who needs offices

Who Needs Offices? Downsizing in a downsized World

Over the past several years the news media has been full of stories about spending cuts and their impact on employment and services. Cuts continue in some sectors despite an increasingly healthier growing economy with headlines still highlighting job cut threats – many in administrative, support and back office functions. From new government announcements it is clear that cuts are continuing…

agile working more with less

Agile Working – more with less

While growth has returned to the world economy, the situation remains volatile and certainly much less predictable. As such minds are focused on the need to do more with much less. “ Slash and burn” is no longer the immediate option for organisations, but budgets are still fettered for the private and particularly the public sector. Attention therefore is focused on the continuing search…

The Agile Agenda

An agile organisation is one that can readily adapt to changing circumstances, rapidly reassess and respond to changing supply and demand situations, and innovate to challenge and change the dynamics of the market places and sectors in which they choose to work.  Agile organisations share with their partners, and integrate employees, contractors, customers and suppliers in developing knowledge and skills. They…

Agile Property Strategy – know your business

In recent years both public and private sector corporate office strategy has focussed on developing a core portfolio of fewer but more effective and more sustainable properties. At the same time strategies are becoming more agile and diverse – in terms of tenure and procurement arrangements and especially in terms of space provision, occupation and utilisation. Basically organisations need to be more…

Agility Ratio: productive benchmark or property target ?

Office property is expensive – after people,  property is the next biggest balance sheet item. In the current climate it is particularly vital that organisations look to minimise fixed property commitments and maximise their space utilisation. Optimising the use of space will support core business in meeting the simultaneous demand for cutting costs and reducing environmental impacts but it…