What to expect in workplace design in 2016

February 9, 2016 Leave a comment

 

Knoll Inspiration sat down with Tracy Wymer, Vice President of Workplace Research & Strategy at Knoll, to review 2015 and look forward to the year ahead. Read on to learn how co-working culture will influence more traditional workspaces, why what’s good for people is good for organizations, and why there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all.

What trends will have the most impact on workplaces in 2016? Hospitality, technology and great design.

  1. Hospitality

Workplaces are being positioned almost as hotels with really good concierge service. So many businesses have such distributed workforces, and with flex work expanding around the globe, people and content are flowing in and out and through a building at new rates. How do you manage that flow, and how do we attract people to stay? All of a sudden, we see inspiring design and programmatic elements that welcome and keep people in a space, everything from cafes and lounges to company versions of the Ace Hotel lobby. Corporate facilities are exploring how to bring co-working culture in. How do we make the workplace more hospitable, and how do we foster an organization’s culture?

  1. Technology Networks

We’re just scratching the surface of technology’s potential in the workplace’s social network. We can start to understand individual preferences: where you like to sit, if it’s a free address model, and that you like a flat white coffee. And we can start to communicate these preferences, these networks. So how can visual display show an active network of the workplace, allowing other people to know if you’re present and may be available? This information and its communication can help to bring people together who can benefit from being in the same place. It’s this kind of ‘serendipity’ that is so crucial to innovation and creativity.

  1. Great Design

Design is taking a more and more central role in the workplace. I come from the Bay Area, where it’s almost a mandate to provide high quality workspace; it’s seen as a key support for the kind of creativity, innovation and collaboration that are so critical to Bay Area industries. The value of good design for productivity and innovation is being picked up around the globe and adopted by more and more companies, not just the tech or obviously creative ones. We really need to provide more compelling workspaces, especially as everyone is competing for the same talent. And this means supporting a variety of work styles within the same office.

The story originally appeared on the Knoll website.

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What Happens In An Internet Minute?

February 2, 2016 Leave a comment

 

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The Next Generation of Social Media in the Office

January 26, 2016 Leave a comment

When you need to get a message to a colleague, what’s your preferred mode of communication? Do you dash off an email, pick up the phone, or maybe send an instant message via the company’s intranet? A lot has changed since the era of interoffice memos, and how you choose to communicate could well be a generational choice. According to a new study from Peter W. Cardon at the University of Southern California and Bryan Marshall at Georgia College, age differences increasingly result in sharp divergences in how employees connect and correspond with one another. And these differences present a challenge for businesses seeking to implement advances in communication methods while still extracting value from the knowledge-sharing activities of employees from all age groups and with varying levels of technical proficiency.

Email still reigns supreme in the workplace, the authors found, but social media networks are poised to take over. Thus, companies should start thinking about integrating new technological platforms, indoctrinating older workers into newer communication streams, and establishing guidelines for how employees interact with one another. Although social networking sites were first embraced solely by the younger generation in the early 2000s, they’ve since become mainstream. As of 2014, 74 percent of adults in the U.S. — and half of those older than 65 — use public social networking platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn.

As the use of public social networking sites has grown, so, too, have company-designed platforms, hosted on the corporate intranet and designed for better workplace communication. Several major software vendors — including Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP — produce social network platforms for companies, which include instant messaging programs, file-sharing sites, Facebook-esque interfaces, and RSS feeds. But what does it mean for the office if discussions around the watercooler have been supplanted by in-house blogs, message boards, and wikis?

A wealth of analysis exists about the technical challenges of implementing social networks, but researchers have yet to compare the value of these new communication platforms with that of traditional channels. Aiming to fill the gap, the researchers surveyed a wide cross-section of business professionals about the frequency with which they use traditional channels versus Web 2.0 platforms, the effectiveness of various communication formats, and their attitudes about using social media for team interaction.

The authors grouped participants into three generations: gen Y (21- to 30-year-olds), gen X (31- to 50-year-olds), and baby boomers (51- to 65-year-olds). Employees at companies that host dedicated social networks are much more likely to use nontraditional modes of communication, the authors found, and tend to share documents through wikis, send instant messages, and post to in-house message boards far more frequently than their colleagues at firms without a social networking infrastructure. This is especially true of the gen Y group: About 71 percent reported using wikis or document-sharing sites regularly, and 57 percent communicated with colleagues via instant messaging daily.

But workplace social media platforms still face an uphill climb. Although exposure to corporate social networking engenders optimism about its future, most employees remain wary of it. Even among the most enthusiastic demographics — gen X and gen Y employees with access to company-wide social networks — only half expected it to become the prevailing form of communication, and most didn’t think it improved their work or interaction with colleagues.

In fact, the authors conclude, even if firms implement new communication platforms, that doesn’t mean they can close down the conference room or eliminate landlines. Overall, the study found, employees and managers of all ages still regard traditional methods — such as face-to-face conversations, phone calls, and email — as the most effective means of communication, regardless of whether they had company-wide social networks available to them.

And for the next few years at least, email in the workplace will remain king. More than 85 percent of employees with access to social networks still used email hourly, and 83 percent considered it effective. Even 90 percent of gen X and gen Y professionals said they preferred email, whereas only 42 percent considered texting or instant messaging to be effective for communicating with team members.

That said, it won’t take much to push workplace social media platforms further into the mainstream. The technology is still nascent — only 26 percent of the survey participants worked at firms with social networking infrastructure — but the number of employees who express enthusiasm about the benefits of team communication could herald a major shift. The authors speculate that Web 2.0 channels could overtake email within the next decade.

As the number of younger professionals in the workforce swells, using instant messaging or posting to a message board could be as commonplace as sending an email or drafting a memo. The challenge for companies is to keep their employees on the same (wiki) page and ensure that all sections of the workforce can communicate in effective, efficient ways — no matter what the technological platform

The story originally appeared on the strategy+business website.

 

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Established in 1976, The Sundance Company has the experience to help you with your commercial real estate needs throughout the Boise Valley. If your requirements include property management, leasing, real estate development, project planning, construction or space planning then look to us. The Sundance Company has more than 1.5 million square feet of office and industrial space available in prime locations in the Boise metropolitan area. More information is available at www.sundanceco.com or 208.322.7300.

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2016 Marketing Trends

January 19, 2016 Leave a comment

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Where Will Social Media Users Go in 2016?

January 12, 2016 Leave a comment

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Which Destination Matches Your New Year’s Resolutions?

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Drone Technology Might Guide The Next CRE Investment Boom

December 29, 2015 Leave a comment

Drone technology has become a multi-billion-dollar business, as consumer uses multiply and the U.S. military begins phasing out manned vehicle operations in favor of unmanned flights, leading real estate investors and developers to pay attention.

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) predicts that drone production will grow to $82.1 billion and more than 100,000 jobs across the country by 2025, assuming that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) cooperates. The FAA is still working on complete rules for drones, with full publication not expected until at least next year. Even with full rules not yet in place, the FAA has granted more than 1,000 exceptions that allow current drone use for agricultural, businesses and law enforcement purposes.

Some states are expected to see more investment in drone technology than others, with the differences related to economic support, current regulations and available infrastructure. Drone technology is already in wide use in countries such as Japan, and the U.S. is catching up as the regulations are written. Currently, U.S. drone manufacturing is still at the nascent stage, with research and development handled here and production handled overseas, but the industry is expected to benefit all states as demand expands. California already has $180 million in drone company investment, according to AUVSI. The next top four states for drone development are, in order, Washington, Texas, Florida and Arizona.

“Unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system will have tremendous economic and job creation impacts on the aerospace industry and aid in driving economic development in many states across the country,” according to a study published by AUVSI. “Similar to other industries, job growth will stretch into many additional sectors, and the economic growth in the aerospace industry will support the growth in many other businesses across multiple U.S. industries, including the hospitality and entertainment industries.”

In Grand Forks, N.D., a company has opened the first business park solely dedicated to drone manufacturing, testing and operations. Grand Sky Development Co., a subsidiary of Infinity Development Partners LLC, has already signed two leases at Grand Sky, located at Grand Forks Air Force Base. The developers are working to develop 217 acres at the base for commercial use, through an agreement with Grand Forks County, totaling 1.2 million sq. ft. and an expected $300 million in investment.

San Diego-based Northrup Grumman System’s Corp., which was recently awarded a $3.2 billion contract to deliver the large Global Hawk unmanned aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, has agreed to lease at Grand Sky, along with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. Both companies are expected to build and operate out of up to 100,000 sq. ft. of space, says Jeff Donohue with Grand Sky.

“We’re the first drone tech center in the country, with direct access to an FAA test flight site and restricted airspace,” Donohue says. “We’ve had dozens of inquiries already, including from small companies that might take 5,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet, so we’re considering offers from developers to build a 50,000-square-foot speculative building. Ultimately, we’re looking at 400,000 square feet of runway access property and 800,000 square feet of support space, including data centers, which we think will be a critical component to provide data storage for the aircraft. Just one flight can generate a terabyte or more of data.”

He says in a few years, people should expect that unmanned aircraft will share the skies with commercial jetliners, once the FAA has rules locked in place. Uses will include property management, film production, utility company inspections, oil and gas exploration, disaster management, telecommunication, aerial mapping, weather monitoring and, possibly, delivery by companies such as Amazon. The Department of Defense will also be a big customer, Donohue says, as current aircraft such as the U-2 spy plane are scrapped in favor of unmanned flight.

“The military currently can’t train their pilots fast enough to meet the projected demand,” he says. “Just now, the consumer demand is booming. There’s a tremendous amount of applications by firms to gain FAA exemptions, and that number is expanded every day. Just within three years at Grand Sky, I think we’ll have 400,000 square feet leased out.”

The story originally appeared on the NREI website.

About The Sundance Company
Established in 1976, The Sundance Company has the experience to help you with your commercial real estate needs throughout the Boise Valley. If your requirements include property management, leasing, real estate development, project planning, construction or space planning then look to us. The Sundance Company has more than 1.5 million square feet of office and industrial space available in prime locations in the Boise metropolitan area. More information is available at www.sundanceco.com or 208.322.7300.

 

 

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