It is no surprise that a good working environment can motivate better performance from employees. Thus companies, during this time of qualified labour shortage, are endeavouring to improve the working environment for their employees as much as possible. To reflect this development, the real estate consultancy company CBRE Slovensko organises a competition for the best office. The Profesia company, running the biggest job portal in Slovakia, has won its second year. Among other companies given awards are the IT company Sygic and the business-services organisation EY.
A total of 36 companies competed in the categories of Healthy Office, Smart Office, Office as the DNA of the Company and for the absolute winner of the competition, Office of the Year. The jury featured five experts including architects Ian Bogle from Great Britain, Friedrich Passler from Austria and CBRE expert for the working environment for central and eastern Europe Martin Pongratz from Austria. Slovakia was represented by Šimon Šicko from the PixelFederation and Tomáš Jaššo from Slovanet.
“The offices competition was exceptionally strong,” said Tomáš Hegedűš, executive director of CBRE Slovensko, as cited in a press release. “This is clear proof that companies in Slovakia really care about modern and inspiring working environments, an issue that has become very important in the fight to keep or win new talent. We are glad that the companies that enrolled in the competition can serve as models to others.”
Profesia is the overall winner of the competition holding the title Office of the Year 2017. Sygic won the awards for Healthy Office and Smart Office and also won the award from the general public. EY is the winner for the category of Office as the DNA of the Company.
Members of the jury selected the top 10 most beautiful and inspiring offices of this year. These are, in the alphabetical order: Arval, Baumit, Campus 0100, Cisco, ČSOB, EY, Johnson Controls International, Profesia, Swiss Re and Sygic.
British architect Bogle acknowledged the interesting combinations of materials and top solutions.
“A number of the entries had merit in their architectural delivery and the combination of differing materiality was strong in the best solutions,” said Bogle, as cited in the press release.
Austrian architect Passler also sees some of the entries as world class.
“It is remarkable that the quality of the working environment is not linked to the size of a company but that many companies are aware of the importance of atmosphere and surroundings supporting informal communication,” said Passler.
The average price of flats in all eight Slovak regional capitals increased over July. Nevertheless, the increase of a mere €8 per square metre, from €1,613 to €1,621 per square metre, is the lowest month-on-month increase over the last few months. Thus, the expectations of Vladimír Kubrický, analyst for Realitná únia, have been fulfilled after he predicted that, following the tightening of conditions for taking out mortgages introduced by the National Bank of Slovakia as of July 1, 2018, there would be a stabilisation of prices.
Investors invested almost €500 million into commercial real estate in Slovakia during the first half of 2018. This almost equals investments for the whole year of 2017, which amounted to €535 million, the data of the real estate consultancy company JLL indicates.
One Fashion Outlet 1 near the village of Voderady, the biggest outlet centre in Slovakia, has filed for bankruptcy, the Trend weekly informed. The further fate is now in the hands of the courts.
After withdrawing its application for an important investment statute for the Connected Bratislava package of projects, the developer J&T Real Estate (JTRE) is continuing to work on selected projects on the Danube River embankment. Instead of an extensive package of projects on both sides of the Danube, it is now focusing on the zone around Eurovea and Panorama City.
While the share of the market held by rental apartments in the countries of the European Union is between 19 and 62 percent, in Slovakia it is only about 6 percent. This negatively affects labour force mobility and housing for young families and handicapped citizens, the Benchmarking Information Exchange Project has discovered. The Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) in Slovakia participated in the project and focused on the comparison of support for rental housing between Slovakia and the Czech Republic and Austria where the share of rental apartments on the market is 21 percent and 42 percent, respectively.
Slovaks are increasingly interested in recreational real estate. The demand has increased by 20 percent over the last year. The most wanted properties are cottages near Michalovce in eastern Slovakia.
Healthy offices providing a sustainable environment in terms of energy, as well as their surroundings, are a world trend that has not skipped Slovakia. There are a number of buildings that have already received or are applying for the world-renowned LEED, BREEAM, WELL or Fitwell certifications. One of them is the Einpark office building in Petržalka, which – as the first in Slovakia – has successfully completed LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) pre-certification to the highest degree, Platinum.