Archive for August, 2011

How to enjoy a night out with work colleagues

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

A night out with office colleagues can be a great bonding experience if these tips are followed.

Having a night out with office work colleagues can be a great way to blow away cobwebs from the stresses and strains of office life but could end in embarrassment.

In order to have a good night out with work colleagues and to ensure that you are not talked about the next working day for the wrong reasons, simply follow the advice below.

Regardless of whether you are having a night out in an exclusive haute-cuisine restaurant or ending the night in a night club the first thing to remember is that you are out with work colleagues, not your best friends.


How to welcome new office colleagues

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Making new colleagues feel one of the team can seem daunting until the office warms to them.

New office colleagues are always keen to impress and often want to feel part of the team they are joining as quickly as possible whilst their colleagues want to find out about them and their interests.

There are certain junctures in the office where communication is encouraged and seen as good for the team, such as when a new person walks into the office having successfully passed the interview and introduces themselves.

It could be said that the interview process will determine whether  the person is the best for the job and therefore the new office employee will slot directly into the office machinery without too much effort.


Should you hold a leaving party for office staff?

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

When office staff leave, is it right to hold a leaving party for them?

Office staff often leave in order to further their careers, for personal reasons or sometimes because they have no choice but to leave, this can result in an awkward situation for office colleagues as to whether an office party should be held for the departing person.

There are several things that need to be weighed up when contemplating on holding a farewell party for office staff who are leaving the department or the business altogether.

For some, it is good manners to arrange a social event no matter how exclusive to wish the office colleague well, however other people may take the view that either a party is not required or that they do not want to attend one.


Iowa City may replace offices with mixed property

Friday, August 26th, 2011

An Iowa City office block has been demolished to make way for residential and commercial block.

A former office building in Iowa City has been demolished in order that the site can support a new joint commercial and residential venture as the council looks to strike a balance between student apartments, residential apartments and commercial property.

Plans have been submitted to Iowa City Council by developers City Center LLC in order to build a five story building, with the ground floor used entirely for office space and the four tiers above used for 16 units of residential property.

The site in question is at 328 Washington Street in the heart of Iowa City and if successful the Iowa State capital would see building work commence almost immediately.


US commercial property still suffering from loan refusals

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

US banks are still refusing to release loans for US commercial property.

American commercial real estate transactions may well be under performing because of the paucity of American banks in offering loans for commercial office transactions.

These are the findings of a report by the Federal Reserve System, which suggests that banks have become less prone to lending money for commercial property projects due to a lack of interest in the present value of commercial properties.

The findings from the Federal Reserve also point to the fact that not since 2005 have banks been this reluctant to lend money to commercial real estate firms in order to finance office space deals across the nation.


Israeli firm Gaia buy Jersey City offices

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Gaia Real Estate have bought commercial property in Jersey City.

Commercial property in Jersey City has been bought by Gaia Real Estate for $78 million in a deal which has seen the Israeli company take possession of the office building at 2 Journal Square.

The company which is based in Israel had been looking to move into the American commercial office property market due to the limited availability of high class commercial office space in the Israeli market and opted for the site in Jersey City.

Located in New Jersey, there is 325,000 square foot of office space in the class A commercial office building, all of which is completely leased by Broadridge Financial Solutions, the sole tenant on the commercial office’s roster whose deal expires in 2016.


Is working from home better than working in the office?

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Working from home is becoming more prevalent amongst the workforce.

Although the majority of businesses expect office staff to carry out their daily work in the office, there are occasions when workers can carry out their tasks from the comfort of their own home.

Working form home is seen as an advantage in certain places and by certain companies if it helps the person concerned to fulfil their tasks and work more efficiently than they would when in an office.

Sometimes it is down to a personal choice agreed between the company and the member of staff, whilst occasionally it may be that the company wish to reward certain staff members by allowing them to work from home one day a week.


MIG Real Estate take on five class B San Diego offices

Friday, August 19th, 2011

MIG Real Estate have bought a San Diego commercial property.

A five building office portfolio has been sold to MIG Real Estate for $56 million which offers the firm the opportunity to own commercial properties in the southern Californian city.

The deal means that MIG Real Estate have taken on class B commercial property in San Diego and allows the firm to take on five commercial real estate property buildings for less than one trophy commercial property would cost.

San Diego has office space which may not exactly be top of the range but still offers great value in the commercial real estate property market, as this deal by MIG Real Estate has shown.


New images released of Apple’s proposed Cupertino HQ

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Apple release new images of futuristic Cupertino ‘doughnut’ offices.

New images of the proposed ‘doughnut’ office which Apple will move into have been unveiled which show the office building covered in windows from floor to ceiling and space for underground parking below the site.

Construction in the Cupertino parkland will begin next year with completion due for 2015 if plans still on schedule, with a working name of Apple Campus 2 given.

Renowned architect firm Foster + Partners are collaborating with ARUP North America and Kier & Wright, the latter of which worked on Apple’s present campus at 1 Infinite Loop.


Google hires office space in California’s Sunnyvale district

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Google has agreed an office lease on four commercial properties in Silicon Valley.

Search engine company Google has agreed a deal to lease four new commercial offices in Sunnyvale California which could see as many as 2,900 office workers move into the new surroundings by 2013.

The new offices are approximately five miles south east of Google’s Mountain View headquarters in SIlicon Valley and will mark a new territory for them to expand into.

Google is looking to hire more than 6,000 employees across the globe as it looks to build on its strong brand and growing dominance in the online market, with the Santa Clara county office site one of many to be leased by the search engine optimization giant.