The Internet of Things will make today’s workplace optimisation smarter, safer, and more productive.
Are you too young to recall 1980s Ireland and the damp, dreary workplaces of the day? Where the gloomy office environment matched perfectly with the state of the economy?
Whether you remember it or not, lucky you: you live in a post-Celtic Tiger, post-collapse, post-recovery and now post-Covid Ireland, where the quality of workplaces has changed dramatically.
And buildings are set to become smarter buildings, to the benefit of the people who manage workplaces, the people who work within them and even the planet itself.
Facilities managers prioritize IoT data for workspace optimization, adapting to hybrid work’s paradigm shift.
Employees’ personal preferences now drive workplace attendance as much as business requirements, making workplace utilisation less predictable.
Companies rethinking workforce strategy, revamping work practices, introducing dedicated workstations, and collaboration zones to enhance employee experience and productivity.
In the post-pandemic world of work, businesses are reevaluating many facets of office life and the required facilities. Analysing and optimising workspace include assessing draughty meeting rooms, crowded canteens, toilets, reception areas, postrooms, cleaning stations, and storage rooms.
Our IoT devices can help. They measure workplace utilization discreetly and securely using passive infrared (PIR) motion detection. They track asset usage duration and generate user-friendly reports and actionable insights for stakeholders.
We can quickly and easily install it within a week or less. The results are tangible and intangible benefits for all concerned.
Four key benefits of workplace optimisation
1. Reduced Carbon Emissions
Even at peak occupancy, so many workstations in your average building went unoccupied in the pre-pandemic world of work, due to leave or illness. Today, in the new hybrid working environment, it’s even higher.
Professional service firms view office expenses as their second-biggest cost, acknowledging their significant carbon emissions. You don’t have to stretch the imagination too far to see that rationalising workspace is a highly effective way to achieve two desirable business outcomes – cost savings and a reduced carbon footprint.
You can rationalise your workspace in two ways – utilising your space more efficiently when expanding the workforce or reducing your office space through lease renegotiation. Our accurate insights into current usage will help you plan for such decisions while continuing to optimise into the future. You can build a picture of trends and usage as you optimise your workplace, and then use this data when planning and negotiating a new lease.
All these factors contribute to creating a greatly enhanced, efficient, and environmentally friendly office environment, suitable for hybrid work and the forefront of ESG.
2. Enhanced Employee Experience
Many employees have embraced the flexibility provided by hotdesking in this new world of work, but it can of course cause stress and anxiety too. Perceived lack of available workstations or time-consuming searches within large office buildings can be challenging. Having accurate, real-time data on available desk space will solve this problem.
Seamlessly link data to booking systems for enhanced employee experience. Happy employees are more productive and loyal.
3. Better Workplace Design
Optimize your workplace layout with intelligent data reports for dramatic improvements, regardless of size changes. Employees are looking for more collaborative workplaces, and fewer solo desk spaces, on the days they come into work.
You can use our data to inform these workplace redesigns, you can use the data to test ‘staff acceptance’ and you can make changes if you need to.
4. Smart Cleaning
Our technology helps cleaning staff identify daily utilized areas and prioritize cleaning accordingly, ensuring efficient utilization of resources.
This saves their time and also saves the waste of cleaning fluids and materials. Even small changes in behaviour will help reduce damage to the environment – it all adds up in the end.
If this pandemic had occurred in the 1980s, and employees could choose to work from home, they’d never darken the office door again – and who could blame them? But today’s modern workplace can and should be an attractive place to spend at least a couple of days each week.
It can be a hotbed of collaboration, ideation and innovation. It can be a magnet for top talent. And a genuine focus on employee wellbeing in the workplace, which can only be enhanced through workplace optimisation, will be a game-changer in the coming months and years.
Get in touch to know about how you can achieve workplace optimisation or Get a free demo today!