REI’s new headquarters are like summer camp for grown-ups

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Complete with blueberry bogs and a campfire. In Bellevue’s Spring District, 20 minutes east of Seattle, a new type of workplace is emerging. Designers at the architecture firm NBBJ have meditated on what the ideal office of the future might look like, and have come up with this: streets in the sky, adaptable meeting spaces, and outdoorsy features like blueberry bogs and a campfire. This is the new headquarters for the outdoors company REI. Read Full Story

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First look: Amazon’s jaw-dropping new HQ2 looks like a glass mountain

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Yes, you can climb it. A mountain of glass and steel is soon to rise in Arlington, Virginia. Spiraling up from the earth and interwoven with gardens, trees, and workspaces, the structure is the architectural centerpiece of Amazon’s HQ2, which is set to bring nearly 3 million square feet of office, retail, and public space to the company’s second headquarters, just outside Washington, D.C. Read Full Story

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Coronavirus warnings could wreak havoc on Florida’s thriving cruise-line economy

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Florida is a nerve center for the cruise industry, generating a third of the total dollars in that sector in the U.S. As cases of the new coronavirus continue to tick up, countless industries are feeling the effects, and the cruise ship business is among the hardest hit. The growing outbreak of COVID-19 is particularly affecting the tourism economy in Florida , where the preponderance of pleasure boat companies is headquartered. Read Full Story

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How we pulled off an all-virtual intern program this summer

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MondoDB wrote a new playbook when COVID-19 forced the NYC-based tech company’s 85 interns to work remotely. For a decade, my company’s summer interns flew in from around the world to MongoDB’s New York City headquarters for an immersive mentoring program that serves as an important talent pipeline for our engineering team. But as the city became the epicenter of the pandemic earlier this year, we, like many companies , had to make a difficult decision. Read Full Story

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Your small business is not prepared for this cyber nightmare

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Businesses with fewer than 10 employees are less likely to have ramped up their investment in cybersecurity since pandemic lockdown orders began. Businesses with fewer than 10 employees are less likely to have ramped up their investment in cybersecurity since pandemic lockdown orders began, according to a new report from the Cyber Readiness Institute . Read Full Story

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Inside the new homeless shelter at Amazon’s headquarters

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In Seattle, the tech company is now sharing an eight-story building with a homeless shelter serving 200 people. On March 5, as coronavirus infections spread in Washington, Amazon started asking employees in its Seattle headquarters to work from home. Four days later, half of one of the company’s buildings opened for another purpose: housing homeless families. Read Full Story

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As tech offices close for coronavirus prevention, what happens to hourly staff?

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Tech giants are committing to pay the employees who make the office run, even when everyone is working from home. Millions of Americans have been advised to work from home as a precaution against COVID-19, and in Washington and California—states that have been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus outbreak—that means major tech headquarters and campuses are now empty. Those offices also employ cafeteria workers, janitorial staff, and even shuttle drivers, who are hourly rather than salaried. For the workers who make those offices run, working remotely isn’t an option. If there’s no one to feed, clean up after, or shuttle, what happens to them? Read Full Story

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Amazon crushed affordable housing. Now it’s trying to offset the problem it helped create

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Amazon is financing 1,300 units of affordable housing next to its new headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. Is it enough to offset the dreaded Amazon Effect? The November 2018 announcement that Amazon would be siting HQ2, its second headquarters , in Arlington, Virginia, triggered some not-unexpected anxiety about the company’s impact on the local housing market. The projected influx of around 25,000 employees (and their salaries) from one of the world’s biggest companies is pushing prices and demand to new heights. Read Full Story

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Jeff Bezos: Here’s how I make Amazon’s highest-stakes decisions

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In an excerpt from a new collection of his writings, Amazon’s CEO says that his secret is making fewer, better decsions—and thinking three years out. I like to putter in the morning. I get up early. I go to bed early. I like to read the newspaper. I like to have coffee. I like to have breakfast with my kids before they go to school. So my puttering time is very important to me. Read Full Story

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