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  • How does celebrating Arbor Day equate to workplace wellness?

    Cultural Landscape Foundation Omstead Parks

    Cultural Landscape Foundation
    Omstead Parks

    We believe that productive and healthy workspace shares these qualities:

    • comforts – creates options for multiple work postures, sitting, standing & lounging
    • stimulates – both mind and senses, using color, scents such as vanilla or citrus, white or pink noise
    • energizes – from the amount of natural light throughout the space to healthy food choices in the vending machine and kitchen/cafe
    • inspires – your best work no matter the work mode, from quiet/focus, to collaborative, to networking
    • evokes – a sense of belonging and eliminates feelings of work isolation and stress

    All of these qualities can also be achieved by conducting some of your work outdoors, under a tree!

    Let us explain.

    Providing outdoor workspace, complete with strong wi-fi signals makes it a “no excuses” option. (ok, excluding inclement weather, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, blistering heat, frozen tundra conditions, tsunamis if we must)

    Let’s share more specifics. Stacia Pierce was recently published on the Huffington Post “10 Best Practices to Staying Healthy at Work”. The highlighted parentheses are ours but lets focus on  #7 “Take breaks and get out in the sun and fresh air. Make sure to get your daily dose of vitamin D by getting outdoors every day.(stimulates) Even on your busiest days, it’s important to take a few minutes to step away and regroup. (inspires) Invigorate yourself by going outside and taking a brisk walk around your office building.(energizes) Or calm yourself from a hectic day by simply sitting and meditating quietly for a few minutes surrounded by nature” (comforts)

    Taking it outdoors will evoke the feeling of being connected to something bigger and reducing stress.

    We agree with the Arbor Day Foundation that “Trees are Simply Amazing” so take action!

    logo-arbor-day-foundation-color and PLANT A TREE  and remember the hammock!

     

     

    April 29th, 2016

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    Well, we did indeed promise you truth-is-stranger-than-fiction stories of our experiences in the world of developing coworking spaces.

    It’s a beautiful late-Spring day in a Midwestern town. We are traveling to meet with a prospective client who needs to reposition a 15-year old workspace to improve overall revenues and occupancy.

    The town has developed from a remote and heavily rural community to a desirable bedroom community within 10 miles of a suburban hub of a larger metro area. New homes in the town now command upwards of $450K.

    Based on our initial conversations, the onsite team has created a welcoming spirit and has been stable for 7 years. Currently, they generate approximately 35% of their revenue from additional services beyond space fees and technology. (for those not familiar, the average services revenue equals approximately 20% of overall business revenues) Our separate conversation with the onsite team confirms our impressions that they are competent, thoughtful and very service-oriented.

    This is a productive work environment for everyone.

    Location in their town is easily recognizable in a commercial/office area and is within 2 miles of trains to the metro downtown. A great option for prospective clients who need an office but only occasionally need to be downtown. Area amenities are increasing as the town develops. Specifically, a new health club and local restaurants have popped up within a quick drive of the building.

    As the initial conversation outlines, the client owned the building but has sold it to the current landlord and they negotiated a very reasonable rental rate through the next 3 years. Their current occupancy is approximately 70%.

    They’ve tried everything they can think of to advertise locally and maximize market awareness. Granted, their marketing materials could be updated, inclusive of their website. The owner has been very active in Chamber of Commerce networking and using local vendor/members for services to support the workspace.

    The client is open to putting in some funds toward updating marketing materials tools as well as the appearance of the space, with a single exception. This exception is that updating the reception lobby and is simply non-negotiable.

    As we drive into the parking lot, indeed, the lot is full of cars, the building is well maintained. Landscaping, decor, cleanliness all meet standards for a good, well-run property.

    We enter the workspace lobby and determine EXACTLY why they client is having difficulty increasing revenues and occupancy. In addition to the 1950’s themed outdoorsman artwork throughout, we are greeted by a mounted equivalent of this

    grizzly.standing

    The client is an avid outdoorsman and this is a personal trophy that he insisted on displaying in the lobby. Talk about frightening small children and nearly all the female prospects to the space!

    It took us 6 months of cajoling, reasoning, suggesting that finally convinced the client to relocate it off site on another property. The decor was updated at a reasonable cost and within 12 months (6 months post-trophy) the client achieved 87% occupancy and increased net profit by 18%.

    Sometimes the client gets in their own way.

    We could “bearly” contain our excitement at the outcome!

    If you’d like to share a story, please reach out to us.

    April 20th, 2016

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    So much is happening in the world of collaborative workspace across the US- check it out!

    InBIA – already NEXT WEEK! April 17 – 20 in Orlando – details can be found here

    Coworking? This is THE one to attend, opposite coast – GCUC in LA, May 3-6

    WORKTECH15-New York is May 13 &14 – for those involved in the future of work!

    WANY – Workspace Association of NY is an invitation-only opportunity and this year is themed “BC@50” -celebrating 50 years of the serviced office business center, the FIRST iteration of coworking space. It will be taking place June 10 in New York. Curious? Please reach out to ray@workspace-any.com

    NeoCON- Chicago – June 13-15 – “Good Design Can Achieve a Lot” – here’s how – much more trending in creating Design that Works, in the City that Works!

    Then Summer to enjoy, take a break, work your ideas and then let’s get back at it in August!

    April 12th, 2016

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