Calibrating CRE Strategy to Fast-Changing Business Needs

Guest blog by Steve Quick, Chief Executive of Global Occupier Services (GOS), Cushman & Wakefield

The pace of change in business is accelerating rapidly. A company can go from a startup to the Fortune 500 in a few short years, while a well-established name can disappear due to merger or a disruption change.  Product cycles and business project cycles have become shorter over the past decade, fueled by new technologies and intensifying competitive pressures. A Gartner survey of CIOs found that half of the companies that decided to reshape their business models are doing so to advance digital transformation and opportunities.

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Creating Spaces: 1 New Street Square

The story of Deloitte’s London HQ transformation

Guest blog by Will Esplen, Managing Director, Global Real Estate, Deloitte (previously published at https://www2.deloitte.com)

Creating Spaces is the story of how we’ve transformed our workplace at Deloitte in the UK and Switzerland and the journey we’ve been on to get there. It’s about how we’ve not only changed our space, but our entire workplace strategy, revolutionising the space we provide to reflect and positively impact the changing way that we work.

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Conundrum of Stepping into a New Market

Guest blog by Nishar Fatema, Associate Director, Global Client Engagement, Space Matrix

On the face of it, contemporary office spaces in North America and Asia-Pacific look quite similar – open layouts, a bright and lively feel, eco-friendly features, and collaborative and social spaces. But first impressions can be deceiving. Peel the surface and you will see what sets them apart – what makes a workspace in Asia tick is not a theme based on a global template but a design strategy that accommodates local business and cultural considerations into global guidelines.

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The Evolution of the Workplace Will Turn the Whole Building into Your Office

Guest post by Tina Urquhart, Founder & CEO of Charm City Concierge

Imagine a complete evolution of the workplace as we know it – even so much as replacing the term “work” with “productivity center.” Believe it or not, the workplace is already heading in that direction.

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Two HQ Moves

Two new HQ moves were announced recently: Read more


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Workplaces Designed To Make the Employees Comfortable – Really Comfortable

As CoreNet Global’s FutureForward 2025 report establishes, ensuring that employees are comfortable will be a top priority for corporate real estate professionals, if it already isn’t.Read more


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Top Three Tips for Implementing Flexibility in the Changing Workplace Landscape

Guest post by Melanie Jones, Regional Business Development Executive, CORT Furniture Rental

Flexibility is the ability to be easily modified or the willingness to change or compromise. In today’s workplace environment, flexibility is being applied to allow companies to customize workspaces based on how their employee prefers to work and what types of activities they conduct throughout the day.

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Reducing Food Waste Around the World: Balancing Local Relevance with Global Impact

Guest post by Susan Wagner, Senior Director, International, Microsoft Real Estate & Facilities

Over the last decade, Microsoft has demonstrated a rigorous commitment to carbon reduction which resulted in the company achieving its first official carbon neutrality across its global portfolio in 2012 and continues to this day. We’re now building on that success with a number of creative programs to keep food waste out of landfills.Read more


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The Ubiquity of Agility: The Difference Between ‘Agile’ and ‘agile’

Guest post by Neil Usher, Chief Workplace Officer, GoSpace (www.gospace.com), Author of The Elemental Workplace (2018)

We should not be surprised. The term ‘agile’ – meaning able to move quickly and easily – has done exactly as it suggested it would. Used for so many things relating to work, organisations and the workplace, ‘agile’ is now ubiquitous. Logically we would apply it only to animate objects, but that hasn’t stopped us from using the term to label the physical workplace.

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Four Flexible Space Trends to Watch in APAC

Guest blog by Sidharth Dhawan and Brandon Forde, CBRE

This article originally appeared in CBRE’s Agile Real Estate Knowledge Hub

With the flexible space sector occupying just 2% of total Grade A office stock in Asia Pacific, there is still considerable room for growth. However, in recent months, CBRE has observed many providers adopting a more measured pace of expansion, due to shifting business sentiment and mounting competition between providers. These factors will drive the implementation of more sophisticated and nuanced strategies designed to improve occupancy and ensure operational profitability, especially on a per-center basis. Here are four trends to watch.

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Active Listening Delivers Better Design

Guest blog by James Hadden, STG Design

Hiring a commercial architect can often be intimidating. Even experienced clients struggle to differentiate between firms and understand the value that each one brings. Know-how on similar projects is vital, but once you’ve created your short list of firms, how do you decide between them? A local firm may have a better understanding of jurisdictional issues, but a larger firm may have more substantial resources to bring to bear. A more sophisticated firm may have better visualization and communication tools, but a smaller firm may be able to focus on your project more wholly. While these are all important considerations, the most critical factor is the quality of the partnership you will develop with your architect or designer. On a ground-up project, you may be working closely with the design firm for three years or more so it is critical to select a firm that is a good fit.

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Leveraging Internal Partnerships for RE/FM Success

Guest blog by Tracy Brower, PhD, MM, MCRw

Work has become ever-more complex and it seems like nothing can be accomplished successfully unless we’re leveraging our relationships with internal partners.

CoreNet Global’s Corporate Real Estate 2020 research described the necessary HR/IT/RE-FM partnership as the “super nucleus,” but what this mean exactly? Even more importantly, what are the ways to engage internal partners without adding unnecessary layers and slowing everyone down?

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