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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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Office Furniture is Finally Changing. Here’s How

November 17, 2015 Leave a comment

As it turns out, computers revolutionized everything but our office furniture.

It’s been three decades since the personal computer was introduced into most American workplaces, yet the average worker remains chained to a desk, tied down by three-prong power cords, phone cords, USB cables, and phone chargers.

That’s about to change. Some companies are exploring getting rid of landline phones. Some workers now exclusively use laptops and tablets that allow more mobility. And battery life is improving on many electronics.

Now, office furniture is finally catching up. One of the biggest trends in the industry right now is making everyday furniture more compatible with technology. That means building electrical panels in the armrests of sofas and lounge chairs and in the middle of tables complete with USB ports and 110-volt outlets so that you can recharge your cell phone or plug in your computer while you sit.

This is the first step toward the true office of the future, a place where workers are unchained from their desks; free to work wherever it makes the most sense. The office of the future, as The Atlantic suggested in “Thinking Outside the Cube”, will look less like the Jetsons and more like Harry Potter, where everyday office furniture like desks and chairs are almost magical: part furniture, part machine.

On deadline? Work from a designated quiet space free from distraction. Brainstorming? Collaborate with coworkers in a plug-and-play conference room. Doing something creative? Get your juices flowing on a comfy sofa with a view while you plug in your laptop and smartphone.

In our daily conversations, we use the office as shorthand for our jobs: “How was the office today?” “I have to go to the office.” In a way, this is backwards.

The office, after all, is not the cause of our work, but a symptom of it. And our offices aren’t the deciding factor in how we work — they are designed to meet the demands of our jobs, within the limits of our technology.

As the CEO of a family-owned office furniture company now in its 20th year, I spend a lot of time thinking about how and why we use offices.

What is certain is we use offices because of the oldest–and still best–form of communication: face time.

Telephones, email, chat programs like Slack and Hipchat and videoconferencing programs like Skype and Google Hangout have their place, but nothing beats sitting across the table from another human being.

Working together in person helps strengthen and deepen our connections with the coworkers we work most closely with, and it encourages the kind of serendipitous encounters that help ideas spread across departments.

For that reason, I’m not too concerned that the office will go away. Until someone comes up with a new form of communication that is as effective as simply being in the same physical space together on a regular basis, there will be offices.

But how we work within the office is radically changing. That’s because the modern office was designed around some technological limitations that don’t really matter anymore.

First, almost every worker in an office needed a landline phone, since it was the primary way that they communicated with people inside and outside the company. Those had to be hardwired to a very specific location within the office.

Now, thanks to email and cell phones, we no longer really need to have a landline phone. (It’s probably more of an annoyance, since voicemails left on a landline phone aren’t as easy to check when you aren’t at your desk.)

Second, computers and other electronic equipment were oversized and needed dedicated power sources. That meant a bulky electrical strip underneath each desk for the computer monitor, CPU, printer, fax machine, and whatever else the office worker needed to get their work done.

Now, thanks to laptops, smartphones, and iPads, that’s not really true either.

The only reason that we continue to sit in the same spot every day at the office is to access an outlet and out of sheer habit.

With this new integrated technology into everyday office furniture there’s no reason that businesses couldn’t set up a bunch of plug-and-play workstations with built-in, electrical panels in the armrests, and let people sit and work wherever they want, whenever they want, without having to search for an outlet.

And that’s just the beginning. The office of the future is coming, at long last.

The story originally appeared on the Huffington Post 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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The History of Cell Phones

November 10, 2015 Leave a comment

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How Millennials Are Changing the Office Environment

November 3, 2015 Leave a comment

We’ve all heard rumors about Google’s office – scooters, Legos, and copious amounts of free food. Facebook embraces its startup culture with an internal bike shop. Twitter offers free laundry services. Thrillist offers paid time off on your birthday every year. The youngest generation to hit the workforce has set of a wave of new office habits, needs, and wants.

By 2020, millennials will make up 40-50% of the working population. Although not every millennial wants to work at a startup, their wants are very different than previous generations — and not every industry has adapted seamlessly to these changes and the advent of technology. When working with new tenants, regardless of their industry, keep in mind these key millennial impacts.

Globalization and Technology

There’s an app for that. Millennials (and Generation Z-ers) have never known professional life without the Internet. Can your building keep up with the demand of information, when peers and competitors are just a text, email, or tweet away? The workplace must adapt to working from anywhere, connecting with global offices, data security, and mobility within the office itself. The real estate industry is adapting, from flexible Steelcase furniture configurations to Internet connectivity ratings with WiredScore.

More Collaborative and Flexible

On a related note, internal physical flexibility and collaboration is just as important. Technology brought on the sharing economy, which in turn brought a wave of access to information, not ownership of it. Employees are collaborating and sharing knowledge, from brainstorming to execution. They’re working in pods, having impromptu meetings on the stairs, hanging out at team lunch, and brainstorming in huddle rooms. Cubicles have effectively disappeared from the millennial-focused workplace. All employees are able to contribute and feel essential. Your tenant space needs to allow for flexibility. Show you know your stuff with walkthroughs of successful collaborative environments, suggestions on hand for space use, and recommendations for interior designers and furniture manufacturers.

Branding and Culture

In a 2014 study, the White House identified millennials’ key priorities: family, community and creativity. In an office environment, this translates to a strong brand, space to be proud of, and room to grow. The trend is no longer kitschy for kitschy’s sake. Tenants want a space that reflects their brand, operations style, and business objectives. The advent of WeWork and other coworking spaces means young companies can have a big impact on a small dime – be prepared to compete with great amenities, easy branding and PR opportunities, and built-in community. In a recent survey of 80 owners, 80% believe that “Creative space utilization and marketing is becoming more important to my business.”

Offices Becoming More Like Home

Millennials never quit. The 9-5 became the 8-6 became the 24/7 as the workday adapted to globalization and technology. Early birds are in from 7am-6pm, night owls are in from 11am-10pm, and we don’t bat an eye at 3am emails. Your cell phone is an extension of your arm and now talks to your car, computer, 1Password, and dating life. Work-life balance is no longer about keeping it even, but a seamless integration between the two. In response to this 24/7 life, workspaces are beginning to look like living environments. Offices are outfitted with gyms, resource libraries, and game rooms. Pantries are complete with cabinets full of cereal and a beer fridge next to the regular refrigerator. Some offices have even gone so far as to install green walls, so you really never have to go outside. Outside the office, there’s a demand for urban, mixed-use environments that offer ease of socializing, dining, living and working. This ease of access is exciting for previous generations, but probably won’t lead to them staying at work until 11pm.

In Conclusion: Competition

There is a push for better and better office spaces. Better and better perks. The job market is rebounding and technology is evolving. More of the younger tech-savvy generation is joining the workforce. The news is telling us to go go go and try to stay ahead of the pack. Your tenants are feeling the pressure to meet these demands, and you can help them do it.

The story originally appeared on the Hightower 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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