Technological evolution is a neutral phenomenon. By that, I mean we define whether the phenomenon is positive or negative, friend or foe. Some of us have this lingering fear of AI and bots replacing jobs and impacting the employment market, but I am a strong advocate that AI is here to help us live and work better now—and in the future. READ FULL ARTICLE
Here’s what experts shared during the international virtual event
The last year flipped the work experience paradigm for all of us. Collectively working from home for several months to over a year, we gained invaluable insights into the way we work and how we can adapt workplaces to serve us better in the future. Our Work from Anywhere International Summit gave the floor to experts in corporate real estate, designers, architects, work environment managers, health and well-being program managers, workspace researchers, as well as designers of office furniture products and collaborative remote solutions. Together, we explored the many facets of new office models, questioned the future of the office, and shared best practices. Following are six key insights shared by industry experts during this two-day event. SEE FULL LIST
Adapting high-performing teams to a work from anywhere environment
Providing employees with equitable collaborative experiences is more important than ever, as the work from anywhere culture generated by COVID-19 seems here to stay. Keeping all members of a team engaged, productive, and enabled to actively participate in collaborative efforts—even from a distance—is key. FULL ARTICLE
Who would have predicted a year ago—when business leaders helped employees shift to working from home—that the next major challenge would be getting people to return to the workplace? Yet this is exactly the challenge many employers face today.
Chief among the reasons people hesitate to go back to the office are concerns about health and safety. Many also like the flexibility of working from home and having no commute. To get people back in the workplace, leaders need to do two things: address fears and remain flexible. READ ARTICLE
The power of investing in natural spaces
Any size corporation or business can benefit from ample outdoor space or built-in connections to nature. Working outdoors helps people focus, or it can help them imagine and collect their thoughts. Being outside allows us to recharge, stave off burnout, and return to high-performance tasks much more prepared. FULL ARTICLE
The power of investing energy into goals, processes, and boundaries
Group work often yields better outcomes than individual work. Just “collaborating,” however, doesn’t automatically make it so. We must work well together with purpose— and we form teams to do that. Many of us on teams worked in the same office location pre-pandemic. Today, we are dispersed and relying on collaborative technology to connect and work. SEE ARTICLE
After the successful launch of Women@Work in March 2021—our interview series focused on bringing together and learning from remarkable women in the fields of real estate, workplace strategy, and architecture—we had the pleasure of talking to Jennifer Celesia.
Jennifer is a Workplace Strategist on Haworth’s Ideation Team based in London. With 15 years of international experience in the architecture and design industry, Jennifer brings with her a unique perspective. Highlighting the global workplace experience and the challenges facing multinational organizations, here’s a peek at our conversation with Jennifer. CONTINUE READING
Working from home made us both realize how important it is to learn from each others’ experiences and how hard it has become to seek advice remotely. We met by chance on a plane ride, and in that moment quickly realized just how much we had in common—and how much we felt we were missing.
In noticing a gap in the available networking opportunities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we launched the interview series, Women@Work. Our goal is to interview remarkable women in the fields of real estate, workplace strategy, and architecture—providing a space for the knowledge sharing and relationship building we need and crave. READ MORE…
In these times of COIVID-19, the number of employees working from home and students learning virtually is at an all-time high. This shift has led many to quickly create home office spaces. Here are some possible things to consider when selecting your home office space:
- Home Office With a View
- Sharing Space With a Bedroom
- Home Office in the Dining Room
- Adapting to Unusual Room Shapes
The past few months certainly haven’t been easy for small businesses.
Many had to shut their doors due to the coronavirus pandemic. While some may never reopen, others are ramping up their business — and hoping they don’t have to shut down again. This crisis has reinforced the importance of knowing your finances, setting aside savings regularly and maintaining strong banking relationships, according to this article. Read more…
DON’T QUIT Whatever you do, don’t quit. Yes, it’s difficult, and yes, you may feel like there’s no way through, but this will pass. You will need to dig deep, and do things differently. Make tough decisions to survive, but ultimately believe in yourself against all odds. Work hard, learn always, never quit!
by Omar Jackson, Entrepreneur
FUEL YOUR PASSION Many entrepreneurs have started a business based on something they really care about, and have a passion for. This is a core element to success. Aside from my businesses, I have other passions. This provides me with a real love for life, and in times like this, it gives me something other than work to positively focus on. One of my main missions is to inspire people to find their passion, so if you feel you’ve not found yours, now is the time to think about what it is, or invest time into it, and I promise you it will help your mindset. Use this time to slow down, sit back, reflect and re-focus, get our priorities straight, and realize what is important to you and how you really want to live your life. Rarely do we get this kind of opportunity, and this amount of time, which is our most precious commodity. by Omar Jackson, Entrepreneur