The former corporate real estate boss for The Walt Disney Company and Head of Corporate Real Estate at the BBC, Chris Kane, has released a new book about the future of the post COVID workplace.
Kane, who was responsible for the creation of MediaCityUK in Salford and oversaw the £1bn development of Broadcasting House, has written Where is My Office? to provide insight into the significance of corporate real estate, at a time when the value and role of the physical/virtual office in a post COVID-19 world is in question.
The book asks why, in the modern age of remote working and flexible work hours, have most office spaces remained relatively unchanged for decades? With the rise of “agile working”, hot-desking and new technological innovations, the traditional office space no longer serves the needs of the modern workforce. With a foreword from Mark Thompson, CEO of The New York Times, the book highlights new solutions to workplace practices which have the potential to invigorate employee productivity while trimming excess costs.
In Where is My Office?, Chris Kane draws upon his knowledge and experience in commercial property to investigate the new-found significance of innovative corporate real estate, using his ‘Smart Value’ formula. This formula is supported through in-depth case studies from his career, while interviews with industry insiders such as Ronen Journo, SVP of WeWork and Mark Dixon, founder of Regus, provide insights into the strategies that are transforming the commercial property sector.