Impact of Music on Workplace Productivity

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Five Ways Drones are Changing Real Estate

It seems that every commercial, office or ranch property is marketed with a beautiful video collected by flying a drone. Changes to Federal Aviation Administration flight rules, increased affordability and simpler data processing make drones more affordable than ever. There’s so much more that can be done than simple videos – a world of new possibilities that many companies are yet to discover.

No longer just for video shoots

The digital imagery and pictures captured by drones offer much more than panoramic video footage. Today’s drones come with GPS, autopilot facilities, flightpath planning software, distance sensing and simple-to-use data processing applications. Recreational drones typically use remote control joysticks where the operator controls all the movements. Commercial-use drones, and increasingly mid-price drones, have automated flight planning tools which use GPS and waypoints to define specific drone paths, heights and camera views. Even novices can program drones to fly specific routes taking hundreds or thousands of photographs and/or video which has hundreds of applications across many industries.

Here’s the top 5 ways drones are changing real estate:

  1. Better maps and immersive 3D scenes
    Drones capture images at very high resolution compared to aerial survey and satellites. For low level flights an individual pixel could be measuring an area as small as one inch square or less; many times more accurate than other sources. Using only still imagery and GPS data, analysis software can stitch the photos together to produce full color, photo realistic 3D datasets that provide immersive visualization and powerful analytics. You get a video game-like visualization experience that allows the viewer to fly around the model, exploring any part of it from any angle and the ability to measure any part of it.The same data also produces 2D maps that can be superimposed on existing views, allowing organizations and individuals to get the most up-to-date and accurate view of the real world on demand.
  1. Site planning, modeling, and survey
    Drone flight post processing and mapping software lets operators calculate lengths, heights, areas and volumes without resorting to expensive and complicated ground surveys. A drone with suitable cameras, can survey a building or site in under an hour producing a terrain surface from which you can calculate and measure cut and fill volumes, slopes and aspect. This lets you estimate potential engineer work requirements and costs and see the impact using the same 3D visualizations described above.Drone surveys can even detect hidden landscape features which are not obvious on the ground due to vegetation or ground cover. In the image below the walls of an abandoned building can be seen which were not visible on the ground due to unmown grass. Drones can also cover more ground than a survey, easily capturing nearby features and surveying hard to access features like streams and culverts.
  1. Safer and remote inspections
    Inspecting roofs, warehouses, industrial building, bridges and other assets can be a difficult and dangerous task. Many risk their lives every day to perform roof and building inspections.Why not send a drone to take pictures instead? Autonomous drones let you plan and control the images collected so you can see the assets from all angles and distances, especially in situations that are too risky to get to in person.

    Thermal cameras and other sensors let you look at how separate parts of a building gather and shed heat during the day and a night. Differences show up as variation in color identifying places that are losing heat, potentially due to inadequate insulation, or are colder. Nighttime and early morning surveys can easily be conducted by drones without endangering lives. Scheduling regular inspections using the same flightpath will identify wear and tear, highlight change and help with preventative maintenance.

  1. Security and protection
    Many companies rely on physical, electronic and human security protection. Not only can drones go where humans can’t but they can do it more consistently, in any weather condition, any time of day or night. The same cameras which are used for inspection can provide real-time security monitoring and improved coverage. Drones can be continually scheduled to patrol the skies above and around buildings while the operators remain safe and at a distance. Thermal cameras provide coverage in the dark, rain or fog and change detection analysis can show differences between two flights, highlighting potential security breaches or risks.
  2. Indoors and more
    Small drones are now flying indoors. They deliver similar inspection and security services as their big brothers outside. Indoor drones can provide 360-degree monitoring, cover areas that security cameras cannot and can easily be tasked with different roles at different times of the day or year. Thermal cameras, change detection, surveys and volumetric monitoring have applications as broad as compliance and security, to theft prevention, health and safety and stock control.

Real applications, right now
The full impact of the drones is only just beginning to be recognized. Improved simplicity and sophistication in both the drones and supporting software are providing huge improvements in the usability and usefulness of drones. Behind the hype of package delivery and flying warehouses are simple applications that are driving real innovation and financial benefit – from improved building security and reliability to keeping staff safe.

This story originally appeared on the BizJournals 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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Optical Illusions: How Our Eyes Play Tricks on Your Mind

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Adapting to the Future of Work

Digital technology is having a profound effect on the human side of the enterprise, affecting where, when, and how employees get work done. The results of Deloitte’s recent Future of Work survey confirm that C-level executives view the ways in which new technologies will shape their organizations and their own roles as a topic of critical importance. Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of those surveyed say it is a strategic objective to transform their organization’s culture with a focus on increasing connectivity, communication, and collaboration.

Even as more business functions are augmented by new technology capabilities, people remain the most critical asset of an organization. Going forward, those people will be working in a more networked, distributed, mobile, collaborative, and real-time fluid manner. Such significant shifts will demand not only increased adaptability on the part of employees, but deliberate forethought from CIOs and other executives introducing new systems and processes to make sure the transition goes smoothly. Forward-thinking CIOs will ensure that work, increasingly done by human and machine in concert, is coordinated to create maximum value for the company and its employees.

When approached with consideration to the impact on work and workers, digital technologies offer the opportunity to create a more engaging environment for employees and a more adaptive organization for the future. The survey offers a glimpse of what executives expect this future to look like as well as six lessons for CIOs who will usher in the technologies to enable new ways of working and also manage the changes within their own talent organizations.

Pay attention to culture. More than two-thirds (69 percent) of those surveyed believe company culture will be critically important to their organization’s ability to realize its vision in the future. The larger the company, the more important this issue becomes. Just 14 percent of those who responded say that culture has no, little, or neutral impact on their ability to realize their vision and mission—and the majority of respondents were from smaller companies.

Developing a common mission and a sense of belonging in a workforce that is increasingly dispersed will grow ever more important. Just 14 percent of leaders say they are completely satisfied with their organization’s current ability to communicate and collaborate. CIOs and other executives who want to achieve the full value of digital transformations will pay close attention to the development and dissemination of communication around workplace changes. Putting in place more efficient decision-making structures and tools (42 percent) and allocating more employee time and resources to innovation by making current processes more efficient (41 percent) are the two most important changes respondents expect to make within the next two years.

Increase transparency. About three in five (59 percent) corporate leaders say transparency in communications is a critical priority for achieving their organization’s goals. Involving employees in technology-enabled changes will be more challenging than in the past. After all, 37 percent of the global workforce is mobile, 30 percent of full-time employees now do most of their work outside of their employers’ location, and 20 percent of the workforce comprises temporary workers, contractors, and freelancers, according to another Deloitte report. More clarity and openness around the exploration and introduction of digital technologies will help employees adapt to significant and more frequent shifts in their roles.

Manage generational expectations. By 2020, millennials will make up half of the workforce. However, individuals are also more commonly working into their 70s and 80s. As leaders manage a workforce comprising up to four different cohorts, managing across generations will be more important than ever. Nearly four in five (78 percent) executives say generational differences in employees’ expectations will drive an increased emphasis on devolved collaboration, whereby ownership of decisions is delegated down through the organization. The key will be building an environment that supports flexibility and tools that enable all employees to collaborate and exchange ideas easily and transparently.

Measure the business impact. The strategic importance of transforming collaboration and communication is based on the assumption that such advances will yield hard business results in an increasingly competitive, interconnected, and fast-moving world. The biggest benefits executives expect to derive from improved collaboration and communication include identifying and exploiting new business opportunities and increasing rates of innovation (see figure below).

CIOs and others spearheading the digital transformation of work can identify the specific business benefits their organizations are targeting and regularly measure. They can then report on key indicators associated with those goals, making adjustments to strategy as required based on performance.

Create context. The way we work in five years may look little like it does today. For example, 76 percent of executives surveyed predict their organizations will move away from email and toward more sophisticated collaboration tools. Nearly three quarters (72 percent) expect a significant increase in cross-cultural virtual teaming technologies. And around 8 in 10 (78 percent) think mobile will be the dominant technology environment within five years.

But new tools alone are not enough. The time that workers spend today answering email (an average of 25 percent of the day) or checking their mobile phones (around 150 times a day) is not necessarily increasing productivity. As leaders sit on the cusp of potentially more sweeping technology-enabled changes, they can take this time to develop the right cultural context for these new tools and adapt their workplace processes and policies to make the most of digital capabilities on the way.

Build networks, not hierarchies. More than 40 percent of respondents expect to place more focus on facilitating the exchange of ideas, enabling the flow of conversations across the organization, and providing greater autonomy at team and individual levels going forward. This shift from a “top-down” to “side-by-side” organizational construct will be a critical component to the future of work. CIOs will play an important role, enabling an empowered network of employees capable of acting autonomously rather than waiting for direction.

This story originally appeared on the Deloitte/WSJ website.

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Memorial Day 2017 Travel Forecast

AAA announced its projection that 39.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Memorial Day weekend. That is 1 million more travelers than last year taking to the roads, skies, rails and water, creating the highest Memorial Day travel volume since 2005.

“The expected spike in Memorial Day travel mirrors the positive growth seen throughout the travel industry this year,” said Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president for travel and publishing, in the announcement. “Higher confidence has led to more consumer spending, and many Americans are choosing to allocate their extra money on travel this Memorial Day.”

The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 25 to Monday, May 29. By the Numbers: Memorial Day Travel Forecast

  • 2017 will mark the third consecutive year of growth in Memorial Day travel with 2.7% more travelers than last year.
  • 6 million Americans (88.1% of travelers) will drive to their destinations, an increase of 2.4% over last year.
  • 9 million Americans are taking to the skies this Memorial Day, increasing air travel by 5.5% over last year.
  • 75 million travelers, an increase 2.9% from 2016, will look to other modes of transportation, including cruises, trains and buses.
  • Drivers will pay the highest Memorial Day gas prices since 2015. Airfares, car rental rates and mid-range hotels are all trending higher than last Memorial Day.

Travelers still hitting the road despite higher gas prices
While AAA expects most U.S. drivers will pay the highest Memorial Day gas prices since 2015, the vast majority of holiday travelers (88.1%) are still planning to hit the road. Automobile travel will grow by 2.4% this Memorial Day, with 34.6 million Americans planning a holiday road trip. The national average price for a gallon of gas as of Wednesday (May 17) was $2.34, 11 cents more than last year.

More Americans are planning to rent cars for their holiday road trips this year. AAA’s car rental bookings are 19% higher than last Memorial Day. According to Hertz, the busiest day for car rental pick-ups is expected to be Friday, May 26, based on last year’s data.

This article originally appeared on the Woodall’s website.

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Top Workplace Design Trends … So Far

Workplace design is an ever-evolving art as much as a science. From their physical layout — closed vs. open spaces, for example — to the color of the walls and the arc of the lighting, scientists and designers are constantly at work to improve American offices for the planet, human health, and corporate productivity. Top office designers are predicting several strong trends in the industry:

  1. Increase in co-working mentality
    With the rise of the start-up culture came a boom in “co-working” spaces, with landlords taking an increasingly active role.. “Landlords are beginning to break their spaces up into a co-working organizational format, and collect the fees for these renovations directly from the renter,” explains Anne Kniffen, Principal at lauckgroup. “This new trend leads to higher returns, but still lends risk to the landlord of not being able to fill a space to capacity.”As of 2017, landlords will do more than just split up space. “Co-working is not just a response to working with others; it’s the access to amenities and the ability to plug into an outside environment,” say Michael Horton and April Warner, Senior Project Managers at lauckgroup. “Being in the right location gives staff the agility to access specialized spaces as well as an array of lifestyle amenities. Makerspaces and enrichment spaces are just a few examples of experience-based designs that engage and support an individual’s productivity.”

    Big companies are getting into the game too. “Co-working is not just an option for an individual in need of a desk, but rather a new attitude and style of working,” says Jeff Miller, VP of Design at Poppin. “Companies are now inviting outsiders to co-work in their offices, and sending workers outside the office to co-work elsewhere. This fluidity of staffing creates a sense of community and leads to an exchange of information and upped creativity.”

  1. Movement toward separate, private retreats
    As office layouts continue to trend towards more open workspaces, not everyone loves the new designs. “Not only are some employees complaining about the lack of privacy in an open office floor plan, but the square footage of the actual workspace designated to any one employee continues to get smaller,” says Steve Delfino, VP of Corporate Marketing and Product Design at Teknion. “In 2017, we will see more furniture specifically designed to offer modern workers flexibility and privacy from the distractions of the open space workplace. We will notice a larger movement towards separate spaces and the creation of areas that offer employees who want them places to retreat from noisy work stations.”
  2. Return to elegance: the mid-century design era
    Maybe Gatsby era glitter is still lingering in the air, but mid-century design will continue to be hot in 2017. “The 21st century office has quickly become predictable in its design,” says Jeremy Levitt, Co-founder of Parts and Labor Design. “Too often, we’re seeing the same youthful millennial-driven concepts that make some spaces look and feel more like adult teenagers’ rooms than offices. In a new co-working space we are designing in NYC, our intention is to bring back the elegant tones and attractive materials of the mid-century era, while integrating intuitive technology with modern industrial accents.”
  1. Story, detail and character inform lighting fixtures
    Walk into an office, and the first thing you’ll most likely notice will not be the lighting — but modern designers are thinking hard about how to illuminate the office of the future. “You are really starting to see the blurring of aesthetic and functional lines across offices, residential uses and hospitality settings, as businesses cater to a transient working culture and a millennial mindset.These employees expect that their behavior, preferences and expression will remain largely unaltered across work and play environments alike,” says Shant Madjarian, founder of Juniper. “What that means for office lighting is a need for warmer finishes, mixed materials and more story, detail and character underlying each choice. However,” Madjarian clarifies, “we are not seeing a corresponding decrease in the need for advanced system-based lighting systems. The key is to blend it all together into a seamless and highly functional whole.”

This story originally appeared on the Inc. website. 

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30 Lesser Known Facts About Sleep

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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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