Majority of UK workers sit at their desk between four and nine hours a day

The majority (81 percent) of UK office workers spend between four and nine hours each day sitting at their desk, equating to an average of 67 sedentary days per person each year, claims a new survey from Fellowes. Nearly half (45 percent) of office workers polled said they sat at …

You should do your holiday shopping now. Yes, now.

This is You Won’t Regret It, a new weekly column featuring recommendations, tips, and unsolicited advice from the Mashable culture team. Come December, malls and stores will be packed full of people looking to find the perfect gifts just in time for the holidays. The whole experience of shopping for …

Disability and age discrimination are top concerns for UK employees

More than half of employees say the inclusion of disabled people is an area that requires the greatest improvement within their organisation; with the diversity of age groups coming in a close second at just under half. This is according to the latest findings from Wildgoose’s Diversity and Inclusivity in …

Go Home On Time Day highlights one of the least discussed workplace issues

Today is National Go Home on Time Day (in Australia at least) and the 10th annual report by The Australia Institute’s Centre for Future Work published to coincide with it estimates that Australian employees will work 3.2 billion hours of unpaid overtime for their employers this year, worth an estimated $106 billion …

UK workers rank tenth in global happiness survey

The UK’s workplace happiness rating comes in at tenth in a new study published by Engaging Works. Austria, The Netherlands, United States and Germany are all above the UK in rating workplace happiness.  The UK’s average happiness score of 6.43 lags behind Austria’s 7.67. Engaging Works has surveyed over 10,000 …

Digital transformation and an uncharted future for workplace design in 2019

In some way, humans have touched every single thing on this planet. We’re stepping into unknown territory. We’re changing everything. Think about that. Now, think about digital transformation. New technologies are changing how we interact with our environment, how we work, how we play and how we live. Tech tools …

Learning to learn will be key skill in new world of work

A joint report by the Secretariat of the All Party Parliamentary Group on AI, Big Innovation Centre, and professional services firm KPMG has been published, identifying the key skills individuals and organisations will need if they are to survive and thrive in the unfolding future. The report finds that jobs …

The best places to work in Europe and North America as ranked by employees

Job site Glassdoor has announced the winners of its 11th annual Employees’ Choice Awards, honouring the Best Places to Work in 2019 across North America and parts of Europe. The Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards are based on the input of employees who voluntarily provide anonymous feedback, by completing a company review about …

UK Government agrees to code of practice to combat sexual harassment at work

The Government has agreed to work with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to introduce a statutory code of practice to tackle sexual harassment at work. It also agreed that non-disclosure agreements require better regulation and a clearer explanation of the rights that a worker cannot abrogate by signing …

Weird new Pokémon with a nut for a head is a big mystery in 'Pokémon Go'

Something new is happening in Pokémon Go. A mysterious critter has appeared in the game, and it’s something Pokémon fans have never seen before. It was first discovered when a programming-savvy fan found an image and a reference to “Pokémon 891” in the game’s code. SEE ALSO: Pokémon fans are …

Uber Eats and the $6 billion bookings run rate: The AI success story no one is talking about

VB EVENT: Food delivery has become a $100 billion-plus market. Uber Eats is the fastest growing U.S. meal delivery service, posting a $6 billion bookings run rate within just four years of getting started, according to Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. In 15 major U.S. cities, Eats has surpassed GrubHub, previously …

Brexit has already caused banks to move head counts away from UK

A new report published by Information Services Group (ISG) claims that UK banks are already moving headcount out of the UK and building new centres of excellence in other EU countries. The reason it suggests is because Brexit is likely to disrupt the UK and Europe applications development and maintenance …

Wovenware is making AI to track disease-carrying mosquitoes in Puerto Rico

It’s been roughly a year since Hurricane Maria — the tenth-most intense Atlantic hurricane on record — devastated the island of Puerto Rico. The storm killed more than 2,900 people, left millions of homes and businesses without power, and caused an estimated $8 billion in damage. It’s the worst natural disaster on …

Female graduates have lower salary expectations than male counterparts

Impostor syndrome is holding female graduates back from earning as much as their male counterparts as new research from Milkround claims that women have lower salary expectations than men, with one third thinking they’ll earn under £20k. Despite a third of graduate’s belief that confidence is the top skill they …

Pixel Stand charges your phone, and does a whole lot more

Google is beating Apple to releasing a wireless charger. The Pixel Stand, announced Tuesday, is a wireless charger designed for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. However, it also packs some neat software customizations. You can pre-order the Pixel Stand now for $79. SEE ALSO: Google launches Pixel 3 …

Two new studies set out business case for contemporary office design

A brace of new reports sets out to identify the challenges organisations set themselves by inhabiting dated offices and how modern office design principles could address them. According to the Meeting Expectations report, released by K2 Space, workplace productivity is being impeded as a direct result of dated office design. …

Amazon brings Alexa into the car with Echo Auto

The Amazon Echo is taking a road trip.  Amazon already announced plans for car makers to integrate the online retail giant’s digital assistant Alexa into car infotainment systems. But if that’s too far off, a new product was unveiled Thursday that might satiate your appetite: Echo Auto. SEE ALSO: Amazon’s …

Here’s Where Amazon Will Put HQ2, According to a Panel of Experts

At this point, it’s anyone’s guess where Amazon will build its second headquarters. The tech company has been silent for the year about the project nicknamed HQ2, telling MONEY only that it remains committed to making a decision before the end of the year. The clock is ticking, and in …

Friday finds: some things about life, work and everything we unearthed this week

Just because somebody’s an introvert, doesn’t mean they want to be alone It’s really not a good idea to zap your brain to boost creativity. And yes some people are doing that A complete, interactive map of all the world’s coworking spaces Setting a maximum wage for CEOs would be …

Insight weekly for 8 February 2019 is available to view online

  If you don’t already subscribe to our weekly newsletter (signup on the right and you’ll only ever get the newsletter, nothing else), you can still read it online here. This week: Rob Harris wonders whether one of the solutions to the most common forms of misinformation and misperception about …

J.J. Abrams' produced 'Overlord' beats up Nazis and wins over audiences at first screening

Director Julius Avery’s Overlord screened for the first time at Fantastic Fest on Saturday, and the jam-packed war thriller has audiences buzzing with excitementCollider praises the film’s blend of gore and drama and its commitment to genreThe trailer offers enough to pique our interest – World War II but with …

Meatspace, cyberspace, the uncertainty of expertise and some other stuff

  The sign that somebody knows their stuff about a subject is often that whatever they say about it is full of questions, equivocations and caveats. They’ll often start out by saying things are complicated in mitigation of their opinion on a particular topic. They’ll say there are no silver …

Why Apple should add a 'dark mode' for iOS 13 and all of its apps

We now have proof that apps drain less of your phone’s battery life when they use darker colors, like black and gray. At a recent Android Dev Summit session (via SlashGear), Google revealed what we’ve long suspected: the colors used within apps have a direct impact on smartphone battery life, …

Workers ignore security concerns by bringing own devices to the office

Workers are increasingly introducing technology devices, software and other tools into the workplace without their employer’s approval, claims a new report from NextPlane that examines the extent of this growing rift and its impact on collaboration and productivity. Nearly half of professionals (46 percent) said they or their team have …