Among the many ways the pandemic impacted the business world, the way it has affected the way we work and traditional office culture appears to be among the most important.
Terms like “hybrid” and “remote” are already widely used and understood as part of the new way that people work. The way teams are put together and methods used by hiring managers have quickly adapted to align with the new model that was born out of the challenges created by the pandemic.
The common thread in all these changes is their influence on the way we use office space. Suddenly most organizations know they need less of it but are unsure how to rightsize their operations to fit their actual needs. The appeal of saving on unnecessary extra space is balanced by the fear of being unable to accommodate staff when they need to meet, collaborate or simply work alone in the office.
Striking this balance is hard but there is no doubt that the conditions are right for a reset in the way we think about how we use office spaces.
It’s easy to imagine how the topic of adjusting real estate commitments to actual needs suddenly appeared on the radar of so many businesses during the height of the pandemic. One look at row after row of empty desks and an early recognition of the fact that many employees would continue to work remotely was enough to prompt the same question at high-level meetings everywhere – “Do we really need this much space?”
Today, as we take more steps towards a post-pandemic landscape with some staff returning to the office in a newly flexible model, recalibrating real estate commitments to actual needs has become a must. And quantifying those needs is not as easy as simply counting everyone who wants to work from the office. Answering “Do we really need this much space?” can only be answered by first asking another question — “How are we using the space we have?”
Like any other business metric, the answer to these questions has to be supported with data. Technology now makes it possible to obtain this data and turn it into business intelligence needed to make informed decisions on one of the biggest single expenses in any corporate budget.
Getting precise data on how you use your current space and applying it to resizing your operations to fit your needs can deliver a clear competitive advantage at a time when many businesses are spending much more than they have to on office space.
Without the right data, you can’t know if the space adequately meets your needs. However, with a data-driven picture of how you really use your space, you can make better decisions about any changes you need to make.
Size-optimized workspaces are a competitive advantage in several ways:
So making the case for applying data to corporate real estate needs is easy and the benefits are obvious, but how do you get this data that brings so many things into focus?
We’ve put together these four steps that will make redeploying your space easier…..
From tracking room- and even seat-level occupancy in real time to real-time access to exact football traffic in any monitored area and more, Kontakt.io provides the data-driven insights that replace guesswork and estimates with an accurate snapshot of how space is used at any given moment and over time.
With the deep insights into occupancy and the office environment made possible by Bluetooth® LE-based networks, you can make informed decisions about space and design matters that maximize the employee experience while optimizing the space needed to achieve it. You can come as close as possible to committing to exactly how much space you need to provide a work environment that boosts productivity and serves the needs of your staff.
Talk to our team today about how we can help you optimize your space with the right data.
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