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Workplace Trends

STEM Grads: At the Core of the Tech Location Decision

Steffen Kammerer, Senior Vice President, Technology Practice Group, JLL (Q1 2018)

The search for tech talent is leading companies to look at some traditional as well as surprising locations and also putting workspace buildout in a new perspective. More

Are Technology Advances Affecting the Headquarters Location Decision?

Tom Gresham (Q1 2018)

Companies are re-evaluating locations and layouts of HQs and regional hubs as workplaces evolve. More

How Millennial Workforce Trends Are Affecting Business

Jennifer Carroll, Manager, Credits and Incentives, True Partners Consulting LLC (Q4 2017)

Companies looking to hire millennials need to take into account their lifestyle and workplace preferences, while figuring out how to train them and integrate them into a multigenerational workforce. More

In Focus: Anticipating the Workplace Needs of Generation Z

Robin Weckesser , President & Founder, a3 Workplace Strategies (Q4 2017)

The new kids in the workplace differ from previous generations and present major implications for workplace design. More

The New World of Right to Work

Mark Sweeney, Senior Principal, McCallum Sweeney Consulting (Q4 2017)

When making the location decision, companies should be wary of using RTW status as a location requirement and instead dig deeper into regional and local union activity. More

First Person: Siemens Real Estate’s Use of Intelligent Space Design Impacts Employee Productivity and the Bottom Line

Michael Kruklinski, Head of Region Americas, Siemens Real Estate, Siemens Real Estate (Q4 2017)

Area Development’s editor recently asked Michael Kruklinski about intelligent space management at Siemens and how office configuration can play a role in employee satisfaction and productivity. More

Following the Millennial Workforce Back to the Burbs

Paige Krueger, Client Services Coordinator, CBRE (Workforce Q4 2017)

Are millennials really the corporate disrupters we’ve come to know? More

The Impact of Substance Abuse on Finding a Quality Workforce

Woody Hydrick, Managing Principal, Global Location Strategies (Workforce Q4 2017)

Employers are paying the price for America’s drug problem in terms of finding a quality workforce, and communities with histories of substance abuse are falling off site selectors’ lists. More

In Focus: Taking A “Servant Leadership” Approach to Culture Change

Randy Johnson, President & CEO, Romeo RIM and Honey Dennison, Director of Human Resources, Romeo RIM (Q3 2017)

A focus on core behaviors — which can be observed and measured — is the first priority in a company’s cultural transformation; it will clarify which behaviors are acceptable and deter the formation of any subcultures. More

Shedding Light on Human Energy in Facility Design

Brandon Tinianov, Vice President of Business Development, View, Inc. (Q3 2017)

Natural light in the workplace enhances “human energy,” which generates immense shared value for property owners. Given the stresses of modern manufacturing, this may be more critical than ever in the industrial workplace. More

The Changing Workplace: The Rise of Coworking in the Modern Business Landscape

Christy Blake, Business Development Manager, Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation - Maryland (Q3 2017)

Independent professionals and small startups brought together in a co-working space can benefit from sharing creative ideas, knowledge, resources, and services. More

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 & Founder, 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