In The Loop: International Workplace Council, WeWork, And More

The Workplace Operator Readiness Council aims to share information and coordinate efforts that will produce a better, safer outcome for companies that are ready to welcome people back into the office.

The Workplace Operator Readiness Council

This week, Industrious announced the formation of the Workplace Operator Readiness Council (WORC), a global coalition of 15 workplace operators and over 20 advisors who will work together to develop return-to-office guidelines. Members of the council include IWG, JustCo, Hana, The Work Project, and Mindspace among others. “The initiative aims to share information and coordinate efforts that will produce a better, safer outcome for companies that are ready to welcome people back into the office. The council is sharing what is working and what is not in places where lockdowns have been lifted.”

WeWork Lays Off more Employees

The Real Deal reported this week that this past Thursday WeWork “laid off employees in the sales, physical product and operations departments.” The newest round of layoffs should not come as too much of a surprise, as CEI  Sandeep Mathrani announced last month that staff cuts would conclude at the end of May. Though the total number of employees laid off is not clear, it adds to the hundreds of WeWork cuts since the company’s failed IPO attempt. 

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A/D/O in Brooklyn to Permanently Close

Hospitality Design reported this week that A/D/O by Mini, a coworking and exhibition space in Brooklyn, announced that it will permanently close its doors at the end of this month. Commenting on the news, Managing Director Nate Pinsley said the following:

“A/D/O was launched by MINI to empower the design community to explore creative solutions to improve urban life and it has always been a communal effort. We are profoundly grateful to our Greenpoint neighbors, the international creative community, and our Brooklyn-based team and partners who made this unusual endeavor into something truly unique. Although we’ve made the difficult decision to close our doors, we’re confident the idea which has permeated everything we‘ve done—the belief that good design can change the world—will continue to inspire everyone who has been our part of our journey.”

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