The United State of Work: nobody is immune from turbulence

Differences are narrowing as the global workforce faces up to common challenges, says author Julia Hobsbawm. But in creating a uniform agenda, are we in danger of encouraging groupthink?   

Why too many meetings could damage real connection at work

Company leaders are demanding more office time for employees but doing nothing to stop a damaging proliferation of pointless meetings. Will redefining ‘presence’ fix this culture problem?

Can senior corporate designers rise again as internal innovation consultants?

Recent job losses in big tech and other sectors have targeted design leader roles, reversing a trend to grow design capability inside businesses. Where next for these experienced professionals?

Will landmark legal case tilt balance toward a return to the office?

A British employment tribunal has ruled that there are ‘weaknesses with remote working ’ – but that doesn’t necessarily mean full-time office working is back on the horizon

Canary Wharf’s struggles symbolised by financial deal to redesign offices

Will the sweetener paid to refurbish the European headquarters of US bank Morgan Stanley in London Docklands set a precedent? The workplace industry hopes it will

Lessons from the BMW factory design that said all workers are equal

Two decades after Zaha Hadid unveiled her plans for BMW’s plant in Leipzig, which elevated the car production line over the heads of office workers, we’re still studying the message that it sent

Talent magnet: Basel conference builds case for better office buildings

Switzerland already leads the world in attracting the best talent. But despite this accolade, its workplace community is not resting on its laurels, as WORKTECH Basel 2024 demonstrated

Boots on the ground as head office staff told to return five days a week

The mandate by British retailer Boots for its head office staff to return to the workplace full-time marks a general shift by large organisations away from the middle-ground of hybrid working