This Week’s Recommended Reading

by CoyDavidson on July 12, 2013


Seven Articles to Read this Weekend

Commercial real estate site bounce rates vary by page type
According to a new study from inMotion Real Estate Media, the bounce rate (the percentage of visitors that land on a website and immediately leave) for commercial real estate property details pages averages 55 percent while home pages average 35 percent… AG Beat

Venture Capital Money is Flowing Into the CRE Sector
It’s a very exciting time in the RE tech world. As you’ve read in my previous blogs, I’m amazed at the quality and success of all the new real estate tech sites that have emerged recently. And apparently, I’m not the only one that’s impressed … RE Tech Bits

Era of the Smaller Office at an End? Perhaps Not
There’s been a lot of discussion of late trumpeting that a combination of Gen Y demand and technology innovation is leading companies to redesign and reduce their office space to optimize collaboration, create a more egalitarian distribution of space, and reduce costs … CoStar Group

New Research: Flexibility Versus Face Time
When Yahoo! ended the company’s telecommuting option for employees early in 2013, and Best Buy followed suit a week later by terminating its groundbreaking, decade-old flexible work program, Results Only Work Environment (ROWE), they joined a growing trend among organizations trading flexibility for face time … Harvard Business Review

Workers Are Collaborating Less (Video)
How design can make an impact on employee engagement and innovation in the workplace. Gensler’s Co-CEO Diane Hoskins discusses the company’s design approach with Pimm Fox on Bloomberg Television’s “Taking Stock.” … Bloomberg

Creating a Coffee Shop Vibe in the Office
The coffee shop office has become popular ever since they started serving WiFi as part of their menu. Nowadays, everyone works from their laptop which enables us to work wherever we can get a good connection. It is marrying 2 functions: working and dining in one spot … Turnstone

Coffee shops look to oust ‘laptop hobos’
Are today’s coffee shops meant to be the new office space for America’s disconnected workers? Many establishments, especially the big chains like Starbucks (SBUX +1.82%), offer free, unlimited Wi-Fi service for their patrons — presumably to let people linger and add to the ambiance. “We want to provide you with a great digital experience to go with your great cup of coffee … MSN Money

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