Spacewell: managing space in a hybrid office

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Businesses today anticipate that many employees will not return to their desks full-time after the pandemic. To avoid desks sitting empty most of the time, the use of flexible seating arrangements will increase. It is also predicted that the focus of the office will shift from individual work to collaboration. But even if the office becomes a collaboration hub, there is still considerable uncertainty around how much of each type of space will be needed, how intensely it will be used, and how much employees’ need for space has been changed by social distancing.

The best way to answer those questions isn’t to theorize about the future of the office but to put in place the technology that allows space managers to monitor precisely how their space is actually being used and to optimize their space continually to adjust to the way office use is changing.

Employee wellbeing

Beyond optimizing the configuration and amount of space, another concern for many workplace managers is how to create a healthy, productive, and employee-centric environment. IoT sensors in the workplace can monitor many aspects of environmental quality, from volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to CO2, temperature, humidity, and radon at a localized level. Continuous monitoring by devices that are independent from building systems can ensure that equipment is performing as intended and can even be used to communicate information about building health to occupants. Moreover, it can ensure that buildings are not just healthy when they are commissioned but remain healthy over time.

Why invest in workplace technologies now ?

Investing in technology for the physical office at a time when we see fewer people in the workplace may seem counterintuitive. Why spend money monitoring a space that only half of your employees will use? But for space managers who want to know just how much of their lease they can give up or repurpose and how best to reconfigure their space, data will be essential. While it may be tempting to follow the trends of what a “typical” return to the office might look like, we believe that basing decisions on your own utilization data will be key to success. Just as working from home has affected different business operations and demographic groups differently, the return to the office experience will be unique to each company.

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