Last week was a good one for Jim Scalo and his team at Burns Scalo Real Estate after the firm won the Developer of the Year award at NAIOP Pittsburgh’s Summer Soiree event held at Stage AE in the North Shore.
It’s hard to argue the firm didn’t deserve the award. In 2020, the company went all in on Pittsburgh’s future, brashly making bold moves in the midst of arguably the most disruptive year ever for commercial real estate.
The talent war escalates every year, and as leaders in all industries scramble for advantages, they continue to overlook the most effective weapon in their arsenal – their office space. Dozens of books have shown you how to retool your recruiting strategies and cultural practices. But, if everyone’s doing it, then there’s no real advantage. Your office space is your unique competitive advantage to turn the tide of the talent war.
Since early in the pandemic, there has been a debate about whether the majority of people will ever want to return to an in-person office setting. The debate then pivoted to what impact the vaccine would have on a return to work. Industry studies have shown that, while workers have responded favorably to WFH in an unexpected way, 88% of them are now looking to get back into the office on at least a part-time basis.