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How can the design of workplace better support experiences that connect us?

By Olivia Parsons & Rachel Edwards at Lendlease

Connection is important. The loss of physical connection was the first hurdle we faced as the pandemic took hold of society, and is a key challenge we still face today. As we enter 2022 with a magnifying glass on culture and connection, I've been reflecting on what I learned working with the Loneliness Lab and how it can inform the nextgen workplace. 

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YEP Global has been supporting young people in the property and construction industry for over two decades. Our global membership exceeds 4,300; and we have chapters in 10 locations in the UK.

We exist to represent and support entrepreneurs rising stars and future leaders in our industry. With members from over 1,500 firms, we represent its breadth, from development, investment and professional consultancy to construction and architecture. The diversity of our membership speaks for itself, representing a near  50/50 gender balance. Our chapters are managed by entrepreneurial, dedicated professionals, and we have ambitious plans to ensure we have a presence in key regions, as well as branching out overseas.

We devote our time to ensuring we serve our members, giving them the best opportunities to build and strengthen relationships, learn new skills and share ideas in a fun and friendly environment.

Are you enthusiastic and passionate about the industry? Do you want your views and voice to be heard? Do you want to help shape the future of the industry?

We host a wide variety of events, from networking to seminars, site tours to drinks events, sporting events to our annual dinners. We also jointly host events with organisations, such as BPF Futures. In 2018, YEP Global held 32 events for 2,500 delegates. In 2019, we held over 34 UK events across 10 locations and in 2020/21 we continue to run our events as webinars so check out our events page

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