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.

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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.

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Coworking Office Space Not Just For Small Businesses

coworking office space in SeattleAccording to a recent article from the San Francisco Chronicle, the notion of coworking office space isn’t just a consideration for small to medium sized businesses. The idea is catching on with large tech companies, as well.

IBM and Microsoft using outside Coworking Office Space

Companies such as IBM and Microsoft, which already have open office spaces for their employees, are reaching out to startups to share coworking space and — in some cases — share their inspiration. Large companies like to have their employees among entrepreneurs, the article stated, because it provides them with a real-life glimpse of what’s happening in the workforce and in the world outside of their company.

For the past two years, IBM has leased a coworking space in San Francisco, the article noted. Within that space, clients — some of whom are coworkers in the space — can meet with IBM employees to discuss its Bluemix cloud platform. According to Angel Diaz, IBM’s vice president of cloud and open tech, stated that the shared office space allows for a bouncing of ideas that likely wouldn’t occur in a traditional office environment.

Microsoft is also getting in on the coworking office space trend, the article stated, recently providing memberships for 300 of its employees to a coworking company that has space in San Francisco and other places worldwide. The arrangement allows for employees to use the spaces to meet with clients and gives them more flexibility as to where those meetings take place.

Other tech companies, including Google’s Mountain View location, are embracing coworking office spaces in a different way, the article noted, with them offering space within their own offices for startups to use. This coworking space allows startups to have the ability to make use of the expertise of Google employees.

Want to talk more about the benefits of coworking office spaces? It’s a conversation we love to have! Contact us for more information.

Here is an example of a coworking office space in Seattle in the South Lake Union area:

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Looking at Exciting New Office Buildings? Listen to Your Employees.

New office buildingsWhile many in the tech industry are trending toward exciting new office buildings that feature open plans and plenty of shared space, a recent article from TechRepublic warns that employee needs must be a factor in the design. In particular, the article notes, private spaces, quiet places, and smaller meeting areas need to be included.

According to a 2014 study from The Center for the Built Environment, workers who have their own office tend to be happier and less likely to take sick days, the article stated. An additional new study from Oxford Economics and Plantronics, involving 1,200 global employees and executives, found that millennial employees in particular found it hard to concentrate on work in a noisy environment.

Study Results

The results of these studies suggest that, although the trendy new open office plans encourage collaboration, balance is best when it comes to worker satisfaction. How to reach that balance? Providing a mix of open and closed spaces is a start. Additionally, the article suggests, the type of materials used in the design can also lend themselves to the creation of good working conditions. Hard surfaces can be replaced with more sound absorbent ones — such as carpet. Barriers between desks can be lowered to enable employees to see and interact with one another in a quieter fashion. Quiet spaces where phone calls can be taken or smaller meeting rooms can help.

While an office space isn’t going to meet every need of every individual employee, the article states, design should allow for flexibility in order to meet as many needs as possible and maximize productivity.

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Can Successful Office Space Planning Be Achieved On A Budget?

Office Space PlanningResearch has repeatedly shown that the workplace itself can have a significant impact upon workers’ happiness and performance, affecting everything from productivity and morale to absenteeism and turnover. Therefore, working with an office design company to address issues with your office space planning layout can be well worth the investment.

With that being said, many companies do not have the luxury of spending vast amounts of money on their office space planning and design, which begs the question: Can successful office space planning be achieved on a budget? Here are some ways in which the cost can be kept down, without sacrificing quality.

The Open Plan Option

One of the best ways to save money on your office space planning is to opt for an open plan design, or at least include large open plan areas. Doing so cuts down on the number of fixed partitions needed, saving space in the process. This has a knock-on effect, because the amount of space you actually need will be reduced.

In addition to reduced real estate costs, other open plan benefits include the ability to modify the space easily and improvements to employee collaboration. With that said, the open plan is not for everyone and a study by IPSOS found that the 11 percent of workers who were most happy and most engaged had access to greater privacy.

Nevertheless, the open plan is the dominant design in the west, accounting for around 70 percent of all offices, according to the International Facilities Management Association. Moreover, by having an open plan office, with smaller private areas, you can enjoy the benefits while minimizing the negatives.

Putting the Essentials First

In recent years, much has been made of the likes of Uber including sleeping pods and Google including slides in their office designs. However, when operating on a budget, the focus should always be on getting the essentials right. People need comfortable work areas, social spaces and natural light far more than they need novelty items.

Although comfort and function are important considerations, it is generally okay to opt for classic furniture. After all, this can always be upgraded later. Furthermore, you should consider the nature of your business and think about which elements are necessary. Do you need so many meeting rooms? Do you even need a reception?

“Doing away with reception areas is a trend we’re increasingly seeing,” Chris Booth, managing director for the fit-out company Overbury, told Forbes. “If client visits are infrequent, giving away expensive rental space for that purpose is inefficient. If you’ve got clients coming in all the time, maybe you need one; if not, is it essential?”

Flexibility and Remote Work

Another great way to save money and ensure your space planning is delivered on-budget is to prioritize flexibility and try to include areas that have multiple functions. For example, when meeting rooms are not in use, could they double as quiet working spaces? Thinking in terms of flexibility also offers a chance to get really creative.

A great example of creative flexible thinking can be seen in the Yodle, Inc. company headquarters in New York. As part of their office design, they have a very wide flight of stairs. As well as their traditional function of allowing people to move between floors, the stairs are a designated social space, allowing for workplace collaboration.

Finally, while on the subject of flexibility, it may be worth some companies embracing the idea of remote working in order to save space and revitalize the workforce. Contrary to classic fears, Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace report claims that employees who work remotely on occasion are the happiest and most engaged of all.

Guest Author Bio:

Reno is a founder and director of a leading exhibition and office design company Enigma Visual Solutions, specializing in retail designs, interiors, graphic productions, signage systems, office space planning, event branding, conference set design and much more. He specializes in experiential marketing and event productions. He enjoys sharing his thoughts on upcoming marketing ideas and design trends. Feel free to follow him on twitter.

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Inspired by Ideas: A Real Example of Coworking Office Space

Spaces coworking office spaceAre you wondering how a coworking office space would work for your business and your employees? A recent article from The Almanac provides an example of such a space and what it gives to those who work there.

According to the article, “Spaces” — a 30,000 square-foot coworking facility opened in the Menlo Park area of California in July with an 8,000 square-foot business club as well as additional office space. The business club area provides a coworking area where members, mostly consisting of mobile workers, pay an affordable $380 fee to use desks, cafe tables, and meeting rooms. The area includes a cafe and even a gaming lounge. The offices rent for a starting price of $900 a month and feature plexiglass walls, as well as office furniture. There are about 400 desks available for rent. It was just recently acquired by Regus. The leading provider of flexible workplaces with over 4,000 locations worldwide.

Why Coworking Office Space?

Those who have rented coworking office space in the facility state that they chose to locate their offices there because of the location. As the saying goes in real estate, the three most important attributes are location, location and location. But it does take more than just location to have a successful coworking office space. The other benefits listed for those using the space include the ability for self-employed, work-from-home, and start-up companies to interact and network with one another.

The business evolved out of the notion that success breeds success. That workers who are surrounded by people and ideas are inspired to experience new ideas and growth, as well. Some of their other clients have echoed this sentiment, with testimonials that praise coworking space flexibility and room to expand their business within a coworking facility.

Find our more about Spaces Menlo Park on OfficeFinder.

At OfficeFinder, we understand coworking office space. We believe that entrepreneurial performance improves among a community of coworkers. We would love to help you find or create a coworking space that will meet the needs of your workers and of those who work alongside you. For more information, contact us.

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Avoid These 4 Mistakes When Leasing Office Space

No Mistakes leasing office spaceLeasing office space is usually a big step forward for your business. Usually it’s a very positive step, reflecting growth and optimism. It can get very complicated and it is easy to make mistakes. There are lots of decisions that have to be made and mistakes can be costly. Here are a few of them that are important you avoid when leasing office space:

  1. Exit Options

    Make sure you build in reasonable exit options since you can’t predict the future. You never know when you may need to get out of a lease. Protect yourself by adding an option for subleasing or assigning just in case you need to get out of your lease..

  2. Stay Detached

    Don’t allow yourself a feeling of attachment or commitment to a specific property. Make sure you have at least 2 – 3 options. Remain detached so you can get a fair deal or continue moving on searching properties until you find a fair deal.

  3. Get Concessions with Long Term Leases

    Most commercial landlords want a 5 – 10 year lease commitment. If you choose to enter into such an agreement, make sure the landlord provides you some concessions in exchange, which they should provide. Some of the most common concessions include free rent for a set period of time or the landlord paying for a build-out of the space.

  4. Stay Calm

    Never enter “panic mode” when in the middle of negotiations. Sometimes circumstances force us to move when we’re not ready to (e.g. landlord sells your current building, rapid growth of your business), but this doesn’t mean you should make hasty decisions. Don’t give in or compromise on things you must have. Temporary solutions exist (e.g. office sharing) and may actually prove more cost-effective and flexible.

More Mistakes to avoid when leasing office space.

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Coworking Office Space: A Great Office Space Rental Alternative

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Seattle coworking office space at WeWork

If your company needs office space but isn’t big enough to justify getting its own long term space yet, coworking office space offers you a viable alternative. They are particularly popular with entrepreneurs and smaller, newer businesses. Companies in a coworking space work together in communal spaces, sometimes having dedicated, assigned areas, and other times grabbing spots at communal tables on a first come, first serve basis. Here are some pros and cons to coworking:

Coworking Office Space Pros:

  • Reduced costs. Renting a desk or spot at a table is much less expensive than getting your own office – particularly important in the early stage of a business when capital is more limited.
  • Amenities. Coworking office space generally aim to make themselves fun and appealing to businesses, and the amenities they offer are impressive. Most serve complimentary coffee and tea, and some even offer free beer. Many have after-hours classes and support services. Most also have features such as private meeting rooms, common rooms or rooftop decks, equipped with TVs, video games, and even Foosball tables.
  • Energizing social environment. You’ll be surrounded by like-minded companies, reducing the chances of the isolation a small team can feel. Along with making new friends, being in a social setting will energize and stimulate your creativity, making it easier to improve performance by generating ideas and make progress with your company objectives.
  • Flexibility. The terms for Coworking office space don’t require a long term commitment. As you business needs change, you can easily add or subtract space.

Coworking Office Space Cons:

  • Lack of privacy. Being with others is great, but sometimes it can be difficult to deal with the noise volume and energy common in these environments. That is why the private collaboration areas available in most coworking office space is so important. Make sure your team makes use of them periodically to combat this.
  • Concerns with trust. When working with so many companies in one space, there’s always the risk your next great idea will get stolen. Check with the coworking space to see if they have a policy about confidentiality.

We help companies find coworking spaces that fit with their businesses’ unique needs. Contact us to determine if coworking is right for your company, and to find the best space for you.

On our Local Seattle Page we have several 360° interactive panoramic virtual tours of cowork office space. It gives you an opportunity the visit them 24/7 form wherever you are instead of having to spend the time visiting ones that don’t fir your style. Here is one we recently completed of the WeWork coworking office space in Seattle at South Lake Union.


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Summary of the Gensler 2016 Workplace Study

Workplace StudyWhen one understands how, and where, employees get their work done, they are better able to create work places that improve performance and encourage innovation. For a decade, Gensler’s Workplace Study has cut through the noise to get to the root of what employees want. To fin out their needs in their workplace. To this end, the 2016 report has recently been released. Based on responses from over 4,000 office workers in 11 industries across the U.S., the report discusses how the work environment affects employee’s experiences as well as how workplace design impacts the entire organization. Following is a Summarize the Gensler 2016 Workplace study to help employers better understand this issue.

Background

According to Gensler, most of the workforce in the United States is disengaged. In fact, it is at least two-thirds of them, or a whopping eight out of ten. Despite the efforts of companies to incorporate new technologies and co-working trends, it’s estimated that up to 40 percent of the country’s workforce will be self-employed by the year 2020. These factors are compounded by the fact that the work environment often times stifles productivity and innovation. However, innovative companies are finding ways to mitigate these issues and improve employee engagement, productivity and job satisfaction.

Workplace Design

With a growing emphasis on collaboration in the workplace, while still retaining the individuals need for private workplaces, it’s not surprising that innovative companies offer better designed work spaces. This applies to every space, including meeting rooms, individual workspaces, common areas, and even restrooms. Employees that work for innovators spend less time at their desks. the spend the majority of their workdays in collaborative environments such as conference rooms and common spaces. Additionally, they often do their work outside of the workplace altogether, spending only around 74 percent of their time there. that is compared to  86 percent for those working with less innovative companies.

Workplace Study Conclusions

Gensler discovered that innovative companies offer their employees better designed and more functional workspaces, whether they are open, or not. What’s more, an open office is often just as effective as a private one. Employees of the most innovative companies in the study also report having access to a better variety of workspaces both in, and out, of the office. They are less likely to work in the same spot every day. This ability to work anywhere, once only reserved for top management, allows employees to connect with their purpose, and that of the organization more easily. Therefore, working for a company that understands workplace design and the ability to choose, helps with employee engagement, encourages individual growth and inspires innovation at all levels.

If you decide you need new office space after reading the Gensler Workplace Study, please contact us. We will be more than happy to discuss options that will allow you to improve your workplace and offer suggestions as to how you can incorporate the conclusions of this study into it.

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