Workplace jargon reflects changing power dynamics

Jul 23, 2024
During the pandemic era, the lingo reflected workers' leverage. Now the dynamic has shifted, and how we talk about work has too.
Employers have regained much of the leverage that workers enjoyed when job openings were plentiful and applicants were scarce.
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It's been a bumpy ride for the office jobs that support office jobs

Jan 29, 2024
Jobs in this kind of work — the work that makes offices and buildings run, makes them nice — grew about 2.6% last year. It's growth but it's not huge growth.
The slow and uneven return to office leaves the future of office ecosystems up in the air.
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A new wave of office downsizing could hit this year

Jan 16, 2024
Commercial leases are typically five years or longer, so those who signed before the pandemic might be making exit plans.
A recent survey of 500 businesses found three-quarters of them plan to shrink their offices this year, according to data from Robin, a flexible work software platform.
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What to expect in the workplace in 2024

Dec 19, 2023
Work culture is going to be key as companies and employees settle into their remote/hybrid patterns. Watch out for the fallout from the election cycle on the workplace.
Frontline workers, like those in health care, have reported a high uptick in stress and mistreatment at work.
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Offices search for a sound approach to noise levels for returning staff

Nov 24, 2023
Noise is a factor in creating a healthy and comfortable space as firms try to ease the transition after years of remote work.
As more white-collar workers return to offices, some companies are redesigning their spaces with preferred noise levels and climate control in mind.
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The awkward return of the business meal

Aug 29, 2023
Juggling hors d'oeuvres and handshakes is no easy task.
People are back to making deals over lunch, and that means mastering the art of ordering a meal that won't spray all over your business associates.
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Is everyone back at the office? It depends on where you live.

Aug 18, 2022
Office occupancy remains low in cities like New York and San Francisco, while places like Columbus, Ohio, are nearly back to pre-pandemic levels.
Office occupancy rates remain low in major urban areas like New York City. Above, a person eats lunch on the terrace of a Manhattan office building.
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For public good, not for profit.

Companies have another reason to let go of office space: a potential recession

Jul 5, 2022
If the pandemic didn't convince CEOs to get rid of costly in-person work environments, an economic downturn might do the trick.
Occupancy periods in leasing agreements shortened during the pandemic, which could expand the amount of unused office space in a few years' time.
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That line in the sand about going back to the office? It keeps moving.

May 20, 2022
As COVID surges again in some areas and employees push to work at home most days, companies are trying to find the right balance.
As the economy slows down, employers may gain leverage in their effort to bring resistant workers back into the building.
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Some big Wall Street banks reverse their back-to-office plans — again

Jan 3, 2022
They've been among the most aggressive employers when it comes to bringing workers back into face-to-face contact.
Despite investment banking companies' preference for in-person work, omicron has complicated the return-to-office plans of JPMorgan, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs.
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