What Successful Freelancers Do Differently

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More than a quarter of the global workforce does some freelance work— from writers and designers to coaches and delivery drivers. Though the majority of freelancers are based in Europe (35%) and Asia (28%), the gig economy has an exciting and attractive future in the U.S. as well.

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Making sense of why executives are eager to get employees back in the office

People enter the Goldman Sachs headquarters building in New York, U.S., on Monday, June 14, 2021.
People enter the Goldman Sachs headquarters building in New York, U.S.,
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After two years, giddy executives appear on the brink of welcoming their workforces back to the office, whether their employees are ready or not.

 

“I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to being together again,” Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook told his employees in a memo last week, outlining his company’s April 11 hybrid back-to-work plan.

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Why I Still Love the Office

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So many bosses have repeated the same arguments against remote work so many times, most workers could recite them during a desk nap: People are less productive at home. Offices are necessary to maintain company culture. Chance encounters at the water cooler breed innovation.

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Strategic Repositioning: The Key To Reimagined, Livable Urban Work Environments

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How we work has changed and the idea that a workplace must be contained in an office building has yielded to the notion that work is a mindset, not tied to any one location. The latest research tells us that people’s priorities for living and working are different, and flexible working is more important than being in a centralized location.

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Economy Gives Employees Power to Choose

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The unemployment rate dropped below 4 percent this spring, a rate not seen since the year 2000. That gives workers something they haven’t had in quite a while: options.

 

While the great recession of 2007–2010 tethered employees to specific jobs, industries, and employers, today’s expanding economy affords those employees the power to choose exactly where they want to live and work. The most innovative companies have discovered that location data can be a critical asset in attracting and retaining top talent.

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Rethinking The Hybrid Workplace Model As A Community Builder

 

From Parks and Recreation to Mad Men and of course, The Office, it’s no coincidence that some of the most iconic pieces of pop culture are presented in workplaces. Offices are central to not just our jobs but also to our relationships and aspirations. However, there’s no doubt the pandemic has transformed companies’ and their employees’ relationship to offices for the years and decades to come.

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