This Week’s Recommended Reading

by CoyDavidson on August 3, 2013


6 Articles to Read this Weekend

5 Must-Have Spaces for Your Office
Everyone has heard of the workplace of the future–touted as a utopian, wide-open space with few divisions and natural light throughout–but there are always the whispers, “How can I focus? What about quiet space?” For decades, seas of uninspired cubicles hindered collaboration, but today’s open-plan offices can leave workers exposed, with little opportunity to concentrate …

The Curse Of The Open Office
Ditching corner C-suites for benching systems and private meeting rooms for beanbag chairs, today’s offices are built to get employees working together.And though companies may be saving on space, it may be costing them big on productivity.Gensler’s new 2013 U.S. Workplace Survey says there’s been a 6 percent slump in workplace performance since 2008 — primarily driven by a decrease in employee focus … Chicago Grid

The overhaul of lease accounting: Catalyst for change in corporate real estate
The proposed lease accounting changes may provide a catalyst for change to companies’ real estate operations that go well beyond what is required for the accounting change. As a result, this is causing many companies to reconsider other aspects of their operations with respect to real estate – both owned and leased … PwC

The 60% Prospect
If you look at most CRE sites, their idea of process information is a case study, a research paper or paragraph upon paragraph of business-speak. Maybe this appeals to a sophisticated user. Or maybe the sophisticated user ignores it. But it’s mostly useless for new to CRE or unsophisticated users who just want to figure out how to lease some space. Where’s the checklist or plain English explanations? They’re only the blogs of agents who figured out that no question, no matter how small, should go unanswered … CRE Outsider

20 Things 20-Year-Olds Don’t Get
Call me a curmudgeon, but at 34, how I came up seems so different from what this millennial generation expects. I made a lot of mistakes along the way, and I see this generation making their own. In response, here are my 20 Things 20-Year-Olds Don’t Get … Forbes

Commercial Real Estate Mending Amid Ongoing Economic, Political Uncertainty
Commercial real estate markets continue their gradual, uneven recovery — with investment capital beginning to flow beyond “gateway” and multifamily markets — yet industry executives remain wary about the future amid lackluster job creation; uncertainty over monetary, fiscal and terrorism insurance policy; and rising interest rates, which could lead to deceleration in the pace of property value gains … The Real Estate Roundtable

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CREOutsider August 5, 2013 at 8:37 am

Oh boy…I’m glad it was a thirty-something who made that twenty-something list and not a baby boomer/dinosaur….

And thanks for the link to my post.

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