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Going In Circles? Good!

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Architects and designers are increasingly prioritizing sustainability, focusing on low-VOC, recycled materials, and reducing embodied carbon through reuse and modular construction. The circular economy emphasizes reuse, deconstruction over demolition, and material circulation — aiming to eliminate waste and regenerate nature, shifting away from the traditional consumer culture.

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We need to find better ways to communicate and connect with customers in a distracted world

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Amongst the demands of our daily tasks, one huge challenge that often goes unnoticed: constant messages from communication platforms at every turnaround. The volume of distractions bombarding professionals is staggering. Studies show that from endless Slack notifications and video calls these interruptions disrupt workflow and concentration. This makes it incredibly challenging to navigate through the sea of digital noise.

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From Amenity to Advantage: How Smart Tech Creates a Competitive Coworking Space

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Smart technology can create a tailored environment in a coworking space with automated lighting, temperature control, and noise management, boosting member satisfaction and productivity. Smart tech collects valuable data on space usage, preferences, and patterns, enabling strategic adjustments to layout and amenities, improving both member experience and operational efficiency.

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We need to stop paying lip service to the issue of workplace wellbeing

Workplace Insight

In the wake of Mental Health Awareness Week last month, now is a brilliant opportunity to take stock of impactful employee wellbeing initiatives. Many people feel their employers are guilty of ‘ wellness washing ’, the practice of paying lip service to wellbeing. However, the benefits of impactful wellbeing initiatives are clear – 89 percent of employees who have wellness programmes at work report being more engaged and happy within their roles.

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Mastering Remote Onboarding: Proven Strategies for Seamless New Hire Integration

Speaker: Tim Buteyn, President of ThinkingKap Learning Solutions

Join this brand new webinar with Tim Buteyn to learn how you can master the art of remote onboarding! By the end of this session, you'll understand how to: Craft a Tailored Onboarding Checklist 📝 Develop a comprehensive, customized checklist that ensures every new hire has a smooth transition into your company, no matter where they are in the world.

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Order Barring Amazon From Firing Union Supporters Overturned

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A U.S. appeals court nullified an order today that had barred Amazon from firing union supporters during a nationwide warehouse union organizing campaign. This decision by a three-judge panel from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan argued that the lower court judge didn’t justify why such a broad order was needed, according to Reuters.

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$60M Climate Workforce Investment To Support Training, Job Creation In 9 States

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California, along with eight other U.S. states and territories, will receive part of a $60 million federal investment to build a climate-ready workforce, according to the LA Times. The U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are spearheading this initiative; Long Beach City College (LBCC) will receive $9.5 million to create the Los Angeles County Climate Ready Employment Council.

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Most people feel disengaged from their work, but managers can still make all the difference

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Employee engagement worldwide has remained steady according to the latest edition of Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace report. The good news, according to the authors, is that the percentage of engaged employees – those enthusiastic about their work – held at a record high of 23 percent from 2022. However, the bad news is that the majority of employees are still not engaged (62 percent) and just show up to do the minimum, while a significant number (15 percent) are active

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Raytheon Hit With Class Action Over Age Discrimination in Hiring Practices

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A class action lawsuit has been filed against RTX Corporation, previously known as Raytheon Technologies, for allegedly discriminating against job seekers aged 40 and older. The suit, brought by the AARP Foundation and two law firms in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, claims that Raytheon’s job advertisements favored younger applicants — violating the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Massachusetts Fair Employment Practices Act, and the Virginia Human Rig

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Britain is no longer a nation of shopkeepers, but it is divided by the work we do

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Following last week’s news that the fastest growing job category in the US isn’t necessarily the one you’d expect, a new report from HR software provider Ciphr, based on ONS data, claims to identify which jobs are the most disproportionately common in each part of the UK. The report analyses the latest regional employee estimates for over 370 occupations to find out which work roles (with at least 5,000 full-time employees) appear to be more concentrated, or over-represented, i

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Unlock Your Productivity: Simple Steps for Every Professional

Unlock your full potential with our comprehensive guide on productivity. This detailed resource explores the three fundamental pillars of effective task management: Todo List Mastery, Time Management, and Habit Optimization. Learn to capture and prioritize your tasks effectively, schedule them using proven strategies like the Pomodoro Technique, and maintain your productivity through consistent habit tracking.

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Episode 531: Writing | PM Talks S1:E6

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Welcome to the latest episode of PM Talks, our monthly series on A Productive Conversation where I engage in thought-provoking conversations with my good friend Patrick Rhone. This time around we dive deep into our unique approaches to writing, balancing productivity, and embracing creative freedom. Patrick and I share our experiences with writer’s block and self-doubt, discuss curating blog content into book format, and highlight the value of writing for personal growth.

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We only have to look at the natural world to boost our mental health

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It is becoming increasingly clear that spending time in nature can benefit our mental health and wellbeing. But a new study shows that you don’t have to actually be in nature to reap the rewards. Simply directing your gaze towards natural elements, even in the middle of a city, can enhance wellbeing. Our paper, published in the journal People and Nature , used eye-tracking technology to explore how focusing on natural versus man-made elements affects mental health.

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