6 Ways Providers Tweak Coworking Office Space

Coworking office spacecoworking office space has been on the rise in recent years. Why? Because they are extremely effective in promoting greater work efficiency, company morale and networking opportunities. If you are looking for ways to improve employee satisfaction and work performance even more, check out these six ways coworking office space providers tweak their spaces.

  1. Athletic Elements: Cities like NYC, Chicago, and LA have introduced coworking office space where people can rent an office space or chair…in a rock-climbing gym. This allows self-employed professionals to get a couple hours of work in, get in a climbing session, return to their laptop, and repeat. If you want to stimulate mental performance, provide your employees with the opportunity to get in some physical exercise. Even if the space provider does not provide it directly, very often you can find a gym or yoga studio nearby.
  2. Working Outdoors: Quite a few coworking office space providers have outdoor spaces, like a terrace or patio, you can use to work. Fresh air and sunshine is an excellent (and free) way to boost work performance and making your employees happier.
  3. Decor: Look for bright, vibrant colors and modern furniture. Usually cubicles are replaced with long tables, coffee tables, and comfy, yet supportive chairs. It will encourage an inclusive environment that promotes brainstorming and idea sharing. You will find colors that stimulate creativity and put employees in a better mood.
  4. Brain Food: A wellness atmosphere is always a great idea. Many spaces offer fruits, teas, and other healthy treats. You could even foot the bill. This is not only a way to gift your employees in little ways, but enhance the way they work and boost their energy levels.
  5. Free Beer and Party: Some coworking office space providers even provide complimentary beer and weekly networking parties with catered food. It is not only a great way to get free beer and good food, but also an opportunity to get to know your neighbors.
  6. Fun and Games: It is what younger employees want. A way to burn off steam during the day or after hours with a quick video game on a HD Monitor, ping pong, or pool. There are usually a wide variety of ways coworking office space providers can help entertain your employees.

Looking for a coworking space? We have lots of options from both large and small space providers. Contact us today to find out more!

Want to see a great example of a Coworking Office Space in Seattle. Below is the WeWork space in the historic Holyoke Building. WeWork does not usually take down a single floor of 15,000 to 20,000 square feet, but more in the neighborhood of 30,000 to 60,000 square feet at a time. They lease all 6 floors of the office space in the Holyoke Building at 1st and Spring Streets in Seattle. Have a look and you will see why their coworking office space is so popular. Don’t miss the basement lounge with he fun and games.


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Office Space Virtual Tours: A Better Way to Look for Office Space in Seattle

360 office space virtual toursWhen you’re looking for office space, sometimes it’s hard to figure out the unique selling point of a property. Excellent location and parking are both essential. However, in many metropolitan areas, you seem to be looking at almost exactly the same thing with every space you look at. Office Space Virtual Tours can make your search office space that really works for you much easier and faster. Saving you time and effort that can be put back into growing your business.

However, you’ll find that office space virtual tours are a great way to set your business apart, especially if competition is stiff in your local market.

Eliminate Hiking and Make the Hunt Easier

You can look at office space, the building lobbies and the building grounds while having a cup of coffee at home on a Sunday morning.  Since many office spaces feature standardized elements like carpets and counter-tops etc, you can easily tell from a true 360 virtual tour if a space can meet your needs. It is easy to rule out the ones that won’t work for you. You can clearly see which ones fit the style and image your a looking to find.

The Perfect Solution for Out-Of-Towners

Many businesses need to expand quickly. They may also need temporary office space for short-term projects. If you are looking for office space from out of town, 360 degree real estate views are captivating and make it easier to make rental decisions.  You can also share tours of the offices you’re interested in via email or social media. It also can help with deciding on what type of office furniture and equipment to start sourcing since you can send the virtualtour to the vendors, too.

Great UX

One of the most frustrating things about viewing content online is slow loading time and web pages that download tons of ads and videos before the main content even loads. OfficeFinder Virtual Tours are quick loading, mobile friendly and beautiful.  And best of all they represent the property well.

One of the smartest things to do in the B2B market is to help professionals and decision-makers save time. We do that with our Office Space Virtual Tours.  Using 360 degree virtual tours when you are looking for office space is an excellent way to identify the properties you want to visit and avoid wasting time on properties that won’t work for you, saving your time and effort in looking for office space. Contact us today at OfficeFinder to learn more!

For now, we offer a wide selection of office space virtual tours in the Seattle – Bellevue metropolitan markets with 33 virtual tours of executive suite and coworking spaces.

Seattle Office Space Virtual Tours

The following Seattle Office space listing have virtual tours located on the lower right side of their pages.


3200 Safeco Plaza, Seattle, WA 98154

Premium Executive Office Space In Seattle Downtown 

7th Ave Downtown Seattle, Seattle, WA 98101

Seattle Office Space in Shopping District with Stunning Views
 Holyoke Building
Seattle Office Space – Modern Coworking Space with Historic
Charm
 Pike Place Market
Great Seattle Office Space Located Near Pike Place Market
 Pioneer Buidling  

Affordable Historic Pioneer Building Cowork & Office Space
Available
 Ballard  

Seattle office space in Ballard available with Easy Parking
 Bank of America Plaza
Ideally Located Bank of America Plaza Seattle office space
 Columbia Center
Columbia Center Seattle office space available now
 Fremont Coworking
Awesome Fremont Coworking Office Space in Seattle
 Lake Union  

South Lake Union Seattle office space available now
 Norton Building
Classic Norton Building Seattle office space available now
in CBD
 Seattle City Center
Prestigious Seattle City Seattle office space available now
 Smith Tower  

Historic Smith Tower Seattle office space available now
 South Lake Union  

Super Cool South Lake Union Coworking Office Space in
Seattle
 Two Union  

42nd Floor Two Union Seattle office space with Amazing Views
 Westlake Center  

Spectacular Westlake Tower Office Space in Seattle
 World Trade Center  

Waterfront World Trade Center Seattle office space with
great views

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Portland Office Space Update – A Tight Market

portland office space skylineOur local reps in Portland just came out with an update on Portland Office Space. All in all, it shows a very healthy market with a low vacancy rate, but one in which tenants will need the assistance in finding and negotiating for office space.

Here are the key points of their recent report:

  • The marketplace for Portland office properties grew during 2016, with over 1 million square feet of new and adapted supply came online amid institutional investors initiating or increasing ownership stakes.
  • Office development set records in 2016 and remains very active heading into 2017. Pre-leasing activity has become more common and the vacancy rate remained stable in the 8% range.
  • Company’s appetite for office space in 2018 could be affected in the event of a broader downward business and economic cycles, but our region’s relative advantages should temper these trends.
  • The Portland Office space market strengths include a diversified economy with lower business, commercial real estate, and living costs relative to neighboring West Coast cities, and a well-educated and well-paid workforce.
  • These lower costs attract technology companies and their employees to Portland, where venture capital funding set a 5-year record in 2015 at $283M. Start-ups are an important part of the tenant mix due to their high growth potential.
  • The Oregon Employment Department recently reported the Portland metro area’s GDP grew 4.6% in 2015, 10th-fastest among the largest 100 U.S. metros. The Professional & Business Services category was the second-largest contributor to this growth, and is a key user of office space.
  • The current vacancy rate stands at 8.6% after absorption of over 121,000 square feet in Q4 2016.
  • The average Class A rent is $29.33

If you would like more information or need office space in Portland, contact our local rep. We will be happy to answer questions or help you find your next office space. All at no cost to you for our services.

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Report: Flexible Office Space Becoming A Necessity For Businesses of All Sizes

According to a recently published reportFlexible Office Space Report from Cushman & Wakefield, along with Unwork, rapidly evolving technology and a changing workforce, flexible office space is becoming an essential component of commercial real estate strategies for both large and small companies. Companies looking for office space aren’t seeking a long-term lease these days. They want workplace options that they can — with little time or money invested — make fit the size of their company now, grow within, and that won’t burden them someday with unused space. In other words, flexible office space

While the old adage about “location, location, location” remains true, everything else about what an office building should provide has changed and is continuing to change. The world has reached a point where one of the hottest commodities of real estate is workplace as a service offerings. Consider these facts from a 2016 report from JLL:

  • It is predicted that one million corporate members will be using coworking spaces by 2018.
  • 61% of coworking space providers are planning to expand their operations.
  • A poll of corporate members reveals that 74 percent stated that the ability of employees to think, talk, and brainstorm together creates the most value for the company’s organization.

Accelerator and incubator spaces that are available for start-ups to use immediately are becoming popular attractions in the new office building concepts. Coworking spaces that encourage interaction from different employees, to encourage new ideas and to bolster movement. Modular workspaces that can be changed up or retrofitted to suit new occupants or new styles in a fast-paced and ever changing market. Beyond location and flexibility? The Cushman & Wakefield/ Unwork report says that the next most important provision of a new office building should be amenities. Free or heavily subsidized food, the ability to take classes on-site, great devices. Anything that makes that building and the benefits of working there stand tall against the competition.

Are you looking for flexible space in a great location? We can help! Contact us for more information.

Take A Tour of Flexible Office Space in the Safeco Plaza in Seattle:


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Keeping Your Business Safe in a Coworking Office Space

Coworking office space is the wave of the future, and an excellent solution for new businesses looking for a great place to work at a fraction of the cost of private office space. Like all great things, coworking can have some challenges for businesses too. Here are three common issues that can arise when coworking, and how to solve the problem and make the coworking space great again.

Issue #1: Everyone can hear your ideas

Coworking leads to the open sharing of ideas between diverse groups of people, leading to increased productivity and creativity. Unfortunately, it also means another business in the coworking space might hear your great idea and decide to use it for their next project.

The solution: Choose a coworking office space with a written commitment to honesty and policy regarding intellectual property. Just to be safe, leave the most private company discussions to the coworking space’s enclosed board rooms. Document proactively by immediately putting all of your ideas in writing, as soon as your company conceives them, in case of a worst case scenario where you need to take legal action.

Issue #2: Your employees are having trouble focusing

Working in a coworking office space is fun and vibrant, but the social atmosphere and open plan can make concentration difficult at times.

The solution: Make your company’s most productive hours times when the coworking space is least busy. When complete quiet is needed, take advantage of the enclosed conference rooms in the coworking space that your company can rent. Some coworking spaces also have completely private offices is your team needs full privacy at all times.

Issue #3: Other businesses try to steal your stuff… or employees

Open floor plans make space less secure. And communication is more open, so much that another company may give your best employee a job offer while you’re out of earshot.

The solution: For valuables, either take them home at the end of every day, or use locks to store items in a dedicated company desk. Some coworking spaces have lockers you can use. To retain employees, make company culture fun and encourage your employees to socialize with each other.

Contact us for help finding your company’s perfect coworking space.

Take a Virtual tour of WeWork’s Westlake Tower Coworking Office Space:


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The Best Kept Secret to Renting Office Space

Best Kept Secret renting office spaceThere is no doubt that renting office space is an extremely important business decision.  This will often be your clients’ very first impression of you and your company. It is also where your employees spend the majority of their time working. You want to make sure there are no problems. That is what the best kept secret to renting office space is all about.

What is the best kept secret to renting office space?

The best kept secret to renting office space is to make sure you rent one that utilizes a property management company.

Why?

Managing an office building requires considerable time and knowledge, two things many landlords may have in short supply. For instance, renting out space involves going over tenant applications, screening them, researching companies, collecting deposits, taking care of maintenance and ensuring rent is paid on time.  Why would this be your concern as a tenant? Making sure your neighbors pay on time, have good credit and keep their surroundings tidy ensures the consistency and security of your own office space.  Not to mention, your clients and business associates will likely judge you on the general impression and façade of your office building.

Peace of Mind

No matter where your landlord is in the world, you can rest assured that you will be taken care of if they have hired a property management company. This means you won’t have to to worry about calls not being returned for days, and you get peace of mind that someone is there to take of whatever may go wrong.

The little things include cleaning the carpet, painting the walls and conducting small repairs before a business moves in, allowing it to start its tenancy with you on the right foot. Big things tend to include a general aura of professionalism, for example, with prompt response rates that make you as a tenant happy.

Ongoing maintenance helps keep your office space in tiptop shape.

Of course, not all property management companies offer the same standard of service. It’s important to go over the list of services a company provides and check their reviews from the other tenants.

Many Benefits, Some You May Not Have Unexpected

In a nutshell, renting an office space run by a property management company provides security in the following areas:

  • Legal issues – this in your best as well as the owner of the building. It’s always good to have documents clearly stating whose responsibility certain matters are and the time frame in which they need to be taken care of.
  • Administrative details – Need leasing paperwork for your taxes or to change your payment method? Now you have options in a timely manner.
  • Maintenance – need I say more? The property management company is obligated to resolve issues in a timely manner.
  • Marketing – Make sure your building is occupied and you are in a bustling center of commerce.
  • Tenant screenings and tenant evictions – Your neighbors are held to a high standard that reflects on your reputation as a successful business owner.

The above features and much more enable you to direct your energy into your business, making more money and enjoying your me time away from work not wondering when the landlord will fix damage to the entry way of your office; keeping your office in pristine condition and likely end up saving you money and stress in the long run.

Guest Post by: Patrick Rogers is the Principal Property Manager for Asurent Property Management in Eugene Oregon.

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The Importance of Flexible Workplaces

Flexible workplacesFlexible workplaces planning are important to the success of a business. Employees devote an average of 9 hours a day to their jobs and some many more than that. Why? To enhance their standard of living and fulfill their goals for life (www.bls.gov/tus/charts). Employers want an office environment to maximize employee engagement, productivity and morale. Employers need to be aware that their employees want an office that enriches the responsibilities demanded by their work; A place that is comfortable to work and where they can be productive. Retaining staff is important to maintain a healthy corporate environment. After all, high employee turnover is expensive and a morale reducer.  A Flexible office design and flexible workplace strategies can combine to meet the needs of all.

Employee Engagement

Employers want employees to be engaged in their work and other employees. The workplace can produce relationships just as vital as a person’s natural family. Engagement is a key to establishing self-worth for employees. Contemporary offices are strategically arranged to promote interaction and to be a pleasant place to spend each day. It also will make it easy for employees to communicate with each other both for business and socially.

Increased Efficiency

Studies over time have shown that employees only spend about 40% of their time at their desk. Understanding this creates a need to develop an environment with a multiplicity of uses to combine privacy spaces with community spaces. Making the most of office space helps with work efficiency and deliberate use of company resources.

Affordability

The design of the work environment is usually dictated by the budget. When designing the workplace with a variety of uses, a business maximizes their return on investment. This includes limiting unnecessary energy cost and producing practices that reduce the ecological footprint of this generation. The open office has made a significant dent in the cost of tenant improvements. Fewer walls and fewer offices lead to improved affordability to provide other types of work spaces such as meeting areas and social areas.

Flexible workplace design is not complicated. With the help of a professional space planner and utilizing contemporary technologies purposed for building, will lead to an effective work environment. Contact us today to find office space that you can design a new innovative workspace your employees will appreciate for years to come.

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Office Space Buzz Words for 2017? “Flexible Workplaces”

Flexible WorkplacesAccording to a recent blog post written by Cindy Krischer Goodman, and published by the Miami Herald, one of the biggest movements of 2017 is likely to be the continued rise of flexible workplaces. Fueled by the Global Financial Crisis of 2008 and powered by a workplace now heavily inhabited by millennials — a group that strives for a work/life balance — the number of companies offering flexible workplace options for their employees is the highest it’s ever been.

In fact, Goodman notes, 80 percent of 375 companies recently asked, state that they offer some form of workplace flexibility. Many of these options include tele-work days, flex time, and shortened workweeks. However, other ideas being utilized by companies involve work-from-anywhere plans, and independent contract work. Videoconferencing is becoming a norm for companies that are escaping the traditional workplace, as are shared calendars and computer monitoring programs.

With a tightening market and employees that may have more than one job offer, the flexibility of the workplace is becoming an important benefit. By next year, Goodman explains, “agile” workers — those working in a temporary, contract, or freelance capacity — are expected to make up as much as 50 percent of the workforce in the U.S. This is all a part of the new “Gig Economy.” The word “Gig” is slang for a short term work engagement, similar to what a musician would have with a date to play music.

Enter coworking spaces. Somewhere between a coffee shop with free Wi-Fi and the business centre of the 80s, coworking spaces offer the combination of flexibility that agile workers require and the business culture that they need. A recent report from DTZ predicted that there will be close to 50,000 coworking spaces available by next year, providing benefits such as short-lease occupancy, remote working, and a simple solution for start-ups looking to focus more on their business offerings and less on their location. As we discussed a few weeks ago, Coworking spaces are not just for small businesses. Many Fortune 500 companies use them as a source for providing flexible workplaces to their employees.

Would you like to find flexible workplaces in your market or learn more about the benefits of coworking spaces? If so, feel free to Contact us!

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Honest Office Space Virtual Tours? We Do That!


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Interactive high definition 360-degree office space virtual tours are becoming more popular in the commercial rental industry. They provide an invaluable service to prospective tenants who want to ensure that buildings are a good fit before scheduling time consuming in-person walk-through tours. Virtual tours make it possible to achieve this goal – especially for the company that is relocating from another city or state.

Advantages of Virtual Office Tours

An online brochure for an office building provides you with the basics. It discusses square footage options, amenities, parking spaces, and nearby shopping as well as dining opportunities. you can find the same information on almost every listing website. Although plenty of these informative listing website pages also feature images, they nevertheless still make it difficult to get a feel for the property. For example, a large office image that persuaded you to visit a location can turn out to be little more than the result of wide-angle photography.

Honest Office Space Virtual Tours Save You Time, Travel Expenses, and Disappointments

An honest virtual tour does not need to set a stage for the right effect.

  • No manipulation of the atmosphere. Photographers who want to appeal to professionals in search of bright spaces will shoot the images during daylight hours; those who want to emphasize elegance do so at night. We do it when our experts are available.
  • No models in a photo shoot. Typically, spaces should be without workers actively about their tasks. That said, sometimes it is unavoidable that people will appear in the images. However, they are not models who are paid to provide ambiance. They are just hard-working folks.
  • No touch-ups. Honest virtual tours show you the property the way it is. There is no touching up of brown lawns, no artificial elimination of water-stained ceilings, and no heavy editing of the shots.

The OfficeFinder office space virtual tours save you time, travel expenses, and the disappointment of finding out that a wide-angle shot or the use of a mirror, to add depth artificially or create the illusion of a second window and tricked you. You can see our office space virtual tours of executive suite and coworking spaces live at:

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Great Metro Areas To Open An Office

Where in the world to open an officeThe famous dictum is that when you see an opportunity, you go for it. With the advanced technology taking over and the improved economy and living standards; the deep-seated idea of running their own business and where to open an office has taken a new turn among business people. When considering where to open an office, metro areas all over the world and the plus points they offer, can be considered since nearly every investor is ready to move to a high business potential area. This will not only help you get a great business start but also change your living style accordingly.

Even if you don’t have your business industry running in a metro area, having its headquarter in a city like Denver or Miami (not forgetting the pleasant and spot on sights of Miami of course) is like signing a very profitable deal. You’ll be able to hire qualified, talented and trained individuals in your firm, the labor cost would be affordable and the economy of the city itself will be quite supportive. Don’t you see a bright future for your office in a metro area?

Here are a few top picks of where to open an office:

  1. Miami, U.S:

With a strong tourist industry and its diverse population, the overall local economy of Miami is quite strong with the ability to uplift your business to a new level. The more crowded the area, the better are the chances for your startup to progress and prosper, and Miami offers it all. It is also considered as one of the best business incubators which provide assets to the interested investors as well. More Info.

  1. Denver:

Denver is chiefly known for the energy sources and mining potential which have attracted hundreds and thousands of investors so far. The metro population of the area is increasing day by day without an increase in the dependency ratio. This means, establishing an office here would not only bring success but also allow you to enroll the most competent individuals freshly graduated from the universities or those getting training somewhere. Many professionals are seeking interest in Denver. It’s surely a potential area that supports the line of business. More Info.

  1. Beijing, China:

It’s been a decade since China has sprung up on the world’s map as the richly dense country in terms of population, economy and competitive workforce. Nothing could stop them at the time of recession so what would put them down? Beijing is known for its highly affordable public transport, easy access to airports and number one in warmly welcoming the foreign investors. Setting up your office here would profit you in terms of having an easy to go lifestyle as well. More Info.

  1. Abu Dhabi, UAE:

Abu Dhabi is one of the largest seven emirates of UAE with the famous parks, gardens, sightseeing spots and UAE Islands. The metro area of this emirate is also known for having a good business potential. This area has the highest GDP per capita income owing to the largest hydrocarbon wealth. More Info.

  1. Atlanta, U.S:

The United States has a lot of different metropolitan areas but Atlanta is one of those states which mark its huge territory in the domain of business development. With headquarters of companies like Coca-Cola, UPS, and famous airline; Atlanta is the center of business attraction for many investors. More Info.

  1. Seattle, U.S:

When business industries start, they tend to go down or break as well. Seattle is known for giving birth to thousands of startup businesses and offices every year while the numbers of business shutdowns are low. As this metro area is responsible for the success of Microsoft, an amazing online network Amazon and the world’s best coffee named Starbucks; the investors who invest here look forward to having a similar fate. More Info.

  1. Provo, Utah:

Are you looking for the talented workforce? Everyone needs to hire workers to make their offices and business run. Hiring the qualified ones, of course, makes a difference. Provo is known for its private universities and the highly qualified graduates they produce. These graduates would soon look out for a job! Why not take advantage by investing here? More Info.

  1. Omaha, Neb:

This is another city of the United States known for its educational background, high economy and low unemployment rates. Although it is heavily dense with small business industries but it has the potential to support large industries as well. More Info.

Are you ready to start your business? Do consider the above mentioned metro areas list before you take any step. Starting and running your office are two different things. To run it, you need a skilled workforce, affordable labor cost, transport facilities and a healthy economic area. Make sure the location you have selected has it all!

Guest Post by: Rachel Stinson who has always had a knack for writing, food, fashion, and places. Blogging has combined all four for her with an added bonus of enthusiastic audiences. She expertly analyzes real estates and restaurants with respect to pricing and people involved and can express her opinions in an unhesitating, engaging manner.

If you need assistance in finding a location to open an office, We can help with our worldwide network of local specialists. Contact us today to find out more.

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