RICS’ new commercial property service charge rules come into effect today

New service charge rules which aim to ensure there are no hidden costs and clarity around disputes, come in to force today (1 April 2019) and are mandatory for RICS professionals. ‘Service charges in commercial property’ has been developed with industry leaders, including major property organisations and professional bodies to …

Demand by global businesses for London office space remains high

Office investment volume in Central London in 2018 is expected to come close to £20 billion, despite the ongoing economic and political uncertainties of Brexit. According to Savills London witnessed notably above average levels of office take-up in 2018 and achieved the best ever City of London rent (£80 per …

UK employees work £3.2 billion in unpaid overtime every week

The UK is the unpaid overtime capital of Europe. This is according to new research by ADP (registration), which has found that employees are giving away an average of £5,038 of their time every year, amounting to £164.8 billion annually across the working population. The study of over 1,400 UK …

Office design stifling creativity, claims study

British businesses could be hindering their own innovation and creativity due to poor office design, according to a study carried out by YouGov and commissioned by Oktra. The survey of over 2,000 British employees claims that fewer than half (43 percent) believe the design of their workplace encourages innovation and …

Overconfidence can be misinterpreted as competence, claims study

The higher a person rates their social class, the more likely they are to overestimate their talents and the more likely they are to be promoted to a level beyond their competence, a new study from researchers at Stanford and the University of Virginia claims. According to the study published …

Filtering out the noise, the pathology of work, busy doin muffin and some other stuff

We might think that an inability to absorb the vast amount of information generated by our fellow humans and their machines is something of a modern phenomenon, but we’ve always known we can have too much of this particular good thing. Distringit librorum multitude, wrote Seneca in the First Century. …

All the Places That Are Open on Thanksgiving and Black Friday 2018 – and What’s Closed

Late November means time for turkey, stuffing, gravy, and deals. But what is open on Thanksgiving and Black Friday 2018? A bevy of stores will be open on Thanksgiving and Black Friday this year to accommodate for the massive crowds vying for the best deals on electronics, gadgets, clothing, and …

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 …

You Can Make Some Quick Cash on Election Day By Being a Poll Worker. Here’s How Much It Pays

Rachel Noble took Election Day off work, but she won’t be sleeping in or catching up on Netflix. From 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 6, she’ll be volunteering as a poll worker. With a Monster Energy drink in hand, Noble will work a 15-hour day at a nearby …

The engine behind Paradox Development Studio’s future games

FEATURE: Since Europa Universalis III, Paradox Development Studio’s grand strategy games have owed a debt to Prussian general Carl von Clausewitz, or at least his name. The Clausewitz engine has powered every internal Paradox Interactive game since 2007, but starting with upcoming grand strategy game Imperator: Rome, it’s getting a …

Facebook removes 82 Pages, groups, and accounts with Iranian ties for ‘coordinated inauthentic behavior’

The Facebook accounts removed targeted U.S and U.K. citizens, and in some cases represented themselves as a user from one of those countries.Read More Source: Venture Beat Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Signs that somebody is about to quit are there nine months in advance

The first signs that an employee is considering quitting appear clearly nine months before they actually depart, with declining loyalty as a key indicator, claims a study called The 9-month warning: understanding why people quit—before it’s too late (registration) from Peakon. Based on more than 33 million employee survey responses …

Calls for urgent reform of skills policy development and implementation

City & Guilds Group is calling on Government to urgently rethink how skills and education policy in the UK is designed and delivered, in light of a new report launched by the Group today. Sense and Instability 2019 finds that important lessons from the implementation of skills policy over several …

CRE investment highest in cities with strong tech culture

Cities with tech innovation-oriented cultures have a strong competitive advantage amongst those investing in commercial real estate, claims a new report from JLL (registration). Of 109 cities analysed, the nine leading global markets – Boston, London, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Seattle, San Jose, Sydney and Tokyo, accounted for around …

People across the country gathered to watch the Kavanaugh hearing, and the photos are striking

As Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford testify today before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding Ford’s accusation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school gathering in 1982, people across the country are gathering together to watch the hearing. Many viewers have uploaded photos of groups of people …

GamesBeat Decides 98: What do we even want from a new Nintendo Switch?

The GamesBeat Decides podcast is so nuanced that it can see the silver lining of even the worst human tragedies. That’s why on this week’s episode, hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti don’t shy away from talking about the new Mega Man movie. Mike also returns from West Virginia with …

Office design alone cannot motivate us or make us happy at work

There’s a good reason why we find it hard to establish the causal links between our working lives and our personal happiness. It’s because it’s all very complicated. So complicated in fact that you can sidetrack any discussion on the subject by asking elementary questions such as: ‘what do you mean by …

With six months to go before Brexit, only 630 finance jobs have left UK, claims Reuters

As few as 630 UK-based finance jobs have been shifted or created overseas with just six months to go before Brexit, a far lower total than banks said could move after Britain’s surprise vote to leave the European Union, according to a new Reuters survey. Many bankers and politicians predicted …

An NPR Host Who’s Interviewed Thousands of People Over 45 Years Has the Only Icebreaker You’ll Ever Need, and It’s Just 4 Words

Terry Gross, the host of NPR’s “Fresh Air,” has interviewed thousands of people over the course of her 45-year career in radio. So if anyone would know how to start a conversation with a stranger, it’s her. Gross told Jolie Kerr at The New York Times that her go-to icebreaker …

The Strange Story of How Frida Kahlo’s Face Ended Up on an $8 Bottle of CVS Nail Polish

In 1946, shortly before her 40th birthday, Frida Kahlo painted what might be the most tragic self-portrait in her whole collection. It’s called “The Wounded Deer,” and re-imagines the Mexican artist as prey; pierced by a shock of arrows and left to die in a forest clearing. Her face, framed …

A four day week, people-watching at work, the art of AI and some other stuff

While the recent Finnish pilot of universal basic income had mixed results, a trial of the other most talked about solution to our problem with work – the four day week – has been reported as far more promising. A New Zealand financial services firm called Perpetual Guardian switched its …

How AI and emotion tracking are helping brands avoid costly video campaign mistakes

EXCLUSIVE: Marketers have plenty of ways to measure video campaign success, but artificial intelligence is uncovering new methods for determining whether the dollars you’re spending are being applied optimally. That’s what video insights company YouFirst is offering, and a recent study of one of its clients, spanning 13 video campaigns…Read …

What $10 Was Worth the Year You Were Born, and What You Could Buy With It Today

The rate of inflation fluctuates year to year, month to month, as markets and economies change. The Bureau of Labor Statistics can calculate how much the American dollar was valued any given year and month. Business Insider used the CPI inflation calculator to find the value of a $10 bill …