Agilquest Blog

The Sharing Economy: The New (Old) Buzz

Robert Fulghum, author of “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”, listed as his #1 learning: Share Everything. Maybe something old is new again? There’s a new buzz term to add to Cloud, Big Data, Social Networks and Mobility; it’s called the Sharing Economy. A formal definition of the Sharing Economy is an … Continue reading

Managing Generation Z in the Workplace

Managers and workplace designers think they have their hands full trying to create policies and work environments that take into account the needs of Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials. Just wait until GenZ starts to enter the workforce—everything will change again. Who comprises Gen Z, and how does this next generation differ from its … Continue reading

Increasing Utilization with Meeting Reminder Emails

You know you have a meeting today at 1pm because it is on your calendar.  You reserved a conference room months ago, but the problem is you cannot remember whether it’s the large conference room on the 5th floor, or the 12th floor, or even the 20th floor! Large corporations often have large office buildings … Continue reading

Workplace Mobility Doesn’t Require Extreme Tech Savviness

Implementing new technologies to increase workplace mobility, such as telework or hoteling programs, constitutes a major cultural shift in any organization. Getting buy-in from management and employees can be a challenge, especially when dealing with worries about learning how to use these new technologies. Workers may wonder if they need to be especially tech savvy … Continue reading

Is Your Workplace Ready to Continue Business Operations During a Weather Related Catastrophe?

Is Your Workplace Ready to Continue Business Operations During a Weather Related Catastrophe? Being prepared for weather related emergencies, natural disasters or even man-made catastrophes is vital to business continuity. Staying resilient means that in the event of a large scale emergency, you can continue to provide for your customers and give your employees access … Continue reading

Guest Blog: Space Experiments, by Naomi Stanford

‘Frequently asked questions about moving office space tend to fall into four categories: the IT implications, flexible working, ‘results only work environment’ (if you’re changing traditional performance measures) and a list on the workspace itself. In the work that I’m doing at the moment it’s the final list – on workspace – that we’re focused … Continue reading

Forecasting for the Workplace of 2040

Forecasting for the Workplace of 2040 If you’re not fully focused on precisely what your facilities needs are, your company may be headed for extinction. A recent study by Johnson Controls says that, within 25 years, a workspace revolution will have completely obliterated the office as we know it today. The study, according to benefitspro.com, predicts … Continue reading

Training Remote Managers

by Kyra Cavanaugh, Life Meets Work This question landed in my inbox recently: Do you have some ideas about what managers can do to train a new company leader who works remotely? It’s a great question since it’s a lot easier to train a leader when you work in the same place. But, it can … Continue reading

Designers Need User Input When Planning Workspaces

The workplaces of the world are undergoing a rapid change. Technology is driving process and system evolution that, in theory, can lead to much greater efficiencies. The problem is, the physical design and structure of most workplaces represents a major obstacle to tapping into that potential. And designers should be playing a larger role in … Continue reading

Networking Building Management Systems

Networking building management systems in smart buildings creates efficiencies and saves money. Organizations need multiple building management systems communicating with each other in order to deliver operational cost savings and customizable solutions. That’s why – in an effort to save $24 million in rent costs, $4 million in energy costs and $12 million in operational … Continue reading

Identifying Mobility Types In The Workplace

Did you realize that understanding the different mobility types in your organization could potentially save you hundreds of thousands of dollars in real estate? Each different style will have different workspace needs and with strategic space planning, an organization could cut real estate and improve operational sustainability. For example, business units with 300 desks, eliminating … Continue reading

The Key to Successfully Adopting Office Hoteling

Any change to ‘business as usual’ in the workplace, such as rolling out a new office hoteling program, require careful and deliberate communication to educate workers and encourage adoption. It takes more than just technology and rhetoric to transform an organization and its work culture. Having a defined process in place is critical for workers to accept … Continue reading

Office Hoteling Using A Mobile App

When implementing a new office hoteling system throughout your organization, it’s very important to cater to the ways employees presently like to use technology. Making your workplace optimization system convenient and easy to use will increase employee buy-in, improve utilization and provide greater accuracy for actual use of space. Employees are more mobile than ever and are more … Continue reading

Why You Need A Space Utilization Analysis

Do you know on how much unused space you’re sitting on? Do you know what that’s costing your organization? Knowing how much space is actually being used on daily basis can help you cut out a great deal of excess cost.  The goal of an actual space utilization analysis is to establish a baseline of current utilization, reveal … Continue reading