Successfully Navigating a Commercial Real Estate Lease

Companies searching for real estate need to be careful about understanding and interpreting commercial real estate leases.  While doing this some thoughts that should be considered are: How much square footage is enough or really needed? What is the lease rate and...

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The Importance of Involving HR in Your Decisions

’ve been in HR long enough to have seen a transition in HR’s involvement in strategic planning. When I started, it was rare for HR to be involved in the process at all, but today it’s much more common. Partly that’s because the “human” component is considered more...

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Dividing Spaces: Walls Optional?

Open spaces in the work place have become the new normal of office design and for good reason. It encourages greater communication and collaboration, improving efficiency. Yet there is still a need to divide spaces so that areas can be clearly defined and serve...

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The ‘Third’ Space: Using Unconventional Workspaces

What do we mean by unconventional workspaces – think hallways, nooks, the unused space beneath the stairs, the roof, the small, enclosed courtyard. Technology has of course driven this trend and enabled staff to work from anywhere within the workplace with plug and...

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The Couches Are Coming, So Sink In!

There are so many office trends on their way in 2018 and this one may surprise you. The infusion of comfortable and colorful sofas, armchairs and lampshades that will remind us of home. These furnishings are an added and welcome bonus to contrast the stark...

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Does Your Office Design Inspire Creativity?

Can your office design inspire creativity among its employees? Why is creativity important to a company or organization? What exactly is creativity, and why do we need it? In today's business world, one of the most important qualities of a company or organization is...

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Embedded Tech: Pre-Planning Integration

Technology and business go hand-in-hand and both influence each other as new trends expose the age-old supply and demand model of consumerism. This is not a revelation by any means but innovation in tech and modern business practices will drive both to new levels of...

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How Does Your Office Stack Up? Rate it!

At RI Group we thrive on improving the way people relate to their work environments, knowing that when people feel good in a space they will want to be there longer and be more productive. Office design has gone well beyond the executive corner office and the “bull...

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The Biophilic Office

The fact that many of us spend about 90% of our lives inside buildings working (which is not truly a conducive existence for any living thing), biophilic inclusions within interior spaces are a welcome addition. The term “biophilic,” is based off a hypothesis devised...

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Flexibility In The Workplace

Workplace flexibility and adaptable office design isn’t a new trend by any means but we do think these attributes will grow in importance as organizations strive to make the most efficient use of their available space. The fact is, staff are spending more and more...

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7 Modern Office Design Concepts To Attract The Best Employees

This definitive guide is a list of the 7 most important office themes and design concepts that you need to know to attract and retain the best and most qualified employees to your organization. Today’s best employees demand a workplace that stimulates creativity, collaboration, and communication while also reducing stress and anxiety. This is especially true for millennials but is also true for people in other age groups as well.

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Do Office Plants Boost Productivity?

We all love plants in the office. But why? What exactly is it about plants that we love, and is there an objective reason why a business or organization should allocate resources to purchase and maintain plants in the office environment? According to multiple studies,...

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Greenbuild 2017: A Look Back To Move Forward

Greenbuild, the international conference and expo that a few months back in Chicago, highlighted much of what makes the “new normal” of commercial design an exciting place for continued innovation in the field.  This event provided an immersive experience, showcasing...

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