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Office Design That Treats Workers Like Individuals

Designers have already moved past these ideas to give employees improved work environments that come with much more freedom. An office with an open design is not necessarily open-plan. We are designing these offices around the actual work employees do, freeing them to find the best setting for the task at hand rather than confining them to a single, assigned spot. Employees have more control over their surroundings-whether they want
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Emerging Trends In Real Estate ® 2020: Investors Still Drawn To Real Estate

Real estate investors face a changing world, with the rising risk of recession in the short term and, over the long term, a slower rate of economic growth in general. Despite anxieties U.S. real estate is still a favored place for investors from all over the world to invest their capital, according to Emerging Trends in Real Estate®2020, released by ULI and PwC during the Fall Meeting. The widely anticipated
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The Rise Of The 4 Day Work Week: Benefits And Drawbacks

In 1973, British workers were haunted by the spectre of the three-day week, a measure introduced by the Conservative government to conserve electricity. Now, reaction to fewer working hours is much the opposite, with a four-day week desired by 51% of UK workers according to a study by Zapier. Various mental health issues, such as stress, burnout and depression are caused by overworking: a government report found that one quarter
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A Swiss Lesson In Enlightened Street Design

Above is a picture of a pretty typical city street in Zürich, Switzerland. Having lost local retailers like the neighborhood grocery, city residents would now have to drive to get food, adding even more cars to the mix. To give just one example, a few years ago a former student of mine, Kristin Floberg, studied old fire-insurance maps to inventory every structure in the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut, then built
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Is Sick Building Syndrome Making An Unwelcome Comeback?

Sick building syndrome is largely believed to be a phenomenon of the nineties but shock new findings in a survey carried out by intelligent business technology experts the Remark Group show that it may well be making an unwelcome return. Remark Group's 'Air Quality and Wellbeing at Work' 2019 survey of over 1,000 UK office workers, has revealed that 86 per cent get headaches at work, with almost a quarter
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Office Relocations: A Marriage Made In Workplace Moves

Of course, successfully relocating to a digitally centered, ABW workplace takes more than just the right apps; it requires substantial changes to the culture, too. Those responsible for managing the workplace change will need to be open and honest, encourage friendly conversations, and plan social events to move the dial. The aim should be to establish how the change is likely to impact individuals but also why it is necessary
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Experience Doesn’T Predict A New Hire’S Success

Chad H. Van Iddekinge of Florida State University and his colleagues reviewed 81 studies to investigate the link between an employee's prior work experience and his or her performance in a new organization. The conclusion: Experience doesn't predict a new hire's success. We also found zero correlation between work experience with earlier employers and retention, or the likelihood that a person would stick with his or her new organization. One
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The Stuff Remains The Same

Cars today are a lot more beautiful than my Dad's old hospital-yellow Morris Marina, a lot more reliable, rust less if at all, and the buttons do a lot more stuff than just the wipers and lights, albeit the indicators still never seem to work on most Audis despite all the vorsprung. The components are essentially the same as they have been for as long as anyone can recall, only
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Work After Place: The Workplace As A Fluid Experience

The workplace design community has facilitated the transition from a workplace as a fixed destination to a workplace as a fluid experience. In great numbers, the workforce has truly become nomadic, moving from meeting to meeting, office to office, workplace to workplace. Accordingly, the workplace design community has facilitated the transition from a workplace as a fixed destination to a workplace as a fluid experience. In response, workplace design has
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Former Fed Chair Janet Yellen On Gender And Racial Diversity Of The Federal Government’S Economists

We will discuss the progress of women and minorities in the field of economics, with a particular focus on trends in the federal government. As David will shortly describe, the data collected for today's session show that the representation of women and minorities in the federal government, including the Federal Reserve, is higher than in academia and has increased slightly in recent years-encouraging findings. There is much that can and