Author Archives: simonheath1

Codify This

The latest Leesman Index Review is out. I have a huge amount of respect for what Tim Oldman and his team do. I think they are bringing much needed rigour and discipline to the evidence behind workplace design. But the opening article in this latest issue left me aghast. I’ve been a knowledge worker myself […]

Calling Time On The Inflexible

I read my first report on flexible working back in 2003 when I was researching how we might start operating longer opening hours in our call centre. I’m reminded of this today as the CIPD have just released their Employee Outlook report on Commuting & Flexible Working. It has a remarkably familiar ring to it. […]

The Trainee Feminist

What is feminism? Simply the belief that women should be as free as men, however nuts, dim, deluded, badly dressed, fat, receding, lazy and smug they might be. Are you a feminist? Hahaha. Of course you are. ― Caitlin Moran I have a mother, two sisters, a wife and a ten year old daughter. The majority […]

Number 73

Over the Easter break, we eschewed the annual festival of chocolate to travel with our two young children the 6,000 miles to Cambodia as volunteers. My wife and the kids to spend their days helping out at a small school on the outskirts of Siem Reap and myself to help build a new home for […]


The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow This coming Sunday, 20th March, 26 volunteers will run a tag marathon in aid of Sport Relief in 15 minute stages starting at 7am and finishing at approximately 1:30pm. […]

An Unqualified Success?

We’ve all found our way to where we find ourselves by different routes. It’s incredibly hard to ascribe success to any one decision or piece of good fortune. I do think that, in my own small way, I’ve been successful and (after no small amount of prompting) I thought it would be useful for me […]


I know of nothing more valuable, when it comes to the all-important virtue of authenticity, than simply being who you are – Charles R. Swindoll There’s a well-worn trope from the Superman story where mild-mannered reporter, Clark Kent, runs out of the revolving door at the entrance to the Daily Planet and, as it swiftly […]

A Field Guide To Workplace Terminology – Part III

The start of a new year seems as good a place as any to publish this, the third part of the lexicon of corporate bullshittery. You can read Parts I & II here and here. Accountability – What dimwit recruiters in the Financial Services sector go looking for. Action – Doing things for someone whose ego […]

1977 and all that

“This one a long time have I watched. All his life has he looked away…to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was. Hmm? What he was doing. Hmm?” If there’s a bright centre to the universe then, to a six year-old boy, Torquay on a rain-sodden December day, under leaden […]

Do Not Resuscitate

The end of labour is to gain leisure – Aristotle No publication or conference (un- or otherwise) these days is complete without some discourse on the future of work. This blog is no exception. Like many others I started out with the point of view that organisations are crap. This then evolved, in no small […]