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How to Make Wellness Programs Work Better in the Workplace


Businesses are investing heavily in sustainability, as it regards environmental and social concerns — but what about the sustainability of an organization’s most important asset, its people? Yes, there is the workplace wellness movement, often thought of as a human resources concern. However, if the movement is truly going to move the needle in terms […]

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How to Design a Healthier Office


Quick — how long do you think it takes one sick person to infect half of your office? A day, a week? How about four hours. That’s right, research shows that in as little as four hours, half of your office (and your productivity) can be hit by a virus carried by just one person. […]

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The Dirt on Starting a Composting Program at your Facility


Starting a composting program at your facility can save money, decrease your environmental footprint, improve employee job satisfaction and fulfill customer demands for sustainable business practices. The EPA states that almost 95 percent of the food we throw away ends up in landfills or combustion facilities. According to ReFed.com, each year, 52.4 million tons of […]

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Do Better Bathrooms Boost Productivity?


Most of the office design trends that get attention are, well … trendy. Open offices. “Desktopian” visions of height-variable workstations, treadmill desks, or no desks at all. Dedicated collaboration spaces and structures. And supposedly more natural approaches like “biophilic” design. Many, if not most, of these office trends of late tilt toward attracting and retaining […]

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The ROI of Having an Effective Hand Hygiene Program at Work


We’ve all seen the signs in restaurants: “Employees must wash their hands before returning to work.” But what about other environments — especially offices and other workplaces, where most of us spend more of our waking hours than anywhere else? After all, offices, from desktops to doorknobs, are rife with the germs that make employees […]

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How to Keep Tenants Healthy During Cold and Flu Season


This month we celebrated Global Handwashing Day on October 15th, a day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of the importance of handwashing. It gives us the chance to reinforce the fact that proper handwashing is one of the single-most important methods to prevent the spread of germs and avoid getting sick. While regular and […]

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The UN’s sustainable development goals drive focus and purpose


On September 25th 2015, 193 countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved by 2030. For the goals to be achieved, everyone from government, the private sector, and civil society need to do their part. Global macro-trends, […]

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Trends in office space – Using less to create more


The old adage, “Location is everything” always holds true, no matter how the economy shifts, changes, grows or even contracts. And if you think of location as a combination of physical space, design, amenities and hygiene, it gets even more interesting. Where a company is, in terms of their lifecycle, has a huge impact on […]

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Retail estate trends and changes to look for


Retail market space is starting to find new footing in a landscape that’s quickly changing and shifting according to the dictates of online shopping. Some categories are finding firmer, higher ground, while others are slowly but surely getting pushed aside altogether. The Washington D.C.-based National Retail Federation tells us retail sales grew 4% in November […]

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