Editor’s Note: The WRAL TechWire “Future of Work” series, supported by commercial real estate firm JLL and other partners, concludes this week, with a look ahead to the future of work and the future of the Triangle. 

So far, the Future of Work series took an in-depth look at the demand for land, which can now be described as “insatiable,” while developers look to shore up their land positions.  That’s especially the case in the industrial sector, the topic of the special report and in-depth Q&A, and, increasingly, the life science and biopharmaceutical sector, which the series investigated last week.  Join a WRAL TechWire LinkedIn Live discussion on Tuesday, May 24 at 11 a.m. with Brett Cox, research manager at JLL, to discuss the latest trends and the future of commercial real estate in the Triangle.  


RALEIGH – The future of work relies on talent, as does the Triangle’s regional economy.  That’s among the main themes of the WRAL TechWire special reporting project, Future of Work, which concludes this week.

Special report: Triangle must plan for even more growth as businesses follow ‘flight to quality’

While employee preferences may have changed, in part due to the onset of the global pandemic and a changing labor market, one thing remains constant: employers are seeking the most talented individuals, and are working to recruit them to their companies.  Still, we’re in a period that just may be remembered as the greatest experiment of work in modern history.

Meanwhile, to navigate a changed labor market, one mechanism that employers are using to position in the talent market is through investing in spaces and investing in places.  That’s shifted the commercial real estate market across the nation, and here in the Triangle, as well.

This week, the series investigates how the future of work may impact the future of the Triangle’s economy.

WRAL TechWire LinkedIn Live: Economy embarking on the ‘greatest experiment of work’

Join WRAL TechWire on LinkedIn Live

And, WRAL TechWire will again host a LinkedIn Live broadcast with an industry expert.  Brett Cox, the senior research manager for JLL, will join WRAL TechWire reporter Jason Parker for a live broadcast on Tuesday, May 24, at 11 a.m. eastern time.

Parker and Cox will discuss why leverage may reside with job seekers and employees, and how that’s changing employer’s approaches to recruiting and retaining workers.  The conversation will also look at which metrics and which sectors of the commercial real estate market may signal vibrancy and change, and why employers are making moves in a “flight to quality.”

You may register in advance or join live on WRAL TechWire’s LinkedIn page.

Special report: The future of the Triangle’s economy hinges on its spaces

This editorial package was produced with funding support from JLL and other partners.  WRAL TechWire retains full editorial control of all content.

The series launched here, and the second report discussed high demand.  Next, the series explored the relationship between work spaces, work places, and the current labor market.  The following weeks, we’ve investigated specific sectors of the real estate market including land development, commercial multifamily properties, industrial space, and life science and biopharmaceutical space. 

More from the series

Special report: What life science companies need to thrive in the Future of Work

Special report: In Triangle, demand for life science space outpacing supply

Future of Work: Triangle ‘well-positioned’ for more growth of industrial sector

Exclusive Q&A: Resiliency, e-commerce keeping demand for industrial space high

Future of Work report: Developers ‘aggressively trying to shore up land positions’ in Triangle

Perspectives on land development: A ‘Future of Work’ Q&A