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Reducing Space Doesn’t Always Lower Rent for Federal Agencies

Posted by Donna Chaney on Jul 19, 2018

Topics: Space Transition, Space Reduction and Utilization, Federal Rent, Office rent costs

 

By Donna Chaney, Senior Consultant

In recent years, space reduction projects have become increasingly popular among federal agencies, both as a way to provide an updated and more efficient office layout (think mobility, telework, hoteling, collaborative spaces, etc.), and as a way to attract a younger generation of workers. But agencies also cite a reduction in rent costs as one of the top reasons for reducing their office space, and with good reason. In 2014, it was estimated that the federal government spends $4.2 billion in rent. But does a reduction in space always translate to a corresponding reduction in rent payments? You might be surprised by the answer.

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Open Office Design in Cities Left Behind

Posted by Alan Ruby on Dec 7, 2017

Topics: Open Office Design, Space Transition, Facility and Architectural Studies

 

By Alan Ruby, Senior Architect

Do all urban areas offer the same potential for applying open office concepts? Or could the urban success gap be a limitation? This article explores those questions and offers some insight to help derive answers. But first, let’s consider the urban success gap.

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Why You Should Go All-In on a Telework Policy

Posted by Danny Rupp on Nov 16, 2017

Topics: Space Transition, Mobile Workforce Solutions, Telework, Remote IT Support, Telecommuting Policy

By Danny Rupp, Web Developer/Architectural Designer

So after months – or even years – of deliberation and back and forth with employees, you’ve decided to allow telework in your office. But where do you begin? Do you just let people start working from home on random days? How will everyone know what is expected of them? Are there guidelines that employees should follow? And how do you balance the needs of the office and ensure that the spirit of the telework program is understood and followed?

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3 Keys to a Successful Open Office Space Transition Project

Posted by Pam Kendall on Oct 19, 2017

Topics: Space Transition, open office, open office space transition project

 

By Pam Kendall, Senior Analyst

First a Starbucks on every corner… now open offices seem to be popping up everywhere! Are they just the latest trend or are they here to stay? No one really knows, but I can guarantee that if your company is thinking about making the move to an open office, you’ve come to the right place.

How do you keep your employees happy? How do you make sure your staff members continue to produce quality work? How does your company thrive in an open office? These are all important questions when considering a space transition project or when you find yourself smack dab in the middle of one.

Let’s discuss the 3 keys to helping you make it through unscathed.

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To Open Office … Or Not to Open Office (with heartfelt apologies to Shakespeare)

Posted by Donna Chaney on Sep 21, 2017

Topics: Flexible Workspace, Open Office Design, Space Transition, Collaborative Workspaces

 

By Donna Chaney, Senior Consultant

Open workplaces are all over the place these days and with elements like employee work lounges, collaboration pods, and even nap rooms, what’s not to like! Yet despite all the benefits of open offices (and the many innovative concepts), there are just as many criticisms of this type of layout. This got me thinking – why do open offices work for some organizations and not others? And is the pendulum swinging back in the other direction, towards a more traditional layout? Will the walls that have been torn down be going back up before long?

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Can Teleworking Solve Your Small Business Staffing Problems?

Posted by Alan Ruby on Sep 7, 2017

Topics: Space Transition, Mobile Workforce Solutions, Virtual Workforce, Telework

 

By Alan S. Ruby, Senior Architect

The monthly unemployment rate gets a lot of attention from the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, and of course from the Federal Reserve. But there is another side of the employment coin that does not get as much attention. Still, it is a concern that is equally important to our nation’s economic well-being: filling empty positions with qualified employees to maintain full productivity.

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An Open Office Design Can Provide Privacy: Fact or Fiction?

Posted by Danny Rupp on Aug 31, 2017

Topics: Flexible Workspace, Open Office Design, Space Transition, Mobile Workforce Solutions, Collaborative Workspaces

By Danny Rupp, Web Developer/Architectural Designer

Several years ago, I worked on a survey of employees for an organization, including a number of lawyers. Nearly unanimously, their replies indicated that they could not work in an open office because they required privacy for their jobs. That certainly seems reasonable. After all, there’s a lot of occupations, lawyers included, that require privacy or private spaces to function. Or so I thought, anyway, until I started working recently with a space transition team that helps organizations move from traditional offices into mobile and open office space with the goal of reducing the amount of space required per person. This experience has changed my opinion on this issue. I firmly believe that you can absolutely get privacy in an open office. Let’s talk about how.

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Six Workforce and IT Trends That Are Changing Remote IT Support

Posted by Ron Seibel on Aug 10, 2017

Topics: Space Transition, Mobile Workforce Solutions, Telework, Remote IT Support

 

By Ron Seibel, IT Manager

In my 25 years of providing IT support to remote workers, I’ve seen industry trends come and go. For example, in the early 1990s (pre-Internet), remote IT support included running second phone lines, installing modems in desktop PCs, and educating users on baud rates and handshaking protocols. Our company hosted a private dial-in bulletin board system for file sharing and we used floppy disks and Zip drives for storage. Today, remote support includes Internet router setup and providing remote file storage in this thing called the Cloud!

But what does the future hold for remote IT support and mobile workers? Here are six workforce and IT trends to consider when planning for the future.

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Which Management Style is Best for the Open Office Environment?

Posted by Pam Kendall on Jul 27, 2017

Topics: Open Office Design, Space Transition, Collaborative Workspaces

 

 By Pam Kendall, Senior Analyst

Change can be a terrifying word to some people. It doesn’t matter if it’s something small, such as changing your diet and trying to eat a little healthier, or something big like packing up your family, moving to a different state, and changing jobs. Change is difficult. And change management can be formidable. Especially when it comes to managing an open office space transition project.

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Low-Cost Office Makeovers: Redesign on a Dime!

Posted by Donna Chaney on Jun 29, 2017

Topics: Flexible Workspace, Open Office Design, Space Transition, Mobile Workforce Solutions

By Donna Chaney, Senior Consultant

Furniture Concept Illustrations by Susan L. Ruby

 

Office renovation projects are a great opportunity to transform a traditional office into a modern, updated office that provides new ways to work and collaborate. But what if you don’t have the time or money for a major space transition project? Or what if you’re not sure the commitment and effort are right for your organization? Then this is the blog for you! Following are easy office makeover projects that don’t require a big budget or a major effort.

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