T he pendulum has swung in favor of flexibility at work, a nd asynchronous work is surfac- ing to support all the ways we work. Employees who are no longer tethered to a cubicle, a build- ing or even a city have more options than ever before. This has allowed asynchronous work to become a reality for more than just the digital nomads. What is asynchronous work? Asynchronous work – or “async” for short – means that not all mem- bers of a team are engaged at the same time or place. While working async, you operate within your own schedule. For some of us, that means we don’t have to reshuffle priorities to accommodate surprises or sudden requests; for others, it may mean peri- odically checking in with headquarters. Instead of disrupting work inside your peak productivity hours or out- side normal working hours to attend a meeting, you might decide to main- tain your schedule as planned and view the meeting recording at a later time. An async culture makes this type of decision acceptable. Think of async like a 4×100 relay in which four sprinters hand off the baton to complete a project. In order to maximize productivity and per- formance, each teammate focuses on a high-priority task(s) during her peak productivity periods within her schedule. Members of the team may not be online or occupy a shared space simultaneously, but they share clarity, communication and collabo- ration on the scope and schedule. Leadership, rather than monitoring inputs (e.g., days in the office), focus- es on results and impacts. Async workflow not only fosters a greater sense of autonomy and flex- ibility among employees, it also ben- efits the company. Imagine your col- league is out of the country, in anoth- er time zone, and/or traveling for an extended “workation.” The nine-hour time difference between San Fran- cisco and Paris makes it impractical to coordinate one-on-one meetings in real time. With an async workflow, they can be as productive elsewhere as they would in the office. In fact, while you sleep, they can move the project forward, and vice versa. n The benefits of async. Most of us perform our existing role with a combination of asynchronous and synchronous communication and workflow. Workplace technologies (email for asynchronous work, Zoom or in-person meetings for synchro- nous work) support both forms of communication. Only recently have companies begun to pivot to a fully asynchronous state of work. INSIDE Cherry Creek shines PAGE 8 As tech startups move in from River North, Cherry Creek has turned a corner. Danielle Sousanes Manager, territory and property marketing, WeWork December 2022 PAGE 14 PAGES 19-34 Rethinking office In today’s new normal, longevity of design is key, no matter the space’s use. Industrial market The market may be softening in some areas, but it’s holding its own in others. Please see Workplace Trends, Page 16 Asynchronous work is changing the ways we work iStock