What does Stephen Hawking have to do with Office Productivity?

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Whether you are in the business of running a company or even running a country, the words efficiency and productivity are not only frequently used in policy and strategic rhetoric, they also appear to be interchangeable. There is no denying the importance of both, but understanding their differences is vital to achieving real success when focusing on financial outcomes. The …

Why Do I Need New Office Space?

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The typical CEO of a business, along with the members of their leadership and management teams, have many far more important and pressing matters to attend to than the question of what to do regarding new office space. It really isn’t on their agenda unless the business is undergoing significant growth or decline, in which case their office needs are …

Is a Productive Office Commute Possible?

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To say that I am somewhat obsessive about the subject of productivity in the workplace is an understatement. It is integral to much of the subject matter I write about, including the core theme contained in my book Don’t Worry About The Rent. Whilst undertaking research for the book, it was very important for me to get to the bottom of …

Which Pole of the Office Magnet Faces Your Staff?

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So where do you start when identifying the attributes that make an office an ‘attractor’ for both current and future staff? There are numerous article extolling the virtues of everything from pool tables, to hammocks, creative “playgrounds” and all manner of enticing and unique workplace design considerations. This article however, discusses some of the more intangible and subjective issues at …

Workplace Wellness & WELL, not Green, is the New Black

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Businesses that seek to occupy premium or grade A office accommodation are traditionally seduced by the “next big thing”. What was once a bespoke architectural design, then became an icon, a taller building, one made of glass and finally the inevitable iconic, tall, glass tower. Now it seems a good number of those businesses have moved on to green buildings …

Fashionable Workplaces – It’s not all about the Bling

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Why is it that just about every article I read talking about the value of workplace design, almost always ignores the broader context of the building and precinct in which the workplace is located? Similarly, almost all conversations extolling the virtues of remote working, love to predict the extinction of the office and diminish its relevance as an important contributor …

Can a Sexy Office Seduce Your Clients Back to Your Place

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I am not suggesting that a cool or sexy office is all you need to drive business outcomes. Nor am I going to suggest that all you need to do to grow a successful business is to invest in a fully loaded, bells and whistles, technology laden, productivity enabling office environment. Not that all of those things won’t help, they …

Office Insights from the Perspective of a Tenant

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I am fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to work in the property industry for over 25 years. I’ve worked with both architects and engineers and on behalf of industry bodies associated with commercial property and green buildings. Throughout this time, I have been involved in all aspects of commercial office property, from design and development through to leasing, …

Don’t Worry About The Rent

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For many a business owner or manager the office is seen as a necessary liability, but not necessarily as an asset for the business to leverage. So when the time comes to review and renew the office lease, the focus of the manager will more than likely be around worrying about future office rent and keeping costs down. There will …

6 HR Costs to Avoid by Choosing the Right Office

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The majority of commercial office space is occupied by government, business services or finance and insurance industries. Other than government and the Not for Profit (NFP) sector, a prime motivation for every CEO, business owner and manager is the search for increased profitability. In most instances, a business has three pathways to increasing profitability. The first is through increasing turnover …

Valuing Productivity is at the Core of the Workplace Onion

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The onion metaphor is normally used to describe the layers which must be peeled away to get to the all-important “core” of a problem or issue. The biggest question that is normally asked with respect to choosing office space based on the promise of improved workplace productivity, is quantifying the value of the various initiatives that might be contemplated or …

3 Little Things to Prevent Big-Time Office Renter’s Remorse

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When creating a short-list of options for your new office, don’t get too carried away with the standard real estate questions of size, price and location, at least not at first. Instead it is highly recommended that you focus on how your choices can promote opportunities for happy staff and satisfied clients. After all, these are the two areas that will most …

7 Ways Your Choice of Office Can Increase Profits

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There are four reasons for a business to consider changing to new office space: It is the last of these four reasons that sits at the heart of this article, but that does not detract from the validity of the other motivations for investigating options for new office space. Changing office space requirements and/or the fact your lease is expiring …

The 3 Biggest Problems When Choosing New Office Space

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So what is the most important question that tenants should be asked when searching for new office space? Is it location? What about your spatial requirements and the size of your new office? Or maybe it’s budget? The focus on selling office space to prospective tenants is rarely focused on what is most important to them in making a decision about whether to …

6 Key Elements for Your Office “Choosing” Check-List

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Of course it is one thing to compile a check-list for moving office. But what if I said it was far more important for you to begin your office move check-list from the very start or at the choosing new office space stage. Even more surprising perhaps is that I would recommend you start this process at least 9 months before your …

Could a New Office be your Greatest Productivity Hack?

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Could there be anything lower on a business owner or manager’s TO DO list than the process of choosing their next office? Depending on the size of the business the search for a new office will likely be delegated to an EA, a junior partner, a sub-committee or even outsourced altogether. For some enterprises the process may even go something like; …

5 Mistakes that Businesses Make when Choosing New Offices

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There are a variety of difficulties that confront business owners and managers when navigating the complexity of the commercial real estate marketplace looking for new offices. The result for many is frustration and confusion. This feeds the fear of getting the decision wrong with respect to their office accommodation needs. They end up asking themselves, “What if I end up …