Return to Work: Providing Clean, Healthy, and Safe Spaces

Q&A with Scott Salmirs, President & CEO of ABM Industries

What is ABM Industries, and what do you do?

We provide facilities services for commercial properties – such as airports, office buildings, schools, manufacturing and distribution facilities, hospitals and stadiums. Our service offering ranges from janitorial to engineering, to parking to HVAC and electrical to lighting services.

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Curious about what are other companies doing?

Everyone seems to have a different return to work strategy.  Here’s a roundup of what we’ve seen regarding how companies are addressing the return to work. Below is a recent roundup:

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The Importance (and Fun!) of Interactive Floor Maps

Guest blog by Leslie O’Connell, Nuvolo

Wherever you sit in an organization, interactive floor maps improve the employee experience. There’s something about dragging and dropping avatars and icons on a map that we love. Floor maps communicate critical information, they say ‘here is everything’. They give us an easy way to interact with all employees, all physical locations, all assets, and all work.

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Career Action Center

CoreNet Global Launches Enhanced Career Action Center

CoreNet Global is pleased to announce a newly revamped Career Action Center allowing corporate real estate professionals to advance their careers by connecting with jobs, internship opportunities, and talent across all disciplines and career stages, and geographic borders.

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It’s Time To Rethink Today’s Office Floor Plan

Guest blog by Kelsey Sundet, AIA, LEED GA and Alison LeCluyse, LEED AP ID+C, BRR Architecture, Inc.

For years we’ve been working with clients to rethink their office environments. Trends toward shared amenities, co-working spaces and reduced square footage prompted us to collaborate with companies to create dynamic working spaces. These trends ultimately led to a reduction in the number of personal offices and closed door meeting spaces, and maximized how each space was used.

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Britons Avoid The Office

In the return to work, Britons are lagging by their European counterparts and opting to work from home, according to a new article from Bloomberg. 

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Labor Market Improves

The job market has improved somewhat, according to data reported in The Wall Street Journal:”

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photo by Joe Aker

The Office is Not Dead – Collaborate with Designers to Ensure Your Building’s New Normal is Human-Centric

Guest Post By Larry Lander, PDR

Although it’s true that many have been working from home for 20 weeks or more, it’s increasingly important to recall lessons and watchwords we learned before March in thinking about how these WFH months will affect office and building design going forward. We’ve been working with landlords and tenants, including many Fortune 100 companies spanning energy, finance, and technology industries, and there is one common thread: in this new normal, the most effective workplace – any workplace – must be human-centric. 

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Workplace Scenarios in the Next Normal

Guest blog by Bryan Froud, JLL

COVID-19 is proving to be a catalyst for more organisations adopting distributed working, a recent Gartner survey of CFOs found with 74 per cent claimed they plan to move more in-house jobs to telecommuting roles. As the pandemic (hopefully) subsides soon, it’s likely to have a lasting and profound effect on how organisations operate and radically change the employee experience.


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Google To Allow Work From Home Through July 2021

Just posted on CNN Business:

Google (GOOG) will let employees work from home until at least July 2021, a company spokesperson said on Monday.

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Bringing Healthcare Solutions to Office Design: Making Workplace Safe and Sound

Guest Post By James Perry, Managing Director, Cerami Associates

There are many benefits of coming together in an office setting such as clearer communication, team collaboration, increased creativity, and a reinforced company culture. But with so much fear and uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, employers need to be able to provide a safe and healthy environment where staff can feel confident that the benefits of shared space are not outweighed by the risk of infection. As cities across the country start to reopen, some serious thought must be given to how the typical office setting can borrow ideas from healthcare design to keep employees feeling safe and sound.

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CoreNet Global Members Among GlobeSt.Com’s Women of Influence

Several CoreNet Global members have been included in GlobeSt.com‘s recently released Women of Influence compilation:

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