Asia Return to Work Demonstrates Greater Resilience Than Other Regions

In Asia, the impact of the pandemic-induced shift in working patterns on the performance and outlook for the office sector has been relatively benign, according to the South China Morning Post. 

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Google Is Betting Big On The Office

According to the New York Times, Google announced on Tuesday that it would spend $2.1 billion to buy a sprawling Manhattan office building on the Hudson River waterfront, paying one of the largest prices in recent years for an office building in the United States and providing a jolt of optimism to a real estate industry lashed by the pandemic.

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Bad Office Makes for Good Residential

Guest Post by Steven Paynter, Principal, Gensler

Going into the pandemic, the city of Calgary, Alberta, was already facing an existential crisis. The office vacancy rate had risen to 24 per cent due to plunging oil prices. A year on, and the vacancy rate is hovering around 32 per cent. To put that into perspective, the corporate office vacancy rate is double that of Detroit’s when it declared bankruptcy in 2013. Calgary now has 12 million square feet of vacant office space on the market.

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Hybrid Schmybrid – Don’t Believe the Workplace Hype

Guest Post by Rob Kubiak, Director, Research & Analytics, Wurkwel

The Hybrid Workplace. Return to Office dates being pushed back. The Great Resignation. Full-time remote work. Flexible working. Future of the Office. Employee wellness. Cybersecurity. Digital Nomads. Vaccination policies. Work-Life Balance.

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Investing in Employees at Work

Physical spaces drive culture and talent development

Guest Post by Deirdre Jimenez, AIA, NCIDQ, BIFMA President & CEO

Returning to the office provides companies the ultimate opportunity for change and rebirth. The pandemic has disrupted many industries, and, for most, working from home has lost its allure. In addition to increasing productivity and community, companies that return to the office have greater opportunities for creating a culture of talent development, which is pivotal in building long term competitive advantage.

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Why This Badge Matters to Me

Guest post by Vik Bangia, MCR, CEO Verum Consulting, LLC

Last week, CoreNet Global issued digital credentials in the form of badges like this one. The badges acknowledge member achievements in various areas such as years of membership, faculty roles, volunteer roles, and different types of professional designations earned through the association.

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4 essential workplace tech features to manage the return to office

From our “Workplace Agility” Thought Leader Partner, MRI Software

Guest post by, James Foster

As work-from-home restrictions ease for many countries, people around the world are beginning to think about returning to the office. This introduces some challenges for businesses to adapt office environments to a different way of working.

What will the office look like once workers begin returning? Without a doubt, there will be plenty of new safety protocols involving strict personal hygiene and physical distancing, but how do we make this transition as simple and as safe as possible?

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Nyriad Moves Global Headquarters from New Zealand to U.S.

Data storage firm Nyriad Inc. announced that ithas relocated its global headquarters from New Zealand to the U.S. as it prepares to launch the industry’s first storage solutions based on a new architecture that redefines how data is stored, according to a press release posted on HPCWire.

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Is Pittsburgh Becoming a Hub for Automated Vehicles?

Aurora, a self-driving technology company that has plans to go  public, has named Pittsburgh its home base, even though the company has operations in San Francisco and Dallas, according to NextPittsburgh.com

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Google Searching for Return

Google is delaying the return to work for employees for a third time, as reported on CNBC.

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5 Elements of Comfort to Optimize for Better Workplace Health

Guest Post by Pippa Boothman, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Disruptive Technologies

Traditionally, the most important role of workplace managers is to help organizations optimize their resources. Now, resilience, sustainability, and employee safety are at the very top of corporate agendas. 

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Still bricks and mortar!

Insurance giant Genworth will move employees to temporary space as it redevelops its Richmond, VA headquarters. 

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