April 2022
Microsoft Corp. released its second annual Microsoft Work Trend Index report, “Great Expectations: Making Hybrid Work Work.” The company also announced new features across Microsoft Teams, Microsoft 365, Surface Hub and Microsoft Viva to empower hybrid work and address employees’ emerging expectations for the workplace.

Among the revelations, employees have a new “worth it” equation, and there’s no going back.

After sitting on the cusp of hybrid work for more than a year, many companies are at a long-awaited inflection point: the lived experience of hybrid work.

One aspect from the research is clear: We are not the same people who went home to work in early 2020. The past two years have left a lasting imprint, fundamentally changing how people define the role of work in their lives. The challenge ahead for every organization is to meet employees’ great new expectations head on while balancing business outcomes in an unpredictable economy.

The past few years have called into question how much office space a business truly needs, as more and more companies have gone hybrid. 

Leaders in corporate real estate are reviewing and repurposing their existing real estate portfolios to optimize existing spaces and plan for efficient build-outs. This process of continually right-sizing real estate and assessing office assets is one of the most effective corporate sustainability strategies out there and contributes to sizable cost savings. 

Learn why an optimized, right-sized real estate strategy is essential to the bottom line.
Looking for practical solutions to improve indoor environmental quality that includes cleaner air and healthier, inviting interiors?

The 24/7 Defend product portfolio helps contain and clean the air, convert rooms into positive or negative pressure-controlled spaces (without hold-down clips), offers cleanable options--that also can be disinfected--and helps protect your staff.

Reassure building occupants that they’re surrounded by systems that work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to keep them safe and healthy.

Business decision makers and knowledge workers agree that at least 50% of the data their company uses on a day-to-day basis should be focused on sustainable business and doing good for the communities it serves.

Research from Cloudera, the enterprise data cloud company, reveals more than one quarter (26%) of business decision makers are now putting increasing investment in environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) ahead of developing new products/services (24%) or accelerating financial growth (21%). Additionally, knowledge workers believe as much as 49% of the data their business uses on a day-to-day basis should be focused on doing good for the communities it serves. This is a sentiment 52% of business decision makers agree with — a clear indication that profit and ESG are no longer mutually exclusive pursuits.

These findings are revealed in Cloudera’s Limitless: The Positive Power of AI study, which surveyed 2,213 enterprise business decision makers — including 54% C-Suite representation — and 10,880 knowledge workers in the USA, EMEA, India and APAC.

This petite, single-user table moves freely as dynamic spaces shift from individualized focus to group connections and more. 

Darby’s unified design intuitively supports the nimble, human-centric needs of engaging workstyles. Two locking and two non-locking casters provide mobility to move around the office or classroom, while the pneumatic height assist mechanism accommodates preferences to sit or stand. Further encouraging wellness, the ergonomic top promotes proper posture by optimizing reach and maximizing the worksurface. 

Practical elements reinforce Darby’s efficiency and flexibility. Wherever Darby takes you, keep supplies at hand with a book tray and retractable cupholder. Radius PVC corners cushion inevitable impacts, taking care of the table and its surroundings.

Enjoy freedom and flexibility with Darby. For more information visit Versteel.
Wooster Products is the industry leader in anti-slip stair treads and walkway products. They have been manufacturing anti-slip products for new construction, renovation and OEM applications since 1921 from their Wooster, Ohio facility.  Long respected for quality and innovation, their products include cast iron (Ferrogrit®), cast aluminum (Alumogrit®), extruded aluminum (Spectra, Supergrit®, Stairmaster®, and Flexmaster®), pressure sensitive adhesive tape (Flex-Tred®), and coatings (WP-70, Walk-A-Sured®, and Safe-Stride®), as well as photo-luminescent nosings and treads (NITEGLOW®).

Their work is featured in commercial, industrial, and residential settings worldwide. Wooster Products can provide anti-slip solutions for any project; stadiums, office buildings, apartments, restaurants, sidewalks, transit stations, trucks, trailers, boats, planes, and more.
Contact Wooster Products today to “Make Every Step a Safe One.”
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How XLERATOReco Hand Dryers helped the global meal-kit delivery service

Delivering 7.4 million meal kits a month to more than 800,000 regular subscribers, HelloFresh knows its way around the kitchen—and helps customers by offering high-quality ingredients and step-by-step instructions.

The company has adopted a forward-thinking approach to sustainability, offering only responsibly-sourced seafood, meat and poultry from quality farms and encouraging home cooking. More than that, HelloFresh has a goal of encouraging and promoting a well-rounded, healthy lifestyle.

For additional FM-related product information, visit the Excel Dryer micro-site on FMLink. 
April 26-28: Facility Fusion in Austin: Benefits for you and your organization
With sweeping changes in work and workplace, it’s imperative for facility management professionals to lead their organizations to higher levels of performance and experience. Hosted by the association that has provided training, knowledge sharing and support to FMs globally for more than 40 years, IFMA’s Facility Fusion is about building future-ready leadership skills. It’s about exploring what’s possible – for our facilities, industry and careers. It’s about synthesizing ideas and industries for a new world of work.

Supercharge your ability to enable advancement, both for you and your organization. Speakers will explore the latest built environment objectives and outlooks, providing direction in every area of strategic FM leadership – operational, digital, environmental, cultural, cross-functional and transformational.

According to recent statistics from the Pew Research Center, 60% of workers can’t do their job from home. In light of this, leading health organizations are calling on employers and employees to commit to continued risk mitigation efforts to control the spread of Covid-19 variants and to protect the future health and safety of workers.

The call to action comes on the heels of announcements including President Biden’s new National Covid-19 Preparedness Plan, which is designed to help Americans move forward safely while also preparing for new variants, and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announcement enforcing inspections in hospitals and nursing care facilities aimed at protecting the health and safety of healthcare workers at heightened risk for exposure to Covid-19.