All Open Plan articles

  • Co-living generic

    The beating heart of communities


    Until recently, one of my greatest regrets at work was that I hadn’t spent a significant amount of uninterrupted time with Greystar’s operations – including the property management, maintenance, front-of-house concierge and lettings teams – on the ground at one of our buildings.

  • Keys

    Social sustainability is the future


    Last week, I mentioned to my 14-year-old daughter that I was writing this column.

  • Business team against skyline

    Property’s key values for 2020s


    The blend of how we live, work and spend our leisure time continues to change at pace and as we move towards a new decade, this will only accelerate.

  • Diversity

    Why we’re all Sneetches at heart


    The Sneetches by Dr Seuss is a parody of prejudice and diversity – both current property sector preoccupations.

  • Meeting

    What makes a truly great leader?


    Earlier this month, I was recognised as one of the 50 Leading Lights in UK Business for Kindness and Leadership.

  • Proud to be trans

    Property firms urged to create safe space for trans employees


    Some firms have policies to support transgender staff but LGBT groups say industry needs to do much more  

  • Co-working

    How to solve the skills gap crisis


    To get a glimpse into how we are taking practical steps to bridge the skills gap needed to respond to the UK’s housing needs, you just have to witness the apprentices who have come through a new fast-track scheme that we’re backing expertly laying rows of bricks on one of ...

  • Pride flag

    Later living schemes serve LGBT community


    New retirement living schemes are set to serve LGBT community needs. 

  • Women in Property awards 2019

    Women in Property finalists say industry has a way to go


    Following 2019 awards, previous finalists give their views on changing attitudes to women in the industry

  • Workplace office diversity

    An industry for LGBTQ+ graduates


    This is the time of year when most graduates traditionally start work following the completion of their undergraduate or post-graduate studies. It is an exciting month and a time when they start their career in their chosen profession, gain further independence, meet new people and start developing their professional experience. ...

  • PropElle

    Q&A with RESI trailblazer Ayesha Ofori


    Ayesha Ofori has launched PropElle which is a platform that offers property education, practical advice and guidance to women who invest in property.

  • Brain

    Property firms rally to combat the mental ill-health epidemic


    The property industry is starting to do its bit to tackle the mental ill-health epidemic. Companies are discovering that as well as helping to overcome issues unique to the sector, investing in the wellbeing of employees improves retention rates and productivity.

  • Office community

    Helping people find true value


    It’s easy to take employment for granted. We establish a routine, learn new things, gain skills, make friends, earn money and progress through life. While this is a journey familiar to so many, for others this can seem out of reach.

  • Mentoring

    Mentoring can be of huge benefit


    Throughout their careers, most people will have received some level of career advice, be it from a manager, a friend, a parent or a colleague.

  • Blackstock resicast

    RESIcast: Diversity isn’t about “us versus them”, say leading real estate disruptors


    The property industry is working hard to shake off perceptions about it being synonymous with white men in blue suits. Discussing the gender, ethnicity and class divides, our property podcast brings together UK chair of the Urban Land Institute Vanessa Hale, Arcadis consultant Ayrton Dhillon and Greystar director Adina David ...

  • Man pushing buggy

    Shared parental leave begins to make its mark on industry


    A few firms offer enhanced paternity leave but there is a long way to go before rest of industry catches up

  • Women at work

    Take responsibility for diversity


    Liz Hamson’s leader ( ‘It’s not about us, it’s about you ’) resonated with us at Women in Property. She said: “We will endeavour to make our editorial content as diverse as possible… but I will not and cannot manufacture diversity.” How right she is.

  • Diversity inclusion hands

    Effecting change in industry is our job


    Editor: Your leader last week responding to a complaint about the lack of gender diversity in the magazine made for difficult reading. And that’s because you are completely right – property has a diversity problem and the responsibility lies with us, your readers, not you .

  • Diversity

    Institutions must help drive diversity


    Editor: Shareholder activism has swept across public markets in recent years with regular rebellions over pay, environmental concerns, diversity and social factors all becoming commonplace (‘ Shareholders stage AGM revolts against REITs’ executive pay plans ’).

  • Diversity inclusion hands

    Daejan Holdings claims it is being “bullied” to put a woman on the board


    Britain’s last large listed company with no women on its board says it is being “bullied” by the boss of a government-backed diversity drive to appoint a female to the top table, according to the Mail on Sunday .