Six Things to Consider In Your Office to Improve

With the first quarter of the year comes the time to implement changes that allow your company to continue growing. Colliers International, a leading global real estate business, proposes 6 points to consider for your office throughout this year. Do you want to know what they are? Here we give you a little review to know what we should pay attention to this year:

1. Review the lease agreement, as market conditions have changed.

The rental market has changed a lot in the last ten years. Currently, it represents between 18-20% of real estate and the trend is that it will continue to increase, especially in large cities.

According to the IESE-Fotocasa index, the average rental price last December was € 7.01 / m 2 per month, which is about 30% less than in 2007. It is therefore important that you review the clauses of your contract and check if it is in accordance with current market conditions.

2. Design to optimize space

Space needs have changed in recent years, progressively the role has been displaced by laptops, meeting rooms need videoconferencing equipment … and thus a series of changes that the technological revolution and internationalization has brought Offices.

If you want to optimize the space it is important to take into account, the increasing mobility of the templates and if you are going to start implementing flexibility measures (such as teleworking) to reorganize the current space and increase mobile jobs.

3. Workplace Trends

If you are going to make changes in the office it can be a great opportunity to apply the latest trends in the creation of more open and collaborative spaces that improve teamwork: networking rooms, offices without offices or partitions, sofas and blackboards to think…

Issues such as lighting, ergonomics and the comfort of the workplace also deserve special attention when creating a space where employees are comfortable to work.

4. Recruitment and retention of young people

The millennials are revolutionizing the labor market and change how businesses work. They are those people born between 1980 and 2000 and are characterized by seeking passion, challenges and happiness in everything they do. The fact that they value more the challenges and values ​​of the projects in the face of economic compensation means that companies must change their modus operandi when recruiting and retaining their professionals.

According to a study by Deloitte, two out of every three millennial professionals expect to change jobs before 2020. Flexibility in working hours, teleworking, commitment to social values ​​and mobility will be some of the challenges that arise in the area of Human Resources to retain new professionals.

5.What are the competitors doing?

A good practice is to observe what measures other companies in the sector are implementing to adapt their workspace to new trends. If you are starting to create a more modern workplace, it is time for you to do the same.

The important thing is to adapt the work philosophy that is working in other companies to your business model.

6. Hire a professional to find out how much you should be paying

Many companies do not know that they are paying more for some of their fixed expenses. According to Colliers International, hiring a qualified expert to analyze company expenses can be a great opportunity to save some money. It can also help renegotiate some fees or payments such as office rent.

Electric Car: How Do I Adapt It Inside My Garage?

If you are thinking of renewing your car with almost certain security, make sure that the electric car is among your options. In addition to the obvious environmental component of driving a car with zero emissions, the purchase of an electric car is encouraged by direct aids and with freedom of movement and parking in cities. The supply is increasing, electricity is cheaper than gasoline and the maintenance costs of these vehicles are also lower.

Now, no one can miss that, like a traditional car refueling at a gas station, an electric car must have the right infrastructure to be recharged, ideally, during the night, taking advantage of the valley rates. For this, it is necessary to have a charging point in the garage and some doubts may arise at this point. How to install it? Can I do it if my garage is community? In this post, we cleared them.

Some basic notions

First, it must be borne in mind that not all vehicles have the same charging system or the same connector nor accept the same power ranges. In fact, the models are counted by tens. Regarding the type of load, due to the power used and the time invested, there is talk of fast, semi-fast charging (public points are designed for these two types) or slow loading. The latter is what would be done while the car sleeps in the garage at night: 8 hours should be enough to charge a full battery of any model.

A charging point in a private garage

Although an electric car can be recharged in a normal plug using an adapter, this option is not the most recommended. In fact, it should only be used in specific cases since the load power in this case will be lower than recommended (and, therefore, a full load will also require more time).

It is advisable, in this case, to install a compatible charging station for the vehicle in question which, to comply with the regulations, must be installed in an exclusive electrical circuit.

What if my garage is communal?

If the garage is communal and the same installation must be carried out, doubts may arise as to whether the board of owners must approve it before proceeding. Well, the answer is that currently and thanks to a reform of the Horizontal Property Law to promote the purchase of electric cars, the community should only be informed, so it would be worth sending a letter to the president of the community or the farm manager.

The current regulations also require that the new garages have a pre-installation, which will facilitate the execution of the installation of the charging point. The vast majority, however, do not have this pre-installation, so the greater or lesser difficulty in executing the installation of a charging point in a community garage will depend largely on the pre-existing electrical installation. Regarding the electric bill, obviously, it will be the one that uses the charging point who is responsible for the cost of the energy consumed, for which there are different methods, such as installing a meter or deriving the individual installation to the garage. Opting for one or the other alternative will depend on the specific case.

What if I don’t have a garage?

If you are thinking of purchasing an electric car, but you do not have a garage, you should make sure you have a charging station at your fingertips. Although there are more and more recharging points, both in public and street garages (even many companies are installing them in the parking lots of their employees), depending on the area in which you live, finding one of them can be a challenge.

If you still want to buy an electric car, some recommendations: make sure that the purchased vehicle supports fast charging and is compatible with the charging points available, control the electrical infrastructure in the places where you are going to travel or travel (there are very useful mobile applications in this regard) and being very organized is mandatory. Of course, it is expected that the situation will improve and that the charging points will proliferate in the coming years, among other things because the law requires their presence in public parking lots.

How to Heat a Very Cold House

Little by little, winter is approaching, temperatures are getting lower and our houses are losing temperature. As a result, we begin to need the heating to be on for more hours and, therefore, gas, diesel and electricity bills rise steadily.

Carpets

Normally, those who consider acquiring a rug will base their choice on the beauty, material or form of knotting. Very few people will take into account the insulating capacity of a carpet when buying it.

Buying a carpet with high density is synonymous with having a great thermal insulator for our home. The denser the carpet, the more fibers it will have in less space and, consequently, the thermal insulation will be greater and more effective.

In addition to density, we must consider the material of the carpet. Knotted wool is as effective as thermal insulation that synthetic materials have been created imitating this property.

Once you have chosen the carpet you will wonder how and where to place it so that the ability to thermally insulate is as large as possible. An option that never fails is to place it on the floor of the room, avoiding unpleasant contact against the cold floor in the morning. However, another option is to place the carpet as a tapestry, in an upright position. This form is a beautiful, insulating and eco-efficient solution for exterior walls, which have little thermal insulation.

Now that you know, if you are considering buying a carpet, do not forget that it can also be a great thermal insulator that allows you to obtain great energy and economic savings.

Gaskets and under doors

Both weather-strips and under doors are ideal elements to thermally insulate the home. The weather-strips, of different materials and features, for sliding and sliding doors and windows are incorporated into the window or door opening you want to cover. Whether they are foam, rubber, silicone or brush, they all effectively fulfill their insulation function. On the other hand, the under doors cover the gap between the floor and the door. 

Weather-strips and under doors are a quick and economical solution to improve the insulation of windows and doors. It has been found that placing these materials in the gaps of doors and windows to avoid leaks and improve insulation can provide up to 30% energy savings. In addition, the installation is very simple. Except for the swinging seals, which are screwed to the doors, all other types are self-adhesive.

Gaskets, under doors and carpets are thermal insulators that, logically, do not require an integral reform. However, if you have to undertake a home renovation and want to insulate it to improve thermal comfort, also, in this post, we want to give you some tips to choose the best thermal insulator for your home.

Multilayer reflective insulation

You probably won’t know that this material was developed by NASA for spacecraft and satellites. It is considered by professionals as the best thermal insulation, both against cold and heat. The multi-layer reflective insulation can be installed on facades, ceilings, roofs and floors. It can also function as a thermal insulator for windows.

This type of insulator has many advantages. Among them are its low thickness and the consequent gain of space in a home, flexibility (adapts to all corners and encounters), its ease of handling and that does not affect humidity. In short, the multilayer reflective insulation is ideal for use in renovations and renovations.

Expanded and Extruded Polystyrene

This material, better known as white cork, stands out for its use as a thermal insulator. It is a very light insulator, very easy to transport and install. On the other hand, it prevents the appearance of fungi and bacteria, they can be recycled easily, and they are very durable materials.

However, many professionals claim that by absorbing moisture, the material loses effectiveness. In turn, it is not a flame-retardant material, so it does not protect against fire.

On the other hand, extruded polystyrene, despite having a composition practically identical to that of the expanded one, has greater thermal resistance, is more rigid and less flexible.

Projected polyurethane

Also known as polyurethane foam, it is a thermal insulator that is used in construction. When projected in the form of foam, it allows all holes and hard-to-reach places to be completely covered and insulated.

In relation to water resistance, the projected polyurethane foam has impermeability properties, since it allows the perspiration of the enclosures, exposure to moisture does not usually affect it and hinders the appearance of bacteria or fungi.

However, the projected polyurethane has drawbacks. As it is a combustible and difficult to install material, it is beginning to be less and less used when it comes to thermal insulation of homes.

Glass wool and rock wool

These 100% recyclable materials are very commonly used to carry out thermal insulation in all types of buildings and homes.

Unlike the aforementioned materials, wool, both glass and rock, have the property of fire resistance.

Between the two wool they differ in that, while glass wool is putrescible, rock wool can sometimes be affected by the appearance of mold, fungus or other bacteria.

Likewise, it should be considered that there have been situations, although unusual, in which there has been skin irritation, allergies or other health-related problems. In turn, rock wool entails a significant loss of habitable surface.

Have you noticed an increase in your bills? Are you thinking of carrying out a reform and want to take the opportunity to thermally insulate your home? Take advantage of our tips to insulate your home and see how you start saving. And if you know other more effective thermal insulators, let us know through the comments. Insulate your house and you will save!

How to Save on the Purchase: Improve the Financial Well-being of Your Home

Can you really save on the supermarket purchase? Although it seems to you that it is a myth: yes, it can. It is not an urban legend. However, it will be necessary to use it thoroughly and not spare any effort and time to plan and reflect. But remember that every effort has its reward.

Why should you save on home purchase?

It says a lot about our culture that we repeat that little mantra that reads more or less like this: «in the things of eating we should not spare expenses». We relate a greater expense in food with the fact that it is healthy and of quality. Eating healthy foods is not linked to making them more expensive; Moreover, the cheapest products are usually the least processed and seasonal, which in the end are the healthiest.

Taking care of the expenses when buying in the supermarket will favor the monthly saving of the family, since the expenditure on food is essential and one of the most important. The idea is to establish financial habits and, incidentally, responsible consumption to guide you towards financial freedom.

Tricks to achieve savings

  • Always take a shopping list to the supermarket. The method of the list is fundamental. If you arrive at the supermarket without a plan, you will end up wandering around the supermarket filling the cart with food and products that you really do not need. To avoid it, plan the purchase very well and make a list as detailed as possible. This has to go hand in hand with the weekly or monthly menu planning. You will only need some time to establish it and in addition to ensuring savings, you can take advantage to promote family health based on a healthy and balanced diet (which will also have an impact on saving health costs). You can try some supermarket websites that allow you to make lists online, with the incentive to complete the purchase process from the comfort of your home and receive the order without having to
    move (saving squared).
  • Acquire white or generic marks. Betting on white marks always has a prize. There are studies that establish that the savings can range between 35 and 45% of the purchase. It is not necessary to choose all generic brand products, but you do think well about which brands are really adding value.
  • Use comparators or lists of cheaper supermarkets. Do you know which is the supermarket with the lowest prices for each area ? It is essential to compare to know which establishment offers the best offers. Although you must also take into account the expense you incur if you must travel a lot to make the purchase. It is important to look at those establishments specialized in products that may be cheaper than in other stores. In general, it will be cheaper to buy fresh and seasonal (and bulk) products at the municipal supply market closest to your home; and groceries in a supermarket that allows you to enjoy special offers and discounts of the 3 × 2 type. The Online comparators can be great allies to study the price differences of the same product in different supermarkets. Soysuper or Carritus are some examples.
  • Set a limit on the expense of the weekly or monthly purchase. Based on the family budget, you can set a spending limit or a fixed item for the supermarket. In this way, you will better optimize the purchase.
  • Take advantage of loyalty card discounts. Many establishments have discount coupons for regular customers. It is a good idea to acquire these types of cards and be aware of promotions and advantages at all times. In addition, if you have the possibility to store at home, you can always take advantage of offers for non-perishable products.
  • Consume seasonal and local products. In addition to saving this type of responsible consumption habit, it contributes to the sustainability of the economy, the care of the environment and, in general, that of the whole community.
  • Join a consumer group. This point is closely linked with the previous one. Consumer groups are groups of people who come together to collectively acquire products they consume but do not produce. The deal is made directly with the producer, which allows setting delivery dates. In general, these groups are linked to food products, but little by little they begin to form groups to meet other needs such as personal hygiene, cleaning or clothing.

How does it help your family economy to reduce spending on purchases?

Reducing the cost of the supermarket, being one of the bulkiest expenses of the family budget, will affect sanitation and optimize our economy. Remember that you must work this strategy from the framework of creating the family budget.

The savings that occur when reducing the expense in the weekly or monthly purchase can be used for other expenses or for that financial cushion that always comes in handy for contingencies.


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