CoreNet Global Survey: Companies Mandating Vaccinations and Masks

CoreNet Global released a new survey today tracking whether large corporations will be mandating masks and COVID-19 vaccinations for employees. The survey was conducted online in August 2021, more than 200 corporate real estate professionals and service providers for large corporations responded. The vast majority of the respondents were in North America.

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2021: The Death of the Office – or a Workplace Reborn?

Guest Post by Kirsty Shearer, Development Director, Agilité Solutions

Ever since the global shift to homeworking in March 2020, there’s been much commentary around ‘the death of the office’, ‘digital overload’ and ‘the new normal’. And, while there’s little doubt that the events of the past year will not see us simply returning to how things used to be, it’s important to truly understand what matters to workers across the globe – now more than ever.

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Building the future with Smart infrastructure innovations

Guest post by Sangeeta Ray, Jeevan Doifode, and Pawan Mulchandani, Siemens India

In the corporate real estate (CRE) world, those who provide differentiated services & experiences will be the fittest to survive in this evolutionary market.

People are the most valuable asset of any organization. Today’s smart offices should not only provide a place to work but also interact & communicate with its user, attract people, & resolve their challenges by giving user-friendly experience, and ensure the highest level of secured environment. In short, smart buildings must be adaptable, responsive & user centric.

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Reviving Work at the Office

In-person connections combat burnout and spark collaboration

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

More than a year has passed since the pandemic sent the majority of the population home to work, learn, and piece together our “new normal.” While the early success of remote work has prompted some companies to eliminate their physical offices, the adverse effects of working apart are difficult to ignore. Moving forward in a post-pandemic society, returning to in-person office environments will be pivotal for the future of work.

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AECOM’s Headquarters Will Be In Dallas

While it will maintain a large workforce in California, engineering giant and Fortune 500 company AECOM will call Dallas its headquarters. 

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SHRM: Mask mandate bans don’t affect the private sector


Employment law attorneys said mask mandate bans generally don’t affect private businesses, according to an article posted by the Society for Human Resource Management, SHRM.

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An 8-Step Model for ESG and Wellness in the Workplace

From our “New Workplace Realities” Thought Leader Partner

Guest post by, Cindy Coleman, Stacey Olson

This article was originally published on Gensler’s Dialogue Blog.

As developers and organizations start to face the proverbial fork-in-the-road for what might be the post-pandemic role of the return to office “normal,” they are faced with new existential concerns around the safety and wellness of their workforce and those who inhabit the buildings they provide.

How we emerge from the pandemic is driving many return and wellness strategies, but that’s not the only priority on everyone’s minds. Over the past year, there has been enormous focus given to climate action and issues of social equity. For many, wellness in the workplace now includes sustainable and healthy buildings, as well as environments that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

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Intellian Opens New Headquarters in Rotterdam

Satellite and telecommunications company Intellian is setting up a new state of the art Europe headquarters facility in Rotterdam, according to The Maritime Executive 

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Investors, companies betting on Taiwan

A number of factors are leading to increased investment and corporate activity in Asia, according to a new article in the Asia Business Law Journal, written by Robin Chang, Matt Lai and Lu Jialin at law firm Lee and Li.

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More than 50% of Workers are Afraid to Return to the Office: How to Help Them

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

With more than a year into the COVID-19 lockdown, companies are now used to work-from-home practices. Virtual meetings are now the new normal, with many speculating that even when the lockdown restrictions end, employees might not return to the office.

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Return to Work… Ever?

Two reports out this week don’t look promising for companies that are trying to get their employees back in to their offices. 

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Cracking the Code: Design Through the Lens of Our Eight Primal Needs (Part 2)

Guest Post by Christopher R. LaPata, MCR, Prosci CCP, Client Leader, BHDP Architecture, and Dustin A. Jackson, Ph.D., Associate Director of Transformation Advisory, Cognizant

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The Role of Change Management

Change management also has a role to play in this process. By focusing on adoption, acceptance, and understanding of the space, they can communicate that these eight primal needs are being addressed. This in turn will send neurons firing back through the subconscious part of the brain that everything is ok. One of the common tools is a short (three to four question) pulse survey. This can provide some explicit employee attitudes, though managers will need to elevate their Emotional Quotient (EQ) in relating to their employees.

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