The employee experience delivered by the workplace is central to winning the War for Talent – Executive Summary of the discussions – 15th November 2018

Dear Property Directors Forum Members

We are delighted that so many of you were able to attend our Property Directors Forum on 15th November and debate Creating high-performing workplaces that deliver a productive and happy employee experience.

As promised, we have created a short Executive Summary of Main Themes and Conclusions from the discussions and presentations for you to download. Just click on the link below. As we begin a new year, there’s no better time to review whether your workplace is set up to deliver a productive and happy employee experience:

Download Executive Summary

The Forum’s main conclusions are as follows:

  • Every employee deserves a fantastic workplace. Delivering one makes a big difference to business performance as well as employee productivity, wellbeing and pride in the organisation
  • The employee experience delivered by the workplace is central to winning the war for talent
  • Companies who don’t stay agile, constantly re-evaluate and fine-tune their workplaces, will lose their talent to those that do
  • The employee experience needs to be at the heart of office design if organisations want the workforce to be super-productive

Download our executive summary to find out more and read contributions from Virgin Money, Thales Missile Electronics & BUPA. We would like to thank you again for your lively contribution on the day.

Look at our infographic to see the results of the survey of Forum members on this topic

See the press release of the event here, issued by the sponsor of the event – Avison Young UK.

Kind regards,

The Property Directors Forum Team


People-focused workplaces are centre-stage in the War for Talent

Dear Property Directors,

Please see the results of the Survey completed by attendees of the November 2018 Property Directors Forum and the Group’s membership

The Survey Report uncovers some interesting issues around the emerging War for Talent. These include:

  1. Workplaces will need to improve their employee feedback process and involve employees more in decisions that influence how the workplace is run
  2. Attracting and retaining talent as well as maintaining employee productivity is becoming a concern for organisations
  3. Adopting more ‘flex space’ will be a key tool in attracting and retaining new talent – helping to improve well-being as well as productivity

You can download the results in an infographic format as a PDF or JPEG file.


‘Tell Me What You Want – What You Really, Really Want!’ – Agenda Announced – 15th November

PDF12 is addressing ‘Tell Me What You Want – What You Really, Really Want!’ with expert speakers and panellists guiding you through challenges that will face you in the coming years.

Please contact Gail if you wish to attend this free forum.

Event Details:
Topic headline: Tell me what you want, what you really, really want
Date: Thursday, 15th November 2018
Time: 9.30am – 2.00pm
Location: Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly W1J 0BA

 

Agenda

09.30 – Registration, Networking & Coffee

10.00 – Welcome & Introduction to the Property Directors Forum –  Piers Leigh, Principal, Avison Young

10.05 – Tim Oldman, CEO & Founder, The Leesman Index,
_______Presenting “It ain’t what you do it’s the way that you do it!”

10.40 – Ben Samuels & Luke Armstrong, Directors of Enterprise Business EMEA & APAC, WeWork,
_______Presenting “The Future of Flexible Work!”

11.15 –  Chris Barrs (Chair) to introduce panellists
_____–  Tim Oldman, CEO, The Leesman Index
_____–  Ben Samuels, Director, WeWork
_____–  Tony Oxford, Principal, Avison Young

11.20 – Panel Discussion, Audience Q&A, Summary

11.50 – Round Table Debates

12.25 – Round Table Presentations

12.50 – Summary – Piers Leigh

13.00 – Networking & Lunch

Book your free place by emailing Gail at gail.wickes@propertydirectorsforum.com


WeWork to present at PDF12, Thursday 15th November

Dear Property Directors

We are delighted to announce that Luke Armstrong and Ben Samuels, Directors of Enterprise Business EMEA & APAC at WeWork will be joining Tim Oldman to present at PDF12, Thursday 15th November.

Ben Samuels, WeWork

With the huge growth in the co-working arena both in the UK and globally, they will let us know what the latest trends are and how they see this developing over the next five years. What does this mean for you and your organisation?

We look forward to seeing you at PDF12.

Event Details:
Topic headline: Tell me what you want, what you really, really want
Date: Thursday 15th November 2018
Time: 9.30am – 2.00pm
Location: Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly W1J 0BA

 

 

 

 

Please call, or email, Gail on 02070419991 / gail.wickes@propertydirectorsforum.com to book your place at our next Property Directors Forum on Thursday, 15th November 2018.


Tim Oldman, Founder & CEO of Leesman Index, announced as the keynote speaker for the November 15th Forum

Dear Property Directors

We are delighted to announce that Tim Oldman, Founder and CEO of the Leesman Index, will be the keynote speaker at our Thursday 15th November Forum.

The Leesman Index helps organisations understand and measure how well workplaces support the employees who use them.

Tim Oldman, Leesman Index

Tim will be discussing:
– The Index
– What works, what doesn’t
– ‘White elephants’ in design
……and how to push back against the demands of senior management and staff

We look forward to seeing you at PDF12.

Reminder of event details:

Topic headline: Tell me what you want, what you really, really want
Date: Thursday 15th November 2018
Time: 9.30am – 2.00pm
Location: Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly W1J 0BA

Please call, or email, Gail on 020 7041 9991 / gail.wickes@propertydirectorsforum.com to book your place at our next Property Directors Forum on Thursday, 15th November 2018.


CREs to become more people-focused and strategic using Emerging Technologies

Dear Property Directors,

Please see the results of the Survey completed by the attendees of the June 2018 Property Directors Forum and the Group’s membership.

The Survey Report uncovers some interesting issues around Emerging Technologies and their impact on Occupiers. These include:

  1. The Property Director’s skillset will need to adapt with employee engagement and cross functional collaboration topping the list.
  2. Increased focus on people as technology predicted to free CRE’s time for a more strategic role.
  3. Recruitment within the CRE function will focus on data analysis skills ahead of property skills.

You can download the results in an Infographic format as a PDF or JPEG file.

Or to download the full Survey Report please click here.

 


Corporate Real Estate Executives are about to enter a period of ‘significant change’ – Executive Summary of the discussions – 7th June 2018

Dear Property Directors Forum Members

We are delighted that so many of you were able to attend our Property Directors Forum on 7th June and debate on The Impact of Emerging Technologies on the Property Profession.

As promised, we have created a short Executive Summary and a 2-page Summary of Main Themes and Conclusions from the discussions and presentations for you to download. Just click on the links below:

Download Executive Summary

Download 2-page Summary of Event’s Main Themes and Conclusions

The Forum’s main conclusions are as follow:

  • Corporate Real Estate Executives (CREs) are about to enter a period of significant change
  • Basic tasks will be automated leading to job losses for those who do not upskill
  • Those that remain will take on more complex tasks that touch on multiple business functions
  • CREs will need to become skilled at defining what data is needed by the business and then using it intelligently to add value to the business

Download our executive summary to find out more and read contributions from Liberty Global, Telefonica O2 & the John Lewis Partnership. We would like to thank you again for your lively contribution on the day.

See the press release of the event here, issued by the sponsor of the event – Avison Young UK.

Kind regards,

The Property Directors Forum Team

Summary of the Round Table debates from Tables 1-6 was presented by the Forum’s attendees: Iain Rackley, Avison Young; Rory O’Connor, Liberty Global; Chris Early, Telefonica O2; David Slater, Premier Foods; Richard Saunders, John Lewis Partnership; Nick Booth, Surrey County Council; Ian Henderson, Wincanton.

 


The 11th Property Directors Forum – ‘Excellent!’

The 11th Property Directors Forum (PDF), held on 7th June at the prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry, was a great success, with one of the salient takeaways lifted from the 1990s teen flick Bill & Ted: ‘Be Excellent! To each other’.

After an introduction from host Avison Young’s UK Managing Director Jason Sibthorpe, Remit Consulting’s Andrew Waller kicked off the first keynote presentation with a discussion on how many jobs will become obsolete due to technology. His research debated whether ‘the property industry is in denial about the advances of technology’, concluding that the more we know about our property portfolio, using big data, the more we can do with it.

In the second presentation, Neil Usher, Executive Consultant at Unispace, discussed how to create a fantastic workplace in simple, practical and easy steps, based on his recent book ‘The Elemental Workplace’. Neil is a great believer that everyone should have a fantastic place in which to work. He debated whether there is a lack of talent in the workplace, or rather a lack of good management, with Bill & Ted’s motto (Excellent!) one of the key points for workplace success.

In the panel debate, Avison Young Director, Anna Main, talked about how emerging technologies are being used to improve the occupier’s experience and how her property management team are educating landlords on this issue, which was a hot point for the PDF delegates. The panel and the audience discussed the issue of the connectivity of a building and whether this should be a consideration at the very start of the marketing/leasing process.

The forum was well attended with feedback including:

“The two speakers were thought-provoking, I very much enjoyed Neil Usher’s views about the working environment”

“This worked well – lots of good interactions and discussions”

“Thank you so much for another wonderful Property Directors Forum.  The programming was excellent, I thought the speakers were fascinating, and the discussion rich. “

“Thank you for another really insightful PDF session”

The PDF executive summary and findings from the survey will be announced in due course.

The next forum will be held on 15th November 2018 – for more information please contact Gail Wickesgail.wickes@propertydirectorsforum.com


‘Emerging Technologies & their Impact on YOU!’ – Agenda Announced – 7th June

Photo by Alex Knight on UnsplashDear Property Directors Forum

PDF11 is tackling ‘Emerging Technologies & their Impact on YOU! with expert speakers and panellists guiding you through the challenges that will face you in the coming years.

In addition, all delegates will receive a complimentary copy of Neil Usher’s new book“The Elemental Workplace” outlining how to create a fantastic workplace for everyone.  There will also be the opportunity for you to debate and network with your peers.

Please contact Gail if you wish to attend this free forum.

Event Details:
Date: Thursday, 7th June 2018
Time: 9.30am – 1.00pm
Location: The Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly W1J 0BA

Agenda

09.30   Registration, Networking & Coffee
10.00   Welcome & Introduction to the Property Directors Forum –
Jason Sibthorpe, UK Managing Director, Avison Young
10.05   Andrew Waller, Partner, Remit Consulting, presenting
“The Impact of Emerging Technologies on the Property Profession”
10.40   Neil Usher, Executive Consultant, Unispace, presenting
 “Creating the Elemental Workplace”
11.15   Jason Sibthorpe (Chair) to introduce panellists
 Andrew Waller, Partner, Remit Consulting
– Neil Usher, Executive Consultant, Unispace
 Anna Main, Director, Avison Young
11.20   Panel Discussion, Audience Q&A, Summary
11.50   Round Table Debates
12.20   Round Table Presentations
12.50   Summary – Jason Sibthorpe
13.00   Networking & Lunch

Book your free place by emailing Gail at gail.wickes@propertydirectorsforum.com


Panellist Line-Up Confirmed for the Property Directors Forum, London, Thursday 7th June

Dear Property Directors,

We are delighted to announce the final member of our panel of experts for the Panel Session at the Property Directors Forum.

Anna Main of Avison Young will be talking about how emerging technologies are being used to improve the Occupier’s experience.  Anna is a Director in Avison Young’s Asset & Property Management Team.

Anna joins our Keynote Speakers – Neil Usher and Andrew Waller.

Neil Usher will bring his experience as an Occupier and leading projects at Sky, Rio Tinto, Warner Bros. and Polygram.  Neil’s blog www.workessence.com offers an insight into his unique view of the Workplace.

Remit Consulting’s, Andrew Wallerhas worked across 20 countries and has seen how companies can be transformed by the use of data and regularly speaks about how we all are adapting to changes in technology and the availability of data.

The panel is chaired by Jason Sibthorpe, Avison Young’s UK Managing Director, ensuring that delegates gain practical advice and ideas from the Forum’s event.

To book your place contact Gail at gail.wickes@propertydirectorsforum.com or call 020 7041 9991.  If you have a topical question for the panel please send it through to Gail in advance.