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Well-being in the workplace: Why it’s more important than you think

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It’s easy to lose sight of qualities like mindfulness, gratitude, and happiness at work – especially when you’re already stressed to the max with a tough workload and tight deadlines. But recent research tells a different story: that fostering an environment of well-being in your workplace has implications beyond simply lightening the office mood.   

What do you think of when you hear words like “mindfulness,” “gratitude” or “happiness”? Probably not the corporate world, where productivity and profitability are almost always top-of-mind. What role, then, does well-being play in creating a sustainable workplace? And how can a focus on workplace happiness contribute to the bottom line?

Conventional wisdom tells us that, “If I work hard, I will be successful – and that will make me happy.” But experts today actually suggest that the opposite is true: “If I am happy, I will work hard and gain success.”

The science of happiness supports this line of thinking. When you feel positive, dopamine floods the brain – which activates your brain’s learning centers, increasing intelligence, creativity, energy levels, resilience, productivity and your overall sense of well-being in the process. Happiness is also a contagious, collective phenomenon – which simplifies the task of creating a true culture of happiness in the workplace. … Read More

Connecting the dots between sustainability, smart buildings and strategy

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In February, JLL’s Dan Probst attended the GreenBiz Forum, where Colin Dyer, JLL’s President and CEO, spoke about the importance of sustainability to the C-Suite. You can learn more about why sustainability matters to the CEO here and here. Below, Dan brings the discussion full-circle, by highlighting the ways in which smart building technology can help your business to bridge this divide between sustainability and strategy.

It’s a common misconception that energy efficiency begets sustainability. In reality, sustainability is about much more than energy: it’s about serving the interests of your organization’s key stakeholders, including your employees, clients, and shareholders.

It’s crucial to consider the bigger picture, especially when determining how sustainability fits within your corporate strategy. The good news? Smart building technology has never been more affordable or accessible – and incorporating smart technology into your building operations can help you take your sustainability program to the next level by helping you to meet your stakeholders’ increasing expectations for a more efficient, interactive and innovative workplace.

So, what do you need to consider when thinking about how smart building technology can help you to achieve your sustainability objectives and, by extension, drive your business strategy?Read More

The future of real estate is here: Takeaways from the 2016 Building Energy Summit®

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On March 16, the Building Energy Summit® in Washington D.C. brought together real estate, energy and technology professionals to explore what the technology revolution means for the industry. Experts discussed a wide range of topics, from Real Estate beyond the Digital Age to the impact of the Paris Agreement. Below, Darlene Pope calls out three key takeaways from the discussions at the Summit. 

There’s no question that technology is disrupting the way that business is done – and it’s transforming the world of commercial real estate. It’s changing how your buildings operate and how your people work – and it’s requiring your business to adapt accordingly.… Read More

Green Buildings Perform Better… and So Do the Employees Who Work There

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Simone Concha, JLL’s Director of Sustainability – Australia, discusses the impact that sustainable buildings can have on employee performance.  

The fact that more efficient buildings cost less to operate and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions is now well-documented and widely-accepted. Changing out fluorescent lights to LEDs and re-commissioning HVAC systems has become a standard protocol in the facilities management profession. But the case for green buildings becomes even more compelling when reviewing… Read More

Are Open Offices the Answer?

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The workplace environment is one of the two top factors driving employee satisfaction (the other is corporate culture).

As more companies rush into the “open landscape” approach to workplace design, it is a good idea to step back and consider the pros and cons.

Open-Office Pros OpenOfficePlan

  • Build a sense of community
  • Encourage collaboration
  • Spur impromptu communication
  • Break down physical hierarchies
  • Provide flexibility
  • Reduce space costs

Open-Office Cons 

  • Produce noise distraction
  • Increase interruptions
  • Create a lack of
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