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Shares of furniture retailer Herman Miller soar 35% as home office sales surge

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Shares of office furniture retailer Herman Miller are surging after a blowout earnings report that showed the company is benefiting from the work-from-home trend. 

Herman Miller jumped more than 35% in midday trading on Thursday, while the broader market was under pressure. 

As the coronavirus pandemic forces millions of American to work from their homes, the company said customers are upgrading their homes with work and office furniture. The home office category increased nearly 300% since last year, the company said in its earnings release. 

“They reported a completely blowout quarter last night. Why? Because people are rebuilding their homes,” CNBC’s Jim Cramer said on “Squawk on the Street” on Thursday.

Herman Miller reported fiscal first quarter earnings per share of $1.24, blowing past the earnings of 26 cents per share expected by Wall Street, according to Refinitiv. The company made $626.8 million

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UK judge halts Home Office flight to remove asylum seekers



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A senior high court judge has halted a charter flight hours before up to 20 asylum seekers who crossed the Channel to the UK in small boats were due to be forcibly removed to Spain, a country they had previously passed through.

The judge, Sir Duncan Ouseley, ordered the flight to be grounded because of concerns the asylum seekers due to fly might be left destitute in the streets of Madrid as happened to a group of asylum seekers earlier this month.

It is thought to be only the second time an entire Home Office charter flight has been grounded by a high court action.

Under regulations known as Dublin III, one European country can return asylum seekers to another they have previously passed through if there is evidence of this in the form of fingerprints or other proof.

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London Firms Are Dumping Office Space as Workers Stay Home

(Bloomberg) — London firms are ditching their unwanted office space at an even faster rate than in the financial crisis.

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More than 1 million square feet (92,900 square meters) has become available for sublet since June, the equivalent of two Gherkin skyscrapers, according to research by real-estate data company CoStar Group Inc. Businesses are offering up the excess space as the pandemic keeps large swathes of employees working from home.

The trend is so far only limited to London: the city’s second-hand space surged by 21% in the period, compared with just a 1% increase for the rest of the U.K.

“The success of home working, coupled with ongoing concerns around public transport and coronavirus infections, has led many firms to reconsider their office space needs,” Mark Stansfield, head of U.K. analytics at CoStar, wrote in a note to clients. “Some of this impact is now being seen

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Capitalizing On The Suburban, Multi-Generational Home And Office

The census bureau will release new home construction figures for August tomorrow. An earlier prediction of a 6.6% contraction for 2020 is dire but new residential construction is already rebounding since April with rising prices buoyed by low supply and mortgage rates. Nevertheless, commercial real estate, especially on the retail side, is projected to suffer due to a surge in eCommerce activity, home offices and overall safety and quality-of-life concerns in crowded cities.

Now that many of us working adults have worked remotely and experienced the advantages as well as the trials and tribulations of this set-up for the first time, let’s take stock of what will likely be life and work-at-home in 2021. The added complexity of having children partially or fully engaged in distance learning as mandated by their school district only adds to this conundrum. To make a perfect trifecta, let’s also throw the depressed job market

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Spruce Up Your Home Office for Efficiency, Comfort and Tax Breaks

Nearly 40% of Americans are working from home. While some were working from home before the pandemic, millions more now find their home to be their new office. Many companies plan on keeping things this way for a while. Here are some tips to help make working from home more comfortable and efficient.

Create Your Space

Find a designated area in your home to set up your office space. Try to keep it in an area that is fairly quiet, especially if you will be on calls and meetings. If you are going to be on-camera for meetings, look for a space with good lighting. You may need to add additional table or floor lamps.

Make it as comfy as possible, especially your chair. You can purchase special pillows for back support and comfort. If you don’t have the ability to set up your workspace in a separate room, consider

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Peterson Rich Office and Regional Plan Association return with design recommendations for improving NYCHA properties

Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary design studio Peterson Rich Office (PRO) and nonprofit civic organization the Regional Plan Association (RPA) have released a new 18-page report detailing design strategies and scalable solutions meant to boost the well-being of the roughly 600,000 New Yorkers living in deteriorating New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)-owned and -operated developments. In total, NYCHA, the largest housing authority in the United States, acts as landlord for roughly 8 percent of all New Yorkers.

PRO was selected by the RPA to lead research and design work for the report last June as part of the organization’s inaugural J.M Kaplan Chairs for Urban Design fellowship, which expressly focuses on generating new and innovative design solutions that could be implemented at critically underfunded public housing campuses across all five boroughs. As envisioned in the initiative, funds to implement such strategies would come from a mix of (dwindling) federal, state, and local sources

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What Happens If People Don’t Return To The Office?

On Monday, it was reported that JPMorgan requested that its traders, bankers, brokers, research analysts and other professionals return to their offices by Sept. 21, after six long months of working from home. 

Executives asserted that it’s essential to have people return to the office, as it builds camaraderie and an esprit de corps. They claim that face-to-face conversations and in-person meetings are deemed mission-critical for professionals, such as traders, bankers, brokers, compliance, human resources and other personnel, to do their jobs, share key information, engage in important daily discussions and feed off one another. Young employees, according to JPMorgan, require mentors, guidance and direction. The synergy is diminished when its people are disconnected from one another. 

Bloomberg reported that JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon told analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods—an investment bank that focuses on banks—that he noticed “productivity slipped” during the work-from-home time period and “work output

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Design the Home Office of Your Dreams With Chatbooks

For our September 2020 issue, Good Housekeeping teamed up with Chatbooks, an app-based photo-book company, to scour the U.S. and Canada for the smartest and most beautiful home office setups. What we found, done by both apartment dwellers and homeowners, just may inspire you to take your own work-from-home space to the next level.

Add a Cozy Sofa

Kari Bancroft, a stay-at-home mom in South Jordan, UT, decided to think beyond hard, uncomfortable chairs in her home office. Instead, she outfitted the space with a plush emerald green sofa that pairs well with her beloved animal prints and global-inspired pottery. The sofa works for her lifestyle too: She is mom to eight kids, ages 4 to 20, and uses her office space to read and to organize her many family photos. “My overall home office decorating approach is to showcase an eclectic mix of the things I love and make

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Here’s How to Design the Home Office of Your Dreams

For our September 2020 issue, Good Housekeeping teamed up with Chatbooks, an app-based photo-book company, to scour the U.S. and Canada for the smartest and most beautiful home office setups. What we found, done by both apartment dwellers and homeowners, just may inspire you to take your own work-from-home space to the next level.



a kitchen with a sink and a window: We partnered with Chatbooks to find the best home office photos in the U.S. and Canada. Get inspired by the decorating ideas in thesecreative work-from-home spaces.


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We partnered with Chatbooks to find the best home office photos in the U.S. and Canada. Get inspired by the decorating ideas in thesecreative work-from-home spaces.

Add a Cozy Sofa

Kari Bancroft, a stay-at-home mom in South Jordan, UT, decided to think beyond hard, uncomfortable chairs in her home office. Instead, she outfitted the space with a plush emerald green sofa that pairs well with her beloved animal prints and global-inspired pottery. The sofa works for her lifestyle too: She is mom to eight kids, ages 4 to 20, and uses her

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Work lunches that don’t make use of the office kitchen

If you’re looking for ideas for lunches to take to work, you may find it especially hard right now. Between social distancing in the office and perhaps wanting to limit your trips to the communal kitchen, lunch takes more planning than it used to. While you may want a lunch that doesn’t rely on using the workplace fridge, sink or microwave, you will still want the food to taste good without reheating and for it to be stored safely to fend off bad bacteria.

To help you tick both boxes, we’ve put together a list of tips that keep food safety in mind, along with recipes that fit the bill. 

Why you can’t just leave your lunch at room temp all day

Health Canada advises that you keep cold food cold and hot food hot so bacteria that can make you sick can’t grow. The “danger zone” at which harmful

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