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Workplace Trends

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, Kronos, Inc. (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

Front Line: Implications for Industry of Raising the Minimum Wage

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2019)

With manufacturers today employing fewer minimum wage-workers, the industrial sector may be only minimally affected by an increase. More

First Person: Building a Long-Term Manufacturing Workforce

Amanda Hutchings, President, Peak Manufacturing (Q2 2019)

Area Development’s staff writer, Mark Crawford, recently spoke to Amanda Hutchings, president of Peak Manufacturing in Pleasant Lake, Mich., about addressing the looming shortage of workers in manufacturing by hiring women, who are underrepresented in this field, and educating the youngest generation about the rewarding careers that await them in manufacturing. More

Who is Generation Z, the next workforce pool?

Brian Corde, Managing Partner, Atlas Insight (Q1 2019)

Brian Corde, a managing partner at Atlas Insight, spoke with Area Development about Generation Z, and its impact on the workforce, following his “Not Another Millennial Presentation!” presentation at our Miami Consultants Forum. More

Employers Delve Into the Weeds of Cannabis Law

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2019)

As the laws involving cannabis use — for both medicinal and recreational purposes — evolve, businesses must figure out how to operate in a changing environment. More

In Focus: Taking Advantage of the Remote Working Trend

Wood Caldwell, Southeast Venture (Q1 2019)

With the majority of employees worldwide spending at least a portion of their time working remotely, facility mangers need to alter their workspaces. More

In Focus: Technology and the Evolution of the Real Estate Industry

Robert G. Thornburgh , Executive Vice President & Partner, Kidder Mathews (Q4 2018)

The marriage of physical and digital technologies is having a transformative effect on real estate markets — from industrial and distribution to office. More

The Value of a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Workplace

John Wooster, Vice President, Consulting, JLL (Q4 2018)

Smart workplaces are flexible and personalized to attract a high-performing, diverse workforce. More

Millennials Spark Seismic Shift in Site Selection

Gregory Burkart, Managing Director and City Leader, Site Selection & Incentives Advisory , Duff & Phelps, LLC (Q4 2018)

Those looking for a location for a new facility are focusing on communities that differentiate themselves through their quality of life, labor force, and cultural fit. More

Workforce Automation: Scary Threat or Major Opportunity?

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Workforce Q4 2018)

Despite dire predictions that robots and automation will displace workers, studies predict automation and robotics will actually create more — but different — jobs than they displace. More

Drawing a Maturing Urban Workforce Outside the Central Business District

Donald F. Smith, Jr., RIDC of Southwestern Pennsylvania (Workforce Q4 2018)

If a company wants to succeed in drawing — and retaining — a maturing urban workforce to urban fringe communities and beyond, it needs to focus on a location’s quality of life, high-level amenities, and sense of community. More

In Focus: Make Way for the Game-Changers

Alec Humphries, Senior Vice President, JLL (Q3 2018)

Organizations that encourage and foster innovation — at all levels — will stay ahead of the curve. More

How Family-Friendly Workplace Policies Can Help Solve America’s Labor Shortage

Ryan Severino, Chief Economist, JLL (Q3 2018)

Companies that institute family-friendly workplace policies will be more successful in recruiting and retaining the skilled talent they need, leading to a more robust performance for themselves and the overall economy. More

First Person: Disruptive Technologies Changing the Business Landscape

Jack Uldrich (Q2 2018)

Area Development recently asked Jack Uldrich, a global futurist and author, about today’s disruptive technologies and what business leaders need to do to stay ahead of the curve. Uldrich frequently speaks about technology, change management, and leadership to Fortune 100 corporations, venture capital firms, associations, NGOs, and government bodies around the world. More

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

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