesses from home. Through the freedom and flexibility we’ve given our people the company continues to go from strength to strength, with over 1,400 Travel Counsellors agents across eight countries now reaping the benefits of flexible working practices, for both themselves and their customers. 

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Guest Blog - Working wisely by Dr. Roxane Gervais - British Psychological Society

Guest Blog - Working wisely by Dr. Roxane Gervais - British Psychological Society

Working wisely, such as through flexible working, is now a reality for many individuals and is one of the ways to manage the many different challenges that occur as part of the working day.

Flexible working offers the opportunity to take your children to school, get a load of washing done, engage in your favourite sport or check on elderly parents. It provides, therefore, a very good way to keep on top of the many different things that manifest themselves or have to be done within any one day.

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