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‘OJ’ Careers & Jobs (#4 ; 2nd March 2012)

Just over a month (being a slightly short one!), we are tantalizingly close to 2,000 members on our new Linkedin Group (formed on 24th January) called “Careers & Jobs (Open) CRE & Facilities Management”. The link is here: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=4269106 . You can read more on the first week’s blog: http://alturl.com/qmsso

Recruiters & Head-hunters

This group is independent, so we hope that any and all recruitment and head-hunting firms will start to use the group, and post vacancies to the ‘Jobs’ section. They (and anyone else) are also welcome to advertise their services on the “Discussions” section.

These people posted Jobs discussions this week (I will expand this list over the next few weeks, into a global list of recruiters, and save it on my shared ‘Box’ folder: https://www.box.net/shared/bxrprfdfr7 ). For now, here are this week’s new recruiters (new to us anyway) in the order in which they posted. The full list is at the END.

Melissa Baxter http://www.linkedin.com/pub/melissa-baxter/18/555/b64 London, UK

Meghan Blankenship http://www.linkedin.com/pub/meghan-blankenship/5/9a5/634 Austin, TX, USA

Rick Morales http://www.linkedin.com/in/rickmoraleshrexpert New York, NY, USA

Merrick Morris http://www.linkedin.com/in/merrickmorris Norfolk, Virginia, USA

Claire Marchant http://www.linkedin.com/in/clairemarchant Manchester, UK

Top Recruiter this week

My “referee’s decision” is, as always, final :-)  This week it goes to Rebecca Worley, AGAIN!, mentioned above, who posted 7 job discussions this week..thanks again Rebecca! A Hat-trick….!

However, special mention must go to Nikki Dallas , owner of Talent FM (based in London, UK), as Nikki has also posted 5 roles in the last week and a bit.  As I have mentioned Maxwell Stephens over the last two blogs, this week I’ll quote Nikki’s website:

The Talent FM “Sourcing Stars” is a team of experienced consultants who really understand all aspects of the facilities management recruitment market.   We are totally committed to raising the standards of facilities management recruitment, both in the UK and internationally.  Our sector knowledge is unrivalled and we are passionate about making every stage of the recruitment process as easy as possible for our clients and candidates.  We have over 30 years recruitment experience between us and we love solving your staffing needs

Top jobs this week

I didn’t blog last week, as I left it too late on Friday! So this is ‘best of 2 weeks’ I guess. But, it is unanimous I’m afraid – the rest of you didnlt have a look in. Claire Marchant got straight in with her first post, for a property & facilities role in the Caribbean: http://lnkd.in/tmz42Y . So far, it has run to about 12 comments (if you discount mine!).

There have been many others Jobs posted over the last three weeks, from China, to several in Europe (Finland, Germany, UK, France) and the USA. Hopefully we will go wider still in month2…? Looking for our first job posting in Brazil…it is also a rapidly emerging market for real estate operations and FM roles.

Top Discussions:

We had some interesting ‘Discussions’ (see the Discussions tab) over the last two weeks. I don’t have time to cover them all, but here are a couple:

Maxwell Stephens have started a new Public Sector dedicated service: http://lnkd.in/mFZR2C

Nathalie Erwin has posted a few useful (I hope) links to interviews and resumes, etc.

Working @

I seem to have cracked the launch of a new series, called “Working @”….and so I very much thank Manager’s Choice this week; Marc Thompson for his careers article on “There no business, like snow business!”: http://lnkd.in/ptJ6wg . Marc describes his role as Facilities Director at the Telluride Ski Resort in Colorado. This time of the year especially, a busy job indeed, but so interesting again to see the breadth of FM roles out in the marketplace. Thanks Marc, great article.

If you would like to write a similar article, for Working @ your company, drop me a line at the email below. Thanks.

That’s all folks for this week, but subscribe to this blog and receive the update every Friday….

Have a great weekend, and if you are job-hunting, good luck,

Paul Carder (paul.carder@occupiersjournal.com)

Twitter @occupiers and @paulcarder

RECRUITERS (alphabetically)

Simon Aspinall: http://www.linkedin.com/in/simonaspinallcatch22 , Leeds, UK

John Bruno: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-bruno/16/402/7a6 , LA, CA, United States

Douglas Carrick: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/douglas-carrick/41/886/630 , London, UK

Jo Caughey: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jcaughey , Birmingham, UK

Jaime Cheng: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jaime-cheng/38/568/230 , Hong Kong

Nikki Dallas: http://www.linkedin.com/in/nikkidallas , London, UK

Bob DiSanto, Detroit, US

Kristin Erdmann: http://www.linkedin.com/in/kristinerdmann4hr , Minneapolis, USA

Brittany Finnell: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/brittany-finnell/8/602/643 , Dallas, TX, United States

Ben Gregg: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/ben-gregg-0415919590/6/782/a11 , Sydney, Australia

Simon Knowles: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/simon-knowles/1/bb6/a8 , Exeter, UK

John Kreis: http://www.linkedin.com/in/johnkreiss , Boston, MA, United States

Chris Manning: http://www.linkedin.com/in/cjmanning , London, UK

Keely Marlin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/keelymarlin , Denver, CO, United States

Cassie Rayner: http://www.linkedin.com/in/cassierayner , Leeds, UK

Raint Tang: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/rainy-tang/3b/280/12 , China

Rebecca Worley: http://www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccaworley , Co. Durham, UK

Impacts of Lease Accounting changes on occupiers & CRE teams

Richard Drake, former Property Finance Director for Barclays,  discusses the likely impacts of Lease Accounting changes on occupiers and CRE teams.  He can be contacted via LinkedIn or direct: richdrake@yahoo.co.uk

Lease Accounting changes

Although the new Lease Accounting changes are taking a long time to develop, they are still coming and will affect anyone dealing with Corporate Real Estate (CRE).  This is a great opportunity for CRE teams to engage, proactively, with their businesses, to add value to business planning.

What are the main accounting impacts?

  • The value of leasehold commitments will go on Balance Sheet with a matching “right of use” asset.
  • It is likely that rental payments will be split between interest and capital repayments, resulting in an increased P&L cost at the beginning of leases.

What are the likely impacts for Corporate Real Estate?

  • Pressure from Finance and Treasury to reduce the length of leases
  • Freeholds become more attractive
  • Incentive to reduce cost of fit-outs to reduce depreciation over shorter leases
  • Real need to understand and document business occupation requirements

What are the timescales?

  • A revised Exposure Draft will be published in Q2 2012
  • A new Standard to be published late 2012/early 2013
  • To apply from 2015/6 but comparatives required from 2014

What do you need to do?

  • Make sure you know your real estate portfolio
  • Engage with your business, finance department and treasury
  • Watch out for the new Exposure Draft and respond to it (the IASB welcome comments)
  • Don’t panic!

Want to know more?

Drop Richard an email:  richdrake@yahoo.co.uk

Also:

The IASB have their own site for the Leasing Project: www.ifrs.org/Current+Projects/IASB+Projects/Leases/Leases.htm

Jones Lang LaSalle have produced a dedicated site that is also helpful: www.leaseaccountingchanges.com

The Occupiers Journal is now a website….

This blog has changed a bit now, but it’s still me 🙂

It was the Occupiers Journal, which existed only in the ‘ether’ for two years…on free resources such as this, and LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/groupRegistration?gid=2861904 …and on Twitter http://twitter.com/occupiers

I’m pleased to say that it is now a website: http://occupiersjournal.com/ , and is owned by our new company Occupiers Journal Limited, directed by a small team of great people: http://occupiersjournal.com/our-directors/

It’s aim is as it always was: to generate discussion, and to share useful material and advice, for and about the world of occupiers –  the users of real estate (property) and workplace/facilities in any sort of organization that is not in the real estate business per se. I.e., real estate and facilities are part of the infrastructure that is owned, leased and managed as part of the core operations of a business, government department or any other organization.

We hope that you subscribe to the Occupiers Journal, follow its own blog and continue to join our various ‘threads’ of discussion.

This blog paulcarder.com will continue, just for my various musings on the world around us….I don’t know why, I just like writing…! If you enjoy reading it, you are very welcome.

And if I can do anything to help you, or your organisation, don’t hesitate to contact me…and do let’s connect on Linkedin:

Paul Carder: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/paulcarder

Skype: paul.carder.uk

‘OJ’ Careers & Jobs (#3 ; 17th Feb 2012)

We started a new Linkedin Group on 24th January, called “Careers & Jobs (Open) CRE & Facilities Management”. The link is here: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=4269106

The Group has over 1,800 members so far (in 3 weeks!) – read more on the first week’s blog: http://alturl.com/qmsso

Recruiters & Head-hunters

This group is independent, so we hope that any and all recruitment and head-hunting firms will start to use the group, and post vacancies to the ‘Jobs’ section. They (and anyone else) are also welcome to advertise their services on the “Discussions” section.

These people posted Jobs discussions this week (I will expand this list over the next few weeks, into a global list of recruiters, and save it on my shared ‘Box’ folder: https://www.box.net/shared/bxrprfdfr7 ). For now, here is this weeks list, in the order in which they posted:

Raint Tang: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/rainy-tang/3b/280/12 , China

Rebecca Worley: http://www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccaworley , Co. Durham, UK

Bob DiSanto, Detroit, US

Jaime Cheng: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jaime-cheng/38/568/230 , Hong Kong

(Last 2 weeks also included the following, alphabetically)

Simon Aspinall: http://www.linkedin.com/in/simonaspinallcatch22 , Leeds, UK

John Bruno: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-bruno/16/402/7a6 , LA, CA, United States

Douglas Carrick: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/douglas-carrick/41/886/630 , London, UK

Jo Caughey: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jcaughey , Birmingham, UK

Nikki Dallas: http://www.linkedin.com/in/nikkidallas , London, UK

Kristin Erdmann: http://www.linkedin.com/in/kristinerdmann4hr , Minneapolis, USA

Brittany Finnell: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/brittany-finnell/8/602/643 , Dallas, TX, United States

Ben Gregg: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/ben-gregg-0415919590/6/782/a11 , Sydney, Australia

Simon Knowles: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/simon-knowles/1/bb6/a8 , Exeter, UK

John Kreis: http://www.linkedin.com/in/johnkreiss , Boston, MA, United States

Chris Manning: http://www.linkedin.com/in/cjmanning , London, UK

Keely Marlin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/keelymarlin , Denver, CO, United States

Cassie Rayner: http://www.linkedin.com/in/cassierayner , Leeds, UK

Top Recruiter this week

My “referee’s decision” is, as always, final :-)  This week it goes to Rebecca Worley, AGAIN!, mentioned above, who posted 5 job discussions this week..thanks again Rebecca!

So I’m giving Rebecca a little ‘plug’ again for helping to get our new Linkedin group off to a good start. If you want to know more about Rebecca’s firm, in London and Co. Durham, see the website here: Maxwell Stephens. To quote their website:

Maxwell Stephens specialises in senior appointments within facilities management, both for permanent positions and for short or long-term contracts. In the current highly competitive global marketplace, we are committed to delivering a comprehensive facilities management recruitment service, stripping away unnecessary complications to offer unparalleled customer support and feedback throughout the process

Top jobs this week

Again, just a personal choice…

Jaime Cheng advertised three senior roles for a “global service provider” based in Hong Kong: http://lnkd.in/m3CMqP . The Asian market is not untouched by our economic woes, but remains more active than the West, in my opinion.

There have been many others Jobs posted over the last three weeks, from China, to several in Europe (Finland, Germany, UK, France) and the USA. Hopefully we will go wider still in week 4….! Looking for our first job posting in Brazil…it is also a rapidly emerging market for real estate operations and FM roles.

Top Discussions:

We had some interesting ‘Discussions’ (see the Discussions tab), starting with Michael Carr from Dallas, TX, asking “how flexible a hiring manager are you?“, and referring to a book called “Brilliant Mistakes: Finding Success on the Far Side of Failure” by Paul J Schoemaker.

Later, we had to have at lest one Valentines related post, by Stephen Viscusi, referring to a NY Post article on office romance (do’s and don’ts…!)

Ali Green, a Facility Manager with Amazon.com, has become a regular! This week she posted a piece about making sure you have a good interview, saying “Be honest because an interview is the time to find out if you are a good fit for the company and if they are a good fit you”….very true.

Working @

I have been trying to launch a new series, called “Working @”….and so I very much thank Manager’s Choice this week; Richard Neuman @OwnersRepNY for his careers article on “A Broadcast Career in Facilities Management”: http://lnkd.in/2SwCSe . He describes the challenges of running a live television broadcast studio facility, analogous to “changing the tires on a moving car”…. Thanks Richard, great article.

If you would like to write a similar article, for Working @ your company, drop me a line at the email below. Thanks.

That’s all folks for this week, but subscribe to this blog and receive the update every Friday….

Have a great weekend, and if you are job-hunting, good luck,

Paul Carder (paul.carder@occupiersjournal.com)

Twitter @occupiers

‘OJ’ Careers & Jobs (#2 ; 10th Feb 2012)

We started a new Linkedin Group on 24th January, called “Careers & Jobs (Open) CRE & Facilities Management”. The link is here: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=4269106

The Group has over 1,700 members so far – read more on last week’s blog: http://alturl.com/qmsso

Recruiters & Head-hunters

This group is independent, so we hope that any and all recruitment and head-hunting firms will start to use the group, and post vacancies to the ‘Jobs’ section. They (and anyone else) are also welcome to advertise their services on the “Discussions” section.

These people posted Jobs discussions this week (I will expand this list over the next few weeks, into a global list of recruiters, and save it on my shared ‘Box’ folder: https://www.box.net/shared/bxrprfdfr7 ). For now, here is this weeks list, in the order in which they posted:

Rebecca Worley: http://www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccaworley , Co. Durham, UK

Nikki Dallas: http://www.linkedin.com/in/nikkidallas , London, UK

Kristin Erdmann: http://www.linkedin.com/in/kristinerdmann4hr , Minneapolis, USA

Jo Caughey: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jcaughey , Birmingham, UK

Brittany Finnell: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/brittany-finnell/8/602/643 , Dallas, TX, United States

Douglas Carrick: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/douglas-carrick/41/886/630 , London, UK

(Last week also included the following:)

John Kreis: http://www.linkedin.com/in/johnkreiss , Boston, MA, United States

John Bruno: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-bruno/16/402/7a6 , LA, CA, United States

Keely Marlin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/keelymarlin , Denver, CO, United States

Cassie Rayner: http://www.linkedin.com/in/cassierayner , Leeds, UK

Ben Gregg: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/ben-gregg-0415919590/6/782/a11 , Sydney, Australia

Simon Knowles: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/simon-knowles/1/bb6/a8 , Exeter, UK

Chris Manning: http://www.linkedin.com/in/cjmanning , London, UK

Simon Aspinall: http://www.linkedin.com/in/simonaspinallcatch22 , Leeds, UK

 

Top Recruiter this week

My “referee’s decision” is, as always, final :-)  This week it goes to Rebecca Worley, mentioned above, who posted 8 job discussions this week..thanks Rebecca!

So I’m giving Rebecca a little ‘plug’ for helping to get our new Linkedin group off to a good start. If you want to know more about Rebecca’s firm, in London and Co. Durham, see the website here: Maxwell Stephens. To quote their website:

Maxwell Stephens specialises in senior appointments within facilities management, both for permanent positions and for short or long-term contracts. In the current highly competitive global marketplace, we are committed to delivering a comprehensive facilities management recruitment service, stripping away unnecessary complications to offer unparalleled customer support and feedback throughout the process

Top jobs this week

Again, just a personal choice…

Rebecca advertised this Facilities Manager role for BUPA, based in Brighton: http://www.maxwellstephens.com/index.php/featured-vacancies/bupa-facilities-manager

There have been many others posted this week, and last, from China, to several in Europe (Finland, Germany, UK, France) and the USA. Hopefully we will go wider still in week 3….!

Top Discussions:

Sydney Brewin in San Francisco shared the Ultimate Guide to Job Interview Preparation for those of you who need a brush-up! Thanks Sydney.

Michael Carr also shared some views on the US employment market.

Working @

I’m also trying to launch a new series, called “Working @”….and so I very much thank Ali Green, from Louisville, Kentucky, for her inside view of working at Amazon – “a personal view as a Facility Manager” http://lnkd.in/gj5RTt . This has attracted some comments this week.

If you would like to write a similar article, for Working @ your company, drop me a line at the email below. Thanks.

That’s all folks for this week, but subscribe to this blog and receive the update every Friday….

Have a great weekend, and if you are job-hunting, good luck,

Paul Carder (paul.carder@occupiersjournal.com)

Twitter @occupiers

Comparative study of cultures / Hofstede dimensions

A very brief blog, to make you (and me!) aware of the work of father and son team, Geert (and the younger Gert Van) Hofstede, around the comparative study of cultures. They have a downloadable file of “matrix of dimension scores” plus other papers, books and material: http://www.geerthofstede.nl/research–vsm.aspx

As ‘culture’ often comes up in the discussion of workplaces around the world, I thought this would be useful to share.

And thankyou to Maarten Kas ( http://www.linkedin.com/in/maartenkas ) for sharing this on the Linkedin Group “The European Centre for Facility Management”. It followed a question asked by Peter de Winter, Snr Programme Director for Workplace Innovation at Philips ( http://www.linkedin.com/pub/peter-de-winter/5/492/476 )

Peter asked:

Who has experience with including the cultural aspect in global office design? We apply a ‘one size fits all’ approach for our international and country HQ’s. Works quite well. Ideas for improvement?

‘OJ’ Careers & Jobs (#1 ; 3rd Feb 2012)

We started a new Linkedin Group on 24th January, called “Careers & Jobs (Open) CRE & Facilities Management”. The link is here: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=4269106

The Group has just over 1,600 members so far, and is growing quickly; see Group Stats here: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?groupDashboard=&gid=4269106

This is an entirely independent and ‘Open Group’ – i.e., anyone may join, and anyone may view discussions from within the Group or from an internet search.

As it says in the Group Profile, it is:

“For all careers discussions, and any job postings by organisations direct or via recruitment consultants for Corporate Real Estate (CRE), Facilities Management and Workplace/Change management”

Recruiters & Head-hunters

This group is independent, so we hope that any and all recruitment and head-hunting firms will start to use the group, and post vacancies to the ‘Jobs’ section. They (and anyone else) are also welcome to advertise their services on the “Discussions” section.

These people posted Jobs discussions this week (I will expand this list over the next few weeks, into a global list of recruiters, and save it on my shared ‘Box’ folder: https://www.box.net/shared/bxrprfdfr7 ). For now, here is this weeks list, in the order in which they posted:

John Kreis: http://www.linkedin.com/in/johnkreiss , Boston, MA, United States

John Bruno: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-bruno/16/402/7a6 , LA, CA, United States

Brittany Finnell: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/brittany-finnell/8/602/643 , Dallas, TX, United States

Keely Marlin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/keelymarlin , Denver, CO, United States

Nikki Dallas: http://www.linkedin.com/in/nikkidallas , London, UK

Cassie Rayner: http://www.linkedin.com/in/cassierayner , Leeds, UK

Jo Caughey: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jcaughey , Birmingham, UK

Ben Gregg: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/ben-gregg-0415919590/6/782/a11 , Sydney, Australia

Simon Knowles: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/simon-knowles/1/bb6/a8 , Exeter, UK

Chris Manning: http://www.linkedin.com/in/cjmanning , London, UK

Rebecca Worley: http://www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccaworley , Co. Durham, UK

Simon Aspinall: http://www.linkedin.com/in/simonaspinallcatch22 , Leeds, UK

Top Recruiter this week

My “referee’s decision” is final 🙂 This goes to Nikki Dallas, mentioned above, who posted 7 jobs this week..thanks Nikki.

So I’m giving Nikki a little ‘plug’ for helping to get our new Linkedin group off to a good start. If you want to know more about Nikki’s firm in London, see the website here: http://www.talentfm.co.uk/. I also know that Nikki deals with global appointments, so if you are not in the UK, do not let that stop you connecting!

Top jobs this week

Again, just a personal choice…

Simon Aspinall advertised this Group Facilities Manager role in West Yorkshire: http://preview.alturl.com/6fg64

There were many others posted this week, from China, to several in Europe (Finland, Germany, UK, France) and the USA. Hopefully we will go wider still in week 2….!

Top Discussions:

Katya from New Zealand ( http://www.linkedin.com/pub/katya-van-den-nieuwenhuysen/13/395/403 ) tops the “Discussions” list this week with her question, “What are five things that attract you to a job position?”; this has had 10 responses, last time I looked, and will continue I’m sure. Thanks Katya.

Working @

I’m also trying to launch a new series, called “Working @”….and so I very much thank Ali Green (  http://www.linkedin.com/pub/ali-green/a/145/901 ) from Louisville, Kentucky, for her inside view of working at Amazon – “a personal view as a Facility Manager” http://lnkd.in/gj5RTt

That’s all folks for this week, but subscribe to this blog and receive the update every Friday….

Have a great weekend, and if you are job-hunting, good luck,

Paul Carder (paul.carder@occupiersjournal.com)

“Occupiers Journal – Global Network” (Linkedin Group: 600+ end user members)

Hi all,

I hope that your 2012 is getting off to a great start (and I hope that it continues that way, of course!). As we start the year, I thought that it would be useful to look at the composition of our global Linkedin Group, which you can find at the following link: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=2275314

The group is for end-users only (sorry if that excludes you, but that was the format that was asked for, as there are very few groups – real or virtual – that cater solely for client-side corporate managers).

Please pass the URL above to your occupier colleagues and friends. The Linkedin Group has now topped 600 members, and has a very international spread, as seen below. But we need more members in mainland Europe (almost 35% are UK) and across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Maslow’s hierarchy and the festive spirit!

As we approach the end of any year we all tend to look back, and take stock of where we are, and perhaps what we have achieved. It has been the first experience of a ‘really tough year’ for a lot of people in the north-west hemisphere, and sadly 2012 is not looking much rosier. I say north-west because to many millions of other people in parts of South America, Africa, rural India and China, our worst recession for 100 years is nothing of course. In fact, so much so that I thought of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs (below). How many of us have recently dropped back from the top two levels, to focus more on basic needs? Whether you are reading this as a business person, an advisor, a facilities manager, or some other role, there is something in this model for all to ponder.

At this time of year, I sincerely wish you all the very best, and hope that whatever part of the world you are living in, you are at least at the top of Maslow’s ‘social needs’ level as above. The higher the better, of course!

But, do keep your eyes and ears open, and extend your festive spirit to others who may have dropped back a level or two this year…..

If you are a Facilities Director/Manager, take a moment to think about the many people working from the buildings that you manage. You and your teams may be in a better position to see? Whilst the finance department is working to try to keep you in the black, and the front-line business units are schmoozing their clients to oil the wheels of commerce, how many other people are worried right now. Or worse. Ask your teams – people out there on the floors – to keep their eyes & ears open.

Looking more positively, on a lighter note, we are responsible for the accommodation and facilities services for many thousands of people across our organisations. Whilst food, drink, heating (or cooling!) and safety may be taken as a given (but can always be improved upon), can we improve on people’s social and esteem needs through the environments that we deliver? The answer is yes – but we must always remember the human element of working environments! Bland, corporate, clear-desk ‘hot-desk’ areas have a place – but hopefully a small place – in the modern, colourful, vibrant workplace. You want people to feel good about working in your buildings. Don’t let health & safety stop you putting up your festive decorations 🙂

We wish you a happy and peaceful Christmas (or whatever you do at this time of year), and best wishes for the New Year. We have some exciting plans for our FM “GRID” programme, and will be back in early January to tell you more!

kind regards, Paul

Founder/Managing Director, Occupiers Journal Limited

paul.carder@occupiersjournal.com / Skype: paul.carder.uk

Hong Kong  –  London  –  San Francisco

The OPN’s 31st workshop will be at PwC More London, on Tues 7 Feb 2012

By Paul Bartlett, Chairman, Office Productivity Network

The Office Productivity Network’s next event will be on Tuesday, 7 February 2012, at PwC’s More London new offices which display “understated excellence”. This will be the 31st OPN productivity best practice Workshop, all of which have shown exemplar workspaces which are delivering productive environments for occupants. Previous workshops have been at Unilever, KPMG, Southwark Council, AAT, GlaxoSmithKline, Herman Miller, Eversheds, Reuters, Johnson Controls, and MOD.

As part of PwC’s two centre location strategy and accommodating just over half of their 10,000 London workforce, 7 More London offered a unique opportunity for PwC to create a workplace that would reflect the values and ambitions of the firm. The objectives of the project included providing a flexible workplace to meet business needs now and for the long term. About 20% growth can be accommodated without physical change as working patterns evolve and people choose to use spaces differently. 7 More London provides:

• 460,000ft2 across 13 floors.

• Capacity for 6,000 heads in 4,000 workspaces at an overall sharing ratio of 1.5:1

• A further 690 workspaces in collaborative settings across the practice floors.

• 112 client facing meeting rooms with 22 dedicated videoconference facilities.

When arriving, visitors and staff can physically see how PwC does business. Exceptional occupier service is facilitated with spaces that work for individuals, groups, when working collaboratively in teams or with clients. There is 100% hotelling for everyone, with high standards of services (including quality refreshment hubs and floor concierges), a choice of workspaces, central secure client filing and, most importantly, continuous engagement with the various business units delivers maximum space utilisation. Sustainability was a key aim; despite its conventional corporate appearance, 7 More London is the first building in the capital to have been awarded a BREEAM Outstanding rating.

The event will include presentations on the property strategy for London, design, change management, POE and the occupier viewpoint. Delegates will have an extensive tour of the building. Places will be limited to 40, so if you wish to see at first hand how innovation can deliver cost efficient sustainable performance enhancement, contact Paul Bartlett, the OPN Chairman, for more details as soon as possible on paulbartlett@sbssol.co.uk or 01379 678899

Paul Bartlett, Chairman, Office Productivity Network