20+ Productivity Apps

December 13, 2018 Leave a comment

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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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5 Ways to Keep Even The Most Difficult Clients Happy

December 6, 2018 Leave a comment

You spend a lot of time building your network in commercial real estate. You’re busy prospecting for new business, establishing rapport with clients, asking for referrals, going to conferences, and so on.

And if we’re being honest, you’re not going to get along with all those people. There will be plenty of folks along the way who will be challenging to work with for one reason or another. We’ve known some brokers who are established enough to choose who they work with, but for many brokers, you just have to push through the more difficult personalities.

And when it’s with a client, it can be especially important to make sure they stay happy.

5 strategies for working with just about anyone

There could be many ways for a client to be “difficult”: they’re unavailable, they’re too available, they have unrealistic expectations, they have a giant ego, or maybe the deal itself is just complex and hard to navigate. Whatever the reason, when you’re working with a personality that’s not the easiest to handle, there are a few ways to stay focused on the big picture.

Discern the client’s decision-making process, and adapt to that. The best way to get any deal done is to start by reading how your client makes decisions, and adapt accordingly. If they are constantly busy, you need to get to the point in every communication. Give your top recommendation from the start, and then work down the list from there. Alternatively, if they like a high-level overview and a lot of information, provide the details they want but always suggest the next move.

Focus on what you can control. Think about the actual steps you alone need to take to get the deal done. Conduct financial analysis to give your clients perspective on points of the deal. Make tours happen. Send out marketing flyers. This helps you stay centered on the work itself, rather than your client.

Stay organized and keep the little things moving. Keeping your information as organized as possible ensures you can be as responsive and helpful as your client may need you to be at any given moment. Take care of the little things you can on your own, and always be ready to respond by pulling the information you need. Having the right information communicated in the right way for your client is essential to getting the deal done.

Keep them focused on the big goal. Commercial real estate transactions take a long time, sometimes years. They can get seemingly lost in paperwork and regulation, indecisiveness, and more. If your client is getting bogged down in some way, make sure to keep them focused on the light at the end of the tunnel. That’s one of your main jobs as a broker—keep the focus on the transaction by doing your job and maintaining momentum. Bonus: focusing on your end goal helps YOU stay motivated as well.

Make sure there are no surprises. Maybe there’s some issue with the property your client is looking at, but issues can be managed. What can hurt a deal, and your relationship with your client, is a surprise. As long as you understand any existing issues and communicate effectively, then you can avoid further issues that could disrupt the deal.

It’s not personal, it’s business

The most important thing to remember when confronting a challenging personality is that you’re simply doing your job and working toward a paycheck. So whatever the issue is—remember that you’re there to get the deal done and that’s that.

This article originally appeared on the Apto 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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How to Have More Meaningful Conversations

November 29, 2018 Leave a comment

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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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Happy Thanksgiving 2018

November 22, 2018 Leave a comment

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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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How to Wake Up Early (Backed by Science)

November 13, 2018 Leave a comment

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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Why Lighting Plays a Critical Office Role

November 6, 2018 Leave a comment

When you think of an office setup, you typically imagine a workplace equipped with the standard chairs, desks, and cubicles. However, in recent years, the introduction of standing desks and adjustable workstations has made a significant transformation in the office environment. With sitting no longer being the sole option, standing desks – used as a ‘healthier’ option and opportunity to break out of your chair without interrupting workflow – are even becoming a perk highlighted in job listings.

In fact, research from the American Society of Interior Designers Foundation (ASIDF) showed 65 percent of respondents who received adjustable workstations reported increased productivity and 65 percent reported the workstations positively impacted their health outside of the workplace. A standing desk can only do so much for health and productivity, however – what’s even more important is what’s above that desk.

It turns out, lighting has a tremendous impact on the workplace – not just on productivity, but our overall well-being. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), most people spend about 90 percent of their time indoors, leaving a minimal amount of time for exposure to natural light. While windows can help bring us closer to integrating natural light into the office, most jobs – whether in a cubicle, classroom, hospital, bank, etc. – require working indoors, so the lighting we sit (or stand) under is integral to how we’re feeling throughout the day. Even more, how we sleep the night before plays a role in how we perform at work. Coming into the office groggy or tired, paired with insufficient lighting emitting on us for several hours, makes for a difficult workday.

The body’s circadian rhythm – the internal clock that tells our body when sleep and when to wake – takes its cues from the sun. Because modern technology has outpaced human evolution, we depend on artificial lighting to provide illumination throughout the day and night. Unfortunately, most of this artificial lighting is too dim during the day and too bright at night, confusing our circadian systems and doing little to keep us functioning throughout the work day or help us sleep well at night.

For instance, a study on employee health in work environments, conducted by the University of Twente, VU Amsterdam and CBRE showed a 12 percent increase in task performance when respondents worked under circadian lighting, compared to traditional lighting. Outside of task performance, a majority of respondents also felt happier and more energized when working under the right lighting. Factoring circadian rhythm into lighting development and design can significantly change the quality of work we produce, our moods in the office and our overall health and well-being.

Beyond productivity, providing biologically brighter days and darker nights helps to mitigate social jet lag – a term used to describe the host of issues that arise from irregular sleeping patterns including fatigue, psychological stress and poor health. Depression, diabetes, obesity, and addiction to nicotine or alcohol are all conditions that have elevated risk factors due to social jet lag. The causes of social jet lag are hard to avoid, as common activities, such as going out to a restaurant, attending a concert, scrolling through social media late at night, and staying up to watch Netflix can play a role in irregular sleeping patterns. And, when we don’t take the proper steps to realign our biological clocks with our appropriate sleeping schedules, we start to experience the physical and mental stress associated with social jet lag, and that can have dire consequences. For instance, one study by American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) suggests each hour of social jet lag is associated with an 11 percent increase in the likelihood of heart disease.

There are several LED lighting providers in the market that boast promises to resolve issues with social jet lag and broken circadian rhythms. But the reason why current LED lighting is inefficient is that most lighting solutions ignore the recently discovered non-visual photoreceptors in our eyes that drive our core biological functions. This receptor, first discovered in 2001, is most sensitive to wavelengths of light in the “sky blue” region and solely responsible for sending signals to our bodies internal clock. These signals help our bodies delineate between day and night, allowing it to organize a myriad of biological processes while reinforcing our natural sleep/wake cycle. The lighting providers that fail to recognize these new photoreceptors could even exacerbate problems created by social jet lag and lack of sleep.

The architecture and design of a workplace is the foundation for productivity and work quality. Our mood, along with our physical and mental wellbeing, is impacted by several external factors.  More progressive employers and organizations such as the International WELL Building Institute understand employees work better when their office environment supports a healthier lifestyle. Several companies recognize this need and are providing snacks, discounts on gym memberships, and even regular retreats to spend time outside. Creating more space for windows and adjustable workstations like standing desks is also a great first step, but accounting for the time spent indoors under artificial lighting is key – and often overlooked – when making substantial improvements to workplace productivity.

With most of our lives spent indoors, incorporating circadian lighting not only offers a viable alternative to natural light but also positively impacts the overall health and happiness in an office. The next time you’re renovating, redesigning, or moving your office, consider lighting as an integral part of that change.

This article originally appeared on the WorkDesign Magazine 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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7 Man-Made Engineering Wonders

October 23, 2018 Leave a comment

 

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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