Archive for the ‘News & Updates – Arizona Offices’ Category
Thursday, December 6th, 2018
Getting through the holidays without any distractions is already hard but working in a chilly office makes the season even tougher. You don’t have to sacrifice high electrical bills to maintain a cozy Arizona office space. Check out these seven easy ways to be cost-efficient during wintertime.
Sunlight is a natural resource for any Arizona office space. Use this to your advantage. Open the blinds and draw back the curtains to let the sunlight heat up the office.
2. Bundle up
Encourage employees to dress warmly. Have regular causal Fridays where employees can come to work in comfortably warm clothes. Turn it into a fun, socializing event with a competition to see who comes to the holiday party in the ugliest Christmas sweater.
3. Warm drinks
Set up a drink station inside your Phoenix office space. There is nothing cozier than a cup of tea to warm up those fingers chilled from typing away on the keyboard. Remember that a cup of tea isn’t always everyone’s, well, cup of tea, so be sure to include coffee, hot cocoa (marshmallows optional), or apple cider on the menu.
4. Save During Non-Office Hours
Turn the thermostat down during the evening and night hours when no one will be inside. Invest in a programmable thermostat that can be programmed to do this, and you won’t have to remember to adjust the temperature every night.
Everyone who works in an Arizona office space has heard that summers here are a “dry heat.” Well, the dryness sticks around during our winters, too! Not only will the added moisture make the office feel warmer, it also combats the dry air that can bring on the “office flu” by soothing nasal passages irritated by the heater.
6. Seal Windows and Doors
Don’t let a common mistake cost you. Heat can slip out through cracks in windows and doors. Trap the heat inside by sealing all the areas air can escape. This trick will also help keep any Phoenix office space cool in a few months when the weather switches from chilly to sweltering.
7. Energy Star Efficient
Outside elements, continual use, and other factors can take a toll on the HVAC system in your Arizona office space. If your electrical bill is higher than normal and your office is still chilly, it’s possibly time for an upgrade. Investing in an Energy Star Efficient HVAC system or other appliance will save you money over time and may even qualify your office for a government tax break.
Tell us your tips for keeping the office warm by commenting on our LinkedIn page. If you have any questions regarding an Arizona office space, we can help. Check out our blog for more tips and advice on office culture.
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Thursday, November 15th, 2018
Winter time brings the joy of the holidays. However, for many Americans, it also signals the start of a long and difficult period. If the workload in your Phoenix office space starts to pile up, it’s possible you may have some employees who are affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a condition that makes it difficult for people to maintain the same levels of positivity and energy that they would have in warmer months. The side effects of SAD include more used sick days, trouble interacting as a group, and a general decrease in productivity at work.
While it is up to the employees to take charge of their mental wellbeing, it never hurts to lend a helping hand. Here are seven ways to let employees know you are thinking about them:
Carbs, like those found in candy, give the body a quick boost of feel good energy. But they also create a big crash afterwards. The best food to stock up on during winter are those high in fats and oils. Set aside an afternoon for a healthy salmon luncheon or whip up some guacamole for your office.
2. Get Moving
An object in motion tends to stay in motion. Encourage employees to hit the gym before work. Get a group together and go for a walk when the mid-afternoon slump hits.
3. Stay Toasty
Keep the office safe from the cold temperatures outside. But be careful of the dry air circulating in your Phoenix office space. Dry nasal passages can quickly lead into sick days.
4. Set Up a Lightbox
Set up a lightbox above cubicles or in the break room. A lightbox is a proven method to make up for those missing daylight hours. The light mimics the sun and boosts serotonin to keep employees alert while they work, even long after the lightbox has been turned off.
Citrus, peppermint, and rosemary are popular scents used to fight fatigue. An essential oil diffuser will add a pleasant scent (as well as humidity to combat dry air) to the office. Of course, check with your employees to make sure none are allergic or sensitive to scents before using any in a shared space.
The cold temperatures and fewer daylight hours make it harder to create social plans. Get the party started at your Phoenix office space by planning some optional post-work social events. Create a team for trivia night at a local bar or get together to try a new restaurant.
7. Set Goals
Clear directions will set the pace for your office. Let employees know what is expected of them during the winter months. Set weekly goals for the entire team. Check in on their progress and encourage them with rewards, like a gift card.
Winter doesn’t have to be a slow period for your Phoenix office space. Your employees will feel appreciated by the attention and be motivated to work. If you’re interested in a Phoenix office space with plenty of windows to let in light, or a nice path for your employees to take a winter stroll through, contact us today. We will help you find the perfect spot for your business.
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Monday, November 5th, 2018
Holiday season is upon us and one great way to get your staff in the holiday spirit is to decorate your Phoenix office space. If you have a limited budget, don’t fret, we have tips for the most affordable way to decorate your office for the holidays. With a little creativity and work, you can transform your Phoenix commercial office into a festive space.
DIY Not Required
Before we dive into the DIY ideas, we have two inexpensive materials that create a big impact with minimal effort.
Adding Christmas lights to your office is a great way to transform your office into a holiday atmosphere. The best part though is how inexpensive this decoration is; a strand of lights only costs a few dollars. If you’re looking for a simple way to decorate, Christmas lights make a large impact.
If you’re going for the winter wonderland approach, pair the lights with this “snow” ground cover. At 10 feet long and less $5, the snow is an inexpensive way to add a large statement.
Cardboard boxes are a free way to add holiday pizazz to your Phoenix office space. Starting now, hold onto to your cardboard boxes. Ask your coworkers to bring in their boxes too, so you’ll have plenty of cardboard to work with.
Some DIY holiday décor ideas to make from cardboard:
- Make a life-size gingerbread man and woman or try your hand at these oversized ornaments that look like a gingerbread cookie.
- Save extra-large boxes to make a super-sized gingerbread house.
- Create a “fireplace.” Go the extra mile and add a battery-powered, warm-white LED light to the hearth to mimic the warmth of a fire or add a TV monitor playing a video of a hearth fire.
- With an X-ACTO knife, glue, and glitter, you can create these elegant snowflakes. We suggest pairing them with Christmas lights and the “snow” ground cover for the magical winter wonderland theme.
Paper garlands are a classic and simple way to add holiday décor. To add a personal touch, make stockings and add a name of a coworker to each. If you choose to make the cardboard fireplace, hang them from the structure.
A desk decorating contest gets your employees in a holiday spirit and barely dents the budget. Employees can bring in their own decorations and compete to win a prize. Have staff vote for the winner and offer something desirable like a massage voucher for the prize.
Here’s one way to add holiday charm that you’ve probably overlooked: screensavers. If you have access to your employees’ computers, you can surprise everyone with festive screensavers. We recommend a video of a fireplace!
If you’re in charge of decorating your Phoenix office space, doing all the items on the list would be difficult. Determine a theme and pick a few of the ideas. Or, gather a group of volunteers that would be willing to help to tackle them all.
Any ideas that we’ve missed? Let us know by commenting on our LinkedIn page. If you’re searching for a commercial office in Phoenix, contact our team.
Wednesday, September 26th, 2018
You’re running to a meeting at your AZ office space with a fresh cup of coffee in your hand. Whoops, your power walk had a little too much power and some coffee splashed up on your shirt. And, come to think of it, coffee breath isn’t the best way to greet your client. Wait … did you remember to put on deodorant today?
On top of keeping up with your workload, it can be difficult knowing what items you should have at your “desk arsenal.” Don’t worry, we’re here to help. We have a list of the essentials you should keep at your desk at your Arizona commercial office.
Nothing can dampen a one-on-one client meeting like onion-, garlic-, or coffee-breath. Since there is no nice way to say “your breath stinks,” you have to take matters into your own hands. Keep floss, a toothbrush and toothpaste, and mints or gum at your desk to ward off bad breath.
Cold and Flu Season
When those bugs start to make their way around your Arizona commercial office, you’re going to thank yourself when you have hand sanitizer at your desk. When you’re sick or dealing with pesky allergies, it’s important to have a box of tissues handy so you can kindly sneeze into a tissue — your coworkers will be thankful.
Keep an extra phone charger at your desk. You should also have a pair of earbuds, especially if you’re in an open-plan office.
In addition to items to keep your breath minty, you should keep some additional toiletry items. Deodorant will come in handy on those crazy mornings you forget to put some on or need to freshen up. A bottle of lotion is a must in an Arizona commercial office to fight dry skin.
Keep Your Outfit Pristine
A stain removal pen can save you in a pinch. If you have a pet, make sure you have a lint roller at your desk.
Save Your Bland Lunch
When the office kitchen is all out of forks, again, it’s important to have some extra set of utensils handy at your desk. Plus, keep your favorite condiment, like hot sauce, mustard, or salad dressing to liven up your lunch.
Help I Have Blisters
When those new shoes aren’t as comfortable to wear all day as you thought they would be, you’ll be thankful to have a box of blister bandages at your desk. Plus, you should have a pair of comfortable shoes to slip on after a client meeting or for walking a few blocks to get lunch.
Odds and Ends
Keep a sweater, sweatshirt, or a blanket when the office gets too cold for your liking.
A pain reducer, like Tylenol, can help when you feel a headache creeping in.
Save some energy-inducing snacks in your desk to help you get over a mid-day slump.
A compact umbrella can save you on your walk to your car during the Phoenix monsoon season.
It’s easy to get dehydrated at your Arizona commercial office space, so it’s important to have a refillable water bottle to drink from throughout the day.
There you have it, the 20+ essentials you need to have at your office desk. Let us know if we missed anything by commenting on our LinkedIn page. Are you searching for office space in AZ? Contact us — we can help!
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Thursday, September 6th, 2018
If you work in the AZ office space industry, it’s important to keep up with the changing marketplace. New developments, including new office space in Tempe, Chandler, and Phoenix are on the horizon. Plus, there has been a notable new Arizona law and changes in the workforce. In this blog, we give a quick rundown on what you need to know to stay current with the Phoenix market.
At 35% of the labor force, Millennials are now the largest generation in the U.S. labor force. Additionally, Generation X — those born after 1996 — are starting to enter the workforce. Each generation has unique traits compared to those before and after, and companies should learn how the desires of these workforce member could change their commercial office spaces and company offerings.
Technology in the Marketplace
As new technologies enter the marketplace, regulations need to be created and commercial office spaces need to be suited and built around these forward-thinking businesses. This concept hits close to home, with the passage of the “regulatory sandbox” program in Arizona.
Under this program, emerging industries like cryptocurrencies, fintech (financial technology), and blockchain are given up to two years and the ability to service up to 10,000 customers before they are required to apply for a formal license.
With this program, Arizona should see an influx of these types of businesses. These forward-thinking organizations may expect office space with the newest technologies.
Last Year Compared to This Year
Our job market continues to improve. Data from second quarter of 2018 indicates a vacancy rate at 16.1%, which is the lowest rate Phoenix has seen since 2008 (16.6%).
When comparing Q2 in 2018 to Q2 in 2017, the Phoenix Valley has seen an increase in employment and a stagnant unemployment percentage. Vacancies are down, net absorption is up, square feet of construction is higher, and average asking rent has increased.
Growth in the Most Populous Phoenix Valley Cities
According to 2017 U.S. Census data, the top six most populated cities in the Phoenix Valley are:
- Phoenix 1,626,078
- Mesa 496,401
- Chandler 253,458
- Scottsdale 249,950
- Glendale 246,709
- Gilbert 242,354
Compared to 2010, there have been some notable changes:
- Phoenix 1,445,632
- Mesa 439,041
- Chandler 236,123
- Glendale 226,721
- Scottsdale 217,385
- Gilbert 208,453
All cities have experienced major growth. Scottsdale has overtaken the fourth spot from Glendale. Gilbert’s population saw a major bump, which is to be expected with their downtown corridor’s development.
Changes to Come
The growth in the Valley continues with many developments on the horizon. The central business districts — midtown and downtown Phoenix — have had more than 300,000 square feet of development built in the last quarter alone. These areas will see a sizable increase in hotel and apartment space.
Additionally, Tempe and Chandler have some sizable developments in the last quarter.
Tempe North: 764,206 square feet
Price Corridor: 356,427 square feet
Chandler/Gilbert/202: 155,380 square feet
From notable developments, an improved job market, an increase in population, and changes in the workforce and regulations, the Phoenix marketplace will continue to see substantial changes.
Owners of AZ office space need to stay current with these trends to keep a healthy business. Did we miss anything? Let us know by commenting on our LinkedIn page. If you’re searching for office space in areas like Tempe, Chandler, Phoenix, contact us.
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