Category Archives: Workplace Strategy

Cracking the code: Find your tech talent in Chicago

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Looking to snag a computer programmer on sale? Chicago should be your startup’s tried and true market of choice, given its status as the rare, affordable, large urban market.

“Competition for tech talent, as well as good play-and-play tech spaces, is fierce,” said Jesse Van Dyke, Managing Director and co-lead of JLL Chicago’s Technology Practice Group.

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Concentration of employees working in the computer field

The market’s tech ecosystem can be the best indicator of potential job growth and industry stability. Consider planting your tech flag in Chicago, a great location at a great price:… Read More

Top 10: Stop hating Mondays, your happiness at work matters

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Human Experience

Yesterday our Suburban Tenant Representation team hosted a webinar exploring the Future of Work and how Human Experience plays a critical role in shaping a productive culture. In other words, it pays for your company to invest in your satisfaction.

“Understanding real estate’s financial and operational performance is now table stakes,” said JLL Managing Director Ed Nolan. “How people feel about work plays a key role in promoting engagement, empowerment and fulfillment at the office.”

In the midst of tenants’ intense focus on reducing gross rent and utilities costs there lies a missed opportunity to harness human capital.

“Even minor improvements in employee productivity and retention can spur double-digit savings in costs per square foot and strategically drive real estate decisions,” said JLL Managing Director Ben Erskine.

Our top 10 webinar takeaways, based on 18 months of JLL research:… Read More

Evolution of the Legal Workplace

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DLA Piper’s David Mendelsohn, Managing Partner, has a message for all the law firms out there looking to revamp their space: “Do not hold back. Be as creative and bold as your firm’s culture allows you to be.”

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DLA Piper’s David Mendelsohn said if you want employees to be productive, it’s about starting with clear objectives, knowing what you want to accomplish and then staying committed to those objectives every step of the way.

While the traditional office sector has been at it for years, law firms are beginning to see the value in modernizing their space to stay competitive and attract top talent. With the help of JLL’s Law Firm Practice Group, DLA Piper did just that.

Earlier this year, DLA left its home of nearly 30 years, 203 N. LaSalle, and made its way to River Point, the gleaming 52-story office tower perched at 444 W. Lake overlooking the Chicago River. The move symbolized the global law firm’s commitment to focusing on its people and creating a productive work environment.

So how can other firms like DLA use their real estate to engage and retain employees and remain competitive?

JLL dove into this discussion recently inside DLA’s brand new office and in front of an audience of nearly 100 of Chicago’s law firm leaders.… Read More

Prevent hacker disaster at your property

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In the wake of this month’s global cyberattack, perpetrated by ransomeware called WannaCry, companies around the world are strengthening their efforts to secure their data and avert costly breaches.

A growing wave of malicious attacks have cost major retailers, banks, insurance companies and more billions of dollars in lost business, stock value, legal settlements, data recovery and security costs. Hackers continue to find new and unexpected virtual “back doors” to enter, and one of the latest concerns is commercial real estate.

“Hackers have and will infiltrate building systems, from the lighting to the HVAC to modems and routers,” said JLL Managing Director Steve Pollard, leader of the Multi-site Project and Development Services team. “Fortifying these systems needs to be a top priority for commercial real estate executives and IT professionals.”… Read More

Retail therapy draws tenants to suburban Class A product

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Shopping on your lunch hour never gets old. Especially in the suburbs, where the live/work/play perks of urban density are in short supply. Suburban malls offer the opportunity to run errands during lunch, while also conveniently supporting a wide array of business amenities such as restaurants and event space for everyday meetings and larger corporate gatherings.

Across suburban Chicago, Class A office properties within a mile of a major mall are outperforming their competition in three out of four major suburban submarkets. While the area around Woodfield Mall appears to be flagging, JLL Research attributes that to Zurich’s relocation and expects occupancy to soon mirror the strength of its peers.

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JLL Celebrates Earth Day 2017

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Every year on April 22, we all get a little nudge to pause and celebrate Earth Day. Not only does the day serve as a reminder to consider our individual footprints, but it also encourages us to think about the environmental impact of our buildings and communities.

The built environment accounts for nearly 40 percent of carbon emissions annually in the United States, which means the real estate industry can play a significant role in reducing the impact of climate change. At JLL, we are committed to delivering sustainable solutions that improve energy and resource efficiency, as well as ensure safe, healthy and productive workplaces.

In celebration of this year’s Earth Day, our Health Champions have partnered with Building a Better Tomorrow, our firm-wide sustainability program, to organize green and healthy activities with JLL offices across the United States. Take a look at our Earth Week social media highlights across JLL offices and managed buildings below!

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Women’s History Month: Being bold for change at JLL

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Women’s History Month originated on March 7, 1982 as Women’s History Week. In 1987, Congress passed the first joint resolution to designate March as Women’s History Month. Leading up to International Women’s Day on March 8 and beyond, JLL Chicago came together to celebrate and speak out.… Read More

Getting to know Steven Spinell

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A lifetime committed to becoming a professional hockey player taught Steven Spinell the value of hard work, time management and teamwork. Coming from a real estate family opened his eyes to the endless opportunities for success in the industry.

After bonding with fellow Miami of Ohio alum Ben Erskine on JLL’s Suburban Tenant Representation team, Steven joined as Associate in 2016, focusing on companies in the North Market as well as national business development for JLL’s Build to Suit Practice Group. “It’s unbelievable how much detail goes into the build-to-suit process. Through years of experience and high-profile projects, John Musgjerd and Ben Erskine have mastered all the moving parts,” said Spinell.

Steven Spinell

Typical day: I’ve transitioned from a team support role to being the boots-on-the-ground guy. I focus on business development, primarily in the North Market under Dan McCarthy‘s guidance, as well as pursuing build-to-suit opportunities for our practice group. You’ll find me on the phones prospecting, working on financial analyses and providing transaction support.

The 411 on JLL’s Build to Suit Practice Group: Build-to-suit projects are tremendously risky and complex.… Read More

O’Hare submarket cleared for takeoff

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While much of the local spotlight has focused on the migration of large firms from the suburbs to the urban core, downtown is not the only thriving submarket. Strong tenant demand has also sparked a dwindling supply of office space in the O’Hare submarket. Vacancy rates near O’Hare have dropped from a high of 26.9 percent to 16.4 percent and are now at their lowest levels since 2000.… Read More

Chicago 2025: Dynamic Expansion

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JLL’s Bruce Miller; GLP’s Paul Loosmann; Magellan’s David Carlins; JLL’s Dan Ryan, Ryan Severino and Meredith O’Connor; Oxford Capital Group’s John Rutledge; and The John Buck Company’s Dirk Degenaars at Chicago 2025: Dynamic Expansion.

Hundreds of industry leaders joined JLL Chicago last week to discuss Chicago 2025 and the city’s dynamic expansion. With 4,300 new hotel rooms planned, the lowest office vacancy in 16 years (10 percent), 4 million square feet of speculative industrial construction in the pipeline and 3 million square feet of office space headed to market, the next decade is going to be one for the books.

JLL Chief Economist Ryan Severino kicked things off with a broad-based market outlook, factoring in challenges of the past year from Brexit to an unexpected election result. Despite entering a 2017 filled with elevated policy uncertainty, the Chicago market’s universal truths are bolstering its investment appeal. Chicago’s still the third-largest metro economy in the U.S., with above average annual gross metro product growth and a diverse economy where no single industry comprises more than 20 percent of total employment. Going forward, our unusually high percentage of adults with undergraduate or graduate degrees will be of paramount importance in building on this economic momentum.

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JLL’s Chicago 2025 gallery wall, featuring the market’s hottest projects.

We’re definitely living in interesting times, agreed JLL International Director and panel moderator Bruce Miller. … Read More

Chicago 2025 market insights from JLL experts

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This week JLL Chicago will convene commercial real estate investors, clients and leading experts from throughout the city for Chicago 2025, our annual forecast. We sat down with JLL pros across asset classes ahead of the event for a preview of their sector-specific outlooks.

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10 Top Ten Lists – 2016

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With David Letterman off the air, JLL Chicago Research is here to fill your Top Ten void. Consider this your crash course for 2016, a year-in-review of Chicago’s best moments, focused on commercial real estate, workplace, market trends and pop culture.

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Project Profile: Zurich North America

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Today’s headquarters decisions are more important than ever, driving companies’ recruitment, retention and brand strategies. When available space in the market doesn’t fit with the corporate vision, some companies are choosing to build new to create a truly personalized workplace of the future.

Build-to-suit projects are inherently complicated and risky. That’s why we have a dedicated team that takes an entirely different approach, offering our clients greater transparency and control.

Take a look at JLL client Zurich North America’s story below, where our Build-To-Suit Practice Group partnered with JLL’s Project and Development Services team to deliver a state-of-the-art headquarters campus in Schaumburg:… Read More

Chicago Tech Series Part 5: Space as a recruitment tool

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A center of industry innovation with a high concentration of companies, ideas and talent, Chicago is a tech hub that will maintain its resilience and employment growth through the next cycle and beyond.

That’s because it’s not just startups after the 25-year-old whiz software developer. Big enterprise users from the Fortune 500 on down are challenging tech, both name-brand and early-stage, to attract millennial brainpower. Take IMC, a fast-growing trading firm JLL Managing Director Matt Carolan and Senior Vice President Phil Geiger expanded to 78,000 square feet in Willis Tower earlier this year.

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Phil Geiger and his kids showing off some JLL spirit

“IMC is battling it out with the Googles, Facebooks and LinkedIns of the world for top tech talent,” Phil said. “Like companies across the spectrum, they secured market-leading space as a big component of their recruitment strategy.”… Read More

Chicago Tech Series Part 4: Getting to know Sam Kennedy

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Just call Sam Kennedy the startup whisperer. He spent four years in a dual role at the venture firm Guild Capital and running a national tech conference, Techweek. Working with early-stage tech companies from around the world in both gigs helped him recognize patterns and apply them to help run their businesses more efficiently.

After connecting with JLL brokers at tech events around the city, Sam joined the team as Vice President and Tech Practice Group Lead to elevate the way JLL interfaces with startups in the Chicago market and beyond. “At a time when I was thinking about how I might harness my network to try something new, JLL gave me the best of both worlds. The support of a Fortune 500 real estate company with the opportunity to start an entrepreneurial project,” Sam says. Let’s learn more.

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Grays Peak in Colorado along the Continental Divide., this past summer

Typical day: I’m always on my feet, getting to know landlords and leasing agents around the city and catching up with entrepreneurs and tech startups. It’s my job to inform JLL’s service lines on which companies are growing. It’s about changing our internal framework and modernizing the way JLL pursues the new generation of companies out there. While that might mean less cold calling, the business is still very relationship-based with authentic connections being made online and in-person. Data is also more widely available than ever, which makes us differentiate by thinking through the personality of a company and how they can interpret existing data to make strategic decisions.… Read More

Chicago Tech Series Part 3: Consider coworking

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One of the Chicago tech scene’s biggest challenges has been competing with the coastal cities for venture capital funding. Local Investors place a stronger emphasis on business fundamentals and startups have to stretch their resources to thrive.

The increasing office rents in tech-favorable submarkets driven by the industry’s appetite for creative office space mean tech firms in Chicago must be more efficient with the investment capital. Here’s why coworking could be the answer.

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The notion of sharing is catching on globally. From sharing major life snapshots on Instagram to daily updates on Twitter, sharing was bound to infiltrate the workplace. Across several sectors, the sharing economy is transforming how people view the ownership and leasing of spaces and services.… Read More

Chicago Tech Series Part 2: Building a technology enabled workplace

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A new workplace paradigm emerged over the past 10 years, shifting focus to design elements such as open plan layouts, space density and construction. Subsequently another workplace component, technology, has evolved from a behind-the-scenes role to a crucial element of the business, its operations and its office space.

For companies to maximize the productivity of their employees and their space, they need to understand the required components of a fully integrated technology enabled workplace. We’ve outlined the five key components in the presentation below:

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Project Profile: Arnstein & Lehr

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Today’s law firms need to upgrade their space to stay competitive and attract top talent, but lower vacancy and higher-priced new construction are creating substantial upward rent pressure.

Second-generation law firm offices coming to market in 2017 present significant opportunity. Firms willing to consider these spaces will have great options with reduced out-of-pocket firm capital.

Take a look at JLL client Arnstein & Lehr’s story below, where leveraging a unique sublease is leading to major office upgrades:… Read More

4 investment trends facing Chicago and beyond

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“The core of downtown Chicago is competing with global cities and we are a low cost leader,” says JLL Managing Director Keith Largay. At Bisnow’s recent State of the Market event, he outlined four investment trends that have investors feeling cautiously optimistic about the city’s future:… Read More

Chicago Tech Series Part 1: Behind the numbers

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JLL Research’s recent technology office outlook revealed incredible opportunity in the Chicago tech sector and we’re here to look behind the numbers.

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