Today’s modern-day offices are a far cry from the fluorescent lights, cubicles, and enormous fax machines of the past. Rather, open floor plans, full-service gyms, and bike storage rooms are increasingly becoming the norm.
Open office floorplans foster much more collaboration and teamwork than their alienating cubicle counterparts. Employees working within an office with an open floor plan generally communicate much more efficiently and effortlessly with one another. However, a con to this open setup concept is that noise and a lack of privacy can become issues, so it’s helpful to also have enclosed rooms where employees can make calls or hold meetings.
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In today’s modern world, health and fitness are high priorities, thus, full-service gyms are in demand. Recent studies show that companies with a gym in their building experienced decreased absenteeism, lower turnover rates and reduced usage of sick leave. This saved the building owners money plus increased employee productivity. In effect, happy employees means happy company owners i.e. tenants, which means increased tenant retention, an ideal situation for a building owner.
Riding a bicycle to work has become increasingly more common amongst adults in urban areas. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, from 2006 to 2013, bicycle commuting among workers with no access to a vehicle more than doubled among those making $75,000 or more. Consequently, bike storage rooms have become a popular amenity in modern office buildings. It’s simple perks like this that increase employee and tenant morale and elevate their happiness.
Ultimately, it’s important for building owners to stay on top of the current office building trends. Before expending capital on new amenities, it’s important to check in with your tenants to ensure that the new improvements will be well-utilized. This is where BuildingVibe comes in. Select ratings categories in BuildingVibe (or create your own custom categories) to obtain tenant feedback and determine which features your tenants would like to see in the future.