Here’s the Latest WE:Brief – WE keep you in the know – October!


There are some great free videos here. Yes, they’re actually ads for Vyond’s video creation product, but their short pieces on health and wellness, working from home, and many other topics, all useful in their own right.


COVID-19 forced employers into a radical experiment–shifting the location of their workforce en masse. Morgan Stanley looks at the lasting and wide-reaching implications of the work from home trend.

Based on a 5% and 20% increase in remote work post-pandemic, Morgan Stanley estimates office vacancy rates could be between 16% and 26% (up from 12% now).


The great working-from-home experiment is harder than it looks. Companies must rethink how they organize for remote-working.

The majority of organizations have found the transition to remote work remarkably successful but that doesn’t mean we can’t do better. As we look to a future that will undoubtedly include more remote work, we need to revamp many of our pre-pandemic practices and processes. Now is the time to do that. Not just the usual tired list of best practices, this McKinsey article offers some solid tips for:


– Managing by results

– Maintaining cultural connections

– Cultivating informal interactions

– Improving communications

– and more




The pandemic put an abrupt end to the co-working industry’s years of rapid expansion, and JLL estimates that a fifth of the country’s 4,500 or so co-working locations could close or change hands.

JLL is predicting 1 in 5 U.S. co-working locations will close. Why? Knotel is having trouble paying its bills. IWG (formerly Regus) is using the bankruptcy courts to get out of certain leases. 

We’ll probably see a new breed of co-working emerge.–think co-working meets executive suite meets event center. Rather than owning the spokes in the hub-and-spoke design, many are talking about hybrid centers that will be co-owned and operated by separate entities.


… despite the challenges associated with our “new normal,” individuals, organizations, and communities have also experienced benefits that will be difficult to turn back from. The air in major cities is cleaner. People don’t have to waste time commuting. Organizations are giving workers the flexibility they have long been seeking. We are optimistic about even more long-term benefits that can be realized if new planning and design principles are adopted.   

We know that office and retail space, particularly in urban areas, will be changed forever by the COVID-19 crisis. We may not yet be able to envision how or how much they will eventually be changed, but this article offers actual examples of spaces that have already found new life as mixed-use facilities. Is this the future?



“As we head into a recession or economic downturns, all eyes are going to be on the opportunity for reducing cost,” said Kate Lister, president of Global Workplace Analytics. “And those big empty offices sitting out there are going to be a beacon for the C-Suite… a typical employer can save about $11,000 year for every person who works remotely half of the time. 

This article offers evidence (and some opinion) about how the pandemic will be a tipping point for online retail, distance learning, telemedicine, and remote work.


Trying to avoid the obvious here, we think it will accelerate:

  • Cashless payment
  • Touch-free tech
  • Pet ownership
  • Diversity & Inclusion 
  • 3D printing

What else?



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This free course, offered by Gitlab, is ideal for current managers, executives, and human resources professionals who want to learn how to lead and support a high-functioning, scalable remote team. 

GitLab is one of the world’s largest all-remote organizations. In addition to making their extensive employee manual and remote work playbook available free and open-source, they have just launched a Coursera series on leading in a remote work environment. This 11-hour program covers: 

– Remote work best practices

– Managing remote teams

– Remote adaptation processes

– Culture and value for distributed teams

– Crafting a remote work transition plan

This is a treasure trove of advice from been-there, done-that thought leaders. 


Today’s talent operating models are obsolete. They are slow to track workforce skills, siloed, and too rigid to reflect the full reality of talent mobility. A more resilient model is needed, one that’s agile, transparent

If you’re interested in the future of work, this webinar is for you. 


Imagine you:

– Had at your fingertips access to an inventory of the skills, talents, and interests of every person in your organization

– Could post your project needs and your employees who have the right talents and interests apply to join

– Ensure that everyone in your organization has the opportunity to do what they do best 

– Add gig workers to the team as easily as you do employees 


This is a vision of the future of work. A fluid, agile, mix of talent that brings their best selves to everything you do.