Bookmarks: 5 Interesting Articles to Help You This Week

April 24th, 2017

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Each week, I select a few articles that rise above the fray and hopefully help you on your journey in the CRE world. They pull from one of four “corners:” corporate real estate, technology, management science and anything positive. I welcome your comments on these articles and the submissions of others (with credit to you if I post them). I wish you a terrific week!

How Online Shopping Makes Suckers of Us All
“Will you pay more for those shoes before 7 p.m.? Would the price tag be different if you lived in the suburbs? Standard prices and simple discounts are giving way to far more exotic strategies, designed to extract every last dollar from the consumer.” www.theatlantic.com

How Airline Workers Learn to Deal With You
To many travelers, these and other onboard incidents from just the past couple of weeks represent an airline industry out of control, with power-hungry personnel who bring down the hammer if they sense even a whiff of wrongdoing.

People who work on the industry’s front lines, however, consider themselves first responders of the airport and the skies, awkwardly embracing the newfound expectation that they’re as responsible for passenger safety as those who pilot the jets. They do so, many say, without proper staffing or resources, and amid managerial suspicion and passenger disrespect. www.nytimes.com

Can “Returnships” Help Women Restart Careers?
“Outside of work, I started to notice something as I entered my 40s – female friends and colleagues were leaving their careers for a period of time to focus on their children and finding it difficult to restart their careers. Their attempts were thwarted by bias from recruiters and hiring managers who were reluctant to consider a candidate with a career gap or someone who wanted something less than a full-time role.” www.forbes.com

Here’s What I Learned at 52 about Age, Wisdom, and the Tech Industry
“Wisdom is about pattern recognition. And the older you are, the more patterns you’ve seen. There’s an old saying I love: “When an elder dies, it’s like a library has burned down.” In the digital era, libraries — and elders — aren’t quite as popular as they used to be. But wisdom never grows old.” www.hbr.org

What in the World Is Causing the Retail Meltdown of 2017?
“So, what the heck is going on? The reality is that overall retail spending continues to grow steadily, if a little meagerly. But several trends—including the rise of e-commerce, the over-supply of malls, and the surprising effects of a restaurant renaissance—have conspired to change the face of American shopping.Here are three explanations for the recent demise of America’s storefronts.”  www.theatlantic.com

Your success blesses others. I wish you a great a hugely impactful week!

Ken

 

Bookmarks: 5 Interesting Articles to Help You This Week

April 17th, 2017

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Each week, I select a few articles that rise above the fray and hopefully help you on your journey in the CRE world. They pull from one of four “corners:” corporate real estate, technology, management science and anything positive. I welcome your comments on these articles and the submissions of others (with credit to you if I post them). I wish you a terrific week!

Solving The Mystery of Government Owned Real Estate
“Governments own and lease more commercial real estate assets than any other entity around the world. The trouble is no one knows exactly how much. Two new tech companies are working to make it easier for real estate professionals to discover and work with government assets.” www.forbes.com

Don’t Get Dragged Away: Learn These Three Basic Facts About Airline Overbooking
If your flight is overbooked and not enough passengers volunteer to take a later one, you could end up being denied boarding. So if you’re not in a rush to get somewhere you might be tempted take the $200 minimum voucher, without realizing that you enter into a contract of carriage every time you purchase a flight, and this contract outlines the legal expectations on you and on the airline. You could be owed more compensation than the minimum $200.

Specifically, if your domestic flight arrives one-two hours late, you’re entitled to 200% of your one-way fare, with a cap of $650. On international flights, you’re entitled to that if your flight arrives four hours late. If your domestic flight arrives more than two hours late, you’re entitled to 400% of your one-way fare, with a cap of $1,300. If international, you’re entitled to that if your flight arrives more than four hours late. So before taking a travel voucher and giving up your seat, stop and consider that it may be preventing you from receiving the greater compensation you would be due if you ended up being denied boarding. www.forbes.com

LinkedIn’s Recruiting Head On Why The First Think He Does In Every Job Interview Is Hand Over A Marker
When LinkedIn’s head of recruiting, Brendan Browne, interviews someone for a job, one of the first things he does is hand over an erasable marker and direct the candidate to a whiteboard on the wall.

He’ll ask the candidate, regardless of position, “What are you most passionate about? Using the whiteboard, explain to me the process of how it works.”

If that seems open to interpretation to you, it’s because it’s supposed to.” www.businessinsider.com

Amazon’s Free Shipping Pushes Small Retailers to Compete
“There is no universe where you can beat Amazon’s shipping prices,” said Stefan Weitz, chief product and strategy officer at Radial, which handles online orders from about two-dozen warehouses and clients’ stores. “I don’t have to beat Amazon. I have to get close enough to provide a service level to my customers.” www.wsj.com

Richard Branson’s 5 a.m. Workout and 5 Other Morning Habits of Successful Billionaires
“Get your head in the game If you think you have a lot on your plate, just imagine what it’s like to wake up every morning and face running one of the world’s biggest businesses. The secret is to have a thoughtful morning routine.” www.inc.com

Your success blesses others. I wish you a great a hugely impactful week!

Ken

 

Bookmarks: 5 Interesting Articles to Help You This Week

April 11th, 2017

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Each week, I select a few articles that rise above the fray and hopefully help you on your journey in the CRE world. They pull from one of four “corners:” corporate real estate, technology, management science and anything positive. I welcome your comments on these articles and the submissions of others (with credit to you if I post them). I wish you a terrific week!

Downtown Brooklyn’s Dearth of Office Space Beckons Tishman Speyer
“Twenty-first-century real estate is defined by a ‘live-work-play’ dynamic,” said Rob Speyer, the president of Tishman Speyer. “Brooklyn has mastered ‘live-play,’ but now it needs world-class office space for ‘work.” www.nytimes.com

Should CEOs Respond When Employees Complain About Them Online?
“If the decision is to reply to employee criticism, CEOs should remember that a response over social media is not just a response to the critical employee — it’s a message to everyone who comes across it, including potential shareholders, customers, and employeeI mas. As a general rule, simplicity and humility go a long way.” www.hbr.com

Your Accountant Knows You Better Than You Know Yourself
I married mine – tell me about it. www.wsj.com

10 Podcasts That Will Make You Smarter
Hate your commute? Struggle to motivate yourself to hit the treadmill? Perhaps both these problems (and many more) have the same solution. Why not turn these odds and ends of unpleasant time into opportunities to learn by popping on a podcast? That’s how many luminaries like Bill Gates manage to find time to feed their brains despite their insane schedules, after all.

All you need is a few good suggestions of where to start. A fabulously useful Quora thread responding to a questioner who wanted to know “What podcast has made you smarter?” offers tons of great ideas covering topics from design and spirituality to health and entrepreneurship. Happy listening!” www.inc.com

Why Delta Air Lines Paid Me $11,000 Not To Fly To Florida This Weekend
10 things to know about getting bumped off a plane and how to get compensated handsomely.  www.forbes.com

Your success blesses others. I wish you a great a hugely impactful week!

Ken

 

Bookmarks: 5 Interesting Articles to Help You This Week

March 27th, 2017

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Each week, I select a few articles that rise above the fray and hopefully help you on your journey in the CRE world. They pull from one of four “corners:” corporate real estate, technology, management science and anything positive. I welcome your comments on these articles and the submissions of others (with credit to you if I post them). I wish you a terrific week!

The Dirty Secret That’s Making Major Construction More Expensive 
“With all of these different factors involved in removing dirt from sites, it is no wonder contractors have been devoting greater resources to trying to make the process more efficient. As major projects break ground every year, it keeps becoming harder to find new places to dump the dirt, compounding the logistical challenges contractors face.” www.bisnow.com

“The revelation of how sales people actually spend their time paves the way for management based on facts, not myths. It makes clearer what combination of coverage, alignment, and behaviors generates the best outcomes. And it gives frontline managers a specific agenda for coaching and training, all in the service of inspiring greater productivity for the entire sales team..” www.hbr.com

Research: Stale Office Air Is Making You Less Productive
“….research adds empirical evidence to a long-recognized phenomenon. Ben Franklin once professed, “I am persuaded that no common air from without is so unwholesome as the air within a close room that has been often breathed and not changed.” We’ve all struggled to concentrate in a conference room that is stuffy and warm. When a window or door is opened and fresh air comes in, it breathes life into the room. Businesses would benefit from recognizing this and taking action to optimize their air quality for employees’ health and productivity. www.hbr.com

How Big Data Improves the Real Estate Industry
The vast big data ocean contains billions of pieces of information and the ultimate goal is to find meaning and patterns. It decreases the risk traditionally associated with real estate business, empowering us to make informed decisions based on facts and figures. We have a chance to obtain greater insight into markets and trends that shape them.” www.inman.com

How the ‘Airbnb for Pets’ Became a $70 Million Business
“The company’s success has been good news for Rocky the fearful goldendoodle, who no longer has to spend her time in kennels. Hirschhorn, speaking while on vacation in the Dominican Republic, says that she’s currently boarding with a DogVacay sitter. “From the pictures I’ve gotten of Rocky at the beach, on a hike, and passed out in her bed,” he adds, “I’m pretty sure she’s having as much fun on vacay as we are.” www.inc.com

Richard Branson’s 5 a.m. Workout and 5 Other Morning Habits of Successful Billionaires
“Get your head in the game If you think you have a lot on your plate, just imagine what it’s like to wake up every morning and face running one of the world’s biggest businesses. The secret is to have a thoughtful morning routine.” www.inc.com

Your success blesses others. I wish you a great a hugely impactful week!

Ken

 

Bookmarks: 5 Interesting Articles to Help You This Week

March 20th, 2017

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Each week, I select a few articles that rise above the fray and hopefully help you on your journey in the CRE world. They pull from one of four “corners:” corporate real estate, technology, management science and anything positive. I welcome your comments on these articles and the submissions of others (with credit to you if I post them). I wish you a terrific week!

Millennials are Forcing America’s Largest Corporations to Kill Traditional Suburban Office Parks
“…developers still have to decide if their buildings align with what employees are asking for, and doubly so as the desire for certain elements of the ‘urban experience’ have bled into the suburbs. If businesses choose not to adapt to those changing preferences, as…research suggests they should, it shouldn’t come as a surprise if tenants begin to jump ship. The cities that have strong downtowns and are successful in attracting corporate relocations and millennials to live nearby will have an unquestionable edge. “In those metropolitan areas, the suburban campus will be less successful.” www.businessinsider.com

It’s 10 AM. Do You Know What Your Sales Reps Are Doing?
“The revelation of how sales people actually spend their time paves the way for management based on facts, not myths. It makes clearer what combination of coverage, alignment, and behaviors generates the best outcomes. And it gives frontline managers a specific agenda for coaching and training, all in the service of inspiring greater productivity for the entire sales team..” www.hbr.com

High Above, Drones Keep Watchful Eyes on Wildlife in Africa
“Popices launched with a new offering: indoor spaces. Their portfolio includes restaurants, cafes, a hotel, and even a converted house-boat. Baker tells us that each space offers different perks, but that “if you compare it to Airbnb, we basically guarantee members a bed (desk + chair) and all the other extras depend on the location they choose. www.https://allwork.space.com

How The Top Real Estate Tycoon In LA Overcame MS To Achieve Success
“Pardee took a year off from working to focus on her values and what was most important to her. She attended the LifeForward program through the Hudson Institute of Coaching in Santa Barbara, which gave her the tools to get her life under control. “I was able to hone in on what was important to me in each area of my life – personal, family, friends, business and community. I had to make a commitment to live within my values and be true to myself. I had to learn to give up things I could not change. I made visions boards for my life that incorporated creative ways to live in the moment and truly appreciate every day. Rather than letting the MS diagnosis set me back, I took control of my life and made an actionable plan.”www.forbes.com

How the ‘Airbnb for Pets’ Became a $70 Million Business
“The company’s success has been good news for Rocky the fearful goldendoodle, who no longer has to spend her time in kennels. Hirschhorn, speaking while on vacation in the Dominican Republic, says that she’s currently boarding with a DogVacay sitter. “From the pictures I’ve gotten of Rocky at the beach, on a hike, and passed out in her bed,” he adds, “I’m pretty sure she’s having as much fun on vacay as we are.” www.inc.com

Your success blesses others. I wish you a great a hugely impactful week!

Ken

 

Bookmarks: 5 Interesting Articles to Help You This Week

March 13th, 2017

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Each week, I select a few articles that rise above the fray and hopefully help you on your journey in the CRE world. They pull from one of four “corners:” corporate real estate, technology, management science and anything positive. I welcome your comments on these articles and the submissions of others (with credit to you if I post them). I wish you a terrific week!

Why Do Employees Stay? A Clear Career Path and Good Pay, for Starters
“At Glassdoor, we have ample data on workers’ job trajectories from millions of résumés that people have shared on our site. Looking at those résumés, we can gain insight into the reasons for employee turnover by comparing job transitions where workers stayed with their original employer with those where people left for another company.” www.hbr.com

Why We Don’t Value Flextime Enough
“Even when flextime is available, its attractiveness depends on how it is perceived by others, particularly by higher-ups. Employees may wonder, for example, whether they will be at a disadvantage for promotion if they don’t put in enough face time at the office during business hours. If we really are going to change the way that people think about the benefits of flextime, managers need to make it clear that there is no stigma attached to it.” www.wsj.org

Pop-Up Workspaces: The New Hype in Amsterdam
“Popices launched with a new offering: indoor spaces. Their portfolio includes restaurants, cafes, a hotel, and even a converted house-boat. Baker tells us that each space offers different perks, but that “if you compare it to Airbnb, we basically guarantee members a bed (desk + chair) and all the other extras depend on the location they choose. www.https://allwork.space.com

How The Top Real Estate Tycoon In LA Overcame MS To Achieve Success
“Pardee took a year off from working to focus on her values and what was most important to her. She attended the LifeForward program through the Hudson Institute of Coaching in Santa Barbara, which gave her the tools to get her life under control. “I was able to hone in on what was important to me in each area of my life – personal, family, friends, business and community. I had to make a commitment to live within my values and be true to myself. I had to learn to give up things I could not change. I made visions boards for my life that incorporated creative ways to live in the moment and truly appreciate every day. Rather than letting the MS diagnosis set me back, I took control of my life and made an actionable plan.”www.forbes.com

The American Suburbs as we Know Them Are Dying
People in US suburbs are changing the way they shop, where they eat, and what they want in their homes.Malls are shutting down as e-commerce continues to take over, and the casual-dining chains that fed shoppers after a day of hoofing it through the mall are struggling to cope.” www.businessinsider.com

Your success blesses others. I wish you a great a hugely impactful week!

Ken

 

Bookmarks: 5 Interesting Articles to Help You This Week

March 6th, 2017

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Each week, I select a few articles that rise above the fray and hopefully help you on your journey in the CRE world. They pull from one of four “corners:” corporate real estate, technology, management science and anything positive. I welcome your comments on these articles and the submissions of others (with credit to you if I post them). I wish you a terrific week!

‘Ugh, I’m So Busy’: A Status Symbol for Our Time
“The gleam of being both well-off and time-poor, the authors write, is “driven by the perceptions that a busy person possesses desired human capital characteristics (competence, ambition) and is scarce and in demand on the job market.” In a curious reversal, the aspirational objects here are not some luxury goods—a nice watch or car, which are now mass-produced and more widely available than they used to be—but workers themselves, who by bragging about how busy they are can signal just how much the labor market values them and their skills.” www.theatlantic.com


The Right Way to Start a Meeting
“If you want to have a more productive meeting, focus on a strong opening. A good start to a meeting is like an overture: It sets the tone, introduces the major themes, and provides a preview of what you can expect. Here are some best practices for starting your next meeting.” www.hbr.org

NAR: 2017 Will Be Strong Year for Commercial
Strengthening demand from smaller markets will help the commercial sector see stable growth and offer “decent” returns for investors in 2017, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ quarterly commercial real estate forecast NAR predicts that the national office vacancy rate will drop 1.1 percentage points to 12.1 percent this year. Job growth in the business and professional services sector is expected to increase the need for office space in 2017. www.realtormag.com

Why We Don’t Value Flextime Enough
“Workplace flexibility has obvious appeal as an alternative to the traditional 9-to-5 day. It allows employees to get to the doctor, stop for a haircut or attend a school assembly during the day and to wrap up work after the kids go to bed. And if employees value this flexibility, companies may benefit as well—by attracting better employees or making existing ones more productive, because they are happier on the job.www.wsj.com

Cities Embrace ‘Transit Hubs’ to Boost Business, Jobs
“Are transit hubs the new malls? Several major nerve centers of U.S. transportation—like Union Station in Washington, D.C., and Penn Station in New York City—are planning major overhauls that would transform them from pass-through structures into glittering corridors of restaurants, retail, and event spaces. Meanwhile, expanding local rail systems around the country are also sparking the development of new transit hubs, trying to take advantage of built-in foot traffic to boost business and job markets.” www.curbed.com

Your success blesses others. I wish you a great a hugely impactful week!

Ken

 

Bookmarks: 5 Interesting Articles to Help You This Week

February 27th, 2017

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Each week, I select a few articles that rise above the fray and hopefully help you on your journey in the CRE world. They pull from one of four “corners:” corporate real estate, technology, management science and anything positive. I welcome your comments on these articles and the submissions of others (with credit to you if I post them). I wish you a terrific week!

Apple Will Open Its New ‘Spaceship’ Campus In April
“Apple’s new campus has a name and a move-in date.

On Wednesday, Apple announced that its 175-acre ring-shaped futuristic campus will be called “Apple Park” and employees will being occupying it in April, although construction will continue through the summer. By the end of this year, Apple expects to move more than 12,000 employees into the new Cupertino campus.

To honor Steve Jobs’ memory, the 1,000-seat auditorium on campus will be named after Apple’s iconic founder. Apple announced the news days before what would have been Jobs’ 62nd birthday.” www.forbes.com


How to Handle Interrupting Colleagues
“You’re giving a presentation on the company’s strategic direction when one of your colleagues interrupts you. You pause, address his question, and continue with your point — until he interrupts again. Sound familiar?

All of us have known colleagues, friends, or romantic partners who seem unable to let us finish a sentence. How do you handle them effectively? There are a number of tactics.” www.hbr.org

What CEOs Should Know About Speaking Up on Political Issues
The unpredictability of our current political environment, in the U.S. and around the globe, has drawn company leaders into a maelstrom. CEOs don’t know whether a presidential tweet will bring their company into the limelight, or whether a controversial policy will pressure them to speak out. For example, there was anxiety among CEOs about how to respond to President Trump’s recent executive order restricting immigration. There’s even an app that notifies users when the president tweets about a particular company.

Should executives respond when a tweet or unexpected event touches their business or rouses their employees and customers? There are risks and rewards to CEO activism. Weber Shandwick, where I serve as chief reputation officer, and KRC Research surveyed 1,050 senior executives and 2,100 consumers across 21 markets worldwide to find out what people expect from corporate brands.. www.hbr.com

Investors Are Targeting Smaller, Last Mile Warehouses
“Investors are taking aim at smaller industrial properties that cover the critical last mile that e-commerce firms need to make same-day delivery a reality. These warehouses tend to be smaller, less efficient and older than bulk facilities, and until now they’ve  largely sat idle on the market,www.bisnow.org

The B-52s Played its First Gig 40 Years Ago Today, so Here are 52 Fun Facts About the Band
“In honor of one of Athens’ most legendary bands celebrating the anniversary of its first gig 40 years ago, here are 52 fun, freaky and factual things to know about the B-52s.” www.redandblack.com

Your success blesses others. I wish you a great a hugely impactful week!

Ken

 

Bookmarks: 5 Interesting Articles to Help You This Week

February 20th, 2017

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Each week, I select a few articles that rise above the fray and hopefully help you on your journey in the CRE world. They pull from one of four “corners:” corporate real estate, technology, management science and anything positive. I welcome your comments on these articles and the submissions of others (with credit to you if I post them). I wish you a terrific week!

It Only Takes 7 Words to Create the Last Work-From-Home Policy You’ll Ever Need
“Recently, a friend asked me to review his work-from-home policy. He’s tired of being reactive and wants to be proactive. “What am I missing?” he asked. “What should I add?”

I didn’t even look at his policy.

“Here are all the guidelines you need,” I said.

* Get your work done.
* Be available.
* Overcommunicate.

Sound too simple? It’s not. Those seven words cover most of the issues you’ll face–and if they don’t, you can deal with those situations one-off rather than as systemic issues that require a blanket policy.” www.inc.com


Want to Be More Productive? Sit Next to Someone Who Is
“We saw that neighbors have a significant impact on an employee’s performance, and it can be either positive or negative. In terms of magnitude, we found that approximately 10% of a worker’s performance spills over to her neighbors. Replacing an average performer with one who is twice as productive results in his or her neighboring workers increasing their own productivity by about 10%, on average.” www.hbr.0rg

Business travel. It’s a killer. Literally.
“Now I don’t wish to sound like some harbinger of doom and put a downer on what some believe is one of the few pleasures they have in their working lives but several recent studies suggest that extensive air travel is incredibly detrimental to your health.. www.linkedin.com

Energy Strategy for the C-Suite
“To understand how firms are approaching energy strategy, we surveyed executives from 145 companies with $1 billion or more in revenue from across sectors and geographies. The research looked at the firms’ performance on 15 measures of energy practice, including developing a formal strategy, deploying cutting-edge technologies, and leveraging advanced financing mechanisms. We sorted the firms into leaders, middle tier, and laggards and gauged how well their “energy maturity” drove business value. Drawing on this research and on our decades of experience in energy consulting and management, we have developed a new framework for using energy strategy to drive business value.www.hbr.org

10 Journalism Brands Where You Find Real Facts Rather Than Alternative Facts
“One key question for any publication is this: If a reporter gets facts in a story wrong, will the news outlet investigate a complaint and publish a correction? Does the publication have its own code of ethics? Or does it subscribe to and endorse the Society of Professional Journalist’s code of ethics? And if a reporter or editor seriously violates ethical codes – such as being a blatant or serial plagiarizer, fabulist or exaggerator – will they be fired at a given news outlet? While some may criticize mainstream media outlets for a variety of sins, top outlets such as the Washington Post, the New York Times, NBC News and the New Republic have fired journalists for such ethics violations. That is remarkable in a world where some celebrities, politicians and other realms of media (other than news… such as Hollywood films “based on a true story”) can spread falsehood with impunity.” www.forbes.com

Your success blesses others. I wish you a great a hugely impactful week!

Ken

 

Bookmarks: 5 Interesting Articles to Help You This Week

February 13th, 2017

Credit: iStock

Credit: iStock

Each week, I select a few articles that rise above the fray and hopefully help you on your journey in the CRE world. They pull from one of four “corners:” corporate real estate, technology, management science and anything positive. I welcome your comments on these articles and the submissions of others (with credit to you if I post them). I wish you a terrific week!

Big Investors Cut Back on Commercial Property as Bull Market Loses Steam
Is the pendulum swinging back the tenant’s way? “Some prominent real-estate investors are reducing their holdings and getting more selective about new deals, in a sign that the eight-year bull market for U.S. commercial property is coming to a close.

Asset managers at pension funds and endowments, as well as private-equity firms and other big investors, are throttling back on new acquisitions, selling more assets and shifting to less risky strategies as a way to protect against potential losses in a downturn.” www.wsj.com

Finally, Proof That Managing for the Long Term Pays Off
“Companies deliver superior results when executives manage for long-term value creation and resist pressure from analysts and investors to focus excessively on meeting Wall Street’s quarterly earnings expectations. This has long seemed intuitively true to us. We’ve seen companies such as Unilever, AT&T, and Amazon succeed by sticking resolutely to a long-term view. And yet we have not had the comprehensive data needed to quantify the payoff from managing for the long term — until now.

New research, led by a team from McKinsey Global Institute in cooperation with FCLT Global, found that companies that operate with a true long-term mindset have consistently outperformed their industry peers since 2001 across almost every financial measure that matters.” www.hbr.0rg

Sorry, Working From Home Isn’t the Future of Job Flexibility
Workers say in survey after survey that flexibility is a very important aspect of job satisfaction. But what they really want is to work from home, according to a recently published study by the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

That’s not realistic for many of the fields of work that are growing fastest, and it’s not something most employers are offering.

The average worker would take an 8 percent pay cut to work from home, the study found. Other possible work arrangements, such as compressing five days’ worth of work into four or picking different start and end times, don’t seem to justify a lower salary. www.bloomberg.com

How to Make Sure Your Emails Give the Right Impression
Given the avalanche of email we receive each year — 121 messages per day, on average — it’s no wonder that we have become somewhat desensitized to its impact on our professional brand. We’ll spend hours polishing our LinkedIn profiles and revising our résumés, but hastily hit send on an unintelligible missive simply because we’re in a rush. “Sent from my device, please overlook typos” is not a get-out-of-jail-free card for shoddy communications.

Have you ever thought about the brand you’re conveying through your emails? You should. Every email you send affects your professional reputation, or brand. Don’t make these all-too-common mistakes in your communication:” www.hbr.org

10 Journalism Brands Where You Find Real Facts Rather Than Alternative Facts
“One key question for any publication is this: If a reporter gets facts in a story wrong, will the news outlet investigate a complaint and publish a correction? Does the publication have its own code of ethics? Or does it subscribe to and endorse the Society of Professional Journalist’s code of ethics? And if a reporter or editor seriously violates ethical codes – such as being a blatant or serial plagiarizer, fabulist or exaggerator – will they be fired at a given news outlet? While some may criticize mainstream media outlets for a variety of sins, top outlets such as the Washington Post, the New York Times, NBC News and the New Republic have fired journalists for such ethics violations. That is remarkable in a world where some celebrities, politicians and other realms of media (other than news… such as Hollywood films “based on a true story”) can spread falsehood with impunity.” www.forbes.com

Your success blesses others. I wish you a great a hugely impactful week!

Ken