Photo of Jim Trudeau “Companies can benefit by recognizing that their employees have lives outside of work,” Trudeau writes.

WOBURN, MA—With unemployment at very low levels on the North Shore and throughout Greater Boston, companies are looking for ways to enhance their facilities or even relocate in an effort to recruit and maintain talent. In this environment, corporate tenants are reviewing workplace alternatives, which include technology upgrades, open offices, live-work-play locations, multiple amenities, sustainability, and remote workforces.

It’s important to be knowledgeable about cutting-edge workplace strategies, but it’s also critical that organizations be discerning about what’s just trendy and what’s really in their best interests. Why? Because, however exciting the latest “bells and whistles” may initially seem, they may or may not be good for the bottom line, and they may result in needless risks, including lost time and compromised performance.

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