Overcoming the Fear Factor - AWA

Host:

AWA / Andrew Mawson

Date:

09/11/2020

Time:

10:00AM - 11:00AM EST

Ratnabali Group (Kolkata, India)

Host:

AWA

Speaker:

Pankaj Gupta, Swati Hiroo and Sakhi Singhi, Ragabali Group

Date:

09/11/2020

Time:

07:00AM - 08:00AM EST

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (New York, U.S.)

Host:

AWA

Speaker:

Larry Charlip, Take-Two Interactive Software

Date:

09/11/2020

Time:

11:30AM - 12:30PM EST

Siemens (Renens, Switzerland)

Host:

AWA

Speaker:

Michael de Straschnov, Head of Business Development

Date:

10/11/2020

Time:

4:00AM - 5:00AM EST

The Habitability of the World: The Social Construction of the Workplace (France)

Host:

Bisley

Speaker:

Angélique Pursad - Bisley

Date:

10/11/2020

Time:

6:30AM - 7:30AM EST

The Workplace: Beyond 2021 (India)

Host:

HNI India

Speaker:

Eric D.Johnson & Lauren Gant - HNI, Raj Krishnamurthy - Freespace

Date:

10/11/2020

Time:

7:30AM - 8:30AM EST

Go Human: Embracing Humanity in Challenging Times (U.K.)

Host:

RAW Brothers & The Art of Work

Speaker:

Rich Ward & Andy Ward - RAW Brothers, Sandra Evans & Julie Blunt - Linkedin

Date:

10/11/2020

Time:

8:30AM - 9:30AM EST

Out of Sight but Top of Mind - AWA

Host:

AWA / Andrew Mawson

Date:

10/11/2020

Time:

10:00AM - 11:00AM EST

Lloyds of London (London, U.K.)

Host:

AWA

Speaker:

Darren Cox, Lloyds of London

Date:

10/11/2020

Time:

08:30AM - 09:30AM EST

Innocent Drinks (London, U.K.)

Host:

AWA

Speaker:

Tim Dorsett, Innocent Drinks

Date:

10/11/2020

Time:

11:30AM - 12:30PM EST

Extremely Quiet or Incredibly Loud? Solving for the Sound U/X in the Changing Workplace – Knoll (U.S.)

Host:

Knoll

Speaker:

Sophia Clark, Knoll

Date:

10/11/2020

Time:

11:30AM - 12:30PM EST

EPM Group (Medellin, Colombia)

Host:

AWA

Speaker:

Carolina Roa - Haworth, Alessandra Landskron - Haworth

Date:

10/11/2020

Time:

1:00PM - 2:00PM EST

FRB Consulting (Brazil)

Host:

FRB Consulting

Speaker:

Izabel Barros, PhD FRB Consulting Founding Partner, Renato Fusaro, President, CoreNet Global Brazil Chapter and Real Estate & Storage Lead for LatAm at Cargil, Miguel Alves Agostinho, APFM CEO and Regional Director for FMHOUSE

Date:

11/11/2020

Time:

7:00AM - 8:00AM EST

Back of House Finally Comes to the Fore - AWA

Host:

AWA / Andrew Mawson

Date:

11/11/2020

Time:

10:00AM - 11:00AM EST

Skyscanner (London, U.K.)

Host:

AWA

Speaker:

Esther Draper, Skyscanner

Date:

11/11/2020

Time:

08:00AM - 09:00AM EST

Deloitte (New York, U.S.)

Host:

AWA

Speaker:

Guarav Charaya, Deloitte

Date:

11/11/2020

Time:

11:30AM - 12:30PM EST

Max Life Insurance (Haryana, India)

Host:

AWA

Speaker:

Amit Mangla, Max Life Insurance

Date:

11/11/2020

Time:

07:00AM - 08:00AM EST

Mintel (London, U.K.)

Host:

AWA

Speaker:

Liz Westcott, Managing Director, EMEA & Jon Butcher, CEO Americas

Date:

11/11/2020

Time:

01:00PM - 02:00PM EST

Merck (Pennsylvania, U.S.)

Host:

AWA

Speaker:

Alexandra Sanchez

Date:

11/11/2020

Time:

02:30PM - 03:30PM EST

The Instant Group (U.S)

Host:

The Instant Group

Speaker:

Karolina Tarczynska, The Instant Group Joe Brady, The Instant Group

Date:

11/11/2020

Time:

06:00PM - 08:00PM EST

The Science Behind Making Employees Happy in the Workplace - Herman Miller (U.K.)

Host:

Herman Miller

Speaker:

Oliver Baxter, Instant Group

Date:

11/11/2020

Time:

05:30AM - 06:30AM EST

The Power of the Forest in Transforming our Future Workspaces (U.S.)

Host:

Carl Hansen & Søn

Speaker:

Brooke Mellen, Founder of Cultured Forest

Date:

12/11/2020

Time:

08:30AM - 09:30AM EST

“The Earth is a Fine Place and Worth Fighting For” - The Positive Impact of Agile Work on Personal and Global Footprints - AWA

Host:

AWA / Andrew Mawson

Speaker:

Mauro Cozzi, Environmental Expert, Emitwise

Date:

12/11/2020

Time:

10:00AM - 11:00AM EST

King + Company (New York, U.S.)

Host:

AWA

Speaker:

Judith R. King, Caren Browning & Cynthia Inacio - King + Company

Date:

12/11/2020

Time:

11:30AM - 12:30AM EST

Healthy Buildings – Short & Long-Term WELL Strategies for Your Organization’s Health and Well-being Journey

Host:

International Well Building Institute (NYC, U.S.)

Speaker:

Stephen Brown, Vice President of Global Market Development and Eleftherios Zacharakis, Associate Market Solutions Europe

Date:

12/11/2020

Time:

11:30AM - 12:30AM EST

9th November 2020

Cornerstone Event
Overcoming the Fear Factor - AWA

How to Engage Stakeholders in a Feedback Loop that Enhances Culture, builds Trust and Maintains Vision and Goal Clarity

Change is tough. And now a change back from WFH to a hybrid model is going to be tough. People are frightened and need to be assured that anything but WFH will work and is safe. Adopting a sort of “reverse” change management process, we now need to assure employees that we are not only recreating infrastructure but promoting a multitude of work models that support their safety, comfort, and wellbeing.

Date:

09/11/2020

Time:

10:00AM - 11:00AM EST

Host:

AWA / Andrew Mawson

Corporate Case-Study
Ratnabali Group (Kolkata, India)

Doubling Down On Wellbeing – How to Support Cognitive Performance & Employee Well-Being in the New Normal

Like organizations around the world, the finance and investment firm, Ratnabali Group, located in Kolkata, India committed great time and energy to create a robust business continuity plan. Now, as it adapts that plan to thrive in its ‘new normal,’ protecting its most important asset – its people – is top of mind.

Taking the wealth of available research on workplace wellness and employee feedback into account, plus implementing the latest technology and infrastructure, Ratnabali Group has already successfully welcomed 75-80% of its employees back into the office in a model that combines remote and in-office work.

While the world of real estate is only now reversing the densification trend, Ratnabali has always prioritized space and calm. Even in the densest office zones, workstations have always been 6 feet apart. So, as the office shares the intimacy of a home, rich in history, with an elegant aesthetic of serendipity and essential contemporary workplace solutions, it was not surprising that those who recently returned to Ratnabali’s offices were happy and comfortable to do so.

And now, in addition to implementing procedures that abide by national guidelines (regarding sanitization, limited and periodic access to controlled break-out zones etc), Ratnabali places even greater importance on office ergonomics and air quality as part of its ‘return to work’ strategy.

Additionally, in order to achieve better cognitive performance and reduce stress levels (particularly in these unsettling times) Ratnabli has installed a soft armature of green that defines each zone and use phytoremediation to reduce pollutants and improve the level of oxygen in air.

Find out more about Ratnabli’s return to work strategy and hear from workplace leaders, Pankaj Gupta, Swati Hiroo and Sakhi Singhi who will take you through Ratnabali Group’s workspace ethics, and the critical steps they are continuing to take to embrace their ‘new normal’.

Date:

09/11/2020

Time:

07:00AM - 08:00AM EST

Host:

AWA

Speaker:

Pankaj Gupta, Swati Hiroo and Sakhi Singhi, Ragabali Group

Corporate Case-Study
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (New York, U.S.)

We’re in This Together… How to Maintain Collegiality Through Unprecedented Times

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is a leading developer, publisher and marketer of interactive entertainment for consumers around the globe. The world-renowned gaming company develops and publishes products principally through Rockstar Games, 2K, Private Division and Social Point.

After experiencing tremendous growth in 2016, Take-Two set out to explore options for a new headquarters in New York City. Located in lower Manhattan for many years, the organization had outgrown its space and had no option to expand in its existing location.

As a result of an exhaustive search of several areas of Manhattan, Take-Two found that Bryant Park met its needs for space size, flexibility and transport, and closed on a space located at 1133 Avenue of the Americas.

Knowing that moving to midtown would change the office culture drastically, Take-Two embarked on a design journey that included feedback from employees and management. Coupled with a close collaboration with their design partners, an office environment that everyone wants to work in was created: championing an industrial-chic aesthetic with plenty of concrete, metal and glass.

In the last two years, Take-Two has grown its headquarters from approximately 60,000 square feet to 80,000 square feet – all while continuing to support a richer and more collaborative culture that employees are proud to be part of.

Then COVID happened, and the world of work as we knew it catapulted us into a new dimension.

As the pandemic shut the offices down, Take-Two’s management, facilities, real estate, IT and events teams worked hard to implement an effective plan for its approximately 300 NYC based staff to return to an office that would be safe, while still holding true to the culture the team worked so hard to create.

With collaboration still paramount to its success, Take-Two has achieved its goals of melding culture and safety without creating a hospital affect.

How have they continued to utilize collaboration and amenity space while adapting to new ways or working? Tune in to find out.

Join Larry Charlip, Vice President, Facilities Management and Corporate Real Estate to hear more about how Take-Two is maintaining company culture through unprecedented times across all ways of working; and their vision for 2021 and beyond.

Date:

09/11/2020

Time:

11:30AM - 12:30PM EST

Host:

AWA

Speaker:

Larry Charlip, Take-Two Interactive Software

10th November 2020

Corporate Case-Study
Siemens (Renens, Switzerland)

How Siemens has Adapted to a New Normal Implementing Smart Building Solutions across 600+ Locations and 100k Employees.

The term ‘smart building’ traditionally refers to construction that allows the hosted people and processes to be at their best. In 2020, the year of Covid-19, smart building technology is critical to enabling a safe return to work. Using the latest smart building innovations, all technologies, systems and processes now have the power to work together to enable this critical step and bring back people to their offices in a safe and secure way.

Join Michael de Straschnov, Head of Business Development at Siemens Western Switzerland, who will share valuable insight into the different solutions put into place to support 100,000 employees of the organization, spanning 600 locations to support their journey to a ‘new normal’.

Michael will explain how the latest systems can allow better and more efficient communication, between colleagues and equipment, using Siemen’s very own headquarters as a great example of innovation at work. The session will also consider the organization’s mid-term vision on how further developments will allow enhancing employee’s experience around the globe.

Date:

10/11/2020

Time:

4:00AM - 5:00AM EST

Host:

AWA

Speaker:

Michael de Straschnov, Head of Business Development

Sponsored Fringe Session
The Habitability of the World: The Social Construction of the Workplace (France)

A Sponsored Fringe Event hosted by Leading Workplace Manufacturer, Bisley

In our culture, ‘corporate success’ is measured by performance indicators. And yet, none of these indicators tell us whether the organization, in its actions and very presence, contributes positively to our collective utility. Companies do bring something to the table, but to what end and to who’s benefit exactly?

Even as we raise this extremely complex question, numerous abuses are being perpetrated onto the human habitat. But why would a species hurt the very space in which it dwells?

In a time when civilization has never possessed more data on its environment, the question must be asked: why doesn’t knowledge go with care?

Register your attendance here

Date:

10/11/2020

Time:

6:30AM - 7:30AM EST

Host:

Bisley

Speaker:

Angélique Pursad - Bisley

Sponsored Fringe Session
The Workplace: Beyond 2021 (India)

A Sponsored Fringe Event hosted by HNI India – One of the World’s Largest Workplace Furniture Providers; and Freespace, Leading Workplace Technology Company

How to make diverse spaces adaptable, engaging, personal and safe.

Where do you want to work tomorrow?

Likely you will have many options – your home, a shared workspace, public spaces and yes, the office. In spite of the naysayers, the office is not going away; but for many, it will be different. And it will be one part of a network of places where people will meet, collaborate, build community, and culture, and grow their business.

Workspaces moving forward will need to become even more flexible, multi-purpose and offer a human-centric and safe environment for a diverse population. They will be designed to anticipate the user’s needs, help them find the right space for their personal and work needs, on demand, in real time. Every visit will be an experience – clean, fresh, inviting and exciting.

Join Eric Johnson, Senior Workplace Advisor and Lauren Gant, Human Factors and Ergonomics Manager from HNI and Raj Krishnamurthy, the CEO of Freespace while they share insights and discuss how space, technology, and the organization will integrate to create this new workspace focused on the people that use it.

Register your attendance here

Date:

10/11/2020

Time:

7:30AM - 8:30AM EST

Host:

HNI India

Speaker:

Eric D.Johnson & Lauren Gant - HNI, Raj Krishnamurthy - Freespace

Sponsored Fringe Session
Go Human: Embracing Humanity in Challenging Times (U.K.)

A Live Virtual Event Hosted by RAW Brothers and The Art of Work

As we start to see some small and stuttering pockets of normality returning slowly to our organizations, it’s easy to believe at some stage, things could just swing back to how they were before; but we believe the momentous events of the past 6 months may mean our working lives will never be quite the same again.

If this is the case, what could this mean for the new employee deal or ‘compact’ – that psychological contract we have with those we work for and with? What expectations will we have of our new working relationships with each other and with our organizations and workplaces? How do we create a new sense of equilibrium, inclusivity and fairness? How can we prepare for the challenge of this changed – and changing – world without losing the human at the heart of this?

We’re taking a different lens to look beneath the surface of this topic and gain a better understanding of this unwritten but hugely important part of our work and lives.

RAW Brothers together with The Art of Work will provoke our thinking and encourage us to be brave. Interactive and discussion based, together we will examine this topic and share recent data from ‘Go Human’ – our new independent, socially motivated organization born out of our shared desire to capture and make sense of some of the gold dust we have noticed from the last few months.

Go Human is an independent socially motivated organization. It is a partnership between Learning and Development experts The Art of Work and Creative Consultants RAW Brothers.

Register your attendance here

Date:

10/11/2020

Time:

8:30AM - 9:30AM EST

Host:

RAW Brothers & The Art of Work

Speaker:

Rich Ward & Andy Ward - RAW Brothers, Sandra Evans & Julie Blunt - Linkedin

Cornerstone Event
Out of Sight but Top of Mind - AWA

Best Practices for People Managers Managing Dispersed Teams

Safe to say some sort of dispersed work is here to stay; now let’s make the most of it. Join us to learn how using gamification techniques to influence and inform behaviours, work styles and work product can help people managers actualize team goals to create value for individuals, teams and enterprise.

Date:

10/11/2020

Time:

10:00AM - 11:00AM EST

Host:

AWA / Andrew Mawson

Corporate Case-Study
Lloyds of London (London, U.K.)

Bringing Past and Future Together – How to Implement New Ways Of Working at one of London’s Most Iconic & Historic Organizations

What Does the ‘New Normal’ look like for one of the Most Desirable and Iconic Buildings and Workplaces in the World?

The internationally renowned Lloyds building (designed by Sir Richard Rogers) is one of the city’s most inspiring examples of high-tech architecture in full force. As one of the greatest architectural achievements of the 1980s (but ahead of its time, still to this day) the Lime Street headquarters consists of 33,510 cubic meters of concrete, 30,000 square meters of stainless-steel cladding and 12,000 square meters of glass.

Awarded Grade 1-listed status in 2011, the building achieved instant fame for its stainless-steel lifts, mounted on the outside of the building’s concrete structure, creating a modern-gothic look and feel to the exterior.

Other distinguishing features include its barrel-vaulted glass roof and a central dealing room – designed to expand or contract, to meet the needs of the market; as well as a host of treasured artefacts displayed throughout, including the iconic Lutine Bell (located in the 60-meter-high atrium) and the official Maritime Loss Book which details insured ships lost at sea (including the Titanic).

Before March 2020, more than 8,000 people would have been working within the grandeur of Lloyds at any one time.

But then London locked down, and the vast trading floors – usually bustling with energy and activity – became eerily quiet.

So how has Lloyds adapted and navigated the challenges of 2020? And what does the future hold for one of London’s most iconic workplaces, that thrives on energy, face to face business transactions and team collaboration?

Join Darren Cox, Business Partner & Stakeholder Manager in the Corporate Real Estate team, as he shares valuable insight into what the ‘new normal’ looks like for Lloyds. Find out how the iconic organization has demonstrated its unparalleled ability to adapt and respond to crisis with a ‘keep calm mentality’, implementing and embracing new, effective working practices and models that has enabled business to navigate the choppy waters of 2020.

Date:

10/11/2020

Time:

08:30AM - 09:30AM EST

Host:

AWA

Speaker:

Darren Cox, Lloyds of London

Corporate Case-Study
Innocent Drinks (London, U.K.)

Have it Your Way – How to Give People The Freedom to Work In a Way That Works for Them

Based in Kensal Rise in North West London, UK, Innocent Drink’s light and spacious office is reminiscent of an English fair, turfed with green grass throughout, to encompass the brand’s cheery nature. However, do not be fooled by the synthetic grass, park benches, suspended basket chairs and ping pong table at Fruit Towers.

The super-green, super economical space has been a standout example of how to achieve an inspirational and healthy working environment, infused with energy and fun.

The team embarked on a significant refurb at the end of 2019 on the office floors, to squeeze the juice of creativity further make it more flexible for community style working.

And then 2020 happened.

Innocent has had to make a big shift and adapt fast. And we’re making it happen!

Join Tim Dorsett, UK Culture and Office Manager who will talk you through Innocent’s workspace ethic pre-Covid, and the steps they are taking to embrace a ‘new normal’ at Fruit Towers; blending agile working with the zest of the physical space.

Date:

10/11/2020

Time:

11:30AM - 12:30PM EST

Host:

AWA

Speaker:

Tim Dorsett, Innocent Drinks

Sponsored Fringe Session
Extremely Quiet or Incredibly Loud? Solving for the Sound U/X in the Changing Workplace – Knoll (U.S.)

A Sponsored Fringe Event hosted by Leading Design Firm, Knoll (NYC)

Will your office feel like Saturday morning on a Tuesday afternoon? With fewer people, higher partitions, more hard surfaces and lots of signage and hand-sanitizer, the new workplace will not only look different, but will sound different than the 2019 office.

Hear from Kimberly Bombery Smith, Senior Director of Workplace Strategy, Knoll, and Victoria Cerami,  Chief Executive Officer  and acoustics expert and sound engineer, Cerami Associates, on creating an auditory experience that’s right for your organization as you phase back to the office.

Date:

10/11/2020

Time:

11:30AM - 12:30PM EST

Host:

Knoll

Speaker:

Sophia Clark, Knoll

Corporate Case-Study
EPM Group (Medellin, Colombia)

How to Embrace a Cultural Shift and a Collaborative Workplace Model for the Future

EPM Group is a public services company headquartered in Medellín, Colombia.

EPM Group recently wanted to leverage the re-design of its iconic 15-story office building as an opportunity to transform its organizational culture—from one of hierarchical decision-making to a culture that fosters continuous improvement and superior customer experience.

Recognizing its 4,000 employees as EPM’s greatest asset, the project team delivered a people-centric redesign to better support well-being and performance through spaces that foster collaboration and bring value to business practices.

EPM Group partnered with Haworth to run diagnostics and collect data to identify the issues that impact human, organizational, and facilities performance.

This research forms the foundation for Haworth’s Organic Workspace® approach to space planning. Haworth’s approach for creating value-driven customized workplace solutions takes place early in the design process through a collaborative change management approach that translates workplace research and knowledge into a conceptual applied design strategy.

Change management took a two-prong approach: with managers and employees, the results shows the investment in the new office space has increased the performance of the human capital by 6.64 percent.

Now in the midst of a global pandemic, how will the company navigate the challenges and continue to endorse a collaborative culture in a world that push for social distancing? Join us to discover strategies applied.

Date:

10/11/2020

Time:

1:00PM - 2:00PM EST

Host:

AWA

Speaker:

Carolina Roa - Haworth, Alessandra Landskron - Haworth

11th November 2020

Corporate Case-Study
FRB Consulting (Brazil)

Brazil & Portugal: What does the future of work look like on both sides of the ocean? A sponsored event hosted by FRB Consulting, whose objective is to lead organizations to the future of work, with special participation of CoreNet Global Brazil Chapter and APFM – Portuguese Facilities Management Association.

Information is key in deciding the return – or not – to the physical office.

For the past several months we have all been wondering when we will be able to return to the office. However, for those responsible for making that decision, there is much more to it than the “when” or even the “how”.

The real question is what will the office be like when we return to it? What is its purpose? Why would people want to go to the office? What kind of flexibility would this great reset require in our physical places? What is the effect of these decisions in corporate RE portfolios? How might we put a crisis to good use?

The right questions will help to influence decision making. How can we make work really what we do, and not a place we go to?

Join Izabel Barros, PhD FRB Consulting Founding Partner, Renato Fusaro, President, CoreNet Global Brazil Chapter and Real Estate & Storage Lead for LatAm at Cargil and Miguel Alves Agostinho, APFM CEO and Regional Director for FMHOUSE, who will discuss what the future of work may look like in both countries once we are past the massive remote work experience of Covid-19.

Date:

11/11/2020

Time:

7:00AM - 8:00AM EST

Host:

FRB Consulting

Speaker:

Izabel Barros, PhD FRB Consulting Founding Partner, Renato Fusaro, President, CoreNet Global Brazil Chapter and Real Estate & Storage Lead for LatAm at Cargil, Miguel Alves Agostinho, APFM CEO and Regional Director for FMHOUSE

Cornerstone Event
Back of House Finally Comes to the Fore - AWA

New Roles for Real Estate, Facilities, Technology, and Human Resources

The built work environment notwithstanding recent times call for more emphasis n the human factor of work. Our panel of Real Estate, Facilities, IT and HR executives will share how melding their expertise not only creates new opportunities for their respective roles but results in forward thinking about space and the people who occupy it.

Date:

11/11/2020

Time:

10:00AM - 11:00AM EST

Host:

AWA / Andrew Mawson

Corporate Case-Study
Skyscanner (London, U.K.)

Sense of Place Rather Than Space – How One of the UK’s ‘Top Places To Work’ kept Company Culture Thriving Throughout 2020

The London office of the UK’s leading travel comparison site, Skyscanner (located in the Capital’s West End on the popular Tottenham Court Road) is recognized as being one of the UK capital’s ‘Coolest Office Spaces’, previously ranked sixth in The Sunday Times ‘Top Places to Work’. Bright floors, airline seat conference rooms, contemporary décor and a relaxed atmosphere make it a popular place to work for 400 of its employees.

But don’t take their word for it. According to the stats, 95% of employees believe Skyscanner prioritizes their wellbeing at work, and 91% feel their work environment is conducive to effective working. When it comes to contemporary workplace design and experience, it was blue skies ahead for this travel giant.

Fortunately, when the world of work felt the impact of the pandemic in early 2020, Skyscanner already had the tools and practices in place to support working from home. As such, over 1,000 Skyscanner employees around the world moved to working from home within just a few days.

For a company with offices across the world and energy, collaboration and social interaction rooted deep within its foundations and DNA, Skyscanner has worked hard to ensure employees were able to work business as usual as much as possible, while also finding new ways to keep their culture alive and thriving via remote means.

Join us as we hear from Esther Draper; Skyscanner’s Office Manager and Head of Workplace as she reveals how Skyscanner is continuing to adapt and evolve its practices so employees can thrive in the ‘new normal’.

Date:

11/11/2020

Time:

08:00AM - 09:00AM EST

Host:

AWA

Speaker:

Esther Draper, Skyscanner

Corporate Case-Study
Deloitte (New York, U.S.)

Getting Ahead of the Curve – How to Operationalize Dynamic Working Practices

Prior to COVID-19, some organizations were shifting to more mobile and dynamic work workplace models to suit changing organizational needs and evolving workstyles. Now, that companies are seeing how much can be accomplished in a remote or partially remote setting without significant dips in productivity – more organizations are beginning to formally plan and adopt flexible working programs for the long-term.

While organizations have made do with recent uncertain circumstances, critical components have emerged from these times that indicate the potential long-term success of adopting flexible work programs. From planning, to roll out, through to operations – and with many stakeholders involved – it’s essential that cross-functional integration and support (making a web comprised of interdependent decisions) are what’s needed to bring these programs to life.

Like other organizations, Deloitte temporarily closed its doors in response to the virus. Yet, Deloitte’s own, well-established flexible work program enabled quick responses to changes around COVID-19. Even now, with information around safety and best practices regularly changing – the organization is iterating ways to update the workplace and entry processes to keep people safe.

This summer, Deloitte began piloting re-entry procedures with a sample of workspaces and integrated daily health declarations into their workplace application.

Join us on Wednesday 11 November for an exclusive discussion around key considerations, lessons learned, and leading practices in developing the vision for and operationalization of a successful flexible work program as well as a brief discussion on how Deloitte is approaching their COVID re-entry strategy.

Date:

11/11/2020

Time:

11:30AM - 12:30PM EST

Host:

AWA

Speaker:

Guarav Charaya, Deloitte

Corporate Case-Study
Max Life Insurance (Haryana, India)

How to Implement a Radical Cultural Shift with a 20 Year Legacy

India’s leading insurance company Max Life Insurance (MLI) is listed among the ‘Best Companies to Work For’ according to GPTW (Great Place to Work® Certification).

However, despite successfully modernizing its product offering to external customers in recent years (resulting in significant growth for the organization, formally New York Life), its Gurugram-based headquarters presented an old corporate style to its internal (employee) customers.

With new technology and infrastructure transforming the world of work as we know it, change was needed at MLI to implement modern working practices that would future-proof it’s offering, increase productivity and enhance company culture for its workforce.

And so, MLI embarked on a significant re-imagination of its headquarters in 2019 to create an agile work environment that would facilitate better communication and encourage creativity and collaboration.

Over a period of six months, a series of significant changes were made to the space, leveraging the latest technology and infrastructure to better support collaborative working as well as agile working practices.

It was the timing of these changes that enabled MLI to sail through the challenges of 2020 with ease, proving that a modern workplace is far more than just the physical space.

Find out how MLI ‘maxed out’ a successful workplace transformation project; on Wednesday 11 November, and hear from Amit Mangla, SVP Facilities & Procurement, who will share their plans and vision for 2021 and beyond.

Date:

11/11/2020

Time:

07:00AM - 08:00AM EST

Host:

AWA

Speaker:

Amit Mangla, Max Life Insurance

Corporate Case-Study
Mintel (London, U.K.)

Making Decisions based on Insights – How Mintel is Utilizing its Employees’ Expertise to Determine the Future of Work.

The best experts are the ones that help find solutions based on specialist insights. But how many then use this knowledge to benefit their own organisations? Mintel, the world’s leading marketing intelligence agency, is doing this.

Headquartered in the City of London, but with offices around the world – including Chicago, Singapore and Shanghai – all the offices are designed with collaboration and creativity at their heart.

The London office was designed by Grand Designs award winner Suzanne Brewer, featuring a sushi rail of innovative FMCG products, ping pong and foosball tables, video arcade games, and floor-to-ceiling street art of innovative thinkers such as Steve Jobs and Marie Curie. Overlooking the river, the Chicago office was featured as one of Crain’s Chicago’s Coolest Offices, with a cherry-red double-decker London bus that serves as a coffee bar, shuffleboard, Wrigley Field-style bleachers and an ivy wall, and a Zen room for quiet meditation.

Long before the pandemic struck, Mintel saw how applying their own market intelligence could benefit their firm, particularly around the workplace: the environment itself, and the various ways in which their colleagues work. As a result, the agile work style already enjoyed by Mintel employees helped them to quickly – and relatively seamlessly – switch to 100% working from home.

The priority, from day one of the lockdown, was ensuring that Mintel’s culture and collaborative and creative ethos were maintained. As noted by our leading expert consumer researchers, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought forward many of Mintel’s 2030 Global Consumer Trends, and accelerated many work practice changes. A new Mintel working group is tapping into the expertise and creativity of its global workforce to help formulate the company’s Future of Work vision.

Join Liz Westcott, Managing Director, EMEA, and Jon Butcher, CEO Americas, as they share the company’s plan for work that revolves around three core components: the home, the office hub, and the ‘third place’.

Date:

11/11/2020

Time:

01:00PM - 02:00PM EST

Host:

AWA

Speaker:

Liz Westcott, Managing Director, EMEA & Jon Butcher, CEO Americas

Corporate Case-Study
Merck (Pennsylvania, U.S.)

How Merck is Envisioning a Future while Managing and Minimizing Risk

Prior to COVID-19, MERCK (known as MSD outside of the U.S. and Canada) was on a portfolio transformation journey towards a more mobile and dynamic workplace model to suit its changing organizational needs and evolving workstyles. Now that companies are seeing how much can be accomplished in a remote or partially remote setting without significant dips in productivity – the organization has been left wondering about the post COVID-19 workplace:

• What will it look like?
• How often will people be at the office, who and why?
• How much space do they really need?
• Are they now ready to jump into an ABW environment?

In the spirit of innovation and research and an effort to answer some of these questions, Merck has been working with its business and HR partners to co-create a workplace pilot that will hopefully help to understand the workplace experience after COVID-19.

The intent is not to invest in renovations but to leverage an existing space to create an internal coworking environment that employees can use when they need or choose to be at the office. There will be some minor interior rearranging, but the focus will be equally on changes in policy and behaviors.

The site Merck has chosen is a section of an existing office facility (+/- 62K SF), which includes about 300 individual workstations, collaboration and common spaces. When employees are able to return to the workplace, they will not come back to their previous desks or neighborhoods, but to the only area of the building that will be ready and open for work. What would this pilot look like? The vision includes:

A balanced mix of unassigned spaces:

• Collaboration and Meeting rooms
• Informal Meeting and Social Areas
• Individual Workspaces
• Quiet Zones
• Community Manager
• Clean Desk Policy
• Individual Workspaces
• Quiet Zones

Technology to enable:

• Planning office attendance
• Move seamlessly between spaces
• Understand utilization and adjust services offered

As Merck anticipates introducing new policies and desired behaviors to support different work styles, join them as they reveal more about this experiment for their future.

Date:

11/11/2020

Time:

02:30PM - 03:30PM EST

Host:

AWA

Speaker:

Alexandra Sanchez

Sponsored Fringe Session
The Instant Group (U.S)

The Instant Group hosts a Networking Event that Offers Insights into the Great WFH Experiment

About the session:

Within a few weeks of COVID-19 lockdown, it was clear that the office space as we once knew it was going to be transformed quickly. The ultimate work-from-home experiment has changed how we work, forcing real estate teams to rethink their portfolios and give employees more choice in where they work. In turn, this has enabled the flexible office industry. Whether for health and safety, cost savings, or adding a work-near-home option for employees, heads of real estate are finding flexible offices to be the answer to some of their key challenges.

During this event, Joe Brady, CEO, Americas, The Instant Group will give a state of the market update and highlight industry predictions. After the short presentation and Q&A session, attendees will be broken out into smaller networking groups. Bring a drink, a snack and join us for a lively evening.

About The Instant Group

The Instant Group is the leading workspace innovation company that rethinks workspace on behalf of its clients injecting flexibility, reducing cost, and driving enterprise performance. Instant places more than 7,000 companies a year in flexible workspace such as serviced, managed, or co-working offices including Amazon, American Express, Sky, Network Rail, Serco, Capita, Teleperformance and Worldpay making it the market leader in flexible workspace.

To attend the free session, please contact:
Karolina.Tarczynska@theinstantgroup.com

Date:

11/11/2020

Time:

06:00PM - 08:00PM EST

Host:

The Instant Group

Speaker:

Karolina Tarczynska, The Instant Group Joe Brady, The Instant Group

Sponsored Fringe Session
The Science Behind Making Employees Happy in the Workplace - Herman Miller (U.K.)

A Sponsored Fringe Event Hosted by Herman Miller Insight Group (UK)

We know office design affects behaviour. But to what extent? Does office design actually affect brain activity, as well as behaviour?

Join Oliver Baxter, Insight Programme Manager, EMEA, Herman Miller, who will explore the latest findings from research conducted by the Centre for Neuroeconomics Studies.
To register your interest in attending, please click here.

You will receive a link 2 days before the webinar

Date:

11/11/2020

Time:

05:30AM - 06:30AM EST

Host:

Herman Miller

Speaker:

Oliver Baxter, Instant Group

12th November 2020

Sponsored Fringe Session
The Power of the Forest in Transforming our Future Workspaces (U.S.)

A Sponsored Fringe Event hosted by Acclaimed Danish furniture Manufacturer, Carl Hansen & Søn (NYC, U.S.)

Carl Hansen & Son will host a lively conversation featuring Brooke Mellen, Founder of Cultured Forest to enlighten you on the Japanese cultural practice of Forest Bathing or Shinrin-yoku, which has scientific data to show how nature and time outdoors has proven to help lower stress levels.

Brooke will be joined by a panel of design-oriented speakers who have “bathed in the forest” and will share their thoughts and concepts of how this practice could foster creativity and inspire the design of relaxing environments for workplace gatherings.

About Carl Hansen & Søn

At Carl Hansen & Søn, we believe that iconic design is a combination of simplicity, aesthetics and functionality brought to life through skillful work with the highest quality materials.
For over 100 years, we have specialized in providing the outstanding furniture craftsmanship that brings visionary design concepts to life.

To attend this free session please register here

Date:

12/11/2020

Time:

08:30AM - 09:30AM EST

Host:

Carl Hansen & Søn

Speaker:

Brooke Mellen, Founder of Cultured Forest

Cornerstone Event
“The Earth is a Fine Place and Worth Fighting For” - The Positive Impact of Agile Work on Personal and Global Footprints - AWA

The Positive Impact of Agile Work on the Global Carbon Footprint

Could new models of work help save the planet? AWA will host environmental expert Mauro Cozzi of Emitwise to discuss how changes in work behaviors not only offer workers more flexibility but also reduce carbon emissions and improve the sustainability of the business. This session will also demonstrate how organisations can easily track emissions from a range of activities to allow them to take actions to meet their long term environmental goals.

Date:

12/11/2020

Time:

10:00AM - 11:00AM EST

Host:

AWA / Andrew Mawson

Speaker:

Mauro Cozzi, Environmental Expert, Emitwise

Corporate Case-Study
King + Company (New York, U.S.)

How one of New York’s Acclaimed “Coolest of Cool” Offices adapts to a Flexible Working Model

Join award winning Public Relations firm King + Company’s CEO Judith R. King and her team as they share how their firm is not only maintaining but enhancing their culture, collegiality and connectivity as they’ve transitioned over the past few months from working together in a new, “to die for” office – one that’s been published to much acclaim – to dispersed locations.

King + Company, a tightly knit firm that packs a big wallop in the PR world, created a spectacular office space customized to reflect not only the personality of the firm but its individual stakeholders. Acknowledged in the press as “the coolest of cool spaces” where everyone wanted to work, King also attracted “simpatico” sub-tenants and movie locations scouts to use their space as part of their real estate right-sizing and income-generating strategy. This gave the firm a “jump” on flexible and agile remote working that comes less naturally for others.

Yet, acknowledging from the outset that (even spectacular) space is only part of the equation, Judith had long since instituted ongoing activities to strengthen bonds among internal stakeholders. So when Covid-19 hit, dispersing employees to remote locations, Judith and team didn’t skip a beat – they just doubled down on daily check-in and touch-down activities already in place, and so essential to ensuring that individuals know what an integral part they play in the firm’s success.

In an interactive session based on the firm’s belief that “the office” is not going away, the King + Company team will share their views on:

• The importance (and purpose) of the office: before Covid-19 and going forward
• How to make people happy in their work … and is that scalable from small to large firms?
• How King + Company finds the kind of people that thrive in their environment

At King + Company, everything is special because the people are special.

Register now.

Date:

12/11/2020

Time:

11:30AM - 12:30AM EST

Host:

AWA

Speaker:

Judith R. King, Caren Browning & Cynthia Inacio - King + Company

Corporate Case-Study
Healthy Buildings – Short & Long-Term WELL Strategies for Your Organization’s Health and Well-being Journey

A Sponsored Fringe Event hosted by International Well Building Institute (NYC, U.S.)

About the online session:

Learn more about how the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) is leading the global WELL movement to transform our buildings and communities in ways that help people thrive.

Hear from Stephen Brown, Vice President of Global Market Development and Eleftherios Zacharakis, Associate Market Solutions Europe on a suite of impactful wellness solutions tailored for buildings and budgets of any size.

To attend this free session, please click here.

Date:

12/11/2020

Time:

11:30AM - 12:30AM EST

Host:

International Well Building Institute (NYC, U.S.)

Speaker:

Stephen Brown, Vice President of Global Market Development and Eleftherios Zacharakis, Associate Market Solutions Europe