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Will office buildings ever be the same? Empire State Building offers clues

Will office buildings ever be the same? Empire State Building offers clues

By: Imani Moise and Echo Wang Reuters
Source: St Louis Post-Dispatch
Date of Publication: July 3rd, 2020
The Empire State Building has been a symbol of America's economic might for almost 90 years. Of late, it's also become a symbol of its struggle with the coronavirus.
The Office Elevator In COVID-19 Times: Experts Weigh In On Safer Ups And Downs

The Office Elevator In COVID-19 Times: Experts Weigh In On Safer Ups And Downs

By: Lauren Weber
Source: NPR
Date of Publication: June 8th, 2020
Once the epitome of efficiency for moving masses of people quickly to where they needed to go, the elevator is the antithesis of social distancing and a risk-multiplying bottleneck. As America begins to open up, the newest conundrum for employers is how to safely transport people in elevators and manage the crowd of people waiting for them.
Bechtel Sharing Safety Practices

Bechtel Sharing Safety Practices

Source: Bechtel
Date of Publication: June 23rd, 2020
Bechtel shares its best practices safety reopening measures across a variety of worksites.
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A Multibillion-Dollar Opportunity_ Virus-Proofing the New Office - The New York Times

A Multibillion-Dollar Opportunity: Virus-Proofing the New Office

By: Natasha Singer and Julie Creswell
Source: The New York Times
Date of Publication: June 22nd, 2020
Tech, catering and design companies are rushing to sell employers on fever scanners, box lunches and office floor-planning apps for social distancing. But it’s too soon to tell if they will work.
Goldman Sachs employees to start returning to U.S. offices from June 22

Goldman Sachs employees to start returning to U.S. offices from June 22

Source: Reuters
Date of Publication: June 10th, 2020
Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) said on Wednesday it plans to start the return of an initial group of its employees to its offices in New York, Jersey City, Dallas and Salt Lake City from June 22.
WeWork proposes post-coronavirus changes to shared-office layouts

WeWork proposes post-coronavirus changes to shared-office layouts

By: Jena McGregor
Source: Washington Post
Date of Publication: June 9th, 2020
The plan calls for ‘buffer seating,’ sanitizer stations in common rooms and one-way hallway traffic patterns to avoid ‘bottlenecks’
Workday Announces New Partnership with Salesforce to Help Organizations Safely Return to Work

Workday Announces New Partnership with Salesforce to Help Organizations Safely Return to Work

By: Workday
Source: Workday
Date of Publication: May 27th, 2020
Workday (NASDAQ: WDAY), a leader in enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, today announced plans to further integrate Workday and Salesforce to enable joint customers to forge ahead in their plans to safely return to work.
Walmart pushes forward with new HQ plans to help staff collaborate post-pandemic

Walmart pushes forward with new HQ plans to help staff collaborate post-pandemic

By: Phil Wahba
Source: Fortune
Date of Publication: June 3rd, 2020
In contrast to the many tech CEOs viewing work-from-home as the new standard well after the pandemic eases, Walmart’s chief executive says face time at the office will remain crucial to how the retailer’s corporate employees function when things get back to normal—and once its new campus opens.
Planning for the Post-COVID-19 Workforce: Four Scenarios

Planning for the Post-COVID-19 Workforce: Four Scenarios

By: Scott A. Snyder, Eric Skoritowski, Jarrad Roeder and Alex Libson
Source: Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Date of Publication: June 1st, 2020
Significant uncertainty surrounds what the “new normal” could look like for firms beyond the COVID-19 crisis, particularly in terms of human capital. But scenario thinking can help organizations better anticipate and adapt to dramatic changes, increase agility and resilience, and turn uncertainty into advantage.
WeWork proposes post-coronavirus changes to shared-office layouts

WeWork proposes post-coronavirus changes to shared-office layouts

By: Jena McGregor
Source: The Washington Post
Date of Publication: April 9th, 2020
WeWork, the shared office space company, is making plans to change its shared workspaces in a post-coronavirus world, proposing new floor layouts, adding sanitizing capabilities and shifting office traffic flows.