Tag Archives: Office Space Design

Taking Notes from the Region’s Most Innovative Offices: 4 Tips

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By: Tim Kay, Managing Director, JLL

Above, JLL’s Detroit office brands itself with modern lounge areas, collaborative space and exposed ceiling beams.

As the fight for top talent grows even more competitive, office design is moving to the forefront of business strategy.

Tech leaders have forever changed workplace expectations. GoDaddy has go-karts for its employees at its headquarters in California, and Cisco Systems has an onsite health center.

While these companies are at the forefront of workplace innovation, we’re seeing trends from Silicon Valley and beyond trickle down into local cities in Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Our local offices might not be as extreme (no, we’re not aware of a local office that’s home to go-karts), but we are moving into a new era for workplace design. So, what can you learn from some of the region’s most innovative spaces? We’ve highlighted four takeaways to incorporate into your next workplace strategy. … Read More

Is Your Workplace Culture-Friendly?

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By: Tim Kay, Managing Director, Project and Development Services, JLL

There is no singular, prescriptive answer to the question: what is the ideal office design? Every business demands custom design and functionality, all reflective of brand image.

One universal office space trend has emerged, however, and that’s culture. Next generation talent gravitates toward companies that emanate established, strong cultures. It’s also what keeps the current workforce there for the long haul.

Does your office space drive innovation, and reflect true brand identity and culture? If the answer is no, read on for insight into workplace trends that might (or might not) work for your business, as well as actionable tips for better alignment.

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Commercial Real Estate News Brief: February 2015

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In the latest edition of our monthly news brief, JLL’s regional team curates the top industry articles to keep you in-the-know. In this month’s edition, JLL examines global CRE investment, workplace strategy tips, and the revitalization happening in Detroit.

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The State of Global Real Estate Investing

JLL CRE News Brief

Newspaper image via NS Newsflash.

Many were apprehensive to invest in commercial real estate after the recession. But, according to an The New York Times, it still makes sense to own properties through real estate investment trusts, called REITs, and exchange-traded funds.”

Why? Global REITs performed extremely well in 2014—setting the stage for success in 2015.

In other global news, Chinese buyers have been pouring money into U.S. properties.” Major deals include a $120 million investment from the Bank of China in a Chicago property (i.e. the future home of Google), as well as $296 million sale in San Francisco to a Chinese real estate firm. National Real Estate Investor has the details.

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Reinvent Your Office in 2015: Workplace Strategy Tips

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By: JC Pelusi, Market Leader, Managing Director, JLL 

Incredible, innovative and intelligent workspaces exist in our own Midwest backyard. Fast Company highlighted the recently renovated and re-designed Quicken Loans office in downtown Detroit, for example.

The physical workspace is an indisputable factor in employee satisfaction and production. A strategic office space can drive cost reduction, attract and retain talent, and fuel employee engagement. It’s the backbone of any business, and the home-base for big decisions and milestones.

That’s why JLL’s regional team decided to conduct a survey to learn more about what businesses in Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania prefer when it comes to office space.

Pinpointing Trends: Open vs. Closed Office Space

Do cubicles accelerate actual production of work, or do they limit creativity? Does real estate even matter when professionals are job searching? These are the types of questions we asked local professionals. We weren’t surprised that 80 percent said their dream office would include a good mix of open and closed space.

A few other trends uncovered include:

  • Fifty-one percent of respondents work within a mix of open and closed space, and another 36 percent work in a traditional office.
  • Thirty-five percent said open, collaborative office space hinders individual productivity. But, 16 percent said it fuels productivity.
  • When considering a new employer, real estate is a factor in 70 percent of respondents’ decision-making process.

The future of your business will be influenced by your space, but remember that there is no universal rule for the perfect space. Every business should observe its particular work styles, and build in amenities and features that cater to those preferences.

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JLL Detroit & Pittsburgh Offices Recognized as Top Workplaces

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By: JC Pelusi, Market Leader, Managing Director, JLL 

Business success is dependent on employee happiness, productivity and progress. Ultimately, it all comes back to the people behind the job.

Here at JLL, we champion culture that’s committed to community betterment and individual growth. In fact, Forbes named JLL among America’s Most Trustworthy Companies in 2013. And this year, InformationWeek selected JLL among its Elite 100, which includes top business technology innovators in the U.S.

Closer to home, two of our local offices have been also been recognized as Top Workplaces. The Pittsburgh Business Times recognized the Pittsburgh office among the Best Places to Work in Western PA 2014, and the Detroit Free Press selected its local office as a 2014 Top Workplace.

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JLL Investigates Open vs. Closed Office Space (Take the Survey Today!)

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In the past year, there has been an evident shift nationwide in office space trends.

Businesses large and small have moved from private, traditional office spaces (i.e. your average cubicle) to more open, collaborative spaces. Some made the update for employee recruitment and retention, while others firmly believe that the office space is a reflection of business culture.

While the open office does encourage a more engaged community, not all organizations agree that open spaces are the winning method. One BBC reporter even called the controversy, “the great office space debate.”

Over the past two years, this “debate” has captured the attention of national publications. The New Yorker took a negative stance, saying the open office had negative implications on cognitive performance and health; Fast Company didn’t agree, reporting that employees want more “energy and buzz.”

Here at JLL, it got us to thinking: What office space structures are working best for our local clients and businesses?

So, we are investigating. Instead of assuming, we’d like to hear your firsthand opinion on the workplace debate. JLL’s regional office is conducting a survey for local business professionals in OH, PA & MI. 

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