Some companies with leases that are ending this year or next appear to be kicking the can down the road, signing short-term extensions rather than committing to typical deals that last several years. In recent weeks, NBC Universal extended a lease for a secondary office at 1221 Avenue of the Americas and the Stroock & Stroock & Lavan law firm did the same for its office downtown. But they both did so for just a year, according to Colliers. A spokeswoman for NBC Universal declined to comment and Stroock & Stroock did not return a call and multiple emails. … [Read more...] about COVID-19 | Manhattan’s office buildings are empty. But for how long?
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The virus has upended lives and also the way we work, which has been from home for most of the past five months. But as the world comes to terms with the “new normal” and learns to live with the virus, offices are beginning to open up but with a long list of dos and don’ts and a heavy dose of technology to keep the workplace safe. … [Read more...] about UV air filters to holographic lift buttons, startups offer tech solutions to make offices Covid-safe
Steven Quick, who has spent the past seven years as a top executive at commercial real estate giant Cushman & Wakefield, and Michael Casolo, who’s worked at JLL, Cushman & Wakefield, and the hedge fund Bridgewater Associates, have just joined the global workplace design-build firm Unispace. The company, which has designed and built out offices for companies including Airbus, Sonos, Michael Kors, and the Salvation Army, is a new kind of one-stop shop for office real estate. Founded in Australia in 2010, Unispace has grown to 46 offices and design studios in 25 countries. Quick will be the company’s global CEO, and Casolo its chief revenue officer. … [Read more...] about Are offices dead? Not yet, but real estate power brokers are betting on a new strategy
While you’ve likely been working from home during the pandemic, Hamill says it can help to suggest the arrangement on a trial basis. “Time-box it for a month, or provide a few steps into it, such as working from home a few days a week,” she says. “How can you make it easier for your manager? Ultimately, the arrangement should reflect positively on your manager and the organization.” … [Read more...] about How to tell your boss you’re not ready to return to the office
Whether candidates utilize relevant props or digital backgrounds, McFarlane believes the space behind the interviewee will be more frequently utilized as a personal branding tool in remote interviews in the future. “You just want it to be something that they’re going to remember,” she says. “Moving forward, I think people are going to go out of their way to make sure their background has items that help them stand out.” … [Read more...] about How candidates are using background props to stand out in video interviews