As we all braved last week’s blustery storm to attend the unveiling party for the newly transformed Lloyd Tower office, I was reminded of how our work environment can help us thrive. We spend most of our days working, but the space is often overlooked by many, especially real estate brokers who argue that business isn’t done in the office. It’s true that technology allows us to work from wherever we want, but public workspaces can be important for the average real estate professional.
Your jobs are some of the toughest out there. There aren’t many careers where you’re openly putting yourself on the line by offering your precious time, knowledge and sometimes personal funds without guarantee of gaining anything in return. Even the daily battles of a job in real estate can be tough, with a warm office environment providing a welcome respite. You can kick off your shoes, pour a soothing cup of tea and, most importantly, bounce ideas off of your real estate colleagues.
A new common area at Lloyd Tower, otherwise known as “the Café,” encourages brokers to do just that. When I bumped into Susie Hunt Moran, who works in the Lloyd Tower office with a team of three, she said her team loves the new Café because it allows them to interact with other officemates during breaks.
“Even though we are getting work done by talking about the market and industry topics, the uninhibited space makes it feel less like work and more like you’re just chatting with friends in your kitchen,” Susie said.
Susie has noticed more brokers coming into Lloyd Tower for work, instead of operating out of their homes, allowing for camaraderie, collaboration and more use of the technology.
“Working from an office can be a critical piece of a real estate career, where the foundation of success is based on routine and boundaries,” Susie said. “Even though each day in real estate is never the same, the office is buzzing in the morning hours. The days when I’m feeling off-kilter are when I haven’t been able to make it into the office during this morning time.”
In a quest to freshen the overall look by infusing sophisticated mid-century influence into the space, we examined the general flow of the entire office, redesigning it to bring people together while also providing options for privacy.
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