London’s ‘green’ offices are expensive. But they may help retain workers

Employee satisfaction is a big motivator for companies to go green, particularly as the U.K. faces its tightest labor market in decades.

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LONDON — A fifth of the world’s biggest companies have committed to reaching net-zero carbon emissions, according to analysis by the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, and a large portion of those emissions come from the workplace.

Demand for sustainable offices is high, which means prices are, too. In fact, there is now a 26% gap in sale prices between London buildings with sustainability ratings from organizations such as BREEAM and LEED and those without, according to data from analytics company MSCI.

That’s known as the “green premium.” On the flip side, less environmentally friendly, typically older, buildings come with a “brown discount.”

That seems to leave company bosses and investors with a simple choice between lower overheads and lower emissions — but

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The FTC proposed a rule to ban noncompetes and workers cheered : NPR

One in 5 workers in the U.S., or some 30 million people, are estimated to have signed noncompete agreements. Many say they weren’t aware of the details and barely even remember signing them.

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One in 5 workers in the U.S., or some 30 million people, are estimated to have signed noncompete agreements. Many say they weren’t aware of the details and barely even remember signing them.

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Joby George was 21 years old when he got his first job out of college, working for a software company focused on the pharmaceutical industry.

He stayed with the company for 14 years, excited to play a role in making the medicines people take every day. When he eventually decided it was time for a change, he realized he might have a problem.

“I don’t remember exactly signing a noncompete, because

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