After This Toys ‘R’ Us Manager Was Laid Off, He Found His Dream Job as a Toy Store Owner

Glendon Warner always wanted to run his own business. So, when he and 33,000 other Toys ‘R’ Us employees lost their jobs this year as the company closed its U.S. locations, he saw the behemoth retailer’s absence as the perfect opportunity. He opened his own toy shop. “Sometimes,” Warner tells …

Insecure leaders prefer to take advice from machines than people

Leaders who are in danger of losing their position are more likely to take advice from a data algorithm than another human, research from BI Norwegian Business School claims. Psychologist Ingvild Müller Seljeseth conducted studies where participants were assigned to either stable or unstable leadership positions, which they would lose …

Apple heard you like iPhones so it put a tiny iPhone in your mobile browser

Apple has launched a microsite for its new iPhone XS and XS Max, and it features a tiny 3D model of said devices which you can rotate simply by tilting your phone left and right. The microsite, located at http://experience.apple/iphone/ (unearthed by 9to5Mac), is mobile-only; if you open it in …

How office design trends in different countries stack up and feed off each other

The term Global Village has passed into general use to describe many of the phenomena we associate with the modern globalised world. But it actually dates back to 1962 when coined by Marshall McLuhan to describe an emerging, electronically contracted world in which cultures converge alongside political, business and legislative …

When workplace strategy builds bridges between people and place

The world of work is changing rapidly and profoundly in a way that we haven’t seen since the time of the industrial revolution. Yet even as we stand at a momentous, game-changing inflexion point, the 21st century workplace strategy sector is still dithering about whether to join in the revolution. …

These pillows are all on sale and ready to change the way you sleep (in a good way)

Getting the proper amount of sleep is one thing, but having the right sleep tools to keep you asleep is another. If you often wake up feeling like your neck might snap, your bones are aching, and your joints are cracking, it could be that your pillow is to blame.  …

Corporations must harness prop tech to adapt to new ways of work

The world of work will continue to evolve in 2019, and corporations must find ways to adapt their office real estate. That is the conclusion of a new piece of research by flexible workplace provider Abintra. Published in a new report, the study highlights how corporations are struggling to manage office space …

Twitter is reportedly removing the 'like' button and people do not like it

Twitter is about to remove the red, heart-shaped ‘like’ function from its platform, reports suggest.  According to the Telegraph, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey said at a Twitter event last week that he would get rid of the like function “soon.” Per the Telegraph, Dorsey said he “was not a fan …

Half of HR departments plan to offer new employee benefits

According to Gallagher’s Benefits Strategy & Benchmarking Survey (registration required), 45 percent of HR practitioners are planning changes to current employee benefit offerings amid a highly competitive labour market. The survey shows an increasing number of organisations are fully aware of the measurable impact that benefits have on engagement and productivity. …

MPs to investigate impact of placemaking and built environment on productivity

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Building Communities is calling for evidence and contributions from all organisations with an interest in the built and natural environment to contribute to its new consultation, which aims to explore how placemaking can lead to greater productivity in the UK. As part of its …

Working Families announces the most family friendly workplaces in the UK 

Work-life balance charity Working Families has announced its annual list of the top family-friendly employers in the UK. Employers large and small from across the public, private, and third sectors compete annually to gain a coveted place on the charity’s list of Top Employers for Working Families. The announcement coincides …