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Workplace Trends

The Mountain in Your Location Decision: Discovering the Impact of Work-Life Balance Options on the Workforce

Mason Donovan, Managing Partner, The Dagoba Group (Directory 2017)

Choosing a location where your employees can have a healthy work-life balance can lower employee turnover and also increase their productivity. More

North America’s Robotics Renaissance Fueled by Skilled Labor

Stephen Thompson, Senior Economic Officer – San Francisco , Ontario's Ministry of International Trade (Q4 2016)

A new generation of collaborative robots is increasing industrial efficiency and productivity while the increasing affordability of advanced robotics technology has the potential to quickly make smaller businesses more competitive. A key to unlocking that potential will be meeting the industry’s need for skilled labor to drive robotics-related research and commercialization. More

Healthy Workspaces Boost Employee Morale and Productivity

Janine Grossmann, Practice Leader, Interiors, Perkins+Will (Q3 2016)

While most employees would agree that their environment has an impact on their health — and evidence-based research supports this — how many have considered whether the workplace promotes a healthy lifestyle and helps them achieve their wellness goals? More

Developing Loyalty Among a Millennial Workforce

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q2 2016)

A recent survey by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu of millennials reveals that many are planning near-term exits from their current employer organization due to a number of factors. How can this trend be reversed? More

In Focus: Unintended Consequences of the Open-Office Model

KC Conway, Senior Vice President, SunTrust Commercial Real Estate (Q2 2016)

KC Conway, senior vice president for credit risk management, is responsible for market intelligence at SunTrust Commercial Real Estate and oversees real estate valuation for SunTrust Bank. Conway is a nationally recognized speaker on a wide range of commercial real estate topics, from appraisals and bank regulation to ports and securitization. More

Frontline: Incubators Help Startups to Grow and Succeed

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2016)

Startup fever is exploding across America, as a slow-growth economy, corporate job cutbacks, and the work ethos and expectations of the burgeoning millennial generation reshape the business landscape. More

Minding The Millennials in Real Estate Decisions

Gregory C. Francis, Director, Site Selection, Grants, and Tax Incentives Advisors, SCOUT Economics (Q1 2016)

Employers trying to attract the technologically savvy millennials need to understand their living and working preferences. More

Current Trends in Employee Work Environments

Carol Ebeling, Director, Interior Design, BRPH (Directory 2016)

Companies are redesigning their facilities to reflect how each generation of employees works, with the result being greater collaboration and improved productivity. More

In Focus: Why the NLRB’s Browning-Ferris Decision Will be a Bad Deal for Manufacturers

David Burton, Chair, Labor and Employment Section, Williams Mullen and Patrick O. Gottschalk, Chair, Economic Development Team, Williams Mullen (Directory 2016)

The recent NLRB decision that maintains manufacturers are joint employers with temporary staffing agencies will allow unions to get their foot in the door. More

Investing in Workforce Benefits Employers and Their Communities

Minah Hall, Managing Director, True Partners Consulting LLC (Workforce Q4 2015)

Training provided by a state or community is valuable in bringing a workforce up to speed, but so is the creation of a “culture of learning” in an individual company. More

First Person: Skills for a Successful Career in the 21st Century

Nigel Dessau, CMO, Stratus Technologies (Q4 2015)

One of Area Development’s staff editors recently interviewed Nigel Dessau, author of Become a 21st Century Executive: Breaking Away From the Pack. Dessau has more than 25 years experience in marketing and sales support in both the U.S. and Europe, having previously held positions at ADCLARO, AMD, and Sun Microsystems. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #8: Proximity To Major Markets Provides Access To Customers & Workforce Talent

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q4 2015)

Today’s expectations of next-day delivery make proximity to markets critical, but it also helps in recruiting workforce talent. More

Frontline: Part-Timers (By Choice) Diversify the Workforce

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Q4 2015)

There is a growing population of workers who, by choice, prefer to work part-time hours. According to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics figure cited by Bloomberg, six million Americans are choosing to work part time — an increase of about 12 percent since 2007. More

The Next Generation of Live, Work, Play

Charles L. Ruby, Director, Deloitte Tax LLP (Q4 2015)

Thinking “outside the box,” how can rural America outcompete big cities for top talent? Be cool and be unique. More

In Focus: Co-Working Spaces Shaping a New Generation of Emerging Urban Landscapes

Jerry Hoffman, President & CEO, Hoffman Strategy Group and Jeff Green, President & CEO, Jeff Green Partners (Q4 2015)

A new, alternative workspace is emerging where freelancers, entrepreneurs, contract workers, and small businesses collaborate and create a business community — a space where professionals reserve a desk, room, or “hot seat” at a table without the fixed financial strings attached. More

First Person: Manufacturers Turn to Contingent Workforces to Increase Production and Invest in Future Hires

Becca Dernberger, Vice President and General Manager, Northeast Division, Manpower (Q3 2015)

A staff editor for Area Development recently interviewed Becca Dernberger, vice president and general manager of Manpower’s Northeast Division, about the use of the contingent workforce in today’s more technology-driven manufacturing sector. More

Downtowns Drawing Millennial Workers — and the Companies That Need to Attract Them

Area Development Research Desk (Q3 2015)

Companies are choosing walkable downtown locations to help them better compete for talent and resources while supporting triple-bottom line business outcomes. More

Aerospace Skills Gap: Workforce Declines, As Talent Needs Increase

Jim Freaner, Advanced Technology Services (ATS) (2015 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

Although the number of U.S. aerospace workers is shrinking, the skills need has increased, and a gap exists as older, experienced workers leave the labor force. More

In Focus: Millennials as Drivers of Workplace Design

Josh Kuriloff, Executive Vice Chairman, Cushman & Wakefield (Q2 2015)

To promote job recruitment and job retention, and to enhance productivity, it is strategically prudent for employers, planners, developers, and architects to understand the work environment the Millennials demographic favors. More

Contingent Labor Streamlines Manufacturing Operations

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Q1 2015)

Once only considered as a last resort by companies to reduce labor costs, contingent workers that possess high levels of industry-specific training are now used by manufacturers on an increasingly regular basis. It is estimated that by 2018 nearly 45 percent of the world’s total workforce will be contingent. More

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