Your Guide to Occupancy Sensors for the Modern Workplace

Guest blog by Liz Voeller, Comfy

Part 2 of a 3-part series

Given the reality of rising real estate costs and low space utilization, leading corporate executives are turning towards IoT-enabled workplace tech to get more productivity from the people and space they already have. Occupancy sensors, particularly when combined with workplace experience apps, are a popular option for real estate teams interested in using real-time data to both enhance the employee experience and to better inform workplace decisions. But while some sensor types have been around awhile, the landscape has evolved substantially in recent years. How do you choose which sensors make the most sense for your workplace?Read more

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Compensation For Corporate Real Estate Professionals Jumps — Again!

In a recent survey of corporate real estate executives at corporations globally, 87 percent reported that their base salary increased from 2017 to 2018, by an average of 5.3 percent. In addition, 80 percent projected further increases of roughly 4 percent on average in 2019, according to a survey conducted by CoreNet Global and FPL Associates.Read more

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Hong Kong Trade Development Council Announces Moves to Help Companies

This week, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) announced a plan to help companies adapt to technology and innovation.Read more

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Amazon’s HQ2 Search – Another Twist in a Fascinating Site Selection Process

Guest blog by Morley Driedger, Manager Innovation, Strategy, Planning & Workplace,  Enterprise Real Estate, TD Bank Group

At the 2018 CoreNet Global North American Summit in Boston I moderated a panel on Amazon’s HQ2 Search. For those unfamiliar with this topic, in 2017, Amazon publicly announced that it was looking for a second headquarters that would be a full equal to their existing headquarters in Seattle. Of the 238 cities across North America that responded with proposals, 20 were considered finalists, before New York City, and Northern Virginia (Washington) were declared winners, with Nashville also winning an operations center. Read more

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Considering Occupancy Sensors? 7 Questions to Ask

Guest Blog by Neha Sharma, Comfy

Part one of a three-part series

In a world where new workplace technology seems to emerge every day, we’re empathetic to the frustrations of workplace strategists and real estate leaders trying to make sense of it all. If the goal is to create a unified workplace experience—one in which both physical and digital systems work seamlessly together to deliver more satisfied building occupants and significant operational savings that boost the bottom-line—how do you sort through all the possible tech solutions and choose a provider who can actually deliver the most value?

We get it. We’ve been there, too.

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Propane for Energy Efficient Buildings?

Making our buildings more efficient, and sustainably using energy is a growing priority for our profession.

And, while many of us think of propane gas ideal primarily for our backyard grills and recreational vehicles, the Propane Education & Research Council is urging consideration of propane as a source of energy for several functions that will allow the building to use energy in ways that are cleaner and more efficient.Read more

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BREXIT – The Latest….

British Prime Minister Theresa May is promising an entirely new referendum on Brexit – if Parliament does not pass her plan for Britain’s planned exit from the European Union

See the latest from the New York Times.

“Mrs. May’s hand was forced by rebels in her own Conservative government, who had threatened to vote on Wednesday for an amendment that could force her to request an extension of Brexit talks if she is unable to get her blueprint through Parliament.”

This one is very fluid…stay tuned.

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Does Your Company Have an Experience Manager? Are You It?

Here’s a look at how Amsterdam-based software company, GoodUp, whose clients include Unilever, Deloitte, Accenture, and, is taking the employee experience to a new level. Read more

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Does GE’s Decision To Downsize Its Boston Headquarters Raise Questions About Economic Development Incentives?

GE announced that it would downsize its Boston headquarters to 250 employees from a previously projected 800. The company will also return $87.4 million to the state in economic development incentives.Read more

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London Still Hot for Corporate Real Estate Investors

Although how and when (and if…) Brexit takes place, London is still hot for corporate real estate investors, according to Insight.Read more

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Amazon and New York Break Up

Dear Amazon, New York City said, it’s not you – well, actually it is you. And today – Valentine’s Day no less, Amazon said ok, I get it.Read more

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Atlanta to Lose Prominent Corporate HQs, But Tomorrow Is Another Day

Atlanta’s SunTrust Banks will merge with Winston Salem’s BB&T to create the nation’s sixth-largest bank, which will be based in Charlotte. And, First Data, an Atlanta-based payments processing company, will be acquired by Wisconsin-based Fiserv, with the resulting company to be based near Milwaukee.

That’s a loss of two Fortune 500 headquarters for Atlanta.Read more

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