By Barbra Murray
The workplace environment continues to increase in importance for real estate users, and JLL has taken another step to accommodate its clients in this area. The commercial real estate services firm just formed its first Workplace Strategy Council, which will bring together preferred suppliers in various fields to aid JLL in its support of clients’ workplace design demands.
Creation of the Council is a natural progression for JLL Project and Development Services’ portfolio of client offerings. “JLL started the Synergy program six years ago as a relationship model, working hand-in-hand with our suppliers, and we’ve been able to measure and track the program’s success. Now in 2017, we have been able to determine top partners in each of the five categories—architecture, flooring, lighting, furniture and audio visual technology—and take those relationships to the next level of collaboration,” Morgan Junia, synergy leader with JLL Project and Development Services, told Commercial Property Executive.
The Council members are tasked with devising strategies; providing insight and perspective; and offering counsel on industry best practices, as well as innovation, risk mitigation and service performance. JLL has already attracted a notable list of partners to participate, including IA Interior Architects, modular carpet manufacturer Interface Inc., lighting specialists Wiedenbach Brown, commercial furniture company Steelcase and AVI-SPL, a video collaboration solutions provider.
To stay on top of the evolution of the workplace experience, the Council members will meet several times of year.
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The workplace experience has taken on significant importance over the last few years, with businesses eager to remain competitive by attracting and retaining talent with the type of work environment that workers prefer.
“Millennials and post-millennials are changing expectations for what happens in the workplace, which makes it a challenge to create space that accommodates several generations,” according to a recent JLL report on the future of work. “On the flip side, the opportunity exists to reshape the workplace to attract and target this new mix of talent across generations.”