It’s unpredictable, unprecedented – and sometimes it can feel unmanageable. That’s the new workplace, where corporate leaders are working to create new ways to reduce unused space and create more interactive, collaborative space for employees on the days they work in the office.
Whether it’s a full week or a single day, employees across many industries are expecting an office experience that is better than the one they left two years ago.
Technology will play a critical role, that’s clear. A recent CBRE survey titled Spring 2022 U.S. Officer Occupier Sentiment Survey reported that 53% of respondents are considering occupancy sensors to help design the new workplace. So how exactly does smart software fit into this new post-pandemic work model?
HOW CAN SPACE ANALYTICS BE USED?
Smart software – such as space utilization software – allows Strategic Space Planners to leverage existing data sources, with or without sensors. This approach typically costs much less at scale. That’s because AI software pulls in data sources such as Wi-Fi, cameras, and badge systems. This information can be used to determine whether office spaces are being under or overutilized and also help them predict future needs.
SPACE ANALYTIC SOFTWARE CAN BE USED IN THE WORKPLACE TO:
- Measure occupancy and utilization patterns in order to evaluate and reorganize office spaces.
- Increase office use and meeting room use through integrations with room booking technology.
- Help deferred maintenance costs by providing data for relocations.
- Understand when spaces are occupied or not occupied to help forecast new property investments.
HOW CAN COMPANIES CHOOSE THE RIGHT APPROACH?
There are various ways that companies can begin to integrate software into their workplace. First off, it’s crucial that executive leaders know what goals they want to achieve by utilizing smart software. One goal for corporations is to focus on maintaining employee privacy while also gathering space utilization data. Employers also need to properly communicate to workers that space utilization data is not connected to evaluations or performance reviews. It’s about planning for current and evolving campus needs.
HOW CAN I ESTIMATE ROI IN WORKPLACE DESIGN?
Technology in an office building can be quite an investment, so it’s important for executives to know whether a software investment will save or cost them money – this can be uncovered with the help of an ROI Calculator. By providing the square footage of the space and monthly lease costs, users can find cost savings at scale.
Companies can use space utilization software from Lambent to measure occupancy and evaluate and reorganize their spaces – and in the end, save money. Lambent is helping companies like Boston Scientific understand when spaces are occupied or not occupied to help forecast new property investments. Using spatial analytics, we are able to aid space planners by showing them where underutilized spaces exist based on usage over time.
Alex Trotto contributes to the Blog and Social Media channels for Lambent. She is currently a Northeastern University student in her sophomore year.