#67: How to Design a Winning Workplace with Andrew Zang

Before navigating the intricacies of the real estate sector, Andrew made his mark in the legislative landscape, contributing to homeland security-related legislation while working for Congress at the Committee on Homeland Security in Washington D.C and clerking in the judicial system for the Supreme Court in New York. Since graduating law school, and thereafter obtaining a Masters of Laws in real estate he has worked with companies from all parts of the globe adding to his diverse knowledge of workplace meets the workforce dynamics. This unique background equipped him with a multifaceted skill set, laying the foundation for a career where adaptability is paramount.

Top 3 Takeaways

  1. Location, location, location. Many companies have begun to return to the office, but we need to ensure that we’re asking WHY workers want to come back and HOW they want to do their work.
  2. Make room for HR. While CEOs and CFOs once managed real estate transactions, our people leaders now need to weigh in. The workplace needs to reflect your intentional culture and the needs of your workforce more than ever.
  3. Make it count. If you’re counting on collaboration, innovation, and efficiency, your real estate had better be up to the task. While we don’t always run the people-intensive numbers, they show up on our bottom lines all the same.

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From the Source

“Real estate was booming in 2018, 2019. It was the era I call the flexible workspace era. There's a place for everybody to go to work. You know, WeWork became the largest occupier of real estate in Manhattan at that time, and then we kicked off what was called Hudson Yards, right? It sold out faster than a Taylor Swift concert.”

"We've finally entered the rebuild where—’Who wants to come back to work?’. It's been answered the WHY they want to come back to work has been established but not implemented fully and the HOW, right? That’s now at the real estate forefront. How do we get them back to work?”

“If you're going to be on ten different floors when you could be on one or two floors, you might as well be remote. You might as well do everything over zoom or over phone, right? You want to have the ability to interact and be on one floor and see results.”

Connect with Andrew

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-zang-esq-38023b25/

Website: https://www.savills.us/