Magenta’s news round-up: 2018 edition

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This round-up is usually reserved for the week’s top news stories. But with Christmas and New Year just days away, we thought we’d to use this opportunity to look back over the past 12 months. What follows is a list of the headlines that interested and excited us in 2018. Some are specific to the built environment and others are …

Magenta’s news round-up: 10th December

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While some people might already be winding down for the Christmas break, the organisations making the headlines in this week’s news certainly haven’t slowed down. Read on for our penultimate roundup of 2018. How the Family Room Went Public Written by Alexandra Large, this latest ‘story’ from Herman Miller tells a tale of the beloved family room and how it …

5 minutes with… Mike Green

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Magenta recently sat down with seasoned FM industry figure Mike Green to talk about his involvement in a new maintenance association for London, what makes a great facilities manager, and why the recent discourse around the term “workplace” might be missing something important. Magenta: You’ve worked for a number of different FM organisations over the years and you’ve been heavily …

Magenta’s news round-up: 30th November

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It’s the end of November, which means it’s less than a month until Christmas. But before Magenta puts up the decorations and the festive fun begins, we need to bring you the pick of this week’s news… The difficulty in managing things that cannot easily be measured Persuading leaders to examine soft factors requires determination, Andrew Hill writes in the …

Supporting staff wellbeing

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Early this year, Magenta joined the Time to Change campaign as part of our ongoing commitment towards wellbeing at work. With one in four colleagues suffering from a mental health problem, our attitude towards mental health could make a serious difference in someone’s life. In the simplest terms, if we are happy to talk about our physical ailments (a sore …

Magenta’s news round-up: 23rd November

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Reports this week that Interserve is in dire financial trouble threatens to end 2018 much like it started – with the demise of a hugely influential construction and support services firm. Read on for Magenta’s pick of the news from the past five days. Interserve sparks concerns as debts rise Facilities management giant Interserve has announced that its debts would …

5 Minutes with… Andrew Hulbert

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This month, we sat down with Andrew Hulbert, managing director of Pareto FM, to chat all things FM and workplace. Hulbert joined the industry as an undergraduate and, shortly after, won PFM’s Young Manager of the Year Award in 2010. He is also the co-founder of Tomorrow Meets Today, a charity that aims to promote diversity and inclusion in the …

Identity crisis? What identity crisis?

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Words by: Jo Sutherland Westminster. Home to debate, scrutiny, and cries of “Order! Order!”. Once again, RICS’s HQ, on Parliament Square, was filled to the brim with a passionate and feisty crowd, panellists and audience alike, all set on debating the FM’. While some were keen to maintain order during FMJ’s most recent RICS-IFMA debate concerning facility management’s place in …

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give” – National Mentoring Day

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By: Esme Banks Marr Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, Marco Pierre White and Gordon Ramsay, Lil Wayne and Drake, Dr Dre and Eminem, Maya Angelou and Oprah Winfrey… Just a few famous mentoring partnerships you may already be aware of. Or, maybe you had no idea these people had acted as mentors or been mentored themselves. Why do you think …