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Article: How Well Do You Know Wellness? (Sustainability Knowledge Community) Members Only

“Wellness is the number one trend in the world today”. That’s according to Deepak Chopra, former Chief of Staff at New England Memorial Hospital and advocate for alternative medicine, who made the statement at the Meeting Professionals International World Education Conference in the summer of 2014. It’s a bold statement, given the many important socio-economic, political, financial and health issues that impact the world today. But regardless of where you rank wellness on your personal list of world trends, there’s no doubt that the movement surrounding wellness—particularly wellness in the workplace – impacts everyone on some level in a meaningful way.

The average work day for a U.S. full-time employee is now 8.7 hours, nearly 75% of which is spent at a place of work. These work and work-related activities take up the same approximate time as a person sleeps, eats and drinks each day. What this means to a majority of workers is that their work space has a very real impact on the choices they make to maintain a particular lifestyle. Because corporate real estate (CRE) professionals are often responsible for designing, delivering and maintaining these spaces and the programs/services offered at many organizations, this is an opportunity for CRE professionals to make a positive impact by thinking strategically and more fully understanding the implications of wellness and ways to execute programs and initiatives in comprehensive and cost effective ways.





Presentation: Strategic Sourcing: Disrupting the Procurement Paradigm Members Only
Corporate Real Estate has often been reluctant to engage with Procurement because of the department's historic focus on first-in cost to the exclusion of ongoing service quality. An effective partnership with Procurement however can be quite powerful in helping an End User implement creative delivery methods, improve vendor performance management and leverage their resources. In addition, many large service providers engage in procurement activities on behalf of their End User clients and can be much more effective when they develop an effective partnership with their client's Procurement department. Finally, service providers who bid on periodic work often find it very difficult to sort through a company's procurement processes and propose creative solutions when the End User and their Procurement group are not aligned. Given that CRE is under continued pressure to drive down costs and improve service levels, it is time to disrupt the status quo by embarking on a new partnership focused on "strategic sourcing."




Presentation: 100% Unassigned Workplace - Good or Bad? Members Only
What is the difference between "Alternative Workplace Strategy" and "Hoteling"? What if a business wants to go 100% unassigned? How would 100% unassigned workplaces affect collaboration, quantity, and density concerns? Research is greatly lacking due to most company's preferring to not share their experiments openly. Most design firms have NDAs with these same companies, so research is not flowing - yet. There are lesson learned circulating that 100% unassigned workplaces don't work well since some people need to be found on a daily basis. Yes, workplaces can be 100% non-assigned. However, there are beliefs developing that it is best to segment such an environment into smaller social units with differentiated design types (team identity, branding, furniture configurations, and activity levels). Differentiation can provide behavioral clues for people to choose their best suited work environment. The belief is that such variation may create stronger social groups capable of producing greater business results. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage in a facilitated discussion on the profound issues surrounding the simple question: "Who gets an assigned seat?"




Presentation: Executive Track – From Strategy to Results Members Only
During this high energy presentation, you’ll learn a unique approach to transforming strategic ideas in everyday practices and results. You’ll gain practical tools that can be immediately applied to: help co-workers translate strategic goals into concrete outcomes; implement change; promote innovation, and overcome peoples’ resistance.


Presentation: From Good to Great Relationships Members Only
Business success depends on building productive and enjoyable relationships. Too often we’ve applied psychological ideas about personal relationships to improve interactions at work - that’s been useful but insufficient. We need a practical business model based on the rewards and costs at the heart of all relationships. The exchange model is a realistic new approach that will guide you in solving management challenges such as: motivating employees; building teamwork, promoting innovation and customer loyalty, as well as minimizing conflict and managing up. The exchange model makes practical sense and will give you greater control in managing any relationship.




Presentation: Measuring Wellness in the Built Environment Members Only
The WELL Building Standard® developed by Delos is the first protocol of its kind that focuses on human wellness within the built environment. It identifies specific conditions, that when holistically integrated into building architecture and design, enhance the health and well-being of the occupants. To assess the effectiveness of the WELL Building standard, a study was conducted in Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Shanghai; with a fourth location in San Francisco serving as a control group. The study measured the effects of redesigning office workspaces on: employee performance, engagement and happiness, and direct measures of speed and cost of business processes, before and after the design changes to the workspace.




Presentation: Driving Alignment To Create Innovation At Toyota Members Only
An unsustainable provisioning model and a grass roots desire for cultural transformation created the need for Toyota's Real Estate and Facilities (REF) organization to explore new workplace strategies. They knew that a fully integrated solution, including new programs and offerings, would be needed to meet long-term business needs. To develop the new strategy, they pushed the boundaries of traditional workplace programs by creating a cross-functionally integrated workplace solution incorporating state-of-the-art thinking from REF, HR and IT. A data-based approach and "Kaizen" improvement philosophy were employed to measure and demonstrate success, but ultimately helped align the groups and encourage innovative thinking. Join us for this session and learn how Toyota sustained active, cross-functional partnerships to create innovative workplace solutions, including its new North American Headquarters in Plano, TX.




Presentation: Workplace Vitality: Creating Collaboration, Engagement, Well-Being, and Productivity for a Workplace that Thrives Members Only

Great workplaces are all about people – energizing and engaging talent to work together and achieve great results. Employees want to feel good about their job, their contribution, and their employer, and Workplace Vitality™ is at the heart of this experience. Join us to learn about Mars Drinks' brand new, proprietary research on Workplace Vitality™ and how engagement, collaboration, well-being, and productivity come together. We’ll share our findings and talk about pragmatic solutions to create vitality in your workplace to attract, retain, and engage employees. Come dialogue with us about our lessons learned and your own!





Report: Southeast Asia Members Only
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a coalition of 10 diverse nations that include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos (Lao People’s Democratic Republic), Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Over the past decade, these ASEAN countries have experienced robust economic development and continued urbanization, with a surge in growth coming from emerging countries in particular. The region combined represents the seventh largest economy in the world with 2014 GDP output that topped USD $2.5 trillion. And despite a global slowdown, the average annual growth rate for the region for the next four years (2015-2019) is forecast to remain at a healthy 5.6 percent growth rate.




Presentation: The Role of Standards and Regulation in Driving Transparency, Market Confidence and Sustainable Investment Members Only
RICS is an independent, non-profit organisation, that acts in the public interest by setting and regulating the highest standards of competence and integrity among its members; and providing impartial, authoritative advice on key issues for business, society and governments worldwide. Together with International standards, RICS standards are recognised throughout the world.

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