eBay now wants to sell you a wireless plan with your secondhand smartphone

Those on the hunt for a bargain smartphone will often turn to eBay for a second-hand device or unwanted present that someone is selling at a knockdown price. Now, eBay wants you to buy a prepaid wireless plan at the same time. The ecommerce giant has partnered with mobile virtual …

Report into the glass cliff claims women still need to break the glass ceiling

Given the latest U turn regarding Brexit, with beleaguered British Prime Minister Theresa May announcing the cancellation of a commons vote on the agreement, a new report into the so called “glass cliff” appointment of women is pretty timely.  The term “glass cliff” was coined by researchers Ryan and Haslam …

An intersectional approach to trends in workplace design at Orgatec 2018

There are perhaps three characteristics that ensure the European office furniture and workplace design fair Orgatec continues to attract so many exhibitors and visitors to Cologne. Firstly, it takes place every two years, so offers a snapshot of a sector, framing the most important workplace developments in a particular time …

Workplace productivity plummets during January

Around a quarter (26 percent) of British workers believe that January is their least productive month with the nation still recovering from the Christmas period, according to a new report from Hitachi Capital Invoice Finance. The report also claims that December is the second least productive month (14 percent) whist …

California Cup will create Overwatch esports rivalry between Northern and Southern California

When the global Overwatch League has its off season, a regional esports rivalry for Blizzard’s Overwatch video game will take over. The Overwatch League’s California teams are creating the California Cup, which will pit Northern California Overwatch teams against Southern California teams. The competition pits the Los Angeles Valiant ag…Read More …

Core Innovation Hub secures funding to transform the way buildings are designed, built and managed

An alliance of experts specialising in digital, manufacturing, building performance standards and construction technology has been awarded leadership of a new national Hub to drive innovation and technological advances in the UK construction and infrastructure sectors. Following a nationwide competition, Innovate UK has awarded £72 million to the Transforming Construction …

Employees call for radical new approach to address stress at work

Today marks the start of International Stress Awareness Week, 5th – 9th November 2018, and new research claims that two-thirds of employees (64 percent) have ‘poor’ or ‘below average’ mental wellbeing according to the Short Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (SWEMWBS). The research, conducted by The Stress Management Society and commissioned …

The Powerball Jackpot Is Up to $750 Million. Here’s When You Need to Buy Tickets

Just a few days after somebody won the highest Mega Millions jackpot ever of nearly $1.6 billion, another enormous lottery grand prize is on the line: The Powerball jackpot is up to $750 million. No one had the winning Powerball numbers on the last drawing on Wednesday, when the jackpot …

Majority of UK employees want Britain to adopt French out-of-hours email ban

Over a third (35 percent) of UK workers continue to work when then get home from the office, claims research from Insurance2go into whether British workers are struggling to stick to working within their designated office hours. The survey found that a third (35 percent) of continue to answer work …

Paradox’s new CEO Ebba Ljungerud on fans, growing, and karaoke

FEATURE: Paradox Interactive‘s new CEO, Ebba Ljungerud, sits in a small conference room just above the chaos of the publisher’s second public convention. Below, around 1,000 fans — including World War II soldiers and medieval nobles — wander between booths, panels, and musical performances. Climbing the stairs, I spot a …

Amazon drops plans for HQ, judging others in the open plan, why people would rather electrocute themselves than sit and think and some other stuff

Why is it so hard to design a decent office space? demands this article in Quartz. It’s a fair enough question but probably the wrong one. It’s perfectly possible to design a decent (or adequate) office with a pen, paper and bag of presuppositions and many people have done exactly …

For the love of workplace art, where have all the walls gone?

A survey exploring art in the workplace (‘Making Art Work in the Workplace’) conducted by the British Council for Offices (BCO) found that almost 88 percent of respondents felt that “art is more relevant in the workplace than ever before”. Yet, with the arrival of the generic modern office, full …

A sense of belonging is crucial factor for employee engagement

A sense of belonging is just as important an employee retention tool as good pay and benefits, a new academic paper has found.  In his paper Creating a committed workforce: Using social exchange and social identity to enhance psychological attachment within an ever-changing workplace, Dr Ali Fenwick of Nyenrode Business …

Rise in number of employers that prioritise reduction of gender pay gap

New research commissioned by the Government Equalities Office (GEO) has found that more companies are prioritising reducing their gender pay gap since the legislation was introduced in 2017. The research found that 69 percent of employers now view closing the gender pay gap as a high or medium priority, an …

What Aldous Huxley can teach us about acoustics and distractions at work

Over the last few years there has been something of a loud and widespread backlash to the idea that we need to have constant access to information and our colleagues to work effectively. The touchstone for this pushback is of course the open plan office which has become something of …

Israel’s Airobotics opens U.S. HQ in Arizona as autonomous drone maker’s ambitions soar

As revolutions go, Ran Krauss wasn’t satisfied that drones were going far enough, fast enough. While the tiny flying machines offered potentially transformative services, Krauss figured drones would never reach their full potential as long as human operators were needed. That philosophy led to the founding of Airobotics in 2014. …

Sunday's Fat Bear Week face off pits two fat favorites against each other

Welcome to Fat Bear Week at Mashable! Each fall, Katmai National Park holds a competition as Alaska’s brown bears finish fattening up for their long winter hibernation. This year, Mashable is getting in on the salmon-munching action. Check back with us all week as we follow the fat bear face-offs …

How .tech domains are helping tech startups differentiate their brands

SPONSORED: Presented by Radix A few years ago, the coveted Consumer Electronics Show (CES) moved their website from www.cesweb.org to www.ces.tech. Why? It helped make their online presence more relevant and brandable. Speaking about this move, then CES Senior Vice President, Communications and Strategic Relationships, Jeff Joseph explained, “We st…Read More …

Watch Chrissy Teigen down a handful of ice cubes on 'Hot Ones'

Hot Ones’ seventh season premiered on Thursday with Chrissy Teigen, who famously had to schedule a visit with her throat doctor the day after filming. During the episode Teigen’s at her most relatable as she discusses her hatred of Milky Way candy bars, how it feels to be so meme-able, …

Debt, relationship breakup and bullying are the top employer concerns about employee mental health

Debt, separation and bullying are the personal issues of most concern to employers when it comes to employee mental health, according to a report from Aon. It polled employers online and during an Aon seminar called the Contemporary Drivers of Mental Health, in which Paul Farmer, CEO of Mind and …

Google launches Be Internet Awesome kits and $1,000 grants to help parents teach kids about internet safety

Google is teaming up with the National PTA, the U.S. nonprofit parent-teacher association, to launch a new program designed to teach parents how to educate their kids on various facets of online safety. The internet giant has created an all-in-one kit, constituting a Google Pixelbook, a presentation covering topics across the …

This Credit Card Comes With No Fee and a 7% Interest Rate. Here’s Why It’s the Best of 2018

With the Federal Reserve steadily raising short-term interest rates, credit card rates have been going up too. The good news: There are still some attractive options out there for people with good credit looking for low APR credit cards. As we’ve noted before, credit unions come in with some of …

BIFM announces winners of its annual awards

Now in their 18th and final year before the Institute changes its name, the BIFM Awards set out to ‘celebrate the profession’s finest, honouring those whose outstanding work has driven innovation and achieved exceptional results in the organisations where they work, benchmarking excellence and inspiring others’. Thirteen winners were announced from …

Dream launches online VR collaboration and productivity tool

The company Dream is named appropriately. For three years, it has been working on an online collaboration tool that enables people to view web sites on the Chrome browser in virtual reality. It’s like the operating system for virtual reality, and it is available for free on the Oculus Store. That …