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Is it an office? Is it a mall? Is it a co-working space? Is it a city? Well, yes, it is. 
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Is it an office? Is it a mall? Is it a co-working space? Is it a city? Well, yes, it is. 

Inside the historic old Bell Labs building in Holmdel, New Jersey, a developer is creating a “metroburb”–a self-contained, indoor Main Street that will house stores, a food hall, and tech company offices. The question is: What’s a downtown without a city?

Source: www.fastcompany.com

The 2 million s.f. that was once home to over 5,000 Bell Labs employees in Holmdel NJ, fell on hard times when AT&T's successor shuttered it in  2007. Finding a tenent for a place the size of the Empire State Building laid on its side proved fruitless. But one developer saw it's potential as a mini-city and it's once again open for business under the name Bell Works.

 

Now 70% occupied, the intent is to capture the reverse migration crowd who like the buzz of the city, but want to raise their kids in the burbs. The building offers office space (prefab, custom, or co-working, stores, a food hall, library, daycare and fitness facility, public space, and perhaps soon, a hotel, conference center, and ballroom. 

 

The article cites a study that estimates 7.5% of the nation's office inventory is obsolete or unnecessary for the modern company. Is this the future of abandoned office parks and shopping malls?

 

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23 Jan 2018
According to Deloitte, 64% of employees and even company leaders have no passion for their work. Is passion the new engagement? 
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According to Deloitte, 64% of employees and even company leaders have no passion for their work. Is passion the new engagement? 

"In the face of rapid technological change and global competition for talent, capital, and customers, we’re focused on the wrong thing, or at least too narrowly, if the intense investment in employee engagement has not produced employees willing and able to take on challenging issues and pursue new opportunities."

Source: www2.deloitte.com

The piece suggests these three attributes are present in passionate people. They:

  • Seek out difficult challenges
  • Connect with others to find solutions
  • Really want to make an impact

 

People with these attributes are willing to risk being wrong and able to think flexibly, learn quickly, and create new knowledge.

 

Unfortunately, most organizations do not offer an environment that inspires passion. Risk-aversion, defensiveness, command-and-control attitudes, short-term performance measures, and silos are the bane of passion.

 

Interestingly, high engagement does not seem to move the needle as much as you might think it would on passion. What does seem to correlate closely is:

  • Autonomy
  • Being measured by outcomes
  • Opportunities and encouragement for cross-functional teaming
  • Recognition for ''thinking outside the box"
  • A positive attitude toward failure

 

Their quick-start guide includes tips such as: ditching rigid processes, passion-sucking reporting requirements, and soul-crushing micromanagement.

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23 Jan 2018
New survey results about corner offices, titles, skills, and moonlighting 
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New survey results about corner offices, titles, skills, and moonlighting 

Professionals spend an average of 90,000 hours working over the course of a lifetime. That’s half of the waking hours in your working adult life. So with over half a billion professionals on LinkedIn, we have taken a closer look at what success means to you. What are you in it for? Why do you get up and go to work every day?

Source: blog.linkedin.com

In rather a hodge-podge of survey questions, this Linked-In poll shows:

  • 96% don't care about a corner office
  • 89% say skills are more important than titles
  • 86% don't care about having an admirable job
  • 69% work primarliy to pay the bills
  • 39% feel successful when teaching others
  • 36% get their satisfaction from moonlighting
  • 34% would take a paycut in exchange for a flexible schedule

 

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23 Jan 2018
Data round-up on Millennial attitudes toward automation, pay, work styles, and more (infographic) 
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Data round-up on Millennial attitudes toward automation, pay, work styles, and more (infographic) 

Millennially Minded: What the younger generation thinks about working life in the future

Source: www.raconteur.net

Raconteur's data roundup on Millennials shows them to be bullish on how automation will impact productivity, economic growth, leisure time, and flexibility. They're bearish on how it will influence human interaction, the need for retraining, and job opportunities.

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23 Jan 2018
Free e-book: Black Holes and White Spaces: Reimagining the Future of Work and HR  
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Free e-book: Black Holes and White Spaces: Reimagining the Future of Work and HR  

"Describes tools and frameworks that leaders inside and outside the HR profession can use to transform the HR profession and their organizational success."

Source: www.amazon.com

The book offers a collection of forward-looking advice from over 70 exemplary chief HR officers and other leaders whose mission is to "disruptively accelerate the progress of the HR profession to meet the unprecedented challenges and opportunities of the new world of work."

 

Chris Hood (one of the Founders of WE) contributed to a chapter entitled A Vision of the Workplace in 2025: Doom or Boom?. In it he describes how head-count planning and workforce cost-cutting will be replaced by an adaptive-value model where employees own their own reality and managers make decisions based on work required, rather than head count. 

 

WE all know FM/CRE needs to be talking to HR, right? Here's an easy way to learn about what makes them tick and why that alliance is so critical to workplace success.

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23 Jan 2018
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