Monthly Archives: October 2016

Three Benefits of Using OfficeFinder’s Office Space Virtual Tours

Safeco Plaza office space Virtual ToursChoosing the right office space for your business is vitally important. The location, size, layout and design of the space will have a major impact on how your company is perceived, and how productive you and your employees are. You can’t tell how a space will work for you until you’ve seen the interior and exterior of the building and that means taking time out of your busy day to meet with the real estate agent or property manager. Well, it used to. Now, OfficeFinder’s office space virtual tours allow you to tour prospective office space in the Seattle and Bellevue Metro Markets anytime you’re free. It also gives you the opportunity to narrow your choices down so you don’t waste time looking at spaces that won’t meet your needs.

1. You Can Easily View Multiple Spaces

Finding the perfect office space is no easy task. It’s unlikely that the first property you look at will suit your needs perfectly, so you need to review several properties. Traditionally, that meant driving from location to location, walking through, taking notes and pictures and later, comparing them. With virtual office space tours, you can do a walk through of multiple properties in just minutes, and compare them side by side without all the hassle. Even better yet, you guide your own tour, rather than being led through, which means you can focus on what really matters most to you, without anyone’s influence.

2. You Will Save Time & Energy

Sure, it’s important that you find a new office space, because your business is growing and your needs have changed since you moved into your current office space. But, let’s face it, you’ve got more than enough on your plate already and running around town looking at office spaces is just going to bog you down further. You’ll put so much time and energy into the process that you won’t have the ability to focus on what really matters; running your business. When you look at properties using office space virtual tours, you can do it anytime, day or night, on the weekend, or even on a holiday. Your time is valuable, and you should be in charge of how you spend it and when.

3. You Can Narrow Your Choices

There are a multitude of office spaces available to you, but you can’t tell by a few photographs and listing details which are truly suited to your business. If you take the time to visit every site you may be interested in, you’ll be wasting your time on some because they’re simply not adequate. When you take a virtual office space tour, however, you can imagine how your business would function within its walls. You’ll get a real feel for the size and layout of each space without having to actually go there. This simple step will help you narrow down your choices so you can make an in-person visit those that are truly what you’re looking for.

At OfficeFinder, we’re very aware of how precious your time is, and that’s why we’ve begun to offer office space virtual tours of some of our properties. At the moment, we’re working on virtual tours of our executive suites and some co-working spaces in the Seattle and Bellevue metropolitan areas.

Here is an example of one of the many office space virtual tours we have available:


1001 4th Avenue 32nd Floor in Seattle
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If you need office space and want to save the time and effort of searching by yourself, please contact us and we’ll be happy to assist you.

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OfficeFinder’s 360° Interactive Office Space Virtual Tours Are Live

360 office space virtual toursOver the summer we had a project to see how we could improve listing information for office space. We wanted to help those in need of office space have an easier job of deciding which would be best for their needs. We think we have done it with our 360° Interactive office space virtual tours!

When you go to almost any listing website now, you will see pretty much the same information on available office space. They include the same basic data and  photographs on almost every site. We thought we might improve on the visual aspect of listings by producing 360° interactive panoramic office space virtual tours. Since our HQ is here, we started in the Seattle office space market. We included both Seattle, the Bellevue Eastside office market, Bothell and Mountlake Terrace with executive suite and cowork spaces. In all, we have created 32 office space virtual tours which includes a significant percentage of the executive suite and cowork space option in the area.

What’s in a virtual tour?

A virtual tour is an online media presentation that represents a real location in the most realistic form possible. There are many forms of online media that represents a location. We see photo slideshows and videos being deemed “virtual tours” but those types of media are not close to being able to represent a realistic location as well as an interactive 360° panoramic based tour. A 360° panoramic office space virtual tour gives the viewer a choice in what to look at in the given location in crystal clear high definition. It is almost like you are there touring the space. The freedom to interact makes the tour a realistic and engaging site selection tool.

Virtual tours consist of three basic processes:

  1. Photographing the area or areas to be included in the virtual tour.
  2. Stitching me photographs of specific areas together to create a 360° panorama photograph.
  3. Creating a virtual tour by specifying hot-spots within the panoramas. These will lead to other panoramas or multimedia providing the viewer with the ability to move around the property

What we did was to visit 32 locations in the Seattle and Bellevue office markets. We took a series of photographs as if we were there to tour the space. What we ended up with was the ability for visitors to interactively visit these locations, as if they were there, from the comfort of their computers or mobile devices. Each of the virtual tours include between 6 and 12 scenes within each of the offices. What we wanted to accomplish was to allow visitors to get the “flavor” of the office space they may be interested in; allowing them to save the time and effort involved in visiting alternatives that may not be suitable. This way visitors can shortlist their options much easier and save a significant amount of time touring alternatives.

Here is one of the ones we completed. The Holyoke Building is a 5 story historic office building in Downtown Seattle occupied by a cowork office space provider.


Click Here to view in full screen (recommended)

 Over the coming weeks, we will be blogging about the office space virtual tours we have completed, providing more details about the space and how we went about the process of creating the tours.

You can find the office space virtual tours on our local web pages. They are identified with the  360° badge shown below:360 office space virtual tours

Where to find OfficeFinder’s 360° Interactive Office Space Virtual Tours

You can find our office space virtual tours on the following Local pages. They will be located near the top of the listing for office space on the page.

Let us know what you think.

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5 Simple Workplace Strategies to Keep Employees Happy and Productive

It’s the little things that count when it comes to employee appreciation. Even low cost  simple workplace strategies can make a big difference. It does not have to be an expensive  complete overhaul of your office space. It’s been proven time and time again that happy employees = engaged employees = productive employees. A study from Warwick University proved that employees work harder when they are happy. SnackNation has a great Infographic (below) showing “11 Shocking Employee Happiness Statistics That Will Blow Your Mind.”

Employee Happiness Infographic

Companies whose employees consider themselves happy outperform their competition by 20%. Millennial employees, in particular, expect certain perks in the workplace.

Five Simple Workplace Strategies

1. Offer Free Snacks

This has proven to be one of the most successful way to keep employees happy. The good news is that it doesn’t seem to matter what the food is! From granola bars to fruit snacks, instant oatmeal, “emergency chocolate”, fresh fruit, weekly bagels, pizza Fridays – choose whatever works for your budget and company culture.

2. Encourage Leaving the Office for Lunch

Workaholic culture has created an atmosphere where taking a lunch break is seen as a luxury. Employees skipping lunch or eating at their desks should be a rarity, not the norm. Encourage employees to leave the office, or at least their desk area, to clear their head, get some fresh air, and come back to their desks ready to work.

3. Arrange Discounts for Local Businesses

Many restaurants and service based companies are happy to set up a discount structure for local companies. Restaurants and coffee shops are a usually a great place to start, but gyms, salons, and even some independent retail stores are a good bet too. Be open to options based on their company model. Some business may offer standing discounts with a company card or larger one time discounts for bulk orders.

4. Offer a Mixture of Office Supplies

Some people prefer black or blue pens, color ink, legal pads, spiral notebooks, multicolored post-its. It’s a small thing, but offering options when it comes to office supplies can enhance creativity and helps with individual organization. When you’re employees feel in control they will be more productive.

5. Create Incentive Programs

Productivity based incentive programs are a proven workplace strategy that increase employee happiness. They don’t need to be complicated. Focus on a main company goal that everyone can help achieve regardless of their position in the company. Award points for daily or weekly steps towards the goal.  Set up a company ‘store’ where employees can redeem points for small prizes like longer lunches and gifts. Host a special event once you’ve met your company goal. Keep it fun and positive!

We hope these five simple workplace strategies have you thinking about employee appreciation and productivity. It does not have to be expensive to let your employees know that you appreciate their efforts. Contact us for more workplace strategies and information on finding an office, agile workspaces, office design, and more.

How to Create an Agile Workplace that Really Functions

Agile workplace that worksTo say that there is a backlash against the open office space, and the agile workplace setup, is putting it mildly. Disgruntled employees have been venting for years about noise, constant “visits” from co-workers, and interruptions.

Has the embrace of the agile workplace been little more than the professional version of the 1960s hippie movement?

Actually, it is possible to make the concept work. Here are some suggestions on how to do it:

  • See the workplace through the eyes of an employee. To you, the absence of walls is the hallmark of an open office environment. To your employees, it is a large space that carries the din of countless conversations. Unless you understand what your employees need to do their jobs efficiently, the concept does not work for them.
  • Equip your workforce for agility. The idea behind agility is the notion that the worker can perform the needed tasks from anywhere in the office or outside of it. This goal requires a streamlined hardware and software setup for all employees. You are not truly agile if the WiFi stops working in the rear third of the office.
  • Empower your workers to make decisions. If workers have to check with supervisors or managers whenever reaching a decision point, you maintain the old work environment minus a few walls. Instead, empower your employees to make decisions, which allows them to collaborate without having to interrupt the flow of productivity for approval seeking.
  • Set clear objectives. Agility thrives on group settings that allow for immediate work production. Management staff must provide clear parameters and goals that teams will meet on pre-defined dates. By empowering employees and doing away with the old structure for a more agile setup, a larger group of workers now shares responsibility and accountability.

If your current office setup just does not support the agile workplace you envision, contact us to find a setting that is far more useful for your goals.