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Sep 30

2023 Young FM Manager Award open to entries

  • Fri 30th Sep 2022
  • Alex

Applications are open for the 2023 Young FM Manager Award, supported by the Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers. In recent years the Company has become the Livery home of the facilities management industry and of professionals from across the built environment sector, in addition to its traditional membership from City institutions and the footwear industry.

Aug 31

Happy World Distance Learning Day!

  • Wed 31st Aug 2022
  • Alex

Wednesday 31 August marks World Distance Learning Day, which embraces learning that takes place outside of a physical classroom, be that remote learning delivered entirely at a distance, or a hybrid blend of classroom and home learning.

David Sharp

AI in safety, health and wellbeing – the ethics, challenges and pitfalls

  • Wed 1st Jun 2022
  • Alex

The impact of AI is often described in terms of extremes. On the one hand, it’s seen as a technological breakthrough to allow us to transcend the physical limits of our human bodies, which could let us live forever. On the other hand, the moment AI becomes intelligent enough to surpass us, it could be the end of humans and humanity altogether.

Clare Makowski

Psychological safety – trusting people to trust you as a business

  • Tue 17th May 2022
  • Alex

Psychological safety – the belief that one can speak up without risk of punishment or humiliation – is long established as a crucial component to high-quality decision making, healthy group dynamics and interpersonal relationships. Whilst simple to understand when explained like that, so many of us are unclear on how to really ensure its presence in our organisations and what we are all responsible for in making it happen.

Kate Gardner - my health and safety journey

  • Wed 27th Apr 2022
  • Alex

“What to you want to do when you leave school?” Become a nurse, was always my reply. “Oh, you’ll be good at that” was the automatic response from everyone, so why do I find myself writing this after spending most of my working career in health, safety and facilities management?

Jamie Robinson - my health and safety journey

  • Wed 27th Apr 2022
  • Alex

I joined International Workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic and my role as health and safety trainer includes the delivery of IOSH Managing safety and NEBOSH General Certificate courses within commerce and industry.

Jane Patching – my health and safety journey

  • Wed 27th Apr 2022
  • Alex

My health and safety journey began in 2014 when I was recruited from a quality auditing position into a health and safety role and subsequently studied for my NEBOSH General Certificate. This was an exciting challenge and I strongly believe my auditing background gave me a good platform to start from.

Mar 30

FM and sustainability: the social, environmental and commercial challenge

  • Wed 30th Mar 2022
  • Alex

Sustainability is a huge topic – broad in scope, critical in importance, and replete with both opportunity and risk. In commercial terms, sustainability aims to achieve the balance between economic, environmental and social impacts through the effective management of resources while maximising organisational profitability.

Mar 30

67% of learners believe professional qualifications are worth it

  • Wed 30th Mar 2022
  • Alex

A recent survey has found that two-thirds of employees believe that studying for professional qualifications enhances their career.

Mar 23

IOSH: draft law puts people and planet before profit

  • Wed 23rd Mar 2022
  • Alex

The European Commission’s long-awaited proposal on corporate sustainability due diligence has been published. Under the draft law, companies with more than 500 employees will be required to prevent and mitigate harm to people and planet – such as child labour and pollution – throughout their global value chains.