Office landlords offer amenities to reel in employees

first_img Tags Share via Shortlink Full Name* Message* Such services aren’t necessarily new. Apple, Google and other tech companies in a war for talent have provided amenities to their employees for years. But now the pressure is on to lure workers back to the workplace.Related Companies is rolling out an outdoor space equipped with wifi and power outlets. Employees also can receive free Covid-19 testing and babysitting.Silverstein Properties has introduced parking discounts, Uber and Lyft credits and, for those still unwilling to come in, virtual fitness classes to stay connected.Still, some don’t see the new offerings bringing back employees.“The ice cream socials are appreciated but not a factor,” Jonathan Wasserstrum, CEO of SquareFoot, a commercial real estate broker based in Manhattan, told the Journal.[WSJ] — Sasha JonesContact Sasha Jones (iStock/Illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal)In Manhattan, where just 15 percent of workers have returned to the office, landlords are getting frustrated competing with employees’ couches.So they’re offering amenities ranging from on-site child care to dry-cleaning pickup and parking discounts — anything to bring back employees, according to the Wall Street Journal.Tishman Speyer, for example, is dangling free use of a new co-working space, an app to book services ranging from manicures to grocery delivery, newly installed picnic tables and even free tarts.Read moreYelp employees may work remotely foreverOffice unease: Tenants are paying up but staying away“Little bit of guilt trip”: Jeff Blau joins landlords pushing return to work Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Email Address* office marketRelated Companiessilverstein propertiestishman speyerlast_img read more

Clarissa: My day with Michelle

first_imgIt was quite secretive – I was told not to tell anyone about it so I didn’t. I got an email from the White House just asking whether I’d be interested in meeting the First Lady and when the White House comes aknockin’ you don’t say no! It was very West Wing.It was quite secretive – I was told not to tell anyone about it so I didn’t. I got an email from the White House asking whether I’d be interested in meeting the First Lady and when the White House comes aknockin’ you don’t say no! It was very West Wing.It was bizarre being held up as a role model, nobody thinks about themselves in that way. But I think it was such a good experience for the girls. There’s so much in the press about the type of background university applicants do or don’t come from, but when I was speaking to them it was great to hear that they thought their grades were the issue, rather than where they were from. That wasn’t even a factor. They were so curious about Oxford. We visited some renowned female professors and there was a real focus on female leadership. I think Mrs Obama translated that into her speech when she talked about solodarity amongst women. I couldn’t get over the symbolism of the day: Mrs Obama behind a podium with all these portraits of dead white men hanging up behind her and such a strong female gathering in front of her.When I spoke to Mrs Obama,  she was gracious and loving and told me how amazing and interesting she thought I was. I just thought ‘No, I’m the one who’s amazed!’ What I really took away from the day was what she said about deconstructing labels. There’s so much stress on how it doesn’t matter what background you’re from and that’s true – obviously, people like her and her husband are testimony to that – but she was so interested in what people think about themselves as opposed to what other people say about them. That message of solidarity, being confident and believing in yourself was the most important. thing. Once you know who you are you can do anything. It was quite secretive – I was told not to tell anyone about it so I didn’t. I got an email from the White House asking whether I’d be interested in meeting the First Lady and when the White House comes aknockin’ you don’t say no! It was very West Wing.It was bizarre being held up as a role model, nobody thinks about themselves in that way. But I think it was such a good experience for the girls.There’s so much in the press about the type of background university applicants do or don’t come from, but when I was speaking to them it was great to hear that they thought their grades were the issue, rather than where they were from. That wasn’t even a factor. They were so curious about Oxford.We visited some renowned female professors and there was a real focus on female leadership. I think Mrs Obama translated that into her speech when she talked about solodarity amongst women.I couldn’t get over the symbolism of the day: Mrs Obama behind a podium with all these portraits of dead white men hanging up behind her and such a strong female gathering in front of her.When I spoke to Mrs Obama,  she was gracious and loving and told me how amazing and interesting she thought I was.I just thought ‘No, I’m the one who’s amazed!’ What I really took away from the day was what she said about deconstructing labels.There’s so much stress on how it doesn’t matter what background you’re from and that’s true – obviously, people like her and her husband are testimony to that – but she was so interested in what people think about themselves as opposed to what other people say about them.That message of solidarity, being confident and believing in yourself was the most important. thing. Once you know who you are you can do anything.last_img read more

Triple Threat: Introducing ECS 3.0 to Modernize, Optimize and Transform Enterprise Data Centers

first_imgToday we’re launching ECS (Elastic Cloud Storage) 3.0, the latest release of EMC’s  cloud-scale object storage platform. Companies around the world are trying to harness the digital economy to engage with customers in new and interesting ways. This digital transformation requires a radically different approach to IT, as traditional infrastructure was not meant to serve the needs of an always connected world generating Zetabytes of data. Not surprisingly, many IT leaders are trying to work through a significant challenge – how do I transform my organization’s IT infrastructure to be more agile, but do so without any disruption to the business?As the third generation of EMC’s object platform, ECS can help customers navigate this tradeoff. With ECS, organizations can not only embrace cloud-native applications that directly enable Digital Transformation, but can also optimize their existing, traditional IT investments. Here are some highlights of the ECS 3.0 release:ECS now certified to run on Dell Servers: Customers have the flexibility of consuming ECS as a turnkey appliance, or as software running on their hardware.ECS Dedicated Cloud Service: A managed offering that allows customers to use dedicated ECS units running in Virtustream datacenters around the world.Ultra-dense tape replacement SKU: The new ultra-dense D-Series ECS nodes can now pack up to 6.2 PB in a single rack, making it a great system for replacing ageing tape librariesWorkload Flexibility: ECS supports multiple protocols like Amazon S3, Centera CAS, NFS, OpenStack SWIFT, and HDFS. This enables organizations to pool data from multiple sources into one, single, global data lake that can be used to eliminated the silos that effect traditional storage platforms With the launch of v3.0, ECS also supports Windows-based (CIFS/SMB) applications.New capabilities for enterprises: New features aimed at large enterprises, such as advanced retention management (ARM), enhanced compliance capabilities, as well as improved monitoring and alerting featuresThe customer response to ECS since its launch has been phenomenal, and our momentum has been recognized by the analyst community as well. IDC analyst Ashish Nadkarni has said that “ECS has one of the best Object Storage architectures suited for 3rd Platform applications,” and ESG recently validated that ECS can help customers achieve upto a 60% lower storage TCO than leading public cloud providers.Learn more about how ECS can enable your transformation , follow @DellEMCECS on Twitter, or try it out – for free!last_img read more