Workplaces Designed To Make the Employees Comfortable – Really Comfortable

As CoreNet Global’s FutureForward 2025 report establishes, ensuring that employees are comfortable will be a top priority for corporate real estate professionals, if it already isn’t.Read more


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Top Three Tips for Implementing Flexibility in the Changing Workplace Landscape

Guest post by Melanie Jones, Regional Business Development Executive, CORT Furniture Rental

Flexibility is the ability to be easily modified or the willingness to change or compromise. In today’s workplace environment, flexibility is being applied to allow companies to customize workspaces based on how their employee prefers to work and what types of activities they conduct throughout the day.

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Reducing Food Waste Around the World: Balancing Local Relevance with Global Impact

Guest post by Susan Wagner, Senior Director, International, Microsoft Real Estate & Facilities

Over the last decade, Microsoft has demonstrated a rigorous commitment to carbon reduction which resulted in the company achieving its first official carbon neutrality across its global portfolio in 2012 and continues to this day. We’re now building on that success with a number of creative programs to keep food waste out of landfills.Read more


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The Ubiquity of Agility: The Difference Between ‘Agile’ and ‘agile’

Guest post by Neil Usher, Chief Workplace Officer, GoSpace (www.gospace.com), Author of The Elemental Workplace (2018)

We should not be surprised. The term ‘agile’ – meaning able to move quickly and easily – has done exactly as it suggested it would. Used for so many things relating to work, organisations and the workplace, ‘agile’ is now ubiquitous. Logically we would apply it only to animate objects, but that hasn’t stopped us from using the term to label the physical workplace.

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Four Flexible Space Trends to Watch in APAC

Guest blog by Sidharth Dhawan and Brandon Forde, CBRE

This article originally appeared in CBRE’s Agile Real Estate Knowledge Hub

With the flexible space sector occupying just 2% of total Grade A office stock in Asia Pacific, there is still considerable room for growth. However, in recent months, CBRE has observed many providers adopting a more measured pace of expansion, due to shifting business sentiment and mounting competition between providers. These factors will drive the implementation of more sophisticated and nuanced strategies designed to improve occupancy and ensure operational profitability, especially on a per-center basis. Here are four trends to watch.

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Active Listening Delivers Better Design

Guest blog by James Hadden, STG Design

Hiring a commercial architect can often be intimidating. Even experienced clients struggle to differentiate between firms and understand the value that each one brings. Know-how on similar projects is vital, but once you’ve created your short list of firms, how do you decide between them? A local firm may have a better understanding of jurisdictional issues, but a larger firm may have more substantial resources to bring to bear. A more sophisticated firm may have better visualization and communication tools, but a smaller firm may be able to focus on your project more wholly. While these are all important considerations, the most critical factor is the quality of the partnership you will develop with your architect or designer. On a ground-up project, you may be working closely with the design firm for three years or more so it is critical to select a firm that is a good fit.

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Leveraging Internal Partnerships for RE/FM Success

Guest blog by Tracy Brower, PhD, MM, MCRw

Work has become ever-more complex and it seems like nothing can be accomplished successfully unless we’re leveraging our relationships with internal partners.

CoreNet Global’s Corporate Real Estate 2020 research described the necessary HR/IT/RE-FM partnership as the “super nucleus,” but what this mean exactly? Even more importantly, what are the ways to engage internal partners without adding unnecessary layers and slowing everyone down?

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Overwhelmed by RE/FM Measurements? Here’s How to Make them Work for You

Guest blog by Tracy Brower, PhD, MM, MCRw

You know you should be measuring your results. You know how critical positive outcomes are for the business case you make for real estate and the workplace. But knowing what to measure and how can be overwhelming. Today, we can gain helpful insights into the work experience through a lot of measurement methods. But in some ways, the complexity has made things much more complicated.

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Long Commutes Affect Mental Health

Well we knew that!

But the folks at Randstad and ApartmentGuide.com are out with a new survey that gives several more interesting data points on how people are living and working today:

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Work has Changed, Why Haven’t Our Offices?

Guest blog by Drew Carter and Anna Grayhek, IIDA at H. Hendy Associates.

“I am the CXO, but I’ll put you in touch with our Director of Influencer Campaigns.”

What we do for work and how that work gets done is fundamentally changing. In response, many organizations are scrambling for solutions or guidance. This is reflected in the many office environments that have left behind traditional offices and cubicles in favor of open plans, outfitted with features meant to boost interaction and engagement. Yet, because of a vacuum of guidance and knowledge, many of today’s businesses are merely chasing the latest trends. Innovations such as sit-stand desks, docking stations, wireless displays, ideation technology and teaming areas have already made their way into the office, but their potential impact to the workforce is not well understood.

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Digital Twins and CRE

According to an article in Engineering & Technology, “the government of Andhra Pradesh – along with planners, architects and tech experts – has set a precedent by creating a digital twin of Amaravati, the People’s Capital of Andhra Pradesh. An upcoming green field city, Amaravati is a $6.5 billion project.

Its smart digital twin offers dynamic information about the urban infrastructure in a 3D format.”

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Office of Tomorrow: Healthcare Advancements Drive Workplace Design

Guest blog by Jennifer Walton and Susan Dwyer, H. Hendy Associates

Healthcare as we know it is expected to have a dramatic shift by 2040, according to Deloitte. This healthcare industry metamorphosis, which is paving the way for significant technological advancements, will not only transition our thinking from health “care” to health “maintenance” but also will place a larger emphasis on detection and prevention rather than treatment.

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