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The Future Office With Chris Kane and Ed Fulbright On Mastering Your Money Radio

Chris Kane

The ultraconservative real estate industry has been forced into a state of flux. It is facing a perfect storm like never before. Not only has the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically changed where and how people work, but other factors including ubiquitous digital access, the gig economy and the diverse needs of a multigenerational workforce are having major implications for the demand for real estate.  I noticed a Major National law firm reduced one of  their offices' by 40%.   Most businessese who have now experienced remote working are questioning the ways we used to work and the purpose of the office — which has a knock-on effect for the future of our cities.  These days, consumers are less likely to take on long-term lease commitments are also demanding greater operational type services based around user experience and well-being.  For stand alone real estate companies as well as corporate real estate departments, this requires a shift in thinking beyond cost control and efficiency and toward taking on more responsibility for workplace effectiveness.  It signals a need for an improved relationship between consumer and supplier.


The current status quo of static office buildings where workers are confined in a sea of cubicles needs to be re-imagined with a people-centric focus that offers smart and agile alternatives. It’s necessary that commercial office space suppliers work in new ways with consumers to build a deeper and more holistic understanding of how a workplace can deliver tangible business value. Are we going to see a dramatic shift from the current adversarial model? The shift in demand brought about by COVID-19 is upending the landlords’ long-running business model of “build it and they will come.”  

 Joining us for our discussion on The Future Office  is Chris Kane.  He is the former Vice President of International Corporate Real Estate for The Walt Disney Company as well as Head of Corporate Real Estate at the BBC. He is now Director of Six Ideas, a global consultancy, and has worked with multinational corporations focused on workplace development innovation. His latest book is Where Is My Office?  .  Welcome to Mastering Your Money, Chris Kane .