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Workplace Trends

Building a Thriving Manufacturing Workforce

Ed Potoczak, Director of Industry Relations, IQMS Manufacturing  (Workforce Q2 2017)

The use of modern recruiting and training techniques, as well as technology to improve knowledge transfer and productivity, will help a manufacturer to build an effective workforce. More

Innovation Is Changing Companies’ Locational Needs

Cassie Branum, Senior Urban Designer, Senior Associate , Perkins+Will (Q2 2017)

In the field of manufacturing, a domino sequence is changing the locational needs of companies. What does this mean for decision-makers and what criteria should be used for evaluating the next wave of sites and facilities? More

How Technology Will Overcome Demographics

Randy Thompson, Senior Managing Director, U.S. Corporate Project Management, Cushman & Wakefield (Q2 2017)

As robotics continue to evolve in both agility and intelligence, the day may come when site selectors can take labor availability out of the location equation. More

First Person: Finding and Preparing the 21st Century Manufacturing Workforce

Larry E. Fast, Founder & President,  Pathways to Manufacturing Excellence (Q2 2017)

Larry E. Fast, a 35-year veteran of the wire and cable industry and author of The 12 Principles of Manufacturing Excellence: A Lean Leader’s Guide to Achieving and Sustaining Excellence, 2nd Edition. In this interview, Fast explains how manufacturing plants can institute a strategy for excellence on the shop floor and why soft skills are as important as hard ones. More

In Focus: Alternative Workplace Strategies: Open Offices Gaining Traction

Robin Weckesser , President, a3 Workplace Strategies (Q2 2017)

An open or hybrid office can help to promote employee collaboration and boost productivity, while also resulting in cost savings. More

Automation Takes Hold, But Humans Still Needed

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2017)

According to a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute, as well others in the field of robotics, automation will eliminate some jobs but also help to create new ones. More

First Person: The American CEOs One Shot at Capturing a Manufacturing Resurgence

Steven L. Blue, CEO, Miller Ingenuity (Q1 2017)

Steven L. Blue is CEO of Miller Ingenuity, an innovative company revolutionizing traditional safety solutions for railway workers, and author of American Manufacturing 2.0: What Went Wrong and How to Make It Right. In this interview he provides insights for the business community on how to be innovative and competitive. More

Knockin’ on the Golden Door: Top Real Estate Trends to Beat the Competition

Sara Benson, Senior Consultant, Business Consulting Group, Cushman & Wakefield (Q1 2017)

Companies - and communities - that align their real estate and workforce strategies will enhance their competitive positions. More

In Focus: Regulation Rollback - Will Worker Safety Suffer Under Trump Administration?

Brian Fielkow, CEO, Jetco Delivery (Q1 2017)

Business leaders - not government regulators - are ultimately responsible for worker safety. Here’s how business leaders can drive desired safety outcomes faster than any new regulation. More

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

Location Strategies in the War for Millennial Talent

Michael McDermott, Consulting Manager, Global Business Consulting, Cushman & Wakefield and Erica Bubes Ruder, Manager, Strategic Consulting, Cushman & Wakefield (Workforce Q4 2016)

When it comes to attracting tech-savvy millennials, companies are giving a fresh look to metro areas and downtowns that will give them a competitive edge. 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 Bank (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

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