Category: Culture

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiatives

Improving Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I)

By David Poline

Poline Associates has been actively creating, evaluating and fine tuning its Diversity, Equity & Inclusion initiatives over this past year. Our recent blogs have commented on the recruiter’s role in DE&I, the inspiring work of Project REAP as well as our firm’s own DE&I efforts, including participating in ICSC’s Partners in Diversity and Inclusion (PIDI) initiative. One thing that’s become clear is that DE&I initiatives only achieve results from a long-term, ongoing commitment to facilitating…

WFH Fatigue: It's a Real Thing

WFH Fatigue: It’s a Real Thing

By David Poline

Little did we know in March that when we packed our office essentials and shifted to a home work environment, we would still be there in early September. Most of us were probably thinking we would work-from-home (WFH) for six to eight weeks max. Obviously, that’s not been the case. At the onset, I’ll admit I almost enjoyed the slower pace—not having multiple meetings in various locations daily, being on time for dinner with the…

Poline Associates Diversity + Inclusion Statement

Diversity & Inclusion at Poline Associates

By David Poline

For more than a year now, Poline has been discussing diversity & inclusion behind the scenes with various organizations and individuals. But we want to do more than talk. We are ready to act. We want to help the shopping center industry better reflect the myriad of consumers it serves and know that in order to do that we must examine our own policies and procedures to ensure they promote diversity, inclusion and equality. Poline’s…

Call to Action: Project REAP

Project REAP: A Call to Action for Diversity

By David Poline

Project REAP has been serving the commercial real estate (CRE) industry for 20+ years, but considering the current social and professional climate, their work is more important today than ever. Located in nine cities, including Atlanta, REAP, the Real Estate Associate Program, is considered the “most successful diversity initiative in the commercial real estate industry.” Its mission is to connect minority professionals with commercial real estate companies in need of exceptional talent. How Does Project…

Employee Engagement = Retention + Leadership

Employee Engagement = Retention + Leadership

By David Poline

Our last blog focused on employee recognition and how it can improve retention, which we know from last year’s Millennial blog series is a major focus of many commercial real estate firms. Also tied closely to employee recognition is employee engagement. Data shows employers who provide recognition and engagement experience success in retention and leadership development. With that in mind, we continue our discussion with a focus on mentoring, employee engagement software and customized industry…

Employee Recognition is important to build company culture.

Employee Recognition: It’s Important

By David Poline

Simply put, employee recognition improves company culture, thus improving recruitment and retention. And who doesn’t want that? Especially in a climate where “38% of millennials polled would like to see their company recognition program improved.” Commercial Real Estate firms, among others, are taking note and upping their game. Some are implementing programs, like a Spot Award Program, and utilizing performance software, like Reflektive. Five Modern Employee Recognition Tips One employee recognition software provider, appropriately named…

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