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Next Gen Worker OR Next Gen Workplace? 

Glumac's Shanghai office. Image © Nacasa&Partners

There is an awful lot of bandwidth being taken up by the "generational debate," and a lot of this has focused on Millennials as the pampered successors of the Baby Boomers. This is a very western perspective, as Asian countries don't have a “Baby Boomer Generation” per se. So while it may be important to understand what makes the 75 million or so Millennials in the U.S. tick, what about the 218 million young adults in China (and that's only the "10 year cohort" born from 1980-1990, sometimes referred to as ‘Deng's Children’), or the staggering 426 million Millennials in India? See more here.

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Let’s talk about the Workplace: It’s complicated! 

Digital nomads hold unique expectations for what workplaces should provide.

I am a digital nomad. I have traveled the world over for work, and for pleasure, and I pride myself on being not only well-traveled but good at traveling—I have a full repertoire of digital tools as well as the know-how to get and stay connected wherever I may be. In fact, I am zooming over Europe at 35,000 feet as I type this, heading home to Singapore from the U.S. Working on a plane is almost an every-day occurrence for me.

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Wellbeing and the Workplace

Source: http://www.scmp.com/

I’m sure that few of you missed the headlines suggesting that sitting is the new smoking and that a sedentary lifestyle can lead to such ill-effects as diabetes and heart disease. Reaching your full potential at work involves more than just staving off illness; it’s about being fully healthy. Well-thought out holistic and physical changes can help workers achieve full health. They can eradicate the scourge of sitting currently plaguing workplaces and lead to healthy habits that improve energy, focus, mood, and performance in the workplace.

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Stress, Performance and Workplace Design

Are trading floors stressing out financial service professionals? Image © Gensler

Gensler’s Financial Services Firms practice area is investigating the connection between stress, performance, and workplace design—and they’ve focused on a notorious hotbed of stress: the trading floor. The team recently published the first stage of their research, Trading Stress for Wellness. We spoke with research team members Rocco Giannetti, Kimberly Kelly, and Braxton Satterfield to learn more about the project.

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Millennials Define the Creative Workspace

Facebook's new headquarters in Palo Alto exemplifies a workplace designed to harness Millennials' creativity. Image © Jasper Sanidad

In a recent article published in the Viewpoints, a publication of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers, I argue that the current workspace is no longer ruled by a certain type of company or by the desire to set-up shop at a particular location. Instead the Millennial generation is predominantly shaping how we work and how companies interact with their employees.

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