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Workplace Trends

Recruiting and Retaining Today’s Manufacturing Workforce

Kylene Zenk, Director, Manufacturing Practice, UKG (Workforce Q4 2020)

Area Development recently asked Kylene Zenk — director of the Manufacturing Practice at UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group), a leading global provider of HR services and workforce management solutions — for her input on recruiting and retaining a skilled workforce in the age of COVID-19. More

Sustaining Industrial Labor Needs During and After the Pandemic

Bethany Clark, Senior Managing Director, Strategy & Operations , Cushman & Wakefield (Workforce Q4 2020)

Finding and retaining a skilled workforce continues to be a critical need, and those unemployed during the pandemic may need training and help with other issues to step into those open roles. More

Leveraging the Workplace in Recruitment Strategies

Brent Arnold, Senior Project Designer, Perkins&Will (Workforce Q4 2020)

Companies whose goals and priorities are reflected in their workspaces, supporting the well-being of their employees, are more likely to attract and retain top talent. More

Supply Chain Execs Respond as Pandemic Creates E-Commerce Surge

Ashfaque Chowdhury, President, Supply Chain – Americas and Asia Pacific, XPO Logistics, Inc. and Erik Caldwell, President, Last Mile Logistics, XPO Logistics, Inc. (Q4 2020)

Supply chain executives at XPO Logistics discuss the surge in e-commerce, which is going to play out for a long time to come. More

First Person: Understanding and Investing in Current and Future Talent

Rick Williams, Director of Business Intelligence and Analytics, Michelin North America, Inc. (Q4 2020)

Michelin’s Director of Business Intelligence and Analytics Rick Williams recently answered questions posted to him by Area Development’s editor about fulfilling a company’s workforce needs in these unprecedented times. More

Expanded Incentives Support the Growth in Remote Work

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2020)

Local economies are benefitting from adding new jobs — whether those jobs are performed on-site or remotely — and they are incentivizing them, too. More

Boom in E-Commerce Creating Workforce Opportunities

Matt Powers, Executive Vice President, Retail/E-Commerce Distribution, JLL and Rob Wheeler, Senior Vice President, Industrial Integrated Portfolio Services , JLL (Q4 2020)

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the rise in e-commerce and created opportunities for fulfillment jobs, along with a need for increased automation and training. More

Workforce: A Primary Ingredient in the Evolution of the Food Industry

Stephen Gray, President & CEO, Gray, Inc. (Q4 2020)

The global pandemic has accelerated changes occurring in the food and beverage industry, with a heightened focus on worker and consumer safety and automation technologies. More

Redevelopment of Space for Booming Life Sciences Firms

Jeff Janicek, Jeff Janicek, Skender (Q4 2020)

As life sciences firms look to ramp up production, many are considering redevelopment of sites formerly put to other uses. More

In Focus: The Evolving Role of Outdoor Spaces

Louise Sharp, Design Principal Interior Architecture, HLW (Q4 2020)

Outdoor collaboration zones can provide workers with a sense of safety and return to “normal” in a post-COVID-19 world. More

Canadian Opportunities for Growth in the New Normal

Anita Shinde, Partner, Economic and Advisory, Canada, Deloitte  (Location Canada 2020)

COVID-19 has shaken up global competitiveness, potentially offering Canada unique opportunities to recover and thrive. More

The Next Recovery: Regional Leaders & Laggards

Adam Kamins, Director, Moody’s Analytics (Q3 2020)

While companies still need a skilled, highly educated workforce, the COVID-19 pandemic and increased reliance on remote working are prompting them to rethink their location decisions. More

Data-Driven Operational Strategies in the Pandemic Era

Calandra Cruickshank , Founder and CEO , StateBook International® and Martha O'Mara,  PhD. Principal, Place Strategy Partners, LLC (Q3 2020)

As companies look to make decisions on ramping up operations post–COVID-19, they can look to data that provide insight on specific locations’ pandemic-related risks. More

Editor's Note: Navigating the “New Normal”of Work

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q3 2020)

Whether it’s workplace layout, remote working, diversity training, or bringing in foreign workers, these are just some of the issues companies will need to navigate in this “new normal” of work. More

Adding “COVID-19 Community Response” to the Site Selection Checklist

Drew Repp, Content Manager, Emsi (Q3 2020)

Communities that use the current crisis to reimagine their solutions to the talent shortage should land on top of a site selector’s list of prospective locations. More

Front Line: COVID-19 Spurs More Automated Manufacturing

Karen Thuermer, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2020)

The global pandemic has presented manufacturers with new labor challenges, which are being addressed by new technologies and automation. More

How are Uncertain Times Altering Company Location Strategies?

David Hickey, Managing Director, Hickey & Associates (Q3 2020)

The pandemic’s effect on workforce, supply chain, and government support will affect your company’s location decisions, increasing risks while also presenting new opportunities. More

New Strategies for Learning and Development in an Increasingly Virtual World

Bernice Boucher, Managing Director, Strategic Consulting, JLL (Q3 2020)

For companies that want to stay ahead of the pack, now is the time to rethink how they train and empower their employees. More

In Focus: Is Your Workplace Ready for the “Next Normal?”

Bernice Boucher, Managing Director, Strategic Consulting, JLL (Q3 2020)

Safety concerns must be balanced with the benefits of a vibrant workplace culture. More

Stick the Landing: How to Help Optimize Workplace Reentry

Darin Buelow, Principal and Global Location Strategy Leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP (Q2 2020)

We’ve uncovered five key opportunities for corporate real estate leaders to make the most of innovative strategies and technologies that will alter the workplace as we knew it. More

Successfully Returning to the Workplace Post-COVID

Phillip M. Perry, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2020)

Before employers bring personnel back into the workplace, they need to ensure their safety and accommodate those with special needs, while adhering to employment laws. More

COVID-19 and Site Selection in the Near and Long Term

Marc Beauchamp, President & CEO, The CAI Global Group (Q2 2020)

The global pandemic has accelerated a digital transformation of the workforce, a shift to just-in-case inventory management, redirecting of incentives, and other changes in business priorities. More

First Person: Handling Plant Shutdowns and Re-Openings During the Pandemic

Michael Vetter, Senior Project Manager and Senior Associate, SSOE Group (Q2 2020)

In light of the COVID-19 crisis, Area Development asked SSOE Group’s Michael Vetter about what companies are doing to keep their operations up and running and their employees safe. More

Accelerated Trends Highlight Importance of Skills-Based Workforce Marketplace

Drew Repp, Content Manager, Emsi (Q2 2020)

Businesses and communities will find that the solution to their post-COVID workforce problems is the same: skills. More

Risk Management, Enhanced Communication Needed in Post-Pandemic Environment

Jeffrey Garza Walker, Senior Vice President, Cresa (Q2 2020)

Companies must proactively incorporate redundancy, safety, and communication into their operations. More

Finding Talent in a Time of Economic Change

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2020)

As millions of idled workers start to return to the workforce, the need for workforce development programs will be greater than ever before. More

COVID-19 Will Remake How We Work and Live

Susan Arledge, President, Site Selection and Analytics, ESRP Real Estate (Q2 2020)

The current pandemic will present a “new normal” that may include a continuation of allowing employees to work from home and the creation of new behaviors for those that come into the office. More

Workforce Reductions, Incentives Compliance, and Adjusting to the “New Normal”

Azad Khan, Consultant, Parker Poe Consulting (Q2 2020)

Companies that have reduced their workforces as a result of the COVID 19 crisis may need help getting back up to speed when things return to “normal.” More

Potential Shifts in the Workforce Due to COVID-19

Tracy King Sharp, Chief Operating Officer, Boyette Strategic Advisors (Q2 2020)

Temporary shifts to remote working may become permanent and more reshoring of critical manufacturing jobs may also be in the offing as companies look to become more resilient to crises. More

Business Policy Changes to Result from the COVID 19 Crisis

Matt Jackson, Senior Managing Director, JLL (Q2 2020)

The global pandemic is causing companies to rethink their office occupancy requirements and supply chain configurations. More

Workspace Optimization Measures for 2020

Bart Waldeck, CMO and Senior VP of Product Strategy, Tango Analytics (Q1 2020)

As businesses and the spaces they occupy continue to evolve, they must consider whether they are optimizing those spaces or whether changes can be made. More

Siemens’ New Way of Working Brings IT, HR & CRE Together

Michael Kruklinski, Head of Real Estate , Siemens Energy and Siemens USA (Q4 2019)

Michael Kruklinski, Head of Real Estate, Siemens Gas & Power and Siemens USA, spoke with Area Development about how workplace strategy influences corporate real estate strategy, after his presentation, “Creating Spaces that Attract and Retain Talent: Good for Communities, Good for Corporations,” at our Charlotte Consultants Forum. More

Recruiting and Managing the Multigenerational Workforce

Kylene Zenk, Director, Manufacturing Practice, UKG (Workforce Q4 2019)

Area Development recently asked Kylene Zenk — director of the Manufacturing Practice at Kronos, Inc., a leading provider of workforce management and human capital management (HCM) software solutions — for her input on recruiting and managing a multigenerational workforce. More

Bridging the Skilled Trades Gap

Todd Sachse, Founder and CEO, Sachse Construction (Workforce Q4 2019)

Public institutions and private companies are deploying innovative solutions to address the ongoing scarcity of skilled trades workers and narrow the nationwide skilled trades gap. More

A Multipronged Approach to Building a “Smart” Facility Management Workforce

Al Young, Vice President, Field Service and Installation Operations, North America, Johnson Controls Building Technologies & Solutions (Workforce Q4 2019)

New technologies in facility management and maintenance are changing the way the workforce will be trained. More

Manufacturers: Make Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives a Priority

Jeff Sorensen, U.S. Industrial Products Leader, PwC (Workforce Q4 2019)

As the U.S. demographic changes, manufacturers and other companies must step up their diversity and inclusion efforts in order to fulfill their workforce needs. More

What Should High-Growth Companies Look for in a Community?

Jason Hamman, President and Founder, The Hamman Consulting Group (Q4 2019)

While there are many key factors to consider when selecting a location, the three “must haves” for entrepreneurial, high-growth companies are an existing entrepreneurial ecosystem, an affordable cost of doing business, and the “cool factor.” More

Are Your Employees Ready to Work with Robots?

Mark Howard, U.S. Country Manager, EU Automation (Workforce Q4 2019)

As manufacturers increasingly employ robots on the factory floor, they must communicate to their workforces how their roles will change and prepare them to work collaboratively with this new technology. More

Editor's Note: Finding the Labor Force Where It Wants to Be

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q3 2019)

As companies are increasingly employing AI and other advanced technologies, they are locating where the tech-savvy workforce wants to live instead of asking the talent to come to them. More

Gen Z: Shaping Location and Expansion Decisions

Tracy King Sharp, Chief Operating Officer, Boyette Strategic Advisors and Reteisha Byrd, Research Manager , Boyette Strategic Advisors (Q3 2019)

Companies using artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and other technology are seeking out Gen Zers to fulfill their workforce needs — in places this most tech-savvy cohort of the labor force wants to be. More

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