Monthly Archives: February 2021

A Brilliant Future at Transformed Workplaces

Future of work thought-leader Nellie Hayat describes a brilliant future at transformed workplaces.

Nellie is the Head of Workplace Transformation for VergeSense.

Her mission is to empower companies to reimagine their workplaces so that their talent thrive in them, wherever they may be located.

Since the start of Covid lockdowns one year ago, the American workplace has permanently changed.

No longer do the majority of workforce professionals commute to co-located offices. Now, many prefer to work from home, or remotely.

In this wide ranging discussion, Nellie:

  • Discusses the scope of her work as VergeSense’s Head of Workplace Transformation. Starts at 2:06
  • Describes the reimagined workplace. Starts at 5:17
  • Explains what big hiring firms can learn and adopt from workplace transformation achieved by Microsoft and other Silicon Valley companies. Starts at 7:10
  • Informs the intentional changes happening to headquarters design. Starts at 9:28
  • Imagines the ways commercial real estate will pivot as a result of pandemic-caused workforce shifts. Starts at 13:37

Of the brilliant future at transformed workplaces, Nellie says:

“[We were] all living on a dream that the [co-located] workplace is the only place where you can deliver your best work. And Covid proved us wrong. Actually, people, if they are supported by their leadership, can work anywhere.”

About our guest:

Nellie Hayat earned an MBA in Industrial Engineering and Management from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. She lives and works in the Bay Area of California.

EPISODE DATE: February 26, 2021

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Novel Venues Reimagine the Workplace

Dan Rosenzweig appears on the podcast, to describe how novel venues reimagine the workplace.

There are many players in co-working. But among them, KettleSpace turned a glaring problem, underutilized spaces such as hotel lobbies and restaurants, into dazzling places to work.

As co-founder of KettleSpace, Dan wants to give people who work:

“[the opportunity] to choose their WHERE, so that they can achieve and focus on their WHYs.”

Currently in the United States, over one billion square feet of commercial space lies vacant, because the pandemic has pivoted millions of workforce professionals from co-located offices to remote workplaces. Some of them now prefer to work from home, but others find that they need to achieve a sense of place and community. And that’s where KettleSpace comes to their aid.

In a wide ranging discussion, Dan:

  • Describes the origin story and business model for Kettle Space. Starts at 2:31
  • Illustrates how the KettleSpace experience enhances the workday. Starts at 5:34
  • Explains the draw for a sense of place and community. Starts at 7:04
  • Speaks to the pandemic’s impact on restaurants and other service businesses, and, tackles the question: “are big cities dead?” Starts at 12:23
  • Reimagines applications for the billions in square feet of vacant commercial space. Starts at 17:49
  • Tees up KettleSpace metros beyond New York City. Starts at 28:09

Tackling the sad effect of so much vacant retail space, Dan says:

“[As people], we can read a vibe. And the vibe of vacant retail space is [we’re not] open for business.”

Clearly, in the future of work, novel venues reimagine the workplace to support people and needy businesses.

About our guest:

Dan Rosenzweig earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and History from Vanderbilt University. Prior to co-founding KettleSpace, he worked for other co-working providers. Dan lives and works in New York City.

EPISODE DATE: February 19, 2021

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Can Grief Influence Career Choices?

As we leave 2020 behind, we ask: can grief influence career choices?

Meet New York Times best-selling author Hope Edelman. Through a series of books starting with Motherless Daughters, Hope helps people turn grief into a healing and meaningful experience.

Now, her latest book, The AfterGrief, gets grieving people to a place a positivity and purpose:

“There really are only two stages of grief that people care about: there’s the stage where you feel really bad and then there’s the stage where you feel better … [That’s what] the aftergrief is.”

In a wide ranging podcast episode, Hope:

  • Describes being a 17-year-old who lost her mom to cancer and the grief journey that led her to write Motherless Daughters. Starts at 2:23
  • Defines The AfterGrief. Starts at 7:09
  • Explains how the Covid pandemic changed bereavement. Starts at 14:32
  • Takes us through the “gendered” way we discuss grief at work. Starts at 20:08
  • Provides insight on how grief can influence career choices that lead to meaningful work. Starts at 27:41

On the recognition of grief at work, Hope says:

“It’s really important for hiring managers to be grief-literate, to know what to expect and to support their employees who are going through a period of grief.”

Above all else, grieving is tough. But it can influence career choices that lead people to meaningful work opportunities.

About our guest:

Hope Edelman is the world renowned thought-leader on grief and bereavement: the author of several books; a noted speaker, and; a certified life coach. She earned a Bachelor of Science from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a Masters of Arts in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa. Hope lives and works in Southern California.

EPISODE DATE: February 12, 2021

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Designing Work From Home Space

Designing work from home space is mission critical in the age of the pandemic and the future or work.

Leah Margolis Nathan is responding to her clients’ needs for intentional space to work and conduct Zoom meetings.

Based in Saratoga, New York, Leah helps her clients to brilliantly reimagine their square footage to live and work. What is more, she carves out beautiful and functional areas for kids in the household to participate in virtual classroom instruction.

In this wide ranging episode, Leah digs into designing work from home space. She:

  • Introduces Leah Margolis Design and the range of services that it provides clients. Starts at 2:18
  • Discusses the challenges of creating space for both living and working. Starts at 3:00
  • Relates the concerns of her clients who use Zoom to conduct meetings from home. Starts at 10:04
  • Describes decór and other parameters for staging a Zoom backdrop. Starts at 11:36
  • Considers how work from home will influence new residential design. Starts at 13:44
  • Provides guidance on color choices. Starts at 18:04
  • Ponders the future of traditional home spaces like dining rooms. Starts at 22:02

Leah describes how her clients first responded in early 2020 to Covid stay at home orders:

“People [at home] were going to grab folding tables to create their own desk or office arrangement.”

We believe that millions of workforce professionals who’ve pivoted to work from anywhere will be designing work from home space.

About our guest:

Leah Margolis Nathan received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Skidmore College. In 2009, after working with several leading design firms, Leah founded Leah Margolis Design LLC. She lives and works in Saratoga, New York.

EPISODE DATE: February 5, 2021

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