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6 Reasons Renting Medical Office Space May be Better Than Buying

Medical office spaceFor many reasons, renting medical office space for your practice may be more practical and profitable than purchasing a building to house your practice. Both processes can be time-consuming and stressful, here are 6 reasons you may want to rent vs. buy medical office space for your practice.

  1. Lower Costs – If you can find an existing space with the layout you need for a medical practice, then less capital will be needed to convert the space to fit your needs.
  2. Landlord support – Renting medical office space often means that the landlord will provide some financial support to convert the property, particularly if your lease is long-term and they know that income will be generated for years to come. Maintenance and repairs are often negotiable as well.
  3. Speed-to-market – Renting vs. buying means that you will save time along with money because there will most likely be shorter construction times for upgrades than a full remodel.
  4. Cash flow – Renting eliminates the large cash expenditure required to purchase a building and frees capital to be used in other areas of your practice.You may be able to generate more income from your practice by investing the down payment you would have had to pay. Depending on your practice and the opportunities you have to invest, the return on investment may be higher than what you could achieve investing in purchasing you own medical office space.
  5. Flexibility – Should your practice expand and outgrow your current building, it is easier to move on to larger offices and visa versa.
  6. Time – as a medical practitioner, your workload is often full. Adding owner and property manager to your tasks can impact the time you devote to your practice.

Once you have made the decision to lease, you need an experienced professional to help you pick a prime location for your practice. Please contact us for more information on  medical office space.

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Apple’s New Space Ship Office in Cupertino

Apple has been a revolutionary company since the beginning, when Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were soldering electronic components in a garage. They’ve come a long way since those days, with a spectacular headquarters at the famous address of 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino, California. Now Apple has outgrown even that facility and has started work on an exciting new office building.

The Apple Space Ship Office

The new building will be an immense four-story disk with a large, circular central courtyard. It resembles more than anything, an enormous flying saucer leading many to refer to it as “the Space Ship.” And it is truly enormous. The disk is over a mile around enclosing over 2.8 million square feet of interior space. It will provide workspace to over 13,000 Apple employees. Scheduled completion is the end of 2016.

As befitting a high-tech company, Apple’s new building will implement the latest ideas in office design.

The Outdoors Brought Indoors

The building will be ringed by huge walls of glass. Employees will be able to look outward to the rest of the campus, and also inward to the central courtyard, which was inspired by a London square where houses surround a large, central park. Huge parking garages will be built beneath the building so that car parks don’t spoil the view. Much research indicated that natural light and exposure to nature improves workplace productivity and employee morale.

Environmentally Friendly

Apple intends to use alternative energy to power their new headquarters. It will be entirely self sufficient with power coming from an on-site, “low-carbon” power plant supplemented by solar cells lining the roof. Additionally, over 7,000 trees will grace the campus, providing aesthetic and environmental benefits.

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Latest news is that Apple is already planning a second space ship office in Sunnyvale to house around 3,000 employees.

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Workplace Strategies to Balance Collaboration and Competition

competitive of collaborative workplace strategies?Companies with modern Workplace Strategies, that provide employees with a stimulating work environment, will usually improve employee retention and productivity. The new breed of employees display higher creativity and demand an environment that is both smart and pleasant. Dynamically aligning the work environment with the organization’s work flow to generate peak performance and reduce cost is termed workplace strategies. Striking a balance between collaboration and competition in office layouts can offer your employees the best of both worlds.

Competitive Office Space – offers more areas within the office for privacy. Employees consider that they are in competition with other employees for advancement. Typical layouts include:

  • traditional closed office layouts support a hierarchical structure within the workplace and imposes communication barriers. While some employees require private office space; to many closed offices inhibit teamwork.
  • cubicle workspaces with 6 foot – 8 foot partitions were once thought optimum for administrative or clerical work, where concentration is needed for task oriented jobs. It is now considered out-dated as workers multi-task in the midst of distraction, in all parts of life.
  • cluster or hub workspaces arrange employees around a center with dividers, like spokes on a wheel, separating each workspace. The problem with this seating arrangement can arise when employees with the same skill set are within one cluster, which offers no cross-collaboration between teams.

Collaborative Workspaces will enhance teamwork, but there are also drawbacks for office workers, like noise pollution and lack of privacy. Some features of collaborative workspaces are:

  • open floor plans with no walls or low-walled workstations. Provides the flexibility to group workers based on project rather than department. This type of office layout is not as conducive to focused work which requires quiet and concentration. In many cases you will see employees wearing noise cancelling headphones to that allow better concentration. In many cases, headphones are the new walls and a signal to others that privacy is desired.
  • landscaped areas are sometimes used to create privacy between open areas and establish a warm environment with enhanced privacy.
  • communal spaces with comfortable seating arrangements, inductive to group collaboration and brainstorming sessions are often placed around the perimeter of building or anchored at the office extremes.

By carefully considering the different needs of your business personnel, IT workers, sales force and office administration, you can create an agile workplace strategy to provide flexibility in meeting the changing world of business. Maintaining a balance between private space and open space is the key. Contact us for more information on your workplace needs.

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7 Keys To A More Productive Office Space

Whether you are having trouble focusing in your office, or feel stifled and cramped in your cubicle, a disorganized or too-relaxed workspace can be a source of mental blocks and procrastination. But by identifying these distractions, you can come up with a plan to create an environment that prevents distraction and creates a more productive office space. At Modernize, we are committed to helping you find ways to streamline your space and increase productivity. Follow these 7 guidelines to help you create a better workspace that will make your productivity skyrocket and your overall mood improve.

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Office Layout

The first step to creating a more productive office space is to choose a layout that makes sense. Many employees feel their productivity levels rise with a diverse work environment, so if your office space allows, make room for your desk, a sofa and/or chairs, a meeting table, and filing cabinets or other storage. Use your desk for daily tasks such as catching up on emails, working on spreadsheets, and other computer or writing based tasks. A comfortable sofa or chairs is perfect for informal meetings, while a larger and more formal meeting table works best for group meetings and brainstorming sessions. By sticking to these unspoken room dividing rules, you will feel more comfortable in each work space. If you spend some of your time working from home, follow the same rules as above, making sure your home/work boundary lines are clear and that your home office is set up in a similar way.

Lighting

Nothing stifles productivity like a dimly lit room, so it’s important to get the lighting right in your office space. If you have control of the windows, open the blinds and let in as much natural light as possible. Psychologists have found that sunlight does wonders for mental health. Sadly, a corner office with wall-to-wall windows isn’t available to everyone, so try to pay attention to the lighting you do have and your reaction to it. Are you squinting to read or straining your eyes? Is a dim workspace causing you to feel lethargic? Experiment with some different lighting options. A simple lighting change could alleviate this stress and create a much more productive environment.

Comfort

Getting the comfort levels just right in your office makes a huge difference in terms of productivity. Too much comfort induces lethargy and sleepiness, whereas too little lowers morale and discourages work.Get the balance right by investing in a few products that will keep you and your office space at optimum output. First, invest in a top-notch office chair or portable back support. According to the American Academy of Physicians, around 90% of adults have experienced back pain, and we all know that getting good back support while you work makes a huge difference in both mood and effectiveness in the workplace. Second, make sure to take control of your body temperature. Most rented and leased office spaces will have centralized air conditioning and heating, so dress for the indoor weather with layers.

Personalization

Personalizing your office is important for employee morale, but make sure you don’t take it too far. Adopting a minimalist approach will greatly benefit your productivity by helping you focus on work instead of cluttered distractions. A few family photos and low-maintenance plants make your office seem less like the cubicle or boxed room that it is and more like home without taking your attention away from your daily tasks.

Electronics

Remove all electronics that tend to distract you. Perhaps you work best while playing music in the background—however, playing music on your cell phone leads to texting and surfing the web unintentionally. You may notice that playing pop music has you thinking more about the weekend’s plans than the task at hand. Researchers from Cambridge found that music with lyrics are 48% more likely to distract a worker while music without lyrics increases productivity. Set your radio or music app to a classical music station and watch your productivity levels increase dramatically.

Organization

Organize your space for efficiency. Consider how you operate day to day and make the things you access most often easiest to reach. Color code when you can, and label your storage to make old files easy to find. If you also work from home, equip your home office in a similar setup to your rented or leased space: the same technologies, operating systems, and programs will maximize your productivity and efficiency when you are on the go. A productive flexible work space consists of well organized, portable items, so make use of memory sticks, smartphones, and laptops. Lastly, remember to bring your briefcase or portfolio to work every day in case you need to grab files and go.

Maintenance

Those of us with busy work schedules often find it difficult to keep a clean and tidy office space. By putting off the cleaning process, the clutter can become overwhelming and unbearable. Set aside a day each month to organize and clean your workspace and ensure that your space will never become too untidy and disorganized.

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