Learning and Using Lean Thinking and Practices

We’ve had the opportunity to share some overview information about our Dwellworks Experience initiatives, and the Lean and Agile thinking and training that is a critical part of our ongoing success. To recap: the Dwellworks Experience describes who we are, what we do, how we do it, and how we interact with clients, each other, our network, and our global communities. There are several pillars that support the Experience, including our Core Values, our Elements of Engagement, and, most recently, the lean and agile thinking and training that we are now moving to capture in a Lean Learning program for our associates and the broader Dwellworks community, over time. Read More »

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Damage Deposits in Canada

In some Canadian Provinces (Alberta and British Columbia in particular), damage deposits can legally be requested by landlords and typically are. In both Provinces they may request a damage deposit for damages and/or pets. A damage deposit can be used to cover the cost of physical damages to the unit beyond normal wear and tear and for cleaning. The total deposit cannot exceed the equivalent of one month’s rent. Read More »

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Potential London Tube Strikes

London TubeCertain Tube trade unions have announced strike action for next week. If the strikes go ahead, Tube services will be severely affected between Tuesday 25 and Friday 28 August. Read More »

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What Motivates You?

I tend to put in a lot of hours in the office, I sometimes work on things at home at night or on weekends, and I occasionally find myself teetering on the edge as the stress levels increase when my responsibilities seem overwhelming. All of this begs the question: “Why am I doing this and why do I love it so much?Read More »

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U.K. & U.S. Exchange: Marie’s Analysis of Culture and Business

As part of the U.K. & U.S. Exchange of Destination Service Associates, Marie and Fran share their experiences of work and culture in the foreign country. To read about Fran’s analysis, click here.

It’s crazy to think that only a few weeks remain of this exchange. There have been some tough moments but the last five weeks have been overwhelmingly positive. I’m happy that we’ve been able to make some big strides in the last five weeks while Fran and I switched desks. As we move further into the second half of the exchange, differences are harder to find – what was once something so foreign is now the new normal. Read More »

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U.K. & U.S. Exchange: Fran’s Analysis of Culture and Business

As part of the U.K. & U.S. Exchange of Destination Services Associates, Marie and Fran share their experiences of work and culture in the foreign country. To read about Marie’s analysis, click here.

I have noticed that the U.K. is more about being formal but the U.S. is more about business etiquette. My biggest observation is large versus small office syndrome. It’s a very different feeling coming from an office of 13 to an office of 50 and that’s just Destination Services (DS)! There are elements of the U.K. missing multidisciplinary interactions only having a few heads rather than a large team. I was able to experience a LeanDog activity where the Cleveland DS team were voting on team rules. It was great to hear everyone’s opinion, especially since they were all valued. I feel in a smaller office things can get a little more heated and personal, because there are less mediators and it’s more of an intense environment. Read More »

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Employee Engagement

I definitely have different motivations for each of these posts I write. I hope all of them are helpful, but they each have a different starting point and inspiration. Some grow out of articles shared by friends or colleagues, some are a result of a coaching opportunity I feel could be beneficial to others and some are really messages to myself on areas I need to focus on. This week’s message is definitely a reminder to myself on what true leadership looks like. Read More »

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Understanding Housing in the Canada Provinces

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When moving to Canada understanding housing terms comes in quite handy. One term might have the same or different meaning from province to province or from your home country to the province you are relocating to. One thing to take into account are the different ways a rental may be described and what that description may mean depending on where the rental is located. Read More »

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Intern Insights | Week 12

Tell us about your favorite memory while interning here at Dwellworks, and what you learned from it.

By Erika DiCresce | Cleveland, OH
My favorite memory from this internship was working with the other interns on the group project. It really showed me how much better a project can be when you collaborate with others. It also helped us bond as a group and learn to communicate with each other better. I will definitely look for more team-based opportunities throughout my future career.
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U.K. & U.S. Exchange: Marie’s Adjustment to the UK

As part of the U.K. & U.S. Exchange of Destination Service Associates, Marie and Fran share their experiences of work and culture in the foreign country. To read Fran’s First Impressions, click here.

I think it’s safe to say that both my counterpart and I are feeling acclimated to our new homes and new caseloads. It was definitely an adjustment getting used to everything, especially at first. There have been some challenges that have presented themselves over the last few weeks, however they haven’t been anything too intense that we haven’t been able to overcome. Read More »

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