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Completes phase 1 of project to create a ‘workplace that works’ for its employees
CHICAGO, April 4, 2016 – The sweeping skyline views remain the same, but the perspective inside is changing as JLL (NYSE:JLL) employees begin moving into two newly reimagined floors at the company’s corporate headquarters in Chicago’s Aon Center. The firm just completed the first phase of a total office renovation that covers 200,000 square feet on six floors and impacts 1,500 employees who were instrumental in shaping the revitalization.
When complete in spring 2017, JLL’s space will have been revamped from top to bottom to incorporate the latest strategies in workplace design, including many of the best practices it already uses in its work for clients and features inspired by direct input from its workforce. Following principles outlined in its recent Fully Engaged report, JLL has created a space that reflects its culture and values, and inspires employees to rally around business performance. The company is using workspace and technology to further connect employees, improving their ability to work productively to achieve superior results for their clients and attain higher levels of job satisfaction.
Early in the process, JLL found through a survey of all employees at its office in Aon Center that they thought they were mobile 30 percent of the time -- but seat sensor data confirmed they spent nearly half of their days away from their desks. Additionally, almost 25 percent said they wanted more opportunities to interact with colleagues in other business teams. JLL leaders combined this data with input from focus groups to work with Gensler, its architectural partner, to design a cutting-edge office that would satisfy the four generations of employees who work there.
“Our workplace strategists collected a wealth of information and crafted a plan that addresses three things we found our workforce values most – connection, choice and agility,” said Greg O’Brien, JLL’s Americas CEO. “The result is a workplace that works for our employees. We found that our people want to connect more, so we designed our space to drive that aspect of our culture and give our employees what they need to be happy, productive and successful.”
Dan Ryan, Midwest Market Director for JLL, added: “What makes this office especially exciting for our employees is the ability to work in a space that is as innovative and customized as the offices we help our clients create. It’s great to live by our own best practices and see how our workplace helps our employees drive even better outcomes for our clients.”
The new space features a dramatic two-story reception area with breathtaking views where employees and visitors will feel welcomed and energized from the moment they arrive. The new Client Experience Center is an interactive space that will showcase JLL’s innovative commercial real estate tools and technology.
The key to improving employee productivity and stimulating collaboration is offering the latest in innovative space design and “in-workplace” technology, including:
“Our workplace is about giving employees choices and helping them connect,” said Ed Nolan, Senior Vice President for Workplace Strategy at JLL. “Today’s workforce is collaborating more than ever. Our employees need to be less tethered and more agile. With flexible workstations, leading-edge conference room technology and welcoming café spaces, we’re providing settings that will energize our employees and support their productivity and health.”
Research has shown that companies that successfully connect and engage employees yield almost 150 percent higher earnings per share compared to their peers. What’s more, companies that actively develop their culture return 516 percent higher revenue and 755 percent higher income.
“The one-size-fits-all model is no longer relevant,” Nolan said. “If you’re not using the workplace to engage your people and offer them choices, you’re missing an opportunity to connect them to your organization’s culture. That, after all, is the fabric of any successful business. It has to be a ‘one-size-fits-one’ approach to be effective.”
To learn more about the process JLL undertook to create its space, visit OfficeRenew.com, a website that showcases JLL’s headquarters project and contains valuable information and resources for anyone exploring a similar project. The site also features a series of humorous videos that poke fun at common workplace challenges.
About JLL JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate. A Fortune 500 company with annual fee revenue of $5.2 billion and gross revenue of $6.0 billion, JLL has more than 230 corporate offices, operates in more than 80 countries and has a global workforce of more than 60,000. On behalf of its clients, the firm provides management and real estate outsourcing services for a property portfolio of 4.0 billion square feet, or 372 million square meters, and completed $138 billion in sales, acquisitions and finance transactions in 2015. Its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $56.4 billion of real estate assets under management. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit www.jll.com.
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