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Office temperature costing UK economy up to £13bn a year


1 Apr 2014 11:18AM

Lee Calver According to a survey released last week, approximately 2% of office hours are wasted due to the temperature being inadequate, potentially costing the UK economy more than £13bn annually. The study of 2,000 office workers by One Poll, on behalf of heating and air-conditioning specialist, Andrews Sykes, intended to measure how temperature affects people’s working day, looking at workplace efficiency and output. Office workers aged between 18-60 were questioned, with results showing that less than a quarter of respondents find the temperature in their workplace comfortable, while more tha...

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How much is waste crime costing you?


11 Mar 2014 10:15AM

Lee Calver Figures released last week revealed that waste crime is costing the UK economy up to £808m a year. The new report by the Environmental Services Association Education Trust (ESAET), found that the costs of illegal waste sites, tax evasion by waste operators deliberately misclassifying waste to avoid higher rates of landfill tax, and the clean-up costs of fly-tipping equate to more than half a billion pounds a year. According to the report, ‘Waste Crime: Tackling Britain’s Dirty Secret’, commissioned by the ESAET and conducted by Eunomia, waste crimes are now “widespread and endemic”. Comm...

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How to introduce new industrial technologies to employees


4 Mar 2014 12:25PM

Pierce Covert   "That’s the way we've always done it." If you're trying to show employees how to take advantage of new technology, you've no doubt heard this phrase once or twice. Although it's a common human trait to get comfortable with a work routine and resist change, change is necessary to increase productivity and be able to compete in the global marketplace. New innovations in technology can also help to keep employees safe at work.   So how do you know when it's time to invest in new technology?   Knowing when to invest in new machinery can be a challenge for those who manage manufactu...

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