Irvine, CACompanies are adopting bring-your-own device programs, where employees use their own personal devices on the job. These programs allow employees to use their device of choice on site—increasing efficiency and nixing the standard one-to-one system where a company needs to own the technology infrastructure from end-to-end.

“There is a move away from the standardized office space that companies have been supplying,” Drew Carter, a studio director at H. Hendy Associates, tells “Companies have supplied standardized computers, software, phones. Today, technology is moving toward an office design where knowledge workers have a better level of control over what they are using and how they are getting their jobs done. It is less prescriptive and more about thinking rather than simply executing tasks.”

Cell phones and mobile devices are the gateway for this strategy, and most employees would prefer to use their own phone. “We have gotten so used to blending our cell phones between our personal life and our work life, and that device is now becoming more general. Employees get their emails on their own device now,” Anna Alm-Grayhek, studio director at Hendy, tells

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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