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Temporary Workspace Can Strengthen Client Relationships

Remote Office Space

With more companies allowing employees to work remotely and using temporary office spaces, emails and phone calls are replacing many traditional face-to-face interactions. There are concerns that modern companies that heavily rely on distant communications may lose sight of the personal touch and suffer financially because of it. However, modern technology and changing attitudes are making it possible to enhance client relationships to a whole new level.

Here are five ways that remote and temporary workspace businesses can build personal rapport with clientele and maintain strong client relationships with through communication.

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Is it Time For Your Startup to Rent Office Space?

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Since startups are in their very first stages of operation and often bankrolled by founders trying to capitalize on in-demand products and services, these companies frequently begin in home offices and spare garages. But as you gain additional funding from investors and begin to find success, your startup’s needs will grow and change.

Regardless of what industry you’re working in, you may need to hire new employees, outsource tasks to freelancers, purchase new equipment, and expand to a larger space to accommodate your startup’s growth. In this article, we discuss the considerations that startup owners should keep in mind as they begin to consider an office rental NYC.

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Virtual Office Space as a Recruiting Tool

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The costly and inflexible nature of leased office space simply doesn’t work with modern business. Many employers are exploring alternative work strategies to accommodate the expectations of an evolving workforce without sacrificing productivity or professionalism.

Virtual offices in NYC have the potential to transform the way the world does business for innovative companies and the talented individuals who work for them. Better yet, virtual offices can even serve as a recruiting tool to attract new talent and retain valuable employees.

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How Chair-Free Office Spaces are Changing the Workplace

Black and White Traditional Office Space

If you walked around an office, say a decade ago, you’d likely like see rows and rows of cubicles with desks and chairs at each one. However, the modern office is starting to look a bit different, and all those chairs are starting to disappear!

Chairless office spaces are becoming more popular as medical studies continue to prove the negative impacts of sitting in one position all day long. Meanwhile, many ergonomically inclined office furniture companies are embracing the movement towards the chairless office and offering many new and improved seating alternatives. These factors come into play when creating flexible office spaces, especially if you’re looking for offices to rent in Manhattan.

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Creating a Happy Office Space for Employees

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Does your current office space make your employees happy when they come to work?

There are many different ways that you can make your staff feel good about their 9-5 work day that doesn’t necessarily involve getting a raise! One of these ways is to update your office design in a way that’s inviting, inspiring, and eco-friendly.

Whether you’re looking for new offices for lease Manhattan or to upgrade your existing space in the city, here are some tips for creating a happy office space that your employees will love.

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Regulating A/C in the Office: Is Your Temperature Fair for Everyone?

Fair Office A/C Temperatures for All

With summer in full swing, many employees can’t wait to escape the hot, humid weather and enjoy some nice, cool air conditioning. However, every employee has different temperature preferences and can be naturally warmer or cooler than others in the office.

Not only do office temperature preferences vary between genders, but they’re also influenced by the age, race, health, and weight of your employees. Consistently being too hot or too cold also has a way of making employees cranky and reducing overall productivity in significant ways.

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Top 10 Real Estate Events to Attend 2016

Real Estate Events in NYC 2016

If you work in real estate, either commercial or residential, you know this industry is all about being connected to the right people and keeping up with the latest trends. Lots of real estate conferences and events take place in New York City every year and are worth attending to say competitive.

Here are ten real estate events to check out right here in the city in 2016!

WORKTECH16 NEW YORK – May 26-27, 2016

Workplace New York 2016Real estate and technology professionals will come together at the Convene Conference Center to feature 250 senior industry professionals to share their expertise. This is a great event to attend for anyone interested in the future of work and the future workplace.

US Real Estate Opportunity & Private Fund Investing Forum – June 13-14, 2016

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This IMN conference celebrates its 17th year in 2016 and is a great one to attend for asset managers, developers, funds, LPs, service providers, and special servicers to discuss the latest trends and developments. Last year’s conference featured over 800 registrants, a keynote address from Dean S. Adler of Lubert-Adler Partners, L.P., and an industry-leading speaker faculty with over 90 LPs and GPs.

Emergency Response for NYC Residential Buildings – June 15, 2015Argo Real Estate
Not every real estate event is about networking and growing your business; some events are about protecting the people who use your building and ensuring their safety. Held at The New York School for Social Research, Argo Real Estate will be hosting this event about important topics that we should all be prepared for. The president of Realty Advisory Board On Labor Relations will be here to discuss potential threats and how NYC buildings can prepare for them.

4th Annual NYC Workplace of the Future Event – June 21, 2016

4th Annual NYC Workplace of the Future

As any commercial real estate professional will tell you, the modern workplace is changing at a rapid pace. Check out this event to learn about new design trends, the real estate needs of startups, and the impact on office leasing. MaryAnne Gilmartin, president and CEO of Forest City Ratner, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker alongside an all-star list of panelists.

Queens Real Estate Expo – June 21, 2016

QCCREE Real Estate Expo 2016

Another real estate event in New York on June 21 is the Queens Real Estate Expo at Terrace on the Park. Come to this event to hear the biggest names in real estate talk about the explosive growth happening in Queens right now and connect with local companies exhibiting their products and services. All areas of commercial and residential real estate will be discussed, including topics of energy, transportation, and technology.

NYC Real Estate Expo – September 29, 2016
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This event comes to NYC for the eighth year at the New York Hilton Midtown to bring together commercial and residential real estate professionals for a day of panel discussions and networking. There will be over 4,500 industry leaders in attendance, as well as 150+ exhibitor booths and high-level presenters to get you up-to-speed on New York City’s real estate market.

2016 CREW Network Convention & Marketplace – October 19-22, 2016

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This New York Hilton Midtown conference provides commercial real estate professionals with an opportunity to attend educational lessons, leadership training sessions, and speaker series over three days. It’s one of the best business development conventions in the city all year.

2nd Annual Tri-State Institutional Real Estate Investor Forum – October 26, 2016
Markets Group

Unlike many other real estate-related events in NYC, this one is just for investors. It takes place at the Harmonie Club and features educational panels and collaborations with senior investment officers at leading regional pension funds, foundations, and investment consultants.

PERE Summit New York – November 15-16, 2016

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Also at the Convene Conference Center in New York, this is a leading private equity real estate conference that is coming back to the city for the 11th year. This is an ideal place to discuss the future of private real estate with the biggest GPs and LPs, with lots of networking events and opportunities for winning deals and investments.

New York National Deal Making – December 5-6, 2016

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Real estate is all about making and closing deals, and this convention is aimed at facilitating new deals among owners, developers, retailers, brokers, lenders, municipalities, property asset managers, and product and service providers. It takes place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, and you can follow @ICSC on Twitter to keep up with the latest news and event updates.

Preparing for a CRE Conference in NYC

Some real estate professionals attend conferences on a regular basis, while others only every few years or so. If it’s been awhile since you’ve gotten into “conference mode,” it’s a smart idea to understand how your particular conference will be organized so you don’t miss out on important opportunities.

Here are a few tips for preparing for your next real estate conferences in NYC.

  • Choose a few sessions and workshops you want to attend before arriving
  • Sign up for event email alerts to receive notifications about important updates
  • Plan to attend as many networking events as possible to connect with industry pros
  • Dress to impress!
  • Take lots of notes and consider blogging or posting on social media to share your experience
  • Schedule in some downtime to explore the city and avoid conference burnout

Temporary Office Space Solutions

Just because you’re attending a conference doesn’t mean that your daily workload comes to a halt. Many busy real estate professionals need to keep up with their work even on conference days, which is why temporary office spaces in NYC are so popular.

NYC Office Suites offers furnished, equipped, and staffed ready-to-use Manhattan offices in Midtown New York with a variety of office configurations available. Contact us before your conference to chat about our rates, membership benefits, and flexible contracts.

Real Estate Events Worth Traveling For

In New York City, we like to think of ourselves as the center of the universe, and in many ways we are! However, there are so many conferences and events in the real estate industry all around the world if you’re willing to hop on a plane to check them out.

These are a few of the exciting real estate events worth traveling for this year.

Renting Short-Term Office Space Versus Co-Working

If you’re starting a business in Manhattan, or you just recently relocated to New York, NY, one of the biggest questions that you need to ask yourself is do I need to lease a short-term office space? Or should I choose a co-working space in the city?

Office space is important, regardless if you meet with physical clients or not, because, where your office is located says a lot about your brand image, and the quality of the business that you want to represent to the world.

In this article we will break down the benefits of leasing a short-term NYC private office space so you will know if this option is the right choice for you.

Why Lease A Short-Term NYC Private Office Space?

Some of the major benefits that come with leasing a short-term office space in New York, NY or Manhattan include:

  • Your credit rating is not as important as it would be when you buy office space.
  • Monthly rent can be deducted as a business expense.
  • You have the freedom to relocate once your lease term expires.
  • If the real estate market in Manhattan or New York, NY declines, you won’t have to worry about owning an office building in another declining real estate market.
  • You will still have fewer responsibilities than you would if you owned an office space in New York, NY or Manhattan.

As with any financial decision that you make regarding your business you should always calculate the opportunity costs and then factor in if leasing an office space is the right move for you to make during this stage of development in your business.

Although many people tell you that it’s always better to work in a co-working space, especially if your business is just getting off the ground, the reality is that leasing a NYC Private Office Space is always better, because, this will enable you to have the freedom to meet with clients and so much more.

You will also be able to enjoy the privacy that comes from working in a private office space, without having to look over your shoulder if you’re on the phone, or worrying about if the data on your laptop may be compromised on the Wi-Fi network.

Leasing an Office Space Also Helps With Business Growth

There’s no denying that we have many coworker office spaces in Manhattan and New York, NY right now, but the reality is that once your business grows, you may have to take on another employee, and leasing a co-worker space only makes business growth more difficult because, you will not be able to properly manage that employee in a co-workers space as you would in a NYC Private office Space.

Many private NYC office spaces also come with amenities including: copiers/scanners, meeting rooms, 24-7 security, full service café, high speed internet, and these amenities will make running your business much smoother especially if you have to meet with clients at the last minute, or hire employees in the future.

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To learn more about our Short Term NYC Private Office Spaces that we have available for lease contact us today by calling (800) 346-3968 or connect with us through our website.

How to Improve Energy Efficiency in Your Workplace

Workplace Energy Efficiency

Sustainability and energy efficiency involve more than just protecting the environment; they’re important considerations for a business’ ethics and responsibility too. By incorporating energy efficient practices into the flexible workspace, companies can help their employees become healthier and more productive.  Office business centers are much more efficient per desk than traditional space!

Why Does Energy Efficiency Matter?

It’s crucial for businesses to understand that the amount of energy they use is high.  According to recent statistics, the average American consumes 4.2 times more energy than those living elsewhere in the world.

According to research conducted by the NEED Project:

  • A 7-10-degree adjustment to your thermostat for 8 hours per day can lower heating and cooling usage by 10 percent.
  • Stopping air leaks can help you save 10 percent on usage.

Best Practices & Techniques for Energy Efficiency

The first step in transforming your New York office into an energy efficient workplace is to increase awareness of the issues among employees, executives and management. Energy is an essential part of our transportation, heating and cooling systems, lighting, entertainment, and comfort.

Fortunately, there are many things that Manhattan companies and individuals can do to save energy.

How to Drastically Cut Energy Usage

Firstly, use flexible-term shared office space instead of long term leases with building owners.

Secondly, some energy-saving practices can cut usage more drastically than others. These are some of the best ways to make your office space more efficient:

  • Natural sunlight – Take advantage of sunshine through skylights, sun tunnels, and insulated windows in place of electric lighting.
  • Insulation & weatherization – Invest in high quality insulation materials to prevent heat leakage in the winter and air conditioning leakage in the summer.
  • Turn off computers and printers – Wasted energy can amount to as much as 20 percent of a company’s electrical usage.
  • Swap out fluorescent and incandescent lights for LED lights – LED lights require 80 percent less energy to produce the same output as other bulbs and save 10-20 percent in energy usage.

One convenient way to implement these and other energy saving practices is to find a shared office space committed making energy efficiency a priority.

More Energy Saving Tips

There are lots of things that you can do personally to help save energy and money around the workplace. Here are some additional energy saving tips to share with your employees and coworkers.

  • Recycle glass, paper, and plastic waste
  • Keep doors and windows closed when heating and air conditioning are on
  • Turn lights off when leaving a room
  • Keep air vents clear of office supplies to avoid blocking airflow
  • Install motion-sensor lights in the office
  • Use energy efficient appliances in the office kitchen
  • Schedule regular maintenance checkups for heating and air conditioning systems

At NYC Office Suites, we place a high priority on energy efficiency in our buildings, flexible office spaces, and meeting rooms. Contact us today at 800-346-3968 or send us a message to learn about why our office space is much more environmentally responsible than any traditional New York office lease.