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Four Generation Workplaces: Why Different Management Styles are Necessary

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For the first time in history, managers are faced with the requirements to effectively manage four different generations in the workplace. The future will likely continue to contain four generations even as those generations move along the timeline of life and business. 

What Generations are Working Today?

According to the Age and Sex Composition from the 2010 Census Briefs compiled by the United States Census Bureau, the generational breakdown of employees and managers today fall into these categories:

1. Veterans born prior to 1946: This group makes up 13 percent of the workforce at the time of the census data collection and reporting in 2010. 

2. Baby Boomers born in the post-World War II years: This group is defined in the reports as those being born between 1946 and 1964 and make up 26.5 percent of the workforce. 

3. Generation X members, aka Gen Xers: This group of workers were born from 1965 through 1980 and comprise 19.8 percent of the , are considered to be the segment born between 1965 and 1980 and make up 19.8 percent of the total workforce today and

4. Millennial or Generation Y, frequently shortened to Gen Yer, is the workforce members born after 1981 through present and total 27.7 percent of the total. 

As time passes and the older generation disappear an additional, a younger generation will come of age so business will find it necessary to remain in touch with the remaining worker generations and develop ways to effectively work with the newer generations. Each generation has its own work style and life style.  Mangers need to understand what they need to do to encourage employee productivity. In the future and right now it is critical to learn to deal with the workers currently in the business world. This is crucial to producing profit and growth in any form of business.  

In future posts, we will look in depth at each work group and how these workers can effectively be managed. 

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Value Beyond Cost Savings in Green Office Space

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Last week I went to a seminar on making the business case for sustainable and energy-efficient buildings: value beyond cost savings. The program was sponsored by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Seattle and was well attended by not only building managers and real estate agents but architects as well. The program presented numerous ways to evaluate why it building owner would and should go green. 

In many office buildings there are many opportunities to take advantage of low hanging fruit related to cost savings that to pencil out. These would include simple activities such as changing out the lighting to lower wattage or compact fluorescent bulbs, turning off computers and other equipment when not in use as well as turning the lights out. More of these simple methods can be found on OfficeFinder's green office page.

Unfortunately many of the other more significant means of going green can get very costly and may never pencil out in a discounted cash flow analysis. If you are evaluating whether or not to implement major green initiative retro fits strictly due to cost savings, in most cases they just won't make sense.

What does make sense in implementing green technology into an office building is related to tenant demand and tenant retention. As I have discussed in previous blog posts related to workplace trends, employees are happier and more productive in workplaces that promote sustainability. This means businesses will make their decision on where to lease space or purchase office space based at least partially on whether or not the property promotes sustainability. This doesn't mean that it will be the sole factor in deciding where to locate, but it will help those buildings that are LEED and energy Star rated at the top of the list of office space alternatives to consider.

For building owner this can add up to some significant monetary savings, although it is a difficult one to measure accurately. If an office building owner is able to retain an office tenant rather than have to go out and find new ones, they will save not only the time space would have been empty, but also save related to tenant improvements, commissions and their time that they would have to spend on releasing.

Another benefit to building owners in improving the sustainability of the buildings is that government regulations related to sustainability is continuing to get stricter. By making improvements now, rather than waiting for government regulation to require those improvements, building owners can "proof" against future regulation.

When deciding on whether or not to retrofit equipment the landlord will be take into consideration their occupancy, market position, and equipment cycle. Related to equipment cycle, it may not make any sense to replace a new piece of major equipment, but when making the decision on replacing equipment that needs to be replaced, it only makes sense to look into sustainable products.

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Coworking Irresistible Offers - Will you buy in?

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Coworking is the latest trend to hit the Office Space market. I thought it would be interesting to find out what they think they are selling. To do so I decided to track down the tag lines many coworking spaces are using. Here is a sampling of them. As you can see, the ideas that permeate are that "It's The People" who you can collaborate with and an "Alternative to the traditional workplace" are the most important ingredients.

Love Where You Work - Select Office Suites NYC

Individuality Without Isolation – Office Nomads Seattle

A Physical Social Network - WeWork NYC, SF & LA

Community Center for Independents – New Work City NYC

Where Entrepreneurs Work and Connect – Green Space NYC

Where Change Goes to Work – The Hub SF

The Workplace for the New Economy – NextSpace SF

Collaborative Office Space to Think, Work and Innovate – Co-Spot SF

A Nicer Place to Work – Citizen Space SF

Building the World We Want to Live In – Hub Seattle

A Coworking Boutique – The Mill Seattle

Space. Work. Network. – The Yard Brooklyn

Work. Learn. Make. – 3rd Ward Brooklyn

Rethinking the Workplace – WorkBar Boston

Better Work Starts with Better Coworkers - Independents Hall Philly

A Workspace Retreat from Traditional Office Monotony – Work/Playce Philly

You name your passion and we will help you find a way to make it grow – Spice Factory Chicago

Neighborhood coffee house built for mobile professionals, freelancers, creatives and anyone else who would like to get work done – Topics Chicago

A clubhouse for entrepreneurs, designers, and geeks – The Speak Easy Indy

A Place to Work & A Place to Grow – 151 Locust Atlanta

You know how you always wonder where all the cool kids hang out? Well, wonder no more - Lightbulb Charlotte

work FOR yourself, not BY yourself - Blankspaces LA

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Why are Flexible Office Space Alternatives Growing?

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Four generations are in the US workforce, for the first time ever, with different values, work-style and life-style demands:
  • Veterans born before 1946 (*13% of the  Workforce)
  • The Baby Boomers 1946 – 1964 (*26.4% of the  Workforce)
  • Gen X 1965 - 1980 (*19.8% of the  Workforce)
  • Millennials/Gen Y 1981 on (*27.7% of the  Workforce)
They are all working together and often colliding as their paths cross. No wonder flexible working and virtual officing is taking off.

*United States Census Bureau, "2010 Census Briefs – Age and Sex Composition: 2010, Table 2" (2011)

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TradeAddresses and RealUp Sign Distribution Agreement

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RealUp, a national commercial real estate listing website, has announced a new partnership agreement with, a referral property listing network.

This partnership will allow thousands of commercial listings to automatically appear in TradeAddresses’ property catalog via the RealUp API web service.

"RealUp is very pleased to announce this new agreement with," said Brian Randy Funk, President of RealUp. "This is an additional way RealUp will help get commercial property sold and increase exposure for real estate listings."

The RealUp commercial listing API provides an XML web service which automatically imports property listings into TradeAddresses. The RealUp API allows other websites to import and export RealUp property listings and has been customized for TradeAddresses. The RealUp API is currently used by CCIM, Century 21, Sperry Van Ness as well as the RealUp iPhone app.

"We are confident that our relationship with RealUp will prove to be synergistic for both of our companies," said Hans Hansson, president of TradeAddresses. "Our marketing of many of RealUp's listing will greatly expand the reach for those listing and provide more opportunity for RealUp members to close more transactions."

TradeAddresses is a website listing site for commercial, luxury residential, and luxury vacation properties around the world. Customers can search for properties for sale, for lease, or for vacation rentals. TradeAddresses also offers free assistance to connect customers to a licensed Commercial Real Estate Agent who specializes in their desired market.

About RealUp, LLC is a commercial real estate website offering property listings. A subsidiary of, the leader in online aerial/satellite imagery, the company is based in Raleigh, NC and services the nationwide commercial market. RealUp is committed to providing commercial real estate professionals with property listings and marketing options at the best value with guaranteed results.

About TradeAddresses 
TradeAddresses was founded in 1990 by a highly experienced group of San Francisco commercial real estate veterans. TradeAddresses has traditionally focused strictly on commercial real estate listings and has offered no additional services to listing agents. In 2009, Hans Hansson, Jim Osgood, and Carl Bosse worked together to expand Trade Addresses by combining commercial and high-end residential real estate listings.

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