Data Driven Workplace Design

MIT’s TechnologyReview.com is featuring alumni Diane Hoskins, co-CEO of Gensler, who discusses a data-driven approach to re-envisioning the office. 

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HSBC, Lloyds Announce Cuts in Office Space

Financial Services firm HSBC has announced that it is reducing its office space by about 40 percent, “as part of sweeping cost cutting designed to capitalise on new part-office-part-homeworking arrangements after the pandemic,” according to The Guardian

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Manage to Save

Guest Post by Rouben Alchoujian, President, Praedium Consulting

Most corporate occupiers – whether in office, retail, or industrial space – are now going down the path of reducing their footprint. Yet, even after shrinking, the leased portfolios will represent a very significant part of corporate expenses, requiring a careful, thoughtful management strategy.

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Five Things to Consider when Opening a Retail Store in a New Territory

Guest Post by Kirsty Shearer, Development Director, Agilité Solutions

As retailers reconsider the layout and locations of their stores the world over, some continue to expand their global reach – looking at opening new stores in towns and cities across Europe.

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United Kingdom May Be The First Country To Return

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is planning an emergence from the pandemic that may place the country above all others, according to Reuters. But office workers may be among the last to return. 

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Four Steps for Companies to Prepare For the Return of Employees

Fingers crossed, there are signs that with COVID cases decreasing, we may be nearing the end of this crisis.

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Ensuring Key MEP Infrastructure Needs When Retail Goes Medical

Guest Post by Ryann Menges, PE, Operations Director, New York Office, ESD, and M. Ethan Gould, LEED AP, Senior Project Engineer, ESD

Already a strong trend pre-COVID-19, building owners are actively converting vacant retail spaces into a variety of health services clinics. Wellness, therapy, medical and veterinary services tenants must advocate for their unique space and MEP requirements before signing a lease.

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You’ll Always Be Our Glue.

Guest Post by Anthony Hansen for Manning Group

The pandemic has been a true equalizer. It has ravaged most professions, affected all livelihoods, and maintained a global grip. And while the pain and loss over the last twelve months will take even longer to heal, we are strengthened by the profound effect the interiors industry has in society’s recovery. The built environment is the glue of the world, and Manning Group could not be prouder to be associated with it.

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Recap of Deloitte’s 2021 Commercial Real Estate Outlook- Rebuilding to Enhance Resilience

Guest blog by, Tamara Alexander-Johnson

Many Corporate RE leaders find it challenging to maintain employee productivity, culture, engagement and cohesiveness, and appropriate communication levels. If we’ve learned anything from the pandemic, it is that there are major tectonic shifts in the way people live, work, and play, which has put unique pressures on certain property sectors. With this as the backdrop, let’s try to understand how well-equipped CRE leaders need to be to weather the current economic situation.

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Salesforce: Workers will not be required to come back to the office

San Francisco-based tech giant Salesforce has reiterated to its employees something that our surveys have been showing for most of the pandemic: the 9-5 work day is dead. 

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Companies Do Not Anticipate Requiring Vaccine of Employees

The latest CoreNet Global tracking survey of corporate real estate professionals finds that less than nine percent of respondents expect that their organizations plan to require employees to be vaccinated before they can return to work.

Among the other findings: 

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Will We Go Back To The Office?

Guest blog by, Jonathan Luttwak, DHC Real Estate Services

Recently, my wife and I were catching up with another couple about life over Zoom. The topic shifted to the quarantine and the struggle of balancing working from home while parenting young kids, a struggle my wife and I are all too familiar with. They are both investment bankers and had starkly different views about working from home. The husband, who works for a smaller team, was relatively comfortable working remotely. However, his wife, who works at a large institutional shop, spoke about the challenges the younger team members are having. She said they are struggling and stressed because they do not have the mentorship, supervision, and support of one another in the same way they would in the office. 

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