Today’s workforce faces the challenging reality of “work-life integration,” often making compromises in their personal lives for their “always-on” work schedules.
Office buildings, which have traditionally been designed and maintained for the 9-5 lifestyle, are beginning to update both their infrastructure and their lifestyle offerings so that tenants and their employees have a workplace environment that better supports engagement and connectedness.
One way that commercial landlords are approaching this workplace trend is by providing premium amenities and services. Best-in-class perks and programming provided by Silicon Valley-based technology companies such as Google, Apple, and Facebook help workers find balance in their lives by providing them with everything they need on-site – from wellness programming to private chefs, and more.
However, in most office buildings around the country, commercial landlords are challenged with the high costs of designing, building, and managing high-quality amenity spaces. Corporate tenants within buildings that lack these great perks are increasingly challenged with attracting and retaining the best talent.
What today’s pool of talent wants – inspiring, technology-driven, hospitality-infused workspace – is what commercial office tenants need, and ultimately what landlords must build. This is the only way landlords will compete to meet the new and evolving demands of forward-thinking tenants.
Transforming the Workplace Experience
Convene is excited to leverage our expertise in hospitality to launch Convene Services, an enhanced “workplace-as-a-service” platform. Convene Services partners with commercial landlords to provide hotel-like services, physical amenities, and user-friendly technology to meet the new needs of enterprise tenants and their employees.
We are extremely honored to be working with some of the world’s largest landlords including Brookfield Property Group, The Durst Organization, Blackstone, and TIAA to develop and operate workplace amenities and flexible space solutions within premiere office properties around the country.
Convene Services powers the highest quality, tenant-first accommodations and experiences in these iconic buildings, which include:
State-of-the-art flexible meeting, event, and community spaces
Dedicated, on-demand staff with backgrounds in hospitality, technology, and concierge services
Gourmet cuisine prepared by on-site chefs and local purveyors
Well-appointed multimedia game and entertainment rooms
Dedicated tenant lounges with work-friendly gathering spaces
Highly customized event and wellness programming via a dedicated community manager
Helping Commercial Landlords Improve Their Top-Line
“Convene-enabled” spaces at One World Commons and Park Ave Tower are providing a stronger model for how landlords can improve the tenant experience while increasing leasing velocity, occupancy, retention, and ultimately long-term asset value.
“We are proud to partner with Convene to bring an elevated sense of place and community to tenants of One World Trade Center,” said Eric Engelhardt, Vice President of Leasing at The Durst Organization. “Providing amenities, hospitality services, and programming to our diverse tenant base has already improved the way our tenants work and collaborate with each other in our building.”
A Better Workplace Culture Through Better Spaces
Convene truly believes that it is possible to “democratize the Google-plex” and offer world-class, on-demand amenities for every company (regardless of size) that leases space within a single building. By partnering with Convene Services, landlords and tenants can actually share the associated costs of improving the workplace experience without outlaying the disproportionate, upfront capital required to do it themselves.
“The goal of Convene Services is to help landlords spark collaboration, innovation and community within commercial office buildings so that employees are inspired to do their best work, and have fun while doing it,” says Ryan Simonetti, Co-Founder and CEO of Convene. “We are thrilled to begin this new chapter in the company that expands on our core meetings business, and are extremely grateful to the landlord partners that share our vision of creating a better workplace.”