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Conventional vs. Shared Office Space: Which Is Right for Me?

Posted by Annie Rinker on Oct 11, 2017 5:26:37 PM

Office spaces have evolved tremendously over the years. One of the most popular office set-ups – cubicles – are becoming a thing of the past. More businesses have transitioned to office suites with individual offices or lots of open space. And, now businesses have the option of working out of a shared office space. This leaves small business owners with one heavy question: Conventional vs. shared office space – which is right for me?

 

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Boosting Productivity at Your Workstation

Posted by Annie Rinker on Sep 8, 2017 3:26:55 PM

The last thing anyone wants in the workday is to feel unmotivated and unproductive. If your productivity plummets, it can not only throw off the day, but it can disrupt an entire week of progress. A cup of coffee or a good night’s sleep may boost your energy, but those things alone can’t guarantee efficiency. There are, however, a few things you can do right at your desk to increase productivity at work.

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Office Features that WOW

Posted by Annie Rinker on Aug 14, 2017 5:53:37 PM

Not only is office design important for your team, but it also makes a big impact on your guests.  You may think of an exquisite water feature or an on-site workout area when you think of cool office features. But impressing visitors doesn’t always require those types of elements. Having office features that wow means to creating an environment that leaves a lasting impression on visitors.

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Staying Healthy on the Road- Snacks for Business Travelers

Posted by Hai Son Kien on Aug 4, 2017 11:30:02 AM

Eating healthy can be a feat during business travels. Meetings, flights, commutes and more meetings make it tough to find time to grab healthy bites. You don’t always have the convenience of a refrigerator, and maybe you’re not into carrying a lunch tote for cold items. But eating out while on-the-go can be unhealthy, expensive and time consuming. We get it! As a commercial real estate firm with partners in Washington D.C., Baltimore and Chicago, we’re on-the-go.  A LOT. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of our favorite room-temperature, healthy snacks for when we are on the road.

Here are eight healthy snacks for business travelers that don’t require a refrigerator:

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3 Elements to Jumpstart Your Company Culture

Posted by Annie Rinker on Jul 26, 2017 1:05:42 PM

Most of us know what it’s like to have a job or a workplace that we disliked, or even downright hated. I’m not just generalizing the average worker’s experience here -- Gallup polls from recent years have shown that as low as 31.5% of U.S. workers feel engaged with their jobs. These numbers get even worse when looking at millennial employees, which reported a disengagement rate of 72%. While we’ve already covered how to attract and retain millennials at your office, there is a bigger dilemma that these numbers bring up: why is the US workforce so miserable? The answer, at least in part, lies within the company culture, or lack thereof, that persists in these workspaces. That explanation sounds like a cop-out, so let’s unpack it a little: what does company culture mean? For the sake of this article, let’s assume it is simply the sum of the attitudes, customs and ideals of an organization, from its philosophy as adapted from the CEO’s vision all the way down to the frequency of work happy hours.

It would seem at first that such small quirks couldn’t have such a big impact on a company’s financial outlook, but the connection between company culture and employee engagement suggests that a focus on the little things can give big results. Increased engagement means increased retention, productivity, and in the long run, profit.

There are a few ways top companies have broken down what it takes to enrich the culture of a workplace, and they notably have a common thread -- so let’s see if you pick up on it here:

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New vs Used Furniture: What is Right for Me?

Posted by Annie Rinker on Jul 20, 2017 9:30:00 AM

When our clients are looking for a new office, due to growth from their coworking space/shared office space or simply looking for a new home, there are several questions that they often need to consider.  A big one is the design of their office and the furniture they will use.  Furniture plays a major role in their new office, both from a budgetary standpoint as well as influencing productivity, creativity and planning.  There are tons of furniture decisions that they will need to make, but the first one we generally ask is new furniture vs used furniture.  Here are the pros and cons of new furniture and used office furniture. [SEE RELATED STORY: Why Office Design Matters]

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What America's Pastime Can Teach Us When Searching for an Office

Posted by Annie Rinker on Jul 7, 2017 4:21:39 PM

America’s pastime is something that most of us can agree on.  Even if you don’t have a team or you don’t find it to be the most entertaining sport in the world, most still revel in gathering with friends and family to play or watch the time-honored sport and can enjoy a cold beverage and a warm, delicious hot dog, as is customary.  This past July 4th I had the pleasure of doing just that—enjoying a hot dog, cold beer and baseball with my friends and family.  And as I sat in my seat, basking in the sun, I started to daydream about the lessons we can gain from baseball as it relates to finding a new office.

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How to Build and Retain Your Social Media Audience

Posted by Annie Rinker on Jun 30, 2017 12:03:44 PM

Social media plays a major role in how brands and businesses connect with consumers today. In fact, nearly 90 percent of marketers reported that social media marketing increased exposure of their business and 75 percent said it increased traffic, according to SmallBizTrends. If you don’t have a social media strategy, now is the time to create one or you could be missing out on additional revenue.

Here are seven steps to help you create a social media strategy that will build and retain your social media audience:

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5 Perks to Attract Millennials to Your Office

Posted by Hai Son Kien on Jun 20, 2017 10:57:16 AM

Millennials currently make up close to 25% of the workforce in the US and will account for over 50% of the global workforce by 2020 per a recent study conducted by PwC. Companies have shifted the way the workplace is structured in order to attract and retain talent with heightened focus on the millennial workforce. Companies such as IBM and Yahoo! have pulled back on the telework policy and moved remote workers back to the office in order to promote agile collaboration and rapidly iterate programs in real-time. Companies seeking this shift will need to design creative and inspiring offices to foster creativity and collaboration. Here are 5 office factors that you should consider when finding or creating the ideal space to attract today’s workforce.

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5 Signs You’ve Outgrown Your Coworking Space

Posted by Annie Rinker on Jun 20, 2017 10:51:07 AM

The shared office environment is a lucrative part of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. With minimal liability, it allows entrepreneurs to manage a business from a public space while taking advantage of shared office amenities. But growing companies cannot thrive on shared resources, and eventually you will see signs that you’ve outgrown your coworking space. By preparing for future business growth, you can experience a smooth transition from a shared office environment to your own office space and provide your organization with the resources it needs for success.

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