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Tech workers plan to head back to offices by Q3

first_img Commercial Real EstateManhattan Office Marketoffice marketRemote Worksavills Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Email Address* But in recent months, more New York-based companies started to make future plans, said Zev Holzman, a Savills broker who often works with tech tenants.“I think companies are much closer to understanding what their future needs are,” Holzman said.One of those needs is work flexibility, according to the survey: 95 percent said flexible work arrangements and more remote working will be normalized.More specifically, 58 percent of respondents said their employees would be in the office at least three days a week, while 18 percent said their employees would be in the office at least two days a week. Only 4 percent said they expect their employees to be in the office five days a week.But a majority of companies — 61 percent — are still trying to figure out what workers’ flexible schedules might look like.The shift to working from home has also changed how companies think of full-time remote workers: 72 percent said they are now open to recruiting talent who will be remote workers, while 20 percent said they plan to continue to recruit employees only in the areas where they have offices.A flexible work arrangement, coupled with a continued need for social distancing, is likely to convince many companies to move away from the traditional assigned seating model; 59 percent said that is now less important. On the other hand, 67 percent said a “hoteling” model, in which employees reserve their desks in advance, will be more important as they design future offices.Fewer people working in the office could also mean smaller offices: 47 percent said they would need less space. But future office sizes could also be affected by added emphasis on collaboration spaces, whether they are conference rooms or informal breakout areas.“Company culture is really hard to foster and develop remotely,” Johnson said. Tech companies are so competitive for talent and rely on culture to help retain talent and attract talent. A decrease in seats per employee doesn’t necessarily correlate to a similar decrease in office space.”Contact Akiko Matsuda Share via Shortlink 58 percent of respondents said their employees would be in the office at least three days a week (iStock)By September, a slew of workers may be finally returning to their offices.That’s according to a new report by Savills, which surveyed more than 120 tech companies in March about their future office plans. More than 50 percent said they expect to be back in the office by the third quarter of this year. Twenty-four percent said they would be back by the fourth quarter, while just 11 percent said they wouldn’t return until the first quarter of 2022.“About six months ago, no one was ready to make any decisions whatsoever, because they had no idea when they would come back to the office or what that would look like,” said Savills’ senior director Peyton Johnson. She noted that as more Americans get the Covid-19 vaccine, companies are starting to get clarity around their future office plans.Until recently, office occupancy varied greatly by regions. Large metros where people rely on public transit lagged behind the cities where people drive to work.Offices in New York City and San Francisco, for example, have largely remained empty. As of last week, 15.4 percent of workers returned to work in New York City and 14.2 percent in San Francisco. That’s compared to Dallas, where 41 percent of workers returned to offices, according to Kastle Systems, which aggregates data from its swipe-card access systems.Read moreJPMorgan Chase will embrace “flexible” design for 270 Park HQNearly 70% of CEOs expect to downsize offices: KPMGOffice landlords, beware: More of corporate America is looking to reduce space Tags Full Name*last_img read more

Wantagh Man Dies in Fall from Motorcycle

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 64-year-old man died after he fell off of his motorcycle in Bellmore over the weekend.Nassau County police said John Morgenstern of Wantagh was riding a Harley Davidson eastbound on Sunrise Highway when he began wobble and fall to the pavement near the corner of Rose Place at 1 p.m. Saturday.Morgenstern appeared to experience a medical condition, police said.The motorcycle struck an eastbound Mini Cooper.  The driver and passenger in the car were not injured.Morgenstern was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.Seventh Squad detectives impounded the motorcycle for brake and safety inspections.last_img

Mother, 3 Kids Killed in Shirley Fire

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A mother and her three children were killed in a house fire in Shirley Friday night, Suffolk County police said.Jennifer McCusker, 41, and her three children—7-year-old Aidan Tarbell and 2-year-old twins Ava Jane Mistretta and Brendan Mistretta—were transported to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center where they were pronounced dead, police said.McCusker and the twins were found inside a room with two cribs and Tarbell was discovered in an adjoining room, a police spokeswoman said.Police first received reports of the blaze on Hollywood Drive at 10:15 p.m. when a neighbor called 911 as her two sons—one an EMT and the other a volunteer firefighter—tried to enter the house but were pushed back by the smoke and heat, police said.The Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office will perform an autopsy on the four victims to determine the cause of death, police said.Police did not say what sparked the fire nor did they say if it is considered suspicious.Suffolk police homicide and arson section detectives are investigating the blaze, police said.Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img read more

Mr. O’Neill, ‘the floor is yours’

first_imgBig job, bigger questions · No one, including O’Neill, is denying the fact that the USC job is going to a huge challenge given recent allegations and the prospect of santions looming. | Photo courtesy of USC Sports Information It started off with a bang.USC Athletic Director Mike Garrett introduced new men’s basketball coach Kevin O’Neill at a Varsity Lounge press conference Monday, saying, “Kevin, the floor is yours.”O’Neill’s first public comments as the coach of a program under intense scrutiny from the NCAA?He pointed over to his wife, 32-year-old Roberta. “There won’t be any questions about recruiting, I trust,” O’Neill said. “I can recruit, obviously.”All joking aside, O’Neill, 52, made a favorable impression in his first step on a long road back for both him and the USC basketball program.Former coach Tim Floyd had made inroads in raising the national profile of what had long been a largely irrelevant program, but, facing a looming NCAA investigation this offseason, he decided to resign. The one-paragraph resignation e-mail sent to Garrett came June 9, less than a month after Floyd was accused of delivering an envelope of cash to the handler of former USC basketball player O.J. Mayo.Since then, the inquiries grew louder and louder, leading Garrett and Senior Vice President of Administration Todd Dickey to deliver unprecedented video statements posted on USC’s official website.Many wondered where USC would find its next coach, considering both the likelihood of NCAA sanctions that could limit postseason play and/or scholarships and the sheer lack of talent left on the roster, as only nine scholarship players remain after a mass exodus of both current players and incoming recruits.Well, Garrett and USC found him, toiling as an assistant coach and special assistant to the general manager for the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, just one year removed from spending the 2007-2008 season as the interim head coach at Pac-10 rival Arizona.“We’ve been through a lot, and, in looking at different potential candidates all over the country … I came to the conclusion that I really felt elated about the fact that this is the kind of person who was available,” Garrett said.Reports say that Garrett first offered the job to Pittsburgh head man Jamie Dixon, the former protégé of UCLA coach Ben Howland. After Dixon said no, both NBA Finals analyst (and former NBA head coach) Jeff Van Gundy and current UNLV coach Lon Kruger reportedly rebuffed offers from USC as well.Nevertheless, Garrett — who has caught much flak for his coaching hires over the years, including the notion that Pete Carroll was his fourth choice to become the football head coach in 2000 — insisted that O’Neill was indeed his first choice for the job.“Everyone I talked to was not shying away from USC,” Garrett said. “It was not a selling job, it was more of a find the right fit.“I think Kevin was my first choice because when I started talking to him, he’s the one that I wanted to have. He’s the guy that fit what I needed. It was a natural fit,” Garrett said.But O’Neill himself doesn’t come without controversy.He’s known as a Bob Knight-lite, a fierce competitor who sometimes lets his emotions get the best of him. Many of his former players have expressed distaste with his methods. He’s never been a player’s coach; rather, he’s been labeled as more of a defensive-minded, let-the-offense-flow kind of guy.The still-fiery O’Neill attacked those conceptions Monday.“I’m a different coach than I was the first time I was in college. I really don’t apologize for how I coach at all. I coach hard, I’m aggressive … but it’s like anything else. Over 20 years, you do change a little bit.“I’m not for every player, and that’s all there is to it. Every coach isn’t for every player,” O’Neill said. “But, I’ve been in a multitude of players’ weddings, and pro and college guys don’t invite you to be in their weddings unless they like you a little bit.”O’Neill further defended his coaching style. “I’m a great defensive coach. But what people think is that if you’re a defensive coach, you don’t coach offense, or if you’re an offensive coach you don’t value defense. I value the whole game.”USC returns only one player who averaged more than 18 minutes per game last season: senior guard Dwight Lewis. Junior guard/forward Marcus Simmons and sophomore forwards Nikola Vucevic and Leonard Washington will be the only other returners who contributed last season.Despite that, O’Neill said he expects to compete immediately. “I think we’ve got a good core group of guys,” O’Neill said. “It would be my expectation that, when we hit the practice court, that we’re thinking about nothing short of being in the NCAA Tournament.“This is a competitive group, and I think these guys will play good basketball every single day, I think they’ll work hard, and I think they’ll surprise some people.”As for the ongoing NCAA investigation, it didn’t seem to bother O’Neill much.“I really didn’t care what had happened, and we didn’t get into detail because that’s not my place,” O’Neill said. “I was taking the job no matter what. I wanted the job from the beginning because it’s USC. The fact that there’s an investigation going on never changed my view of the university at all.”Reports have said the earliest any NCAA sanction could come would be October. Until then, the program is left to hope they won’t be too short-handed this season.“We’re in limbo, we don’t know,” Garrett said. “They’re in the process, so are we, and we’re working to get to the point where we can finally come to a resolution.”Garrett stressed, though, that O’Neill — with 12 years of experience as a head coach at the college or pro levels, including stints with Marquette and the Toronto Raptors — was the right man to lead the program out of the shadow of investigation and into a new image.“He’d be a great coach for us any season, let alone what we’re going through now,” Garrett said. “I know he’ll guide us the way we should be guided.”last_img read more

Africa pledges its support for Sepp Blatter in Fifa presidency elections

first_imgEvery one of Africa’s 54 member countries will vote for Sepp Blatter in next month’s Fifa presidential election, the president of the Confederation of African Football, Issa Hayatou, said on Tuesday.“Africa is comfortable having you. Africa stays with you,” Hayatou said in a speech to open Caf’s annual congress in Cairo, at which Blatter is present.Although the individual countries do not have to follow Hayatou’s directive, Africa is expected to be a strong base of support for Blatter. With 54 of the 209 Fifa member countries eligible to vote in the presidential election in Zurich on 29 May, Africa is the largest of the six continental confederations.Blatter is seeking a fifth term in office to extend a reign that began in 1998. The Fifa vice-president Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, the Dutch FA head, Michael van Praag, and the former Portugal international Luís Figo are standing against him. Those three challengers will not be addressing Caf delegates.In his speech to the congress in Cairo, Blatter reflected on Africa’s achievements during his time as Fifa president, including the continent’s first World Cup in South Africa in 2010.He said Hayatou, who has led CAF for 27 years despite allegations of corruption and an official reprimand by the International Olympic Committee, was a pillar of African football. –last_img read more

Governor DeSantis in South Florida for Opening of Walk-Thru Testing Sites

first_imgGovernor Ron DeSantis announced yesterday that two walk-thru testing sites will open tomorrow in Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach. The sites will cater to those who don’t have cars, but it’s only for those showing symptoms who make an appointment.Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that the sites would open at Mitchell Moore Park at 901 Northwest 10th Street in Pompano Beach and at the Urban League at 560 Northwest 27th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.The sites will open for testing on Saturday and will start with 200 tests per day, DeSantis said.The governor will be in South Florida today for the opening of the new walk-through testing sites.During his Thursday briefing on the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Ron DeSantis said he is visiting Broward County on Friday.DeSantis will be with Florida National Guard Adj. Gen. James Eifert and Jared Moskowitz, the director of the division of Emergency Management.DeSantis and his team is scheduled to arrive at 10 a.m. at the Urban League of Broward County, 560 NW 27th Ave., in Fort Lauderdale.Jen and Bill talked to Lt. Governor Jeanette Nunez this morning on the South Florida morning show.last_img read more

First Razor Clam Dig of Season set for October 6-7

first_imgFacebook50Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeThe first razor clam dig of the fall season will get underway October 6-7 at four ocean beaches.Razor clam digging on the beaches of Western Washington is a time-honored tradition. Photo credit: Lisa ShellThe Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has approved the dig on evening tides at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks after marine toxin tests showed that clams on those beaches are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon.The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates and evening low tides:October 6, Friday, 7:49 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, MocrocksOctober 7, Saturday, 8:33 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, MocrocksDan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, recommends that diggers hit the beach about an hour or two before low tide for the best results.Before receiving the test results, Ayres said he had received a number of calls from diggers about an erroneous newspaper story that suggested that ocean beaches would remain closed to digging.“A map on the Washington Department of Health’s website indicates that beaches are closed to razor clam digging up until they are cleared to open by the test results,” Ayres said. “We’re pleased that we are able to move ahead with this opening as scheduled.”A recent statement in a story about Pierce County’s shellfish ban might have caused some confusion among razor clam diggers. While it’s true that the Washington coast has been closed to clam digging, that closure could be superseded by favorable results from a marine toxin test, due as early as Oct. 3. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will post the results of that test at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html.Locals and tourists alike line the beaches during a razor clam tide where camaraderie outweighs competition in the search for your limit of 15 clams.Photo Credit: NOAAWDFW has tentatively scheduled another dig for November 2-5, pending results of future toxin tests. More information on planned digs can be found on WDFW’s razor clam webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html.All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2017-18 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.Under state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.Ayres noted that throughout the 2017-18 razor clam season, a research team from the University of Maryland will be out on the beaches seeking volunteers to participate in a survey about razor clam consumption and harvesting practices. For more information, contact Lynn Grattan at 877-668-4559 or LGrat[email protected]last_img read more