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Short Employee Commutes and the Bottom Line

Employee Commutes

According to the U.S. Census Bureau the average employee commutes 25.4 minutes each way to work.

Why paying attention to the length of employee commutes can pay big dividends.

Looking for new office space? If so, you’ve probably spent a good deal of time compiling your wish list—from square footage and budget to corporate image and zip code.

But there’s another important factor that employers may overlook when searching for new office space:   the length of employee commutes. The fact is, daily commute times can affect employee satisfaction, corporate recruitment and retention efforts, and your company’s carbon footprint.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average American commute is 25.4 minutes. Here in the Capital Region of NY, employee commute times average 17.4 minutes, although our region’s workforce commutes from as far as the Adirondacks, the Hudson Valley, western Massachusetts—and beyond. Employee commutes have become increasingly important to businesses nationwide for lots of reasons.

Shorter, easier employee commutes make for:

Happier employees

The less time your employees spend battling traffic and inclement weather, the happier they are. Studies show an employee’s commute has a huge impact on their mental and physical health, which can affect work quality. In addition, a long or expensive commute leaves an employee with less disposable and discretionary income, which may make employees feel unsatisfied with their pay.

More productive employees

Who pays for your employees’ missed workdays? In many cases, you do. And if you have to pay overtime or hire a replacement to ensure that an absent employee’s work gets done, you might even pay twice. In addition, long or difficult employee commutes can increase absenteeism and tardiness—and decrease your bottom line.

Happier employers

As if decreased employee absenteeism and increased productivity weren’t enough, shorter employee commutes can also boost your company’s recruitment and retention efforts. A long or difficult commute has been shown to increase corporate turnover rates and can dissuade prospective hires from accepting employment with your company.

A healthier planet

Looking to fulfill corporate sustainability initiatives or reduce your company’s carbon footprint? Locate your company in a central, easily accessible location. According to Stanford University’s carbon emissions calculator, a 25.4-mile commute generates more than 4,000 pounds of CO2 emissions a year*. When your company is near a bus line, train stop, or major roadway, you help employees get to work faster and take advantage of sustainable transportation options.

Before you scout your next office location, solicit input from current employees so you don’t risk losing them in the move. Consider conducting a brief employee survey to assess your employees’ commuting concerns. You might even map employee addresses to get a big-picture view of commute distances. However you determine your next move, it pays to be mindful of the time your employees spend commuting.


To see centrally located, easily accessible commercial properties here in the Capital Region of NY, give The Anderson Group a call. Contact Susan Touhey at 518-458-7726 or stouhey@tagny.com.

 

 

* Varies by vehicle make and model.

 

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The Right Office Space at the Right Time

The Nurse Connection Staffing, which provides quality nursing staff to organizations from nursing homes and assisted living facilities to correctional facilities and school districts, serves more than 120 clients throughout the Capital Region and upstate New York.

Office Space, Dan Moran, Nurse Connection Staffing, 1 Computer Dr South, Albany, NY, the Anderson Group

Dan Moran, Managing Director, Nurse Connection Staffing

And given the significance of their business, they needed to convey a professional first impression.

Dan Moran, managing director of Nurse Connection Staffing, said the business leased space for 28 years at another Albany location before deciding to make a move. He said the difference between their previous and current offices is like night and day.

“We came from a space where the landlord’s attention to detail was lacking. Nothing was ever taken care of,” Moran said. “When I agreed to lead Nurse Connection Staffing, I said, ‘We’re getting out of here.’ We needed a bigger space, and we needed to improve our image.”

Nurse Connection Staffing now occupies 2,300 square feet of space in The Anderson Group’s commercial property at 1 Computer Drive South. Moran said the new space is working out for clients and employees alike.

“This is high-class office space,” Moran said. “From the moment you walk into the lobby, you know you’re in a professional building. Our employees are close to bus lines, there’s free parking, and we’re easy to find. We’re at the epicenter of the Capital Region.”

When moving in, Nurse Connection Staffing took advantage of The Anderson Group’s space planning services.

“The Anderson Group helped us plan changes to our new space and oversaw the construction process. It was seamless,” Moran said. “We were even able to move in earlier than we expected to. Everything was ready when we moved in.”

Moran says that responsiveness didn’t stop once Nurse Connection Staffing settled in.

“The Anderson Group is extremely responsive. If I call or email them with a problem, it’s not a matter of hours until they respond—it’s a matter of minutes,” Moran said. “We’ve worked with other landlords, and there’s no one like The Anderson Group.”


For information on Nurse Connection Staffing, visit www.nurseconnectionstaffing.com. For more information about The Anderson Group’s commercial properties, contact Susan Touhey at 518-458-7726 or stouhey@tagny.com.

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Tips for Hosting a Safe Office Holiday Party

Office holiday party

‘Tis the season. And with it comes all the fun and celebration of the holidays—not only at home, but also at work. Before your company decks the halls, it’s a good idea to refresh yourself and your employees on company and building safety policies, as well as local and state laws, to keep your office gathering safe and fun.

Decorate with an eye on safety

When decorating your office for the holidays (or any time of year), be careful not to overload electrical sockets with lights and other decorations. And before the last person leaves your office for the day, be sure to turn off or unplug all electric holiday decorations.

You should also be certain that no holiday decorations block entrances, exits, fire escapes, smoke alarms, or sprinkler systems. And because candles are fire hazards, they are typically prohibited in office buildings; keep them at home.

Drink – and serve – responsibly

Did you know that employers can be responsible for injuries to or caused by intoxicated employees leaving work-related holiday parties? Consult your company’s insurance agency and/or attorney before planning an office gathering that will include alcohol. If you do plan to serve alcohol at your office party, consider the following tips:

  • Serve alcohol only if you know everyone at your party is at least 21 years old.
  • Think about holding your party off business premises to shift some responsibility for serving alcohol to liquor licensees and professional bartenders.
  • Offer a wide variety of non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Stop serving alcohol one to two hours before the end of your party.
  • Remind employees about your company policy on conduct and substance abuse before the party.
  • Make your office holiday party voluntary, and refrain from conducting business during the party (including distribution of holiday bonuses).
  • Hold your company’s holiday gathering after regular business hours.
  • Consider distributing drink tickets to limit the number of beverages each employee consumes.
  • Serve food throughout the event so people don’t drink on an empty stomach.
  • NEVER let an intoxicated employee drive. Make sure all employees have safe transportation home, such as a designated driver, family member, or taxi.

Skip the mistletoe

Although holiday songs will try to convince you otherwise, mistletoe is a potential office pitfall. And mistletoe notwithstanding, harassment suits can stem from events held inside or outside the office and within or after normal business hours. Before your office holiday gathering, take time to check the following off of your to-do list:

  • Remind employees about your harassment policy before your party. If you don’t have a policy, now is the time to establish one.
  • Monitor your employees’ behavior throughout the party to ensure that it falls in line with your company policies, and take immediate action if an employee’s behavior strays beyond acceptable bounds.
  • Take any and all complaints made as a result of a holiday party seriously. Document, investigate and treat the complaint as a workplace incident.

Don’t unintentionally invite the uninvited

If you’re holding your party in your office, be sure to clean up and remove or properly store all food and drink when festivities end to avoid attracting insects and other pests. To keep your guests safe from food-borne illness and allergic reactions, label all food dishes (especially if they contain common allergens, such as nuts or shellfish) and keep warm food warm and cold food cold.

Protect yourself

When contracting with service and venue providers (catering firms, bartenders, facilities, entertainers, etc.) be sure that all are properly licensed by requiring those you hire to produce Certificates of Insurance (COI) with sufficient coverage and limits of liability. And when reviewing contracts, note all “hold harmless” or indemnity agreements that could release the vendor from liability and hold your company responsible for losses from situations beyond your control.

Most landlords are happy to accommodate your in-office holiday parties, provided they follow the law and standard safety protocols. Not sure whether your party plans pass muster? Check with your landlord or building manager to be safe. With proper planning and good common sense, your holiday party can go off without a hitch.

The tips and information provided in this article are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice.

If you’re a tenant of The Anderson Group and have questions about your office holiday party, please contact Susan Touhey at 518-458-7726 or stouhey@tagny.com.

 

 

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A Time for Thankfulness

thankfulnessIt’s difficult to believe, but the holidays are upon us once again. (If major retailers are to be believed, the holidays have actually been upon us since August.)

All of the hustle and bustle, shopping and traveling on our calendars this month threaten to make it easy to lose sight of what matters most. We won’t let that happen.

So as Thanksgiving fast approaches, we at The Anderson Group give heartfelt thanks to the many people who make each workday enjoyable and productive and who help keep The Anderson Group the Capital Region’s premier real estate management, development, and brokerage company.

A sincere thank you to our loyal tenants who put their trust in us to provide safe, comfortable, professional office space day in and day out. We work hard to earn your trust, and we look forward to serving you and your businesses for years to come.

To our more than 40 employees, we thank you for your tireless efforts and dedication to The Anderson Group. It goes without saying (but we’ll say it anyway) that The Anderson Group would not be what it is today without your commitment, enthusiasm and innumerable talents. Thank you, one and all.

Lastly, we give thanks for being part of New York’s vibrant Capital Region—a community rich with opportunity, kindness and generosity of spirit. We are truly grateful to live and work here.

We wish you and your family a happy, peaceful Thanksgiving.

 

Sincerely,

Greg,  Susan and Andy Anderson

 

The Anderson Group

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5 Ways to Turn Fellow Executive Office Suite Tenants Into Business Leads

executive office suiteFor some, moving from a “free” home-based office to a leased executive office suite feels like risky business. But working among other start-ups, small businesses and sole proprietors can pay big dividends—and the rent.

If you’re considering a move to an “official” office, executive office suites can be the ideal first move. In addition to reaping the benefits of shared conference rooms, technology, and other amenities (housekeeping, landscaping, and building maintenance, to name a few), you’ll be working next door/down the hall/upstairs from other businesses who may just need what your business has to offer. And vice versa.

Need a nudge? We’ve compiled a few ideas for getting to know your business neighbors—and their business needs:

  1. Walk the walk. Take a stroll around your office building and introduce yourself to other tenants. Some eye contact, a firm handshake, and a business card can open the door to future conversations.  You might even provide a free sample of your product or a discount on your services for those occupying your building.
  1. Talk the talk. You never know what kinds of teaming opportunities lay right outside your doorstep. Engineers and builders. Publishers and graphic designers. Marketing consultants and tech startups. Attorneys and accountants. The pairings are endless. And so are the chances to promote—and use—one another’s businesses.
  1. Get social. Subscribe to the news and Twitter feeds, business Facebook pages, and LinkedIn profiles of other tenants in your building (and ask them to return the favor). It’s a great—and easy—way to network with your neighbors—and their networks. These small strategies can add up.
  1. Network. Work with your landlord or property management company to organize a building networking luncheon in a shared conference room or kitchen area. Or organize a more casual outing for after-hours drinks at a nearby establishment to learn about your peers in a more informal setting.
  1. Be prepared. When you work in an executive suite building, you’ll get foot traffic throughout the day. Be prepared. With a professional-looking office. An elevator speech. Business cards. Handouts that succinctly detail your business. Whether the passersby are other tenants or clients of other tenants, a quick pop in is a distinct possibility.

We’re not suggesting you adopt a game-show host persona and harass your fellow tenants. But done correctly, intra-office networking can be a powerful tool in your business development arsenal. And it can lead to lasting, fruitful connections and friendships.

Many executive office suite buildings offer and promote a collaborative business environment that invites networking and socialization. Some building owners even offer tenant promotion through their intranet, website, community bulletin boards, newsletters, and social sites. When visiting potential office buildings, ask if free tenant promotion is available. And above all, be sure the building you choose feels right for you, your goals, and your company’s brand.

To learn more about leasing an executive office suite—or to see The Anderson Group’s full range of commercial properties throughout the Capital Region—contact Susan Touhey at 518-458-7726 or stouhey@tagny.com.

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