Why Office Space Utilization Metrics Are So Important in the New World of Work

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Why is office space utilization analysis so important?

A trend has emerged in recent years where companies look to optimize spending for real estate and optimize office areas with as little money as possible. Office space is expanding for a growing number of remote working and flexible scheduling jobs. From 2005 to 2017 there was an increase of 159% in remote working hours. To reduce unnecessary space cost and save on energy consumption a flexible layout is frequently considered the most beneficial design. Achieving efficiency in large open space where employees can choose their own environment and work to their own schedule encourages better productivity, superior output and less turnover. All of your efforts toward getting this right first begin with an analysis of your specific data.

 

The Challenge

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has permanently revolutionized the way we work, with employers realizing that a decentralized mode of working is not only practical, but it is also more economical and environmentally friendly. It is expected that average office spaceutilization in the cities will settle at the level up to 40%, [MA1] which will not be commercially sustainable and will lead to a drastic reduction in office capacity requirements

Businesses are adjusting to the virtual workforce and might know how much space they would need during the next 3-5 years — and the space they do need would probably have different requirements. Low space utilization of offices and space is not only a waste of space, but also an immense economic loss to any business. In a typical large city, the cost of a desk can reach sums around €25,000 per year. This is a substantial cost when a large chunk of employees is now working remote.

 

The Solution

Workplace Analytics tools and Smart sensors are essential if any company wants to reduce office space and save facility costs. Only by collecting utilization data for every desk, room, and zone, can a business fully understand how their office space and resources are being utilized. 

It is very important to implement an analytics system before any office space is reduced – otherwise there is no concrete way to understand how the office space is used.  Without that information, it is difficult to estimate the quantity of the wasted space to begin reduction and prioritizing. Analytics on both desk and room utilization enables a deeper understanding of the most intrinsic parts of the overall office utilization.

Flowscape, is a property technology company that embrace the idea of modern offices, and provide a world leading digital workplace solution. TheFlowscape’s workplace analytics solution uses wirelessLoRaWAN IoT sensor – TEKTELIC Smart Room Sensor PIR that collects accurate data on how company’s meeting rooms are being utilized, doing so by detecting movement in the meeting room or conference rooms in which it has been deployed. It does this with via PIR (Passive Infrared Sensor). The sensor can also be used for drop-in rooms, this meaning the room is automatically booked once entered.

 

The Smart Room Sensor PIR also enables the collection of data on how the desks in the office are being utilized, while also improving workplace satisfaction. The sensor updates the desk availability in real-time on the Flowmap - an office space management software, so employees will know where there is a vacant desk, that could be used.

The Smart Room sensor PIR integrates practical functionality into a very small form factor. It is an ideal solution for holistically monitoring the office environment by also monitoring, temperature, humidity, light detection and acceleration. The sensor is optimized for long battery life and excellent wireless performance. It is fully configurable over-the-air by the user for custom applications, behaviors, thresholds, trigger events and reports, enabling it to support many different Smart Office IoT applications.

 

Conclusion

 

Flowscape’s solution uses wireless battery-operated Smart Room Sensor PIR to collect accurate, granular real-time data about the precise utilization of every single resource throughout the day. Occupancy Sensors have proven to be the most economic option to monitor utilization, with the annual cost likely to be less than a month of manual measurement.  You can observe changes, usage trends, and utilization to create a thorough understanding of your office environment:

  • Gain Insights on which office recourses you should reduce, and which you should keep
  • Reduce your facility costs
  • Enable Covid-19 safety measures with guidelines for peak occupancy and advanced contact tracing
  • Review and improve your booking systems for Rooms and Desks
  • Fully understand how your office is used and when
  • Increase popular spaces while only decreasing unused spaces

To learn more about Flowscape’s solutions please visit https://flowscapesolutions.com

To learn more about TEKTELIC’s complete End-to-End IoT solutions, please visit http://www.tektelic.com or contact info@tektelic.com

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