0 Is Modern Office Space Too Open?

Modern office in Boston with Open floor plan

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Can modern office space be too open? Is this a problem plaguing today’s office space in Boston? Some say “yes,” and are migrating towards more private office space design.

According to a recent Bisnow article, “the open office model, which was originally designed to improve collaboration, created other issues, including increased stress on employees, who struggle to focus, and high demand on support spaces, especially conference rooms.”

You can read the full article, here.

0 Tips on Designing Cool Creative Office Space

Barbarian Group office in Boston

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Cool and creative office design can be found workdwide.  Check out the top 16 according to “The Creative Workplace.”

From FastCodesign:

“The big challenge with a lot of creative studios is that they started with a small group of people, and as an agency grows to 10 or 20 people, suddenly you have people with different creative processes,” [design writer Rob] Alderson says. Historically, he says, workplace culture has skewed toward extroverts, thus the Ping-Pong tables and wacky flourishes that have become cliches at tech companies and are supposed to encourage employees to interact with each other.

You can view examples on FastCodesign.com

0 Bisnow Posts Cool Office Spaces in Boston

Cool office space in south boston

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The cool office contestants have submitted their new digs. Please have a look and see how yours stacks up.

Bisow recently released its monthly reader pics, noting “It’s been a month since we asked for cool office space pictures, and the submissions have been coming in steadily—with about 95% of them cool (though we did get a pic of a cubicle farm, as retro ’80s as Ferris Bueller; it might be cool again in 20 years). Keep them coming to dees.stribling@bisnow.com.”

Read more at Bisnow.

0 Competition is Shaping Workspace

Downtown Crossing office space for engineering team

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The competition for “Tech Talent” is fierce and companies are pulling out all the stops to reign supreme. Employers are thinking far beyond just compensation to recruit and retain top talent, added to the list are:

  • Location: Employees are demanding easy access via the T, Bus, Bike, Boat or Walk.
  • Amenities: Employees want abundant food, workout and after hours options.
  • Space: The space needs a balance of “Me Space and We Space” to foster collaboration.

Employers are additionally asking their workforce to aid them in finding top talent by offering perks such as worldwide trips.

From the BBJ:

“This is what you need to do to be competitive,” said Cayan CEO Henry Helgeson, adding that the talent battle has forced him to rethink his recruiting strategy.

This spring, workers will put the finishing touches on the Cayan renovation, which has ditched the large conference tables and swivel chairs that typically populate office common areas in favor of barstools and high-set slabs more often associated with a pub. Helgeson says people think he’s crazy for that idea, but he wants employees to be eye-level to presenters in conferences to eliminate unnecessary hierarchies, he said. Innovative spaces like these prove to be a cost-benefit for attracting and retaining top talent in the long run. After all, recruiting firms take a cut of between 20 to 30 percent of each new hire’s salary, and those costs can easily mount into the millions annually for a growing tech firm.

0 Nissan Promo Showcases Self-Parking Office Chairs

Technology has changed our lives in ways many of us could not have imagined.  The influx of this has required us to have a constant demand of charging systems and adapters.  Nissan’s self-parking office chairs are a great example of cool technology, but I can’t imagine charging offices chairs along with my phone.

Ubergizmo posted the video (below) displaying the Nissan technology in which  “simply by clapping hands together, office chairs will be able to self-park at their respective desks. This helps create a neat and tidy look, something that offices don’t typically look like at the end of the day when everyone is done with work and just can’t wait to rush back home for their dinner…According to Nissan, these are modified Okamura chairs that are tracked by four motion cameras mounted on the walls and are controlled by WiFi.”

0 Map of Boston Coworking Office Space

Coworking office space in Boston by geographic location, courtesy of Xconomy:

map of boston and cambridge shared office space

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Andy Palmer, a Boston serial entrepreneur and angel investor, ‘thinks Boston would be best served by a series of spaces spread among different neighborhoods along the subway system’s Red Line, which touches the city’s busiest startup hubs, including Kendall Square in Cambridge and the Seaport District and Downtown Crossing in Boston. And if you look at the map, that strategy seems to be playing out…Boston’s neighborhoods “all need good, solid coworking spaces because they all have startups and founders that want to do startups in these areas,” Palmer says. “It’s healthy to have these short-term lease options in every one of these areas.”’

0 Check out Analytics Co InsightSquared’s new Boston HQ

Cool office space in Boston

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Have a peak at what groups are doing with their new office space.

The BBJ posted a photo gallery of InsightSquared’s new Boston HQ, and notes the following:

The new headquarters, which InsightSquared cemented with an office-warming party last week, is a far cry from where they started in 2010. Back then, they were working out of a tiny space at Bessemer Venture Partners.

“It feels great to be here,” said CEO Fred Shilmover at the company’s office-warming party last week. “It feels like our first grownup office.”

InsightSquared is backed by $27 million in venture funding and employs 170, up from less than half that amount in 2014.

0 Rent Boston Office Space by the Month

LiquidSpace

LiquidSpace

Office space in major markets is now available on an hour, daily or monthly plan.  If you’re a startup, pick your market and pick your plan.

From Globest:

LiquidSpace has launched monthly rentals, enabling those startups and growing teams to rent a primary office space by the month. Monthly space is available in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Orange County and Boston, with plans to roll out monthly office space across the global LiquidSpace network by the end of 2015. LiquidSpace has had its sights on expanding into monthly space for a while, but it considered how to accomplish that in a way that improves on the traditional approach while also extending a new, flexible option for building owners to monetize the excess space.

Mark Gilbreath, founder and CEO of LiquidSpace, tells GlobeSt.com: “We’ve definitely struck a chord with both building owners and occupiers who have vacant space to share. Millions of square feet of small, high quality office spaces sit idle, robbing owners of potential revenue and asset value growth.  Now for the first time, there is a simple and cost-effective way to monetize these 500- to 5000-square- foot spaces, by connecting directly to growing startups and corporate occupiers with satellite teams.”

LiquidSpace allows landlords and tenants to list space online on an hourly, daily or monthly basis, with LiquidSpace taking a 10% cut of monthly rents, providing differing rates for daily and hourly leases. The LiquidSpace network allows space providers to create and manage custom profiles as well as communicate directly with growing companies and manage all aspects of a transaction.

0 SessionM’s Seaport Office Space Adds Style to Boston

Farmhouse Chic office design in Boston Seaport

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As tenants find new offices they decide what to bring from their old digs and how to create the vibe that defines who they are.  Have a peek at what SessionM did to define their new digs in the Seaport.

From Bostinno:

SessionM does mobile loyalty software for large enterprises. When they moved into offices in Fort Point, the company thought about office design and decoration for the first time. It had built–and invited its employees to build–everything from light fixtures to heavy wooden tables. All have a farmhouse chic kind of appeal that will be familiar if you’ve been out to almost any restaurant built in the past five years.

Boston interior designer Haley McLane designed the Fort Point space for SessionM. Working for startups is interesting, she said, because of the importance of story and culture. “Being able to take a story and put it into physical space is really an interesting challenge,” she said. “Each company is different and therefore each design challenge is different.”